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Jan Moran is an American USA Today bestselling author of touching women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and historical fiction novels.

Born in Austin, Texas, she holds degrees from the Harvard Business School and the University of Texas at Austin.

She has published contemporary romance series set on the beach such as Summer Beach, Coral Cottage, and Love California, and enthralling historical family sagas such as The Perfumer, Vintage Perfumes, The Winemakers, The Chocolatier, and Hepburn’s Necklace.

Her books have been translated into several languages such as German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Lithuanian, Polish, Bulgarian, among others.

Prior to becoming an author, Jan was the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands; one which was ultimately sold to Sephora.

Given her wealth of experience in the business world, Jan enjoys speaking on topics such as entrepreneurship, the business of writing, women in business, and the likes.

She currently lives in San Diego County.

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Genres: Contemporary , Romance, Women's Fiction

United States

Website: https://www.janmoran.com

Non Series

  • The Perfumer (2012)
  • Vintage Perfumes (2015)
  • The Winemakers (2016)
  • The Chocolatier (2020)
  • Hepburn's Necklace (2020)

Collections

  1. Heart's Return (2017)

Coral Cottage at Summer Beach

  1. Coral Cottage (2020)
  2. Coral Cafe (2021)
  3. Coral Holiday (2021)
  4. Coral Weddings (2022)

Love, California

  1. Flawless (2014)
  2. Beauty Mark (2014)
  3. Runway (2015)
  4. Essence (2016)
  5. Style (2018)
  6. Sparkle (2018)

Novellas

  1. Life is a Cabernet (2016)

Summer Beach

  1. Seabreeze Inn (2019)
  2. Seabreeze Summer (2019)
  3. Seabreeze Sunset (2020)
  4. Seabreeze Christmas (2020)
  5. Seabreeze Wedding (2021)
  6. Seabreeze Book Club (2022)
  7. Seabreeze Shores (2022)
Collections

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Perfumer

A young French perfumer. A world at war. A personal vengeance that could destroy a family.

Europe, 1939: At the dawn of World War II, French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt and her German husband strive to ensure their family's safety, yet neither of them can foresee the ultimate cost. From London to Paris and Germany, Danielle struggles to find her missing child and aid the Resistance, even as she grieves her losses.

As the war intensifies, Danielle is forced to seek refuge in America to save the lives of her remaining family. She draws on her skills as a talented perfumer to life her family out of crushing poverty.

Yet even as she forges a new life among the Hollywood elite, she cannot forget her lost child nor the man who risked everything for her. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, The Perfumer is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

NB: This book is also known as Scent of Triumph.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1647780173
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Vintage Perfumes

Vintage perfumes are classic fragrances that have stood the test of time. A collection of popular, beloved perfumes from 1850 to 1980, Vintage Perfumes is an insightful edition of feminine, masculine, and unisex favorites from bygone years.

Fragrances from Chanel, Dior, Caron, Creed, Jean Patou, and many others are included. Discover the magic and mystery of perfumes that have been cherished for decades -- and some as long as a century or more. What makes these perfumes unique? Learn about the perfumers and designers, as well as the notes, fragrance family, and historical famous patrons associated with the finest perfumes in the world.

With every perfume's notes (ingredient impressions) listed, Vintage Perfumes is a valuable resource for craft perfumers and those who enjoy soapmaking or making body lotions and bath bombs.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1942073239
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
The Winemakers

A young winemaker. A devastating family secret. A truth that could destroy the man she loves. From Napa Valley to Tuscany, a gripping family saga that spans generations.

Napa Valley, 1956: Winemaker Caterina Rosetta and her widowed mother Ava harbor family secrets and face threats that could ruin their family winery, Mille Étoiles Vineyards. Concealing her husband's past in Tuscany, Ava struggles to manage the vineyard, while her high-spirited, passionate daughter Caterina—a wine-blending savant—has inherited Ava's talent for crafting wine and guarding damaging secrets.

Caterina hides a truth that could ruin her in the eyes of her mother and traditional society: An illegitimate child. The father, Santo—Caterina's childhood best friend—abandoned her without explanation, leaving her with nowhere to turn.

Devastated, Caterina journeys to their ancestral vineyard in Montalcino, Italy to claim an inheritance from her grandmother and seize the chance to start a new life. There, for the first time, she meets her unknown, extended family and discovers shocking secrets that could destroy the man she loves.

Caterina realizes her happiness and the entire future of Mille Étoiles Vineyards depend on her ability to unravel the mysteries of the past—if she has the strength to face them.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1951314125
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
The Chocolatier

A young widow. A husband she thought she knew. On the picturesque Italian coast of Amalfi lies a chocolatier's destiny...

San Francisco, 1953: Heartbroken over the mysterious death of her husband, Celina Savoia, a second-generation chocolatière, resolves to take their young son to Italy's shimmering Amalfi coast to introduce him to his father's family.

Just as she embarks on a magical, romantic life of making chocolate by the sea surrounded by a loving family, she begins to suspect that her husband had a dark secret--forged in the final days of WWII--that could destroy the relationships she's come to cherish.

While a second chance at love is tempting, the mystery of her husband's true identity thwarts her efforts. Challenged to pursue the truth or lose the life and those she's come to love, Celina and her late husband's brother, Lauro, must trace the past to a remote, Peruvian cocoa region to face the deceit that threatens to shatter their lives.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1951314026
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Hepburn's Necklace

A vintage necklace. A long-hidden secret. A second chance for love.

When costume designer Ariana Ricci leaves her groom at the altar, she seeks solace at the Palm Springs home of her great-aunt, a Texas-born Hollywood legend who began her career as an extra on the film Roman Holiday.

While opening yellowed, 1950s letters postmarked Italy, Ariana discovers relics from her great-aunt’s hidden past, including an intriguing necklace that Audrey Hepburn gave her during the filming of the movie.

Aching for a fresh start and the chance to resolve an unfinished story, the two embark on a journey to the sun-dappled shores of Lake Como, Italy that will illuminate secrets of a bygone era and offer second chances to each of them—if they are bold enough to seize them.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1647780388
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

Collections

Heart's Return

8 Tales Of Romance Those We Long For

'Loveis composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies'

The tales include:

Shadow Play By Karen L. Abrahamson

Life is a Cabernet By Jan Moran

Legally in Love By Prasenjeet Kumar

Escaping Ivernee By Lisa Toohey

Her Fiery Viking By AJ Tipton

Heart’s Revenge By Michael Jasper

Love’s Second Chance By M. L. Buchman

Canary Ice By Gail Harkins

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B076FN9HXM
Publisher: Kydala Publishing

Coral Cottage at Summer Beach

Coral Cottage

A fresh start. A sunny beach town. One summer to rediscover her life.

A new beach read series set in the beloved village of Summer Beach.

When Marina Moore’s life blows up on national television, she seeks refuge at her grandmother’s beach house called the Coral Cottage. Now in her mid-forties with children in college, Marina is in dire need of her grandmother's gutsy advice to a well-lived life. 

Marina meets an old friend, Ivy Bay, proprietor of the Seabreeze Inn, who encourages her to share her love of food at the local farmer’s market. Soon Marina’s sister Kai arrives on a summer break from her musical theater troupe. Together, the sisters discover that life might hold a second chance for each of them.

Jack Ventana is on a six-month sabbatical to write his first book. The only company he wants is his inquisitive Labrador Retriever puppy, but when he receives a call from an old colleague, he finds his life altered in ways he never imagined—including the prospect of romance.

What began as a short, reclusive holiday is destined to change Marina’s life, especially when Jack’s research uncovers her grandmother Ginger’s hidden past. Join the fun in Summer Beach, where the bonds of friendship and love prove unbreakable.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1951314149
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Coral Cafe

A beach cafe. An event to remember. The summer heats up with friendship and fun.

When Marina Moore decides to expand her farmers market and pop-up dinner business, the next step is a cafe on the shores of Summer Beach. But challenges loom, and Marina must quickly become more creative than ever, especially when her children need help. Her sister Kai's position with a musical theater troupe forces more changes. Their sister Brooke is having marital challenges, while grandmother Ginger continues to contribute her advice on the life well-lived—if only her granddaughters will listen.

Meanwhile, writer Jack Ventana stumbles onto more old secrets in Summer Beach, and his overgrown Labrador retriever puppy Scout manages to dig his way into more trouble. When the status quo changes between Jack and Marina, their budding romance is threatened.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1647780050
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Coral Holiday

A heartwarming holiday beach special. A magical new theater production.

Marina Moore's new Coral Cafe is a Summer Beach favorite of locals and visitors alike. When her sister Kai throws her energy into helping create a Summer Beach performing arts theater, the entire family gets involved in a new holiday musical production with locals and celebrities.

As writer Jack Ventana struggles to adapt to his new role as a single father in a small beach town, his fledgling romantic relationship with Marina suffers. Will this holiday bring them together or force them apart? And when an old friend appears in Summer Beach, Marina has more options to consider.

Join Marina and Kai as they involve the entire Summer Beach community in casting and performing a new holiday show to celebrate the joy of Christmas and winter holidays. Relax at the Coral Cottage beach house any time of year with a group of family and friends you'll love.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1647780418
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Coral Weddings

You're invited to a Summer Beach wedding...

While Marina and Jack contemplate their future, her sister Kai and her new fiancé Axe are planning their wedding. When disagreements threaten to derail the wedding, the sisters' grandmother, the indomitable Ginger Delavie, doles out unusual advice. Soon, an unforgettable event unfolds.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09LS3WWL4
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

Love, California

Flawless

A handsome celebrity chef. A treacherous ex. Can Verena Valent survive the biggest break of her career, or will it break her?

After a chance meeting with celebrity chef Lance Martel in Beverly Hills, Verena Valent realizes there's more to life than business. A trip to Paris and a surprise meeting with Lance ignites a romance Verena hadn't expected, though after a failed relationship, Verena has learned to protect her heart against those who seem too good to be true.

As heiress to a skincare empire, Verena Valent must navigate a dazzling yet treacherous world. Despite an international business tycoon and ex-fiancé who threatens her family business, Verena discovers that family, friends, and love are the unshakable pillars of life. But will she get a second chance with the chef who's stolen her heart?

Flawless is the first book in the Love California Series of linked, stand-alone books that can be ready in any order. Set in Southern California with international travel, this heartwarming series features a group of best friends determined to live the lives of their dreams while navigating the turbulence of dating and family life. The perfect beach reads.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0963906595
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Beauty Mark

A treacherous boss. The client from hell. Can Scarlett survive a deadly career while an old friend turns into a new love?

Style meets suspense... In the glamorous world of high stakes beauty and fashion, Scarlett Sandoval is a top intellectual property attorney flying 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? Find out in this suspenseful romantic saga.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1942073000
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Runway

A sabotaged fashion show. An Irish rock star. A missing bride. Can designer Fianna Fitzgerald survive her debut season?

After Fianna Fitzgerald's debut runway show of her fashion designs, a walk on the Malibu beach with reclusive rock star Niall Finley nearly claims their lives when they get caught in high tides. Will the bond they form in those critical moments be enough to last a lifetime?

When Fianna left Ireland for America to follow her dream of becoming a fashion designer, she was determined to leave her family's ancient past behind and start fresh in Beverly Hills. Fianna never imagined that her goal would jeopardize her and those who work for her.

From the runways of Los Angeles to London, someone is trying to sabotage her debut season. As Fianna struggles between two vastly different worlds, her troubles mount, though her friends lend their support in her darkest hours.

Is the terror linked to her family's ancient feudal past, or something else? Furthermore, can she leave Ireland with her heart intact or will she lose it to only man she's ever loved?

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1942073116
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Essence

An old family secret. A handsome Formula 1 race car driver. Can Dahlia handle the dangerous curves ahead when their worlds collide?

When indie perfumer Dahlia Dubois steps in to lead the iconic, international perfume house her grandmother founded, she soon discovers that nothing is as it seems—including the intriguing man she met in Cannes, France.

Soon, tensions rise in Monaco, where Dahlia juggles a search for her missing mother, a corporate takeover, and a volatile, passionate relationship with Alain, a legendary Formula 1 race car driver—all just days before the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix race. As long-held family secrets emerge and threaten her future, Dahlia must find the courage to face the dangerous truth.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1942073147
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Style

Stalked by paparazzi, top model Penelope Plessen stands to lose everything. Though Stefan once broke her heart, he’s the only man she trusts. Should she risk her heart to save her life?

As a top international model, hard-working Penelope Plessen jets between runways of the world’s most glamorous cities. This is the life she’s dreamed of, yet it all implodes during Fashion Week in New York City when a run-in with a paparazzi turns deadly. Navy SEAL-turned-bodyguard, Stefan Armstrong, the man who once broke her heart, whisks her to safety.

With a killer threatening her life and paparazzi hounding her, Penelope flees to her hometown of Copenhagen, where tech billionaire Kristo Demopoulos offers her sanctuary on his yacht. Still, Penelope is anxious to salvage her career and regain control of her life. Returning to her home in the Hollywood Hills, Penelope calls on Stefan for close protective services. Despite her resolve, she finds herself more attracted than ever to him.

When the paparazzi threat intensifies and the threads that tie Penelope, Stefan, and Kristo tighten, the stakes escalate in a threat to end Penelope’s career – and her life. Though she must risk her heart to save her life, will she and Stefan get a second chance at the love they lost?

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1942073901
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Sparkle

An Academy Award night jewel heist in Hollywood. An international insurance investigator. What happens when Jake falls for Elena, the sassy jeweler-to-the-stars he’s investigating?

When jeweler Elena Eaton is ensnared in a daring jewelry heist on the night of the Academy Awards, she discovers that nothing in La La Land is as it seems. As her sterling reputation and private life suddenly turn into celebrity tabloid fodder, a family emergency propels her back to her hometown of Sydney, Australia.

With her family's rare blue diamonds from India missing and her career in jeopardy, her problems mount when an infuriatingly handsome insurance investigator, Jake Greyson, suspects her of involvement in the robbery and follows her to Sydney, Australia. After a night at the opera and a walk on the beach, Elena and Jake soon find themselves more attracted to each other than either of them had planned—but Jake can’t betray his professional duty. 

After Elena returns to Hollywood, Jake’s mother, a golden-age film star, organizes a fundraiser and calls on her for help—despite Jake’s protests. But can Elena trust Jake with her grandmother’s carefully guarded secret regarding the rare blue diamonds and their true origin?

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1942073932
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

Novellas

Life is a Cabernet

A mysterious winemaker. A heart devastated by war. A long-buried secret.

Henri Laurent’s wine is among the finest in Napa. So why isn’t he selling it? Juliana Cardona is almost afraid to find out...

Napa Valley, 1956: After Juliana’s fiancé died in an army ambush in S. Korea, she didn’t know if she could ever find the strength to risk love again. Now Juliana, who has a passion for winemaking, is determined to build her own business as a wine publicist and create an independent life.

But when Juliana holds a press event in San Francisco, she meets a mysterious winemaker, Henri Laurent, who has two children and is everything she never thought she’d find again. However, Juliana is shocked to discover that Henri is hiding a long-buried secret with roots in WWII that threatens to devastate their budding relationship.

To find happiness and the life she’d once thought was gone forever, Juliana must find the strength to uncover tragedies and face the troubled past with the man she loves—but only if her heart can risk the chance of love once more.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1942073635
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

Summer Beach

Seabreeze Inn

A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back.

Ivy Marin’s life implodes after discovering that her late husband had spent their life savings on a beach house. Strapped for cash as an art teacher and with nowhere to go, Ivy and her recently jilted sister head to Summer Beach to recreate their lives. If only renovating a historical home didn’t unveil a host of hidden secrets in the beachside community—and the mayor wasn’t her former high school crush.

Bennett Dylan led a campaign against Ivy’s late husband to block the rezoning of the beach house land for a high-rise resort. Although it’s been ten years since his wife’s death, Bennett is avoiding the pain of loving—and possibly losing—another woman. And then the FBI shows up…Ivy’s demands for a zoning variance for a bed-and-breakfast couldn’t come at a worse time for him.

Despite distractions, Ivy has one summer to sway the town to salvage her livelihood and the new life in Summer Beach she’s come to love.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1942073123
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Summer

Two sisters. One unforgettable summer.

While renovating an old beach house, Ivy and her sister, Shelly, suddenly have full occupancy after fire forces Summer Beach residents from their homes. Even the mayor, Bennett Dylan, who was Ivy’s high school crush, moves in. As the summer heats up, attractions simmer and feuds erupt.

Living in the house Bennett had hoped could be a community center, he finds himself at odds with Ivy’s campaign for a bed-and-breakfast zoning change. And when valuable items disappear from the inn, Bennett’s friend Mitch, who owns the popular Java Beach coffee shop, is the prime suspect.

Shelly's romance with Mitch cools when his old criminal record emerges, which leads her to question if Summer Beach is the right place for her.

Despite the chaos, Ivy has just one summer to save the house from an impending tax sale. And when a documentary filmmaker arrives to reconstruct the history of the old house and its secretive former owner, yet another secret emerges from an unlikely place.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1951314002
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Sunset

Untangling secrets at a historic beach inn has unimagined surprises.

With the high summer season underway at the Seabreeze Inn, Ivy Bay faces new challenges. She has just one season to make the inn a success to pay the tax bill her late husband left behind. And her neighbor’s lawsuit could mean an end to the Seabreeze Inn. Yet her daughter Sunny’s arrival in Summer Beach is also a chance to renew their strained relationship.

While the mayor, Bennett Dylan, develops deeper feelings for Ivy, new trials weigh on their romantic relationship. Sensing Ivy’s sadness over her sister Shelly’s departure, Bennett encourages Mitch, the Java Beach owner, to contact Shelly. And Sunny fears Bennett might be a replacement for her father.

Amid the turmoil, Ivy discovers another clue from the old house’s original owner. The woman’s story makes Ivy reflect on what the house means to her and all of Summer Beach.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1951314019
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Christmas

A season of joy. The spirit of family. Welcome to the Seabreeze Inn.

When sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay discover crates of vintage Christmas decorations at the Seabreeze Inn, they open their historic beach house to the village of Summer Beach. From a Gingerbread Bake-off and a Santa Sprint on the beach to a mysterious guest who has an unusual effect on those around him, the Seabreeze Inn is the place to be this holiday season. Families and friends come together, and love is in the air—until a priceless discovery at the beachside inn complicates matters.

While Ivy creates a holiday special for single guests with nowhere else to go, Bennett Dylan, the mayor of Summer Beach, helps organize Christmas celebrations. However, the holidays will test Ivy and Bennett’s relationship, especially when Ivy’s grown children voice their opinions. As hidden secrets surface, Ivy faces a decision that could change her life.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1647780241
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Wedding

The high summer season. A long-awaited wedding. Surprises at a historic beach inn.

At the historic Seabreeze Inn, sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay are busier than ever with wedding plans of their own, although challenges threaten to derail the special events. New guests are also throwing a wedding at the inn, bringing a host of trials and chaos.

As Ivy prepares the old beach house for a season of weddings, surprising discoveries from decades past arise that could change even the best of plans. RSVP now and join the party on the beach.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1647780296
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Book Club

A bookshop on the beach. A sizzling summer ahead.

When sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay form a book club to help support a local bookshop on the beach, friends and guests of the old beach house inn are eager to join, although one new member harbors a potentially devastating secret.

Meanwhile, a discovery in the historic beach house inn brings the past to light, and recently widowed Ivy grapples with the idea of a new marriage.

But when a threat arises during a book club meeting that could impact the entire beach community, members pull together, proving that the bonds of family and friendship are more important than ever in Summer Beach.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1647780555
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press
Seabreeze Shores

An exciting new family story on sunny Summer Beach shores.

As sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay enter a new phase of their lives, unexpected challenges arise. Ivy welcomes interesting guests to the inn, and Shelly and her new husband Mitch prepare to welcome their first baby.

In the charming town of Summer Beach, news travels fast through Java Beach, the local coffee shop. Soon, a discovery will fill locals and visitors with fresh speculation.

Author: Jan Moran
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09H27WN6J
Publisher: Sunny Palms Press