Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Get PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS for Free -- Limited Time!

This week, I'm offering you a taste of Paris... My best-selling novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs is free on Amazon through August 31. 

To get you started, an excerpt: 

Rafael Mendez arrived like a thief in the night at 120 Rue des Martyrs. He ran all the way from the train station, where he had left one small, ragtag suitcase in a rented locker. His sneakers slapped noisily along the cobblestones, then pavement, in time with his own tears and the rain falling from a grim Parisian sky.

It was as if each minute lost counted for everything in his 23-year-old life. He pushed past umbrellas that seemed to tango as they bobbed against one another, old men who chatted with no one in particular, couples laughing, and a few sidewalk café tables left behind to weather the storm.

He was nearly blind to this first vision of the city, and only looked up now and again at the street signs to reassure himself that—yes—he hadn’t lost the Rue des Martyrs. And then he stopped. He pushed wet strands of long, black hair back from his face, wiped away the silly tears of that odd combination of desperation and excitement, and sank down onto a bench facing the address he had imagined all of his life in Colombia.

Now, as the rain soaked through his jeans and his gaze traveled across the street to the only lighted apartment in building 120, his mind returned home. That’s where his quest began, after all. In Bogotá.

As a child, he would play with the emeralds. That was his first memory. Not mother. Not father. Emeralds.  Because that was how his life began. His father never wanted to tell Rafael that the French jewelry designer gave birth to him on a trip for those precious stones. He only said it once—grimly—shaking his head and staring at the dark sand under their feet. Rafael remembered looking up at him with widened 10-year-old eyes as they plodded along the dusty trail to where his father would buy the stones. It was Rafael’s first trip there with his father, and in the young boy’s mind, it became a sacred place. 

But he couldn’t think of that story right now or those emeralds. It was over. He had to erase every memory from his mind, the images that haunted him at night. 

The one remaining light in 120 snapped off, leaving the building in darkness. It would be too late. He was wasting time. His heart raced as he crossed the street between the cars that kicked up muddy water onto his jeans. He ignored the honking horns. He wanted to move forward, and all at once he wanted to travel back. Rafael was frightened. Afraid of what he might learn or might not learn. Never be afraid, his father had hissed into his ear on that first trip for emeralds.

Before he could let his worries swallow him up with one great gulp, he pounded his fist on the heavy, brown-lacquered door that like a clamshell closed the apartments to the world. Nothing. The sound of his fist against the wood reverberated through his entire body, but no one responded. He scolded himself for his own impatience. How could he possibly have expected someone to answer that door at 11 o’clock on a Thursday night? 

He placed his hand softly against the handle and sighed, knowing he should leave, yet not able to abandon the glimmer of hope that his problems would be resolved in a matter of hours. 

The door creaked open suddenly, and he jumped back.

Continue reading for FREE.

Happy Reading! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Novel A PERFUMER'S SECRET is on Sale!

This is the perfect time of year for a trip to the flower fields of Provence... I would like to take you there through the pages of my novel A Perfumer's Secret. The ebook is on sale through June 30 for only $0.99!

Zoe inherits a perfume scent that could be the key to revealing her mother’s long-lost family and hidden past. It also might give her the edge she needs to win a prestigious fragrance contract—and defeat her rival, a passionate Frenchman named Philippe, once and for all. But when the formula is mysteriously stolen, Zoe embarks on a life-changing quest to reclaim her legacy.

Set in the fragrant flower fields of Provence, the “wonderfully drawn cast of characters” (Anne Girard, author of Madame Picasso) in this “beautifully written” (Readers’ Favorite) saga will send you on a sweeping trek across the South of France.

I hope you'll join me on this trip to France! Check out A Perfumer's Secret on Amazon.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A #MeToo Book Set in Paris...

Sometimes fiction is very close to what happens around us every day. That's the case with Paris Jungle, a novel of sexism in the finance world. (It was initially published as The Creepshow, but we gave it a new title and cover, as the action is set right near the Eiffel Tower.)

So voila! New cover, new title, but same story of a woman who decides to fight the discrimination that destroyed her life inside the office and beyond. 

Paris Jungle is a book that is special to me, because it exposes the reality that women face in the workplace -- whether it's on a movie set, in an investment bank, in a newsroom or just about anywhere else. What I loved the most about writing this novel was showing that women can be powerful and can fight back.  

The protagonist, Wanda, struggles and loses confidence as we all do, then remembers her strength and decides she won't be a victim. She also has a smart, strong best friend -- we all need a good friend when times are tough! 

As more and more women share their real life stories of harassment, the #MeToo movement has gained momentum. That should continue until harassment truly becomes a thing of the past. 

In the meantime, I hope Wanda's story in Paris Jungle will inspire women to stand together and fight back!  

Check out Paris Jungle on Amazon. (And discover the trailer here.)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Book Trailer Set in Provence!

Want to step into Provence with me for a few seconds? Check out the trailer to my novel A Perfumer's Secret

I loved traveling around the South of France to do research for this novel, and seeing the trailer brings me back to the warmth, the scent of lavender... I hope it will transport you too.

Find A Perfumer's Secret on Amazon! 

Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Paris Book!

If you're reading my blog, you must like Paris. So I want to share a book recommendation with you for a new release set in our favorite city... Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns. (Full disclosure: My publishing house, Velvet Morning Press, is publisher of this book. But I promise I'm not too biased! It really is a wonderful novel that will transport you Paris lovers to the City of Light.)

Paris Ever After follows Amy, who left her humdrum life in Phoenix behind for a new start in -- where else -- Paris. But this isn't your stereotypical Paris tale. This novel is loaded with memorable characters, off-the-beaten path views of Paris, and of course, luscious descriptions of food. There are plenty of twists and turns too to keep you turning the pages.

So if you want to spend a few days of spring in Paris, you might want to check this book out...

Here's the synopsis:
Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

Find Paris Ever After on Amazon!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

From Paris to Provence...

I love traveling through the pages of a book, and that's exactly why I choose a setting carefully, giving it almost the role of a character in each of my novels. The setting is like your plane ticket when you're ready to get started on a new book.

So if you choose France as your next reading destination, check out my From Paris to Provence series. Each novel brings to life its own unique characters and can be read as a standalone, but all books share the vibrant and captivating setting of France.

How important is setting to you when you choose a book? What is your favorite setting for a novel?

Happy reading!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Free Paris Cookbook for You!

I'm in the free books sort of mood this month... Today through February 12th, get Chef Q in Paris: The Fall Collection for free on Amazon!

Chef Q just happens to be my husband, Didier. He's my favorite chef of course, and I hope he will soon be one of your favorites as well. If you want to eat like a Parisian without spending a lot of time in the kitchen, this book is for you. And you'll also enjoy Didier's fun anecdotes about growing up in the French countryside.

Download Chef Q in Paris: The Fall Collection here! Bon appetit!