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 caf├ęs, 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!

Monday, February 5, 2018

CLOSE TO DESTINY is Free on Amazon: Limited Time!

For the first time ever, I'm offering one of my full-length novels for free on Amazon! 

Close to Destiny is free through February 9th. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's the perfect time to read this magical romance set in two of my favorite cities, London and New York.

I was inspired to write the novel after staying in a London hotel that seemed so mysterious to me. Hushed, dark and elegant. The perfect setting for something magical to unfold. So I started scribbling on hotel stationery... then I took the modern route, transferring all I had written onto my computer. 

Now I hope you'll curl up in a comfortable spot and enjoy this story of love, friendship and hope. 

Download Close to Destiny here