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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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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 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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Cover Reveal: SUN-KISSED!

I’m so excited to share the cover for my next novel, SUN-KISSED! This is the sequel to SNOW-KISSED that I announced in March. (Although I promise it will not win Tearjerker of the Year. I think of this one as a comforting, sexy, sometimes funny, often emotional but in a good way, story about finding sunlight and love when you think, maybe, you never will.) It is one of my shorter novels–about 10% longer than Sparks’ The Notebook, to give you an idea of length. (Most of my books are about twice as long as that, except of course for my novellas. Sun-Kissed is about two-thirds again longer than Snow-Kissed, to give you another comparison.)

Because this is Mack Corey’s story, set during Jaime and Dom’s wedding where we see a lot of the characters from the series again, I’m calling this one part of the Amour et Chocolat series (#7), but just to be warned that there is not really any food-making in it. It is also, obviously, the sequel to Snow-Kissed, and the story of Kai Winters’ mother-in-law, Anne Winters. (Perhaps I should call these two “The Snow Queen Duology”?)

It will be released end of May.  I’m aiming for May 20, 2014, but I encourage everyone to sign up here to be emailed of the new release. (It also gets you automatically entered into the monthly Chocolate Club, which is a lot of fun! And for right now, there’s a bonus scene for subscribers of Dom from The Chocolate Touch facing off with the aunts from The Chocolate Kiss.)

What do you think of the cover? The heroine is a little blonder, to tell the truth, but I just loved the message of this image.



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?


Sun-Kissed (Amour et Chocolat, #7)

Excerpt here.

Excerpt two here.

Coming late May! Sign up here to be emailed upon its release.

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Friday Book Club: What are you reading?

FRIDAY BOOK CLUB! (We’ve still got a couple more DABWAHA book giveaways coming up, but I wanted to take a little break today to just talk about what you’re reading. The WINNER of Sarah Morgan’s RIPPED has been announced: Laura V!)

I am reading Peacham’s THE COMPLEAT GENTLEMAN (a guide to being the complete gentleman that was originally published in 1622 and reissued in 1661, as Restoration Cavaliers put a great deal of stock in it).

And other than that, I am re-reading one of my own upcoming books, which is something I do over and over, before release. (SUN-KISSED).

It’s prime gardening weather here, right now, which also means prime lie in the hammock reading weather, of course! Choices, choices.

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

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Giveaway: Sarah Morgan’s Ripped

Ready for our next Toast to DABWAHA Class Giveaway? :)

As I’ve said in the previous ones, I had so much fun in the DABWAHA, meeting up with other authors, being silly, discovering other books, and I also just really appreciated all the wonderful support given to my own books. So I wanted to find a way to honor that, both the other authors and all you readers who were voting and supporting. Thus this series of giveaways of the different books THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH and/or SNOW-KISSED went up against.

This one is of RIPPED by Sarah Morgan. This was such a funny, sexy, charming novella! Hayley’s point of view (it’s in first person) was just hilarious. It’s the first time I’ve seen Sarah do a first person story (although I may have missed something), and I have to say, I usually am not a huge fan of first person, but she did this so very well.

Also, turkeys get waxed. I’m just saying. You want to know why, don’t you?


Like or comment, here or on my Facebook, to enter! Random will select a winner, oh, probably Thursday morning.

Bonus: Here are my little campaign posters during the DABWAHA round between RIPPED and SNOW-KISSED. Somehow, my campaign posters never work. :)

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Course on the Romance Novel at Duke

Katharine Ashe (Katharine Dubois) and I are very excited to announce our Fall 2014 course at Duke on The Romance Novel. We’re delighted to be engaging in this discussion in such a dynamic intellectual environment and excited about the opportunities we’ll have to extend the discussion beyond the university walls, as well.

For Duke students who are interested, you can see more below. Note that the covers are just to give an idea of the type of books we will cover, plus others. We’ll post a full book list with the final syllabus. Students who are interested can contact either one of us at our Duke addresses or through our author websites. We can’t wait to engage in this discussion!


A course about writing and popular culture

Dr. Katharine Dubois (Katharine Ashe), History & Religious Studies
Laura Florand, Romance Studies


HST 248S.01
Fall 2014
Mondays 4:40pm – 5:55pm

Yes. In this course you will read romance novels. You will also learn (the beginnings of) how to write one. You will even learn how to sell one in the marketplace. You will learn why and how this women-driven creative form that commands the US publishing market is called “trash.” You will study the birth of the modern novel in the 18th century all the way to the explosion of romance fiction in the late 20th. You will walk away from this course understanding more about American popular culture, big business and little-guy entrepreneurship than you can imagine. You will engage in a huge online public debate about popular fiction, femininity, masculinity, sex, power, money, entertainment and the publishing industry today. And we’ll have fun doing it.
(CCI) Cross Cultural Inquiry, (W) Writing, (ALP) Arts, Literature & Performance,
(CZ) Civilizations

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Giveaway: Karalynn Lee’s Back Across the Styx

In our week-long toast to the fun and classiness of authors we “met” during the DABWAHA, and to all of you for all your support in the game, today’s giveaway is an ebook of Karalynn Lee’s novella BACK ACROSS THE STYX.


Do you love Greek mythology? This one takes us into Hades, with the mortal adopted daughter of Charon and the son of Hades and Persephone (who are still having a few marital issues it turns out). It’s a charming, sweet story, told almost in a legend-like style, of the two finding their way into the mortal world and dealing with battles and gods. You can see one of my campaign posters for our round below. :)

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Just like or comment to enter, here or on my blog. Random will pick the winner tomorrow!

Thanks again for all your support during the DABWAHA and I hope you’re enjoying the new authors. BTW, the FINAL round of the DABWAHA is TODAY (Monday, 10-10 CDT). Julie James’ Love Irresistibly meets Captive Prince in a battle to the finish! You can vote here.

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GIVEAWAY! Charlotte Stein’s Run to You

WINNER of this one is Rebecca C. (entered via Facebook). Congratulations! Keep tuned for the next giveaway, of Karalynn Lee’s BACK ACROSS THE STYX.

Okay, I’ve got my breath back. TIME FOR THE DABWAHA GIVEAWAYS.

As I said last week, I had so much fun playing around with so many of my “opponents” in that crazy-fun DABWAHA. I discovered a lot of new books, met some fun and classy people, and was really flattered and touched by all of your support to my own books.

So let’s raise a toast this week to all those great books and classy authors I got to meet, and also give a little back to all of you readers who were cheering us on and voting and just generally engaging in the silly fun. We are the champions! (In our heart we are. I guess I really, honestly feel that way–it was so fun, and people were so sweet.)

Today, first giveaway, is of Charlotte Stein ‘s RUN TO YOU. Ouh la la, this is one hot book, people. It melted all the chocolate in my house. (It did. Check out this video evidence.

The Dom Richard Tragedy from Laura Florand on Vimeo.)

Erotic romance with the emphasis on “keep emergency ice cubes handy”. Here’s the book description from Amazon for you:

Alissa Layton leads a dull and ordinary life, safe in routines, with no plans to escape. But when she meets businessman, Janos Kovaks, and is introduced to his kinky lifestyle, Allissa’s entire world changes…

From Charlotte Stein, author of best selling Mischief titles ‘Power Play’, ‘Deep Desires’ and ‘Make Me’.

Alissa uncovers a hidden world of secret assignations and kinky meetings between like-minded high fliers at an exclusive hotel. The businessman Alissa spies on seems far too handsome, sexy and worldly for someone like her, and he’s into the kind of things she’s not sure she can do.

Janos Kovacs has spent so long indulging in emotion-less dalliances that he’s forgotten what real passion is. But the more time he spends with Alissa, the less control he has over himself. By the time he’s finished teaching how deliciously naughty sex can be, he might be the one learning the lessons …


If you would like to have *your* chocolate melted, just comment below or on my Facebook page. I’ll pick one winner early Monday morning for an ebook copy of this book, from the ebook vendor of your choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, etc.).

Good luck! And as always, happy reading!

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