Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A 'Christmas Giveaway' from our little village in France!

Welcome everybody to my double celebration Christmas and the launch of my new book, 'Bonjour Darling' by Heather Francis. 

I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you a brief moment taken from the book, of our first Christmas in the little village of Saint-Allier in south west France. As you will discover when you read our story, we purchase a magical old crumbling presbytery in the centre of the village and, arriving just before Christmas have not yet had a chance to meet the villagers. 

And so, one dark evening in early December, we find ourselves disturbed by the sound of voices in the street below and, taking our place at the landing window peer out in dismay, as a small gang of men proceed to scale the walls of our new home. Now, as I am sure you are all well aware, an Irishman's home is his castle and to say this felt like an invasion was not an understatement!

Quote from 'Bonjour Darling'

Much running back and forward ensued, between our house and the house diagonally across from us, where by now, another ladder had been carefully erected.  To our right, as we watched, one of the men was at the top of his ladder, with what looked like a long line of bulbs hanging from his shoulder and trailing down to the pavement below.  His accomplice, taking the other end, proceeded to climb his ladder and on the given instruction of “Allez!”, the bulbs were lifted and stretched across the road, well out of the reach of any passing traffic. 
In front of our eyes, from our secret vantage point, we watched as, accompanied by a loud cheer, the coloured lights sprang into life.  Ron and I looked out into the night from our little spot on the landing and like two children watching for Santa Claus, realised Christmas had arrived in Saint-Allier! 

To celebrate this festive season and the book launch, I am offering 10 free copies of 'Bonjour Darling' as prizes in 'Goodreads Giveaway' competition (UK only). To enter and have a chance of winning a copy simply press 'Enter to Win' on the 'Goodreads Giveaway' link top right. It is also possible to purchase the book here, should you wish to be sure of a copy for Christmas. For a full synopsis of the story see my previous blog post or click on links top right.

Finally, that just leaves me to wish you all,  'A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year'.

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