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September 20, 2012

Book Crush — Read your way to Paris

In honor of Becoming Clementine’s upcoming release (next Tuesday, Sept. 25!), we are taking you to Paris this week and next.

These two books will help you get there. The first is At My French Table: Food, Family And Joie De Vivre in a Corner Of Normandy by Jane Webster, which tells the story (through text and pictures) of the author’s move to Normandy from Melbourne in 2005. Once in France, Webster and her four children settled into a crumbling chateau, where she set up a cookery school. A photographer captured Jane’s colorful journey from produce markets to antique fairs to fancy and elegant restaurants. Along the way, she introduces you to the vivid local characters, shares forty regional recipes, and unveils the chateau after its restoration. The book is so beautiful, you want to eat it, and Jane’s journey leaves you feeling rejuvenated, inspired, entertained, and wistful that it didn’t happen to you (yet feeling, in some way, you were there).

The second book is Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. De la Fressange is an icon of French style and the former face of Chanel. Her insiders guide covers everything from beauty to fashion to home. She tells you how to dress like a Parisian, how to mix inexpensive (yet classic) basics with high-fashion accents, and how to accessorize. She also helps you bring Parisian chic into your home, and insert your own newly-Parisian style into any space. (In addition, she offers Paris addresses for where to find these basics and accents and accessories.) My very favorite thing about it is the illustrations, which she drew herself. If only Velva Jean had been able to use this little book as a resource while she was trying to become French.

September 19, 2012

And the winner of the Paris giveaway is…

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… Courtney Hughes, of Richmond, Indiana.

Courtney won a signed copy of Becoming Clementine and a bag of treasures directly from Paris (thanks to Lara, one of my wonderful assistants). When I told Courtney the news, she had this to say: “I have loved the character of Velva Jean since I first read Velva Jean Learns to Drive. I fell in love with her entire family and have enjoyed reading about these wonderful characters and the imprint that each of them has left on Velva Jean as she goes through life. I look forward to the continuation of Velva Jean’s story as I read Becoming Clementine.”

Congratulations, Courtney! For those of you who entered but didn’t win, the book will be out next Tuesday…!

September 12, 2012

Passport to Paris Giveaway!

Summer 1944. Paris. A secret mission. A dangerous passion. A spellbinding story you will never forget.

Becoming Clementine takes Velva Jean to World War II France, where she works with the Resistance as a spy and falls in love with a handsome French agent…

The book will be released September 25, but you can enter now for your chance to win an autographed advance copy and an assortment of treasures directly from Paris.

Okay, so you don’t actually need your passport for this one, but this giveaway will make you feel as if you’ve spent the day in Paris. My lovely assistant Lara has just returned from a French vacation with a bag of Parisian souvenirs. What better complement to Becoming Clementine? You can read about Paris while snacking on delicious Garni de Biscuits Pur Beurre (packaged in a retro collector’s tin), rest your drink on coasters featuring some of the more famous and picturesque landmarks, and enjoy the view from your trio of mini Eiffel Towers. You can use one of the vintage postcards as a bookmark and, last but not least, hang the Mona Lisa on your fridge.

To enter, simply follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, and enter your name and email address here. The winner will be announced Monday, Sept 17 at 5:00 pm PDT.

In the meantime, read an excerpt, watch the trailer, and pre-order your copy now!