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France Book Tours 2014

2014 has been another great year for France Book Tours, its authors and its reviewers!

Here is the year through some graphs and stats.

38 books have been presented in 2014 (23 in 2013)

We had less Romance and General Fiction this past year, and much more Historical Fiction and Nonfiction.
Women writers are even more present then in 2013.
Alas, less books translated from the French. But it means there’s a large interest for English writing authors to focus on France.

FBT 2014 genres

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FBT 2014 authors

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in 2013:FBT 2013 languageAND NOW TO THE 3 BOOKS

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100 Places cover


Paris Rue des Martyrs - cover final


My Wish List cover

90 book bloggers and 11 authors have posted reviews for France Book Tours.
And don’t forget book reviewers are entered in $15 gift card giveaway for each 10 stops tour, when they cross-post their reviews. More information here.



Velvet Morning Press



Some time ago, France Book Tours presented

  Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - cover and Paris Rue des Martyrs - cover final

So today I have the pleasure to present to you the fruit of the cooperation of these two wonderful authors, Vicki Lesage and Adria J. Cimino:

Velvet Morning Press

Good news for authors:
if you get your book published with Velvet Morning Press and you sign up for an Eiffel Package, you will get the Book of the Month feature for free! Right now, that’s a $15 value.

So for you to know more about Velvet Morning Press, here is an interview of  Adria J. Cimino and Vicki Lesage, co-founders of Velvet Morning Press LLC:

1. What makes Velvet Morning Press (VMP) different from traditional publishing houses and different from vanity presses?


Adria J. Cimino

A.C.: We are completely different from vanity presses.
We don’t assist authors in self-publishing, are very selective about the manuscripts we accept and don’t charge fees.
So we sound pretty much like a traditional publishing house, right? Almost. The big difference between VMP and larger publishing houses is that we keep our costs low so that we can afford the “risk” of investing in new authors. And our turnaround time is much quicker than larger publishing houses.
From the time we have the final manuscript in our hands, we need just a few months to bring it to publication.



2. By new authors, do you mean authors who need help rewriting their manuscript or need a lot of editing?


A.C.: No, we are looking for writers who have spent the necessary time (that depends on each individual) developing their craft. We are looking for polished work that has been edited many times by the author, or his or her writing teachers or editors. We, of course, will do light editing, but we are not interested in rewriting a manuscript. Our real role is to discover authors who have worked hard on their writing and are “ready.” And we aren’t publishing first-time authors exclusively. If you have a good story, we want to hear it!


3. Is the Velvet Morning Press author someone who, if your company wasn’t around, would self-publish?


A.C.: Perhaps, but not necessarily. I think the writer who really wants to self-publish because he or she wants to earn the maximum percentage of royalties will go that route, and that is fine. I think that our authors, for the most part, will be those who are seeking to be traditionally published, yet are discouraged by the high rejection rate at larger publishing houses, the long turnaround time and some of the exclusivity clauses in most publishing contracts.


4. Both of you live in Paris. Does that influence what types of books you accept? For instance, do you prefer novels with some link to France?


Vicki Lesage

V.L.: We met because we’re both Americans living in Paris and love books about France,
but we are not specifically looking for work with that connection.
We are mainly interested in contemporary fiction, chick lit, YA, and romance works,
and primarily focused for American audiences.



5. Vicki, you’re the author of “Confessions of a Paris Party Girl” and “Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer,” and Adria, you’re the author of “Paris, Rue des Martyrs.” All three books are set in Paris and both of you have toured with FBT. At Velvet Morning Press, what is next on your agenda?


V.L.: Velvet Morning Press is releasing a Paris-themed anthology in early 2015, and Adria and I are both contributors. Adria is also releasing a new novel, “Close to Destiny,” in early 2015, and it has no connection to Paris. I have a few more memoirs lined up, which will naturally tie in to the Paris theme, but I’m also planning to write fiction that has nothing to do with Paris. Neither of us wants to get locked into the Paris theme, but it seems to keep finding us!


6. What are your future goals—as publishers and as writers?


V.L.: As the publishing landscape keeps changing, we look forward to helping authors make it big in this increasingly competitive market. As a smaller pub house, we are nimble and can adapt quickly to changes in the industry. We are web-savvy and aren’t afraid to take risks—both on new authors and new marketing ideas!


Adria J. CiminoAdria’s Bio:

Adria J. Cimino is the author of novels “Paris, Rue des Martyrs,” and “Close to Destiny” (set for release in January), and is co-founder of indie publishing house Velvet Morning Press ( Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. In addition to writing fiction and discovering new authors, Adria writes about her real-life adventures in her blog “Adria in Paris.” (

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Vicki LesageVicki’s Bio:

Amazon best-selling author Vicki Lesage penned two books, “Confessions of a Paris Party Girl” and “Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer,” in between diaper changes and wine refills. She co-founded Velvet Morning Press as a way to help new authors get to market. She and Adria strive to make Velvet Morning Press be everything they wish they had when they first launched their writing careers. In the tiny amount of spare time she has, Vicki blogs about life, love and sarcasm in Paris at

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France Book Tours Alphabet: C is for…

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Ambitious Madame Bonaparte bannerAuthor’s website  |  Goodreads


As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.Based on a true story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte




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paris rue des martyrs banner finalAuthor’s website | Goodreads


There are encounters that make a difference. The paths of four strangers cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation found on a Parisian street called the Rue des Martyrs.
Each one faces some sort of struggle:
A young man’s search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets.
An unsatisfied housewife finds her world turned upside down by the promise of a passionate liaison.
An aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice: either lose him forever or put aside pride and seek redemption.
A young woman, betrayed by her fiancé, travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… at least that is her intention.
Four stories entwine, four quests become one in Paris, Rue des Martyrs




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Paris Was The Place Banner



With her new novel, Paris Was the Place (Knopf, 2013), Susan Conley offers a beautiful meditation on how much it matters to belong: to a family, to a country, to any one place, and how this belonging can mean the difference in our survival. Novelist Richard Russo calls Paris Was the Place, “by turns achingly beautiful and brutally unjust, as vividly rendered as its characters, whose joys and struggles we embrace as our own.”

When Willie Pears begins teaching at a center for immigrant girls in Paris all hoping for French asylum, the lines between teaching and mothering quickly begin to blur. Willie has fled to Paris to create a new family, and she soon falls for Macon, a passionate French lawyer. Gita, a young girl at the detention center, becomes determined to escape her circumstances, no matter the cost. And just as Willie is faced with a decision that could have dire consequences for Macon and the future of the center, her brother is taken with a serious, as-yet-unnamed illness. The writer Ayelet Waldman calls Paris Was the Place “a gorgeous love story and a wise, intimate journal of dislocation that examines how far we’ll go for the people we love most.” Named on the Indie Next List for August 2013 and on the Slate Summer Reading List, this is a story that reaffirms the ties that bind us to one another.

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