Monday, March 19, 2012

Guest Post by Author M.J. Rose

In conjunction with the Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, The Book of Lost Fragrances, I'm pleased to welcome author M.J. Rose to Confessions of an Avid Reader for a guest post on a lost fragrance.

M.J. Rose:  I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia.  Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (reasearched and described with the help of the perfume writer  Dimitrios Dimitriadis)


Upon her tragic passing in 2011, French parfumeur Mona di Orio (who studied under master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska) left us with an incredible legacy… an enchanting portfolio of perfumes, some of which are now next to impossible to find. Nuit Noire is one such treasure - a luxurious scent with vintage nuances that one seldom sees today. Opening with a topnote of orange blossom, it is counterbalanced with a dark, animalic (almost civety) accord of dense cardamom. A complex heart of oliban, sandalwood, cinnamon, clove and narcotising tuberose evoke a feeling of vintage sumptuousness. A creamy/leathery trail of amber, leather, musk and tonka beguiles and bewitches with lip-smacking carnality. Perhaps the most polarising scent of Mona di Orio's work, Nuit Noire takes its place in the perfume hall of fame, alongside other retired creations.

Author Bio

M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012.  Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio.  Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -  The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype.  She is also the co-founder of and

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook.

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