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Publication Schedule

For those asking about upcoming books, I’ve put up a book list that includes the future books for as far out as those are scheduled.  You’ll notice there are several more Chocolate books as well as a rough outline of when to expect the Provence series.

Thanks for asking!

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Well, rats.  NO CHOCOLATE BRIBES ALLOWED for the great DABWAHA March Madness book contest.  Who makes up these rules?  You might want to have a word with Dear Author and SBTB, because, seriously, wouldn’t it be more fun it you could be bribed with chocolate?

I guess you will have to either:

1)  Be giddily delighted that THE CHOCOLATE THIEF is a finalist and stop being So Greedy.

2) Be giddily delighted, but STILL hope people will nominate TURNING UP THE HEAT for novella, too, out of the goodness of their hearts and because I love it, it’s my baby.  (ISBN: 9780988506503…just mentioning it.  Don’t want to make things hard for you!)

3) NOT bribe anyone with anything but perhaps, you never know, if someone were JOYOUS about succeeding in the first round, she might just feel inclined to distribute chocolate largess, kind of like Mardi Gras beads, you know.  No actual bribery involved.

4)  Think of some other way to get around this bribery rule.  Any ideas?


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CHOCOLATE THIEF is a DABWAHA finalist–join the fun!

This is going to be fun!  I’m excited to announce that THE CHOCOLATE THIEF is a Dear Author / SBTB DABWAHA finalist for 2012.  Let the March Madness begin!

I believe we might quickly resort to chocolate bribery here for votes, so keep your eyes peeled.  When I bribe with chocolate, I bribe with the good stuff.  (Sylvain Marquis style good stuff.  If you’ve read THIEF, you know what I mean.)

MEANWHILE, are you seeing a favorite book missing from the different categories?  Like, oh, I don’t know, TURNING UP THE HEAT as a novella?  GO FORTH AND NOMINATE.  It’s your chance.  (Because I LOVE this novella and I heard it was SO CLOSE to being a finalist.  Clearly we need to push it that inch further.)

ISBN for TURNING UP THE HEAT is 9780988506503.  Just mentioning it.

Also just mentioning that if by any chance it gets nominated enough to make it into the rounds, chocolate will be awarded to one lucky person responsible for sending in a nomination.  (No, don’t judge me! That’s the way this contest works!  Seriously.  I’m not a bad person.  Politics corrupt.  And chocolate is really not that low to stoop.  You might even call it aiming high.)

Email laura AT lauraflorand DOT com to let me know you’ve nominated it and I will enter you into the drawing.  No, seriously, I will. Think that’s bad?  JUST WAIT UNTIL THE VOTING STARTS.  MORE CHOCOLATE COMING.

Yeah, if you’re against voter fraud, you might want to look away now.  BUT THEY DROVE ME TO IT.  Those other authors.  With their nefarious skullduggering ways.  I was so pure in my ideals until I found out what they were really like.  DON’T VOTE FOR THEM. :)




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The (first) four books in the Amour et Chocolat series are going to be translated into Russian!  We are definitely embarking on an international career as a chocolate burglar at this point.  I hope no one calls Interpol.

As a language-lover, I confess to getting super excited about all the languages the Chocolate books are being translated into:  Italian, German, Polish, Indonesian, Portuguese (Brazil), and now Russian.  I love seeing the new covers and the different versions in each language.  Did I share the cover of the German release of the first book, THE CHOCOLATE THIEF, yet?  I can’t remember.  It’s due out this August, I believe.  I love the way the Eiffel Tower is set with my name–there’s something about that font and design that just strikes me as perfect.

chocolatethief german

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February Contest Winners

Congratulations to Diane K, who won a signed copy of THE CHOCOLATE KISS plus a little chocolate surprise, in the February website contest.

And congratulations to Jackie D., who won the special chocolates of the stars (Zoe’s Chocolates, the chocolates that went to the Oscars last week), for the newsletter contest.

March contest coming soon!  Thank you to everyone for your interest and support.

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THE CHOCOLATE KISS=March Book Club Pick for SBTB

I’m very flattered and honored to announce that THE CHOCOLATE KISS is the Sizzling Book Club Pick for March at Smart B*, Trashy Books.

Check out the SBTB announcement for a chance to win a copy and a promo code for half off the ebook on ARe (All Romance eBooks).

As part of the Book Club, there will be a reader-author chat March 28, at 9 p.m.  I’ll join the chat to answer questions and discuss at 10 p.m.  Sarah at SBTB has a Google calendar button, which I will try copying here for those of you who want a reminder.  If it doesn’t work, you can get it straight from her post. :)

There might be some chocolate given away during the chat.  Just saying…

I’m both thrilled and humbled to be selected for the Book Club, and want to say a big THANK you to Sarah , and also to all the book bloggers and all the other readers and reviewers who have been so generous in their praise of this book and helped spread the word.

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A Few Glimpses of the Signing with Nora Roberts

It was so much fun to see Boonsboro in person this weekend.  Stepping into a place from a book, signing with an author I’ve read since I was a teenager myself…all very magical!  It was even a day layered with mist, like it could disappear any second into a story.

Boonsboro itself has a beautiful tiny historic downtown, and right in the center of it is Turn the Page Bookstore itself:

turn the page bookstore

It sits directly across the street from a delicious-looking bakery and, of course, the famous Inn Boonsboro, everyone fan’s favorite place to stay:

inn boonsboro

It made me very happy to have my books sitting out on their table in this special place, among the books by such a special group of authors:

turn the page books

And see how the gift shop, Gifts Inn Boonsboro, so kindly offered a discount on Zoe’s Chocolates for those buying the Chocolate books.  Zoe’s Chocolates is a local chocolatier to the area (based in Waynseboro PA, I believe), and they are the Chocolate of the Oscars!  Yes, last night, the stars were nibbling those very same chocolates as we were eating.

But then, I had the pleasure of being with a fabulous group of literary stars.  Look at this line-up:

nora roberts all authors

The outgoing and hilarious Robin Kaye, the elegant and gracious Mary Burton, La Grande Nora herself, and the lovely and friendly Alyson Richman.

And that would be myself tucked up there in blue.  I would like to say, in my defense, that all the other women were wearing three-inch heels.

The problem is, that, FINE, I was, too.

Nora’s heels were studded all over with little gold studs which made me think of those jewel-studded heels ladies wear in books set in the eighteenth-century.  I was deeply jealous.

The signing was amazing!  How beautiful to see the devotion to Nora and her books, the impact she has had on people’s lives.  And fun to meet some new readers myself, and to meet the other lovely authors.  I came home with a whole stack of new books to read!

And I have to say a big thank you to all the people who helped make it flow so smoothly:  Janeen and all the staff at Turn the Page, Laura Reeth (Nora’s publicist, who was everywhere doing everything and a dab hand with about 5000 different kinds of cameras), and Nora Roberts’ husband and son.  If you saw the crowds, you would know why it took so many people, and how much work they did to keep it flowing so smoothly.  A big thank you to all!


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Feb 23 Signing at Turn the Page (with Nora Roberts!)

Don’t forget, my last event for THE CHOCOLATE KISS release will be this Saturday, Feb. 23, 12-2 p.m., in Boonsboro MD, at Turn the Page Bookstore.  I’ll be signing with Nora Roberts.  (I confess, it’s deeply exciting to be at a book signing with an author I’ve read since I was a teenager!)  Also, several other authors:  Robin Kaye, Mary Burton…check out the details, including possibility to preorder and how to get the line tickets here.

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Chocolate books French?

I was thinking about doing a little French dictionary as an extra on the website, for the Chocolate books, would it come in handy for you?  If so, what words would you like to see an explanation for?

Maybe even audio tracks for the names, not sure…do you care, or do you like to know how they’re “really” pronounced?

Anyway, no promises how fast I would get to this, but if you would be interested, let me know, and what particularly you would like to see.  Or do you feel like you can pick it up fine from the context?  (That was the intention, but I don’t know if it always works for people.)



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Talking about writing on Storytelling Rules

For a chance to win THE CHOCOLATE THIEF today, for Valentine’s Day, join us on Storytelling Rules, for a discussion about writing and France and all of that!   THE CHOCOLATE THIEF was just awarded the Single Titles Reviewers Choice Award today and it and THE CHOCOLATE KISS were recommended in the Wall Street Journal, so it’s a big day for the Chocolate books.

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