We are so close now, just one week away from the launch of Kindred Spirits: Ephemera… After our jaunt on Eurostar last week, we’re at the end of our journey, in glorious Paris itself. First though, I’m thrilled to share the first review of the collection, from Aunt Allie (not an actual aunt of … More Kindred Spirits: Ephemera – On location – Paris!
With Kisses from Cécile by Jan Agnello & Anne Armistead Publication Date: September 12, 2019 eBook & Paperback Genre: Historical Fiction A heartbroken Maggie travels to Paris to visit the grave of her great-grandmother’s French pen pal Cécile and uncovers 100-year-old secrets that give her courage to rebuild her own life. NOW Maggie … More Excerpt: Jan Agnello & Anne Armistead, With Kisses from Cécile
Overture What if you had a unique talent, but everything conspired against your dreams? France, 1897. Born to a modest farming family, Marie-Thérèse has a remarkable singing voice and wants to become a professional singer. But too many obstacles, including her parents’ opposition, stand in her way. And, through no fault of her own, she … More Book review: Vanessa Couchman, Overture
So far, all published Kindred Spirits tales have been set in the UK, hopping between England and Scotland only. However, there is one out in the world which is set in Paris, and you can get hold of that free, when you subscribe to my newsletter, which I’ll be reviving later this year. Now, I … More Kindred Spirits A-Z: Overseas?
Today on the blog, I’m reviewing The Merest Loss, a story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as … More Book review: Steven Neil, The Merest Loss
Today on the blog, I’m part of the blog tour for Giuseppe Cafiero’s book The Ambiguity of Suicide, about the apparent suicide of poet Mário de Sá-Carneiro, who died in Paris in 1916. Here, Giuseppe tells us why he was compelled to tell the beautifully-written story. It was almost a duty to write about Mário de … More The Ambiguity of Suicide
One of the things I really wanted to explore this year at Swanwick was more non-fiction. Having enjoyed (and learned lots at) Kathryn Aalto’s course on creative non-fiction last year, I was chuffed to see she was back, this time to tell us about researching as a writer. It was a great follow-on from last … More New Forays into Non-Fiction?
Recently, I’ve been exploring the utterly addictive (and riskily time-sucking) website Pexels, which stocks thousands of free-to-use photos which you’re able to download and use in blogs, graphics, however you want really. I’m quite happy with some of the graphics I’ve created so far for both existing and future projects (see blatant plug below): Last … More Photo inspiration – Montparnasse
Welcome to this week’s Sunday Sojourn, where I’m handing over to Angela Wren, who’ll be taking us on a tour of one of my favourite cities – the glorious Paris. It’s been really hard to post this without adding my own comments all over the place (mostly in agreement, I will note). Galleries is my favourite … More Sunday Sojourn – Paris
Or five of them, to start with! I’ve always loved Paris, and have also always wanted to try my hand at travel writing, so I decided to look for some interesting opportunities, and came across The Good Life France. So many interesting, quirky and fun articles, with one of the first I came across being … More Paris’ hidden delights