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Book Review, Interview, and Giveaway: Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns

 

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.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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 she Seattle Times.

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Author Interview:

Why did you choose Paris as the main setting for The Paris Effect and Paris Ever After?
Well, they say write what you know—so because I lived in Paris for a number of years it seemed natural to set my books there. Also, writing about Paris is a way to “be” in Paris, even when you are somewhere else entirely!

Can you use one word to describe the places you called home: Paris, Arizona, Virginia, Washington DC, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Washington State? 
Other than the fact that all these places are located on Planet Earth, they have very little in common, don’t you think? So I guess that one word could only be “terrestrial.”
(Sorry, I meant one word per city)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
I’d live in Paris during the winter and Seattle during the summer. That would be the best of both worlds, weather-wise. And fun-wise.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Get ready, because this is an odd one: I LOVE In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. She’s a fantastic writer and it’s a wonderful book.

How did you select the names of your characters?
I named my main character “Amy” because it reminds me of “aimer,” the French verb for love. I chose “William” for her husband because I wanted the contrast of a short name versus a longer name. I chose the name “Kat” because it’s a sharp sound, and this character has a sharpness about her. Margaret is named after a lovely English lady I met while hiking the Cotswold Way in southwestern England. She was charming and gracious and welcoming (and just slightly loony), like Amy’s Margaret.

What was the hardest scene to write?
In The Paris Effect, the hardest scene by far was the adventure in the illegal portion of the catacombs. It’s a scary place that I haven’t ever visited (you could not pay me to go  own there, though I have visited the tourist portion). In Paris Ever After it was, of course, the sex scene!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A writing friend who works on screenplays introduced me to the concept of “unifying filmic devices.” Basically, this is just a repeating image. Often they’re symbols, but they don’t have to be. I liked the idea, so in Paris Ever After I sprinkled around mentions of flowers. In The Paris Effect, it was puzzles (jigsaw, crossword). No one seems to have noticed or, if they have, they haven’t told me!

When developing characters do you already know who they are before you
begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
My characters reveal themselves slowly. Sometimes they surprise me. I may start by basing them on a person I’ve met (like Margaret), but they quickly evolve off into other directions.

Can you describe the mundane details of your writing process: Do you write every day?/ How many hours per day or section?  Do you use outline or draft?  If you do, on paper or computer?
Sadly, my life is not very organized or scheduled. I write whenever and wherever I can. My only halfway interesting quirk is that I always write my first drafts in longhand, on scrap paper. This way I’m not wasting paper with my bad first drafts. I hate to waste paper.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would say don’t waste energy trying to be “original.” There are no new stories in this old world (though there are perhaps new ways of doing old things). The only thing that’s really new is you! So give your writing something of yourself.

When you wrote The Paris Effect, did you have the sequel(s) planned out?  Is
there another one after Paris Ever After?
When I finished The Paris Effect I never had the intention of writing a sequel. I felt done. But then readers kept asking me, What happens next? So I started to wonder, and voilà, a new book was born.

What are you working on?  Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am thinking about a new book and making notes. But it’s in that fragile, delicate stage where I’m afraid to talk about it. Stay tuned…..

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Audio Book Review: The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Author: Tal M. Klein

Narrator:Matthew Mercer

Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Jul. 25, 2017

Genre: Tecnothriller

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vancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure… Arrival… Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and is the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.

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Narrator Bio

Matthew Christopher Miller, known professionally as Matthew Mercer or Matt Mercer, is an American voice actor involved in English dubs of Japanese anime as well as cartoons, films and video games. In anime shows, he voiced Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in Persona 4: The Animation and Trafalgar Law in the Funimation dub of One Piece. In video games, he voices Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, McCree in Overwatch, MacCready in Fallout 4 and Yusuke Kitagawa in Persona 5. In addition to voice-over, Mercer has developed some live-action web series including a Nintendo character parody called “There Will Be Brawl” and the famous Geek & Sundry and Alpha Dungeons & Dragons gaming session show “Critical Role.” The Punch Escrow is his first audiobook.

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Q&A with Author Tal M. Klein
  • How did you select your narrator, Matthew Mercer?

I always knew I wanted Matt Mercer to narrate my book, the hard part was getting him to agree to do it. Between Critical Role and his various Nerdist responsibilities, he’s also an incredibly prolific voice actor. Recording an audiobook is a serious time commitment! There was also the challenge of getting Audible to agree to having Matt do the book because he’d never done an audiobook before. Ultimately I got lucky in that Matt read my book, liked it, agreed to do the audiobook, and Audible was easily convinced to sign off once they heard his voice acting reel. The rest is history!

  • How closely did you work with Matthew before and during the recording process? Did you give him any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?

Matt is a consumate professional. We did one session on pronounciation, but everything else was entirely in his court. I wanted him to make my book is canvas. He did an outstanding job.

  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

The Inkshares community is incredibly supportive, so they are owed a lot of credit, but my wife deserves the lion’s share. She was my rock throughout the writing process and the book would have never gotten finished without her support and enthusiasm.

  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I love audiobooks, though I tend to prefer listening to nonfiction. One of the reasons I was so particular about choosing Matt Mercer to do my book is because I knew he would give each chracter a unique voice. I feel like many fiction audiobooks lose me when they are narrated in monotone.

  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?

Nothing beats Matt Mercer singing Karma Chameleon. That alone is worth the price of admission in my humble opinion.

  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?

I think the two experiences are distinctly different. As I mentioned, I rarely listen to fiction audiobooks, but when I do it’s usually after I’ve already read the book.

  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

A bottle of expensive bubbly with my family and friends!

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Book Review: Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau

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Title: Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Author: Nicolas Barreau
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9781250072771

Synopsis:

Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing “wishing cards,” but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart’s desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower – but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled.

Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips up in her shop and knocks over a post-card stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after-all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children’s books who’s fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two – very different – maverick artists become friends.

Rosalie’s wishes seem to be coming true at last, until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is Always a Good Idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love.

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Book Review: Parting Gifts by Katrina Anne Willis

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Title: Parting Gifts
Author: Katrina Anne Willis
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publish Date: April 19, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63152-039-6

Synopsis:
Broken by their unorthodox midwestern childhood, sisters Catherine, Anne, and Jessica Mathers search for love, acceptance, and worth―often in the most unlikely places. Catherine, the oldest of the Mathers sisters, is an English professor battling breast cancer with Cytoxan, red wine, and profanity. Anne is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two struggling to make ends meet in a suburban existence that both suffocates and confounds her. Jessica, the youngest by ten years and estranged―by choice―from her family, is an exotic dancer who feels safer on stage than in a relationship. But when the sisters are faced with an incomprehensible loss, they are forced to reevaluate themselves, their damaged bonds, and their fragile future.Parting Gifts illuminates one highly dysfunctional family’s tentative, desperate crawl toward a life of meaning and worth.

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Book Review: Put a Ring on It by Beth Kendrick

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Title: Put a Ring on It
Author: Beth Kendrick
ISBN: 978-0-451-47418-6
Publisher: New American Library
Length: 283 pages

Synopsis:

The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware seashore town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality…and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

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