I’ve written many a letter from Paris in my time – and I’d give anything to see the letters I sent home especially during my very first couple of years living there in the mid 1990s (well now, that dates me, doesn’t it?). I reckon they’d have formed perfect fodder for a book or, were it these days, a blog! Living in Paris is definitely a wonderful experience but, as anyone who has lived there for any length of time will know, it’s hard work. She draws you in, does Paris, but then she can be difficult to live with. Life there as an expat (even one who is fluent in French) can be frustrating yet magical all at the same time. Paris is addictive like that.
I’m always curious to read about others’ Paris adventures, whether on blogs or in books, so when I was invited to check out an advance copy of Paris Letters, by Janice MacLeod, I obviously couldn’t resist!
Paris Letters (released on February 4th, 2014), is Janice MacLeod’s memoir – a love letter to the City of Light, a fairy tale romance, and a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of changing her life (so, that would be all of us, right?).
How much money does it take to quit your job?
Exhausted and on the verge of corporate burnout, Janice posed this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. With a little math and a lot of determination, she wrote down 100 ways to spend less money every day (you’d be surprised at how seemingly little changes can add up to big savings!). Living simply, she saved enough to quit her job and spend two years abroad. A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street—who doesn’t speak English. Through a combination of sign language and franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves—words, art, and Christophe—to figure out a way to make her happily-ever-after in Paris last forever.
Now she’s a full-time artist who sends hand-painted letters from Paris to subscribers around the world. Her watercolor illustrations showcase scenes from her European travels—a vacation in an envelope.
Paris Letters is truly an inspiring look at what can happen when we dare to create the life we want and even if moving to Paris is not on your “to do” list for 2014, I highly recommend it – I actually had to delete it from my iPad (I read the eGalley version) to stop myself from reading it when I had a big project due at work then download it again when I had time to read it all in one go, over the holidays.
That’s right – Janice wants to send YOU one of her hand-painted letters from Paris, wherever you live!
1. Leave a comment below telling me why you want to receive a letter from Paris?
2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
I want to receive a letter from Paris from @JaniceArtShip ! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1dLUsfw @eatlivtravwrite (worldwide!)
Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.
Contest closes on Thursday, February 13th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on Friday, February 14th 2014.
The PARIS LETTERS Photo Contest: Turn your travel photo into a work of art.
Submit your favorite travel photo for the chance to win a watercolor illustration by Janice crafted from the picture you submitted—a one-of-a-kind memory of your trip. Enter the contest in one of the following ways:
1) Tweet your photo using hashtag #ParisLetters and tell us where your picture was taken!
2) Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submitting photos is Tuesday, February 11. The winner will be announced on Friday. February 14 on janicemacleod.com
Disclosure: I received an eGalley copy of Paris Letters courtesy of Sourcebooks for review purposes. I did not receive any further compensation for writing about this and opinions are, as always, 100% my own.
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