Taking Root in Provence

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

9.window Aix-en-Provence

Just over a year ago, Anne-Marie Simons and her husband, Oscar, were featured on my blog.  Hop on over there to learn more about this charming couple and read an excerpt from Taking Root in Provence.

Anne-Marie is, among other things writerly, the author

book-cover-small of Taking Root in Provence, a delightful non-fiction book about life in France. If you haven’t read it and you love France as much as I do, you will enjoy the vignettes. They are charming, informative and often hilarious! True snapshots of Provençal culture acquired since Anne-Marie and Oscar settled in Aix-en-Provence in 1998.

Anne-Marie is also a journalist and her blog, Provence Today, keeps readers up to date on the latest news in France with her keen, unbiased observations.

Since I returned from France in July, I’ve shared a few posts about other writers in France you might like to follow. You can click right here to go to links to Claire McAlpine, Margo Lestz and Kristin Espinasse.

One of the aspects of travel that I love is the opportunity to meet people in person after knowing them only online. After our plans to meet in 2013 didn’t work out, Anne-Marie and I finally had a chance to sit down together at Le Grillon in Aix-en-Provence on June 30 this year. It was great fun and just too short a time! Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again next summer!

Summer is flying by! What are your special plans? Meeting up with friends? Take some time and just do it …

Come and join me on Facebook on Monday, August 25th for the COVER REVEAL  of my new novel, Promises To Keep. Just click right here. Release day is coming up too on August 29th! More on that next week. 

In case you haven’t heard, The Promise of Provence is specially priced at $.99 this week. Really! Click right here today. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to read it before Promises To Keep is published. Kat’s adventure in the south of France continues!

Bon weekend, tout le monde! 





About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. Looking forward to this book!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Thanks, Anneli! I’m already working on the next! This story has a grip on me, so it’s a good thing it’s set where I want to be!

  2. Congrats on your upcoming release, Patricia! Looking forward to this book! And the cover! Wishing you all the best with it!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Hi Marcia, it’s so nice to see you here! Thanks for your good wishes … hope your summer is going brilliantly and that life is good! <3

  3. anne-marie simons says

    Best of luck with the release next week of Promises to Keep, and congrats on meeting your deadline of summer 2014! I know the book will be a hit given the great response to The Promise of Provence and the fact that your love for this area just oozes from every page. Now if you can keep your promise of four or five more sequels (did you really say that?) you’ll have a mass of happy followers, including yours truly. But let’s not be greedy and first savour slowly the upcoming Promises before clamouring for more. May you have continued success and may your energy never wane.

  4. Happy Weekend to you, online friend…anticipating the reveal. 🙂

    • Patricia Sands says

      Rightbackatcha, Toni! I suspect we may get to meet in person this winter. What do you say? I’m excited to get this book out … because I’ve begun the next one! On we go!

  5. Merci pour le lien sur le site d’Anne Marie, Patricia. Je suis impatiente de lire votre prochain livre. A plus tard.

    • Patricia Sands says

      De rien! Je crois que Taking Root In Provence vous plaira beaucoup … et mon roman également, j’espère !
      Bon weekend, mon amie!

  6. Sue Malizia says

    I by chance ordered through BookBub and just finished reading “The Promise of Provence”. On the last page of the book it says to go to your website and leave a postal address to watch for a vintage postcard in October and that your follow up novel will be out by December. Well….thinking it meant this year I went and it no longer is working… so I went to your blog and am now up to date with the news of your follow up book cover reveal this coming Monday. It’s one of those rare stories you don’t want to end. I feel lucky that although I’m a year behind, I’m excited I don’t have to wait to get your new follow up book, as I loved the characters and beautiful setting. It was as though I was there in France experiencing right along while reading. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Sue, thanks so much for taking the time to share your comments with me. I love hearing from readers. You just reminded me that we must update that last page in the book. The postcards were sent last year and we had a tremendous response for them which was great fun. You are right about not having to wait for the next book. It will be out very soon. I’ve sent you an email with some details and I’m so glad you enjoyed being part of Katherine’s adventure.

  7. Fun stuff, Patricia and more lovely photos. It is so nice to put faces with names. I had the opportunity to meet 2 of my on-line friends at the RWA conference in July in San Antonio. That was truly one of the highlights of my conference.

    And in about 2 weeks, I’m taking off for my cruise to Alaska. I’ve been looking forward to that all summer.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Patricia Sands says

      Thanks, Patricia … a cruise to Alaska … wonderful! I think we might do one next year so I will look forward to hearing about yours. Have a wonderful time!

      I’m sorry I couldn’t make the RWA this year, we could have met then too. Maybe 2015? The date is a problem for me, but you never know! How cool that you met up with some of your online friends there. SO good!


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