This week, from 24th November until 30th November 2017, my contemporary romance, The Silk Romance, is a Kindle deal. If you haven’t read it yet, and would like to, here’s the download link to purchase at the discounted price of 99p/99c. (If you prefer print books, or you’re looking for Christmas present ideas, The Silk Romance is also on offer in paperback from Amazon, B&N, etc, at £4.90/$7.90.)
Silk-Weaving in Lyon
The Silk Romance is set in the romantic city of Lyon, in France, in a modern silk mill. Lyon grew out of the silk-weaving industry. If you’re interested in the fascinating history of silk-weaving, I wrote a post previously all about silk and Lyon here on the Trip Fiction site, and one here on my blog.
When The Silk Romance was first released, I did this interview with France Book Tours. Emma asked me:
Paris Vs. Lyon: What Do You Have To Say?
What a difficult question! First of all, I love Paris. There are so many places I love in the city – from the Montmartre district, to Notre Dame, to the Père Lachaise Cemetry, but I think my favourite place in all Paris is the Musée d’Orsay on the banks of the Seine.
It’s a beautiful art gallery in a wonderful old railway station, and holds some of my favourite artists, from van Gogh to Degas.
So why do I love Lyon more than Paris? Well, I find Paris can be quite manic at times, and the pace of life in Lyon is much slower. Here are some photos of the city. (Photos on this page are courtesy of Pixabay.)
If you’ve enjoyed my photos, you can find out more about the city here.
It’s a few years since The Silk Romance was published. Here is one of my first ever reviews, written by by Alyssa Linn Palmer, on Musings of a Writer and Unabashed Francophile
“Let me say straight off that this book was deliciously different, and yet, comfortably similar, to many other romances. And it was the differences that made this story fresh, and kept me reading past my bedtime…until I finished the book! Usually I don’t do that, but I was enjoying it so much that I absolutely had to.
What did I love? I loved that it was set in Lyon. I loved the silk factory, and that Jean-Luc was a racing driver turned businessman. And I loved that he and Sophie had a history. Stories where the couple have already parted once always seem a bit more intense to me. There’s always a harder uphill climb to the finale, old skeletons to put to rest on top of whatever the current tribulations happen to be. And Sophie and Jean-Luc have more than a few of both.
This is a great read. A good story, a believable and charming romance, and utterly delightful.”
And if that lovely review (thank you, Alyssa!) has whetted your appetite, here is the Amazon link to download my French-set romance.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos of Lyon.
Do you have a favourite part of France? Or a favourite city in Europe? If you have any comments at all, or any recommendations of places to visit, please let me know. I’d love to hear them!