About Flawless: A Love, California Novel | Author Jan Moran
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About Flawless: A Love, California Novel

Flawless FINAL 240x360 1“There's always an ugly side to beauty.”
 That's the phrase that popped into my mind one day as I was preparing to meet the corporate beauty VP of a department store, and it spawned a brand new contemporary fiction series that features female entrepreneurs who run their own companies. The series is called Love, California, and the first book in the series is Flawless: A Love, California Novel.

Flawless is a modern, realistic view of the beauty industry in a fictional setting. The action is centered on a close circle of goal-oriented girlfriends, which is the premise of the Love, California series.

Some of you might know that I spent quite a few years in the beauty industry — I wrote the Fabulous Fragrances nonfiction books (rather like a guide to wine, only for fragrances), which hit the Rizzoli top ten bestseller list, and served as the basis for Scentsa, a touch-screen fragrance, skincare, and cosmetic finder I created for Sephora, DFS, and Nordstrom. It also won a FiFi award from The Fragrance Foundation for technological innovation. (Sephora later acquired the technology.)

During my tenure in the beauty industry, I was always fascinated by the stories swirling around. In fact, a fellow author, Kate White, former editor of Cosmopolitan, also draws on some of her beauty and publishing experiences in writing her fictional books.

Fictional Stories Inspired by Real Life

Readers always ask about the story behind the book, so here goes… When I began to write Flawless, the first book in my new Love, California series, I was inspired by my experiences and observations in the beauty industry, as well as close, life-long friendships.

In creating “real” situations and scenes, I often call on my friends in business, those who are running their own company, as well as the high-powered advisors — the attorneys, financiers, and consultants who see it all.

My primary goal is to tell an entertaining story, but I also strive to portray real business situations so that readers can learn something, too. 

Set in Beverly Hills and Paris

Readers always ask about the story behind the book, so here goes… When I began to write Flawless, the first book in my new Love, California series, I was inspired by my experiences and observations in the beauty industry, as well as friendships.

Villa and Hôtel Majestic Paris swimming poolMuch of this novel was scribbled on airplanes or in hotel rooms; you'll even get to visit one of my favorite hotels in Paris, the Villa and Hôtel Majestic in the sixteenth arrondissement. I just had to set one of the romantic scenes between Verena and Lance in the pool area, where I swam almost every morning and many evenings in their wonderful saltwater pool — and even made friends with a real-life handsome prince. (But that's another story…)  Le Crabe Marteau and Le Speakeasy are also real places in Paris where we went with friends from Paris.

As for the Beverly Hills location, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Polo Lounge are real places, as well as the neighborhood streets. If you ever visit the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, be sure to order my favorite champagne cocktail, a Kir Royale.

After college, seeking sunshine and a fine public school system for my young son, I moved to a one-bedroom apartment in Beverly Hills. I dated, fell in love, and did all the things a new graduate/single mom might do. But most of all, I made wonderful, life-long friends there. My female friends were smart, accomplished, and lovely — on the inside and out. I wanted to share the feelings and depth of these friendships, and how special they are to me.

Paris dessertThe swoon-worthy chef in the book, Lance Martel, is a fictional character,  however, the recipes and dishes are real. And yes, I ate my way through France, too.

While the action in the book is fictional, the business aspects are pretty accurate. There's always hope, and characters find creative solutions to their problems, like any successful entrepreneur. And then there's love…

The Story of Flawless: A Love, California Novel

I'm excited to unveil this project and thrilled that 5-star reviews have already started rolling in on Amazon, Goodreads, and other major retailers. Melissa Foster, one of today's top bestselling author-entrepreneurs, had this to say about the first book in the series:

A breathtakingly real look at the cut-throat world of the beauty industry. An engrossing view into the world of ‘beautiful people' with an ending that will leave you wanting more. – New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster

So, here's the set-up for Flawless

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 her parents' deaths, 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 into Asia when her carefully organized life begins to unravel.

Paris Eiffel TowerVerena is shaken to discover that her fiance, Derrick, who is a venture capitalist, might be behind a scheme to take over her growing company. 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 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?

Follow a group of smart, stylish, entrepreneurial friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life in the business of beauty. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, the Love, California Series is an engaging series that features gutsy, determined best friends and how they manage to live the lives of their dreams.

Find Flawless here. Happy reading! 

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. A fabulous first book in the series; I can't wait to read the next one! – Hannah Fielding, Author of The Echoes of Love



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Jan’s books are also available to purchase in Deutsch, Dutch, Italiano, Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian. More languages coming soon!

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