Wednesday is All Write: Win a $100 Victoria's Secret Gift Card + Goodies from France

Or, in other words, get your romance on!

To celebrate the upcoming release of my memoir, Seven Letters from Paris (Sourcebooks in the US/Random House Australia), I'm offering a chance to win a $100 Victoria's Secret gift card and a yet to be determined basket of specialty goods from France. 
Of course, no purchase is required to enter the contest...

but, then again, pre-orders are very important for a debut author like me.  Brian McClellan explained it best; here are the key points as illustrated in his article:
"Why are pre-orders important? The most obvious reason would be bestseller lists. Pre-orders count toward first week sales that often determine whether a book winds up on a bestselling list, a possibility that can be huge for any author.
A large number of pre-orders can cause a vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million) to go back to the publisher and ask for another order of books.
It's a snowball effect. The book hasn't hit shelves yet and it's already gotten both booksellers and publishers excited for it. All of these facets spin together to make pre-orders a huge part of the business. They're good for bookstores, publishers, and most especially for the authors whose living depends on their books selling well.
If you have an author whose book you're planning on buying and you can afford to put the money down ahead of time, please pre-order their book."
Yes with a capital Y! I'm trying to build up some pre-pub excitement! Seven Letters from Paris will be released into the wild on October 7th, 2014 (lucky number 7!), also the day the contest will end.
Again, no purchase is required to win...but if you're so inclined, you can pre-order Seven Letters from Paris here:
(and everywhere else books are sold!)


Here's the advance praise for Seven Letters from Paris so far: 
***Please note some quotes will be shorter in the final book.
“A charming story, and a delightful tribute to the power of a good old-fashioned love letter.” --Peter Mayle, bestselling author of A Year in Provence
“Seven Letters from Paris is a real-life fairytale. You’ll be rooting for this bubbly American heroine and her prince charmant.” --Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris: A Love Story
“Seven Letters from Paris is a celebration of l’amour across cultures and across decades…Samantha VĂ©rant embraces France, and her French love, with an all-American enthusiasm that is nothing if not infectious.” –Hilary Reyl, author of Lessons in French
“You’ll tear up reading this inspiring love story… Seven Letters from Paris is sweet, touching, and real.” --Kristin Espinasse, author of Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
"A true story of long-lost passion found, but also a cautionary tale on the importance of small gestures and romance in everyday life." --Jennifer L. Scott, author of Lessons from Madame Chic
"A sweet and comical modern love story of one woman's wonderful happily-ever-after." -- Wendy Lawless, author of the NY Times bestseller Chanel Bonfire
“Seven Letters from Paris is a glorious, life-affirming testament to the power of love to change everything.” –Jo Maeder, author of Opposites Attack and When I Married My Mother
"In a world where love letters and romantic overtures have all but disappeared, it is reassuring to know that feelings committed to a page still have the power to bring two people together. Samantha and Jean-Luc were clearly destined to be reunited and their story is an inspiration for anyone still searching for a soul mate." -- Patricia Gucci, author of In the Name of Gucci
"One of the sweetest love stories that’s ever been told." -- Torre DeRoche, author of Love with a Chance of Drowning
“Enchanting. A captivating real-life fairytale romance that will have you reading slowly so you can savor every delicious word. Castles included!” --Janice MacLeod, author of Paris Letters
"Seven Letter From Paris is the story of a sexy, passionate, whirlwind romance twenty years in the making...and worth the wait. Sam shows us all the power of second chances and following your heart." --Teresa Rhyne, author of the NY Times #1 Bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)
“Wonderfully engaging and endearingly honest.” --Samantha Brick, author of Head Over Heels in France: Falling in Love in the Lot
"Inspirational and heartfelt, this book illustrates that it's never too late to change directions in life. Verant's story reveals how having the courage to follow your heart and a take a big leap when you're feeling stuck can put you on the path that you're truly meant to follow." --Holly C. Corbett, national magazine editor and co-author of The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
"Not since Dangerous Liaisons has French letter writing been this exciting." -- Helena Frith Powell, author of Two Lipsticks and a Lover
"Seven Letters from Paris renewed my belief in the power of true love and made me believe that miracles can happen!" --Jamie Cat Callan, bestselling author of French Women Don't Sleep Alone
Watch the Book Trailer for Seven Letters from Paris
Please help me spread the word about the contest. Tweet it, blog it, email it! Good karma will come your way! I'm just a girl standing in front of the world with a book that took five years in the making.

It's getting exciting! I'm delighted to share this journey you! Thank you all for your love and support.

Bisous from Toulouse,



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