Moonlight And Love Songs: author interview and giveaway. I love France #69

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Moonlight And Love Songs


Alyssa Linn PALMER

Release date: September 17, 2013

Genre: Gay Romance, M/M, Noir

Moonlight & LoveSongs

Available in Trade Paperback (200 pages) and eBook

ISBN-13: 978-0992006525 (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 978-0992006532 (Kindle)

ISBN-13: 978-0992006549 (Smashwords)   AmazonDE  AmazonFR  AmazonES  AmazonIT
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 When Le Chat Rouge’s pianist, Benoît Grenier, meets the club’s new singer, his world is turned upside down. He’d given up ever finding someone to love. His hopes and dreams of a life beyond the club are revived, while his heart heals.

Daniel Marceau has come from Marseille, looking to escape bad decisions and worse memories. He never expected to fall in love, and when his past catches up with him it could ruin the only thing he’s ever found worth living for.

Daniel’s fears and his reluctance to ask Benoît for help could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard to create.  [synopsis provided by the author]


Alyssa Linn Palmer

Alyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. She is a member of the RWA, the Calgary RWA, and RRW (Rainbow Romance Writers). She has a passion for Paris and all things French, which is reflected in her writing. When she’s not writing lesbian romance, she’s creating the dark, morally flawed characters of the LE CHAT ROUGE series and indulging in her addictions to classic pulp fiction.

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Today, as part of the Virtual Tour of Alyssa Linn Palmer with her romance Moonlight And Love Songs I’m delighted to interview Alyssa on things French!

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Hello Alyssa,

1. Your book opens in a Paris club called Le Chat Rouge. Can you tell us a bit about this name?

Alyssa Linn Palmer

I have a red tabby (well, orange mackerel tabby), and I thought it would be a good name for a club.
Short and easily recognizable.

2. Why did you choose to have your book set in Paris?

I love Paris, it’s as simple as that. I’ve been twice, and if I could, I’d move there.
Writing about Paris keeps me from missing it too much.

3. The world of music is central to your book. How did you discover that world? What’s your favorite French song?

I love music, and always have, and about ten years ago, after watching a film with the ‘hep cat’ himself, Hoagy Carmichael, I started getting into swing and jazz.

I went to the famed Paris jazz club ‘Le Bilboquet’ (which, regrettably, has since closed), and when I am traveling, I make a point to seek out other jazz clubs. Sunset/Sunside in Paris, and the Birdland in NYC are favourites.

 It’s hard to pick my favourite French song. There are so many good ones! But if I really had to pick, it’d be ‘Hymne d’Amour’ as sung by Edith Piaf. It’s a classic.

4. I’m not at all familiar with LGBT romance. If it’s not too personal, would you mind explaining why you chose to write in that genre?

Mostly I wanted to expand the subgenres of romance that I wrote. Love is love no matter what the gender of the lovers, so it’s never really been a big deal to me to write LGBT romance.

5. Daniel travels from Marseille to Paris. In his eyes, how does Marseille compare to Paris? What do you personally think of both cities?

For Daniel, Marseille is the city of his past, the place where he hurt. Even though it is a beautiful city (from what I’ve seen, as I’ve never been there myself—yet), its beauty is tarnished by his experiences and memories. It’s home, but yet, not a happy home

6. Any out of the beaten path places you would recommend to a tourist going for the first time to Paris and/or Marseille?

When I was in Paris this last time, I saw a performance by singer Caroline Nin in a tiny theatre (Essaion Theatre, 6 rue Pierre au Lard) in the fourth arrondissement. It was essentially a cellar, and held perhaps 40 people. Utterly charming, and it was down this tiny side street where you could almost touch the walls on both sides if you stretched out your arms. 

Also, the jazz club Sunset/Sunside is excellent. Book a ticket ahead of time. Also, there are a lot of places just a short train ride away from Paris.

One of my favourites from my last trip was Chartres. The cathedral is strikingly beautiful, it is such a lovely town to walk about, and we had an excellent meal at one of the restaurants near the main square.
I suppose my best advice for a tourist to Paris (or anywhere, really) is to take time to seek out smaller places, to leave the touristy areas and have an adventure. A trip should be an experience, and getting outside your comfort zone and being spontaneous can make it the trip of a lifetime



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7 thoughts on “Moonlight And Love Songs: author interview and giveaway. I love France #69

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  3. For some reason I never discovered this I love France meme (and I love France 😉
    I did not know the writer but will look her up. I can so imagine her choosing France as a setting for her writing.


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