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How To Fall In Love with A Frenchman!


My Exclusive Interview with Samantha Vérant,

Best-selling Author of “Seven Letters From Paris!”


TUESDAY, November 10th

12:30 pm EST/9:30 am Pacific/6:30 pm CET (Paris) 5:30 pm (London)

Click HERE to Register! It is Free!


Imagine this.  You are a 19-year-old on your first trip to Paris.   You are introduced to a sexy Frenchman named Jean-Luc through a mutual friend.

The sparks fly.

You have one glorious passion-filled day — one day.


1989 — Samantha meets Jean-Luc! Doesn’t he look a little like Patrick Swayze?



But you are young.  You go home with this delicious memory of fire-in-the-belly love in Paris — and you move on.

Twenty + years later, now at age 40, you feel stuck. You are jobless and in debt, and you happen to stumble upon Seven Love Letters from that Frenchman you met in Paris.

What do you do?

Savour the memories and keep the letters to read again when you are 80?

Not Samantha Vérant.

Nope. She got on the internet and tracked down Jean-Luc, then widowed with two kids.


Crazier still, Samantha gets on a flight to Paris and …

Yup, she ends up marrying that lovely Frenchman who is also a rocket scientist (yes really!) by profession.


Samantha and Jean-Luc together again!


They have now been married 11 years and live in Cugneux, 13 kilometers southwest of Toulouse.

Samantha Vérant Best Selling Author – Two Memoirs

You have to join me to hear her tell this story.  Originally from Chicago, Samantha is now the author of two Memoirs,  Seven Letters From Paris, which has been published and translated in 12 countries, and also How To Make a French Family about adapting to her new life and family in France.


Samantha’s Two Memoirs –Part 1 an 2 of her Love Story

Samantha Vérant – Novelist 

As well, Samantha’s has now just published her first novel The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux,

This is a charming tale of a French-born American woman and chef who returns to her family’s childhood home when her career takes a devastating turn and her grandmother has a stroke.
 Sophie discovers this childhood home is now a luxurious château, complete with two restaurants and a vineyard where she tries to reestablish herself in the kitchen and rekindle her dream to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Hot off the press@ Samantha’s first novel!

Samantha Vérant More than an Occasional Cook!

Let’s ask her!

That looks delicious Samantha!

Samantha’s Crème Brûlée recipe is on her website at

Sign Up For This Exclusive Interview!

Space is  Limited — Two Giveaways Included

As many of you know I am a journalist by trade, so please join me on Tuesday, November 10th for this LIVE 40-minute ZOOM Interview with Samantha.

You will hear her story, get to ask questions, and there will be Giveaways for Two Lucky Participants that will include:

Your choice of one of Samantha’s books.

And an Audio Book of Samantha’s new novel– The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux


This Interview is Free!

So don’t wait!

Register HERE  in Advance for this webinar**:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  1. Shardie Stevenson on October 11, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I am very excited about this first interview! I signed up immediately! ❤️👍🏻You are brilliant in drawing out person’s real essence!
    I will read “Seven Letters “ again before November 10th!

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Thank you so much Shardie — you are such a support to me! I really really appreciate it and am looking forward to the interview.


  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on October 11, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Delightful to read of this instant and long-lasting love story! Fantastic!!!

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Gretchen, Thank you so much! Hope you will join us for the interview! If you don’t know how to use ZOOM, I can help you do that. Diana

  3. Luci Rizzo on October 11, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I am looking forward to this. What a great story!!

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Luci.. I will be so excited to see you on the webinar. Samantha is such an interesting and entertaining woman!

  4. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on October 11, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Very exciting news. Love reading so more the merrier.
    You are so organized. Very impressive.
    Xxoo twink

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Hope you will join me on the interview Twink! Would love to see you there! Diana

  5. Margaret Ann Gendreau on October 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Absolutely love this! I’m a romantic at heart! Really looking forward to the zoom interview. Thanks Diana, I better get busy reading!

    • Diana Bishop on October 12, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Margaret Ann,
      I am so thrilled you will be joining us for the interview. Samantha is such an interesting woman and lots of fun. Yes, if you have time to read the book beforehand that would be great! You know where to find it on my book club page or on the blog! Thank you for signing up! Diana

  6. Lagatta de Montréal on October 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Not surprised they live near Toulouse, aeronautics centre of France.

    Samantha looks far better with a darker blonde that is more like her youthful colour.

    • Diana Bishop on October 12, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Samantha is delightful so I hope you will join us for the interview, Maria. Diana

  7. Trudy Van Buskirk on October 16, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve signed up for the webinar and am looking forward not only to her but also to seeing you in action! I’ll be able to see all those years as a journalist.

    In 1970/71 when I was at Western, I worked at the business school library every Sunday. I dated a Frenchman who was a foreign student and when I went to France that summer for my course, I took the “Orient Express” from Paris to Nancy where he lived with his family including his grandmère!!!! I only stayed for 2 days then they drove me to Aix En Provence on their way to their summer vacation in the French Riviera. Thanks for jogging m y memory of this 🙏😁

    • Diana Bishop on October 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      What a wonderful story — and how romantic. I must be the only person that did not have a French boyfriend
      when I lived in France!

      Thank you so much for signing up for the interview .. your support means a lot to me, and I certainly still owe
      you a phone call. Diana

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