Friday, June 12, 2009

FRENCH PERIL in print and on sale

I just received an email notifying me that FRENCH PERIL, my romantic suspense, set in the French Loire Valley is now in print. Yeah!!!!

This is what the email said:
French Peril by Mona Risk

Blurb: A summer job in France with room and board in a chateau owned by a handsome count. Can it get any better for Cheryl Stewart? The graduate student in Architecture is now officially on a mission for her sick professor. Count François can't hide his disappointment when Cheryl arrives instead of the eminent professor. But the aristocratic playboy is not one to turn away a beautiful young woman. He allows her to manage the restoration of the chateau's chapel while keeping his search for a valuable historical statue a secret from the other students working on the project.

Soon things deteriorate. The professor is poisoned, the chateau's butler attacked and Cheryl's room burglarized. When Cheryl's summer job changes into a romantic involvement and dangerous treasure hunt, Count François is faced with a difficult choice. Is the priceless statue worth jeopardizing the safety of the impetuous young woman who has stolen his heart?

Reader Advisory: This story contains explicit sex scenes.

Categories: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9781419959240
Price: $14.99

To celebrate the release of FRENCH PERIL in paperback, (it's the same book that received a great review a few days ago) let's go to FRANCE.

I will post pictures taken in the Loire Valley where the plot was set.

A few years ago, my husband and I rented a care from Paris and drove west. After two hours we stopped at Chambord, the most impressive chateau in the Loire Valley. I remember the marble staircase four-story high.
(Click on the pictures to enlarge them, then hit the Back green arrow to go back to the blog)

A different view of Chambord.

Chateau de Cheverny

Chateau d'Amboise

The Leonardo Da Vinci House and Museum.

Da Vinci spent ten years working for the King of France, painting and constructing special architectural projects.

Chenonceau, the women castle.

When King Henry II succeeded to the crown in 1547 he gave Chenonceau Castle to his older mistress, Dianne de Poitiers.

Here is the chateau I used in my book. I call it Chateau de Valroux. Honestly I have no idea what its real name is.

Next question for contest 3: Who is poisoned at the beginning of the story?

You can find the answer in the blurb or in the excerpt posted on my website

But I really hope that by now you bought my two books, TO LOVE A HERO and FRENCH PERIl (sigh...)

If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat. Meet the spirited heroines and the alpha heroes who share irresistible chemistry.


Jane said...

Congrats on the print release of "French Peril." Beautiful architecture. Wish I could afford to buy a chateau like the ones in the pictures.

Eva S said...

Congrats on the release!!
Thanks for the trip to France! I love those pictures and I wish we had castles like those over here too...

Mona Risk said...

Jane, the chateaux were gorgeous from outside but inside some were falling apart. The floor was creaking and I was afraid of falling from wobbling stairs. Now some were renovated. We stayed for two days in a gorgeous one with antique furniture.

Mona Risk said...

Eva, I wish I could visit Finland one of these days. We took a tour of Norway, Sweeden and Denmark ten years ago but never pushed to Finland.

Babyblue22 said...

Congratulatons!!!! French Peril is a Wonderful Book!
If you haven't picked this already, you should definitely grab a copy. I just finished reading it and it was GREAT!!
Everyone should have there own Count François ~Sigh~
The chemisrty between the hero and heroine is great and the book definitely keeps one guessing all the way to the end.
I Highly Recommend It!!

As always another great post Mona. Thanks for another great trip.

Mona Risk said...

Ashfan, you made my day with your wonderful evaluation for FRENCH PERIL.

Nightingale said...

Woohoo! So happy for you on your new release. Mona, you're one fantastic writer.

Molly Daniels said...

Beautiful Pics!!

evenstar said...

Nice photos! I think Chambord is my favorite of the chateau.

Mona Risk said...

Thank you Linda.

Molly, I am glad you are enjoying the pictures.

Evenstar, Chambord is also my favorite chateau and the most impressive one in the Loire valley.

Anonymous said...

Congatulations on the book. It sounds very interesting. I want to read it and see who poisoned the professor.


Mary Ricksen said...

Incredibly beautiful places. How wonderful to have seen them.

Mary Marvella said...

Hey, lady! You are so smokin'! Love the photos. I see some potential enlarments for your wall.

Babyblue22 said...

Another Great Trip Mona!!!
Love the Pictures!
Your Quite The World Traveler!