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Giveaway: ARC of Virginia Kantra’s Carolina Blues!

Where are my Virginia Kantra fans? I have finished the ARC she gave me of CAROLINA BLUES (Lauren & police chief Jack’s story), and it is AWESOME as always with her books. Also, now I am greedily awaiting the next book in the series based on the glimpses in BLUES, which just goes to show how insatiable I am. A writer’s work is never done. :)

I asked Virginia if I could pass it on to one of you, and she said okay!! I’m so excited to be able to share it with one of you!

Note, I’ve read it, and it got a little doggy-eared from being in my gym bag one day, so just be aware that this is for people who want the story 2 months early and don’t care so much about the condition of the book itself.

The only thing I ask is, these ARCs are really meant to be review copies to generate reviews for new books, which is really important. (Reviews are always important, actually. They affect all kinds of things, including sneaky algorithms on Amazon.) So if you are interested in it, would you please also be willing to (honestly) review it on Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Goodreads/your blog (at least one of those, but more is great if you can)? This is me asking that, not Virginia. I just know personally how important those ARCs are.

If you would be interested, comment below or on my Facebook site. And I’ll random draw someone tomorrow morning.

And here’s an Amazon link if you want to see more about the book.

 

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Permalink to Friday Book Club: Ilona Andrews, Julie James, and some lovely books that await

Friday Book Club: Ilona Andrews, Julie James, and some lovely books that await

Friday Book Club! I have been having a great reading week. MAGIC BREAKS (Ilona Andrews) came out, and it was fantastic! Read it straight through. And just before that I was reading Julie James SOMETHING ABOUT YOU–wonderful witty dialogue, and I love the strength and career-mindedness of her heroines and how well her heroes deal with that strength. Also…a point two. Was dying laughing. You’ll have to read it, I can’t explain or it would spoil it!

Also, at the signing I attended Wednesday (photo on Facebook), I picked up Katharine Ashe‘s I ADORED A LORD, Jennifer Lohmann‘s WEEKENDS IN CAROLINA, and Jessica Scott‘s BACK TO YOU (a marriage in trouble story! you know how I like those, if they’re well done and authentic). AND a VERY SPECIAL arc from Virginia Kantra, which she has authorized me to pass on to one of you when I am done with it. CAROLINA BLUES! It is already awesome, I started it last night.

I can’t even decide which of the other books I want to start next. All of them, really, but I suppose I’ll have to choose. It’s a nice spot to be in–several great books waiting.

What about you? What are you reading? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?


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Thirsty Thursday?

Some blogs do a weekly feature called “Thirsty Thursday” and Pakwanstripes chose this scene from SUN-KISSED for hers. (Link to her post in the comments.) What’s one of your favorite kiss scenes? (Doesn’t have to be in my books, btw! Whatever book.)

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SUN-KISSED:

“Mack.” Anne sighed, turning. “Look. Tomorrow, I’m going to do you a favor and pretend none of this ever happened.”

“Oh, good,” he said, with a sudden angry, fierce delight, as he dropped her shoe and crowded her right back against her door. “Well, I can do one hell of a lot of things right now, then, if this is all just a fantasy.”

And he kissed her.

Just flat out kissed her. No careful approach, no slow dip in to make sure she was okay with it, no testing the waters. He just took her mouth and took it over, like she was a damn company and he was pissed off.

Like he was just going to seize all her assets and restructure her.

She felt that way. Seized. Restructured.

His mouth molded hers, dipping straight into hers, his arms tightening on either side of her body until she was locked between his forearms on the door. They pressed against her sides, and then they were curving around her back. And then they were hauling her up into him, as he kept on kissing.

Kissed her until she couldn’t think or breathe, until she couldn’t get her hands to either pound on him for freedom or grip him to capture this invader and punish him for his invasion.

He kissed her until she was kissing him back, until when he finally raised his head, she had no strength left. What the hell was she supposed to do without her strength? She always needed it.

Mack was breathing hard, his face all angles and danger in the lights and shadows of the porch. “Anything else you want to pretend never happened tomorrow?” he asked, with that hushed, wicked anger.

She stared up at him, trying to breathe, trying to wet her lips.

“Because I’ve got a few more ideas.”

 

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I am trying to regroup from RWA and get organized to post a big thank you to so many people who participated in the Amour et Florand week while I was away, with links to their different posts.  It was really incredible and I’m deeply touched by it. Thank you so much to so many!


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Love Your Library: Author-Library Collaboration (RWA 2014)

Friend, amazing librarian, and fellow writer Jennifer Lohmann did a talk with me at this past RWA (RWA 2014, San Antonio) on Librarians’ Day about best practices for author-library collaboration (including speaking engagements, how to get your book into libraries, etc.). We wanted to make a space here as well as on Jennifer’s site to share the slides from the talk, per the request of those attending, and leave it open to comments for those who have more thoughts to contribute, particularly on what effective collaboration looks like (what you, as a librarian or an author, may have learned about what works well when doing author events at libraries, etc.). These talk slides have been updated to include slides that feature some of the ideas that came out of the discussions during our talks, from all of you. And again, comments are open below to add more.

Thanks so much to all the librarians and authors who participated in our talk and shared their wonderful ideas!

Love Your Library_Laura Florand and Jennifer Lohmann


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Friday Book Club

Friday Book Club! (A little late in the evening, I know. RWA consumes all time.) What are you reading? I actually picked up Elaine’s recommendation of It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over to read on the plane trip here, and at about 3/4 way through am finding it utterly fascinating and also inspiring. From an author’s point of view, it’s just fascinating to see all the careers these women choose (who knew some of these things could be a career?) and how they go about it, but also it’s just quite motivating and meaningful to see the ways these women take their lives into their hands and re-invent themselves. (One woman became a film actress at the age of 65 for example. Another an aerial dancer at the age of 42. Also plenty of stories of opening a business, etc.)

I’m also, of course, getting intrigued by some of the books I hear about here, particularly Carolyn Crane’s Into the Shadows. (When I ran into Carolyn at the conference, the first thing I said was, “I have been hearing TONS about this latest book, from all kinds of people.” And then she ended up going out to dinner with some of us, at which she showed herself to be a very smart and interesting woman, to boot. So now I’m doubly intrigued.)

What about you? What are you reading? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to for this weekend?


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I’m at RWA in San Antonio now! Giving a talk this morning to librarians and then signing tonight at the Literacy Autographing, Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio 5:30-7:30pm. (This event is free & open to the public. ALL money goes to literacy initiatives. Publishers & authors donate their books entirely.)

Meanwhile, I wrote a pretty heartfelt post for Chachic’s Book Nook on why I write about France and things like chocolate, where I’m coming from and what I hope for these books. And shared some photos from the research! See the jasmine covered fountain? A huge thank you again for this beautiful and truly touching week of blogging events she has created.

http://chachic.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/amour-et-florand-guest-post-from-laura-florand/


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The Chocolate Awards?

As part of the Amour et Florand week that Chachic of Chachic’s Book Nook has organized with other wonderful bloggers, Holly of Book Harbinger is naming her “Chocolat Awards” for these books! Favorite female protagonist, favorite male, favorite couple, funniest scene, steamiest scene…you can check out the categories and nominate your own favorites here.

Pakwanstripes is contributing to the week with a perfectly lovely post on the Five Senses in these books. I do believe very strongly that we should try to live with all our senses, and if these books could help…then I am really glad.  Check out the scenes she chooses to evoke each sense here.

And Kim, The Cover Girl of From Cover to Cover is relaunching her blog (yay!!) with her own post for the Amour et Florand week. Five things she loves about the book, AND media trainer, I will just point out that 3 of them are Paris, love (well, hot guys, but that’s close enough to love, right? :), and chocolate. So…universal messages anyone? Of course, Kim does also include burping phones, which just goes to show that one person’s universal may be someone else’s unique. :)

Once again, a HUGE and extremely touched THANK YOU to all these wonderful, kind, and generous bloggers for their time and their generosity towards these books. It means so much.

 

 

 


Permalink to Amour et Florand: A Week with Chachic

Amour et Florand: A Week with Chachic

Chachic’s Book Nook is hosting a week-long “Amour et Florand” blogging event. (This is NOT a book tour, this is a really special event that she has created on her own initiative around the Chocolate–and Roses–books, asking other bloggers to contribute posts during the week.) It’s a wonderful honor, and I am very flattered and also grateful that she would do such a special thing.

Today she is asking people to share how they discovered the Chocolate books, and/or my books in general. Also, ahem, she is sharing one of our old wedding photos!

You can let her know what first got you reading these books here.

Thank you so much, Chachic and all the participating bloggers, for this wonderful honor!


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Lavender

When I’m traveling it is so hard to post things on the blog, but once in a while I can manage with my phone to post something on FB. I’m not sure if those who follow the blog are saying, “Thank goodness for small favors,” or are feeling as if they are missing out, so…a little photo from the time in Provence for you.

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La Parisienne

Ha, ha, have been going through some photos from the past few years for a blog event next week (selecting some chocolate and rose research photos). What do you think of this little Parisienne I ran into while I was hunting? (Hint: She’s mine. Several years ago now.)

One of those little parental moments yesterday: I arrived to pick her up from her science camp to find the instructor finishing up a story about the Mona Lisa. (“Which I’ve never seen, but I hear it’s like this…”) My daughter just sat there gazing at him. A couple of times you could tell she *thought* about saying something but she never did. Afterward, I said, “Honey, why didn’t you tell him what it was really like? He did ask if any of you had ever seen it.” “Mom, he’s the teacher. He didn’t really want to know what other people knew, he just wanted to talk about what he knew.” SO NOT TRUE. As a teacher myself, I can swear to that. I LOVE having students who know more than I do. Sigh. And that girl has had some really good teachers so far in school, too. I guess it’s a caution to all of us teachers about the way we can come across to kids.)

A HUGE THANK YOU for all the support about the delay in ONCE UPON A ROSE. I really, really appreciate it, so much.

paris in the spring

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