Hello! I'd love to speak to your book club about the historical novels I write for St. Martin's Press, which include sweeping 20th-century historical saga with strong, stylish, resilient heroines set in the 1920s to 1950s in places such as Paris and Tuscany. As a lifelong avid traveler, I enjoy writing about places I’ve visited for a sense of authenticity. Details fascinate me as well. For example, for The Winemakers, I researched winemaking in Napa Valley and Italy, and for Scent of Triumph, I spent quite a bit of time in Paris studying perfume and WWII troop movements. (I also wrote a book on Vintage Perfumes). Female figures in history inspire me, and I love sharing a fresh point of view from strong female characters. My father was a pilot in WWII, and my mother often shared her memories. Besides history, you’ll find style, suspense, and a little mystery in my stories as well, and many readers enjoy my multi-generational characters. In the back of each book, you’ll also find a discussion guide. At present, I'm currently crafting a new historical novel set in Piemonte, Italy. I enjoy speaking to readers in Southern California, Dallas, or via Skype. I also write a fun contemporary series called the Love, California series about a group of best friends; it’s little like Sex and the City on the west coast, with smart women, great clothes, and travel to Spain, Ireland, Monaco, Australia, and France. A few of my favorite things include a good cup of coffee, dark chocolate, traveling anywhere, and a warm sunny beach. I'm from Austin, Texas and a trace of a drawl still survives to this day, although I now live in Southern California.
About THE WINEMAKERS
A young woman. A family secret. A devastating truth that could destroy the man she loves
1956: Many years ago, the Rosetta family’s hard-won dreams of staking their claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition. Now high-spirited, passionate Caterina Rosetta, who has inherited both her mother’s talent for crafting the finest wines and also her indomitable will, wants nothing more than to win her mother’s approval and work at her side. But that can never happen, because Caterina is keeping a secret that could ruin her: a daughter of her own, fathered by the love of her life, who left her without explanation. Just as she feels she has nowhere to turn, Caterina discovers that she has inherited a vineyard in the Tuscan countryside in Italy, from a grandmother she’s never heard of, and she seizes the chance to start a new life for herself and her child.
But the past is not so easily outrun. In the country of her ancestors, Caterina meets the family of the father she never knew and discovers that her mother is also hiding her own secret—a secret so devastating it threatens the future of everything her family has worked for. As an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragedy that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother’s buried past—if she has the strength to face it.
From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.
About SCENT OF TRIUMPH
When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries.
Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles.
Through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph is one woman’s story of courage, spirit, and resilience.