~GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW~ ALYSSA LINN PALMER,THE PARIS GAME….

~The Paris Game (Le Chat Rouge Series #1)~

BY ALYSSA LINN PALMER….

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The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer

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WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE THIS TALENTED AUTHOR WITH US TODAY…..

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO….

WELCOME ALYSSA!

MBA&M: Welcome, Alyssa! Please give our readers some insight into the mind and life of Alyssa  Linn Palmer?

ALP: I’m afraid my life isn’t too interesting. When I’m not at my day job, I’m writing, or editing (freelance), or trying to catch up on my reading or TV watching. (I’m especially fond of the series “Case Histories” with Jason Isaacs.)

MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “The Paris Game”?

ALP: I’d had a bit of a fascination with Paris/French culture for a few years, but it really exploded (and my first ideas for the book came to fruition) after I visited Paris in 2003. We took in some jazz at a famous jazz club called Le Bilboquet, and it all started from there. I really wanted to go back to Paris, but for a long time I couldn’t afford it, so writing about it kept me happy.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write and why?

ALP: I don’t know if I could answer with just one. I loved writing Marc because he was so perfectly imperfect (as my friend Cathy Pegau put it), a successful art dealer, talented musician, but also morally questionable, but I also loved writing Sera (again, perfectly imperfect), a woman who resorts to turning tricks to pay off a debt. However, for sheer personal amusement, writing the character of club owner Monsieur Royale has to take the cake. He needed to be physically and mentally repulsive, so I had a lot of fun with him.

MBA&M: What was the worst scene for you to write? Why?

ALP: Probably the fight scenes. I’ve never been in a fight myself, not since I was a kid, so it isn’t really something I’ve had experience with. It’s hard to make it seem realistic, but to also keep the action moving. Those were the scenes most edited.

MBA&M: Why Jazz, gangsters, a wager and Paris for your plot and setting?

ALP: I love jazz, for one, particularly the classic jazz, the “hep cats” from the 1930s, like Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael. Gangsters are fascinating because by definition they’re on the wrong side of the law, and what they do can be violent and unethical, but they often have a moral code of their own that is as strict as anything society has. The wager was inspired by reading ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Laclos, the classic French epistolary novel. It’s one of my favourites.

MBA&M: What advice would you give to any new authors?

ALP: Work hard, write every day if you can. Learn the craft, take workshops, maybe join a writing group, find critique partners. The first draft might be all you, but the revisions are easier when you have someone else looking at your manuscript.

MBA&M: In today’s world of internet, where would you advise new authors to start first in promoting their stories?

ALP: I think the best sort of promotion is to keep writing. Write more, give your readers something to move on to when they’ve finished reading your first work. Rinse, repeat.

MBA&M: How, where can our readers connect with you and where may they purchase “The Paris Game”?

ALP: They can find me on Twitter (@alyslinn), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AlyssaLinnPalmer), or on my website http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com. The book is available from Amazon currently, in trade paperback (http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Game-Rouge-Series-Volume/dp/1484834828/) and ebook (TBA). It will be available from other retailers soon.

Alyssa, what a pleasure to have you with us today and our readers! Do you have anything you would like to add?

ALP: I’ve always been of the opinion that publishers should offer a free ebook when you buy a paper book, because often I’d like to have an ebook for portability, but the paper book for my collection. So, I have put my money where my mouth is. If you buy the trade paperback of The Paris Game, you can email me and I will send you an ebook in the format of your choice.

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The Paris Game (Le Chat Rouge Series #1)~

 

BY ALYSSA LINN PALMER

The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer

 

The Paris Game

Book 1 in the Le Chat Rouge series

By Alyssa Linn Palmer

Available in Trade Paperback and eBook

Paperback purchasers can receive a free eBook by emailing the author.

ISBN-13: 978-1484834824 (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9920065-0-1 (Kindle)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9920065-1-8 (Smashwords)

Release Date: June 17, 2013

Blurb:

On the darker side of Paris, it’s dangerous to not pay your debts…

A singer in a jazz club past its prime, Sera Durand must come up with thousands of euros to pay back her boss, a ruthless gangster.  A confrontation with her ex, an art dealer profiting on the wrong side of the law, leads her into a questionable wager, but one that could solve her problems.

Marc Perron knows a winning proposition when he sees one. Seducing a shy young woman of Sera’s acquaintance will be the easiest thing in the world, and the prize, to have Sera in his bed once again, is worth the chance of losing a sizable sum. What he didn’t expect was the depth of Sera’s desperation.

When one of his deals goes awry, Marc’s solution could cost them more than money…

Praise for The Paris Game:

“The Paris Game is a sexy noir romance–a gritty, thrilling peek between dangerous Parisian sheets.” -Tiffany Reisz, Award-Winning and International Bestselling Author of The Original Sinners series (Mira Books)

“Characters who grab you. A plot that takes hold and won’t let go. Sexy and seductive, ‘The Paris Game’ is modern noir at its best.” -Cathy Pegau, author of Rulebreaker and Caught in Amber

 

“Dark, mysterious, sexy. Noir at its best.” -Roxy Boroughs, author of A Stranger’s Touch

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Author Information:

Alyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. Her novella PROHIBITED PASSION and short story BETTING THE FARM are available as ebooks. Her short story VEE is a part of the charity anthology FELT TIPS, and its sequel is in the anthology ANYTHING SHE WANTS. She’s currently working on several new projects. She loves to hear from readers, and you can find her online at www.alyssalinnpalmer.com, or on Twitter @alyslinn.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com

Twitter: @alyslinn (https://www.twitter.com/alyslinn/)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaLinnPalmer

Book Links:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17972014-the-paris-game

Direct website link: http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com/books/the-paris-game-le-chat-rouge-series-1/

Paperback buy links:

I’ve always been of the opinion that publishers should offer a free ebook when you buy a paper book, because often I’d like to have an ebook for portability, but the paper book for my collection. So, I have put my money where my mouth is. If you buy the trade paperback of The Paris Game, you can email me and I will send you an ebook in the format of your choice.

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Game-Rouge-Series-Volume/dp/1484834828/

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-Game-Rouge-Series-Volume/dp/1484834828/

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4253464

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Paris-Game-Alyssa-Linn-Palmer/9781484834824

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ebook buy links:

Smashwords (all formats): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325427

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DCJYXIQ

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***If you buy the trade paperback of  The Paris Game, email the author,and she will send you an ebook in the format of your choice,free of course.*** Please email her with your proof of purchase of the trade paperback*

[email protected]

Now isn’t this a great offer,how could you go wrong,you end up with both the paperback and a digital copy for your, on the go lifestyle?

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The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the author)

Thanks to Alyssa, we are offering 2 lucky commenters a digital copy of  THE PARIS GAME.  Yes, 2 winners have a chance to win. Giveaway will run from June 7 until June 14,2013.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!

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~COMING SOON~GIVEAWAY~ ALYSSA LINN PALMER, THE PARIS GAME….

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~The Paris Game (Le Chat Rouge Series #1)~

 

BY ALYSSA LINN PALMER

The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer

ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE PARIS GAME (June 17, 2013)
On the darker side of Paris, it’s dangerous to not pay your debts…

A singer in a jazz club past its prime, Sera Durand must come up with thousands of euros to pay back her boss, a ruthless gangster. A confrontation with her ex, an art dealer profiting on the wrong side of the law, leads her into a questionable wager, but one that could solve her problems.

Marc Perron knows a winning proposition when he sees one. Seducing a shy young woman of Sera’s acquaintance will be the easiest thing in the world, and the prize, to have Sera in his bed once again, is worth the chance of losing a sizable sum. What he didn’t expect was the depth of Sera’s desperation.

When one of his deals goes awry, Marc’s solution could cost them more than money…

*Available soon, in trade paperback and ebook!*

ISBN-13: 978-0-9920065-0-1 (Kindle)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4848348-2-4 (Trade Paperback)

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Buy at the Createspace store.

***If you buy the trade paperback of  The Paris Game, email the author,and she will send you an ebook in the format of your choice,free of course.*** Please email her with your proof of purchase of the trade paperback*

[email protected]

Now isn’t this a great offer,how could you go wrong,you end up with both the paperback and a digital copy for your, on the go lifestyle?

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A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. Her novella PROHIBITED PASSION and short story BETTING THE FARM are available as ebooks. Her short story VEE is in the charity anthology FELT TIPS (edited by Tiffany Reisz). She’s currently working on two new projects, one of which is a novel set during the gangster heyday in Chicago in 1925. You can find her online at www.alyssalinnpalmer.com, or on Twitter @alyslinn.

For more information and interesting facts please visit the author at:

 

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The Paris Game - Alyssa Linn Palmer~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the author)

Thanks to Alyssa, we are offering 2 lucky commenters a digital copy of  THE PARIS GAME.  Yes, 2 winners have a chance to win. Giveaway will run from June 7 until June 14,2013.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!

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~STAY TUNED~

“My Thoughts” on this title coming soon.

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Alyssa will be stopping by on 6/17 for an interview and maybe a few more surprises.

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~~BOOK SPOTLIGHT~~WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS BY KATHERINE KEENUM…

MBA&M IS ONCE AGAIN PROUD TO PRESENT…

~~KATHERINE KEENUM~~

WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS….

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Book Description(from Amazon)

Release date: February 5, 2013
As the Belle Epoque dawns, Paris attracts artists from everywhere. One is Jeanette Palmer, daughter of a prominent Ohio family, who has left Vassar College under a cloud of scandal.

Amid the city’s great bohemian neighborhoods and teaching studios, Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success. And her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other.

But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum—and as the world opens its arms to Jeanette, and the society around her is transformed by cultural and scientific innovations, she must resolve a conflict utterly new to so many women: the choice between ambition and love.

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257784

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Katherine graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English and earned a Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked in the publicity department of the New Orleans Public Schools, taught in the expository writing program at Yale University, and served as the executive editor of the book publishing program of the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, John Keenum, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

For more information,please visit her at: http://www.katherinekeenum.com/

**Photo by Tammy Woodard**

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INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY WITH M.J. ROSE…

ASCOT MEDIA AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PROUDLY PRESENTS:

AUTHOR, M.J. ROSE!

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MBA&M: Please tell our readers, who may not know you a few tidbits about M.J. Rose?

 

Getting published has been an adventure. I self-published Lip Service in 1998 before it was fashionable to self publish.  Several traditional publishers had turned it down. Editors had loved it, but didn’t know how to position it or market it since it didn’t fit into any one genre.

Frustrated, but curious and because of my advertising background (I worked in Mad Men territory for most of my life) I was convinced that there was a readership for my work, I set up a web site where readers could download my book for $9.95 and began to seriously market the novel on the Internet.

After selling over 2500 copies (in both electronic and trade paper format) Lip Service became the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as being the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

I’ve written 11 novels since then and have been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Newsweek and New York Magazine, appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, CNN and The Jim Lehrer NewsHour.

I was left back in 7th grade and am dyslexic.  I was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and have a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

 

MBA&M: What inspired you to write ” The Book of Lost Fragrances”?

 

About three years ago I was reading a book about Cleopatra (69 BCE to 30BCE), who was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, and found out she was fascinated with and some say obsessed by scent. Marc Anthony built her a fragrance factory where he planted now extinct flora and fauna including groves of balsam trees  (important in the creation of perfume at the time) confiscated from Herod.

In the 1980s a team of Italian and Israeli archaeologists believe they unearthed the factory at the south end of the Dead Sea, 30 km from Ein Gedi. Residues of ancient perfumes along with seats where customers received beauty treatments were found there.

Cleopatra was said to have kept a recipe book for her perfumes, entitled Cleopatra gynaeciarum libri. The book has been described in writings by historians Dioscorides, Homer and Pliny the Elder. No known copy of the book exists today.

When I read about that book, I knew I had the idea for a new novel.

 

MBA&M: What research and challenges where there in writing this title?

 

The book takes place in Paris in the present and during the French revolution. Also we travel back to Ancient Egypt during Cleopatra’s time. I love doing research and find it enormously exciting and creatively challenging to write about other those eras. I love getting out of my own head and my own time. But having to do so much research for one title was a bit daunting.

 

 

MBA&M: Which character in “The Book Of Lost Fragrances” do you  identify with most?Why?

 

I’m not sure there’s one I relate to the most – but there’s one I have a soft spot for – Robbie L’Etoile – the main character’s brother.

 The hardest was the main character Jac L’Etoile. I usually find the main character the most difficult. They’re always the most elusive – playing hide and seek with me it seems.

 

MBA&M: What is something that scares the “heck” out of you and why?

 

Someone I love being seriously ill… and I guess for pretty obvious reasons.

MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading and what genre do you enjoy reading?


The Secret Garden and I was enchanted. I like reading historical fiction, historical suspense and historical suspense with a paranormal element.

MBA&M: Do you get lost in a book rather

reading,or writing said book?


Both equally.

MBA&M: How did the characters present themselves to you,all at once,in increments,or as you wrote their story?

 

Some all at once – some in increments.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “The Book of Lost Fragrances” is available?

You can find out everything at http://mjrose.com/fragrances/

 

And yes, I’d like to tell you about the fragrance created for the book.

 

                           M.J. is there anything else you would like to add today?

 

And yes, I’d like to tell you about the fragrance created for the book.

While writing THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES, to keep in the world of scent, I burned candles. When I was finished, I searched out the perfumer who’d created the candles that had inspired me the most, Frederick Bouchardy owner of Joya Studios, and gave him a copy of the manuscript as a thank you.

Bouchardy was instantly intrigued by the book—first, as a reader, he said he was taken with the mystery and romance of the story.  In my tale, scent plays a strong role as it pertains to memory. Bouchardy, who creates using oils and other classic ingredients, said this notion spoke to him as a designer and producer of fragrances, and thus the idea to create this beautiful fragrance was born.

When he told me he was going to create his version of that scent I started to cry. He asked me what I’d like to name it.

The ancient fictional fragrance at the heart of the novel is called Âmes Sœurs, which means “Soul Mates” in French.  That’s what I suggested and indeed what Bouchardy named his version: Âmes Sœurs, The Scent of Soul Mates.

I can’t imagine what it will be like this May when it goes on sale at Henri Bendel in NYC and at http://joyastudio.com/– amazing!

What a great pleasure to have you visit with  us and our readers today! Thank you!!

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THE BOOK OF FRAGRANCES

M.J. ROSE

  • Hardcover:384 pages
  • Publisher:Atria Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1451621302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451621303

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 13, 2012
A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra–and lost for 2,000 years.
    Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances–and of her mother’s suicide–she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it’s financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing–leaving a dead body in his wake–Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind. Back in Paris to investigate her brother’s disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L’Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation – or is it just another dream infused perfume? The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra’s Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet’s battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac’s quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.

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