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Spotlight and book giveaway: Paris Ever After

K.S.R. Burns

on Tour

May 1-14

with

Paris Ever After

 

Paris Ever After

(women’s fiction)

Release date: May 1st, 2018
at Velvet Morning Press

ASIN: B079H32ND3
260 pages

 

SYNOPSIS

Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

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 cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

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NB: The author’s previous book, The Paris Effect, featured here on France Book Tours, was just optioned for Film & TV!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

k-s-r-burns

K. S. R. Burns
is the author of the Amazon bestseller,
THE PARIS EFFECT,
its upcoming standalone sequel PARIS EVER AFTER,
and THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF WORKING GIRL:
Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.
She has lived and worked in four countries and 22 cities,
including Paris.
No longer a wanderer, Burns now resides in the Pacific Northwest,
where in addition to novels
she writes a weekly career advice column for The Seattle Times.

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Excerpt and giveaway: Luck Favors the Prepared

 

Luck Favors the Prepared

Luck Favors the Prepared

(non-fiction short stories)

Release date: September 8, 2017
at Take the Stairs Publishing

ISBN: 978-0692874752
also in ebook
203 pages

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SYNOPSIS

In his first collection of non-fiction short stories, Nathaniel Barber allows a peek inside the life observant. Luck Favors the Prepared is a straightforward read, shifting from remote and hilarious documentary to a lived-in memoir, dreamily recalling the absurd dark comedy of death and divorce, landlordship, family, role playing video games, high school, misguided activism, customer service and sudden, unexpected wardrobe failures.

As a son of the Pacific Northwest, his stories are nestled in the mossy bosom of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. His characters and rich dialogue are plucked from the past and set to life. They are belligerents and buffoons. They are the beautiful and the bewildering, plagued by dark and grotesque motives and juxtaposed with a loving objectivity that suspends judgement for a world where no one is defined by their worst deeds.

Luck Favors the Prepared is an unforgettable tour through the ordinary and unconventional—a full collection of real life and all its baggage, handcrafted by the hardest working nobody in contemporary literature.

EXCERPT

Excerpt from Paris, France. Lynnwood, Washington:

That summer I was on exchange with Jerome, who was also thirteen years old. He lived just south of Paris.

Paris was unlike anything. France! Everything you’ve heard about the wonderful country, there to just—walk around, soak it up.

Jerome’s family kindly put me up in the oldest brother’s room (a camp counselor, he was away for the summer). It was too hot to sleep with the covers on and there were far too many mosquitoes to sleep without covers. Their tiny hum rang in my ears. I’d swat and slap them away, but moments later the brave pests would light again and again until, pockmarked with fiery bumps, I turned on the light and rolled up a copy of Les Inrockuptibles.

I worked until late at night, deliriously jet lagged and, tracking the tiny mosquitoes by their telltale buzz, smashing them with the magazine. Eventually I killed them all and the room was silent.

Riddled with itch, I fell asleep hard and didn’t wake up until Jerome’s mother opened the shades late the next morning, almost noon. She was yelling French, screaming at me and pointing around the room like a madwoman.

Blinking awake, I could finally see what she was pointing at: a grim horror scene, decorated by dark smears and splatters of my blood caked with a mash of legs and wings, the gored copy of Les Inrockuptibles by the bedside. We worked through lunch, for hours, scrubbing at the uncleanable eggshell of the plaster walls, my grumpy hostess grumbling unknowns as we scrubbed and scrubbed.

For the month I stayed with his family, we took the train to the city as much as possible. I had my first souvlaki. We made a dizzying tour of food and museums, cathedrals and alleys. As my guide, Jerome noted once, almost as an afterthought, a residence we were walking past used to be Victor Hugo’s. We took a weeklong trip to the Normandy coast, to the beaches American and Allied forces stormed on D-day.

I received my first kiss, from an English girl. She put her tongue down my throat right in front of her parents.

We spent a day at Mont St-Michel, saw the Château du Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry. These things were older than anything I’d seen. I certainly didn’t understand them, or their place in the world, but I was forever changed by the encounter.

The following month, Jerome came to stay with us, in our home in Lynnwood, Washington. We had a Costco and the Alderwood Mall and some parks. To a visitor or passerby, Lynnwood was most effectively introduced by the Black Angus Steakhouse next to the I-5 off-ramp. The restaurant’s massive, well-lit sign proudly called to the north and southbound travelers: Black Angus, except for the “g,” perhaps the most important letter on that sign, which fizzled out and remained unrepaired for several years.

It was late at night when we peeled off the freeway toward our home, the last leg in Jerome’s very long trip. His eyes were bleary but nailed to that sign, lips mulling an unsure translation. Finally he asked, “What is this: Black Anus?”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nathaniel Barber

Nathaniel Barber’s writing is a deadpan examination of life’s banal cruelties. His stories bustle with compelling characters, rich dialogue and moving scenes narrated with an icy, satirical memoir, distilling comedy from otherwise devastating humorlessness.

His forthcoming collection of short nonfiction, Luck Favors the Prepared, recounts life as stumbling about a strange dark room, desperately patting the walls for a light switch. He is also completing a collection of fiction shorts and a book of adult poems for children.

He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and daughter and cat and a collection of bicycles in various states of disrepair. He works in the warranty department for an ergonomic furniture company. He does not use semicolons or Oxford commas.

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Spotlight and giveaway: That Spring in Paris

Ciji Ware

on Tour

August 15-28

with

That Spring in Paris

That Spring in Paris

(women’s fiction / romance)

Release date: May 25, 2017
at Lion’s Paw Publishing

ISBN: 978-0988940871
ebook: 978-0988940864
468 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy.
Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East. Now resident on a classic barge moored on the Seine, Finn is a man with both physical battle scars and psychic wounds that overshadow his day-to-day encounters at every turn.
Juliet Thayer is a fledgling landscape painter who seeks escape from a tyrannical older brother and her job at his violent video war games company in San Francisco. Her emergency trip to Paris also raises doubts as to her impending engagement to a colleague where she serves as packaging design director and “Chief Branding Officer” of GatherGames, a highly speculative enterprise in which her parents are heavily invested.
As Finn and Juliet form a tenuous attachment in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that traumatized the French capital November 13, 2015, they wonder if the “City of Light” can provide a path out of the darkness for two emotional exiles who fear–along with the world at large—that their universe has descended into a permanent state of chaos and that the renewal of spring might never come.
New York Times bestselling novelist and Emmy-award winning news producer Ciji Ware displays her formidable skill at weaving fact and fiction–delivering a gripping story about the discovery of love and regained serenity in the wake of horrifying events.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

That Spring in Paris - Ciji Ware

Ciji Ware,
a graduate of Harvard University in History,
is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
of historical and contemporary fiction,
and two works of nonfiction.
An Emmy-award winning
former radio and TV broadcaster for 23 years in Los Angeles,
her numerous writing accolades include a Dorothy Parker Award of excellence,
and being short-listed for the Willa [Cather] Literary Award.
Her family circle includes a husband of many decades,
a grown son and daughter-in-law, and now two grandsons under four,
along with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cholly Knickerbocker.
Ware lives in a cottage by the sea on San Francisco Bay.

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