It’s launch day! New release!

I’m excited to introduce this first book in my new mini-series, featuring those beloved characters from the Love in Provence series.

Christmas markets, French pastries, family, friends, all come together after unexpected challenges threaten a joyeux Noël or a merry Christmas. Then there are those two adorable Chocolate Lab pups! Spend time on the stunning Côte d’Azur as Kat and Philippe deal with one crisis after another.

It was so much fun to get back on the pages with all of the characters! Stay tuned for Book Two of the Villa des Violettes series in May and Book Three in October.

I hope you love the cover as much as I do! In September, when I was co-leading our South of France Memories Tour with my BFF, Deborah Bine (aka Barefoot Blogger), two women on the tour offered to help design the cover. Talented artists and good friends, Clare Strohman and Donna Fedele, worked with me to create the cover I envisioned … and they made it even better!

(May I just add how amazing these two women are in every way? And we were not intentionally colour-co-ordinated for this photo. Just sayin’! Our entire group of 16 women on the tour were a dream to travel with.)

Then, with the help of literary/tech assistant Carolyn Ring, fonts and placement of the title and my name were chosen and … badda bing, badda boom … the cover was born. My gratitude to each of those clever women.

Kate Rock and Tonni Callan, the founders of Literally Connected, made magic happen behind the scenes. A bouquet of thanks to them.

Also, thanks to everyone who helped make this happen today. Mille mercis! I’m grateful to each and every one of you.

Click here for the Amazon link.

Here’s the blurb:


Everything was going so well in Kat and Philippe’s life together. Then suddenly it wasn’t.

Roman ruins delayed the work on the Villa des Violettes. The Russian drug gang might be back in the neighbourhood. On top of that, Kat had worked herself into what Molly classified as a full blown “Christmas conundrum.” Kat wanted the holidays to work perfectly as she blended a Canadian Christmas with a Provençal Fête de Noêl for the first time in their new home. Now she’d lost her confidence and, with it, the holiday spirit.

Philippe hoped a weekend trip to the famous Christmas markets of Strasbourg would solve everything.

As it happened, things were about to get worse.

Are you feeling ready to embrace the holiday season? Have you started to decorate or do you wait until December arrives?

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. How wonderful, dear Pat! I can’t wait tp get in touch again with your characters. I know them well by now, and I am glad I could get your book to read on Kindle (could not open it properly before). Merci mille fois!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Many thanks, Martha. I was sorry that early file did not open for you. I hope you enjoy being back on the pages with Kat and Philippe!

      • I am back, indeed, but I am going very slowly. I think that the smoke from the fires has made me more sluggish than usual It is quite bad here! But I’ll get to the end soon.

  2. Anneli Purchase says

    Congratulations, Patricia!

  3. Congratulations!! So excited to read this book. The outside lights are up and looking great. They have brightened up out Spanish neighbourhood. The tree will be up after my books signing tomorrow. It’s never too early in my books!!

  4. Céline Berthelot says

    Félicitations ! Do you know when it will be possible to buy the paper copy ?


  5. Loved helping!
    I so adore your writing! Cannot wait for more about Phillipe and Kat!

  6. Awesome blossom! I love the story premise and, of course, the photos.

    Good luck with sales. (I’m off to Amazon)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Missy Stankowitz says

    I’m in love with this series, I can’t wait to read The First Noêl! Ask my husband, since starting this series it’s all about cheese and olives in our house. And one day we will holiday in the south of France. Thank you for these feel good books, I’ve enjoyed them so much!

    • Patricia Sands says

      Thanks for this lovely comment! You’ve ended this year on a high note for me … and I’m working on the next one! If you are so inclined, you could copy this and leave it as a review on Amazon, Goodreads and Bookbub! 🙂

I love hearing from you ~ thanks for stopping by


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.