Release day: Paris Lights
Today is the official release of Paris Lights by CJ Duggan (Heart of the City series)(ebook, with paperback release 29 Nov, Hachette Australia). Here’s the blurb:
Twenty-five-year-old Claire Shorten had looked forward to spending a romantic weekend in Paris for as long as she could remember, and now it was here – three blissful days of strolling through cobbled streets arm-in-arm with her beloved, eating copious amounts of baked goods and soaking up the culture through each and every pore of her body. Well, at least, that was how she’d pictured it …
Even after her boyfriend dumps her rather unceremoniously in the most romantic place on earth, Claire is determined not to give up on her dream altogether – with or without a boyfriend. She finds herself a job in the kitchen of a small hotel; Michelin-starred it most certainly is not, but somehow Claire makes a place for herself amidst the dirty dishes and the foreign misfits who run the place.
When the restaurant attracts the attention of the enigmatic – if not slightly terrifying – tycoon Louis Delarue, and Claire manages to survive his high-powered business luncheon from hell, she knows that she can survive anything, surely. But all bets are off when Louis makes a game-changing decision: he’s coming back for a second course …
CJ dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Inspiration can strike in the least likely of places. I was travelling on a London bus in the summer of 2015 when I first thought of the Heart of the City series. I had gone from simply admiring all the beautifully bold street names to thinking about what it would be like to write about a character that was experiencing the wonders of a city for the very first time—a real fish-out-of-water story. The voices were loud, the story was clear: Paris – New York – London would be the beginning. I instantly retrieved my notebook from my bag and much like a mad scientist started scribbling some character notes, feeling a new excitement in having realised this was actually going to be something. When you know—you know. A year on and three books later, it made me realise what was probably the most valuable lesson of all: never miss your bus, because you never know where it might take you.