Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails on sale for $.99

'Tis the season... for a great deal! Pick up Christmas Confessions & Cocktails while it's only $.99 and get some laughs in before the holidays hit!

American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you'll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!

"I loved it--it had me laughing out loud as I nodded my head with familiarity. The perfect way to kick-start your Christmas cheer."
- Aimee Horton, author of Survival of the Christmas Spirit

"Bubbly and delicious, with a surprisingly delightful kick, Vicki Lesage's hilarious and heartwarming collection of stories is the perfect holiday cocktail!"
- Kathryn Leehane, author and humorist at Foxy Wine Pocket

"From pot-luck shaming to creepy Christmas caves to mutant flying insects, Christmas Confessions & Cocktails has absolutely everything you need to make your season hilarious! This latest installment in the Confessions series from writer and humorist Vicki Lesage is full of hysterical Yuletide tales and delicious cocktail recipes. The perfect holiday gift for the person in your life who loves to laugh!"
- Sarah del Rio, author, editor, and the woman behind the curtain at humor site est. 1975

Get your copy of Christmas Confessions & Cocktails today!

Vicki Lesage, Author

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November Giveaway, including Christmas Confessions & Cocktails

It's November, which means two things: I'm already anticipating my delicious Thanksgiving dinner, and I've got another giveaway for you! Your truly is offering Christmas Confessions & Cocktails, and I also have a story in Legacy and Christmas, Actually. Woo hoo! And the other two books are worth checking out as well, so let's get rolling!

You can enter here or via the form at the bottom of the post: Rafflecopter giveaway

And read more about the books here...

November Covers

Christmas, Actually Anthology of 6 authors, including Aimee Horton and Katie Rose Guest Pryal

christmas-actually-coverYou never know how Christmas will turn out! Festive and fun, or dreary and dull? While the holidays are magical for some, they are somber for others. Christmas, Actually is a holiday collection that runs the gamut of seasonal emotions: humor, hope, joy, confusion, excitement.

Curl up next to the fire, and laugh, cry and dream along with the characters in this collection of holiday tales. Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future... All play a part in Christmas, Actually.


Paris, Rue des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino

paris-rue-des-martyrs-coverSome encounters make a difference.

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the rue des Martyrs.

Rafael's search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile's view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love... or so she intends.

Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.


Legacy Anthology with 14 authors, including Regina Calcaterra and Kristopher Jansma

legacy-coverWhat will you leave behind?

Long after we've left this world, our legacy remains. Or doesn't. Or remains only in the minds of those who knew us, those whose lives we've touched. Those we've written to, or about.

If you had a choice, what mark would you leave? How should people remember you? Should they remember you?

Fourteen authors sat down during the month of January 2015, shut out distractions of the outside world and wrote about the subject. The resulting fiction and nonfiction stories fill the pages of Legacy: An Anthology. The book includes stories from Kristopher Jansma, winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra and Canadian best-selling author Marissa Stapley among others.

Within these pages, there is laughter, pride and hope. There is romance and rock and roll. Certain messages are eerie, while others bestow a sense of peace. The collection, through the discerning lens of each writer, runs the gamut of the human experience.

Author proceeds benefit the charity PAWS for Reading, which pairs pets with children to improve reading and communication skills. Thanks for supporting the cause!


Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

christmas-confessions-frontcover-v1jpgParty girl Vicki tells it like it us, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest (book auction, anyone?) to her even crazier holidays in her new home of Paris (like a marathon 8-hour meal sitting on a stool). Bizarre gifts, weird food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of tales you'll chuckle at in this collection.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for some great cocktails and some hearty laughs this holiday season!


The 13 Floor Complete Collection by Christine Rains

Backstairs - 5 - in an apartment building.Six supernatural tenants

Living in a haunted apartment building

On a floor that doesn’t exist.

Six novellas telling their tales:

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.

A werewolf is hunted by her pack.

A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.

A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.

A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can’t find.

A banshee falls in love with someone who’s death she has seen in a vision.

And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Good luck!!

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Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, November 2, 2015

8 Things to do Once the Kids Go to Bed

The other night Mika had to work late. He NEVER does that. Which means I'm NEVER alone with both kids on a busy weeknight. I had to pick them up from the creche/school and get them both home. Uphill, sweating, as Leo pointed out one motorcycle that was broken and EVERY MOTORCYCLE IN THE ENTIRE CITY OF PARIS that was not broken. There were a lot.

Then I had to cook them both dinner. Then give them both baths without them drowning. Then get them to bed without them screaming.

I realize a lot of parents fly solo all the time: single parents, parents with a spouse in the military, or parents with a spouse who works late or works a different shift. That's not me. I'm totally spoiled because I almost always have Mika by my side to help! He's awesome!

I was sure the evening would be a disaster because even regular evenings are tough. But the kids were angels! It was amazing! For a second I wondered if I'd picked up someone else's kids from the creche/school!

Then I had a little time to kill before Mika got home. What to do... Luckily I wrote an article about it on BLUNTmoms! Check out 8 Things To Do Once the Kids Go to Bed if you find yourself with a few surprisingly peaceful late-night moments.

Here's a taste:

4. Catch up on your email. Then get distracted by an article about leggings or vaccines or belly wraps, and blow through the rest of your free time without clearing a single email from your inbox.

Because, yeah, with all the things I could have done with my free evening, that's how I ended up spending it. Check out the full article for the other 7 ideas!

Article on BLUNTmoms

Vicki Lesage, Author