The Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Author Jan Moran

on Tour

March 28-April 16

with

SCENT OF TRIUMPHScent of Triumph:
A Novel of Perfume And Passion

(historical novel)

Release date: March 31, 2015
at St. Martin?s Press
384 pages

ISBN: 9781250048905

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SYNOPSIS

Perfume is the essence of beauty, the heart of illusion, the soul of desire. It is my past, my present, my future. ?from the journal of Danielle Bretancourt

When French perfumer and aristocrat 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 the remains of her family, relying on the strength of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a British shipping heir and Royal Navy officer. Finally, in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, 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.

Amidst the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Danielle works her way up from meager jobs to perfumer and fashion designer. Still, personal happiness eludes her. Can her sheer force of will attract the elusive love she desires, or will it only come at the ultimate cost?

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My Thoughts

The Scent of Triumph is a triumph. I utterly enjoyed it; pulling me in right away. As you start each chapter, there is an informative epigraph that is “written” by Danielle, the main character, that brings together life and perfume. I loved reading each one; there was something magical about it with no magic involved. Although the war was a heavy influence on the plot, there was still perfume on the mind–which I loved. I tend to be drawn to books that have talk about perfume or are about perfume solely, or a majorly. This book was no exception.

Danielle was my favorite character in the book. I though she was well-written. I liked her immediately and felt connected to her in no time at all. I could sense what she was feeling without the author having to go too much into detail. I like when that happens. It doesn’t happen often or as well as it did here. As for the other characters, I liked them as well. I was torn between liking Max, Danielle’s husband, but I adored John, the shipping heir. Not immediately, but pretty quickly.

The plot was well written. The juxtaposition  between the war and Danielle’s Hollywood life was different. What I loved the most, as is the norm I suppose in good books, is the end. Who doesn’t like a good ending? I would highly recommend this book. There were so many good elements in here. Jan Moran definitely did her research and did it well. I was impressed; and it seems like it’s hard to impress me these days. I hope you check this one out.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scent of Triumph - Jan MoranJAN MORAN is the author of Fabulous Fragrances I and II,
which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list,
and other contemporary novels,
including Flawless, Beauty Mark, and Runway.
A fragrance and beauty industry expert,
she has been featured on CNN, Instyle, and O Magazine,
and has spoken before prestigious organizations,
including The American Society of Perfumers.
She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School
and attended the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Writers? Program.

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You can enter the global giveaway here
or on any other book blogs participating in this tour.
Be sure to follow each participant on Twitter/Facebook,
they are listed in the entry form below
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Visit each blogger on the tour:
tweeting about the giveaway everyday
of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time!
[just follow the directions on the entry-form]

Global giveaway open internationally:
1 winner will receive 1 print copy of Scent of Triumph

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Scent of Triumph Vintage Perfumes

BONUS OFFERED BY THE AUTHOR
independently from this book tour
With every purchase of Scent of Triumph,
she is offering a free ebook of Vintage Perfumes,
a nonfiction guide to the finest classic perfumes, for epub and mobi.
Just email her some proof of your purchase
(receipt, email receipt, photo of yourself with the book or ebook on your reader, etc.),
and she will send you the free ebook of Vintage Perfumes.
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Did You See It? BEA Releases Sneak Peek of Authors

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It’s here! It’s here! Okay, I should calm down. It’s only a preview.  Still, there are some good authors coming to BEA this year. I can’t wait. This may be this last year I’m going to BEA, so I’m really pumped. Unfortunately, it’s being cut short due to a family trip I need to take that takes place during the conference. Ugh. Anyway. The list! You can find the full list here. Let’s take a little look at the highlights, shall we?

Alexandra Bracken

Susane Colasanti

Jesse Eisenberg (Eck!!!)

Amy Ewing

Ellen Hopkins

A.S. King

Nathan Lane

Marissa Meyer

Patrick Ness

Lauren Oliver

Leila Sales

Maggie Stiefvater

Scott Westerfeld

And tons I don’t know. It will be a good year. Who are you excited for?

I Want to Go to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality; Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger Book Review

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

By: Gail Carriger

Released: February 5, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Length: 307 Pages

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: netgalley

 

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Welcome indeed. Floating in the sky, Sophronia’s finishing school is not your ordinary school. Not even the founder is aware!! I’m more than slightly jealous of the things they get taught, get up to, and the like. It sounds like so much fun. Who knew I would like Steampunk. I avoided it. But, now, I’m in love. Maybe it’s just Carriger’s writing. Oh man, the details! The clothes. The school that flies!!! Did I mention that? And the cute werewolf, a vampire teacher, Soapies (never heard of them before. They sound so interesting). Then the secret mission. It’s all so intriguing. I couldn’t put the book down. Once I really got into it, around page thirty or so, I was hooked. I finished it in a day.

Sophronia has become perhaps one of my new favorite heroines in literature. She is spunky, cunning, sarcastic, smart, and knows how to get in and out of trouble. I want to be her best friend. Now. I loved all the characters, actually. They were written really well. Each character arc was well thought out and developed. Even the minor characters seemed well developed. I could sense their personalities immediately. Sidheag and Dimity were two of my favorites. I can’t choose who I like more. It depends on what the situation is. Both of them are really different. Sidheag is not the girly girl Dimity is by any means. I liked her roughness. Whereas with Dimity, I liked that she wasn’t this rough finisher. She was more delicate, but very truthful and direct. She makes a great companion.

I liked this novel because although it had Steampunk elements in it, it wasn’t overtly Steampunk that would steer me away from it, or overwhelm me. Especially for my first foray into the genre. It was just so good. I can’t think of many negatives this novel has. The writing was pretty spot on. The plot was solid. The characters were strong. I can’t recommend this enough. START THIS SERIES! I am already on book two although I should be reading something else for something else. I just can’t help myself.

April has Sprung…April’s TBR

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April has arrived. Finally. The snow here has officially thawed. Spring looks like it will make it’s annual appearance. Ahh, it’s time to get out those dresses and skirts. How I’ve missed them. But, you’re not here for that are you? 🙂 Let’s talk books! I’ve got some good books I want to tackle. I seem to be reading a lot of Historical Fiction these days and a lot less YA. This month doesn’t seem any different.

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Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.

I think I might cry reading this one. It sounds really intense.

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In her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters—a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken on her life.

Just reading the brief synopsis, I was immediately drawn in. It sounds really intriguing. Family secrets, self-discovery, journeys to the unknown, sign me up!

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A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s.

I don’t know much about George Sand. I remember watching a relatively good movie about her life. When I saw this book on offer on Penguin’s first to read program, I jumped at the chance to read it. I can’t wait to start it.

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THE ADVENTURES OF A LOWLY MAIDSERVANT, A DISGUISED FUGITIVE, A SAVIOR TO THE POOR AND ENDANGERED, AND A QUEEN.

They had me at Queen. I love Royal Historical Fiction. I don’t know my Scots very well, so I’m interested to read this one to broaden my horizons.

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The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club: A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England.

This sounds so good I can’t. Anything like fight club, just yes please. I want. I can’t wait to read this one. Even the cover is awesome.

I have one more on my list, but I’m keeping it a surprise! You’ll find out soon enough. 🙂

I hope you found some good books. I know it’s going to be a good reading month for sure.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

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