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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

A book signing in Paris


Paris.

The name of the city conjures up more than a thousand years of history and culture. Arguably the cultural heart of the wold — “the cultural heart of the universe,” as one Parisian said — it is kind of a mythical place to artists of all kinds. To have a book signing in Paris...

On Feb. 15, I had the amazing good fortune to sign books at Café Bibliothéque at the François Mitterrand Library in Paris. The signing was put together by a small group of wonderful people, especially Karen Harroch of Au Boudoir Ecarlate, who worked in conjunction with the wonderful staff of my French publisher, J’ai Lu, and Fabiola Chenet and Les Romantique.

The experience was amazing. In my imagination, I somehow managed to brush up on French in time to answer all questions en français. Alas, although my linguistic skills were a disappointment, the event itself was not. The room was filled with wonderful people who asked interesting and fun questions. Bridget Costedoat, my new BFF from Great Britain, translated the questions I couldn’t understand or hear and then translated my answers.


So many of the French readers I’ve met on Facebook were there. It was a special privilege to meet them in person, to hear their voices, shake their hands, exchange bisous, to see their smiles. There were a handful of I-Team members present, as well, and we posed together for our own special photo.

It might surprise most American readers to know that the French love my historicals especially. The I-Team series is only now being released there, so many French readers haven’t read any of the stories.

I ended up signing books and bookmarks as fast as I could for more two hours until it was time to leave and was able to have photos taken with many of my reader friends.



It was extra special to have Benjamin there. He ended up having what looked like a lively and fun conversation with the wonderful women from J’ai Lu.

I wore my grandmother’s wedding ring to the signing. A talented student, she’d won some kind of scholarship to study in France but never got the chance. Her parents fell ill with diphtheria, and then she married and had six kids. She never got to see France, let alone Paris. Wearing her ring felt like having her with me, too.

Merci beaucoup, Karen! Merci, J’ai Lu! Merci, Fabiola!

And thank you, Paris, for giving me such a warm welcome and a wonderful memory.

2 comments:

Colette said...

How magnifique! This sounds like it was a fantastic opportunity, and what a great time you had. Your story about wearing your grandmother's wedding ring was lovely.
Serendipitously, I was just looking up airfare to Paris, as the World Equestrian Games will be near there in August. Kinda kooky (and spooky) that I literally JUST went to kayak.com.
Thanks for the great writing! I just finished listening to "Naked Edge" and loved it. (It was in my Romance Lovers Tea swag bag!)

Jackie said...

You took and wore the ring!!! How wonderful <3.

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