Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Still Just Want To Pee Alone

Parents rarely get time to pee alone. My kids scratch at the door like brain-hungry zombies because they can't leave me alone for THIRTY FREAKING SECONDS!

What's a mom to do? Write a story about it!

Coming March 27th, one of my parenting stories will be featured in this awesome anthology: I Still Just Want to Pee Alone.

Check it out for more info, or sign up to my mailing list to be notified when it comes out!

Hold on there cowgirl, it's not available until March 27th, but I'm too sleep-deprived to take the time to create a different image. Humor me, please :)

The fabulous contributors include:

Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Bethany Kriger Thies of Bad Parenting Moments

Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying

Alyson Herzig of The Shitastrophy

JD Bailey of Honest Mom

Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket

Suzanne Fleet of Toulouse and Tonic

Nicole Leigh Shaw of Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Aretist

Meredith Spidel of The Mom of the Year

Rebecca Gallagher of Frugalista Blog

Rita Templeton of Fighting off Frumpy

Darcy Perdu of So Then Stories

Christine Burke of Keeper of The Fruit Loops

Amy Flory of Funny Is Family

Robyn Welling of Hollow Tree Ventures

Sarah del Rio of est. 1975

Amanda Mushro of Questionable Choices in Parenting

Jennifer Hicks of Real Life Parenting

Courtney Fitzgerald of Our Small Moments

Lola Lolita of Sammiches and Psych Meds

Victoria Fedden of Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds

Keesha Beckford of Mom's New Stage

Stacia Ellermeier of Dried-on Milk

Ashley Allen of Big Top Family

Meredith Bland of Pile of Babies

Harmony Hobbs of Modern Mommy Madness

Janel Mills of 649.133: Girls, the Care and Maintenance Of

Kim Forde of The Fordeville Diaries

Stacey Gill of One Funny Motha

Beth Caldwell of The Cult of Perfect Motherhood

Sarah Cottrell of Housewife Plus

Michelle Back of Mommy Back Talk

Tracy Sano of Tracy on the Rocks

Linda Roy of elleroy was here

Michelle Poston Combs of Rubber Shoes In Hell

Susan Lee Maccarelli of Pecked To Death By Chickens

Vicki Lesage of Life, Love, and Sarcasm in Paris

Kris Amels of Why, Mommy?

Mackenzie Cheeseman of Is there cheese in it?

Tracy DeBlois of Orange & Silver

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Parisian Reputation

I've been known to complain a time or two about the French, like trying to *gasp* order coffee at a cafe or the time a taxi driver and a midwife made me cry.

The Parisian Reputation

But... if you force me to say it (like, by threatening to withhold my daily 6 cups of coffee) I could admit that Parisians are actually not as rude as their reputation. Like in any big city, there are d-bags, that's for sure. But a few nice ones save the day:

  • Little old ladies who stop me and my children in the street to say, "Those are literally the cutest kids I've ever seen in my entire life." Thank you, but tell me something I don't know!
  • The 9 out of 10 people who will hold a door open for you, no matter how rushed they are. The one who won't is typically a 20-something dude listening to some obnoxious music so loud I can hear it through his headphones.
  • The 9 out of 10 people who will give you a seat on the Metro if they see you're pregnant or holding a child. The one who won't is the same douchebag who won't hold the door open for you.
  • Total strangers who say "Bonjour" simply because they caught your eye. You've never seen them before and you'll never see them again, but they still wish you a nice day.

And anytime I've ever asked for directions, someone has always helped me. Parisians may still need to work on picking up their dog's feces and not laying on the horn, but they're not all bad.

Life's short. Laugh more. Buy my books at Amazon.com.

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, February 16, 2015

Interview with BlogExpat.com

Four score and seven years ago (er, 10 years ago) I moved to Paris. Why? How? Did I write a book about it? Why? How?

Expat Books Authors

BlogExpat.com asked me those fun questions... and here are my equally fun answers: Interview with Expat Author Vicki Lesage on BlogExpat.com. Check it out, and discover which part of my book was the hardest to write!
Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, February 9, 2015

What makes Paris so naughty?

Heather Stimmler-Hall
Still smiling! And holding a book!
Several years ago, I met Heather Stimmler-Hall at a fundraiser for SOS Help. She was smiling, standing behind a table with a pile of her books, Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City. Um, yes please!

The autographed copy holds a treasured spot on my bookcase, as most of my new book purchases are ebooks. I admit, though, that in recent years the most I've done is flip through the pages of Naughty Paris, admiring the pictures and dreaming about getting out of the house.

Because, in case you don't follow my blog religiously (sniff), I've been busy being pregant and having babies the past few years. I hardly have time to brush my teeth, let alone treat myself to everything this glorious city has to offer.

But you know what? It's about time I did. I only have 5 vacation days left until June, but assuming I don't use them all for strikes at the cr├Ęche or sick days for the kids, I think I might just take a day all for myself. (Side note: the Americans reading this are wondering what I'm complaining about and the French are crying over the pathetically
small number of vacation days I have left.)

So, lucky for me, the lovely Heather has just released a new version of her book, updated with even more wonderful things to do in the City of Light. And even luckier for me, I have Heather here with me today to answer a few questions.

As a former-party-girl-turned-mom, I'm dying for a little me-time. Of all the naughty, fun, and decadent ideas in the book, which do you think I should do first?

A burlesque or striptease class! Learning a few sexy, new moves in the company of fun, laid-back women of all ages, shapes and abilities is the perfect way to get in the mood for a little naughtiness. Plus it gives you an excuse to buy some flirty new accessories! Confession time: when was the last time you put on a pair of stilettos, Vicki? ;-)

Busted! I haven't worn stilletos since my wedding. And my feet are still aching. So, OK, a burlesque or striptease class it is! With guide books, I know it's important to have the latest version. While I'll always hold on to my autographed copy of your book, I know I need to take the plunge and pick up the updated version. What new stuff can readers expect to find?

Aside from the opening chapter explaining the city's naughty history and the characteristics of Parisian men and women in and out of the bedroom, almost everything had to be updated and re-written because shops close, new restaurants and bars open, and exciting new shows come to town. The burlesque section is completely new, since there was no noticeable
burlesque scene in Paris when I published the first edition in 2008. Now there are regular performances and classes by stars such as the flamboyant Juliette Dragon and the retro pin-up queen Sugar Da Moore.

I've also re-arranged the shopping section by neighborhood to make it easier to shop without needing GPS, and have interviews with experts like Forest from 52 Martinis for the bars section and perfume writer Denyse Beaulieu for the perfume section. Needless to say, I got a bit carried away...the new edition is 60 pages longer!

Can't wait to check it out! And lastly, a favorite interview question of mine*: If Naughty Paris were a drink, what would it be?

Hmmmm....sounds like one of my ideas hatched under the influence, lol! I think Naughty Paris would be the sexy-yet-respectable French 75, a Champagne cocktail with a splash of gin, lemon and sugar over ice (unless you want to be a little cheeky, then replace the gin with Cognac).

I'm keeping it short and sweet because it's only a matter of time before one of my adorable rugrats needs me, but thanks for answering these questions! I'm looking forward to picking up a copy of the new book and I'm sure my readers are too!

* Note: I actually got this interview question from Heather when we were talking about another project, and it's become my go-to question because I just love the creativity and diversity in the response. Also, I love drinks.


Get naughty... and get the Naughty Guide!

Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City

About the book:
Imagine the wild roommate that you had in college is now living in Paris. Naughty Paris is full of the secret addresses and insider advice that she would share with you. And this guide doesn’t just give you address information and opening hours of the city’s hottest establishments. It also tell you who else goes there, how to get in, and exactly what to expect once you’re inside. Naughty Paris also includes the secret to capturing that elusive Parisian sexiness, flirting etiquette with French men, and even a glossary of essential vocabulary that may come in handy in the boudoir. Read more...

Buy the book:
Print | eBook | In Stores


If you'd like a chance to win a free copy, simply tweet your answer to the question "What makes Paris so naughty?" and use #naughtyparis. Contest ends at 11:59 pm PST on February 14, 2015 and I'll pick a winner on February 15, 2015. Not on Twitter? Leave a comment with your answer instead! Open to residents of the US or EU.

Vicki Lesage, Author

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift (aww, aren't you just the schmoopiest!) I've got a suggestion for you: How about a Paris-themed book? Paris is the city of romance, the city of love. So naturally a book about it will be a hit for that special someone.

My book is being featured along with 5 other Paris-themed books in this Valentine's Gift Suggestions list:

6 Books for the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

And don't forget to check out my lists from last year:

A Paris Valentine

A Zombie Valentine

Single or coupled-up, I hope you have a great day filled with hugs, kisses, and champagne!

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, February 2, 2015

That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light

If you've been waiting with bated breath for my next release (side note: if so, I love you!), go ahead and exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Whew, feels good, huh?

And now, without further ado... That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light is now available!

This project has been a blast. As an editor, I got the chance to read numerous submissions and work with new and previously published authors. As a contributor, I wrote some really fun pieces that literature students will be studying for years to come. For example, in my piece "French Office Workers vs. Zombies" I pose the timeless question of who would survive the Zombie Apocalypse. If I weren't around to ask such questions, who would?

The book includes dramatic pieces and humorous pieces, true stories and fiction. It's a fun book that makes you feel like you're in the heart of Paris, seeing it all for yourself. There are nearly 30 stories from 24 authors, including a foreword by Stephen Clarke. Hope you enjoy it!

Buy Now on Amazon | Read More About That's Paris

Here the official blurb:

Paris—the most romantic, beautiful and frustrating city in the world!

If you've ever traveled to Paris, lived in the City of Light or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestoned streets, you'll enjoy escaping into this collection of short stories about France's famed capital.

From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most famous cities in the world.

View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven't quite gotten around to leaving yet... That's Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.

Buy Now on Amazon | Read More About That's Paris

Vicki Lesage, Author