petite anglaise

September 5, 2007

Oh my…

Filed under: book stuff — petiteanglaiseparis @ 9:35 am

On a whim, this morning, I typed “petite anglaise” into and look what I found…


Seeing it gave me an enormous jolt. I think only now am I starting to believe this is really happening…

Publication is currently set for late February 2008 in the UK, to follow in the US and Canada in the summer of 2008. For full information on all book related stuff, you can sign up for the mailing list here:


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Now, while I get stuck into the copy edits, something tells me my comments box is about to be deluged with opinions about the cover…


  1. Am just chortling over the release date – which I see on Amazon is listed as 28 Feb 2008.

    It just so happens that this is the very date, six years ago, when I started work for a certain accounting firm…

    Comment by petite — September 5, 2007 @ 9:40 am

  2. Congratulations! That does make it ever so much more real. Ok, the chick lit cover is a little… pink… but whatever sells! Looking forward to it – and hearing about the growing pains along the way. Take care.

    Comment by Alethea — September 5, 2007 @ 9:45 am

  3. To be fair, the copy of the cover I have here on paper is actually more of a cream colour, with reddish writing…

    Given the colour of my blog I can’t really complain, can I?

    Comment by petite — September 5, 2007 @ 9:48 am

  4. Well I like it! A bit chick lit, but not as bad as some of the, ahem, literature, I have been known to read where I have to hide the cover underneath something more intellectual like Le Monde to avoid embarrassment on the metro (or in the interpreting booth). Looking forward to reading it!

    Comment by Claire — September 5, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  5. Oh wow. Seeing the Amazon page (and especially the cover) must have sent shivers up and down your spine. I know I feel that way whenever my writing is published somewhere (not to mention the minor moments of nausea and stomach pains I get when seeing my name as a byline, combined with the stupid grin that spreads across my face for the same reason). Does the idea of the release make you more excited or more nervous? Have they decided on a release date for the paperback version as well?

    Congratulations. This is really great.

    Comment by Liza — September 5, 2007 @ 9:57 am

  6. Congratulations ! And the coincidence of the release date will make it all the sweeter for you.

    But what we really want to know is – how was your holiday in Greece? Salacious details, please!

    Comment by Moses — September 5, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  7. Ohhh how thrilling and excting!
    I love the cover : a lovely mix of Parisian and Laura Ashley’s style!
    Everything is there : Tadpole’s curls, your flat shoes and the Belleville Café!
    I guess your book is going to be on many people Christmas’ list! For sure it’s gonna be on mine!!!


    Comment by Olga — September 5, 2007 @ 10:12 am

  8. Bravo! I’m looking forward to picking up a copy :) Get ready for a lot of book signings!

    Oddly enough, the cover reminds me a *lot* of my favourite French language resource (The Ultimate French Review and Practice)…

    If anything, I’d like it to be even *more* pink and frilly… but that’s just me.

    Comment by Ryan — September 5, 2007 @ 10:17 am

  9. I can’t wait to read it!

    Comment by lapagefrancaise — September 5, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  10. I love the caption: “In Paris. In love. In trouble.” VERY fun! I also love the typeface for the title font…

    And as a side note, it’s nice to see a depiction of Paris without the obligatory looming of the Eiffel Tower. :0) You’d think the Eiffel tower were clearly visible from everywhere in France, the way it’s ever-present in depictions of France…

    I do have a question…why do you still have comments set for approval by moderator if you’ve already been “outed”?…the question has plagued me for months now…

    (Well, not quite “plagued me”, but I have wondered…)

    Comment by Mlle Smith — September 5, 2007 @ 10:59 am

  11. I actually quite like the cover, and hey, what’s wrong with the chick-lit look? This is, as the cover clearly states, “A True Story”. And “you” look very Parisian-chic with your stroller…

    And very “there are no coincidences” about the release date, I think… Thanks for the update, very exciting stuff!

    Comment by The Bold Soul — September 5, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  12. Just wait till you hold an advance copy in your hands for the first time – for me it felt like holding a newborn (a son). And then you’re waiting for reviews – that’s like seeing your child go off to school for the first time and you hope the little one is popular. Lots of other analogies too – any edits seem as hurtful as the possibility that the child may not be yours after all, a more male anxiety of course!

    Comment by john — September 5, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  13. Oh wow, congrats! It’s a hardbacked reality now huh?!

    Comment by Louisa Hibble — September 5, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  14. From dream, to possibility, to work in progress, to reality… that’s quite a something! Congrats!!!

    The cover? Well, it catches your eye! and that’s the purpose :)

    Enjoy the ride :)

    Comment by Farfallina ...a roam to Rome — September 5, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  15. Well, I think the cover is lovely.

    Comment by It's Just Me — September 5, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  16. Hurrah! Very exciting. Hope you like it – I remember you didn’t get that much say in the design. Brings back happy memories of seeing you in Belleville this summer.

    (Re comment #2, cover colours do seem to be a little “over-enhanced” on Amazon. My book is a very vivid red on there, so I was a bit disappointed when it turned out to be a sort of ochre-brown in reality!)

    Comment by old school friend — September 5, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  17. i hope your book reaches the philippine shores!


    Comment by swann — September 5, 2007 @ 11:54 am

  18. Congratulations on having your book come out. You must be thrilled and I think it is a great accomplishment, one we would all like to achieve some day. The cover looks fine to me. Very French!

    How was your holiday? I hope you tell us about that too.

    Comment by Irene — September 5, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

  19. Oh how very “I love Paris in the springtime!” I love it.

    There must have been such a sense of elation when you saw it on amazon – and how much more real does this make it!!!


    Comment by Andrew — September 5, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  20. @Mlle Smith – I moderate because I’m legally liable for all content on my site. Any libellous comment about my ex employer could still potentially land me in hot water, for example. And while my cover has been blown, there are many other people around me who wish to keep their anonymity.

    It’s a pain, but I think it’s the only way I can continue to have comments enabled on this blog…

    As for the lack of Eiffel Tower – I was adamant that I didn’t want it on my cover from the beginning because the Paris in my book is right bank, 19th and 20th arrondissement Paris. Lucy Pepper and I came up with a cover for the book proposal which broadly speaking had the same elements as this one, with a different colour scheme, and happily the spirit of this was respected throughout. It was funny to see the same cover drawn by at least four different artists.

    Comment by petite — September 5, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  21. Congrats, well deserved.

    You think this is good?

    Wait untill you have the real article in your hand – that feeling will stay with you forever.


    Comment by Brennig — September 5, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  22. Ohhh im sorry I really dont like the cover.. its very very girly and very chick lit.
    Please dont make this book into that kind of novel. We need so badly some good young UK novelist that dont do chick lit. Please stem the tide, your writing can be darkly insightful, such a pity this is what they have come up with for you.

    Comment by Moll — September 5, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  23. @Moll – I agree that the way the book has been packaged doesn’t reflect some of its “darker” themes, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Between the covers (in my humble opinion) is a book with many facets, which I hope will appeal to many different people on many different levels, so I’m quietly confident that when you read it, you will find everything you have liked on the blog, and a whole lot more…

    Comment by petite — September 5, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  24. I kinda like the “belleville” look of the “new” cover.

    Lovelly with the pousette

    Makes me want to take a nap on the buttes chaumont Park this afternoon instead of working ,)

    Will the book ba available @ brentanos the same day than UK .

    And of course will you be there to dedicace it ? ;)
    Would be a shame not to have it autographed !

    Comment by Thierry_J — September 5, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  25. Very relieved to find the 24 comments already posted in general favourable to the cover design. As a two-paperbacks-per-week consumer, and male, I must admit that this school of typography/illustration makes me cringe when I’m confronted with these announcements of chick lit froth.

    I nearly passed on Kate Muir’s brilliant “Left Bank” on account of the graphics, including the bloody Tour Eiffel.

    Anyway, best seller list, here you come. Deservedly!

    Comment by Macthomson — September 5, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  26. Wow, it’s getting real !!! Ready for your Petite Anglaise World Tour 2008 ?

    Comment by Mardo — September 5, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

  27. I love the cover!

    Shame it’s not out in time for Christmas.

    Comment by Sally Lomax — September 5, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

  28. I think the cover is great but….

    Can we have a “bloke” version of the cover too. You know, like the adult cover of the Harry Potter.

    Comment by Craig — September 5, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

  29. So it’s a chick lit cover. Ummm, could that be because of the audience to which the book is likely to appeal? On the whole publishers know what they’re doing when they market.

    It is a little reminiscent of Peynet’s Les Amoureux. I find it quite charming.

    Comment by Passante — September 5, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  30. Congratulations, and I LOVE the cover. I’ll be ordering it from Amazon as soon as it comes out!!

    Comment by Beth — September 5, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

  31. chick lit has gotten out of hand… everyone is a writer all of a sudden! ive put down so many chick-lits bc the writing is so bad (noticeable on page one)

    i think we know what were getting w PA

    the cover is perfect… it reminds me of toile fabric

    Comment by kara — September 5, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

  32. congrats! will you go on tour reading it? how can I buy an autographed book?

    for the boys I would recommend a sewn book cover, maybe in brown corduroy? ;))

    Comment by charlotte — September 5, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  33. The cover is just great… exactly the taste that I would expect to get by reading the book!

    Comment by Vonric — September 5, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

  34. The Amazon blurb:

    Living in Paris with her partner, the workaholic Mr Frog, and their adorable toddler, Tadpole, Catherine decides to alleviate the boredom of her metro-boulot-dodo routine by starting a blog under the name of Petite Anglaise. Writing with disarming honesty about Paris life, about the confines of her hollow relationship with Mr Frog and about the wonder and pain that comes with being a mother, she finds a new purpose to her day. As Petite Anglaise, Catherine regains her confidence and makes virtual friends, including one charismatic and single Englishman who lives in Brittany, James. And after meeting James one evening in a bar, Catherine feels she has regained her ability to fall in love, too.

    How does Mr Frog feel about all this???!?

    Comment by David In London — September 5, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  35. I’ll have to be careful when ordering my copy in Canada. A search on gives me two other books titled “Petite Anglaise”, one from 1970 with no plot description and another from 1999 sub-titled ‘Les Erotiques”, probably no plot to describe.

    Comment by nancy — September 5, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

  36. congratulations! that is VERY exciting and I can’t wait to read it (and I love the cover!)

    Comment by Karen Fritz — September 5, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

  37. Will it be available in Paris when it’s published in the UK? I’ll be there in April. If it’s available I will definitely be breaking my “no buying books on holiday” rule.

    Otherwise, I’ll be pacing back home in Canada until summertime.


    Comment by Barb — September 5, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  38. As I understand it, the Penguin version will be in English language bookshops worldwide (except US and Canada) as they have “Commonwealth” rights and English language for abroad rights.

    So yes, head to WH Smiths or similar and you should find it, I hope.

    I suppose I ought to think about organising a signing session in Paris…

    Comment by petite — September 5, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

  39. It’s a great cover, and I’m betting a great book to match.

    For some reason I didn’t feel anything much when I first held a copy of my book, but that was amply compensated for by all the excitement before and after. It might also have had something to do with them being delivered to me at work, and me having to unwrap them whilst standing in front of a bored receptionist and feeling terribly self conscious about it all. I recommend you make sure you are either on your own or in the company of people you like and can share your excitement with!

    Comment by Clare — September 5, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

  40. Yes, I like the cover but can appreciate how some men might feel reluctant to be seen holding it in public.
    Anyway, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy as soon as it’s available. Congratulations!!!

    Comment by sablonneuse — September 5, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

  41. Congratulations! You’ve worked so hard and lived through so much to get where you are. Thanks for giving us a peek into your life. Most bloggers are self-absorbed hypochondriacs who moan and wail and expect everyone to find their lives as fascinating as the do. You are rare. The way you describe your daily goings-on keep us all wanting to hear more. I cant wait to read the book and whatever else you write in the future!

    Comment by Meg — September 5, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  42. What about the trip?

    Comment by blueseaurchin — September 5, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

  43. hmm….i think i understand your uncharacterisitic silence about the trip …it is what can be labeled “Sensitive Material”.

    If you say you had a great time, you may seem to too eager to early on, if you say it was ok, you may seem uninterested in pursuing “Ze Boy” and hurt “Ze Boy’s” feelings. And if you talk about the landscape everyone will be looking for innuedoes…including “Ze Boy”….sigh…

    I think you may be a little coincer? non?

    Comment by blueseaurchin — September 5, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

  44. The cover is extremely mainstream, but I think you’ll gain a lot more readers who aren’t already aware of the book this way. And you have the luxury of an existing fan base too. For example, I would never usually buy a book with a cover like that, but as it is you, and I know and like your writing, I will still buy a copy.

    It’s a shame that the cover does make it look a bit’yummy mummy’ and girly. It gives a saccharine appearance to writing that is not saccharine at all. And you aren’t girly or saccharine either :)

    Comment by stressqueen — September 5, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  45. Chick lit cover or not, does anyone really care? It’s your published book and damn it all it’s all yours and that’s what is so very important. I’m so happy for you and I’ll order the book from Amazon UK rather than wait for US issue. So go out and have a drink or 3 with the boy and enjoy life some more and when you’re ready tell us about the trip.

    Love and cheers from Seattle.

    Comment by Beau — September 5, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  46. Wait until the first time you see a stack of them in a store — it’s the strangest experience. I found myself surprisingly embarassed. As though the project of my heart had somehow escaped and was now out there for everyone to see! In public! (Of course, it didn’t help that my brother held a copy over his head, pointed at me and shouted “she wrote this!”)
    Congratulations — and as a wise older writer told me — when it gets remaindered, buy as many copies as you can afford because that’s all there will ever be and you’ll want them when you’re doing readings for your third and fourth and fifth books ….

    Comment by Charlotte — September 5, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

  47. Just hit me! The cover is soooo very reminiscent of Bemelman’s Madeline stories lol I love it!


    Comment by Beau — September 5, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  48. I think that cover is lovely, and I have pre-ordered my copy at Amazon. It is slightly disappointing that we have to wait a further two months, but we’ll copy.
    Well done and congratulations. You certainly deserve it. I think I can say categorically that I am prepared to go anywhere in the UK for a book signing session. I might even be tempted to visit Paris if I had to.
    I hope you will decide to continue allowing comments – I think it’s part of the fun of reading a blog to be able to write comments and read other people’s (as long as they are not too nasty… actually, I prefer not nasty at all). Not to mention the fact that your blog was the first one I ever read, so one way or another, I’ve met most of the bloggers I read through you.

    Comment by Pierre L — September 5, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  49. The cover of your book is just lovely; I’m really looking forward to diving under it (ooh, bad pun). I’m glad it depicts your neighborhood rather than the Eiffel Tower; and yet, am I the only one who thinks the “A” in “Anglaise” looks suspisciously Eiffel-y? Maybe the association is so ingrained in my brain that I’m seeing things.

    In any case, what a thrill to see “our” Petite’s book pictured on Amazon. Let the orders commence!

    Comment by PJ Carz — September 5, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  50. I only have one comment. I don’t think Amazon did a good job of the promo considering the content. Hope it goes well. Biz

    Comment by Donta — September 5, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

  51. Great looking book! I can’t wait to get one.

    Best of luck.

    Comment by Mad William — September 5, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

  52. Seriously, tell us about the trip!

    Also, I think the cover is very cute.. and it’ll definitely catch the eye of the young 20-30 female crowd that I think it’s targeting. :)

    And the trip was… ?

    Comment by theinsider — September 6, 2007 @ 12:49 am

  53. Congrats petite!! Wonderful news and I adore the cover! Will the US cover be different? (I know sometimes they do that)…

    Comment by Victoria — September 6, 2007 @ 5:56 am

  54. I like your cover! It’s fun and reminds me of childhood for some reason… maybe that whole “Madeline” thing? It’s great, and I look forward to reading it. Congrats!

    Comment by eric — September 6, 2007 @ 7:47 am

  55. So it didn’t have the Eiffel Tower (a symbol of Paris), but it has a dog. Surely it should then also have a crotte… That’s a true symbol of Paris!

    Comment by Hywel Mallett — September 6, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  56. You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but many will. I’m sorry but it just looks frivolous and that’s not what you’re about. The blurb is not much better either.
    Sorry but it seems like you’re being marketed as another Bridget Jones.

    Comment by Parkin Pig — September 6, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  57. Well, I think it looks great!

    Comment by Damian — September 6, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  58. That tinge of having it all become concrete is to be well-savored. It’s always interesting to see the same concept through the eyes of several artists, too. the artists will each give a different spin and focus on the scene…

    Comment by gruntled — September 6, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

  59. Never judge a book by its cover…

    xx well done.

    Comment by fjl — September 6, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  60. Félication! Très heureux de la nouvelle.

    Comment by delphine — September 6, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

  61. oops

    Comment by delphine — September 6, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

  62. Ah, that makes sense…it’s unfortunate that you can be held accountable, legally, for what others say in the comments section, but oh well…

    Good luck with your book…will the book be recounted as a memoir, in your own voice? (Just curious…)

    Comment by Mlle Smith in France — September 6, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  63. I must admit I hate the cover. It screams fluffy chick-lit. I’d be embarrassed to be seen reading it on the tube. I might have to hide it inside a copy of War and Peace.

    One question. What do you call a personal blog-turned-into-book? Memoir doesn’t sound quite right, and novel is just inaccurate. Is there some clever new term around?

    Comment by Nikki — September 6, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

  64. Oh dear. I’m afraid I don’t like it at all. It looks like one of those ‘Shopaholic’ books. Which means of course that it will sell billions…

    Comment by Paola — September 6, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

  65. I have to say, I think it would be difficult to please everyone with one cover…

    The book may well have different covers overseas, as each territory has its own publisher – and it will be very interesting to see how the blurb and covers differ from one place to the next…

    Finally – I like the “a true story” approach. It’s true, so yes, it is a memoir, but it’s a story, and reads like a novel (no diary dated entries). I was adamant from the outset that it should be packaged like fiction…

    Comment by petite — September 6, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  66. At the bottom of your Amazon page:

    ‘Customers viewing this page may be interested in …

    White Anglaise Skirt
    Luxury Petites Clothing.’

    Hmmm. Strangely no mention there of pubs and football, as far as I can see. At least not until now, lads.

    Comment by Roads — September 6, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

  67. A well chosen cover. It may well vary from place to place, though.

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — September 6, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  68. Wow, very exciting Petite!

    I like the cover, but I’m don’t think I’ll mange to hold such a pinky pastel book in the metro … will have to read indoors …

    Comment by Jt — September 6, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

  69. Well, just a thought, but as it is a removable paper jacket, doesn’t that solve the problem for anyone who doesn’t like it?

    Comment by petite — September 6, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

  70. This is a so nice cover! I love the drawing!
    Congratulation Petite for this book.

    Comment by jujuly25 — September 6, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

  71. I’m an artist and I love to see other artist’s work. Sometimes a piece is exactly what was in my mind and sometimes something I never would have done that way myself in a million years. In either case, it tickles me when I can get lost in the picture as I did in your cover. I wonder if the US edition will be the same……

    Anyway, congratulations on all the excitement! I hope I don’t have to wait too long for a US version. I will be tres tres disappointed if all of you are talking about the book and I have to wait a lot longer.

    Do you think you will come on tour to the States? At least NYC; I’d get there no matter what! : )

    Comment by linda from jersey (that's new jersey USA) — September 6, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

  72. Pretty in pink and hurrah for the removable paper jacket! It should please blokes and those ‘pink allergics’ alike. Well done you!

    Comment by Ariel — September 6, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  73. Love it! Congrats Petite. CAn’t wait till Feb 08 now. Is it too early to start counting sleeps? Hope you had a fab holiday.

    Comment by Catkin — September 6, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

  74. Très sympa.
    Et la petite accroche est vraiment très réussie.
    Ca augure bien !

    Comment by marie-hélène — September 6, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  75. Very cool! Definitely has a French look to it, if that makes sense.

    Comment by T-Shirts — September 6, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

  76. Jt: Get a book sleeve or whatever they’re called…:-)

    Only 288 pages?? :-( I was hoping for MORE….just kidding! I’m sure it’ll be exciting to hold a little piece of history in my hand, even more of a thrill for you to see it published soon! I can’t imagine all the bubbly happiness and pride it’ll surely make you feel.

    I’m not sure I like the cover…kinda ‘frou frou’ and too simplistic, childlike even. I can’t express myself. Cute nonetheless. I’m not sure if “cute” is the word you’d want associated with you though?

    Exciting…February seems so far away.

    Comment by Karma — September 7, 2007 @ 3:04 am

  77. just found your blog today and like it lots! hope i’ll be able to see the book over here in nyc!

    Comment by jinius — September 7, 2007 @ 3:12 am

  78. I think it’s lovely,and as you pointed out, it’s removable for those who are scared to be seen reading it in public. As for myself, I’ll be happy to be seen reading your book.

    I want to add a heartfelt thanks for allowing us to share a part of your life. Your blog was the first I started reading, and led me to start my own (very seldomly updated…) blog. Congratulations on your great success!

    Comment by Allie — September 7, 2007 @ 5:27 am

  79. Ooohh back again…I found out you appear to have the same agent as “Abby Lee” – is that right Petite?

    Comment by Karma — September 7, 2007 @ 7:41 am

  80. I share an agent with all sorts of amazing people, including Steven Hall (see sidebar). Of all the people I met when looking for representation, I decided that the one who sent me his own (very funny) list of 34 things was the one for me…

    Comment by petite — September 7, 2007 @ 8:41 am

  81. Hi Petite! I’m pleased so many people have said they like the cover…as I don’t! Really don’t.

    I could give you more detail but imagine that this is all done and dusted and don’t want to ‘rain on your parade’.

    But I think I will enjoy the content of the book.

    Comment by Roberta Collins — September 7, 2007 @ 9:49 am

  82. Well, it’s always nice to see yourself being called amazing on a Friday morning, thanks!

    Big congrats on the book, Petite. Hope you enjoy the crazy whirlwind that’s sure to come along with publication – wherever they send you, don’t forget to pack a camera. :)

    Hope you enjoy the rest of Raw Shark too.

    Steven H

    Comment by Steven Hall — September 7, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  83. I agree with commenter #55, the frou-frou, slightly saccharine cover – but very retro, very Bemelmans – would have been given an interesting edge with a crotte *just* in front of the wheels of the pushchair/stroller.
    Or would that be too ‘Sex-in-the-City’?

    Congratulations on your achievement.

    Comment by Ruth — September 7, 2007 @ 10:58 am

  84. Congratulations – how exciting!

    I love the colours and the sketchiness of the cover but I don’t much like the lady and the baby – they seem too ‘prissy’ for you. You’re much more funky and hip than that woman on there and much more chic in an understated way.

    I was thinking about how I’d have seen it – and I thought of a close up shot of a French café table with a handful of your belongings on – including a child’s object. Sepia tones. Classy, mysterious, sexy and you!

    Comment by sooz — September 7, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  85. @sooz – classy, sexy, funky, hip… I’m liking this. Don’t stop.

    Comment by petite — September 7, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  86. Congratulations !

    I’m very happy for you. Plase, my english its very poor!

    Bonne continuation !

    Comment by ALLAIN JULES COMMUNICATION — September 7, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  87. Congratulations. I’ll wait for the release here in the Philippines. I know the best things would come your way! =)

    Comment by Mabelle — September 7, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  88. It’s gorgeous! Congratulations!!! I am going to push all my friends to use the book for their book clubs here in the Bay Area…… it’s been such a pleasure over the years to see your life unfold in such unexpected and miraculous ways!!!!!

    Comment by sfgal — September 7, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

  89. congratulations! I’m really surprised by the cover, but it’s lovely.
    I really really hope your book will be released here in China ! Or that it will be possible to have it delivered here via amazone ?
    I look forward to reading it!

    Comment by camillenchine — September 8, 2007 @ 5:30 am

  90. Me and my dead mate Dave always look for covers with a Ninja Lesbian Vampire Cartoon thing going on. As you can imagine we are a bit ouzzled by the pink bits on yours. But then we are sad middle aged men who are at least prepared to admit it. And one of us is dead.
    Look the point is will I be able to get a singed (deliberate) copy in Conwy or will I have to grovel on the net.

    Comment by meredic — September 8, 2007 @ 6:29 am

  91. I like the dachshund!

    Comment by Mimi — September 8, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  92. Congratulations…

    I love the cover! Your blog kept me going during my dark days after I moved to France. I am very much looking forward to the book.


    Comment by Anglaise Anna — September 8, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

  93. I love the cover, although I do think sooz has a point. Can’t wait for it to come out in the States. Unless, of course, some lovely person would be willing to lend me their copy when they’re done?!?

    Comment by Kaycie — September 9, 2007 @ 12:14 am

  94. You have been an inspiration.

    Comment by Vic — September 9, 2007 @ 6:42 am

  95. wow, 94 comments on the book, surely a sign that it will be a best seller. Looking forward to Irish release date and hopefully a signing too. Now back to busniess, more about the holiday…….i need to know the pitfalls before the start of holiday with my boy on Thursday, don’t be holding out on us now….

    Comment by Susie — September 9, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

  96. Is that the jardin du Luxembourg you’re strolling by?

    And will your book be distributed in Italy, by any chance? Maybe in the odd English book store, here?

    Comment by Caroline in Rome — September 9, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

  97. I have bought it already. :-)
    Waiting for the mailman to bring to Australia from England.

    Comment by PeterG — September 10, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  98. Wow, Petite, this is soooooo exciting! I can’t imagine what this must feel like, but just trying to sends shivers down my spine!

    I agree with Sooz – that lady is not quite you, but it doesn’t matter. For those who’ve been reading your blog even before you got famous (even before your real name was revealed, for that matter), we know that the pages within the cover will not disappoint, and this is all that matters.

    Good luck with everything that is yet to come – more edits, the book tours, the publicity… And enjoy every minute!

    Have you started writing the second book yet? Or at least sketching a few ideas?

    Comment by Lotus Flower — September 11, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

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