A Prescription for Wine? Really? Yes, in 1920.

on May 4, 2016
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by Jan Moran Fancy a glass of wine with dinner? In 1920, you’d have to have a doctor’s prescription for that elegant indulgence. In the US, the National Prohibition Act was in force from 1920 to 1933. During my research visit to Napa Valley for The Winemakers, I heard some amazing stories about how winery… Read More

Jan Moran

Jan Moran

Jan Moran is a Rizzoli bestselling and award-winning author. She writes historical women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press (The Winemakers, Scent of Triumph), a contemporary women’s fiction series (The Love, California series), and nonfiction books. Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She blogs for ProjectEve and at www.janmoran.com. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Costco Connection, and Porthole Cruise. Clients have included Sephora, DFS, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. Jan speaks before many groups, including Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She has represented brands and retailers in media on behalf of several public relations companies, including Edelman and DeVries. Jan is available for speaking engagements. Jan enjoys receiving letters and emails from readers, and is available to speak to book clubs about her writing and entrepreneurship. Visit her personal website or blog to contact her.

Jan Moran Contest

Jan Moran is giving away to the grand prize winner an autographed copy of THE WINEMAKERS: A Novel of Wine and Secrets and a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Plus, five runner-ups will receive a copy of THE WINEMAKERS.

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Dealing with the Dueling Voices in My Head

on March 24, 2016
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by Lauren Linwood Writers are an odd group. We definitely march not to a drummer but traipse along with the voices rattling around in our heads. I walk five miles a day and get some of my best plotting done then—but I’m sure when joggers or bikers pass me, they have to wonder about me… Read More

A Romantic Education

on November 11, 2015
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by Sabrina Darby As I mention in my bio, I learned my best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from romance books. I learned history from those same books, whether they took place in Tudor England, Napoleonic Europe or Gilded Age America. Half the fun was separating the fiction from the real history and pulling down… Read More

Excerpt from The Thornless Rose, an Elizabethan Time Travel novel

on January 6, 2015
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by Morgan O’Neill In this scene, time travelers Anne Howard and Dr. Jonathan Brandon are thrown together for the first time. Anne felt a tingling, a creeping of skin on the back of her neck and arms. She closed her eyes, suddenly feeling faint, when the air stilled beyond anything she had ever experienced. What… Read More

True Hauntings an Inspiration for Modern Gothic Romance

on October 1, 2014
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By Lauren Smith There is nothing better than visiting a place you believe is haunted. The chills that dance along your spine, the rising of the fine hairs on the back of your neck. The murmurs of voices, as though behind a thin, invisible veil and that pinprick sense of focus on the back of… Read More

Something Old Is New Again

on July 31, 2014
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by Susan Wiggs Back in 1990 or so, I was homeless. Not without a roof over my head, but without a publishing house. I had published several books, but had no publisher for my newest endeavor. I was in love with the idea, though, and determined to see it though, publisher or no. I had… Read More

What My Kindergartener Taught Me About Romance Heroes

on July 9, 2014
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I’ve been reading romance since I was in middle school. This means I know all about romance heroes—or thought I did, at any rate. Alphas. Betas. Betas that become Alphas when their loved ones are in danger. Alphas that become Betas when they fall in love. The guys that are in between and/or uncategorizeable. (Is… Read More

A Reader’s Dream- Attending a Book Conference

on June 19, 2014
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by Joanne Rock I find myself in the enviable position of having too many books this week. It’s a happy position to be in and I use the term “too many” lightly since no dedicated reader really believes there’s such a thing as “too many” when it comes to books. But when you have only… Read More

Wielding Procrastination as a Weapon

on March 28, 2014
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I was going to talk about procrastination as a weapon—like Thor’s Mjölnir!–but that sounds like a LOT of effort, doesn’t it? Maybe I should just call it a tool—although even that word makes me want to go take a nap. Writers, at least some of us, are fond friends with procrastination. It’s the pal that… Read More

The importance of Lady Day in Regency England and in Wishing Game

on March 19, 2014
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WISHING GAME is centered around Lady Day, a holiday that no longer exists. I know that sounds crazy, right? We add holidays all the time. In fact we have a holiday for everything. Well, what do you know, we discontinue holidays all the time too. Look at Presidents Day in the US. When I was… Read More