Upcoming Events


    New York Marriott Marquis. New York, NY, Romance Writers of America. 11:00am – Laura will be speaking at Librarians’ Day RWA 2015. 5:30- 7:30pm – Laura will be signing at the giant Readers for Life Literacy Autographing, in support of RWA’s literacy efforts. This event is......


    THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015, NEW ORLEANS, LA. Laura will be presenting at the Popular Culture Association  / American Culture Association, on the Romance Novel course she and Katharine Dubois (aka Katharine Ashe) developed at Duke University....


While not personally speaking at these events, Laura is hosting, in conjunction with Katharine Dubois (aka Katharine Ashe), a series of events around the theme of “Unsuitable” at Duke University during Spring 2015. The entire community is welcome to take part in these discussions of women’s interests and popular fiction. For more information, directions, etc., click here. Events are as follows:

Monday, February 9, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm

UNSUITABLE #2, The Faces of Romance Fiction Today, with Lucia Macro, Vice President and Executive Editor for Morrow/Avon Books 

Drawing on her extensive experience in the publishing industry as editor for Berkley, Harlequin, and now Avon, Lucia Macro will discuss the rise and fall of romance sub-genres in the history of the industry and lessons for those creative entrepreneurs looking to forge a future in this industry.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm

UNSUITABLE #3, Author Voice: What Are They Talking About?, with Virginia Kantra, New York Times bestselling author 

One of the most essential elements for any writer to master in order to forge a career is Voice. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra will examine author voice in the romance novel by looking at examples from bestselling authors with strong voices across and within sub-genres.


Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm 

UNSUITABLE #4, Publishing Without a Publisher, with Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

In this entrepreneurs’ workshop, New York Times bestselling author of historical romance, Courtney Milan, will examine the growing popularity of self- or independent publishing and what that means for a writer’s creative entrepreneurship.


Monday, March 16, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm 

UNSUITABLE #5, Alpha Masculinities, with Jessica Scott, USA Today bestselling author

In this writing and career workshop, USA Today bestselling author and Duke instructor Jessica Scott will speak about writing from her experience as a Commander in the U.S. Army, and depicting complex alpha heroes in contemporary romance fiction. The program includes discussion about Laura Kinsale’s bestselling, award-winning novel Flowers from the Storm.


Monday, March 23, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm

UNSUITABLE #6, Female Sexuality and Female Sexualization in Popular Fiction, with Sarah Wendell, author of Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels and blogger “Smart Bitches Trashy Books”

The creator of the Smart Bitches Trashy Books blog and author of Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels andEverything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels, Sarah Wendell, will lead a discussion of the varied models of femininity and representations of female sexualities in modern romance fiction.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:00-5:55 pm 

UNSUITABLE #7, Writing What You Love in the World of Big Business, with Jeannie Lin, USA Today bestselling author

Creative entrepreneurs typically pursue what they love, but within that pursuit, what choices do authors make between being true to their own identity (writing what you love) and guaranteeing financial success? How does one negotiate between a singular authorship and a singular readership and the mass market? In this entrepreneurs’ workshop, USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Lin will discuss the choices to be made in pursuing a singular career.


19 January 2014, Sunday, 3 pm, Southwest Library, Durham NC.

Talking again about “Behind the Scenes in a Michelin 3-star Pastry Kitchen in Paris” and signing her latest books, fruit of that research, THE CHOCOLATE HEART and THE CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION. (Valentine’s is just around the corner! Know anyone who likes chocolate?)


16 March 2014, Sunday, 2:30 pm., East Regional Library, Knightdale NC.

I’ll be on a romance panel with Jennifer Delamere and Jo Graham. I believe books will not be for sale, so bring the ones you want signed with you.


27 March 2014, Thursday, 7 pm. Cameron Village Library, Raleigh NC.

Romance Panel with Jennifer Lohmann, Erin Knightley, and Claudia Dain. Again, bring your own books, if you would like some signed.


29 March 2014, Saturday, 2:30 pm. Southeast Regional Library, Garner NC.

Romance Panel with Jennifer Lohmann and Erin Knightley. Again, bring your own books, if you would like some signed.


26 April 2014, Saturday, 2-3pm, Person County Library, Roxboro NC.

“Get Under the Covers with Romance” with Jennifer Lohmann and Katharine Ashe. I’ll have some books for giveaways or bring your own, if you want some signed. (Books won’t be sold.)


18 September 2014, Thursday, 7 pm, Fall for the Book Festival, Fairfax VA.

Taking you behind the scenes of top Paris chocolate workshops and signing books. And the wonderful Jason Andelman of ARTISAN CONFECTIONS has generously donated some of his exquisite chocolates, so that you can have a tiny taste of all these gourmet chocolates I keep talking about. More information as to location and the festival here.


2013 Events


26 January 2013, 3 p.m., Falling Rivers Gallery, Albemarle NC.

  Laura will be talking chocolate and signing THE CHOCOLATE KISS, with a wonderful chocolate and wine tasting organized by the Friends of Stanly Library.


2 February 2013, 3 p.m, Southwest Library, Durham NC.

Join Laura and Paris-trained local chocolatier Bonnie Lau of Miel Bonbons for a delicious discussion-tasting of chocolate and books.  And by delicious, we mean Bonnie will be sharing some of her wonderful chocolates and pastries!   Laura will be signing THE CHOCOLATE KISS, the second book in the (loosely connected) Paris Chocolate series.


12 February 2013, 11 a.m., The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines NC.

Join Laura for a discussion of Parisian chocolate, Parisian pastry kitchens, exactly what is a macaron anyway, and a little chocolate tasting.  Laura will be signing THE CHOCOLATE KISS.


12 February 2013, 7 p.m., The Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC.

 Laura will be talking about French chocolate, French pastry kitchens, exactly what is a macaron anyway, and signing THE CHOCOLATE KISS.


23 February 2013, 12 noon, Turn the Page Bookshop, Boonesboro MD. 

Laura will be signing with Nora Roberts and pretending that long line is forTHE CHOCOLATE KISS.


28 March 2013, 9-10:30 p.m.

THE CHOCOLATE KISS is the Sizzling Book Club pick for March for Smart B, Trashy Books. Check out the site for giveaways and join the chat March 28.  Readers only from 9-10, and I’ll come on at ten!  



13-16 July 2013.

Series of talks for libraries in Georgia, as part of the grand finale to the Adult Summer Reading Program and to celebrate the release of THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH.  They’ve promised me that chocolate will be plentiful! :)

Specific events:

  • Sat. July 13, 2013 @ 12:00 noon, Villa Rica Public Library (Villa Rica GA)
  • Sun., July 14, 2013 @ 3:00, Neva Lomason Memorial Library (Carrollton GA)
  • Mon. July 15, 2013 @ 6:00, Buchanan-Haralson Public Library (Buchanan GA)
  • Tues., July 16, 2013 @ 6:00, Ephesus Public Library (Roopville GA)


25 September 2013.

THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH is the Sizzling Book Club pick for September for Smart B*, Trashy Books. Join the chat at 9 p.m.!


18 October 2013 @ 11:45.

North Carolina Library Association 60th Biennial Conference. Laura will be part of a romance author panel with authors Sabrina Jeffries, Katharine Ashe, Deb Marlowe, Beth Williamson.


30 November 2013, Saturday, 4-6 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC.

Laura will be taking part in Indies First Day, trying to talk you into buying some of her favorite books for your Christmas gifts. (Including two of her favorite cookbooks!) And, of course, happily signing any of her own books, which make, clearly wonderful Christmas gifts. Just package them with chocolate.


4 December 2013, Wednesday, 7 pm, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC.

Join Laura to find out all about what it’s like doing research Behind-the-Scenes in a Michelin 3-star pastry kitchen in Paris. (One hint: Incredible!) She’ll also be signing her latest book, in which you can see how all that research gets transmuted into story: THE CHOCOLATE HEART. Package with chocolate for a perfect Christmas gift for the book lover on your list!


2012 Italian Tour Events (Ladra di Cioccolato)


28 September 2012. 

At the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy.  Join Laura at the Shibuya Coffee Music Shop for a Chocolate Party at 9:45 p.m.  [21:45 Shibuya Coffee Music Shop, Chocolate Party con Laura Florand, autrice di “Ladra di cioccolata”, Leggereditore.  Presenta:Isabelle Spanu, Leggereditore.]


29 September 2012.

Bari, Italy.  4:00 p.m. Giunti Bookstore, book signing.


1 October 2012.

Florence, Italy.  6:00 p.m.  Book signing and chocolate tasting at La Feltrinelli.  [Lunedì 1 ottobre alle ore 18,30 alla Feltrinelli di Firenze in Via de’ Cerretani Laura Florand “chocolate tasting” e presentazione di Ladra di cioccolato.]


2 October 2012.

3:00 p.m.  Facebook chat on the Ragazza moderna page with readers and bloggers.  [L’autrice sarà protagonista di una chat con addetti ai lavori e fan su facebook direttamente dalla pagina di Ragazza moderna  martedì 2 ottobre alle ore 17.]


2 October 2012. 

Rome, Italy.  7:30 p.m.  Chocolate cocktails and a meet-the-author event at the SAID Chocolate Factory.  [Martedì 2 ottobre alle ore 18,30 da SAID Antica Fabbrica del cioccolato a San Lorenzo a Roma, Laura Florand presenta il suo romanzo e a seguire cocktail al cioccolato.]


2012 U.S. Events


13 October 2012, 5:00 p.m.  Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC.

Laura will be signing books along with authors Madeline Hunter,Katharine Ashe, Lydia DareJennifer Delamere, and Beth Williamson.  There’s something for everyone at this signing!


10 November 2012, 4:00 p.m. 

Laura will be introducing local chocolatiers for a tasting at the Southwest Regional Library, Durham NC.   Note that this is a ticketed event, as part of the library’s Fall Into Romance Festival.  [This event is now FULL.]


11 November 2012, 4:00 p.m.

Laura will join other authors signing at the Southwest Regional Library’s  Romance Festival.  She will be signing copies of THE CHOCOLATE THIEF.