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The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer

On the darker side of Paris, it’s dangerous to not pay your debts…

A singer in a jazz club past its prime, Sera Durand must come up with thousands of euros to pay back her boss, a ruthless gangster.  A confrontation with her ex, an art dealer profiting on the wrong side of the law, leads her into a questionable wager, but one that could solve her problems.

Marc Perron knows a winning proposition when he sees one. Seducing a shy young woman of Sera’s acquaintance will be the easiest thing in the world, and the prize, to have Sera in his bed once again, is worth the chance of losing a sizable sum. What he didn’t expect was the depth of Sera’s desperation.

When one of his deals goes awry, Marc’s solution could cost them more than money…

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Book Review: The Collector of Dying Breaths, by M.J. Rose

First, the contest!
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The blurb:
collector-of-dying-breaths-coverFrom one of America’s most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici’s court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past.

In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years René le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen’s rivals.

But it’s René’s other passion—a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him—that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That’s when Jac L’Etoile—suffering from a heartache of her own—becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene’s secret to immortality.

Soon Jac’s search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she’s loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next.

Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon.

My review:
I’d read Seduction last year, and quite enjoyed it, so I was delighted to be able to get The Collector of Dying Breaths ahead of time. And it didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more. The intrigue of the court of Catherine de’Medici, and the present-day mystery of Jac’s strange employers, combined to make a novel that kept me reading intently. If I hadn’t had to sleep, and work, I’d likely have inhaled it in a single (rather long) sitting.

Jac’s brother Robbie has died, and she’s sucked into the orbit of a very troubling, obsessive woman named Melinoe, who is determined to discover the secret of immortality, of the dying breaths. Jac accepts, and once she arrives at the chateau, she begins to see the life of the perfumer René. In some ways, seeing René’s life is like knowing the ending to a movie, but still being on the edge of your seat with horror and anticipation.

I think this is my favourite of M.J.’s books so far. The mix of French royalty and history, and the gripping suspense, kept me anxious and reading as much as I could.

Release date: April 8, 2014
by Atria Books

ISBN13: 9781451621532
also available as an ebook

Hardcover, 384 pages
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About the Author
mj-roseM.J. Rose, is the international bestselling author of 13 novels;Lip Service,In FidelityFlesh TonesSheet MusicLying in BedThe Halo EffectThe Delilah ComplexThe Venus Fix,The ReincarnationistThe MemoristThe HypnotistThe Book of Lost Fragrances, and Seduction.

Rose is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How to Publish and Promote Online and with Randy Susan Meyers of What to Do Before Your Book Lauch.

She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors:AuthorBuzz.com. She runs the popular blog; Buzz, Balls & Hype.

Getting published has been an adventure for Rose who self-published Lip Service late in 1998 after several traditional publishers turned it down. Editors had loved it, but didn’t know how to position it or market it since it didn’t fit into any one genre.

Frustrated, but curious and convinced that there was a readership for her work, she set up a web site where readers could download her book for $9.95 and began to seriously market the novel on the Internet.

After selling over 2500 copies (in both electronic and trade paper format) Lip Service became the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as being the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine.

Rose has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the ’80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

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Vee, a May-December lesbian romance, is free for the last time!

Get it on Amazon (worldwide) by March 28th!

Pick it up HERE.

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Q&A Today!

Answer my Q&A on The Romance Reviews site today, and you could win a free book!

(And stick around and answer lots more questions…there are hundreds of prizes being given away all month!)

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Giveaways & more in March on The Romance Reviews site!

romancereviewsposterFor the entirety of March, The Romance Reviews is hosting quizzes, book giveaways (hundreds), and plenty more!

And look for my Q&A quiz on March 8th!

Check them out: TheRomanceReviews.com

 

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The LE CHAT ROUGE series now on Google Play!

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I’m delighted to announce that my LE CHAT ROUGE series is now available for purchase on Google’s Play store, in most regions of the world.

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Take a walk on the darker side of Paris…

A jazz club on the Left Bank, Le Chat Rouge seems stuck in another era. Neglect and crime have left their mark, but the club is a haven for the desperate. Sometimes a singer whose talent is worthy of the world’s greatest stages, or a patron who has wealth to spare, find their way to its smoky interior.

Gangsters, drug dealers, con artists…many occupy Le Chat Rouge’s worn velvet banquettes and tread its creaking parquet floors, but all submit to Royale. The ruthless owner demands loyalty and few earn his favour. Those who do are as brutal as he is, and those who defy him might very well risk their lives.

It’s a dangerous place, but fortune awaits the most daring.

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Cover reveal! BETTING ON LOVE

Coming in February 2015 from Bold Strokes Books, I’m delighted to be able to reveal the cover for my lesbian romance, BETTING ON LOVE, where a quiet country-girl-at-heart and a live-life-to-the-fullest biker take a risk at offering each other their hearts.

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Land poor, Elly leaves the family farm and heads to the big city to become something better than a waitress at a small-town diner. Though she’s succumbed to economic necessity and the siren song of her one-time lover, Alex, she can’t bear to give up the farm, which has been in her family for generations. As much as she wants to, she can’t have everything she desires, and she’ll have to decide what is more important: the past or the future.

Alex has always been a daredevil, up for anything, never tying herself down to anyone. When she falls head over heels for quiet Elly, everyone’s surprised, no one more than her best friend and occasional lover, Will. As things heat up between them, Elly must choose between her past and her future, and Alex is faced with a decision that will shake her to the core of all she holds dear.

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Book Review: Honeymoon in Paris, by Juliette Sobanet, Interview + Giveaway

Leave a comment on this post and you could win an ebook copy of Honeymoon in Paris! (contest open internationally, winner to be drawn after the close of the tour)

About Honeymoon in Paris

Honeymoon in ParisThe sassy heroine of Sleeping with Paris is back! And this time, chocolate-covered French wedding bells are in the air . . .
It’s only been a month since Charlotte Summers reunited with her sexy French boyfriend, Luc Olivier, and he has already made her the proposal of a lifetime: a mad dash to the altar in the fairytale town of Annecy. Without hesitation, Charlotte says au revoir to single life and oui to a lifetime of chocolate in bed with Luc. She’s madly in love, and Luc is clearly the one, so what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot…
On the heels of their drama-filled nuptials in the French Alps, Luc whisks Charlotte away to Paris for a luxurious honeymoon. But just as they are settling into a sheet-ripping, chocolate-induced haze, a surprise appearance by Luc’s drop-dead gorgeous ex-wife brings the festivities to a halt. Luc never told Charlotte that his ex was a famous French actress, or that she was still in love with him. Add to that Charlotte’s new role as step-mom to Luc’s tantrum-throwing daughter, a humiliating debacle in the French tabloids, and the threat of losing her coveted position at the language school—and Charlotte fears she may have tied the French knot a little too quickly.

Determined to keep her independence and her sanity, Charlotte seeks out a position at Bella magazine’s new France office while working on a sassy guidebook to French marriage. But when Luc’s secret past threatens Charlotte’s career and their future together, Charlotte must take matters into her own hands. Armed with chocolate, French wine, and a few fabulous girlfriends by her side, Charlotte navigates the tricky waters of marriage, secrets, ex-wives, and a demanding career all in a foreign country where she quickly realizes, she never truly learned the rules.

And Juliette has come to visit the blog and answer a few burning questions!

What is your favourite place to visit in France?

I have many, but my top favorite and the place closest to my heart will always be Lyon. It’s a gorgeous city two hours south of Paris by train, and I was fortunate enough to study abroad there in college. I’ve been back many times since to visit my host family and friends, and each time I set foot in that beautiful city, I feel like I’m home. It’s a smaller, more manageable city than Paris (don’t get me wrong though, I love Paris!), and the food is to die for. I definitely recommend making a stop in Lyon if you travel to France. Charlotte and Luc just happen to call Lyon home in Honeymoon in Paris as well!

What was your first inspiration for Charlotte?

My initial inspiration for Charlotte’s character stemmed from my year living and studying in Paris. I thought it would be fun to take a girl who’d been burned one too many times in love and make her dead set on not falling in love in the most romantic city in the world. I did use inspiration from some of my own personal relationship disasters of course, and from those of my girlfriends as well, to come up with a few of the debacles that happen to Charlotte along her journey.

Do you have a favourite character in the book?

I always love writing Lexi’s character because she’s so sassy and funny, and she’s never afraid to share a piece of her mind! She’s also kind of a mess in her love life, and I think for that, we can all relate to her to some extent.

Without giving away too much, had you planned for Luc’s story arc from the beginning of the first book?

No, I hadn’t ever planned on a sequel when I began writing Sleeping with Paris, so it wasn’t until I was plotting out Honeymoon in Paris that I decided where Luc’s story arc would go. I realized that in the first book, we didn’t actually learn a ton about Luc, so that gave me a lot of room to play with his storyline in the second book. This of course opened up to many exciting secrets and disasters for Charlotte to deal with!

What are you working on right now, and what’s next to be released?

I’m currently writing a series of novellas called Confessions of a City Girl which will begin releasing in early 2014. I also have a novella coming out with Amazon’s new StoryFront program on January 22nd. It’s called One Night in Paris, and here’s a little bit about the story:

When Manhattan attorney Ella Carlyle gets a call that her beloved grandmother is dying, she rushes to Paris to be by her side, against the wishes of her overbearing boyfriend. Ella would do anything for her grandmother and jumps at the chance to fulfill her dying wish. But things take a mystical turn when Ella is transported to a swinging Parisian jazz club full of alluring strangers…in the year 1927! As the clock runs out on her one night in the City of Lights, Ella will attempt to rewrite the past—and perhaps her own destiny as well.

Thank you so much for having me, Alyssa!

And thank you for being with us! I can’t wait to read all that you have coming out soon!

And now, for my review!

I read Sleeping With Paris sometime last year (or perhaps earlier, I can’t quite recall, as I’ve read it several times now), and when I heard there was a sequel, I was delighted. I wanted to know more about Charlotte, and her handsome man Luc. And I was not disappointed by Honeymoon in Paris. In fact, I devoured the book.

This time around, Charlotte is married, but Luc is not all that he’s seemed to be. He’s keeping secrets, being evasive, and I started to wonder if perhaps she’d made a poor choice in marrying so quickly. The book was a whirlwind of drama: young actresses, corrupt businessmen, handsome actors, paparazzi, devoted and determined friends, and a dark secret that Charlotte stumbles into. It definitely kept me reading.

I also loved the return of some of the secondary characters from the first book, especially Fiona and Lexi, Charlotte’s best friends. They’re each so different from Charlotte, and bring their own colour to the book.

I’m hoping that Ms. Sobanet will continue on with this series, and perhaps write a book about the handsome Nicolas? Pretty please? :)

Juliette SobanetAbout the Author
Juliette Sobanet earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, living and studying in both Lyon and Paris. She worked as a French professor before turning a new page in her career, penning romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. She is the author of Sleeping with Paris, Kissed in ParisMidnight Train to Paris, Dancing with Paris, and Honeymoon in Paris. Today she lives in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing and dreaming about her next trip to France.

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The Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event!

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I’m a part of the Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event taking place over at KT Grant’s blog. Check out my post comparing the film and graphic novel versions of ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’, and have a chance to win a copy of my ebook ‘The Artist’s Muse’.

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It’s Official! My new lesbian romance, ‘Betting on Love’ coming in 2014!

I’m delighted to announce that Bold Strokes Books will be releasing a new, full-length contemporary lesbian romance of mine, entitled BETTING ON LOVE, in Fall 2014. It’ll be available in paperback and ebook.

Here’s the blurb, to whet your appetite…

Land poor, Elly leaves the family farm and heads to the big city to become something better than a waitress at a small-town diner. Though she’s succumbed to economic necessity and the siren song of her one-time lover, Alex, she can’t bear to give up the farm, which has been in her family for generations. As much as she wants to, she can’t have everything she desires, and she’ll have to decide what is more important: the past or the future.

Alex has always been a daredevil, up for anything, never tying herself down to anyone. When she falls head over heels for quiet Elly, everyone’s surprised, no one more than her best friend and occasional lover, Will. As things heat up between them, Elly must choose between her past and her future, and Alex is faced with a decision that will shake her to the core of all she holds dear.

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