Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: French Kiss by Gloria J. Goldsmith

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for French Kiss by Gloria J. Goldsmith. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: French Kiss
Author: Gloria J. Goldsmith
Publisher: Plum Products
Publication Date: September 6th 2021
Print Length: 205 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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I was DONE! I ditched graduation, dumped my repressed college boyfriend, and dropped my sexual insecurities for a wild ride with Destiny. Unpredictable Fate beckoned with a European adventure!

In a chance encounter, I met Jean Louis. From the instant we met, the dashing young Frenchman soothed my bruised heart, rejuvenated my spirit, and convinced me that leaving my old life was no mistake. Together, we set out to explore southern France.

Jean Louis was torn from my life almost as quickly as he had entered it, yet leaving the haunting memory of his caress permeating my every thought. Driven by love and passion, I journeyed to find my lover, even if it meant scouring all the hidden corners of France.

Would I ever reunite with the man I believe to be my one true soulmate? Would I ever hear him say he feels the same for me as I do him? What twist of Fate will it take for me to find him?

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EXCERPT:
They said he was “very mean.” He threw people off the bus all the time. Some tried to speak what they could in English, to tell me this bus driver was evil. He would call the police!

I smiled and said with American confidence, “Pas d’aujourd’hui.” Not today.

The bus driver came back and again threatened to call the cops.

I said, “Ahh, M. chauffeur de bus, le flic, il viendra ici, il me dit, ‘Avez-vous un billet?’”

Ahh. Mr. Bus Driver, the cop, he’ll come here, he’ll say to me, ‘Do you have a ticket?’ I pretended to talk to an imaginary cop standing beside the bus driver.

“Et moi, moi je dis… And me, me I say…” I used my theater training to perfection. I put a finger in my cheek to make a pretend dimple and spoke in a honeyed, childlike voice in French.

“Oh, Monsieur Flic, bien sûr, j'ai un billet, avec la date et l’heure d’aujourd’hui, les mêmes que toutes les autres ici.” Oh. Mr. Cop of course, I have a ticket, with today’s date and hour, the same as all the others here. I leaned forward, acting as if I were whispering to the pretend cop. “Il est un peu malade, tsk, tsk.” He is a little sick, tsk, tsk. I twirled my index finger in a small circle, signaling the French gesture of “mental.”

All the bus riders burst out laughing at my sugar-coated, sweet face and voice to the imaginary cop. The red-faced bus driver threw his hands up and went to his seat. His arms across his chest, he stuck out his bottom lip in a Gallic pout and refused to move the bus for nearly ten minutes before finally giving up and moving off.

As each of the riders got off the exit by me, they patted my arm, smiled, and said things like, “Oh, you Americans, you are so amusing. Very good, very good!”

There were still about ten passengers when they got to my stop. I waved at the bus driver and shouted, “À demain!” Until tomorrow. He threw up his hand in a friendly salute before he remembered who I was, then flung his hand forward and scowled.

I laughed and shouted at him, “J’aime la France!” I love France!

In his big mirror at the front, I saw his eyebrows raise, and he lifted his head at me in agreement and gave a tiny smile.

Victory is sweet!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As a Special Education teacher, I became fascinated by the English language. I still marvel at how it changes and expands over time. My most pleasurable teaching moments were showing children how a wondrous story can take their imaginations to other times, places, even other worlds. When the pandemic began, I started my first foray into publishing⸺ a nonfiction book, The Sensible Parent’s Little Homeschooler Handbook.

My secret pleasure-writing has always been focused on romance. French Kiss is a Contemporary Romance based on a fictionalized version of experiences during eighteen months of living and working abroad before the formation of the European Union.

Next year, my first Historical Regency Romance That Wylde Woman will be published. It has allowed me to indulge my curiosity and enthusiasm for history by incorporating in the storyline a historical geologic event which affected weather and farming and even how England’s war with Napoleon impacted clothing styles.

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GUEST POST:
- Where is the most romantic place you've been?

Two locations are brilliant memories, but for different types of romance.

The first one is Mount Puget. It was simply a Sunday adventure. Something to do as travel on Sunday was never good because everything was closed. We followed some trails to see where it would lead us.

This was indeed one of the unique locations I personally visited. The story in the book is precisely what happened. Well, I did leave out how many of the small caves we poked our heads into, some big enough to stand upright, some a perfect size for a critter to live in.

The romance of it was the surprise of the view. When we climbed up that steep hillock, we had no idea how far up we had climbed or that there was such beauty awaiting us when we turned around. To this day, the romance of it was so impressive, I can recall the view clearly.

Dan found a path leading up the side of a rocky hill called Mount Puget. After a hundred feet or so, the way branched off into three choices. There were various colored lines painted on the rocks beside the trail. We chose to follow the red route. At first, it was a fairly steep climb, then it leveled out, and we spotted a hole in the rock. Naturally, we had to investigate. The mountain was of dolomite, a soft rock that often has caves. Climbing higher, we found several more caves that morning.

We switched path colors and went for yellow because that was what we last found. It was a forty-five-degree rock climb. I yelled to Dan, who was twenty feet ahead of me.

“Dan, I think we missed the red marks. All I see is yellow.”

“I know. We must have missed it farther back. Let’s see if we can get to the top.”

The January wind was so strong we were scaling upward on our hands and knees. My foot slipped; I had had enough. That was as far as I was going. I turned around and sat down on the mountainside.

Concentrating on going up, I gave no thought to what was behind me. I was so surprised; all I could do was gasp at the sight. Finally, I yelled, “Dan! Dan! Turn around and look!” I heard him have the same surprise as me at the incredible view. He scrabbled down by me, and we sat admiring the beauty below us.

All of Marseille was at our feet. We could see no farther than the tall ridge on the far eastern side of the city, but between the distant crest and Mount Puget, a giant valley floor spilled out into a broad Mediterranean harbor.

The roofs of thousands of houses glinted in the bright winter sunshine. The blue colors of the sea ranged from a pale teal to a very dark blue. We feasted our eyes on the beauty of the coastline. Then came the delightful sight—an adventure for the eyes—all sizes of sailboats streaming out of the heart of the old Port of Marseille. The regatta left the harbor with their colorful sails billowing in the wind. They sailed around Les Iles and Chateau d’If—made famous by Alexander Dumas’ setting for The Count of Monte Cristo.

Soon the cold winds made us look for some kind of shelter or windbreak.

“Nora, look. I thought it was a drop-off, but it’s just a couple feet down to a seat of rock.” We scrambled into the seat and enjoyed the panoramic views while eating our cheese, fresh-baked bread, and sharing the wine.

The second romantic location is definitely about the romance of the heart.

The day began with Antonio, a man I met when I got off at the wrong bus stop, showing me what he believed to be the sights of Rome that I should absolutely visit. Tall, handsome, and English-speaking, Antonio was a charming Roman guide. When we got to the Mouth of Truth, I knew exactly what it was, having seen the Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck movie, Roman Holiday, many years before.

But his delight in trying to trick me, his playfulness set the tone for an extraordinary, and yes, very romantic day.

We walked a few blocks approaching a plaza near the Tiber River. On the Tiber side of the street was the Fontana dei Tritoni. On the opposite side was a brick building with seven arches, making a portico. We entered under the central arch and veered right.

“Oh, I know this.” In the far corner was a large disk with a man’s face, his mouth an open hole.

“Yes, it’s very famous, Bocca della Veritas, The Mouth of Truth. But of course, you have to be careful. The saying goes that you put your hand in there only if you are a truthful person. If you are not a truthful person, then it is—” he clapped his hands together, making a sharp, snapping noise, “—cut off!”

Antonio leaned toward me, his eyes dancing. “You want to try it?” I am sure I looked askance. He laughed at me, saying, “I show you; I am a truthful man!” He shoved his hand in, and his fingers came out whole and clean. “Now, you try it!”

I reached my hand in. Antonio grabbed my wrist, pretending my hand was stuck as if the mouth had closed on my hand. Of course, I gave an excited scream while he laughed and squeezed my shoulder.

“No danger. Look, you have all your fingers. You are a truthful woman!”

I laughed with him as he hugged me. He was giving me his version of Roman Holiday. I was lucky to have met this romantically entertaining and amusing man at a bus stop!

Just re-reading these events makes my heart yearn for another visit. But without my companions, the emotions would not measure up to the memories. Some things are better as a remembrance.
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GIVEAWAY:
Gloria J. Goldsmith will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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90 comments:

  1. Love the title and the cover.. a must read for me.

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  2. The book sounds really good, and I can't wait to read it.

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  3. I would love to explore southern France. Looking forward to reading.

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    1. You and me, both!
      I want to spend some time in Aix-En-Provence. I understand it is lovely there and the farm to table foods are supposed to be excellent.
      Gloria

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  4. I think by reading this book, I would feel like I'm transported to France, which I find delightful.

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    1. That is my hope for every reader.
      I do have a few chapters with a lot of French. I do provide line-for-line translations. I did that because I wanted people to feel a similar frustration with knowing enough to understand much of what was being said, but not enough to know how to respond effectively. basically, I probably spoke at the level of a six year old, but understood at about a fourteen year old. If you get the opportunity, go.
      I hope to return one day.
      Gloria

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    1. Thank you, Wendy!
      Good luck in the Rafflecopter.
      Gloria

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  6. What a lovely book tour, best wishes.

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  7. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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    1. Thomas,
      Your a man of refined taste and culture! I am very pleased with the cover. The interior is also with decoration... in color in the eBook and slightly different in the paperback.
      Thanks again,
      Gloria

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a great book.

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  10. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  11. Looks and sounds amazing!!!!!!

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  12. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  13. handsome book cover and the book sounds interesting. :)

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  14. I adore travel romance and second chance romance, and this is a mix of both! After that excerpt I added it my TBR and wish list!

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  15. You lived in Europe for 18 months -why did you leave and have you been back since ?

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    1. I left because England wouldn't renew my work visa, I still didn't know enough German to a factory job, and Nixon had resigned. I figured I'd find work easier in the States.
      I have not been back. But it is something I am working toward. There is a lot I didn't see and do. Thanks for commenting. I Hope you enjoy the book.
      Gloria

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  16. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  17. What a cute excerpt! Thanks for sharing! The story sounds charming but also a little soul crushing. What an adventure you had living and working all through Europe. Thank you for sharing and for the guest post!

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  18. Sounds like a really interesting book. I look forward to checking it out.

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  19. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. Oh how I would love a French man. Especially the cover guy. oooh la la

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  21. If you could go anywhere, where would you go/

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  22. What do you drink while you're writing?

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  23. French Kiss - love this title!
    Along with the cover.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  24. What's your place to go when you need to relax?

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  25. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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  26. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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  27. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  28. Do you write short stories too?

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  29. I think that the cover of your book is attractive and engaging for the reader.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. This looks like a great romance-thanks

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  31. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  32. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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  33. What are your favorite genres of book?

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  34. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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  35. Have you ever won a giveaway before?

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  36. What do like to do when you're not writing?

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  37. Where do you get your inspiration from?

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  38. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  39. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  40. This sounds like one that will keep me interested and reading.
    Heather hgtempaddy

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  41. What's your favorite character?

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  42. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  43. I tend to get in a rut reading the same authors.
    I am going to read one of your books so I get some variety.

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  44. What's the worst dream you've ever had?

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  45. What is your favorite movie genre?

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  46. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  47. What's your favorite movie to watch on Halloween?

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  48. Do you use your local library for research?

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  49. Do you make an outline when you write your books?

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  50. Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

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  51. good questions - sounds like a good read. thanks

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  52. Have you ever had a negative experience with book signings?

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  53. Happy Fall! What is your favorite season?

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  54. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  55. how do you decide on a particular plot twist? thanks

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  56. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  57. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  58. sounds like a fun one

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  59. This sounds like a fun and entertaining book. I enjoy discovering authors who are new to me.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  60. Do your adventures give you ideas on what your subject of the book will be? How long does it take for you to write your book? I love romance and would love to write a book in the near future.

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  61. What's the next book going to be about, if I may ask?

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  62. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  63. This sounds intriguing. And where did you find the guy on the cover? Wow..

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