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Apr 04

Giveaway: Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss

“I’m telling you now: I’m never having another boyfriend – EVER!”

Libby is on a man-fast: no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. After all, she has her three best girlfriends and two cats to keep her company at night and her high-powered job at the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra to occupy her day – isn’t that enough?

But when fate takes Libby to work in Paris at the Musée du Quai Branly, she’s suddenly thrown out of her comfort zone and into a city full of culture, fashion and love. Surrounded by thousands of attentive men, nude poets, flirtatious baristas and smooth-tongued lotharios, romance has suddenly become a lot more tempting.

On top of it all, there’s a chauvinist colleague at the Musée who challenges Libby’s professional ability and diplomatic skills. Then there’s Libby’s new friend Sorina, a young Roma gypsy, desperate to escape deportation. Libby must protect her work record and her friend, but can she protect herself from a broken heart?

I’m 65 pages into Anita Heiss’ Paris Dreaming and I’m already loving her feisty central character Libby and looking forward to sharing her discoveries, both artistic and romantic, in the fabled City of Love.

I’ll be posting a review of Paris Dreaming by the end of the week and have already reviewed Anita’s Manhattan Dreaming here at Reading Upside Down and at Suite101.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss (released on 1st April 2011), go read Anita’s guest post Why Paris? then come back here and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of this great novel.

The rules are:

  • Read Anita’s guest post Why Paris?
  • Leave a comment naming which city you would choose if you could travel anywhere in the world to research a location for a novel. I’d love to know why as well.
  • You can gain an extra entry for tweeting about this giveaway. Make sure you come back and leave a separate comment to let me know.
  • Make sure you include sufficient contact details so that I can let you know if you win. A twitter name or an email in the comment form would be great.
  • Entries close midnight (Aust EST), Sunday 10th April 2011using a random number generator. I will announce the winner on Monday morning here and on Twitter.

So, which city do you think would be the perfect location for a novel?

This giveaway has now closed. Results are available here.

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  1. life in a pink fibro

    For me, it’s Amsterdam. Lots of reasons, including the fact that hub’s family is from there and I’d love to take my boys over to experience their heritage. Plus it’s a fast, dynamic, incredibly cool city with some fab seedy seams to mine. What’s not to love??
    life in a pink fibro´s last blog post ..Could you self-publish your book

  2. life in a pink fibro

    PS: I’ll be tweeting it. x
    life in a pink fibro´s last blog post ..Could you self-publish your book

    1. privatkredit selbstaendig geld falten

      Det koseligste med jula er alle luktene og smakene. Det være seg gløgg, pepperkaker rett fra ovnen, ribbe, julegrana, nellik i appelsina. Og 7 nøtter til Askepott, da. 😉

  3. Chrissy Bond

    I love sitting down with a book & curling up and so getting lost in the world that has been created on the pages before me. And I am a huge fan of chick-lit. I am yet to have the honour of sitting down with either of Anita’s books Manhattan Dreaming & Paris Dreaming, but I am sure that when I do, it will be those sort of books I won’t be able to put down. Much kudos to a fellow sista Anita. All the way from Cherbourg, the heart of Wakka Wakka Country!!!! 🙂

  4. Jo

    Salzburg, Austria. Because it is the most magical place I have ever been to and I would love to have an excuse to go back.
    Jo´s last blog post ..An Exclusive!

  5. Jo

    That Jo up there ^^^ is me too.

    I have tweeted! @chickensbees

    🙂
    Jo´s last blog post ..An Exclusive!

  6. JudiJ

    Oooh I think Prague. It’s supposed to be almost as beautiful and romantic as Paris. Fortunately lots of Czechs speak English so the research would not be too difficult.
    JudiJ´s last blog post ..2011 Tasmania Book Prizes

  7. JudiJ

    And I’ve done the tweeting thing too @readingjay 🙂
    JudiJ´s last blog post ..2011 Tasmania Book Prizes

  8. Marg

    Barcelona for me I think! I loved it when I spent a couple of days there, and I would love a reason to stay there for longer!

    Thanks for the contest! I have tweeted too @margreads
    Marg´s last blog post ..Weekend Cooking- A visit to a French patisserie

  9. Caz Williams

    I’d go to Tokyo and have a ‘Lost in Translation’ moment. Tweeted: @williamscaz

  10. Cee Cee

    Whoops! Put my comment in the wrong area… here it is again:

    I’m entranced by how Turkey is interweaving its ancient heritage with modern Western ideas, so I’d love to travel to Istanbul and have my ‘coffee’ read.

    Tweeted: @ozalleycat

  11. kris10na ☮♥☺

    I’ll choose Venice. Because of the architecture and the classic feel of elegance and romantic views in a gondola. New York Times, described it as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man” and Times Online as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.
    kris10na ☮♥☺´s last blog post ..Tequila Aftermath

  12. kris10na ☮♥☺

    yup, I’ve tweeted this 🙂
    kris10na ☮♥☺´s last blog post ..Tequila Aftermath

  13. Bern

    I know this is totally clichéd but New York. I want to get lost in a big city and just observe. This book sounds amazing. xx Bern
    Bern´s last blog post ..MAINTAIN THE RAGE

  14. Benison O'Reilly

    I love Al Tait’s idea of Amsterdam, but I’m going to be honest and say Winchester in Hampshire, England. I lived there for 3 months many years ago and adored it – it’s picture perfect Britain – and am planning to set a key scene from my next novel there. The best news is I have booked my ticket for June 2011!

  15. Anita Heiss

    Just wanted to say that I am LOVING all these ideas… I need to get packing and start thinking of the next destination! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  16. Amanda Kendle

    Ooh, choosing just one city is a tough choice. I think I’d return to Vladivostok, where I spent just a day before hopping on the Trans-Siberian. It felt like a city full of conflict somehow, a place that’s hard to live in (especially in winter!), the kind of city which could be its own character in a novel.
    Amanda Kendle´s last blog post ..Meeting your writing heroes – and speaking to them!

  17. Amanda Kendle

    And I’ve just tweeted it too 🙂
    (@amandakendle)
    Amanda Kendle´s last blog post ..Meeting your writing heroes – and speaking to them!

  18. Craig Cee

    It would be Greece, most magical place to visit and so much to see, perfect setting for a novel, For me being a male and Wiradjuri at that, I have admired Anita’s work for such a long time, a great writer and lovely lady to go with it.

  19. Sascha

    When it’s really about writing and observing I would say Bangkok. I’ve never seen such a crazy city with such a huge variety of people, culture, ethics and whatever….the prostitute living next to the pastor next to the school kid…perfect setting for a novel I’d guess.
    Sascha´s last blog post ..Learnable – Ordinary people- extraordinary knowledge Review

  20. bigwords

    I can’t wait to read your latest book. I am mid-way through another of your books and LOVING IT!! If I was to travel anywhere to research a novel it would be New York. There is such a buzz in the air there and so many possibilities. next would be the Amalfi Coast, then Vietnam. Looks like a better get writing!! x

  21. bigwords

    I might even learn to edit!! Have tweeted x

  22. Ink Paper Pen

    Barcelona! I have family there and I just think it is a beautiful, romantic and inspiring city, love all the wonderful Gaudi architecture, would be a challenge to write about the buildings and make them sound as awesome as they are in real life

    Gill xo
    Ink Paper Pen´s last blog post ..Whats in a Blog Name

  23. Donna @ NappyDaze

    I’d love to set my story on th island of Santorini. Having been there as a single girl and seem the immense romantic potential, I see a love story blossoming nicely in a novel set in amongst this stunning scenery.

    I’ve heard so much about the book Paris Dreaming’ feel even if I dont win I’ll be putting it on the “to-read” list soon enough!

  24. Ink Paper Pen

    oh and have just re-tweeted…i think! ? new to twitter

    Gill xo
    Ink Paper Pen´s last blog post ..Whats in a Blog Name

  25. Donna @ NappyDaze

    PS. Just retweeted the comp as well x
    Donna @ NappyDaze´s last blog post ..Time to be Grateful – lets take the pressure down

  26. Emma Brooks

    I’d love to set a novel in Scotland,I have family there and find the country so very beautiful. I think a romance would be set well there, or maybe a thriller in the Highlands!
    Great giveaway,thanks for the opportunity!

    My Twitter handle is@emmabrooks91

    xx

  27. ANITA HEISS

    Who won???

  28. catherine

    I found this book unreadable. Thanks for nothing.

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