Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thank you:

FRENCH PERIL is a published book now. I can’t thank you enough for the support you gave me during the last week. Seeing your friendly comments on a daily basis on my blog helped me cope with the stress.

Amazingly we believe that once we write a book, edit and polish every chapter, every page, every line, the job is done. Once we finale and win contests. Once we snag a contract from the right editor after coping with many rejections, then we’re done.

Are you kidding me? We are NEVER done.

We have to present and advertize the book, submit it to reviews, and move to writing the next one. The ultimate approval is the fan letter that says, I love your book. That’s when we smile and relax and realize we wrote a good story.

FRENCH PERIL is available at Cerridwen Press through this link:
or just click on the bookcover pictures on the left of this blog
or through my website

Today I will leave you with the official blurb of FRENCH PERIL and beautiful pictures taken two years ago during our South America cruise:

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?

Cape Horn ------------Santiago, Chile

Glacier in Antartica

CONTEST: I am running a contest. Just read my blogs, blurb, excerpts and leave a comment. Be my friend and reader. On Saturday, I will pull the names of three persons from the comments on the blogs of this week. Prizes: an onyx ring, adjustable to any finger, from Corfu, Greece. A golden bracelet coated with blue and green enamel from Corsica and a ladybug brooch with red and white rhinestones from Venice, Italy. I will post pictures tomorrow.


anne said...

What a world traveller! I have been enjoying all of your great photos. Around the world with Mona. Congratulations! Thanks for the excerpts and French Peril is a treasure.

Katie Alexander said...

As a reader we sometimes forget that there is so much more work involved. Even knowing that I will want to do it. lol

I spent the summer in Maadi Egypt in 89. My dad was working there. I loved it and would love to go back. So much to see and so little time.


Mona Risk said...

Ann, I am glad you enjoyed the pictures and the excerpts. French Peril will keep you hooked to the last page.

Katie Bug, what a good surprise to meet someone who lived in Cairo. The last time I've been to Egypt was in 95.

JeanMP said...

Have been enjoying your photos and the excerpts!

Unknown said...

beautiful pictures

Mona said...

Congratulations for the new publication!

Writing a novel is almost as hard as giving birth and for the author it must be like having a new baby each time!

French Peril sounds like a romantic mystery story : a perfect combination of various excitement that would keep one hooked till the end. I wonder who or what the count is going to choose :)

Thanks for your visit Mona. Its nice to see at least one Mona as an established writer =) (lol!) I wish you good luck and pray that success be yours!

Mona said...

And O yes! beautiful breathtaking vistas there, with beautiful people in them :)

Mona Risk said...

Jeanp, I love seeing your comments on my blog and look for them now.

Bethr, next week I will have more pictures from South America.

Mona, my dear twin, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you here. My dream is to visit India. I may ask you to post pictures from there if you don't mind. FRENCH PERIL will keep you guessing until the last page about who masterminded the crime while Cheryl and François exchange torrid kisses and pursue the villains.