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May Chocolate Club=Macarons from Bisous Ciao!!

CHOCOLATE CLUB! Okay, as the weather is heating up here and chocolate shipping is becoming problematic, I thought we might try something different: MACARONS! Given all the macaron-tantalization that goes on here and particularly on my Facebook. (Check out the Macaron Hall of Fame here on my site, from macarons readers have made. Only maybe don’t click on that link if you’re already hungry and have a long time to go before lunch. :) )

So this month’s “Chocolate Club” is a 6-piece box of macarons from New York macaron maker Bisous Ciao. (Winner can choose the flavors from their site. Go salivate, yum. :) ) Note: from what I’ve seen I should be able to ship these throughout the US (not internationally). However, if there are problems, we reserve the option to substitute for something else if necessary. Shipping delicate food items from artisan producers sometimes throws up hurdles.

Here’s a photo of some of the Bisous Ciao macarons I sent to Shannon’s Mom Mafia (What Happens at Book Club, Stays at Book Club) meeting as a thank you for all the wonderful book clubs around the Chocolate books that they’ve shared with us. (The photo made me think all of you might like some, too!)

For The Chocolate Touch book club (What Happens at Book Club Stays at Book Club), Laura sent some macarons from Bisous Ciao w/book themed flavors.

For The Chocolate Touch book club (What Happens at Book Club Stays at Book Club), Laura sent some macarons from Bisous Ciao w/book themed flavors.

 

Speaking of that book club, Shannon shared this photo from one of the things they made. (The Jamie is a reference to a newfound love of Diana Gabaldon that is competing with reading time for the Chocolate books! Gasp!! Love this.)

What Happens at Book Club hostess Shannon came up w/some fun cards. (The Jamie reference is to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, which she had also been reading.)

What Happens at Book Club hostess Shannon came up w/some fun cards. (The Jamie reference is to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which she had also been reading.)

 

As before, those signed up for my email of new releases are automatically entered. (This is also a good way to make sure you are notified as soon as SUN-KISSED is live! Coming very soon!) Email for new releases here.

For an extra entry, you can comment on this post and/or like/comment/share the post on Facebook.

I hope you enjoy!

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Giveaway of 5 Print Copies of SUN-KISSED!

We’re doing a giveaway of five print copies of SUN-KISSED on Goodreads! Note that the contest ends May 20 (release day), so these aren’t signed and aren’t advanced copies. But the print is so pretty! :) So if you would like a copy, enter here! (NOT by commenting on this post, but by clicking on the “Goodreads Book Giveaway” widget.)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand

Sun-Kissed

by Laura Florand

Giveaway ends May 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT AGAIN, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST TIME. :)

 

They called her the Ice Queen.

Anne Winters. Self-made billionaire. Household name. Divorced single mom. Convicted felon. She didn’t let anyone or anything get to her. No one was allowed to breach the walls around her heart except for her own son. She had only one trusted friend: her vacation house neighbor. They’d been walking the beach together for twenty years. Not that this gave him access to her heart, of course…

They called him a man who got what he wanted.

Mack Corey. Self-made billionaire. Dominant world player. Widowed father of the bride. No felony convictions yet, although his daughters had come close. He’d transformed his family company into one of the top 500 by the age of thirty. He’d raised two daughters who dumped him for idiot arrogant French chocolatiers and went off to live in Paris. Hell, he even managed to tolerate his dad. But that Ice Queen act Anne Winters had going was really starting to get to him…

They’d been friends for twenty years. Could they become lovers?

Could a frozen heart be kissed by the sun?

 

Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
“Sweet and sexy and all around delicious!!” – New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh

“I love, love Laura Florand’s writing! Deeply emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous” – Virginia Kantra, NYT bestselling author

“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

“Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet.” – NPR

“Gorgeously written, in that way that sort of creeps through my entire body and makes me shiver with delight.” – Dear Author


Permalink to Lovely Review of SNOW-KISSED from The Readers Den

Lovely Review of SNOW-KISSED from The Readers Den

I had to share this lovely review of SNOW-KISSED from The Readers Den.

Rachel calls it “one of the best second chance romances [she has] ever read”.

“To be honest I was a little scared to read Snow-Kissed when I found out it was about a marriage in crisis. I don’t like to be bogged down by depressing stories and what could be more depressing than a rocky marriage? Well I had nothing to worry about because this story was uplifting, and one of the best second chance romances I’ve ever read.”

And says it’s “sensual and sizzling! All the pent up longing and hurt felt by both Kai and Kurt bubbles up and made for some intensely passionate scenes.”

Thank you so much for the lovely and thoughtful review, Rachel!

 

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SUN-KISSED (the unexpected sequel to this original stand-alone tale) is almost here!

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A Little Fortune for All!

We stopped by Bonnie’s (my favorite local chocolatier, Miel Bon Bons) to give her some lilies of the valley for good fortune for the first of May, and look!! By delightful serendipity, she had been making good fortune symbols, too! So she gave us three.

I kind of feel it’s enough good fortune just knowing such a sweet person who would wish good fortune on us, don’t you?

Here’s hoping this good fortune can spread around to all of you!

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Friday Book Club: Tanya (I hope)…What about you?

Friday Book Club is a little late tonight! My own reading wishes are probably hopeless this weekend, with so many deadlines, but what I would *like* to be reading is Rebecca Rogers Maher ‘s TANYA, which just released this week and which I’ve been hearing great things about. (She wrote The Bridge, if you tried that one.)

This past week I was also reading Scents and Subversion, too.

What about you? What have you been reading this week? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

Happy weekend! :)


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Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year in Paris, the streets filled with that sweet, lemony scent of lilies-of-the-valley or muguets. (Interestingly, in my perfume studies, I have learned that it has been impossible so far to in any way capture that scent, to the extent that the word almost seems to have morphed in meaning within the perfumery world, so that what is accepted as “lily of the valley” doesn’t even remotely resemble the real thing. There’s one special moment in the spring when you can smell that real scent and that is it.) People give each other stems of it because they “porte bonheur”, promise happiness and good fortune. It is a lovely day and tradition and also when my husband and I first went out together, so we have a lot of good memories tied into it. When we bought our first house, this tiny house in which we still live because we are so attached to the neighborhood, the first spring we discovered lilies-of-the-valley coming up all around the house, literally encircling it, and we always thought that was a very special, wonderful sign.

This is one time I infinitely prefer the real flower over chocolate, but the chocolate renditions that some Paris chocolatiers have started doing are so cute, I had to share this one from Patrick Roger. To wish you all happiness and good fortune today and forever after!

muguet patrick roger

You can see a few more chocolate muguets on my Pinterest board, if you like them. Including some macarons au muguet from Pierre Hermé!

Here’s a little excerpt from THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH, where the first of May was a special day, too. It’s Dom’s point of view:

Even he could be perfect on the first of May, with Jaime beside him. 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 Jaime several bouquets already, after surviving having his heart broken into tiny pieces by the bouquet that she 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. It made his whole heart feel lighter, soaring almost like that Victoire de Samothrace, to have her beside him, wishing him happiness

***
Happy May Day to you all!


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Friday Book Club: I’m reading about perfume. What about you?

Friday Book Club! What are you reading this week? I’ve just finished A SCENTED PALACE: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette’s Perfumer, by Elisabeth de Feydeau, which was really fascinating. And I’ve just started Luca Turin’s THE SECRET OF SCENT, and I’m already enjoying the descriptions of Nice and his discovery of the joys of perfume.

What about you? Anything you’ve read this week that you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to this weekend?

 


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Kind Words about Snow-Kissed, thank you!

Such a lovely, lovely review of SNOW-KISSED from The Bookish Babes that I had to share. Andrea says: “If anyone should ask me why Laura Florand is one of my very, very favorite authors, I won’t need to say a word. I will let Snow-Kissed speak for me. It is undoubtedly one of the very best, most moving stories I’ve had the privilege to read.”

She also reviews in the same post two phenomenal novellas, The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers and The Bridge by Rebecca Rogers Maher. I highly recommend these novellas myself and am always honored to see SNOW-KISSED grouped with them.

Check here if you want to see the full reviews.

Thank you so much, Bookish Babes!

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Permalink to Friday Book Club: What are you reading?

Friday Book Club: What are you reading?

Friday Book Club! What are you reading this week? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to? I have been reading “The English Civil War: A People’s History” by Diane Purkiss, which is quite fascinating. No fiction this week, except my own, as I am editing a lot this week.

What about you?

(By the way, for those of you looking for book recs, often there’s a lot more discussion on my FB page, so feel free to hop over there if you want to see more.)


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Giveaway! GEEK WITH THE CAT TATTOO

GIVEAWAY WINNER is Michelle M.! (She entered on FB.) Thank you all for playing! :)
It’s Tax Day! Or, as we like to call it in my house “File an Extension and Eat More Chocolate Day”.It seems like a good day to do another of those DABWAHA giveaways! Cheer everybody up. Just like or comment below to enter! (Or on my blog.)

Today we’re doing Theresa Weir, Author of New Adult Romance ‘s THE GEEK WITH THE CAT TATTOO, an ebook, because there is *nothing* more likely to cheer you up than reading the cat’s point of view in this thing. (This is Sam the Cat’s story.) I know, you’re saying, “Umm…a romance from a cat’s point of view?” Trust me!! It is too charming.

Actually, I started the series (ahem! supposed to be a third book, Theresa! Just saying!) with THE GIRL WITH THE CAT TATTOO, and was totally hooked on Max’s point of view. And I do think it’s fun to start at the beginning of a series, and either of these books would be a delight, so let’s make this giveaway one or the other.
Like my DABWAHA campaign poster about that elusive third book? :)
dabwaha sister story 2If you’ve read THE GIRL WITH THE CAT TATTOO and want GEEK, we’ll go with that, and if you haven’t tried it and want to start with GIRL, well, winner’s choice.

Theresa and I had a *fun* time together during the DABWAHA. Cats ended up wearing tinfoil hats, all kinds of things happened. We tried to start a Twitter movement of people posting photos of their cats in tinfoil hats, but for some strange reason, that just didn’t catch on. Hmm…wonder why?

dabwaha geek mind controlYou can see some of my crazy vote drives here, if you missed them during the actual madness. I wish I could find one again where Theresa sent a photo of “Sam” with the “You call that sexy” line, because it was hilarious.

Comment below or on my Facebook to be entered into the drawing for an ebook copy!

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