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July 11, 2011

The Paris Secret Blog Tour: The Paris Secret Playlist + Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

I had the pleasure of reading The Paris Secret by Angela Henry during my short vacation and I LOVED it! Paris, hot Frenchmen, sizzling romance, history, mystery, conspiracies... Sounds like a perfect summer read to me!♥ And I'm so excited to be a part of The Paris Secret Blog Tour! Also, I always listen to music when I read, so I'm very happy to have Angela on the blog today, talking about music and the perfect playlist for her amazing book!

The Paris Secret Playlist
- Angela Henry -

I’m often asked whether scenes play out in my head like a movie when I write. The answer is yes. But there’s another element of writing scenes that helps bring them to life in my head and that’s music.  More and more authors are creating music soundtracks for their books and I think that’s wonderful. I can’t actually listen to music when I write because I find it too distracting. But music does inspire many scenes in my books and I hear it in my head as I write, kind of like theme music. Below are passages from the Paris Secret along with the songs that inspired them. Enjoy!

Somebody Already Broke My Heart by Sade 
“What kind of an idiot goes to the most romantic city on earth all by herself to get over a broken heart?”

Red Red Wine by UB40
Drinking so much wine hadn’t been in the plan but seeing so many people in love, and being constantly reminded that I was alone, gave me an excuse to keep my glass filled.

I Put a Spell on You By Nina Simone
Our eyes met and I could see his were a vivid, startling shade of green. I couldn’t tear my gaze from his and continued to gawk at him until he finally walked away.

Princesse Nubienne By Les Nubians
“…She was born Louise-Marie Therese, the illegitimate daughter of Queen Maria- Theresa of Spain, wife of King Louis XIV of France, and her African lover, a servant named Nabo,” she said matter-of-factly.

Chocolate By Kylie Minogue
He tasted like chocolate, smelled like soap.

Poison By Bell Biv Devoe
“Never trust a big butt and a smile, huh? Unbelievable. Men!” I shook my head in disgust. Simon had me so pissed off I was quoting song lyrics.

Femme de Couleur By Shy’m
“Well, because she was a woman of color like yourself, my dear….”

Last Tango in Paris By Gotan Project
I was flying home—today—and still he’d said nothing about ever wanting to see me again.

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Thank you Angela! I really enjoyed re-reading the passages from the book and I think they go perfectly with the songs! ♥ (LOL at Poison)

Intrigued already? Here is the Goodreads blurb

Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder—and targeted by the real killer. When she's viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy French journalist Simon Girard.

Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, an art forger with ties to the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feelings within him he thought long dead.

Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets remain buried forever...

About the author

Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she's a mystery-writing, library reference specialist, who loves to people-watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She's the author of four mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, and is also the founder of the award-winning MystNoir website, which promotes African-American mystery writers, and was named a “Hot Site" by USATODAY.com. When she's not working, writing or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is a connoisseur of B horror movies and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline. 

Now on to the giveaway: 

For a chance to win an e-copy of The Paris Secret and to get an entry in the Grand Prize Pack contest, please answer this question in the comments: 
You’re life is falling a part and you’re about to jump on a plane to start over somewhere new. What are the top five things you absolutely must have with you?
***The Paris Secret e-book giveaway is International. The Grand Prize Contest is US only (sorry!), so please mention in your comments if you are from the US/International! (I need to know which one of the giveaways you're entering - or if you're entering both of them). Also, please don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact the winner(s)!

Here are the details about the Grand Prize Pack contest:  

  • In order to enter to win the Grand Prize pack including a beautiful Eiffel Tower Pendant, delicious Lip Gloss, a Signed Poster, The Paris Secret Music Playlist and an Audible Gift Card (2 audio book downloads), you must answer at least one question in the comments on any of the tour stops. 
  •  You may answer as many of the questions as you like, for up to 15 entries in the tour. Only one answer per tour stop will be considered valid.
  • No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
  • Full rules for the contest can be found at The Paris Secret's tour home page
  • Winner of the Grand Prize pack give-away will be announced on Angela's homepage on Tuesday, July 26th. 
And here are all the tour stops! Check them out to get more entries in the Grand Prize Contest and to get to know more about The Paris Secret and the author (interviews, Maya's Paris Map, visitor tips for Paris etc).

Monday July, 4th - Julie, That's Swell / Guest Post, Maya's Map of Paris
Tuesday, July, 5th - Tishia, Paranormal Opinion
Wednesday, July, 6th - Heather, Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, July, 7th - Jules, The Great, The Good and The Bad / Guest Post, Visitor Tips for Paris
Friday, July, 8th - Mysterious Books / Interview with Angela

Monday July, 11th - Deea, Deea's Book Journal / Guest Post, The Paris Secret Playlist
Tuesday, July, 12th - Sarah, Workaday Reads
Wednesday, July, 13th - Lisa, Baffled Books / Guest Post, What's In Maya's Bag
Thursday, July, 14th -Yiota, Splash of our Worlds
Friday, July, 15th - Lori, Romancing the Darkside

Monday July, 18th - Penelope, The Reading Fever / Guest Post, A Day in the Life
Tuesday, July, 19th- Mandy, The Well Read Wife
Wednesday, July, 20th- Rebecca, Kindle Fever
Thursday, July, 21th- Missie, The Unread Reader / Guest Post, When I'm Not Writing
Friday, July, 21th - Crystal, Elegantly Bound Books / Interview with Angela

Tuesday, July 26th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Angela's Blog!

By tomorrow, my review should be up as well! I hope you enjoyed the guest post and the music! I can't wait to see the things you all must have with you on the trip!;)

Good luck and have a great week!


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  4. 1. My Kindle
    2. My IPod stuffed with all my favorite abooks
    3. The Eclipse Pillow
    4. The Sound Of Music Movie DVD (When we are sad we have to sing My Favorite Things Song! :D)
    5. And some good ABBA songs (Don't tell me...I Know, I'm verrrry old fashioned, but I like them anyway)

  5. 1. My iPod (gotta have my music)
    2. Laptop
    3. Camera
    4. Kindle! so i can bring lots of books!
    5. im drawing a blank on what else to bring so i'm gonna have to stick with top 4

    I live in the US and I'd like to enter both giveaways


  6. 1. My Kindle (can't go anywhere without that!)
    2. My digital camera (I love that thing!)
    3. My laptop (it's my lifeline!)
    4. My favorite pillow (I take it everywhere with me!)
    5. My son (poor tike needs me, what can I say?)

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. 1. My dog, Templeton
    2. My laptop
    3. My HP Lovecraft collection of books
    4. My camera
    5. My jewelry (tsk, how mercenary)

  8. That sure is a tough - yet easy - question. Let's see:
    1) I agree with my fellow blogger... my KINDLE must join me.
    2) Family picture (friends included)
    3) My cell (Lame, right?)
    4) Netbook (Blogging addict here!)
    5) My bestie (We're attached at the hip)


  9. 1. My cat
    2. My Laptop
    3. My Cell
    4. My Nook
    5. My Camera

    How sad that it's 80% tech!

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  10. I would love to be entered for the ebook as I don't live in the US. Thanks for hosting the tour!


  11. 1. Phone
    2. Kindle
    3. Laptop
    4. Camera
    [At this point I must stop to think of something non-electronic. It takes time.]
    5. Sketch Pad


  12. 1.- My Phone
    2.- My Ipod
    3.- My album pictures (memories can leave them)
    4.- clothing

    flaka.077 at gmail dot com

  13. love the playlist can wait to read this book.


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