Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Beauty Mark' by Jan Moran

California author Jan Moran is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the University of Texas at Austin, the UCLA Writers Program, and is a member of The Author’s Guild, PEN, and the RWA. Her forte is historical women's fiction, contemporary women's fiction, and nonfiction books. Her books are sold around the world, having been translated into Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, and other languages. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection, and has spoken before numerous groups, such as San Diego State University, Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs debuted at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. Scentsa was sold to Sephora.

Jan informs the reader that ‘The Love, California series – of which this is Book 2 - is a blend of women's contemporary fiction with strong female leads, close girlfriend friendships, and romantic relationships. The women in this series are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they sometimes make mistakes. I enjoy helping them overcome their challenges.’ Jan’s writing style is as stylish as her characters an themes – the book flows smoothly through the development of the plot that allows the reader to understand the modes of operation of big business versus small business (a timely topic for a novel!) and she allows us insights into her characters that make them credible – and loveable!

As in the successful FLAWLESS, again we are in Beverly Hills and her story unwinds – ‘In the glamorous world of high stakes beauty and fashion, Scarlett Sandoval is a top intellectual property attorney in such demand that her firm sends private jets to shuttle her between Los Angeles, New York, London, and Madrid. In the midst of a critical trademark deal between a top fashion designer and an international cosmetic company, Scarlett is shocked to learn that in order to achieve her coveted partnership, one devious partner expects more than she is willing to surrender. Soon she is marked for murder. Her denial not only threatens to derail her hard-won career, but it also endangers her life and the lives of those close to her. Johnny, a handsome Beverly Hills restaurant owner she's known all her life, offers his protection, but one fateful evening, their platonic friendship ignites. When Scarlett's world erupts and she discovers there is no way back to the life she once had, her other single friends help her through the turmoil. Can Scarlett mend her life, or has she made an irrevocable mistake in business, and in love?’

It is no wonder the Jan Moran is a best selling author. Her books are solid and allow insights and stances about strong women in a time when such topics are daily in the media. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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