I am thrilled to have author Juliette Sobanet on the blog today. Paris & Chick Lit just go together so beautifully, and Juliette is a girl after my own heart with her love of chocolate, cheese, Chick Lit and yoga! Welcome, Juliette!
Thanks so much for having me, Lucie! Today we are celebrating the release of Episode 3 of my Kindle Serial novel, Midnight Train to Paris! You can find the novel on Amazon.
Here’s a little more about the book:
When hard-hitting DC reporter Jillian Chambord learns that her twin sister, Isla, has been abducted from a luxury train traveling through the Alps, not even the threat of losing her coveted position at The Washington Daily can stop her from hopping on the next flight to France. Never mind the fact that Samuel Kelly–the sexy former CIA agent who Jillian has sworn off forever–has been assigned as the lead investigator in the case.
When Jillian and Samuel arrive in the Alps, they soon learn that their midnight train isn’t leading them to Isla, but has taken them back in time to 1937, to a night when another young woman was abducted from the same Orient Express train. Given a chance to save both women, Jillian and Samuel are unprepared for what they discover on the train that night, for the sparks that fly between them…and for what they’ll have to do to keep each other alive.
Midnight Train to Paris is a magical and suspenseful exploration of just how far we will go to save the ones we love.
Readers often ask why I choose to base all of my novels in France, and more specifically in Paris. My answer is simple: I want to sweep my readers away just as Paris first swept me away.
My love affair with Paris began when I was only fifteen. I first visited the city on a high school trip to Europe, and it was amour at first sight. I fell head over heels in love with the beautiful language, the pastries, the boulangeries, the winding cobblestone streets, the Seine, la Tour Eiffel, the bustling sidewalk cafes, and of course, the cheese! After a quick three days in the City of Lights, I knew I would be coming back.
In college, I majored in French and spent a semester studying in the charming city of Lyon, which is only two hours south of Paris by train. Lyon stole my heart the minute I stepped foot on its beautiful rues, but my love affair with Paris wasn’t over by any means.
|Enjoying a pastry picnic with author Sophie Moss on our most recent trip to Lyon|
After I graduated from college, I returned to Paris to complete my Master’s degree. I spent one year living, studying, eating, and exploring in this magical, exciting city, and it was during this time that I came up with the idea for my first novel, Sleeping with Paris.
I knew that I wanted to sweep my readers away to the most romantic, gorgeous, charming city in the world, and in doing so, help them to forget about real life for a while. What better way to do that than to travel to Paris, even if it is only in the pages of a book?
Although I must admit, it’s not all about my readers. Writing novels based in France is a way for me to stay connected to a place that I miss every day, a place that truly feels like home to me, and a place that I am certain I will always be madly in love with…Can we say research trips to Paris anyone?
|View of the Seine River on my last research trip to Paris|
To celebrate the release of Midnight Train to Paris, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a Kindle copy of the book to one lucky winner, and 3 more winners will be chosen to receive Kindle copies of the book as well! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below, and let me know if you have any questions.
Also, if you already have a copy of Midnight Train to Paris, feel free to enter the giveaway, and if you win, you’ll have your pick of one of my other Paris Kindle books!
And, if you haven’t heard of Kindle Serials, here’s the scoop:
A Kindle Serial is a novel released to your Kindle in episodes. When you purchase Midnight Train to Paris, all existing episodes will immediately appear on your Kindle, and as future episodes are published each week, they will update automatically.
On June 18th, once all episodes have been released, Midnight Train to Paris will be released as a full-length novel in print and e-book. So, if you’d rather wait to read the entire novel at once, you can do that too.
Also, for my wonderful readers abroad, Midnight Train to Paris will be released on Amazon UK, France, Germany, and all other Amazon sites as a full-length novel this June. So, not to worry, it’s coming to a Kindle near you very soon
Juliette Sobanet is a former French professor who writes sassy, romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. Juliette holds a B.A. from Georgetown and an M.A. from New York University in France, and she has lived and studied in both Paris and Lyon. She recently relocated to sunny San Diego where she lives with her husband and their two massive cats. When she’s not writing, she’s eating chocolate, practicing yoga, or scheming on when she can travel back to France. You can find Juliette on her website, Twitter or Facebook.