THE CHOCOLATE KISS is coming out in Italy May 23, under the title LA MAGIA DEL CIOCCOLATO. What do you think of the cover? I always have so much fun seeing what different countries do with the covers of books.
Over on my Facebook site, we are talking about a request from a reader for ideas for when her book club does THE CHOCOLATE ROSE. I’m enjoying this so wanted to bring it to the blog, too, for those who aren’t on FB and see what ideas you have.
Ideas include: making dal and scrambled egg toasts. Wine. Provençal motifs. Anything to do with roses or jasmine or, of course, chocolate.
And particularly lots of good discussion questions. I’m having a lot of fun seeing people’s ideas. What would you ask as discussion questions for THE CHOCOLATE ROSE? Any clever ideas for things to do at the book club meeting?
Look what I have! You guys are going to get spoiled. You’re going to say, “Hey, it’s been 2 days since the last new Laura Florand book, what’s taking her so long?” Then think how exhausted I will be.
But seriously! ARCs! Now, the publisher sends me all these proofs because I am supposed to pass them on to reviewers and interviewers. However, the Amazing Publicist at Kensington almost always FedExes copies to the interviewer before I even get there, so I always find myself with 5 or 6 arcs trailing around after the book is released, looking at me reproachfully and Feeling Wasted. So THIS TIME I have decided to Not Let That Happen. I’m heading straight to reader reviewers this time. If you would like to read this story early enough that you’re happy with a proof instead of a regular book AND if you are interested in reviewing it, send me an email with where you can review it (Amazon is good! BN, Kobo, iTunes, Goodreads, your blog, etc.), and I’ll select as many requests as I have ARCs to spare, by lottery. Since you won’t be able to post at most of those places until the book is actually released (July 30), my recommendation is to write it after you read it and save it, and I’ll send people an email on release day to remind you to put it up.
My email is laura AT lauraflorand DOT com.
This is Dominique Richard’s story.
I thought you guys might have fun seeing occasional glimpses of the real places in the South of France that helped form the world in THE CHOCOLATE ROSE. In the Roses series, only Grasse and Nice are cities that you can find on a map, and therefore which are geographically faithful to the towns themselves (in the sense that if a fountain is mentioned, you could probably find it on a visit to the town, but if a character’s store or business is mentioned, that, of course, would be made up and just inserted into the town setting). The other towns (for example, in THE CHOCOLATE ROSE, Sainte-Mère, Saint-Amour) are invented but with very real elements pulled from very real beautiful villages in that area, because that is just the way I work.
Today’s glimpse is just a window, because to me you look at that and immediately want to be in the world where that window exists, don’t you? I do!
Happy May Day! In France, you give lilies-of-the-valley (muguets) today to people to bring good fortune and happiness (porter bonheur). So some muguets for you and a little glimpse of THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH to go with it.
THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH EXCERPT:
It was a soft day, balmy and gentle, with clouds that hinted at rain but never quite delivered. The fresh lemon scent of lilies-of-the-valley was everywhere, as vendors wandered the streets or stationed themselves at prominent corners with buckets full of them, culled from the woods outside of Paris. Florists sold more formally acquired bunches of the muguets, in pots or bouquets, the little white bells dangling sweetly everywhere they looked.
Dom had bought her several bouquets already, after surviving having his heart broken into tiny pieces by the bouquet that Jaime had snuck into the bathroom while he was showering. No one ever, in his whole life, had given him a little bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley on May 1 to wish him fortune and happiness.
“Ça porte bonheur, oui?” she had asked shyly.
And it did bring happiness. Oh, it did.
It was amazing how much sweeter the muguets on every street corner smelled when someone had given some to you, too.
We’re doing a giveaway of 5 copies of THE CHOCOLATE ROSE over on Dear Author. Print or ebook! I also share how I came to write it and publish it, and might wax on a tad too long, but you can always scroll straight down to the entry form at the end.
Also, just to keep you happy, another tryout for the role of Gabriel Delange, shared by Diligent and Devoted casting director Elaine. Still taking auditions!
Donna Kauffman offers up her candidate for the role of Gabriel Delange, in a certain scene from THE CHOCOLATE ROSE. She has a whole harem of hot man photos over there! Which immediately begs the question–why the heck don’t I? What was *I* doing when Donna was browsing through hot man photos? Anything remotely as useful to humankind?
Meanwhile, what do you think? Do you have a better candidate or does this one work for you? I think we should do tryouts.
Announcing the official full release of THE CHOCOLATE ROSE, now available in print as well as ebook. Please see below for the official release announcement:
Romantic Times calls Laura Florand’s writing “sensuous and sumptuous”, awarding her their Seal of Excellence, and NPR says it’s “explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet”.
Now, in the third book in the Amour et Chocolat series, a book USA Today calls “so romantic and sexy”, Florand takes us from Paris to summer in Provence, for the steamy encounter between top chef Gabriel Delange and the daughter of his worst enemy, Jolie Manon. Hot-tempered Gabriel isn’t above blackmail to get what he wants, but what he wants might very well be Jolie herself. Because in the heat and sun of Provence, where jasmine and roses climb up old colored walls and fountains play in ancient stone villages, even a beast can prove he is a prince at heart . . .
Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
“I adored this story…Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package.”—New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James
“It’s like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven.” – RT Book Reviews
“Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted chocolate off your hands…” – USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman
“Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel.” – Booklist
“Both sensual and sweet, a story that melts in your mouth.” – USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway
“One of the cleverest, most persuasive enemies-to-lovers stories I’ve read in a long time.”–Dear Author Recommended Read for The Chocolate Kiss
“A lovely confection of a contemporary romance.”–Dear Author Recommended Read for The Chocolate Thief
All the books in the Amour et Chocolat series are stand-alone novels, but if you’re looking for the first one, check out The Chocolate Thief (“a delectable summer bonbon” according to NPR).
The Chocolate Rose bridges two series, Amour et Chocolat with its French chocolatiers heroes, and La Vie en Roses, set in the perfume world of Provence. Want more of the Provençal world and families that are part of the La Vie en Roses series? Check out the novella Turning Up the Heat for Daniel and Léa’s story and make sure to sign up for Laura’s newsletter to be alerted when Matt Rosier’s story is released.
Working on an article for Romantic Times and thought I would share. Remember when Magalie says to Philippe in THE CHOCOLATE KISS, “Do you think I’m a pot of caramel?”
This is a photo of caramel being made at Jacques Genin’s in Paris, when I was researching there.
Here’s to a little molten gold in your life!