1. Katherine: How would you describe yourself?
Beth: I would love to say I’m a sophisticated, flame haired femme with style and grace – a chic chick. BUT, if I’m honest, I’d have to admit to having red hair and freckles and I definitely have a talent for trouble. Sigh.
2. Katherine: What is your greatest aspiration?
Beth: I’m sooo glad you asked me that question. I want to learn about all things French. I’m going to Paris, you know. I want to walk down the Champs Elysees, see the Eiffel Tower, drink French wine, eat a fresh croissant and listen to the beautiful French language all around me. I could go on. There are one of two obstacles in my way though, like money (I have none), parents (they want me to go to uni) and a certain guy who keeps popping up in my life and making me forget all my dreams. Not Going To Happen. If only my French teacher, André, would take more interest in me.
3. Katherine: Would you prefer a quiet sanctuary or a crowded gathering?
Beth: I don’t mind a little ‘me’ time – but really, who doesn’t love a party? It’s about the people around you, isn’t it? Kindred spirits and all that. I believe the French are very social and Paris is, of course, alive at night.
4. Katherine: What is your favorite pastime?
Beth: I love cooking, especially French cuisine. My Pear Belle Helene is to die for, and I can’t wait to try it out on a certain ‘someone’.
5. Katherine: What would you say is your most likeable characteristic?
Beth: That’s a tough one. My sister could tell you all my unlikeable ones and how I could improve. But I know she loves me and I love her. We’re very loyal to each other. And I guess that’s it. I’m very loving and loyal to the people who matter to me.
6. Katherine: Do you have any hidden secrets? You can tell me. I won’t go and share it with others. *Chuckles*
Beth: Promise? Okay then. I really find Zach Mills kinda hot. If only he was more sophisticated and didn’t have an ego the size of an entire football team after they’ve won a grand final. But he did rescue me once – well, maybe more than once.
7. Katherine: Who is the love of your life?
Beth: Now you’ve really put me on the spot. My head says André. After all he is French. But every time I tried to imagine myself with him, Zach kept popping into my mind. And when he kissed me…well, sometimes reality is better than imagination.
8. Katherine: Do you remember when you first met Zach?
Beth: Do I ever! He came into French class late, all ego and charm. He started flirting with me straight away, acting like I was going to fall into his arms or something. I soon let him know differently. If only my car hadn’t broken down that night…
9. Katherine: How did Zach win your heart?
Beth: I fought it for a long time. But I think it was when he came to my house after I called him around two in the morning, believing I had burglars. It turned out to be possums. We weren’t even on the best of terms that time (my fault, I suppose), but he was there in a flash. I kind of knew then, there was a connection between us, though I wouldn’t admit it.
Beth: That’s easy (chuckling) – Trouble, in more ways than one.
Zach: Babe, you might occasionally be trouble, but I’d get in hot water with you any day.
Beth: Zach, what are you doing in My interview? Scoot – now.
Zach: Just saying. You about done?
Beth: I’m done when I’m done. (glaring) Au revoir.
Zach: No, Babe, it’s bonjour – bonjour chérie. (winks)
It’s Paris or bust in this New Adult comedy of errors about seeing beyond the surface…
Beth Jenkins is into all things French — especially her French teacher, André LeBlanc. She’s on the fast track to Paris and nothing will stop her, not even the very Australian Zach Mills, whose abs and attitude are a powerful combination. As she endeavours to catch André’s interest, she also stubbornly ignores the growing chemistry with Zach.
But as mishap after mishap delays her dreams, Beth begins to learn that neither Zach nor André are quite what they seem. Will it be too late to win the one man who shows her that Paris is not the only destination worth planning for?
ABOUT ROBYN RICHARDS
Born in Canada, Robin has worked as a teacher in several countries and now lives just outside Brisbane. Writing has always been her passion and in recent years she has written several novels and short stories. She enjoys cross genre fiction, including romance, speculative fiction and history. Married with two children (three if you include Rosie, the Pomeranian), Robin is happiest when she is lost in a good story, either reading or writing it.