If it’s Friday, it must be France …
I’ve been off the radar a bit, attempting to catch up on everything in my writing life, after the fabulous Indie ReCon 2015 last week. I hope you had a chance to drop by some of the sessions and any you missed can still be accessed. Congratulations to ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors) and everyone involved all around the globe for a job well done!
Once again the worldwide community of indie authors demonstrated that contagious spirit of collegiality and information sharing that defines them!
But now I have to admit there’s only one thing on my mind!
Tomorrow my husband and I leave for our annual stay in the south of France. We’ll kick it off with a few days in Paris and a road trip to some places we’ve wanted to visit for ages. Ask me if we’re excited!
I’ll be researching and taking photos and writing and savouring every moment. So come on along with me! I’m hoping to post a special image every day on Instagram and Facebook, if I don’t totally mess up the technology. Unlocking my phone this week was a challenge!
This week has involved a lot of family time for goodbye hugs along with organizing, packing, and taking care of all those details we all have when we’re about to go on a trip. That was all squeezed in whenever I was able to tear myself away from working on my Love In Provence Book #3 (okay, we’ll have a title contest in the next newsletter like we did for #2 ~ get ready!)… all I want to do right now is write! Some of our stops on this trip will be part of the story, but I’ll tell you more about that on the road. It’s going to be magnifique having you along!
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Crimson Shore by Gillian Hamer
Rats by JW Hicks.
Behind Closed Doors by JJ Marsh.
Wolfsangel by Liza Perrat.
Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion by Barbara Scott-Emmett.
The Rise of Zenobia by Jane Dixon-Smith.
Ghost Town by Catriona Troth.
Pop on over to their website for more information. Details of the draw are in my April newsletter. Bonne chance!
I’ll end this post (because I really should be sleeping …) with the surprise news I received last week. I had forgotten The Promise of Provence was entered in the eLit Book Awards 2015, and was pleased to discover a Silver Award in Popular Fiction and a Gold Award in the category of Travel-Essay! It’s always satisfying to have your work recognized! Congratulations to all the prize recipients and also to everyone who entered! If you’ve published a book, you’re already a champion! Write on!
We’re still having the odd snow shower in Toronto! How’s April in your part of the world? I hope you’ll join me for a few days of April in Paris! On y va!
Miss Diane says
Je ne vous connais pas depuis bien longtemps mais, depuis la lecture de votre livre “The Bridge Club”, je suis tombée sous le charme. Je vous envie un peu car, bien que je sois allée à Paris plusieurs fois, je n’y suis jamais allée en avril. Je vous souhaite de magnifiques vacances et je prendrai plaisir à vous suivre… où que vous alliez!
Patricia Sands says
Merci mille fois pour les bons mots! C’est mon plaisir que vous me suivre. 🙂
Have fun on your road trip! So many little corners to discover in France.
Patricia Sands says
So true! As much as I appreciate the special corners of every country, France has an endless supply to fill my bucket.
Brenda Moguez says
Congrats on the award. I am dying to make a return to Paris, it’s all I think about these days. This post didn’t help!
Patricia Sands says
Thanks, Brenda! Paris will be waiting for you, whenever you make it happen. I know you will!