Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Love...

I love books (which contain words) and I love nail polish so of course I love....

Found myself some Sally Hansen awesomeness!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Book of Lost Fragrances - Guest Post

Tuesday I had the pleasure of reviewing The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose and today I am lucky enough to have a guest post from the author.

 M.J. Rose says:
I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (researched and described with the help of the perfume writer Dimitrios Dimitriadis)


With a name resembling that of the island in the South Pacific inhabited by French painter Paul Gauguin, Atuona; Atuana was a Jacques Guerlain creation that launched in 1952. Said to embrace the colour, liveliness and strength of the primitive cultures Gauguin encountered there, Atuana is an exotic perfume based around summery florals of neroli, rose, iris and jasmine. A feeling of equatorial warmth lay apparent just below the surface, furnished by accords of rich leather and amber which added infinite depth and character. Originally released in sparkling Baccarat flacons, Atuana sadly vanished from circulation only a handful of years later, and has never resurfaced since.


M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012.  Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio.  Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -  The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype.  She is also the co-founder of and

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook.

For more information on the book and the blog tour check out: 
My review 
The tour schedule
Twitter Hashtag: #LostFragrancesVirtualBookTour 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances - M.J. Rose

The Book of Lost Fragrances 
By M.J. Rose 

When I opened this book, I knew it would have some romance and I hoped Rose would do justice to the fragrance part of the story but I was surprised by how much suspense played a part in the storyline. It actually concerned me a bit when I realized how central a mystery was to the story. Well, there was absolutely no need to be concerned. Rose delivers to all the senses. I was captivated by the story and all the layers to it. 

The extensive research Rose did was obvious in the details and emotional trials. From a lost Dalai Lama and a fragrance that is believed to unlock memories of past lives to an old love and an assassin, the multiple story lines pulled me in and left me completely satisfied when they came crashing together and the end. And the end, oh the end. Without giving anything away I will say that in general terms, under normal circumstances, I don’t like stories that have the kind of ending this one did, but here it was so perfectly fitting that I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. 


A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.

Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.

Come back Friday, March 23 when I will have a guest post from M.J. Rose!

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Twitter Hashtag: #LostFragrancesVirtualBookTour

**Thank you Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for providing me with an ARC for review.