Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Paris Is Always A Good Idea Plus First Paragraph and Tuesday Teaser

Today, I'm teaming up with Vicki Lesage, author of Confessions of a Paris Party Girl to tell you about some books for people who love France. (Find my teaser and first paragraph at the bottom).
I haven't read all of these books, so make sure you take a look at the reviews before you plunge in and buy one.
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.
Paris is always a good idea
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? Vicky hand-picked a selection of French-themed books below and to help you decide which ones fit your style, she asked each author to answer two of 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!
Becoming Josephine Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb Why is your book a "good idea" for someone who loves Paris? Becoming Josephine is about a famous and beloved French historical figure and much of the novel takes place in Paris. Which scene might raise a few eyebrows? One of the scenes set during the September Massacres, also, perhaps one of the hotter scenes between Napoleon and Josephine. Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $15.00 | Kindle: $7.99 Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Je T'Aime Me Neither Je T'Aime, Me Neither by April Lily Heise Why is your book a "good idea" for someone who loves Paris? Paris is almost a character in my book rather than the setting, perhaps a coy antagonist? I'd like to think that the passion of Paris was a root of most of my romantic misadventures, but I can't blame it all on Paris! Who would absolutely hate your book? Readers looking for an idealized story of Paris. Truth is more interesting than fiction, but reality can clash with some people's dreams of perfect Paris. Genre: Memoir Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $13.49 | Kindle: $6.99 Connect with Lily: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Paris, Rue Des Martyrs 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? Café au lait: Bitter and sweet, dark and light... Opposites come together, creating unforgettable flavor! Genre: Contemporary Fiction Buy now or read the book's description: Kindle: $3.99 Connect with Adria: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Confessions of a Paris Party Girl Confessions of a Paris Party Girl by Vicki Lesage If your book was a drink, what would it be? A glass of red wine – classy but accessible. You want to share it with friends and you have fun drinking it. Which scene might raise a few eyebrows? The airplane vomit story, for sure. Or maybe the passing-out-on-the-bathroom-floor story. If you enjoy drinking, this might make you stop. If you don't drink, you can smugly watch me learn my lesson. I do eventually grow up, it just takes a while. Genre: Memoir Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $14.99 | Kindle: $4.99 Connect with Vicki: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
I see London I see France 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? Some of the scenes in my novel are hot, but they don't get into graphic details of slot a fitted into slot b. What might raise some eyebrows would be Caroline, the main character's, realization that she may have some prejudices. She rolls around the beach in Nice and is certain she is ready to break her marriage vows to have sex with a sensual gypsy man (think Johnny Depp). She leads him up to her hotel room and realizes she's never been inside a building with the man. She only pictures him outdoors. And the prejudice of the hotel clerk plants doubt in her mind. Most middle class Americans have trouble admitting they may have prejudices. Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $14.00 | Kindle: $4.99 Connect with Paulita: Website  Facebook Twitter Goodreads 
Paris Was The Place Paris Was The Place by Susan Conley Why is your book a "good idea" for someone who loves Paris? At times Paris Was the Place is like a guided walking tour of Paris. You get to eat delicious crepes, hear some good jazz music, drink red wine and fall in love. Which scene might raise a few eyebrows? When narrator Willie Pears falls for a Frenchman she meets in Paris, she jumps in his truck and heads to the South of France. It's a drive that turns out to be one long roadtrip of foreplay. Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $26.95 | Kindle: $10.99 Connect with Susan: Website | Facebook | Twitter
The Paris Game The Paris Game by Alyssa Linn Palmer

Why is your book a "good idea" for someone who loves Paris? It's an especially good idea if you're fond of late night jazz, or wandering the streets of the Left Bank. That's where I focused most of the story. If your book was a drink, what would it be? Something quite strong, whiskey on the rocks. Which scene might raise a few eyebrows? The entirety of chapter one. Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $15.95 | Kindle: $4.99 Connect with Alyssa: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Gastien: The Cost of a Dream by Caddy Rowland
If your book was a drink, what would it be? If The Gastien Series was a drink, it would be absinthe, of course! That was the preferred drink of the bohemian artists of nineteenth century Paris. Strong, beautiful and mind-altering, the "green fairy" is a drink that forges its own path, daring to be different. Who would absolutely hate your book? People who don't like dark, raw, gritty, emotional, and - at times - brutal stories would hate my book. I don't write "pretty" stories, I write about the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human. That doesn't guarantee "happy" but it does guarantee "real". Genre: Historical Fiction, Family Saga, Drama Buy now or read the book's description: Print: $14.99 | Kindle: $4.99 Connect with Caddy: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Which books match your style? Share in the comments!
Playing along with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea with First Paragraph, and Tuesday Teaser with Miz B of Should Be Reading, here's the first paragraph, which will count as my teaser too, from Paris Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino.
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. 
Hope you'll try one of these books set in France.

17 comments:

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Have read several WWII books set in France lately, so getting a good feel for countryside as well as city life. Great post and sad teaser );
worrying about the MC already =)
HapPy TT! and thx for visiting FHC

Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

I would love to visit France so the next best thing would be reading about being there! Adding Paris, Rue Des Martyrs to my reading list. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Paris is definitely calling to me, especially now that it's spring.

Thanks for sharing...loved your teaser. And thanks for visiting my blog.

Literary Feline said...

What a great list of books! Several of the titles caught my attention right away.

I would definitely keep reading Paris Rue des Martyrs.

Margot said...

I like the opening paragraph. I want to know more about this person.

gautami tripathy said...

Love that intro. I would go on.....

Here is my Intro post!

AND

Here is my teaser post!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I couldn't agree more Paulita , Paris is always a good idea in my eyes . I am trying to get back this year , not sure how or when , but always a good idea :-)

Peggy Farooqi said...

I love that teaser and would like to continue. And luckily it' s not difficult for us to go to France, we have a Ferry going over from Dover here in Kent/England which is only 1hr drive from my hometown. Has been a couple of years since I've been though.
My post is here

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Paris is on my must-visit list! I'd love all the books you listed.
My Teaser is from PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'd read more of -- Paris Rue des Martyrs, as the intro makes me curious. enjoy and thanks for joining us.

Amanda Hootie Clark said...

I have always wanted to go to Paris but living in the ghetto dreams are all I can afford. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I can escape for a little while :)

kelley jensen said...

your intro was amusing and your covers very "frenchy". the cover of your book is very beautiful. It's nice you could use a photo taken by your son. thanks so much for stopping by today. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Louise said...

Paris is always a good idea! Great list.

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

Loving the France setting books! Thanks for sharing (:

Vicki Lesage said...

Hi Paulita! Thanks for posting! I hope everyone enjoys the diverse selection of books - there's something for everyone, that's for sure!

And for everyone intrigued by Paris, Rue des Martyrs, I highly recommend it! I really enjoyed not just the setting (because obviously I love stories about Paris) but the characters and the way the story intertwines. Enjoy!

Rachel said...

I'd love to visit Paris someday! Now I can in a book. Thanks for sharing!

wordsandpeace.com said...

great time work!! glad to see lots of France Book Tours titles here!

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