Archive for April, 2014


Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments


“It is with irony now, forty years later, to think that if I had not been called a murderer on the most frightening night of my life, there might not be any perfume in Paris today. And that scent—to which I gave my all and which gave me all the power and riches I could have hoped for—is at the heart of why now it is I who call myself a murderer.”


The Collector of Dying Breaths



“Perfume is like a parenthesis, a moment of freedom, peace, love and sensuality in between the disturbances of modern living.”

—Sonia Rykiel


The Collector of Dying Breaths


From one of America’s most imaginative storytellers comes a  passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici’s court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn  back, time and again, to the past.

In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating  fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s  perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years René le Florentine is  occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose:  the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen’s rivals.

But it’s René’s other passion—a desire to reanimate a human breath,  to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated  him—that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That’s  when Jac L’Etoile—suffering from a heartache of her own—becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene’s secret to immortality.

Soon Jac’s search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she’s  loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her  treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next.

Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between  the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of  passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne  Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon.

Praise for The Collector of Dying Breaths

“History, mystery, ambition, lust, love, death and the timeless quest for immortality…a riveting tale of suspense.” – B.A.Shapiro, New York  Times bestselling author of The Art Forger

“Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!” – Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author

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M.J. Rose

About the Author

M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of fourteen novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. 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, Twitter and Goodreads.

Happy Monday: Pigs in a Hat

Monday, April 28th, 2014 | Joy | 2 Comments

1798751_653584671343784_2112387957_nThere is no good reason on God’s good green Earth to put pigs in a hat, but I thought this picture was a hoot. So as we start a new week, here’s a small laugh for you, or at least a smile. 🙂 Happy Monday All!

Regency Friday: Taming Miss Tisdale

Friday, April 25th, 2014 | Regency Fridays | No Comments


Taming Miss Tisdale

I really love being a part of the site Embracing Romance because I have gotten my hands on so many new authors…so many good books, so little time! I am happy to add the lovely Jessica Jefferson to my TBR pile…I love a good Regency (I’ll bet you didn’t know that about me) So click the link above and come and take a look for yourself. You won’t be sorry.

Meet My Main Character

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Thank you sweet Kate Quinn for tagging me in this fun blog hop…meet my main character indeed. This girl is about as far from Eleanor of Aquitaine as you can get. Young, fresh, hopeful, happy, the girl in my new draft is ready to face the world and conquer it armed only with good manners, integrity, and a spine of steel. Needless to say, I love this kid, and I am very happy that she lives in a romance novel. In romance novels, unlike life and history, things come out well for the people involved.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My character’s name is Catherine, and she is pure fiction.

2) When and where is the story set?
The novel is set in 1821, with Prinny safely on the throne as King George IV, and all right with the world. This first novel in my new series takes place solely in London.


3) What should we know about your main character? 
She is an honorable girl. She knows less than nothing about the world, but she knows who she is, and what she owes herself. She is a sweet kid and a tough cookie, wrapped in a muslin gown.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

As with so many of us, a lack of money makes her life a nightmare. Happily, all the men courting her just happen to be rich. 😉


5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To save her family from ruin and the loss of their family home. A lot for an 18-year-old to tackle, whatever year she is living in.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title is Seducing the Highlander (one of the men chasing her is from Scotland) This will change as soon as we have the title meeting but for now, this will serve


7) When can we expect the book to be published?

I am not sure when it is scheduled to go out…I am hoping for spring or summer of 2015. More on that as soon as I know the answer.

Regency Friday: Bonnets

Friday, April 18th, 2014 | Regency Fridays | No Comments


In my new draft, there is a scene in which my protagonist gets a little tipsy and pulls her bonnet off. She just gets tired of wearing it, of not being able to see clearly the hulking handsome man sitting next to her in the open carriage. How did a genteel, well-brought up young lady come to get tipsy in the first place in the middle of the day? And what happens when her inhibitions comes crashing down? The good news is, she keeps her well-honed manners. And has a little fun in the bargain…



But this scene made me think of Regency bonnets, of how pretty they are. Of course, there are brilliant people making them even today. Here are a few pictures I found of these little tidbits from the past. I am very relieved that I do not have to wear one of these when I step out into the sun, but they are lovely.


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