Closing up shop for a while

Closing up shop for a while

I’ve been receiving some inquiries about my lack of presence on social media, so I wanted first of all to thank you for your concern and second of all, to let everyone know that I will be closing up shop for a while.

I have two significant things in production from which I cannot desist at this point–a talk I am doing in St. Louis in October, and, of course, Lucien’s book, which is releasing September 12! Don’t worry–it was sent into production (edits etc) months ago and will still be releasing as scheduled.

But I am otherwise on leave from writing/publishing and plan to remain so for the next year. This is why I may or may not manage to get review copies out for A KISS IN LAVENDER, although I thank everyone for your interest. I do appreciate it hugely, and please do not feel ignored. It really is me not you! And I will still try but I do not promise.

I have been working from four in the morning until ten at night most days since The Chocolate Thief came out, with the only interruptions to my regular daily routine being going out to exercise and family care, and it is time for an extended break. I think my entire soul is covered in Post-It notes, and it just needs to get uncovered. I’m not able to write anymore with that much clutter cutting off the creative air, if you know what I mean.

I hope I will be back stronger and fresher in a year or so, and in the meanwhile, I hope you will love Lucien’s book! It’s all up on Amazon, Apple, etc, and ready to download on September 12, so you do not at all have to worry that it will not come out because of this.

Thanks so much to all of you for all the support and enthusiasm these past five years. (And from some of you even longer, since way back when Blame It on Paris came out!) It has been a wonder and a joy, and I am thankful for every bit of it.


  • Lynn Latimer

    Thank you for all the wonderful books! Take gentle care.

    August 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm
  • Carrie DB

    I second that! Thank you for all your fantastic books – but please go take care of yourself! Know that your readers will enjoy rereading and recommending your books while you rest up!

    August 16, 2017 at 3:59 am
  • Ruth Flescher

    I have hugely enjoyed the journey with you, but the schedule sounds brutal. Yes. Rest. Recover. Enjoy time with your family. Thank you for the joy you’ve brought.

    August 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm
  • Lynn J

    Rest and replenish the well! All good wishes xx

    August 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm
  • Speaking personally, your books have given me such happiness, laughter, and joy. Go get some of the same for yourself, for however long it takes to get post-it free.

    August 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm
  • Claudia

    Although you’ve been on my TBR list for some tome, I’ve only recently read/listened to the Chcoolate Thief and am currently listening to the Chocolate Kiss. I snarfed down Blame it on Paris this weekend, driving my husband nuts with the “listen to this” readings. They’re lovely, dear, whimsical, tasty books that helped me through a stressful summer. Thank you. Sleep well.

    August 20, 2017 at 3:01 am
  • Rebecca Christian

    EVeryone needs to renew at times and I have been wondering how you have been managing motherhood, teaching and all that writing–I had already guessed you were probably shortchanging your sleep or yourself in some other way. Your books are very good, evoking place so beautifullly as well as your characters. I just finished A Crown of Bitter Orange and liked it very much. With your Roses series I can reallly “see” Grasse, Mougins and that beautiful area. But Blame it On Paris is still my favorite. When I want to think of something that will make me chuckle I recall your trip with your in laws in the swamp as well as their indignation that they couldn’t get wine at what I dimly remember was a Waffle Shop. Enjoy your family and take care of yourself.

    August 20, 2017 at 3:12 am
  • Anna Marie Price

    Laura, I just spent the weekend in the Raleigh Durham area and I did indeed think of you while I was there! I told my bestie Lynn (we took a birthday /thrift shop tour of both cities) that I had not seen your posts in a while. I also told her that I hoped that you could keep your balance during the harriedness of living and parenting, let alone teaching and writing! Thanks for letting us mere mortals know that you are as human are we are. I hope that you can celebrate your ‘hiatus’ with some R and R.

    August 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • leeslie herman

    your beautiful and exhilarating books have been of great help and solace during some recent difficult days and for that i am very grateful. i would never begrudge to another a time of peace and pleasure. i am just so pleased i found your books a bit belatedly and will probably return to them a time or two during your hiatus.

    August 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Betsy Lewis

    I challenge anyone to say that I’m not your biggest fan, well work the exception perhaps of your family. I support you one thousand percent! You are truly my most favorite author of all time, even moreso than Jane Austen! I hope you get a much needed rest and I, for one will be here waiting when you get back with arms wide open! I can’t wait to read your latest book. I wish you lots of love, happiness and many blessings!

    September 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm
  • Geneva C

    Sometimes one’s body or soul, or those whom we love, may need us to take a breather.
    To get centered again. To want to have more ideas and words bubbling up.

    Take the time you need. We readers treasure your books and the short fictions you’ve offered in anthologies. Like many other fans, I’m sure, I first found you via an anthology collection. Of course, then I dove in headfirst, and now have all your fiction. The new novel is pre-ordered.

    Find your rest, and open the path to the chance to come back as soon as you’re ready, but vack to feeling writing to be a warm pleasure. Being too over-stressed makes even one’s writing start to feel like just a cold, obligatory duty.

    September 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Ola

    Thank you for all your lovely books. I have time and again come back to them when I needed a moment of happiness. You have an incredible talent with words. I wish you a wonderful time off, and hope you will once again find the creative energy to write more, for we will surely be waiting! 🙂 In the meantime, I would prescribe soothing tea, plenty of chocolate, and a many joyful and peaceful moments with your family.

    September 5, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Kareni

    Sending good thoughts your way, Laura. I hope you enjoy your respite.

    September 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm
  • Lynnd

    Thank you for all of your wonderful books. They are a joy! I hope that you enjoy your time off and that you are able to recharge the batteries of your soul. Bonne vacances et à bientôt.

    September 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  • Elaine R Smith

    Thank you so much for all of the joy your books have brought me! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your escape from deadlines and take some time to nourish your other interests. You’ll be missed, but I will await your return eagerly.

    September 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm
  • lisa Kremer

    Laura, I hope the next year is a wonderful one for you! After I saw the inclusion of rugby in your stories, I felt you must be a person who gives deeply of herself in connection with her readers. This can be so draining! Here is my best wishes for you to have a restorative year. Lisa

    September 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm
  • Sally Larwood

    Laura, your books have given me, as others have said so aptly, great joy. Every one is absorbed and then reread as it comes out, but you and your family and your life are the most important things and I wish you a lovely, relaxing year to enjoy everything that has been neglected whilst you worked so hard producing some of the loveliest books I’ve ever read.
    Hope to hear from you late next year.


    September 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm
  • Take care of you, Laura. We can wait for the next book. <3

    September 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm
  • Cat

    Take good care of yourself.

    September 13, 2017 at 12:52 am
  • Hi Laura! I was reading the newsletter–Happy Release Day, btw!–and decided to pop on over. I had to take a huge social media break a while back and only rejoined Twitter a month or so ago. So first, I just wanted to write: I get it. I so get it. Sometimes you just need to recharge, to find that spark again, or rather, to get some space and recharge the spark until you’re ready. Take all the time you need. Your readers will always be here. You’ll find new readers when you come back. There’s no pressure, but to relax, lean back, and enjoy a few glasses of wine and some chocolate. 😉 Please know that I’m always an email away and am here for you. xoxo

    September 13, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • Dominique De Buys

    Hi Laura! I so enjoy your lovely books, their universe and the interesting characters – they are so diverse – no wonder you need many post-its to keep track of all the connections between them. You’ve given us a constant flow – I appreciate you need a rest from it all. We’ll await the next of your writing career eagerly but patiently! I recommend olfactotherapy with essential oils – a soothing wonder! All the best!

    September 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm
  • Bonnie Foote

    This reminds me of a really great book I read once–it said something about how roses bloom and bloom and bloom in season, and then they need to soak up nutrients and sunlight the rest of the year before they bloom again?? And… maybe artists are like that, too? 😉
    Enjoy! xo

    September 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm
      • Bonnie Foote

        Ha! Exactly. “I give myself very good advice…”

        September 24, 2017 at 12:53 am
  • Kathy Wedbush

    Of course you need to take care of yourself! We will all miss you and your truly wonderful books but you will return even more inspired!

    September 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm
  • Emily A. Henderson

    Hi Mrs. Laura,

    I so miss your books. I was just sitting here thinking I haven’t seen a new release in a minute. So I came here to see if all is well. I am glad you are taking some much needed rest. That is awesome that you recognised that in order to be your ultimate best you need to love on you. So I hope you are enjoying. Thank you for the moments in my favorite place that I have yet to visit. I love the way you weave a story and the fact that you don’t shy away from the details of the place the characters are in makes for a pleasant read. I truly escape into the characters lives and live vicariously through them..lbvs. Rest well and I will be watching for your return.

    July 9, 2018 at 2:39 am
  • Liz M

    I just re-read your Roses series, and loved them as much the second time. I have read all your books now, and each of them has felt like such a gift- romantic, moving, and deeply interesting- I feel transported to these worlds you’ve created, and the characters feel so real. I hope your well-deserved break has been restorative for you, and look forward to whatever you might write next. Thank you so much for all you have written already! I only wish I could find more writers like you to tide me over in the meantime. Take care.

    February 13, 2020 at 12:54 am

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