Ah, Paris. The city of romance, wine, chocolate croissants, and la Tour Eiffel. Afternoon trips to the market, evening strolls along the Seine, and nights spent sipping wine with friends at sidewalk cafes, the gorgeous sound of the French language swirling through the air.
Paris . . . the city that lures me back in no matter how far away I wander.
I've always loved Hemingway's famous quote:
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." --Ernest Hemingway to a friend, 1950
So true, isn't it? I'm absolutely loving life in San Diego, but in a random course of events this week, Paris has drawn me back in. First, a very kind stranger gave me a copy of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, which paints a portrait of Hemingway's life in Paris in the 1920's. I'm not sure how it is that I haven't read that book up until now, but I am so grateful to the nice man who gifted me a copy.
And last night, I watched Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris for the second time. Mr. Allen's opening montage of Paris gives me a serious case of mal du pays . . . otherwise known as homesickness. Granted, I only spent a year in Paris, but for that year, I really felt like I was home. And that brilliant opening scene makes me fall madly in love with Paris all over again.
What more can I say except, Paris, je t'aime.
One of the best parts about setting my novels in Paris has been the opportunity to connect with all of my amazing readers who are just as in love with this beautiful city as I am. I'd like to send a huge merci to each and every one of you for taking a trip back to Paris in the pages of my books, and especially to those who've written to me and shared your France stories. As a token of my appreciation, my first novel, Sleeping with Paris, will be free for the next two days on Amazon.
I'm just finishing up the edits on my third novel, Dancing with Paris, which will once again take my readers to the heart of Paris. But this time, we're traveling back to the 1950's where scandal, mystery, and a sizzling Paris romance will surely keep you up at night:) More to come on this book soon! In the meantime, pour yourself a glass of wine, devour a few chocolate croissants (yes, I said a few! I mean, who can only eat one??), and book that trip to Paris you've always been dreaming about.
The City of Love is calling your name . . . I know she's calling mine!