Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A birthday + Global Living Magazine

My daughter just celebrated her 2-year birthday, which means it's roughly the 2-year birthday of my second memoir, Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, as well! I'd written most of the book while on bed rest and wrapped it up while I was in the hospital after delivering her.

And now, to celebrate (though I'm sure they didn't realize it at the time!), Global Living Magazine has released their Summer 2016 issue, which includes a review of Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer in their Expat Bookshelf section:

Vicki Lesage leaves you guessing about nothing. If you want to know what it's like to give birth to and raise young children in France as an expat, this book will give it to you straight.

Vicki, an Amazon best-selling author, lives in Paris with her French husband and two children, a boy and a girl, and hilariously recounts what life is like for a new mother navigating the cobblestone streets in the City of Light. Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer is an honest yet delightful memoir of a former party girl who reaches more for baby bottles than champagne flutes nowadays.

Filled with pregnancy humor, insights into French healthcare and childcare (yes, the kids eat amazing food in daycare in Paris…), dealing with relatives who live far away, French maternity leave, managing "baby brain" in a non-English-speaking country, obtaining dual citizenship for a newborn, and apartment hunting for an expanding family, anyone raising a family abroad (or thinking about it) can get something from this book.


- Global Living Magazine, www.globallivingmagazine.com

Thanks for the review!

Vicki Lesage, Author
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Parisian Waiting Rooms: Classier Than My Apartment

Parisian doctor's offices are usually in the same building as residential apartments. In fact, the offices themselves often are converted apartments. The first few times I encountered this I found it bizarre (I go into this in more detail in my book, Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer) but once you get used to it, you can appreciate their charm.

Crown molding, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows - these are features most of us wish we had in our own houses!

Here are a few snaps of some Parisian waiting rooms:

Parisian Waiting Rooms: My Dentist's Office
My dentist's office is more posh than my apartment
Parisian Waiting Rooms: My Dentist's Office
Check out the (edge of the) marble fireplace!
Parisian Waiting Rooms: The Ultrasound Office
The magazine selection at the ultrasound office is très chic.
Parisian Waiting Rooms: The Blood Lab
Finally, a normal waiting room. This is at the blood lab. I can say with confidence that at least my apartment is nicer than this waiting room, though this is still a nice, clean place to wait before being stabbed with a million needles (seriously, how many tests do they need to run during pregnancy?)

Not a bad place to kill some time before the appointment, eh? Despite all my complaining, Paris really does have its charms.

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Dust Bowl, and The Promise of Forgiveness

Today I've got author Marin Thomas on the blog, sharing a delicious drink recipe that goes perfectly with her latest book!



The Dust Bowl is the perfect cocktail to sip while you read The Promise of Forgiveness, which takes place in the Oklahoma Panhandle famous for its blowing dust and wicked thunderstorms. Be sure to use Old Overholt rye whiskey. The Overholt brand dates back to around 1810 in the Old West and is still sold today. It's rumored that Old Overholt was a favorite whiskey of gambler and gunman Doc Holiday.

The Dust Bowl (from napadistillery.com)
created by mixologist Ian Winget

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
.5 oz (Peaty) Scotch
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz Benedictine Liqueur
1 tsp each fresh squeezed orange, lime and lemon juices
1 dropper full of Napa Valley Bitters - Wild West Whiskey Bitters

Garnish:
orange wedge (1/4 orange wheel)

Preparation:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake hard and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with wheel.


About Marin Thomas:
Marin Thomas writes series romance for Harlequin Books and is an award-nominated author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Cash Brothers series. She grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She and her husband are recent empty nesters living in Houston, Texas. The Promise of Forgiveness is her first women’s fiction novel.

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And check out her latest book:

A novel of love, forgiveness, and the unbreakable bonds of family from award-nominated author Marin Thomas . . .

When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.

But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.

As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who left her behind.




Vicki Lesage, Author

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A story about stories

Remember back when I used to write stories instead of just doing giveaways all the time? Me neither!

Photo credit: Mamalode

But this month I'm back on one of my favorite sites, Mamalode, with a story about stories. How meta.

It's called "One Walk, Two Interpretations" and is about how I feel rushed in the morning taking Leo to school, with all the horns honking and bustling construction sites, while to him it's an amazing world full of wonder. I like his version better.

Check out the full story here: One Walk, Two Interpretations

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, February 15, 2016

Win 5 Books, for a Taste of Paris!

Looking for a taste of Paris amidst these dreary winter days? Look no further than this giveaway, where you can enter for a chance to win 5 books that all contain a taste of Paris!


Learn more about the books:

Meet Me in Paris: A Memoir, by Juliette Sobanet

What does a romance novelist do when she loses her own happily ever after? Take a lover and travel to Paris, obviously. Or at least this is what Juliette Sobanet did upon making the bold, heart-wrenching decision to divorce the man she had loved since she was a teenager. This is the story of the passionate love affair that ensued during the most devastating year of Sobanet’s life and how her star-crossed romance in the City of Light led to her undoing. Meet Me in Paris is a raw, powerful take on divorce and the daring choices that followed such a monumental loss from the pen of a writer who’d always believed in happy endings…and who ultimately found the courage to write her own.

Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir, by Samantha Vérant

Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime

At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart-she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck... until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life.

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, by Vicki Lesage

When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she'd imagined.

In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you're right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

Paris, Rue des Martyrs, by Adria J. Cimino

Some encounters make a difference...

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs.

Rafael's search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile's view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love... or so she intends.

Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.

The Paris Effect, by K. S. R. Burns

Nothing is what it seems in this highly praised debut novel about a food-obsessed young woman who sneaks away to Paris without telling anyone. Not even her husband. Once there she’s robbed, stalked, arrested, kidnapped (almost) and–worse–finds that her numerous issues have come right along with her. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light. P.S. This novel makes for great book club discussions. A sequel is in the works.

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Vicki Lesage, Author

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Win 5 Books Set in Paris

Paris is always a good idea... and so is a Paris-themed giveaway! Enter below to win 5 books that are set in the City of Light.


Learn more about the books:

Fugitive Colors: A Novel, by Lisa Barr

Stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of Fugitive Colors, an un-put-down-able page-turner. Booklist calls the WWII era novel, "Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger." Fugitive Colors asks the reader: How far would you go for your passion? Would you kill for it? Steal for it? Or go to any length to protect it?



Paris, Rue des Martyrs, by Adria J. Cimino

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs.




Rodin's Lover: A Novel, by Heather Webb

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.




Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, by Vicki Lesage

When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she'd imagined. Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?



Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons From The World's Most Elegant Woman, by Karen Karbo

Delving into the extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes―from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.



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Vicki Lesage, Author