Just in time for the holidays—The Nearly Nixed Noël is out on Amazon!
The Nearly Nixed Noël puts Lora’s good intentions and holiday spirit to the test in a fun caper filled with the Caron Clan and plenty of cookies. Here’s the gist:
It’s three days before Christmas, and Lora Weaver is hefting a body into the trunk of a car.
Not exactly how she expected to be spending her first French holiday.
But who said playing elf with best friend Camille Caron was going to be easy?
When Camille’s grandmother runs a Christmas toy drive, Lora volunteers to help and soon finds herself waist deep in more than toys. Before long, she’s ducking bats, tracking thieves, and hopping more than bars.
And all under the watchful eye of Camille’s hot PI brother, Laurent, and their charming cop cousin, François. Not to mention grand-maman—a woman with a heart of gold and a look that could stop a gal cold.
The Nearly Nixed Noël is a Lora Weaver mini-mystery holiday caper that takes place between The First Faux Pas and The Pas de Deux. But it doesn’t need to be read in order—it’s just a little peek at Christmas in the Lora Weaver world.
And since it is the holidays, there are even more goodies in store—brand new covers for all the Lora Weaver books featuring the art of the fabulous Kate Gabrielle!
I first saw Kate’s art over at Storybird and instantly fell in love with her sophisticated, witty style. I’m SO happy she brought her artistic flair to the Lora Weaver mysteries. Kate was super fun to work with and the exact right person to give the Lora Weaver series a makeover. I hope you like the new covers as much as I do:)
But wait, there’s even more holiday joy—a Lora Weaver Bundle book just perfect for gift giving will be out later this week. The bundle includes the first two books in the series along with the holiday mini-mystery all in one pack.
And there you have it. A few little goodies from me to you to kick off the holiday season. Happy reading:)
It’s almost here—the Lora Weaver holiday mini-mystery!
That’s right. Lora is back and in trouble. Again. This time with Camille Caron, Laurent, and even more Carons in a blistery winter tale of Christmas mayhem.
And that’s not all. Along with the short story, the series is getting brand new covers too.
There’s no peeking yet—what’s Christmas without a few surprises?—but stay tuned….:)
Last night, I saw a fun romantic comedy called Populaire about a young woman who’s into the sport of speed-typing. That’s right, speed typing. As a sport. With world-wide competitions.
And although the movie is fiction, the sport is real. At least it was.
Populaire is set in late 1950s France and follows Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) as she leaves her small town to get a job as a secretary for Louis Échard (Romain Duris ) in Lisieux and finds herself entering speed-typing competitions to keep her job.
Déborah François is pitch perfect as both a less-than-stellar secretary and a more-than-stellar typist—even when her relationship with her boss becomes more than professional. And Romain Duris matches her every step of the way.
With romantic ups and downs, a spot-on 1950s feel from the clothes to the hair to the cars, and a look at the art of the womanly sport of speed-typing, director Régis Roinsard makes an endearing story that celebrates women in a way I couldn’t help but love.
Plus there are vintage typewriters in this movie. Lots of them. What writer doesn’t love those?
This movie is absolutely going in my collection:)
This picture could have come straight out of The First Faux Pas.
It’s the view looking out of the Pavillion at Lac aux Castors (Beaver Lake) on Mount Royal in Montreal.
Lora Weaver goes there in The First Faux Pas during the fall when the leaves are changing colour like they are in the picture, and the air smells of crisp leaves. And as she says:
Beaver Lake, or as Camille called it, Lac aux Castors, was part of Mount Royal. Mount Royal was to Montreal what Central Park was to New York. Originally designed by the same guy too. Probably why it felt like home to me, and why I found myself drawn to it so often.
If you’re ever in Montreal, it’s worth popping by for sure. But for now, just sharing some of the pretty:)
Good news, Kobo readers—it looks like Kobo’s gearing up to get their rating and review system back up and running!
As many of you Kobo shoppers know, Kobo has recently been updating their website, and in the process all their book ratings went bye-bye. Including the ones you so kindly left for The First Faux Pas and The Pas de Deux (thanks all—so appreciated each and every one!).
But just today, I got a note from Kobo offering readers the chance to win a new Kobo Glo ereader for entering reviews/ratings at Kobo for books that they’ve read. I’m thinking this is not just a notification of what’s to come, but a chance to go back and redo past ratings that were lost. This is great news because as you all know, ratings are super important to us readers and writers.
You must have a Kobo account to enter the contest and there are some other restrictions (listed below). Aside from that, all you have to do is rate/review books and you’re automatically entered in the contest.
Fab, right? You get to rate/review books AND you get the chance to win a new Kobo Glo ereader for yourself or to give as a gift. Double score!
If any of you would like to enter a rating for The First Faux Pas or redo your original rating, here’s the rating box.
And no worries if you don’t see your rating/review on the book page—Kobo is stockpiling them all to release at the same time when the feature goes live on the website.
I’ll update the post when I find the box for The Pas de Deux. If any of you find it first, please let me know;)
And once you’re done rating/reviewing The First Faux Pas, why not review/rate other books in your reading library? It’s fun and it helps Kobo readers, right?
Good luck everyone:)
The contest ends 23 November, 2013 and here are the restrictions:
A chance to win a Kobo Glo. No purchase necessary. One entry per person. Open only to legal residents of the forty eight (48) contiguous United States, District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction at the time of entry. Void in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and where prohibited by law. Contest closes November 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Must correctly answer a skill testing question in order to be declared a winner. Incomplete or illegible submissions will not be accepted or returned. Lost, late, or misdirected entries will not be the responsibility of the contest sponsors or their affiliates. Kobo Glo eReader approximate value is CAD $129.99