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Permalink to Friday Book Club! I’m recommending Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox. What about you?

Friday Book Club! I’m recommending Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox. What about you?


(Okay, first of all, a huge thank you for voting in the DABWAHA again. SNOW-KISSED survived! It’s now the last novella standing! Which means 1) More people need to read Geek with a Cat Tattoo, because it is awesome and so charming, and 2) now it will be up against either Eleanor & Park or the book capable of *beating* Eleanor & Park right now, and you know how that’s going to end. But anyway, more voting this weekend. If you missed the sneak peeks of SUN-KISSED and the first Vie en Roses book, Matt Rosier’s, then check out the previous posts.)

But right now, I would like to take a much needed break from DABWAHA campaigning etc and just talk about BOOKS that don’t have anything to do with it. Although I highly recommend really all of my opponents up to here. (For example, THE GEEK WITH THE CAT TATTOO from last round was one of my favorite novellas from last year. I love it and THE GIRL WITH THE CAT TATTOO, and I have recommended them to everyone. The cat’s point of view in each–too charming. Just too much fun.)

In fact I really, really want the sister cat’s story. Here is my evil DABWAHA campaign about it. :)

dabwaha sister story 2

What are you reading? Other than lots of the DABWAHA books, the book I particularly wanted to mention is one that I read ages ago, as an arc, but it’s finally out in its entirety!!

ROMAN HOLIDAY by Ruthie Knox. This was released at first in serial, toward which I have deep reservations. I just don’t like reading books a bit at a time. I get very frustrated. Fortunately, Ruthie kindly let me read the whole book early on, so I didn’t have to. And it’s now available in its full form! So you can read it, too! I so loved this book. The flawed heroine. The road trip. Struggling Roman. I’ve said it before, Ruthie just picks up a big fistful of solid earth and says: *this* is what’s real and Makes It Romantic! I love that. So I definitely recommend this one or any of her other books, if you haven’t tried her.

Up next for me this weekend? Probably an arc I’ve got on my iPad, so maybe more news on that later. What about you? Anything you’ve read recently that you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Here’s a little AMZ link to Roman Holiday if you’re curious.


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Ruthie Knox’s lovely reading from THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH

A lovely reading from THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH by the wonderful Ruthie Knox.

Ruthie’s beautiful words to go with the reading: “Laura’s books create a Paris of the imagination, a Paris of chocolate and technique, mastery and admiration, and most of all, a Paris of intense and specific sexual-romantic longing that you can wrap around you, as you read, like the softest cashmere couch blanket. There is such decadence to Laura’s Paris, because she gives the reader permission to sink into the world she’s created, to want — expensive food, beautiful clothes, romantic misunderstanding, scenery, love, sex — and this means that choosing to read one of her novels becomes a choice to have an experience that is comforting, beautiful, and rich.

It’s just delicious.”

She is extremely kind.

And if you are looking to be tempted into more books, check out her reading from Molly O’Keefe’s Wild Child the week before. Are these video reads not fantastic?  And now that you’ve heard the reading, can you possibly resist WILD CHILD?

chocolate touch florand

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An A for SNOW-KISSED & Double Recommended Read from Dear Author

I’m extremely honored to have SNOW-KISSED awarded a rare and coveted A from Dear Author and be given a double Recommended Read.

Willa, who gave it the A, says this:

“Even amidst the angst there are playful and funny moments and tender sharing and — after all miss, this is Florand — wonderful food.

And most of all, there’s romance at its strongest and most powerful, as Kai discovers how intensely Kurt loves her and how real that love is. Snow-Kissed is obviously about grief and loss and their effects on the spirit, and it’s a beautifully done, insightful portrayal. But at its deepest heart it’s about love, the true, devoted, thick and thin kind of love — not uncritical, slavish adoration, which passes for it in a lot of romance, but love that is honest and clear-sighted, sometimes angry, yet unconditional.”

Snow-Kissed-DA recommend

Several other lovely reviews came in yesterday and the day before, and I want to say a huge thank you to those reviewers who have put so much time and thought into articulating their reaction to this story, which I know is not always an easy one. (It’s not for me either!)

Sarah from YA Librarian Tales says:

“There are a thousand reasons I anticipate reading a Laura Florand story but perhaps the biggest reason is that she is a phenomenal storyteller. Her characters are people I like and can sympathize with. Their world shares the emotions of my world. While Snow-Kissed does not have the romantic Parisian influences of Florand’s Chocolate series, this is not a lack on any part. Instead, I became swept away in a world of snow, of hard memories and of possible new beginnings. I have always found winter and snow very romantic and there is no doubt that Laura Florand knows how to play on that image. Basically folks, I loved this story. It is not a comical, funny romance so do not read it yet if that is what you are in the mood for. Read it when you are looking for a love story that makes you ache for the two characters. You will be well rewarded by the time they find each other again.”

Dabney at The Passionate Reader calls SNOW-KISSED “beautifully and sensitively written”.

And Laurie’s Laudanum decided to do a generous GIVEAWAY of 5 e-copies of the book on her blog. Go comment to enter! She says this: “SNOW-KISSED is a novella, but its emotional impact is staggering, almost a tangible thing…This is storytelling at its most basic form, borrowing from raw, human emotion to weave a satisfyingly hopeful story.”

Aaand Ruthie Knox just recommended it on her blog.

There have been a rush of things to deal with this week and it is hard to keep up, but I just want everyone to know I am very, very grateful for the praise this book has received and appreciate it so much. It’s a difficult one for me to talk about, but I am honored by the reaction it has received.

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Snow-Kissed Snippet for the Day

I want to say a huge thank you to Ruthie Knox for this beautiful praise of Snow-Kissed“Gorgeous, brave, heart-breakingly beautiful, and written with astonishing insights into grief.”

(Quoted with her permission from her review on Goodreads.) Knowing that it speaks to such an incredible author means so much.

Your Snow-Kissed snippet for the day:

She tried to stir when he settled his arm over her shoulders. “Kurt, I don’t think this is a good idea.”

Oh, because you think I think it’s a good idea? It’s suicidal. But he said, “I don’t mean to be rude, Kai, but it’s way the fuck better than your last one.”

Which was probably the wrong thing to say on his part, too, but she shut up, and they sipped hot chocolate and watched the snow. He hadn’t really meant to shut her up; he was pretty sure he would like for her to talk to him, if she was in a place where she could talk without screaming again. But—her body felt so damn warm against his. Why risk it moving away?

He let it soak into him, the warmth of her, the scent of her hair, like rain at last on parched earth. Oh, thank God, thank God, thank God . . .

And underneath the relief, the soul of a grown man who wanted to curl himself into a fetal ball in a dark place and whimper as torturers grabbed at him and hauled him away: Oh, God, please don’t let it hurt as much as last time.

snow-kissed florandAvailable now.

Permalink to What I’m Reading–What About You?

What I’m Reading–What About You?

I am on the most incredible run of good luck in my reading material this month! I keep saying I should buy a lottery ticket, but what if that ate up all my reading good luck and left me with filthy lucre instead? So I’m sticking to books.

And just to help you get lucky, too, here are the two new ones from this past week that I’ve been talking about:

confidence tricks

Confidence Tricks by Tamara Morgan. This was so funny! I laughed and laughed through this book. It’s a thief caper, and you know how much I like those. (Although honestly, I don’t think you can qualify The Chocolate Thief as a thief caper. I’m not so good at writing capers, but I do love to read them.) The playboy-thief hero Asprey is hilarious, and I dare you to read one chapter and not fall for him. Go ahead–check out the sample and let me know if I won the dare or not! :) And the heroine, con-woman Poppy, is priceless. She can beat him up! And his masculinity somehow doesn’t suffer at all for that. His own madcap humor forms part of his very powerful masculinity, if you will. I love this. I laughed all the way through the book, and yet at the same time, I thought it was a very intelligent read–much more than the humor, a story with a lot of heart.


Making It Last – A Novella (Camelot Series)by Ruthie Knox. This is only 0.99, by the way and so incredibly worth it. Ruthie is an amazing writer, and I was particularly interested to read this one,  and have been all antsy for it to come out, because I knew she was taking on a similar concept to my novella Turning Up the Heat. I love seeing what different authors do with the same trope or the same essential idea, and in this case, I feel like there are just not enough books out there that look at an issue I absolutely love: that of a marriage ten years or so on. A marriage that is essentially a good marriage, the couple is doing their best by each other, and yet, and yet . . . they need to renegotiate who they are as individuals and who they are with each other. They are at a crossroads where they can reaffirm their love or perhaps see it die, if they aren’t careful. And Ruthie Knox does this story beautifully. She has such a down-to-earth-I-know-these-people way with her writing, with that vivid detail that makes them ours so very clearly, and this is a very emotional story. I would love to hear what you think of it. If you have read Turning Up the Heat, too, come back and have a comparative literature discussion! Remember, I had a lot of training as a literary scholar at one point in my life, and I just love thinking about and analyzing how different authors treat an idea.

What about you? What have you been reading this week? Are you having a good run, too, or in a rut?