Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Now Available in Audiobook...

Today is the big day! A Perfumer's Secret, my novel of family secrets, love, betrayal and the best perfume in the world, is now available in audiobook format.

A big thanks to Tantor Media and Teri Schnaubelt, the talented narrator who brings the story to life, for making this possible.

I started listening to the book the other day (I received an early copy) and am delighted to experience this novel in a totally different way. I'm usually tied to the written word, so it's interesting and exciting to actually hear those words spoken.

You can check out an audio sample right here or find the audiobook directly on Amazon.

Thanks for reading (and listening)!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I'm so excited to announce that my novel A Perfumer's Secret is now available for pre-order in audio format! And you can listen to a sample right here

Reading the novel is talented Chicago-based actress Teri Schnaubelt, who has read more than 100 books for New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors. 

Tantor Media, producer of the audiobook, invited me to help in the narrator selection process, and I was thrilled to discover Teri. First of all, I loved her work narrating The House by the Lake by Ella Carey, another book with a French connection... And second, we had a lot of fun chatting on the phone about -- everything French!

I hope you will enjoy my words, brought from the page to your ears by this wonderful actress. 

Happy listening! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Perfumer's Secret... Coming Soon in Audio!

I'm thrilled to announce that my novel A Perfumer's Secret will soon be available as an audiobook! Tantor Media, whose catalog includes Man Booker, Pulitzer, and National Book Award winners, is producing the audiobook -- I'm very excited to be working with such a significant player in the world of audio.

I was involved in choosing the narrator, an actress who has narrated numerous best-selling audiobooks, and now am eagerly awaiting the production of this wonderful project. As authors, we think of our creations as words on a page so it will be interesting to add a new dimension to that picture.

Stay tuned for details in the coming months... In the meantime, check out my novels in ebook and paperback format on Amazon!

Friday, July 21, 2017

One of My Favorite French Villages...

Where is this gorgeous place? Eze, France... I'm not there right now, but thought about it recently when a friend told me she was heading off to this beautiful village. I visited Eze a few years ago, along with Grasse (think perfume and flowers -- amazing!) and the surrounding towns, as part of research for my novel A Perfumer's Secret.

Every town in the area is worth the visit, but my particular favorites were St. Paul de Vence and Eze, which both show up in my novel for this very reason. I couldn't resist writing about them. And by writing about them, I could preserve them in my mind.

One of the most wonderful things about France is its villages, from north to south and east to west, you'll find small treasures wherever you go. I love how each village has something particular that is either unique to it or special in some way, and often it's culinary (of course): a type of cheese, a pastry or bread, a drink. And some of these delicacies can't be found back in Paris, or if you do find them, they are more expensive and not as good! A great reason to set off to discover these treats right where they're made.

Another charming photo of Eze...

Wishing you a happy summer! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Undiscovered Treasure is One of the Most Popular Books in the World

The past month has been exceptionally hot here in Paris, and when the temperatures climb, one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a great book.

I know… Most people do this when the temperatures drop, but I've always had a “counter-trend” mentality. And this is exactly why it took me so long to read the series that currently has me under its spell. 

Can you guess what I’m referring to? 

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, of course. The book and TV series had gotten so much attention, that I, with my love of poking around bookshops for undiscovered treasures, pooh-poohed Outlander for a long while without even paying attention to what it might be about. I figured it was one of those very commercial adventure sorts of stories and left it at that. (Shame on me.)

And then one day last year, more by accident than anything else, I happened to read the Outlander blurb/book description. Hmm, this sounded right up my alley. REALLY right up my alley. Counter-trend I am, but unbendable I am not. I would give this thing a try. And hence, the love affair began.

But as I devoured the first book, I actually didn’t regret my late-to-the-party status. I have an advantage that the earlier readers do not. I don’t have to wait for the next book! With a little luck, I’ll finish the current titles as the next one is published or afterward. 

For those of you who weren’t late to this literary party, I don’t have to tell you why Gabaldon’s series is so fabulous. I will tell you why I became addicted to it after the first few pages. It’s clear that Gabaldon knows how to do her research, and that’s impressive, but what I most love is her storytelling ability. She is a born storyteller. Pure and simple. 

After all of this, will I now give the bestseller lists a chance rather than passing them by for the more off-the-beaten-path selections? Probably. Selectively. Once I’ve finished the Outlander series

Thursday, May 11, 2017

5 Ways to Deal With Mother's Day Without Mom

Mother’s Day means joy for many, but for those of us who have lost our moms, it brings an experience that rubs salt in the wound. I lost my mom eight years ago, in early May. And one of my worst moments was when, a few days later, a cashier at the grocery store said to me “Have a Happy Mother’s Day!”

Since then, I’ve had my Mother’s Day ups and downs, but one thing is for sure: I realized that just because Mom isn’t right here with me doesn’t mean I have to stop celebrating her. Mother’s Day isn’t only for those whose mothers are here right now. Those of us who have lost our moms can still honor those incredible women who made us who we are today.

Here are a few tips for celebrating Mother’s Day – even if Mom isn’t around. 

1. Laughter is the best medicine.
My mother’s funny stories still make me laugh. So this is the perfect time to remember them and share them with those around me. Just because Mom and I can’t get together for lunch and a facial today doesn’t mean she isn’t in my heart.

2. Spend the day with someone you love.
Your child, your husband, your cat, a good friend… Make this a day to enjoy time with someone else who makes you happy. Transform this day into a celebration of the people (or pets) who make your life better on a daily basis. Or share your day with someone who is lonely. Brightening someone’s day is a sure way to take the chill out of this holiday. 

3. If you know a child who doesn’t have a mom, follow the French example…
Here in France, there are certain schools that no longer do arts and crafts for kids to bring home for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Instead, they help the kids do craft projects for “someone I love.” The reason: More and more, children are raised in “nontraditional” families. And then there are children who have lost a parent. The thought of those poor kids having to suffer through the traditional preparation of Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts makes me cringe. So I absolutely love this way of designing a new holiday that everyone can enjoy.  

4. Stay away from social media
We love social media for lots of reasons. But if I’m feeling extra sad without my mom around and everyone else is posting selfies of themselves with their moms, it might be a good idea to take a social media break. We can still be happy that our friends are enjoying the day with their mothers without following the details on Facebook.  

5. Focus on books
One of the best ways to honor Mom? Read one of her favorite books, flip through her cookbook, read some of her old letters or emails… I have a few of my mom’s last emails to me saved. When I read them, they bring her back to life with all of her vivacity. I haven’t had a look at them in a long while. But maybe this Sunday will be the day.

Whether you spend this day with your mother or another important person in your life, I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day… 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THAT'S PARIS is on Sale for $0.99!

Do you feel like strolling the streets of Paris this spring? Well, if you can't make the trip (or even if you can), you'll love That's Paris, a collection of short stories set in the City of Light. And it's on sale through April 22nd on Amazon.

I wrote three short stories for the collection, joining other Paris-loving authors who shared their views of the city through their stories. Some are hilarious, others will make you cry and still others will make you think.

In one story, I wrote about a young Chinese woman's quest to find love and herself in the City of Light. In another, a girl fights the "Love Locks" that are destroying the city's bridges--and makes an interesting encounter. My third story is about a ballet student at the Paris Opera's famous school. I loved exploring Paris through the eyes of these vastly different characters.

Find That's Paris on Amazon!

Happy reading!