Friday, March 23, 2012

VIP (Very Interesting Parisian) Profile + Giveaway

Cara Black
On La Mom's recent ski trip, one of her copines, Aimée, tagged along, too.

But Aimée never went skiing with La Mom and her family. Instead, she kept La Mom up extremely late at night with a story that happened in 1998. A story about murder, love, lost secrets of Medieval guilds, illegal immigrants in Parisian sweatshops, dirty cops, and the French secret service. All that, and with a little vintage Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Yves Saint Laurent, and a swanky piece of real estate on the coveted Ile Saint Louis, thrown into the mix.
Needless to say, Big Cheese was a tad annoyed that La Mom and Aimée stayed up so late together every night. One morning, he whispered:

Big Cheese: So what does Aimée have that I don't?
La Mom: A vintage designer wardrobe and a scooter.
Big Cheese: Non, franchement, who is this Aimée?

Meet Aimée Leduc, a super-chic Parisienne private investigator. She's the heroine of twelve books set in Paris and written by La Mom's friend, Cara Black. Murder At The Lanterne Rouge is the latest installment in Cara's best selling Aimée Leduc series. And to that end, please get acquainted with Aimée...

Favorite French lipstick? Chanel Red

Favorite café?  Café des Arts et Métiers

Favorite vacation item? Yves Saint Laurent beaded bikini

Favorite vacation destination? Martinique

Favorite French dog? Bichon Frise

Favorite meal?  White asparagus dotted with caviar, escalopines de bar à l’émincé d’artichaut, a bottle of Vouvray

Favorite Museum?  Musée des Arts et Métiers

Favorite neighborhood? Ile Saint Louis
There's a lot more to Aimée than just designer duds and food, though. For that, you'll have to read the book! To win a free copy of Murder At The Lanterne Rouge, leave a comment. To double your chances, "Like" La Mom's Facebook page, too! The winner will be announced in the next blog post.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for June 6th when the author, Cara Black, will be speaking at the American Library in Paris and signing copies of her book.  A big félicitations to Cara who will also be receiving the Médaille de la Ville de Paris at the Hôtel de Ville on May 27th! 

La Mom has a feeling that Cara would prefer the key to Paris instead, non? Oh well, a gal's gotta start somewhere.

33 comments:

Ariana said...

Sounds like fun-- count me in!

Laurie said...

Ooh... I've read a few of her books. I'd love the new one. Merci!

wranglerkate said...

Bonjour La Mom - This is the first time I've seen your blog - love it! And murder mysteries are my favorite read. Please include me in your drawing. Merci beaucoup, Kate (kcarr@schwabe.com)

wranglerkate said...

Bonjour La Mom - This is the first time I've seen your blog - love it! And murder mysteries are my favorite read. Please include me in your drawing. Merci beaucoup, Kate (kcarr@schwabe.com)

Priscilla said...

Cara Black is one of my favorite authors. I've been following Aimée from the first book. I always rush through the book and then wish I hadn't. So exciting! She spoke to the Alliance Francaise, here in Portland.

Chris said...

I love this post...et le grand fromage, eh? Perfect!
I must go directly to the bookstore of my choice and acquire le libre!
Merci!
Chris

Patricia said...

Hi La Mom - I would love to win a copy of Cara's latest book. I already have two - I should say 'had', as I seem to have lost one while on a trip to Paris, ironically. They are right up my rue - lady detective + Paris + all those cool French vibes!

Linda C. said...

I would love to win this book. Firstly, because I love to read and I really, really want to be in France again. Secondly, I want to encourage my daughter to read and share my enthusiasm for France. The only books she will ever read are crime books...so this will fit the bill. Oh, and if the protagonist is fashionable even better!

Shauna said...

Sounds like you had a nice vacation with such great company! Would love to win a book :)

Shauna said...

I am a Facebook "liker"!

Liene said...

Sounds like a page turner!

Carol R said...

Sounds a fun book. Please enter me into your draw

Liene said...
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Cindy said...

I would love to be able to try a new author. Mysterys are my favorite. Cynthia.earnhardt@gmail.com

Thanks. Cindy

robindefender said...

I love a good mystery. Count me in for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hello La Mom. I'm a big fan of the blog and have been following for a few years now. This past summer I finally got to take a trip to Paris and I felt like a real insider after reading your sketches from the city of light. I'm an avid reader but I've never heard of your Aimee. I would love to be introduced! Thanks for keeping me up on the happenings in my favorite city.
Sincerely,
Kimberley Donahue

Mean Mama said...
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Mean Mama said...

LOVE the Aimee Leduc series! and I did not know there was a new one out--exciting!

Therese said...

I would have loved to have been sitting at that table listening to her tell the tale.

Book looks positively intriguing!

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! Bon weekend. Love, La Mom

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! Bon weekend. Love, La Mom

Crystal said...

Sounds like a good read! Enter me:)

Crystal said...

Sounds like a good read!! Enter me:)

Jill said...

ooh, i would love to win this book! i've had trouble getting into book since my daughter was born.

extra entry, i'm already a facebook liker :) Jill torres

moonlight.smile@gmail.com

Kelley said...

Hi LaMom ... would love to win this book. Who doesn't love a good murder mystery with style.

Jacqui@FrenchVillageDiaries said...

Hello, would love to win a copy of the book - have been and liked the FB page too, thanks.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!! How fun is that!!!!?? If I ever get a chance to READ again that's what I will read...... xo maryanne

g said...

amiee has been my companion while i spent countless hours in the hospital (father fell and broke his neck-very bad-very long month-still a way to go)- while he selpt she kept me company and took me to my happy place-loved this one- i had pre-ordered on amazon-love her stories and long for some vintage chanel myself--hope all is well with les moms and les petites!

g said...

amiee has been my companion while i spent countless hours in the hospital (father fell and broke his neck-very bad-very long month-still a way to go)- while he selpt she kept me company and took me to my happy place-loved this one- i had pre-ordered on amazon-love her stories and long for some vintage chanel myself--hope all is well with les moms and les petites!

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

Aimée Leduc, Cara Black, and La Mom are loving your comments, everyone! Keep them up. Winner to be announced soon. Bisous!

AnnieC said...

Sounds fun. Count me in!

AnnieC said...

I already "like" you on FB.

ParisBreakfasts said...

cara definitely has le bon gout.
Her book is a MUST-read!

 

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