Monday, March 31, 2014

Sleeping with Paris is the Kindle Love Stories Weekly Deal!

Craving a spring fling in the City of Love? Sleeping with Paris is the Kindle Love Stories Weekly Deal! Get the book for only $.99 now through Sunday, 4/6. Head on over to the Kindle Love Stories blog to learn more about the deal.

For more spring reading, today is the last day to find Midnight Train to Paris for only $1.99 as the Kindle Monthly Deal and Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles for only $.99. Thanks to all of my fabulous, supportive readers who've been spreading the word!

It's a lovely day to celebrate Paris because today is the 125th anniversary of La Tour Eiffel! I have had so many magical Paris moments at the Eiffel Tower including this one, where a rainbow appeared at the base of the tower just when I was walking over the bridge, devouring a buttery pain au chocolat. 

                                                                Bon anniversaire!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Confessions of a City Girl On Tour & On Sale!

To celebrate the release of the first novella in my new Confessions of a City Girl series, the book will be going on tour in April! If you're a book blogger or reviewer, and you're interested in participating in the fun, head over to IndieSage Promotions for details on the April 14th - 18th Book Blitz and the April 21 - 25 Blog Tour. 

And for a little end of the month treat, Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles will be on sale for only $.99 through March 31st! You can find the book on Amazon.

Keep an eye out this May for the next novella in the series, where we'll be traveling to San Diego for margaritas, sunshine, sexy surfers...and of course a bit of spicy romance!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles ~ Release & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to announce the official release of the first novella in my brand new 
Confessions series:

About the book:

In their efforts to start a family, talented DC photographer Natasha Taylor and her professor husband have plunged headfirst into the stressful world of fertility treatments, scheduled sex, and IVF-induced debt. When an opportunity arises to sell a gallery left to Natasha by her late mother, Natasha hopes the sale could dig the couple out of financial ruin, give them one last shot at a baby, and save their crumbling marriage.

But when her husband walks out on her and doesn't show up to her most important exhibit, an intense encounter with the alluring Nicholas Reyes--a once-famous photographer turned investor--leaves Natasha questioning everything she believed she wanted for her life.

Nicholas offers to buy the gallery...on one condition: Natasha must join him for a decadent weekend in Los Angeles, where he will give her the career opportunity of a lifetime and one unforgettable Hollywood night.

How harmless could one night be?

As it turns out, one night with the disarming Nicholas Reyes has the power to unravel Natasha's tightly-wound world and awaken her in ways she never could have imagined.

Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles is now available on Kindle!

Add Confessions of a City Girl: Los Angeles on Goodreads here:

To celebrate the release, I'll be giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a Kindle copy of the book to one lucky winner, and three more winners will be chosen to receive Kindle copies of the book as well. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below and let me know if you have any questions.

If you already have a copy of LA Confessions, feel free to enter the giveaway, and if you win, you'll have your pick of one of my other (or future!) books.

If you are one of my Paris-loving readers, not to worry, there are more Paris books in the works (always!). We're just going on a little exploration of some fun, spicy U.S. cities first....

This spring, look for the next installment in the Confessions series:

And if you're still craving Paris, Midnight Train to Paris is a Kindle Monthly Deal, on sale for only $1.99 for the entire month of March! Happy reading!

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of my amazing readers for your continuous support of my work. I'd also like to thank all of you who've reached out with words of love and encouragement at the news of my dear critique partner's passing. I hesitated to go ahead with the release during such a difficult time, but I know Karen would have wanted all of her writer friends to keep writing, publishing, and living our dream. This was her dream too, and her spirit will live on in the books of all of the writers she has helped, mentored, and laughed with over the years. I am truly blessed to be one of them.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A letter to my first critique partner, my dear friend...

Tonight, I lost a dear friend. She was my very first critique partner --the first person I trusted with my manuscript, my baby. Over lattes and pastries, and over the course of the past six years, she taught me how to make my novels shine, and in the process, she became one of my closest friends. She was one of the most fabulous, vibrant women I have ever known--a mother of three sweet boys, wife to an incredible husband, a talented writer who I called "The Agent Queen" (contrary to the experience of many writers, she had no problem securing a new agent whenever it struck her fancy, and the query process was actually one of her favorite parts about being a writer!), and a total social butterfly. Everyone loved her, and we always will.

Just over two years ago, my critique group was gathering for our usual Friday session (which included way more than just writing advice - these amazing women have taught me more about life than I could ever learn in a book), and we found out that something was wrong with our dear friend. Soon she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and the two years that have followed have been extremely tough, to say the least. But through it all, she never complained. She didn't cry, she didn't shout at the sky and ask "why me?" Instead, she powered ahead with love and gratitude; I have never seen such grace amidst a storm. 

Right at the time she was diagnosed, I was planning a move across the country. I have been lucky enough to fly back and visit her a few times throughout her illness, and the most recent trip was only a week and a half ago. She had been sleeping a lot, but she rallied and stayed awake for most of my visit. She had a very difficult time speaking, but in the middle of it all, as I was telling her how much she means to me, she squeezed my hand and whispered, "I am so lucky." Whenever I am facing a hard time, I will think of her in that moment and remember how even though her body was failing, her spirit remained strong. She was one of the strongest women I've ever known.

Today, I was working on acknowledgements for my next story, and I wrote her a special note. A few hours later, she passed. 

Tonight, as I sit alone in the quiet of my home, watching the stars twinkle over the canyon, I want to write a letter to my sweet friend. I know she would understand--we're writers, so that's what we have to do.

Dear Karen,

I knew the day would come when I would be writing you this letter, and I am just so thankful I got to see you in person, hold your hand, hug you, and tell you one more time how much you mean to me. Writing novels was my dream, and you helped make my dream come true. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude I have for your friendship, your humor, your fabulous purses, your smiley faces on my manuscripts ("No conflict in this scene, sorry! :-)", your posh British accent, your writing advice, your life advice, but most of all, your love. I felt such love coming from you today when I heard the news that you had passed. I will miss you forever, and I am eternally grateful that you came into my life right when you did.

You were the first person to truly "get" my writing, my sense of humor, my voice, and my characters. As a writer, there is no greater gift than someone who understands your work, loves it, and helps you to make it better. You helped me write draft after draft of Sleeping with Paris, reading the same pages over and over until they were ready for submission.  You did the same with Kissed and Dancing (You must've read fifteen versions of Chapter 1 of Dancing...we finally got it right!). We even met at that funny little French cafe in the middle of Virginia in between critique group sessions just to have another chance to talk writing (and eat pastries!) Our meetings were the highlight of my week, and I have missed them and you immensely since I moved out to California. I will never forget you, or what you have taught me. And I promise you that the witty, beautiful stories you were working on when this all happened will still find a home. I will make sure of it.

Tonight, after I heard the news, I gazed up at the moon and the stars, wondering what the world will be like without you in it, my dear sweet friend. It is unimaginable. But then I remembered that you are still here, in my heart, where you will always be.

My beautiful friend, Karen

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

One Night in Paris Release & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to announce the release of my first novella, One Night in Paris, which was chosen to be included in Amazon's new short fiction program, StoryFront. 

About the story:

"From bestselling author Juliette Sobanet, One Night in Paris is a heartwarming and enchanting journey back to Jazz Age Paris."

When Manhattan attorney Ella Carlyle gets a call that her beloved grandmother is dying, she rushes to Paris to be by her side, against the wishes of her overbearing boyfriend. Ella would do anything for her grandmother and jumps at the chance to fulfill her dying wish. But things take a mystical turn when Ella is transported to a swinging Parisian jazz club full of alluring the year 1927! As the clock runs out on her one night in the City of Lights, Ella will attempt to rewrite the past--and perhaps her own destiny as well. 

Add One Night in Paris on Goodreads here:

One of my own nights in Paris...simply magical!

To celebrate the release, I'll be giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a Kindle copy of the book to one lucky winner, and three more winners will be chosen to receive Kindle copies of the book as well. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below and let me know if you have any questions.

If you already have a copy of One Night in Paris, feel free to enter the giveaway, and if you win, you'll have your pick of one of my other (or future!) Paris books.

As always, I'd like to thank my readers for being so generous, supportive, and enthusiastic about my stories. You make me smile every day! I hope you enjoy Ella's journey back to 1920s Paris. I had an absolute blast writing this story and am so excited to share it with all of you!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Dancing with Paris on The Character Couch!

What happens when therapy meets Paris? Find out in this week's session of The Character Couch, where fictional therapist Regan Malloy chats with my characters, Ruby and Antoine from Dancing with Paris

The Character Couch is the creation of my fabulous author friend Tracy Tappan. Tracy is an extremely talented writer and dancer who I met while we were both breaking it down in jazz class!  On her new site, she'll be taking on the guise of Regan Malloy, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and holding entertaining sessions with favorite fictional couples.

In this week's installment, we meet Ruby and Antoine two months into the story in the year 1960 (so beware, spoiler alert!), and as always, we'll be traveling straight to the heart of Paris! Tracy does a fantastic job jumping right into my characters' skins, and I'm excited to hear what fans of Dancing with Paris think about this sneak peek into Ruby and Antoine's lives. So pop on over and have a seat on The Character Couch, and if you have ideas for other characters you'd like to see on the couch, you can even suggest a book! 

Chatting with Tracy on our own version of The Character Couch!

Tracy Tappan, founder and creator of The Character Couch, is a multi-genre author of gritty romance. Her latest release in her dark paranormal series, The Bloodline War, about an endangered breed of human who are kidnapping genetically enhanced women to save their race, is now available on Amazon. If you'd like to learn more about Tracy and her stories, please visit her on her website, Twitter, or Facebook.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Honeymoon in Paris Release & Giveaway!

Today is the official release day for my fifth novel with Montlake Romance, Honeymoon in Paris! You can find the novel on Amazon.

Honeymoon in Paris is the sequel to my very first novel, Sleeping with Paris. I am so thrilled to share Charlotte's next adventures in the City of Love with all of you. If you enjoyed her dating debacles in the first book, I'd love to hear what you think of the continuation as Charlotte gets married...and gets herself into a whole lot of trouble!

About the book:

The sassy heroine of Sleeping with Paris is back! And this time, chocolate-covered French wedding bells are in the air...

It's only been a month since Charlotte Summers reunited with her sexy French boyfriend Luc Olivier, and he has already made her the proposal of a lifetime: a mad dash to the altar in the fairytale town of Annecy. Without hesitation, Charlotte says au revoir to single life and oui to a lifetime of chocolate in bed with Luc. She's madly in love, and Luc is clearly the one, so what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot...

On the heels of their drama-filled nuptials in the French Alps, Luc whisks Charlotte away to Paris for a luxurious honeymoon. But just as they are settling into a sheet-ripping, chocolate-induced haze, a surprise appearance by Luc's drop-dead gorgeous ex-wife brings the festivities to a dead halt. Luc never told Charlotte that his ex was a famous French actress, or that she was still in love with him. Add to that Charlotte's new role as step-mom to Luc's tantrum-throwing daughter, a humiliating debacle in the French tabloids, and the threat of losing her coveted position at the language school--and Charlotte fears she may have tied the French knot a little too quickly.

Determined to keep her independence and her sanity, Charlotte seeks out a position at Bella Magazine's new France office while working on a sassy guidebook to French marriage. But when Luc's secret past threatens Charlotte's career and their future together, Charlotte must take matters into her own hands. Armed with chocolate, French wine, and a few fabulous girlfriends by her side, Charlotte navigates the tricky waters of marriage, secrets, ex-wives, and a demanding career all in a foreign country where she quickly realizes she never truly learned the rules.

I spotted these real-life, beautiful newlyweds strolling by the Eiffel Tour during my last trip to Paris!
To celebrate the release of Honeymoon in Paris, I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a Kindle copy of the book to one lucky winner, and three more winners will be chosen to receive Kindle copies of the book as well. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below and let me know if you have any questions.

If you already have a copy of Honeymoon in Paris, feel free to enter the giveaway, and if you win, you'll have your pick of one of my other (or future!) Paris books.

I'd like to send a huge merci to all of my loyal readers who continue to support and encourage me throughout my writing journey. I write these stories for you (well, okay, I don't mind the France research trips either...), and I sincerely hope you love reading about Charlotte's adventures as much as I enjoyed writing them! 

Speaking of research trips to France, when you read Honeymoon in Paris, you'll find that Charlotte has a new favorite chocolate dessert: le fondant au chocolat. To give you an idea of the magnificence of this French delight, here are some pictures from my last strenuous research trip to France, enjoying le fondant au chocolat at Le Nord in Lyon, the same restaurant where Charlotte devours this tasty treat for the first time.

Outrageously excited to eat le fondant au chocolat with my close friend and travel buddy, Katie.
Oui, oui, and oui! (The third oui is to those little chocolate balls on top of the ice cream! So delicious!)

Okay, I can hardly post this photo without hopping on a flight back to France just to eat this again!

If you are lucky enough to travel to France, please do me a favor and find a restaurant with a spectacular fondant au chocolat dessert (I highly recommend Le Nord in Lyon), then report back. I promise your life will never be the same. Charlotte's certainly wasn't.

A little taste of Charlotte in the new release!
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Bon voyage, bon appétit, and happy reading!

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