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Verena Valent is at the helm of her family's legendary Swiss skincare company, which caters to a glamorous clientele in the heart of Beverly Hills. After the death of her parents, she becomes the sole provider for her younger twin sisters and her grandmother. Instead of attending college with her friends as planned, she rises to the challenge to guide and expand her family's business. She is in the midst of a critical international expansion when her carefully organized life begins to unravel.
While she struggles to save the business that means everything to her, she meets Lance, an executive chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She encounters this intriguing man again while on a business trip to Paris, and soon gains a new perspective on love, romance, and relationships.
When the unthinkable occurs and Verena's world collapses, her friends rally around her, among them Scarlett Sandoval, a top intellectual property attorney; Dahlia DuBois, a perfumer from an esteemed line of French perfumers; and Fianna Fitzgerald, a fashion designer with her own trendy boutique.
Ultimately, Verena learns that truth, family, friendship, and love are the unshakable pillars of life. But will she get a second chance in business, or in love?
Flawless is the first book in the Love, California series. Follow a group of smart, stylish friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life in the business of beauty. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, this engaging series features gutsy, determined best friends, and how they manage to live the lives of their dreams.
"Flawless is an astute, intelligent, gripping romance for the modern woman. Jan Moran's writing took me to the edge; she creates a heroine whom you can't fail to care for and understand!" - Hannah Fielding, Author of The Echoes of Love
THE LOVE, CALIFORNIA SERIES
Scent of Triumph
(All books are PG-rated. No graphic sex, violence, or offensive language.)
Q – Tell us about this contemporary series.
A – The Love, California series is women's contemporary fiction with strong female leads, women’s friendships, and romantic relationships. The women are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they make mistakes and have to find their way. Some call the Love, California series the perfect chicklit beach books, while romance readers get romance… and a lot more.
Q – You also write 20th-century historical novels for St. Martin’s Press and other foreign publishers. What are the differences and similarities between your contemporary series and historical novels, and why do you write in these two genres?
A – The Winemakers and Scent of Triumph are set in the 1950s/1920s and WWII and revolve around women who discover their inner core strength, as in the modern Love, California series. Another shared element is the appreciation of creative arts and business, from winemaking and perfumery to fashion, art, jewelry-making, and beauty. Both genres have multigenerational casts and international settings, too.
My contemporary characters have more opportunities to pursue dreams with fewer restraints, but societal challenges still exist. Initially, I began this series as light-hearted emotional relief from my intense World War II saga, Scent of Triumph, which follows a female French perfumer.
Focused on friend and family relationships, the Love, California series is more akin to Sex and the City (less sex, more smarts), while my historicals are longer, layered sagas. My German publisher – Goldmann/Random House – compares The Winemakers to Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books, which I adore. (We also share a May birthdate.) It’s a 2017 lead title in Germany, and I’m adapting it with a screenwriter, so if readers like historical fiction (or wine), read The Winemakers. And all audiobooks are read by the amazing, award-winning Erin Bennett.
Why do I write in two genres? I have love history, particularly from a women’s perspective. My contemporary novels are fun to write, so readers can expect more of both.