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Hidden in Paris – Win a Copy!

October 1, 2012 @ 1:01 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Popular French novel Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz

Your opportunity to win an autographed copy of Corine’s novel

Part I of II

We are born with voices in our heads.  I am referring to writers – published or unpublished – who have a running stream of vignettes and conversations in their mind.  They write descriptions of real-life people on thin napkins at McDonald’s.  They come across papers and passages, hastily written lest the thoughts pass.  And if their talent and tenacity collide with the midwives of literature, they finally give birth to novels.

Today, we have a real treat!  Corine Gantz, a supremely talented French expat living in California and the “proud mother”/author of Hidden in Paris, agreed to share a few personal moments with France Daily Photo readers.    And to add Crème Chantilly to this treat, Madame Gantz not only offers personal insights but a generous giveaway of her novel – more about that later!

Before meeting Corine, let’s dive right in to a delightful review of Hidden in Paris.

“I loved Hidden in Paris! Ms. Gantz has created a story that should be read and savored – much like the Parisian lifestyle she depicts. The characters were deep and immensely likable and the plot line was smooth and delicious….The undertones of love and motherhood, self-loathing and hidden anger are so palpable, that it’s bound to keep readers up way past their bedtimes. Truly, truly, truly an excellent novel that leaves readers pondering the characters’ lives and choices long after the last page. I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone!”  Megan, Amazon review

Corine Gantz easily blends her unique brand of humor and French-American experience.  She was born in France, where she spent the first twenty years of her life. She studied Contemporary Art at the Sorbonne and worked in advertising and marketing in Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Corine Gantz, author of Hidden in Paris

Corine now is settled near Los Angeles with her husband and two sons and – voila! – has published her first novel and a companion cookbook that dovetails with her book.  Those feats, though, didn’t silence the voices, so naturally a second novel is in the works. Corine started unleashing those voices in her mind with the popular blog Hidden in France, where she becomes philosopher, romantic and humorist to meditate on relationships, food, décor, and all things French.

And now a few questions for Corine.

If Hidden in Paris was made into a movie, who would you want to play Annie?

Enough with the Hollywood nymphets! I would love an actress of substance, someone charming but not too obviously beautiful.  How about Angelina Jolie?  Kidding! (Although she would make a wonderful Lola.) Annie should be played by an actress who can shift from goofy to sexy and from strong to vulnerable, and perhaps be all of those all at the same time. Holly Hunter, Tina Fey, Sandra Bullock come to mind, although my favorite must be Renée Zellweger.  She can layer emotions in a way that breaks my heart. At any rate, the film would have to be shot in Paris, so they have to be willing to travel and would need to speak French like an American woman who’s lived there for years.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you choose to play you?

May I please request Angelina Jolie? No scratch that. She needs to be French. How about a blonde like Cécile de France (actually from Belgium) or Mélanie Laurent. I wish! I was never that cute.

We invite you to join us again tomorrow for the remainder of Ms. Gantz’s interview. In the meantime, by all means register to win a copy of her acclaimed novel.

TO WIN A FREE COPY OF HIDDEN IN PARIS – One lucky reader will receive a free, autographed copy of Corine’s book – nice for you or as a gift!  We invite you to choose one of two options to enter:

Leave a comment (below) on France Daily Photo and be sure to tell us your favorite place, food, restaurant, etc. in France – or –

Like on Facebook (top left of this post is easiest) and, again tell us your favorites in France.

The winner will be announced one week from today, and we will contact you for autograph info and mailing information.  If you simply cannot wait a week, click Hidden in Paris for a sneak peek and an opportunity to order the book!

Merci beaucoup, Corine, for your generous Giveaway and your willingness to ‘visit’ with our readers today.

12 Responses to “Hidden in Paris – Win a Copy!”

  1. Yana says:

    My favorite place is this little house where Alexander Dumas lived. I don’t remember the street in Paris, but I have a feeling I will find it once I am back there. :)

  2. Nanci says:

    My favorite place in Paris is the garden of le musee Rodin. Even with tourists, it is tranquil, exquisite, heartstopping in being surrounded by the haunting, yet glorious works of Rodin… elemental in its call to each and every soul that passes through.

    • Sandra Sheridan says:

      Thank you for writing Nanci. We are kindred spirits indeed, as we love the serene gardens and the “mystical” presence of Monsieur Rodin throughout the galleries and gardens. To us, it is one of Paris’ most charming and cherished museums, less glamorous than the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay, but intimate in its focus on the renowned sculptor. Thanks again!

  3. Mary Beth TInsley says:

    Since very early in my childhood, my favorite place in France has been “an old house in Paris, that is covered in vines, with twelve little girls in two straight lines” and as I approach retirement age I still hope to someday see Madeline’s city.

  4. * Have you talkED to?
    my good excuse: typing in this little window is not easy… ;-)

  5. My two favorite bloggers on the same page. Yehhh! What a pleasure to read your interview of Corine, Sandra! I am a little concerned though about you, Corine… Have you talk to a “psy” about your obsession for Angelina ??? LOL!
    Dear Sandra, dear Corine, I wish the three of us could meet in France and have dinner altogether… let’s see 1) Georges Blanc in Vonnas (assuming we are the winners of the lottery) or
    2) “Nos ancêtres les Gaulois” on the Ile St Louis – simple, casual, and so fun.
    3) Both places!
    xoxo
    Have a wonderful day♥

  6. Joanne says:

    My favourite place in France is Paris – The Tuileries Garden and the Petit Palais! I could set up camp there! I love to eat the crepes and the jambon baguettes!!

  7. Jacqui says:

    I would love to win this book, as it is on my wish list and I really enjoyed the cookbook. My favourite place to eat in France is a summer only venue, no more than a shed, by a lake, but madamme serves the best steak and frites in the world. Combined with the rest of the five course meal for a bargain of 12€ and we go back again and again.

    • Sandra Sheridan says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Jacqui. Where is your favorite place by the lake? And Bonne Chance on winning the book!

  8. Jody DeMarais says:

    I can recommend a new plce Bistro des Gastronomes on Rue CardianlLemoine in the 5th , Excellent 3 course menu for 26 E. The last times we had sauteed foie Gras.diuck confit and flaming Creme Brulees! Several cu=hoices of entree, plat dnd dessert. Good wine by the glass or carafe or bottle. Has been getting super reviews and well deserved


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