Spotlight and giveaway: A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes

Patricia Sands

on Spotlight Tour

July 24-August 6


A Season of SurprisesA Season of Surprises
at the Villa des Violettes
(Book 2)

(women’s fiction/travel fiction)

Release date: June 18, 2019
Amazon Digital Services LLC

228 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads



The Love in Provence characters are celebrating a glorious spring on the Côte d’Azur. There are sweet-smelling blossoms, buds bursting into bloom, explosions of golden mimosa, dazzling sunshine, a shimmering sea… and a worrying disappearance! A hidden past is uncovered and shocking truths are revealed. But life goes on. Kat and Philippe welcome their first B&B guests to the Villa and continue to be busy with other demands, all the while keeping hope alive as police search for their friend. A special request from Simone and an unexpected appearance turn a planned motorcycle trip in Corsica into so much more. Springtime at the Villa des Violettes is filled with secrets and surprises.


I Promise You This Patricia SandsPatricia Sands
lives in Toronto,
but her heart’s other home is the South of France.
An avid traveler, she spends part of each year on the Cote d’Azur
and once a year leads a women- only tour of the Riviera and Provence.
Her award-winning 2010 debut novel, The Bridge Club,
is a book club favorite.
The Promise of Provence,
which launched her three-part Love in Provence series
was a finalist for a 2013 USA Best Book Award and a 2014 National Indie Excellence Award,
an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013,
and a 2015 nominee for a #RBRT Golden Rose award in the category of romance.
Drawing Lessons, Sands’ fifth novel, also set in the south of France,
was released by Lake Union Publishing on October 1, 2017.
Book Two in her new mini-series, A Season of Surprises at The Villa des Violettes, releases June, 2019.
Patricia also contributes to such Francophile websites as The Good Life France and Perfectly Provence.

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where there are links to her books, social media, and the women’s tour she leads each summer in Provence, based on her novels.
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2019: May-June-July wrap-up


A lot has been going on these last three months, and I haven’t done much blogging. I plan to be more active again, so I’ll start with this mega three months recap, as last one was for April!!

On another level, after 14 months or work, I have finally decided to stop translating for It was fascinating work, and gave me the opportunity to keep up with Orthodox news throughout the world, but they have no fund, and I was getting only a few dollars per hour. As I needed many hours to translate every day, I also had less time to teach French, so even less income coming!

Until next major translation project, I plan to do more marketing for France Book Tours – if you know new bloggers who are looking to review books, tell them about it. I’m going to have new titles, with even more incentive! The general sign up page is here.

I would also like to dedicate more time to preparing my next book. A third of it is ready. The book was commissioned by a publisher, it will be another anthology (I published my first one eleven years ago!), but this time from Orthodox authors, and for each day of the year.

Before going into books, I’d like to share this awesome service I found through @EmAndHerBooks. You can post all your links in one place. See my result. Really cool!

Enough chatting, let’s go back to my reading.
I’ll give the numbers per month, for my year stats, and then the list by genre for the all this period.

So here is what I read in May:

5 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
= 12H29
, an average of 24 minutes

In June: 

8 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, (yes! the exact same number of pages as in May!),
an average of 41 pages/day
4 in audio!
= 38H50
, an average of 1H17!

And in July:

6 books:
5 in print 
with 1,521 pages, an average of 49 pages/day
1 in audio
= 6H49
, an average of 13 minutes

So that’s a total of 19 books, in the following genres:

12 in mystery:

  1. Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox
  2. Redemption Point, by Candice Fox
  3. The Night Before, by Wendy Walker
  4. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis – for Criminal Element
  5. A Better Man, by Louise Penny – for Criminal Element
  6. The Gomorrah Gambit, by Tom Chatfield – for Criminal Element
  7. The Sentence is Death, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook
  8. The Reunion, by Guillaume Musso – for Criminal Element
  9. La fille de Brooklyn, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  10. La vie secrète des écrivains, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  11. Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi – in audio
  12. J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi – in audio

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos – ebook
  2. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck – audio, for Classics Club
  3. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Exposed, by Jean-Philippe Blondel – for France Book Tours
  2. Vintage 1954, by Antoine Laurain

1 in science fiction:

  1. We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin- audio, for Classics Club

1 in dystopia:

  1. The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa – ebook

I have a few reviews almost ready to go, so I should be able to post them these coming weeks.

Obviously, with so many great titles, it’s really hard to pick a couple of favorites, so I’ll focus on great books by new to me authors.


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Classics Club: 45/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 52/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 11


The Reunion

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Book review and giveaway: Exposed

ExposedJean-Philippe Blondel

on Tour
May 15-28

Release date: June 4, 2019
at New Vessel Press
157 pages
ISBN: 978-1939931672

Website | Goodreads

In The 6:41 to Paris, Blondel featured two characters who reconnected after many years, while mostly focusing on their thoughts. There are similarities in Exposed, with even more lyricism.

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