Tuesday, 22 July 2014

TUESDAY: BOOK TEASERS and INTROS 22.7.14




Travelling in France today via WWII Army Airforce nurses
featured in the not yet released novel,
IN PERFECT TIME.

Every Tuesday, Dianne hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where she shares the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she’s reading or thinking about reading soon, then invites our participation. Care to join us?

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Here's mine for today ~

Sisteron, France
August 22,1944

"Vive la France!"  Mellie Blake crossed the sod runway, arms outstretched as if to hug the country...
"Isn't the light exquisite?  Alice shielded her eyes and gazed around.  "The Impressionists said Provence has the best light in the world, and I have to agree.  I can't wait to get out my paints."
Kay didn't know anything about light or paint, but the scenery was gorgeous - the rolling Durance Valley, the mix of golden grasses and deep green trees, and the sudden white of limestone cliffs, one topped by an ancient citadel... "I'm looking forward to Paris."
Captain Maxwell chuckled.  "Never fear.  You'll be shopping on the Champs-Elysees before long."
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Today's intro from Sarah Sundin's In Perfect Time set to release from Revell on August 5th.  Book 3 of the WWII novel series,
Wings of the Nightingale.

Find the synopsis on
It's Monday's book post here.
Featuring WWII Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt Kay Jobson in her work evacuating wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies between Italy and France.
Perfect addition to Paris in Julyit arrived in Monday's mailbox!


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For MizB's Teaser Tuesday from In Perfect Time ~

"Folks back home don't like to see women in danger, and the newspapers smell a story.  The Army's managed to keep them quiet, saying it's in the girls' best interest.  The more of a fuss we make, the more the Germans will be determined to find you.  They know you're out here.  They're looking.  And they don't like to fail."


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Thanks for joining me today!
I'll look forward to reading your book intros and teasers
of what's grabbing your attention.
I've been focusing my reading on France/Paris/French for
Paris in July 2014.  Today is Tuesday Travels.  You're invited to check out the great participant 
book reviews and posts linked HERE.
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Enjoy !


My French travels pinned HERE





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Monday, 21 July 2014

MONDAY READING: FRENCH TWIST FOR PARIS IN JULY 21.7.14



Reading this week focused on Paris 
and all things French for participation in
Paris in July 2014.
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Sandra Byrd's delectable #1 in the
French Twist series ~ Let Them Eat Cake
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.
When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favourite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye on–but even he may not be who he seems!
So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed– she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin!
time to stop trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life...
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Bon Appetit   #2
{bonus! picked up as a free ebook}

J'adore!  Immersion into the Paris culture and culinary school strictures along with Lexi.  As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and alternate between 2 local bakeries, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and French culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.  A totally satisfying read.
Fantastique!

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I've also had fun going through my books to find Paris/French 
connections.  Found more in my kindle library, then today's mail held a delightful package ~
the August 5th Release from Sarah Sundin that fulfills the French component.

Book three in Sarah's exciting WWII series, Wings of Nightingale 
(can be read as a standalone). 

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love.
 How can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt. Kay Jobson's, considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to
believe in the power of love.    
    ~ from Publisher Revell Books
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I'll be choosing from a great lineup.  Now if I have any audios to support the theme, 
I'll be a happy driver on my drive to the country later this week!
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Feel free to add your Paris/French favs in comments ~
always good to have options and the library is open in summer 
for us reading fanatics!
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Find more selections at Sheila's Book Journey
and Miz B's Monday Musings
Why not add yours?!
~ Happy Summer Reading ~

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What's up for week 4 posted at Tamara's Thyme for Tea

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FHC Paris on Pinterest {worth a peek!}

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Jane Austen readers getting ready for Austen in August ?

A brand new Austen Giveaway has just begun at Old Fashioned Charm which you might want to check out!
A variety of JA book selections up for the WIN !
July 20 - 26th

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

AFTERNOON TASTE OF PARIS! 17.7.14



We've got sun!


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inspiring some outdoor plans for this weekend -
including helping my eldest move into their home now that they're back to home turf.  One pleased mom, to say the least!

In keeping with the Paris in July theme,
today I'm thinking of enjoying some temps de cafe en plein air.
Sounds like a perfect way to spend a sunny summer afternoon!
and you're invited to join me...
How about taking a time out at one of these Paris spots?
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Cafe in Montmartre, Paris
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Parisian Caf茅
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Perfectly quintessential checkered red cloths!

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Restaurant Laparouse

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 Au vieux Paris D'Arcole

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La Maison at Paris West Bank

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I love the elegant French ambience of this Paris Tearoom
and the window reflections tell such a charming story of the area...

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Terrasse at Place des Vosges

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or how about taking some refreshment on the River Seine ...?

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Sooo many choices!  Different moods and presentations, but ALL inspire Anticipation....
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Find more Pinned at the FHC Paris in July board.

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Hoping you've had a wonderful afternoon enjoying a
Taste of Paris
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Find more at our host Tamara's for Paris in July 2014.


and...

Be sure to check out Natasha in Oz for her
Friday Favorites announcement!
Lots of Favourite Features {including FHC!}
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Say Gday Feature

Then join the #SayGday Party for Weekend reading FuN 
and opportunity to add your own posts !

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Sharing with Paulita's Dreaming of France weekly meme.



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Joining Kathryn's Anything Blue Friday

The Dedicated House

Luv Blue? You're welcome to add yours!

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Participating in Castles Crowns and Cottages Event ~
July 18 - 25th
Europe: Simply Irresistable

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Lots more at Bev's Pink Saturday linkup
Bernideen's Tea in the Garden
Martha's Favorites
Sandi's Tea Time 
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Sincerely, Paula
Friendship Friday
Natasha's Say G'Day Party
Wordless Wednesday
WakeUp Wednesday
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

MONDAY + WEDNESDAY READING WWWs for MID-JULY 16.7.14


Time for this week's Reading~
It's Monday at Sheila's and
WWWs at MizB's ~
Seems I'm playing catchup with blogging and happily so...

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
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What I've been currently reading and just completed ? from Julie Klassen ~
The Tutor's Daughter
405 pages of pure pleasure reading, this suspenseful Regency set on the cliffs of Cornwall with an unexpected sweet romance for the spinster blue-stocking daughter of the Smallwood Boys' School tutor...

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What I'm reading next ?
A few choices at hand...
One novel topping my stack for
Paris in July 
is Luanne Rice's 
Secrets of Paris
found in a local charity book 
sale and a perfect addition for
this month's theme..

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Along with Sandra Byrd's delectable
French Twist series ~ 
Let Them Eat Cake #1
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.
When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favourite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye on–but even he may not be who he seems to be!
So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed– she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin!
time to stop trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life...
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Bon Appetit   #2
{picked up currently free as ebook}

As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.


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Looking forward to hearing your answers
to Wednesday's WWWs... [plus any favs of Paris themed reads!]
Hoping you're getting lots of summer reading breaks!  I'm definitely looking forward to some...
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If you're curious about reading Paris or France and French themed topics, join us at
Tamara's Thyme for Tea
to catch up on what this week's menu includes.


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I've created a Paris in July Pinterest board
to feed my/our interest as well.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

TUESDAY TRAVELS: PARIS IN JULY 15.7.14



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Travelling today to the French Canadian world of renowned author, Gabrielle Roy,
who left Canada for Paris where she began her writing.  Her first novel Bonheur d’occasion was published in 1945, for which she won the Prix Fémina from France.
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We take a look at
La Route d'Altamont
The Road Past Altamont
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First published in French in 1966, The Road Past Altamont reveals the heart of a child's world. Ms Roy creates a deeply personal story of a young girl’s decision to become a writer. Seen to be autobiographical,
this haunting and poignant tale weaves delicate but substantial impressions, emotions, and human relationships.  The book covers themes including the social divide between the French Canadian and English Canadian communities in what were the twin cities of St. Boniface and Winnipeg, Manitoba, European immigration to the Canadian prairies, family dynamics and racial integration.
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Visages de Gabrielle Roy - [Marc Gagne` 1973]
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 In her writing, Gabrielle Roy allowed "nothing extraneous or false to stand," according to the translator, Joyce Marshall. The literary style of Roy, whose fiction reflects her childhood on the Canadian prairie, has often been compared to that of Willa Cather. 
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The Road Past Altamont
 takes a sensitive French-Canadian girl, Christine, from childhood innocence to maturity. Four connected stories reveal profound moments during her early years in the vastness of Manitoba. Christine's testament to Grandmother's creative power, her great adventure with an old gentleman at Lake Winnipeg and her clandestine one with a crude family of movers, her journey through time and space with aging Maman—all these characters and events convey Gabrielle Roy's preoccupation with childhood and old age, the passage of time and mystery of change, and the artist's relation to the world.  ~ publisher
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My Thoughts?
The ethereal quality to some of Ms Roy's writing,  excellent wordsmithing, and authenticity of characters, all qualities I enjoy very much, made for soulful reading.
Set in my home province of Manitoba on the vast Canadian prairies, this is one of Ms Roy's classics.

The autobiographical connection adds to the intrigue. Featuring 3 segments of Christine's life - a unique writing form in itself - offer insights into an emotionally evocative childhood stay with her maternal grandmother; 
an affirming and endearing friendship with an elderly neighbour; and a reflective adulthood with her aging Maman, prior to Christine's leaving for Paris, and the return to Canada afterward at the outset of war.  

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All contributed to a fascinating introduction to this author that has inspired me to look for more by 
Gabrielle Roy.
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Her childhood home in St. Boniface, now the French quarter of Winnipeg, capital city of Manitoba, is now a museum ~ La Maison Gabrielle Roy at 375 Rue Deschambault 
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Find @MaisonGabRoy twitter
for a lovely maison interior view HERE
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Adding to the Paris in July 2014 event 
week 3 link at Tamara's Thyme for Tea.
Have  you found Paris in July Pinterest ?

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

SONGS ON SUNDAYS: EVERLASTING GOD with Michael Larson + Band 13.7.14


A new week.  A new #SongsonSundays!


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Bienvenue!
Celebrating a Special Day ~ my son's 30th!
Hard to believe, but blessed it's so... 
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By way of celebrating, I've chosen today's #SongsonSundays video
with my son drumming for
Michael Larson, [Canadian composer of Freedom Reigns] leading the set.

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One of several favs included ~
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*Everyone needs compassion
Love that's never failing. Let Mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness, the Kindness of a Saviour, the Hope of nations, 
Saviour,
He can move the mountains.
My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save.
Forever, author of Salvation He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave*...

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Another ~
*You are the Everlasting God
You do not faint
You won't grow weary
You're the defender of the weak 
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord*
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May we live that reality !
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Consider this your invitation to add your song links in comments. If you've posted, please include this post link back to here to connect us and grow our #SONGSonSUNDAYS meme.  We'd love to know what songs are inspiring your day and week!
Merci beaucoup! ~ Many Thanks!
And...
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for Celebrating this special Birthday!
Anniversaire!
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