Tuesday, December 17, 2013

First Paragraph, Tuesday Teaser -- I See London I See France

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
I was wondering which book I should feature today for First Paragraph and Tuesday Teaser, when I realized, I'd better showcase my own.
I See London I See France by me (Paulita Kincer) is about a married mother of three who realizes she doesn't know who she is or what she wants any more. So she sells her minivan and, with her three children, runs away to Europe.
Here's the first paragraph:
“I’ve had enough, Caroline.” He tossed the words down the stairs like an empty laundry basket.
Obviously, that was a subtle signal my husband Scott needed some time alone. It’s not like I immediately followed him up the stairs to continue the fight I’d started with a few well-placed comments about the leak in the bathtub not fixing itself.
Instead of shadowing him to the second floor, I continued to the dining room table and calmly folded clothes. I could hear him moving around as the old wooden floors squeaked above me.  I pictured him pacing in anger as our angry words dissipated. He’d probably calm down by the time I finished folding the clothes in neat piles and stacked them back in the basket.
Also this week  is Teaser Tuesdays. Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Open to a random page of your current read  and share a teaser sentence from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your tease.

Here's my teaser from page 54 during a flashback to Caroline's college days in France:
 I suppose we were taking our lives in our hands, Jean-Marc sailing with me as his helper, since I didn’t know what I was doing. As he taught me to sail, pulling on the ropes with my hands, hooking my feet under a cord and leaning out over the water to balance the boat, I became bruised and callused on my palms and the tops of my feet.I didn’t feel the pain, though. I felt the exhilaration of skimming along the very blue water and the spray on my face. On a sailboat in the Mediterranean with a handsome Frenchman. Would any of my friends at home believe it?
Hope you enjoyed the teasers. Please spread the word. My novel is available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble  or in paperback.

14 comments:

Page said...

Sounds good. Good luck with your book.

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

I am curious about I See London I See France and wonder if Caroline recaptures the magic she had in her younger days. Good Luck with your book.

Alice Audrey said...

Excellent description of an argument between spouses. Great teaser.

My teaser is fromLover Enshrined by J.R.Ward

Nise' said...

Wonderful!, have you always wanted to run away to France?

Gigi Ann said...

I'm looking forward to reading this. I just downloaded it onto my Kindle. Thanks for the shout out. Sounds like it will be a fun read.

Kathy Martin said...

I like the teaser but am not sure I would pick this book up if I had just read the beginning. My teasers this week come from Grave Witch by Kalayna Price and Iris by Scott Stabile. Happy reading!

Paulita said...

Nise, of course! That's why I wrote the book.

Paulita said...

Gigi Ann, I love to hear from people who have read my novels. Thanks for your support.

Harvee said...

I can see why she would want to go to France. Why not?
Harvee
Book Dilettante

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Love the title, the beginning, and the Teaser too! You did a great job of showing the relationship between Caroline and her husband, and your description of the sailing adventure made me want to run away myself!
Good luck with your book.
My Teaser is from CHRISTMAS CALLING.

Kimberly said...

This one sounds like a really good read, I'll have to check it out.
Here's my Teaser Tuesday Post :)

-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

It made me smirk about -- what married woman hasn't dreamed of running away from it all?? LOL

Good luck and thanks for joining in.

wordsandpeace.com said...

can't wait to read it! when is it released? will it be featured on France Book Tours?

Rachel Hoyt said...

Oh, that is just how I would wish a summer abroad to be! If only... :) Great teaser!

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