Gigi Dumont never forgot how she walked away from the only man she ever loved.She’s a teacher who has led her students to the finals of an international French competition to be help in Paris. The night before the trip, the principal tries to cancel the trip before he, in turn, loses his job to her high school boyfriend, Sean Collins. Sean Collins has survived cancer, a divorce, and Gigi having aborted their child back in high school. He assumed he’d hate her, if they ever crossed paths again. But he discovers she’s exactly what he wants. When Gigi and Sean are stuck together for a week in Paris, Gigi feels she has lost all her control. How can she survive her attraction to Sean? The man’s sexier now than he was back in the day, and once upon a time, he’d had her heart. She finds herself falling for him, even knowing forever is impossible.
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Four or five years ago. Funny story here. I’m a Northern Catholic, but I moved to Miami eleven years ago. One day while celebrating Shabbat dinner with some Jewish friends of mine (and I always like being invited anywhere that involves food), the rabbi asked me what I do. I answered that I was unhappy with being a lawyer, and that I became a teacher temporarily to figure out what I wanted to do. He stared at my hands and asked, ‘why aren’t you a writer?’ I asked what and he explained I had the hands of a writer. I always secretly wrote horrible fan fiction. I thought about it. People do make money writing and it was what I loved to do. And so the professional journey began.
What was your inspiration for Chaperoning in Paris?
My own multiple trips to Paris as a young adult. Where the characters go is basically a travel log of my own. So the memories of those places lived through the setting. And as a writer, I was always told my issue was to dig deeper into characters. Gigi and Sean were both flawed characters and they forced me to go deep inside myself.
What is your favorite genre of romance?
My first love was historical. I critique a friend who writes historical, but I used to have a Harlequin subscription of books I hid under my bed. I first fell for HQN books with the Love and Laugher line that lasted for like a minute. I love funny romance. Then I fell for the Desire books. So as a reader these helped form who I am. (For historicals one day I want to write a pirate book.)
What is your favorite book?
Whitney, My Love sold me on romance, so that book popped into my mind first. I read almost every book out there for a while though so picking a favorite is hard.
Boxers, Briefs, or Boxer Briefs?
Before I was married, I’d have answered boxers. However I bought my husband boxer briefs and they are so amazing. As a newlywed, my answer is now boxer briefs. And I will forever picture the form fitting masculine romance novel heroes in them.
A question to readers from Victoria
Do readers prefer clean shaven men for chest and facial hair, a little hairy, or full on hair? I’ve always found the five o’clock shadow on my romance heroes hot and I do want some hair on the chest as hairless to me seems more vain. But I am curious what readers prefer, so let me know in the comments! Thank you!
Author Bio: Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston then moved to Miami. Eventually, found that writing is her passion. She always wrote stories to entertain herself. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love, Mything the Throne and Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published in 2014. Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Also she’s the Vice President for the Florida Romance Writers. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriapinder1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/victoriapinder
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