Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mystery and Romance in the City of Love

Congratulations to "Anita", the winner in Juliette's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

If you’ve ever traveled to Paris—whether in person, in the pages of a book, or while watching one of your favorite movies—you probably understand the allure of setting a romance novel in the land of cobblestone streets, buttery croissants, and sexy French men. 

But murders? Abductions? Is there a dark side to the majestic City of Light that we don’t often see in the romanticized portrayals of Paris?

In my latest romantic suspense novels, Dancing with Paris and Midnight Train to Paris, I explore this notion by taking my characters to the darker, scarier places of my favorite city… 

In Dancing with Paris, we travel to a scandalous cabaret club set in the 1950s jazz scene. Soon after, we learn of the gruesome murder of a star dancer, and we experience forbidden late-night romance under the gray Parisian skies. 

In Midnight Train to Paris, the mysterious abduction of a group of women from the famous Orient Express train en route to Paris has my hero and heroine scrambling (and time-traveling!) to find the women before it’s too late. 

I was lucky enough to live in Paris for a year, and while thankfully I did not experience anything nearly as frightening as my characters do, I did learn that Paris isn’t all rainbows and chocolate croissants…although once I did in fact see a rainbow appear over the Eiffel Tower while eating a chocolate croissant…

Amid the romance of this charming, beautiful city, there is a darker side—one that sets the stage for murder, corruption, and scandal…one that I hope readers will find gripping and compelling enough to keep turning the pages. 

*It’s okay to munch on a chocolate croissant while you’re reading, though—in fact, I highly recommend it!

About the books:

In Paris, a past life promises a second chance at love.

Straitlaced marriage therapist Claudia Davis had a plan—and it definitely did not involve getting pregnant from a one-night stand or falling for a gorgeous French actor. She thinks her life can’t possibly get more complicated. But when Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret—and the number-one suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow dancer. As past lives go, it’s a doozy…especially when an encounter with a handsome and mysterious French doctor ignites a fire in Claudia’s sinfully beautiful new body. 

But time, for all its twists and turns, is not on her side: Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer, clear Ruby’s name, and return to the twenty-first century. To do so, she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

When hard-hitting DC reporter Jillian Chambord learns that her twin sister, Isla, has been abducted from a luxury train traveling through the Alps, not even the threat of losing her coveted position at The Washington Daily can stop her from hopping on the next flight to France. Never mind the fact that Samuel Kelly—the sexy former CIA agent who Jillian has sworn off forever—has been assigned as the lead investigator in the case.

When Jillian and Samuel arrive in the Alps, they soon learn that their midnight train isn’t leading them to Isla, but has taken them back in time to 1937, to a night when another young woman was abducted from the same Orient Express train. Given a chance to save both women, Jillian and Samuel are unprepared for what they discover on the train that night, for the sparks that fly between them . . . and for what they’ll have to do to keep each other alive.

Midnight Train to Paris is a magical and suspenseful exploration of just how far we will go to save the ones we love.

About the author:
Juliette Sobanet earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, living and studying in both Lyon and Paris. She worked as a French professor before turning a new page in her career, penning romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. She is the author of Sleeping with Paris, Kissed in Paris, Midnight Train to Paris, Dancing with Paris, and the upcoming novel Honeymoon in Paris. Today she lives with her husband and two cats in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing and dreaming about her next trip to France. You can find her on her website, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your take—City of Light, or City of Darkness? If you haven’t been to Paris, does your favorite city have a dark side? Juliette will be giving away one Kindle copy of Dancing with Paris and one Kindle copy of Midnight Train to Paris. To enter, just leave a comment!

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  1. I have never been to Paris, France. I would like to go some day. I live in Los Angeles (as the media always label it "City of Angels". There are some locations in Los Angeles that is dark and questionable. There are some locations which are light but darkness hides in shadows.

    I believe that in any cities, there is light and darkness. It is just the question of knowing what you looking for.


  2. I have never been to Paris but I would definitely love to go there some day. My favorite city is New York which definitely has some amazing places to visit.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  3. Your books make me feel I'm back in Paris enjoying an evening stroll along the Seine River and admiring the many lights of the most romantic city in Europe.

  4. Never been to Paris but would love to do the sites and eat lots of food. Would be great to win. Good luck to all entries

  5. I have been to Paris twice and it is truly the City of Lights and the most romantic place on the planet. My favorite place is the Musee de I'Orangerie and the Monet Waterlilies murals.

    I am Anita at ajfparalegal(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. yes, city of light

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I've never been to Paris, but I'd love to. I think that ALL cities have a dark side.


  8. Congrats to Juliette on the new release! I've never been to Paris but I'd love to visit! I think that all cities have a "dark side"... just a by product of growth. Thanks for sharing!


  9. I've never been to Paris. I believe all cities have a dark side.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  10. Thanks for all of the comments and giveaway entries, everyone! I love reading about your thoughts on Paris and on the dark sides of your favorite cities. It's true - all cities certainly have their dark places...even Paris!

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  12. I was able to spend one day in Paris on a layover to Spain a few years ago. Lots of walking in the rain that day, but the sights were amazingly beautiful. It was one city that I have always wanted to visit that my husband didn't...after that one day he wants to go back and spend more time. He was taken in with all of the architectural beauty...and the food!!!

    Jstpeachy1976 at yahoo dot com