Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Promises To Keep, Love In Provence #2 by Patricia Sands Blog Tour Top Ten Reasons to Love Nice, France & GIVEAWAY!!!

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covergifTitle: Promises To Keep
Series: Love In Provence # 2
Author: Patricia Sands
Audience: Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Formats: E- Book
Pages: 200 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9919313-3-0
Date Published: September 2014
 










 
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Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew?
Now there were the exciting dreams of restoring the property on the Cap, of beginning a new career, of experiencing the traditions of Christmas in Provence, of falling even more deeply in love with the man who inspired these hopes.
It was all so perfect, until it wasn’t.
She had embraced new possibilities in life and given her heart only to discover something was being kept from her. Something terrible from her lover’s past. Something that could destroy everything.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, had become her mantra. Would it be enough?


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The Top Ten Reasons I Love Spending Time In Nice, France

1.      COLOR ~ It’s everywhere! There’s a unique fusion of light and color to be found wherever you look, from the sky to the Mediterranean to the elegant architecture that combines the colors of Italy with the grace of France. The hues of the sea and sky present shades of blue, turquoise and azure unique to this jewel on the coast. This rare luminosity has attracted artists for centuries and continues to create a magical effect. On rare gray winter days, as the light shifts and changes, the multi-hued palette of Nice La Belle remains: pink, ecru, teal, olive, terra cotta, peach, turquoise, amber, to list just a few – in fading pastels or bold shades, the textures and colors command our attention.
2.      LA PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS ~ Beginning the morning or ending the afternoon with a stroll or bike ride on “La Prom” is a perfect opportunity to people watch.  A dip in the Med, an hour or two with a good book, followed by a catch-of-the-day lunch at one of the beach restaurants makes for a relaxing day.
3.      VIEUX NICE AND COURS SALEYA MARKET ~ Of course you have to share the space with tons of tourists in summer but that doesn’t stop me from soaking in the intrigue and atmosphere of these narrow alleyways. My camera clicks incessantly! I never tire of stopping at the market several times a week to restock the larder, listen to the banter of the vendors, and choose fresh flowers. The marché des brocantes on Mondays is a great time to schmeetz with friends. Be sure to check out the vintage postcards!  Pause for a café au lait or one of Theresa’s soccas (for the drama, if not the taste!).
4.      TERRACE TIME – Oh the choices! Nice has many colorful squares and walkways that provide endless options to sit and sip. Each has its own ambiance and attraction. Place Rossetti calls to me. In the heart of the old town, surrounded by colorful Italian architecture, and in front of the baroque Cathédral Sainte-Réparate, there is a time for everything. An early morning visit inspires me to write in the quiet. By afternoon, the square is full of conversation, music and energy. You never know what or who might come along.
5.      WALKING EVERYWHERE ~ #1 in my list  – Le vieux port, Nice, to Villefranche-sur-Mer ~ Nice is a city that invites one to become a flaneûr. Whether it’s a rue pieton (pedestrian street) or the sentier along the coast, there is something for everyone. One of my favorites is to stop at the old port for an early petit déjeuner, then hike up the hill to a stunning view that stays with you as you continue to Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Some days we simply stroll the sidewalk for the 5K walk and other times we take our time and climb the hill to the Parc du Mont Boron. This latter route takes a little less time and the views are nothing short of breathtaking! Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Ready to go home? Take the 81 bus or the train.

6.      MY FAVORITE MUSEUMS ~ MUSÉE MARC CHAGALL ~ A good walk from Place Masséna (my usual starting point), every visit offers a new perspective on some aspect of Chagall’s work. I find it fascinating to examine his early sketches and working drawings and compare the final masterpieces on the walls. The video (French only) on his life is well worth watching.
7.      THE HOP-ON/HOP-OFF BUS ~ Don’t judge me! You wouldn’t believe how many times I have gone on this bus. It is absolutely the best way to get an overall sense of the different areas of the city and photo ops abound.
8.      MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC ~ There’s music in the air for everyone from the excellent Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice to talented street musicians. Plan your trip for the second week in July and the fabulous Nice Jazz Festival will be rocking. As well as scheduled events, street corners are frequent sites for “pop-up” jam sessions!
9.      COASTAL TRAIN ~ No car necessary! First stop for me is Antibes and an easy walk into the vieille ville for a visit with my friend, Heidi Lee, owner of Antibes Books ~ Heidi’s English Bookshop. But that’s just me! Along the coast, the TER (Transport Express Régional) provides regular service to all the coastal towns between Saint- Raphaël and Ventimiglia. Try the lively daily market in Ventimiglia on Friday for a taste of Italy! In summer, go early in the morning and come back after dinner, the daytime trains can be packed! Even so, GO!
10.  TOTAL RELAXATION!  ~ Even if you choose to do none of the above, Nice is a town where you can just kick back, read a few good books in beautiful settings, stroll at your leisure, enjoy the views, sip your favorite beverage, and feel content. Life is magnifique in Nice la Belle!

 
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about the author
clip_image012Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France. With a focus on travel, women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, Patricia has heard from readers (men too!) ages 20 to 83.
Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence recently received a 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Literary Fiction. An Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, The Promise of Provence was also a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist ~ Women’s Fiction. Patricia returned to France in September 2013 for a book signing, hosted by Heidi’s English Bookshop in Antibes. While there, she also spent a month researching her next novel, Promises To Keep, released September, 2014.
Thanks to reader requests, these two most recent novels set in the south of France are now the beginning of the Love In Provence series. There are six novels planned.
In June 2014, Patricia led two 10-day tours of the French Riviera and the countryside of Provence. These trips were based on The Promise of Provence, with the Women’s Travel Network. Let her know if you would like to go next summer! She is already counting the days to the next tour which is scheduled from June 22 to July 4, 2015.
Find out more at Patricia’s Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads or her blog where you will find links to her books, social media, and monthly newsletter. The latter, sent once a month, contains special giveaways as well as her photography and information about the south of France, her home away from home. She would love to hear from you!


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follow the tour
Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour for Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands from Oct 20 to 28, 2014.
Oct 20
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Promo
A Cauldron of Books - Promo & Top Ten
Indy Book Fairy - Promo
Oct 21
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
The Adult Cover (And Everything in Between) - Promo
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Oct 22
Author Sandra Love - Promo & Author Interview
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo & Author Interview 
French Village Diaries - Review
Oct 23
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo
The Avid Reader - Promo & Author Interview
Oct 24
Book Nook Nuts - Promo
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Top Ten
Eclipse Reviews - Promo
Oct 25
Bound 2 Escape - Promo
Night Owl Reviews - Promo
Portals to New Worlds - Promo & Author Interview
Oct 27
Rustys Reading - Promo
Patricia D. Eddy - Promo
Darkest Cravings - Promo & Top Ten
Oct 28
Kelly P's Blog - Promo
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten

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