“Rose’s deliciously sensual novel of paranormal suspense smoothly melds a perfume-scented quest to protect an ancient artifact with an ages-spanning romance…Rose (The Hypnotist) imbues her characters with rich internal lives in a complex plot that races to a satisfying finish.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
M.J. Rose is a Renaissance woman. She is a respected journalist and the internationally bestselling author of twelve highly acclaimed novels. She is the founder of AuthorBuzz, the first marketing firm for authors and one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers. Rose has also co-founded Peroozal.com and the popular website BookTrib.com. She has an enduring passion for art, mythology and esoterica, as evidenced her Museum of Mysteries blog. In essence, M.J. Rose is a force to be reckoned with.
Rose is also an impeccable researcher, often blending actual history into her spellbinding storylines. And her latest, The Book of Lost Fragrances , an engrossing thriller that weaves together reincarnation, ancient Egypt, international intrigue, and a lost book of fragrances, is no exception. It’s already been chosen as an Indie Next Pick for March and was recently named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers. Rose will also be part of Atria Great Mystery Bus Tour—In April, Atria Books will send four authors from three different countries to twelve cities.
In preparation for writing The Book of Lost Fragrances, Rose spent more than two and half years researching ancient treatises on perfumery and alchemy, traveling to flower farms and conventions, as well as studying with fragrance architects, famous “noses,” and niche perfumers. Based on that research, Rose provides exclusive author notes in The Book of Lost Fragrances, as well a comprehensive glossary that offers factual information about some of the topics, locations, theories and legends she vividly weaves into her plot.
While writing, to remain in the world of the novel, she burned incense and her favorite candles created by Frederick Bouchardy under the brand name JOYA. When the novel was finished she searched out Bouchardy to give him a copy of the yet to be published novel. Bouchardy was instantly intrigued by her book—first, as a reader, he said he was taken with the mystery and romance of the story. In Rose’s tale, scent plays a strong role as it pertains to memory. Bouchardy, who creates using oils and other classic ingredients, said this notion spoke to him as a designer and producer of fragrances. The ancient fictional fragrance at the heart of Rose’s novel is called Âmes Soeurs, which means “Soul Mates” in French. Inspired by the book, Bouchardy has brought the perfume to life with his version: Âmes Soeurs, The Scent of Soul Mates. Bouchardy interpreted Rose’s imagined fragrance with notes of Frankincense, Myrrh, Orange Blossom, and Jasmine.
It Wasn’t Always Easy—getting published has been an adventure for M.J. Rose who self-published her first novel, Lip Service late in 1998 after several traditional publishers didn’t know how to position or market it since it didn’t fit into any one genre. Frustrated, but curious and convinced that because of her advertising background she could figure out the marketing, Rose set up a web site where readers could download her book for $9.95 and began to seriously market the novel on the Internet. After selling over 2,500 copies (in both electronic and trade paper format) Lip Service became the first e-book and the first self-published novel discovered online. It was chosen by the Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club and published by a mainstream New York publishing house. The rest, as they say, is history…
About The Book of Lost Fragrances:
Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances–and of her mother’s suicide–she moved to America.
Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with its financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing–leaving a dead body in his wake–Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind.
Back in Paris to investigate her brother’s disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L’Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation – or is it just another dream infused perfume?
The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra’s Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet’s battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac’s quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.
M.J. Rose is a skilled writer and a remarkable storyteller. Using Cleopatra’s lost book of fragrance formulas as a stepping stone, Rose spins a tale replete with stunning twists and compelling characters that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night.
M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of eleven novels: Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones, Sheet Music, Lying In Bed, The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix, The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. The Book of Lost Fragrances was published in March 2012. Rose is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How To Publish And Promote Online, and with Doug Clegg on Buzz Your Book.
M.J. Rose lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka. To learn more about M.J. Rose and her work, visit her website at: www.mjrose.com .