Happy January, everyone! As I write this, I’m sitting in my favorite hotel in the world – The Marlton in New York City – making the most of a few minutes to myself before I hop on the subway and head down to HarperCollins for lunch with my editor, publicist and the rest of the team who do so much for me. (They don’t know it yet, but I’m bringing treats – a box of macarons!)
Yesterday was my birthday (north of forty, but a few years short of a another significant landmark, ahem) and I celebrated in fine style with my husband and children: we spent most of the day at the American Museum of Natural History, which anyone with kids will remember as the setting for A Night at the Museum), had an early dinner at Max Brenner’s near Union Square (chocolate fondue for dessert!), and then took the kids to their first Broadway show. Since tickets for Hamilton are worth more than uncut diamonds, we saw An American in Paris, which I loved when I went last year with my sister. The music! The dancing! It was just heavenly.
I’ve a few bits and pieces of news to share this week – actually a lot of news if compared to the average week for me. Here goes:
– some of my favorite authors have been kind enough to offer endorsements for Moonlight Over Paris. I hope it doesn’t seem boastful that I’m sharing them here – I am just so thrilled!
“Meticulously researched and richly detailed, Moonlight Over Paris paints an enchanting picture of the City of Light in the 1920s. The elegance of Robson’s prose flows through every page, sweeping the reader from London’s aristocracy to the Parisian art scene and beyond. This is a heartwarming love story that left me aching for a journey back in time.”
–Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost
“A near-fatal bout of scarlet fever quickly unfolds into one girl’s second chance to live. With the help of her eccentric aunt and her free-spirited artist friends, Helena takes us on a journey filled with American expatriates and historical morsels that will send you Googling to learn more. Robson is a master of evoking atmospheric detail that transports readers back in time and place. I loved every page!
–Renée Rosen, New York Times bestselling author of White Collar Girl
“Robson gives the concept of self-discovery amid the enchanting streets of Paris a fresh spin in Moonlight Over Paris. Lady Helena, an adventurous young English woman, throws off the bounds of her family’s expectations to blossom as an artist in the Bohemian lifestyle of the Lost Generation, and does so with spirit. Delightful and romantic, readers will devour Robson’s latest work.”
–Heather Webb, acclaimed author of Rodin’s Lover
– I’ve an early preview of the audiobook for Moonlight Over Paris to share. It’s narrated by Jane Copland, who captured all the characters’ voices exactly as I imagined them, and – this will thrill those of you who are eagerly waiting for January 19th – it features an all-new excerpt from Chapter One (print excerpts have been taken only from the prologue so far). Here’s the link:
– I have more confirmed events on my calendar: I’ll be appearing with my friends Renée Rosen and Kate Hilton at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. Anderson’s has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best independent bookstores in the U.S. and I am really looking forward to my visit. Then, on Friday, January 22, I’ll be appearing with Renée at Women and Children First, the renowned bookstore in Chicago, for a conversation revolving around historical fiction and women’s history. It starts at 7:30 p.m. These events are in addition to my visit to the Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, WI on January 21st; for more information please click here. I’m making a quick trip to British Columbia in mid-February and will be visiting Munro’s Books in Victoria, B.C. on Monday, February 15 (details to be confirmed). On February 25, I’ll be doing a workshop at the YWCA in Greenwich, CT, with Kate Hilton; the subject is Midlife 101: Unlocking Your Creativity. Last of all (for now!), I’ll be appearing with some of my fellow Fall of Poppies authors at events in the tri-state area: March 1 at 7 pm at the Wilton Library in Wilton, CT; March 2 at 7 pm at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT; and March 3 at 7 pm at Word Bookstore in Jersey City, NJ. Once the venues have the events posted to their websites I’ll add links to my calendar, so please check back soon.
– I just found out that Moonlight Over Paris is going to be translated into Dutch! The new edition for the Netherlands, which will be produced by the international wing of HarperCollins, is scheduled for release in early 2017. Another bit of fun news: a large-print edition of Somewhere in France is being produced now; it will be available in the fall of 2016. I’ll post links to both editions as soon as they are available.
I think that’s about it for now — whew! I’m finding out about new events almost daily, but as I add them to my calendar I will post details on my Facebook page — that’s always a good place to start if you’re looking for information on my whereabouts.