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Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera is now available – an interview with author Jennifer Bohnet

Title: Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera
By author: Jennifer Bohnet
Release Date: Feb 23rd, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction

A summer of taking chances!

Rosie Hewitt’s dream of opening a little French café on the Riviera is finally coming true. She’s giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness…

Only, she never expected the oh-so-sexy, award-winning chef, Sebastian Groc, to set up a rival restaurant next door – or for his freshly-baked croissants to smell quite so delicious.

But with just a few days until she opens her doors and all her sugar-coated dreams crumbling around her, Rosie isn’t prepared to give up without a fight!

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Say Hello to author Jennifer Bohnet!

I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard was a guardien for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera is my tenth book and I’m thrilled @HQDigital are issuing it in paperback as well as e-book format.

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Thank you for inviting me to the blog Aimee.

What are you reading right now?

I recently bought The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It’s taken a long time for me to discover this book (it was published in 2008) but I found it inspiring and I keep going back to it and re-reading bits of it to try and keep myself motivated. It has the reputation of being a life changing book and I understand why.

If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?

We don’t watch a lot of TV (French TV isn’t brilliant) but I do love property programs.

What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?

Recently I’ve re-discovered a love of sewing and embroidery and I’m currently embroidering a summer jacket I’ve made with beaded and silk butterflies. Whether I’ll ever finish it is debatable – I keep thinking I’ll add just one more butterfly!

What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?

I’m trying to cut back but I drink a lot of coffee and I’ve got in the habit of having a chocolate brownie almost every time. My husband makes them to a recipe our daughter perfected for her cafe in Devon. It’s delicious. It’s a habit I must break though – writers bottom is becoming a bit of a problem!

What is your favorite season?

Oh, it’s a toss up between Spring and Autumn. I love the colours and smells of autumn, the way everything becomes cosy as the days get shorter but its not yet winter. But Spring is so full of promise after the grey cold days of winter. My favourite flowers are all spring flowers – daffodils, primroses and tiny devonshire violets so I guess it has to be  Spring.

Coffee, Wine or something else?

Coffee during the day. We’ve just bought a coffee machine that grinds the beans for a fresh cup every time. Have to admit I’m slightly addicted to it! But I do like a glass of wine in the evening.

What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – pantster, planner or something entirely different?

I’ve become a bit of a hybrid over the last two books. By nature, I’m a pantster but I’ve had to learn to plan as my story lines become more complicated.

What’s been your favorite line in a review of one of your books?

I love this one from a review of The Little Kiosk By the Sea: ‘I started it thinking it was going to be a light fluffy book, but there was a much deeper connection.’

We all know authors shouldn’t read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, do you?

No is the short answer.

What is your favorite social media platform and why?

I like Twitter for its brevity.

If given the ability to buy any 5 books right now, which ones would you choose?

Jill Mansell – Meet me at Beachcomber Bay

Veronica Henry – The Forever House

Antoine Laurain – French Rhapsody

Joanna Trollope – City of Friends

French Interiors: The Art of Elegance

What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?

Gosh, it’s years since I’ve been to the cinema – 1999 to be exact, the year we arrived in France. The film was Notting Hill and I loved it. I do buy a lot of DVDs though and only last week I watched Me Before You, which had me reaching for the tissues.

You get to have lunch with anyone from the past, who do you choose and why?

I’d love to have lunch with Scott Fitzgerald on the terrace of his villa in Juan-les-Pins. The history of the years 1920 – 1930s on the Cote d’Azur fascinate me – I have a large collection of books relating to that era and the Jazz age. I have so many research questions I’d love to ask him about the people who were part of the ‘set’ down there – Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Noel Coward to name but three. And if Zelda were to join us that would great.

Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous new release Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera on For the Love of Chick Lit. Your cover is absolutely stunning! I laughed out loud at the ‘writer’s bottom’ – I’m just publishing my first book this year and I may or may not already struggle with that. LOL


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