Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare: Hey, Girlfriends … as you plan your Spring/Summer Reading List, your Book Club’s Must-Reads, and Your Late-Night Literary Escape … ‘thought I would introduce you to a few of my new friends — part of the Tall Poppy Writers, a network of fabulous women, bold authors: Anita Hughes, Adria Cimino, and Heather Webb.
Writing can be such a solo experience; buried behind a computer, imaginations on the prowl, creating/deleting/hair-pulling with coffee-in-hand (and on those not-so-rare occasions, a good glass of red). Just as Moms need Moms, Writers need Writers to get through the arduous process. Together, we share, we complain, we bitch, we advise, we celebrate (sound familiar? Hello, GIRLilla Warfare) — most of all, we look to one another to take us from one chapter to the next. This particular group of writers has one thread that binds our words together: PARIS — where love meets lost, love meets found, and love always seems to discover hope along the Seine. Join our journey, delve into our adventures, and transport yourself to the City of Light. Lose yourself amid the cobblestones and the cafés, the art galleries and the museums, the lovers and the leavers, and toujours … the passion between the pages.
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French Coast by Anita Hughes
Serena has the job she’s always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign. Everything feels unbelievably perfect … until it doesn’t. The hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she’ll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette’s who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate’s generosity, but it seems that there’s more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents’ marriage, and it isn’t long before she begins to question her own relationship. With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track. Fast-paced and impeccably written, French Coast will draw readers in to the intoxicating world of the Cote D’Azur. Hughes’ beautiful prose and sense imagery bring the food, fashion, and feel of the ocean to life in this audacious new novel.
Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria Cimino
Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs. Rafael’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love … or so she intends.
Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.
Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr
Hitler’s war begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant-garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to succumb. An idealistic American artist and accidental spy, Julian Klein leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s. Once he arrives in the City of Light he meets German artist Felix Von Bredow and French artist René Levi. The trio quickly becomes inseparable until two women and artistic jealousies tear them apart.
The characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. Twists and turns, destruction and obsession, and loss and hope will keep you up at night as you journey from Chicago to Paris and Berlin to New York. With passionate strokes of captivating prose, Barr proves that while paintings have a canvas, passion has a face — and once exposed, the haunting images will linger long after you have closed the book.