Spotlight on In Paris With You (Clementine Beauvais), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway!

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 Today we're excited to spotlight In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais.

 Read on for more about Clementine and her book, an excerpt, plus an giveaway! 

 

 

 

 

Meet Clementine Beauvais!

Clémentine Beauvais writes for both the UK and French market. Her books written in English include Sesame Seade series, the Royal Babysitters series, and her bestselling French book, The Three Piglettes. She is an award-winning author in France; In Paris with You (French title Songe a la Douceur) has been in the bestseller charts since it was published, selling 30,000 copies in the first three months and reprinting three times in the first two. Clémentine lives and works in York, UK.

 

 

 

 

Meet In Paris With You!

A runaway bestseller in France, Clémentine Beauvais's In Paris With You is a love story you won't soon forget. 

Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been. 

But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were. 

What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything? 

Written in gorgeous verse, In Paris With You celebrates the importance of first love. Funny and sometimes bittersweet this book has universal appeal for anyone who has been in love.

 

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~ Excerpt ~

 

 

 

IN PARIS WITH YOU

By Clementine Beauvais

On Sale 1/8/19

 

Excerpt Credit Line:

From In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais. Copyright © 2019 by the author and reprinted by permission of Wednesday Books. 

 

 

Now Tatiana’s feet

are aching and her head

is still filled with pictures of Eugene.

And she still hasn’t fallen asleep.

Yet another sunrise to be seen

from her window. She’s high

on exhaustion and suddenly feels

invincible.

The truth is, she thinks,

I missed my chance, earlier today;

      I could have I should have                     told him.

And yet . . .

And yet . . . why not!

Here, now, she will do it, she will be

the person she wants to be: someone better.

I am going, she tells herself, to write him a letter.

A letter of unspeakable beauty. A letter

that is honest, true, real;

lines written straight from her heart

like the straight dark line of hairs that NO NO

DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT. I said NO.

   So . . .

write this letter now, Tatiana, in haste,

instead of imagining the path of that dark line

below his waist.

Tatiana runs to her desk and picks up a pen.

Intelligent, she thinks, be intelligent.

She thinks she’ll write something full of references.

Something spiritual. Subtle. Something to impress Eugene,

who loves quotations more than he loves his parents.

Yes, that’s it!

She’ll compose a letter littered with quotations.

He can have fun spotting each one

and at the same time

admire her sophistication,

while simultaneously guessing

at her feelings.

Tatiana makes several failed attempts,

which we won’t list in detail right now;

it will be the task of future archivists

to decrypt those crumpled scripts.

The last one, written around three in the morning,

reads as follows:

Dear Eugene,

I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages hence:

How I saw a proud rider on a horse’s proud back;

Oh, how his broad clear brow in sunlight glowed!

And from underneath his helmet flowed

His coal-black curls, his flashing eyes,

For he had fed on honeydew, and drunk the milk of Paradise.

My love, had we but world enough and time . . .

Alas! At my back I always hear Time’s chariot arrive!

And as love is life, and life hath immortality,

Let me wake forever in this sweet unrest,

And so live eternally—or else swoon to death.

Tatiana contemplates her shanty-town verse,

cobbled together from others’ words.

In itself, it has to be said,

the poem is not

especially good.

Put it this way: if Eugene does not spot

the references, he might well wonder

what exactly she’s been sniffing.

And as the original verses were not all in the same meter,

she had to plug the gaps with words of her own:

an oh here, a how there,

an alas where it does not belong,

and to make it rhyme,

she had to alter some of the lines,

and you can tell, a little bit, she thinks.

(Who is she kidding? It stinks!)

But the biggest problem is that none of the thoughts

are really hers.

It is the work

of a thousand others,                                    and yet of no one.

It is half past three in the morning when she scrunches up

the sheet of paper.

She sits down at her desk again,

concentrates and                     at last                          frees herself.

Sometimes, she realizes, you can try too hard to be

perfect. Reaching for rhymes and rhythm when you could write

freely. Being clever when you could be sincere. Writing a letter with

ink and quill, when you could just Open a New Message.

Eugene’s email address will come in handy, after all.

Tatiana turns on her computer,

which takes ten minutes to sputter into life                       (it’s 2006),

and she opens her Hotmail inbox

and finds she has an email from Myspace

reminding her it’s her birthday

         (it’s not: she gave the website

                            a false date of birth;

    her actual birthday is in two weeks’ time)

and another one, some spam, that yells

TATIANA1992

   SEND A VIRTUAL CARD

          TO THE PERSON YOU LOVE!!!

                            MORE THAN 250 ANIMATED CARDS!!!

                         FOR FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, CONDOLENCES

Tatiana smiles at this coincidence (which is nothing of the kind,

since she gets messages like this almost every day).

In a corner of the screen, MSN

lights up too.

Sometimes the little men are blue, other times gray or green;

Eugene

is a little gray man.

At this hour of the night, of course, everyone

is a little gray man.

    (Except for SmarterChild, the robot from MSN,

 every insomniac’s friend,

  always available for weird conversations.

            I used to chat with him sometimes,

                                                                   because I liked the odd sensation

                                                                             of conducting a discussion

                                                               with someone who couldn’t answer

                                                                                  any important question;

                                                                                             just like all of us,

                                                                               but at least he admitted it

                                                                                instead of trying to bluff.

 

Have you ever fallen in love, SmarterChild?

Robots do not fall in love.

What should I write in a love letter, SmarterChild?

  If I were to write a letter,

     the first thing I would consider

            is the person to whom I am writing.

I can’t sleep, SmarterChild.

          I am sorry to learn

                                                                        that you are having difficulty

                                                                                                falling asleep.

What is the meaning of life, SmarterChild?

  I am afraid that I have not been

                 programmed to respond to this question.

   I miss SmarterChild; it’s a pity

                                        he no longer exists. Siri tries too hard to be witty.

                                                  Even though he sometimes made no sense,

                                       I preferred SmarterChild and his wise innocence.)

Tatiana is not done with robotic questions.

She clicks on Microsoft Word,

starts to write . . .

 

Dear Eugene

and right away

it looks as though you’re writing a letter

exclaims the animated paperclip, with his bulging eyes

and vicious smile

can I help you?

No, thanks—I’m fine.

Tatiana clicks on the X in the top right corner of the screen

and the paperclip vanishes. Now she can proceed.

She writes her message to Eugene with disconcerting ease.

No verbal acrobatics.

It is simply a message that tells him             how she feels.

It’s beautiful, in its way. I kept it.             Would you like to see?

 

   Tatiana’s message

          to Eugene

Good evening Eugene,

or rather, good morning.

It was really nice to see you again today.

Recently, maybe because of the way

I’m feeling (bored), or the hot summer weather,

or maybe some other reason,

whatever,

sometimes I just wait

for you to arrive.

Then I hear the creak of the garden gate,

and there you are,

with Lensky by your side.

But until you turn up, I’m all distracted.

I find it hard to concentrate.

I wait and wait,

but when we’re waiting, we don’t really live;

reality seems unreal.

For weeks now, it’s like reality’s been passing me by;

I can’t touch it, I can’t feel

anything

until the gate swings open and you enter our garden.

It’s strange, but

only when you’re there with me

do I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.

The rest of the time, I’m like a girl at the window

watching myself live,

out there, down below,

with the feeling that life is happening to someone else

and I am trapped behind glass.

I know what I’m writing is not very elegant—

I don’t think of myself as poetic—

and I also know that it’s probably because

I’m a bit too romantic,

but

I just wanted to ask if maybe

you might have feelings for me?

I do

for you

by the way.

I’ve known it ever since we first met.

You’ve probably got loads of girls after you, though; in fact,

I’m

sure you have to brush them off your trouser legs

all the time.

Maybe you have a girlfriend back at home,

that you’ve never mentioned?

Maybe you don’t have any feelings for me,

after all.

Or maybe you’re gay?

Not that I have a problem

with that—no way!

But if you’re not

gay, I mean

and you don’t

have a girlfriend

and you do

have feelings for me

then maybe

we

could go to see

a movie

together, or something, one of these days.

I heard Spider-Man

is out at the moment. But it doesn’t have to be

that film in particular. Anything will do.

I like pretty much everything, honestly.

Or we could just go for a walk in the park,

or lie on the grass and gaze up at the stars (haha).

I hope I don’t sound hysterical

and I hope this isn’t embarrassing,

and I really hope you don’t feel like I’m pressuring

you into anything. If you don’t reply, I promise you,

I won’t be upset.

So good morning, and I’ll see you soon,

hopefully this afternoon! Better go . . .

Tatiana xoxo

The message makes a sound

like a rocket blasting off into the sky.

Tatiana imagines Eugene opening it. She imagines

his (blue) eyes

reading it,

line after line,

and welling

with tears

of tenderness,

perhaps.

It is four fifty-four in the morning;

a shard of sunlight spears the plum sky.

This is exactly the letter that she’d felt deep inside.

Tender, honest, direct.

Sweet, yet discreet.

 

 

 

 

In Paris With You

By: Clementine Beauvais

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

 

 

 

 

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Comments 4

Debra Branigan on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 12:16

The cover captures the topic of the story. The storyline leads to believe this will be a very romantic tale.

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The cover captures the topic of the story. The storyline leads to believe this will be a very romantic tale.
Amy on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:13

The cover shows the setting and gives a little taste of what the book will be about. The storyline shows that this will be a book about love, loss, and perhaps a little heartbreak.

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The cover shows the setting and gives a little taste of what the book will be about. The storyline shows that this will be a book about love, loss, and perhaps a little heartbreak.
Jayda on Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:07

The cover looks like it fits the story. And the plot seems really romantic!

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The cover looks like it fits the story. And the plot seems really romantic!
Candice Gigous on Thursday, 17 January 2019 05:24

The cover is cute. The synopsis is very intriguing. Sounds like a great romantic read.

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The cover is cute. The synopsis is very intriguing. Sounds like a great romantic read.

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