Because it gives me an excuse to post a cute photo of my cats. Zowie and Pandora were just 6 week old kittens in this photo, taken about 15.5 years ago…
Cathy Pegau tagged me, and thus here are my answers!
1) What am I working on?
I just finished a novel for Bold Strokes Books (Betting on Love), and I’m back in gear with The London Game (the sequel to The Paris Game).
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work has been called ‘gritty noir-romance’, so I tend to work with anti-heroes, and characters of questionable morals.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’m intrigued by how people can justify doing things that are morally questionable, and how they can still be good-intentioned people even though what they’re doing is wrong. This goes back to reading old noir and detective stories, where the detective or PI is pretty much as morally bankrupt as the guys he’s trying to beat. In one of my favourite books, pardoned gangster Roy Earle (in WR Burnett’s ‘High Sierra’) takes part in a robbery because he owes the man who pardoned him, but yet he still yearns for the everyday: love, marriage, settling down.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m more of a plotter; at the very minimum I have an outline or a plot summary, and all the main characters have been sketched out. On ‘Betting on Love’, I did up a plot summary, blurb, and sketches for the four mains. It helped, and I wrote quickly and well. (or at least, I think I did! When I get edits back, we’ll see 😉 )
I haven’t tagged anyone else, but if you want to play, drop me a comment and I’ll link to your post!
Audrey Hepburn had it right when she said “Paris is always a good idea.” The City of Light is loaded with charms and wonders you can’t find anywhere else on the planet.
Books about Paris are a surefire hit–from romance to mystery to intrigue, what better way to fantasize about Paris than reading a book about it, preferably over a glass of Bordeaux?
I’ve hand-picked a selection of French-themed books below and to help you decide which ones fit your style, I’ve asked each author the following questions:
1. Why is your book a “good idea” for someone who loves Paris/France?
2. If your book was a drink, what would it be?
3. Which scene might raise a few eyebrows?
4. Who would absolutely hate your book?
Read their responses and check out their books!
Paris, Rue des Martyrs
by Adria J. Cimino
|Why is your book a “good idea” for someone who loves Paris?
It will transport you to the Paris of Parisians… You won’t feel as if you have vacationed in Paris, but as if you have lived there.
If your book was a drink, what would it be?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Buy now or read the book’s description:
I see London, I see France
by Paulita Kincer
|If your book was a drink, what would it be?
An Absinthe Chocolate Cocktail. Traveling with three kids while figuring out if a marriage is worth saving brings some definite worries, thus the absinthe to help forget those worries. And the chocolate, well that makes everything better, right?
Which scene might raise a few eyebrows?
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Fiction
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Which books match your style? Share in the comments!
France Book Tours is celebrating
its first anniversary
on April 18!
France Book Tours has been thrilled to present amazing books related to France for a year.
To thank the authors who submitted their books and the bloggers who read and reviewed them, France Book Tours organizes a mega giveaway from April 18-25!
Depending on the number of entries in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page, they may give away up to 10 books, so spread the word!
The winners will be chosen on April 26.
Here are all the books available to win! Click on each cover to know more about it.
Please note what format the book is available in.
Note also that some books are only available for US/Canada residents.
If nothing is specified, it means you can receive the ebook or the print copy where ever you live.
Spirit of Angels = print + ecopy
Wolfsangel = print + ecopy
Becoming Josephine = print for US/Canada only
Unravelled = print
The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte = print for US/Canada only
The Paris Lawyer = print for US/Canada only + ecopy
The Mona Lisa Speaks = print for US/Canada only + ecopy
I See London I See France = print for US/Canada only
Paris, Rue Des Martyrs = ecopy
The Paris Game = ebook
Moonlight & Love Songs = ebook
City of Jasmine = signed print copy for US/Canada only
The Promise of Provence = ecopy
Nonfiction – memoir
Confessions of a Paris Party Girl = ecopy
AND THERE WILL BE 4 EXTRA BOOKS OFFERED
DURING OUR TWITTER PARTY!
April 23 at 5pm Central Time
Spread the word!
AND NOW PLEASE ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
BY CLICKING ON THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK:
And look for my Q&A quiz on March 8th!
Check them out: TheRomanceReviews.com
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’.
10 days and chances to win loads of free books!
Go check out Women & Words and leave a comment every day. eBooks, paperbacks, publisher giveaways…there’s something for everyone! It runs Dec 12-23rd!
Today I’m guest blogging over at the Alliterative Allomorph, run by author Jessica Bell.
In a converted railway station, crowded with visitors, I first saw Edouard Manet’s ‘Olympia’ in the flesh. So to speak.
It blew my mind.
A quick bit of backstory: I took a Fine Arts degree at university, so to see the ‘Olympia’ (and other works at the Musée d’Orsay) in person…it was a bit like a Christian pilgrim catching their first glimpse of the Sancta Camisa at the cathedral in Chartres.