Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Le Feu D'Issey from M.J. Rose


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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)

ISSEY MIYAKE - LE FEU D'ISSEY A creation that came well ahead of its time, Le Feu d'Issey was launched amidst countless androgynous, unisex releases in the mid 90s, and represented the polar opposite of the scents that found their success at that time.

Sichuan pepper, amber and benzoin leant a combustable warmth to the composition, whilst Japanese lily, Bulgarian rose and lactic milk accords an opulent facet. Regarded as a huge commercial flop upon its release, Le Feu d'Issey is a perfume which many look upon now, some 15 years later, as an abstract masterpiece.

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose
-gothic, historical

ABOUT the book:
A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.

Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.


ABOUT the author:
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 - Authorbuzz.com. 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 Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.

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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* part of The Book of Lost Fragrances tour - check it out for more details and goodies about this book and author!
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4 comments:

  1. It makes me wonder about all the fragrances out there that I have never smelled

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  2. This book sounds exciting and a wonderful read. The irony is that perfumes generally make me sneeze and my eyes water. That's why I read about them and appreciate them from afar. (-;

    Thanks for hosting the tour!

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  3. When I saw that Issey Miyake, my favourite perfume of all time and possibly the only fragrance I would ever use if people didn't keep buying me other perfumes as gifts, was being discussed in this post- I knew I had to come and share my fangirl love for this fragrance.I love adore love it and I even think it beats Chanel no. 5 (that's how much I love it). I can't believe it wasn't popular when it was first sold to the public. Anyway, my supply of Issey Miyake has just run out, so you've also reminded me that I need to go out and get some! Thanks for this wonderful post and, although I haven't read a book involving perfume before, I can tell you that this blurb has me intrigued.

    Best wishes!

    Sarah:)

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  4. This book sounds amazing! Beyond the standard attar of Rose, and other florals commonly used, I can only imagine all the rich, heady compositions lost over the ages.

    Now I'm really curious to experience the scent of Issey Miyake, it sounds so exotic! :D

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