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The Chocolate Club: Madame Chocolat

Busy tasting my box from Madame Chocolat for the “Chocolate Club”. Okay, I am mildly aggrieved that my box does not actually contain any chocolate hearts. (There was a collection that showed some hearts and some others, and I thought I would try that one, but — no chocolate hearts were included!) However, I am recovering from this, eying your chocolate hearts jealously and tasting my own flavors. You will have to tell me how the caramel hearts taste! (And no, seriously, don’t worry about me. I love tasting all kinds of different things. I am joking about the whining about the luxury chocolates. :) )

I love, love, the Madame Oscar type pin on the front of these boxes. It’s actually something you could wear later.

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It’s official that I and my iPhone are terrible photographers. Yes. I know. My husband could get out his fancy camera and his studio (yes, he has a portable studio thing), but then he might try to steal your chocolates.

You know I’m the only person you can trust with them.


You trust me, right? At least for the rest of the day?

Because don’t forget that today is the last day to enter for a chance at the box of caramel hearts! And you have to tell us what you thought of them, so we can all live vicariously.
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New Release & “Chocolate Club” Giveaway

I know you’ve barely recovered from THE CHOCOLATE HEART‘s release, but NO PLACE LIKE HOME is here! An anthology of Christmas novellas with Linda Lael Miller, Kat Martin, Mary Carter, and myself.

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My own contribution introduces the Rosier family of the Vie en Roses series. I had fun with a Little Red Riding Hood in Provence theme with this one! Raoul Rosier is a bit of a wolf at the door. I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the Rosier world and family!

And to celebrate these two back-to-back releases, I’m getting myself a box of chocolate hearts (to go with the theme!) and one for one of you, too. You know the idea I’ve mentioned to have a “chocolate club” where we explore a new recommended chocolatier each month? I’m not sure it’s going to work when the weather warms up, but December is a perfect time for shipping chocolate.

These chocolate hearts come from Madame Chocolat, a Beverly Hills based chocolatier recommended by Elaine of the blog Elaine Travels. (You can find other recommendations from readers that need to be explored on my US Artisan Chocolate recommendations page, where you can also recommend some of your own that you think we need to try next!) It’s very, very difficult to decide, but the Chocolate Heart theme won the day this month, for obvious reasons.

Double entries into the contest for Facebook fans and newsletter subscribers, because I really want this to be a way to say thank you to all of you die-hard “Chocolate” fans and have fun together! Contest open through Sunday Dec 8 midnight. The chocolate can only be shipped to US winners. For international entrants, we can substitute a Chocolate book of your choice if Book Depository ships to your country.

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Indie First Day

So were you out braving the crowds today and yesterday or safely snuggled up at home with a good book? Anyone got their Christmas tree yet?

I stayed home except for participating in Indie First Day at The Regulator Bookshop. (Where of course I ended up picking up a few Christmas presents.) This event was so much fun! Usually my events at bookstores are so me-focused (giving talks, readings). The chance to just chat with indie bookstore readers about all kinds of other books that I recommend (or they recommend to me) was so much fun. Authors and readers were just hanging out and talking in all directions. Thanks to Chachic’s Book Nook, Random Musings of a Bibliophile, and By Singing Light, I had plenty of advice to offer when people asked if any of the authors around knew some YA books to recommend. I think I spent half my time back in YA! (Sisters Grimm, anyone?)

Among lots of fascinating readers, I also got a chance to chat with author Dan Ariely (Predictably Irrational) who is, as you can imagine, completely fascinating, and kept whipping out his phone to record my comments on people who follow recipes versus people who don’t (a cookbook-human behavior project he’s working on). If I show up in one of his books one day sounding like an idiot, just know, I had no preparation. That’s my defense.

Anyway, apparently Indie First Day is planned to repeat again next year at indie bookstores, so make sure to check out your own local bookstore to see what authors they have participating. You meet all kinds of intriguing people.

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Here I am with Tom Campbell, owner of The Regulator. I was supposed to be proudly showing off my Indie First bag, but as you notice, there is a slight height differential that proved challenging to frame.

What about you? Do any shopping? Any holiday preparations?

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THE CHOCOLATE HEART is here!! And oh, my, Library Journal just did the most incredible STARRED REVIEW for it, and I’m just going to let their quote be my cover copy, how about that:

Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

I’m incredibly touched by the accolades this book is getting, in its critical reception.

“Florand outdoes herself with this exquisite confection… painstakingly crafted and decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one little taste.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“All the elements of [Florand’s] successful recipe for reading pleasure—headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful desserts, and sultry situations—come together in another deliciously entertaining offering.” – Booklist

“Florand’s long-standing love affair with Paris comes alive in her charming descriptions of the city and the delectable desserts her hero concocts. …[a]delightful story full of sizzling sexual chemistry and a stellar cast of secondary characters.” – RT Book Reviews

I just hope you enjoy it, too! Something to curl up with in this cold weather? Happy holidays! I hope you are enjoying latkes, turkey, pumpkin pie . . . and a little bit of chocolate.


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A little CHOCOLATE HEART snippet for the weekend! Three more days until it’s out! (Nov 26.)


Summer’s breath whooshed out of her as silk and a fine edge of soft wool slid over her bare arms and closed her in warmth and scent. A waiter straightened away from her, his face politely neutral, as she looked straight at Luc.

He smiled at her urbanely, and she must be imagining that hungry, satisfied edge to him like a cat watching a mouse wander well past its safety zone.

She rubbed the edge of the coat between her fingers. Dior, maybe, the texture very fine. It had to be Luc’s, she could tell by the labyrinth of scents: chocolate, butter, spice, stinging bright scents, and secret, mysterious warm ones. She wanted to get lost in them and never come out until morning.

“What the hell is that?” her father asked, since apparently that rule about keeping Luc happy didn’t apply to him. Her father had ambitions for a son-in-law with a brilliant financial mind.

Luc gave her father a cool look. Her fingers stilled on the coat. The chef pâtissier looked at one of Forbes’ top five hundred, who had just bought the hotel where he worked as a Christmas present for his spoiled daughter, as if he had the potential to be a headache and inconvenience and not much more.

She pulled his coat more snugly around herself, without even realizing she was doing it.

“Better?” Luc asked gently, reaching out to button the jacket near her throat, so that she wore it like a cape. Her heart beat so hard as his fingers grazed her throat that she was sure he would feel her pulse there.

What was wrong with her? What had she started with her stupid exhausted carelessness the night before? “Was I not up to the dress code?” Her quick grin invited everyone into the joke. “Coat and tie only?”

“You were perfect,” Luc said calmly. “But you looked cold.”

Her father’s critical look made her want to tuck herself up against Luc and thumb her nose at him.

“And you’re welcome in my kitchens any time you choose,” Luc told her, with exquisite manners that reinforced his possession of those kitchens. “You won’t get in my way.”

Damn it. She really hated men who didn’t let her get in their way.

“Welcome to the Leucé.” And he walked off and left her. Again. Draped in his coat, his scent twining all around her.

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No Place Like Home Giveaway!

Today we’re giving away a copy of my upcoming Christmas anthology NO PLACE LIKE HOME. This anthology includes not only stories by Linda Lael Miller, Kat Martin, and Mary Carter, but my own ROSE IN WINTER, about the oldest of the Rosier cousins (La Vie en Roses series). Raoul Rosier is a bit of a wolf at the door, let’s just say that…

A 24-hour giveaway! Ends Saturday 7 am EST. The book itself is in stores December 3!

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She hated him.

Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart.

But he didn’t hate her.

Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love.

But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted.

He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love?


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In thanks for the RT Book of the Year nomination for THE CHOCOLATE KISS, I am giving away THREE signed copies to three winners. Know anyone who wants a chocolate kiss for Christmas? :)

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THE CHOCOLATE KISS nominated for RT Book of the Year

I’m tremendously honored by the RT Book of the Year nomination for THE CHOCOLATE KISS.

chocolate kissThis is such a huge honor. I’m very, very touched and flattered.

In fact, I think I might need to lighten the moment, in which case, can I also share this photo from one of the last book clubs for which you all helped brainstorm? They did THE CHOCOLATE THIEF, and built an Eiffel Tower for the theme. This is what happened when all the book club left and the small girl in the house got hold of that Eiffel Tower.

Try-outs for the film! What do you think of the guy who wants to play Sylvain? :)

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A huge, huge thank you to RT, and to all of you (readers, book clubs, reviewers) who have supported these books.  I’m very touched and flattered that they could speak to people this way.


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Upcoming Events

Some events coming up in Durham, for the North Carolina readers!

30 November 2013, Saturday, 4-6 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC. I’ll be taking part in Indies First Day, trying to talk you into buying some of my favorite books for your Christmas gifts. :) And, of course, happily signing any of my own books, which make, clearly wonderful Christmas gifts. Just package them with chocolate.

4 December 2013, Wednesday, 7 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC. I’ll be sharing what it’s like to do research Behind-the-Scenes in a Michelin 3-star pastry kitchen in Paris. (One hint: Incredible!) I’ll also be signing my latest book, in which you can see how all that research gets transmuted into story: THE CHOCOLATE HEART. Package with chocolate for a perfect Christmas gift for the book lover on your list!

19 January 2014, Sunday (time TBA), Southwest Library, Durham NC. Talking again about “Behind the Scenes in a Michelin 3-star Pastry Kitchen in Paris” and signing my latest books, fruit of that research, THE CHOCOLATE HEART and (maybe) THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION. (Valentine’s is just around the corner! Know anyone who likes chocolate?)

We may be having some tastings thanks to Bonnie of Miel Bon Bons at a couple of these. I’ll keep you posted! I hope to see some of you there! :)