Lone Star “Love Song” Giveaway Winners!

July 11, 2015

Dear Everyone,

This was one of the funnest contests for me. It took a delicious forever to sift through the hundreds of entries and to listen to the songs. Many I knew (“Hey There Delilah” “Romeo and Juliet”), some I did not (“Say You Love Me” “In Da Club”). Some were my own favorite songs (“Nothing Else Matters” “High and Dry”). But each one personal and beautiful. Out of the songs you submitted, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol came in four times as a fave, “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers three times, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt twice, but the rest were all glorious and unique. I love them all. It gave me such joy to see inside your hearts. It was like going on a mini-tour and meeting you face to face. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to get to know you better.

My daughter thought ten was brutally insufficient, so she finagled another three out of the summer bucket because she said thirteen was her favorite number (because she is thirteen, and her favorite girl in all the world was born on December 13).

Without further ado, here are the lucky thirteen, and heartfelt thanks so each and every one of you for participating. I’m going to go make a reader playlist and put it on my phone, and carry you and your love songs with me wherever I go. Winners: Please email me your full name and address so I can send out your books pronto.

The winners are…
• Malinda Dickens – “Try” by Colbie Caillat.
• Rachael Jesko – “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
• Nicole Karlson – “There’s a Light that Never Goes Out” by the Smiths
• Adam McHugh — “505” by Arctic Monkeys
• Maria Kavvatha — “Love Me Tender” by Elvis
• Jenny Belk — “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Rod Stewart (this one happens to be my own wedding song, lol)
• Samantha McLaughlin — “Addicted to You” by Avicii
• Lisa Grimes — “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls
• Shura Herondale — “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5
• Mirielle McMillin — “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
• Sarah Heaton — “Annie’s Song” by John Denver
• Tanya Birman — “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues
• Francesca Grizancic — “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles

Thanks again! Love to all. Here’s one of my favorite songs (because I’m forever twenty when I hear it) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx71aA62Hx4



Summer Giveaway: Lone Star

June 25, 2015

Hello to all my readers:

Summer has finally landed in New York, and we’re enjoying a muggy, thunderstorm-y, but nonetheless warm and full of fun season so far. To spice up the idle summer hours, I wanted to hold another giveaway, this time for my latest novel, Lone Star. Lone Star takes place in tempestuous, passionate, life-changing summer, and I think you’ll see why it’s my favorite season.

I’m giving away 10 signed copies of Lone Star to anyone who writes in between now and Thursday, July 10th, with the answer to this question: What’s your favorite love song, and why? Music evokes the strongest of emotions in human beings, and that’s certainly true of Chloe Divine and Johnny Rainbow.

Please write your answers to paullinasimonscontest@gmail.com. We will announce the winners Friday, July 10th. Good luck!



Happy birthday to me!

November 6, 2014

November 6. Celebrating my 20th birthday today. Please no Scorpio jokes, I’ve heard them all, lol. I will entertain some jokes about the October Revolution though, falling on November 7 and my father threatening my young mother with divorce if she gave birth to his first child on the anniversary of that fateful day. She assumed he was joking, yet took no chances. Hence 10:55 am on Nov 6, I came into the world.

I turned up this horoscope earlier, which is so funny for how wrong about me it is:

Being a Scorpio born on November 6th, you are characterized by a shy and artistic demeanor. You are naturally sensitive and have grown to value artistic expression. You may enjoy music, art or writing, although you rarely expose these talents. You work hard to accomplish your goals, showing great determination in your efforts, but this also may be less-evident to others, as you rather complete your work out of the limelight. You use your reserve to distance yourself from others, which explains why your family and friends are still surprised to learn new things about you. These qualities only add to your mystery!

I hope I don’t rarely expose my talents!



I’ve Written a Children’s Book!

February 11, 2014

Next to hit your bookstores and hopefully your bookshelves is the children’s book that’s been ten years in the making. I’m not exaggerating. I’m not using my Russian hyperbole to make a point. I mean, these one hundred and fifty words you will read about a mommy and her baby have taken over ten years to reach you. I wrote them when my fourth baby was 18 months old. She recently celebrated her twelfth birthday. In the intervening decade, I have written nearly a million and a half adult words. So now we know. Children’s books are much harder to write! The book is called I Love My Baby Because. I hope all the mommies out there love it, and their babies too.

You can preorder it here and here for the US and UK, and it is out on July 31st, 2014. Australia and New Zealand will have theirs by March 27th, plenty of time before Mother’s Day!



Next Up: Lone Star

January 10, 2014


I wanted to tell you all about the next novel I’m writing, a book I’m very excited about, called Lone Star.

When I was a young girl growing up in Russia, I saw a movie called “Ballad of a Soldier.” I remember very little about it, except there was a girl, and a boy who was going to the front. They were on a train together. Then he hopped off. He sang for her and played his guitar. She loved him.

Lone Star is the Paullina version of that general theme, except in book form and with all the things I love in it, and I fervently hope the things many of you will love in it. Hint hint, wink wink. I say no more. I’ve said too much.



Winners of the Christmas Giveaway!

December 3, 2013

Dear Everyone,

Thank you for your glorious recollections of romantic places.
What a delight it was to read them all, to imagine worlds other than my own.
There were hardly two that were the same.
Beaches in Argentina and castles in Italy.
Paris and Prague.
London. St. Petersburg.
Achill Island and Amelia Island.
Minnesota, Michigan, Mexico, Merano’s Gardens.
Italy, Italy, Italy, Italy. Venice and Florence and Verona and Rome.
Cabins and mountains, balconies, Lebanon, Jordan, Portugal, Thailand.
Did I mention Rome?
Oh, and Chicago, and Hoboken New Jersey, and even a golf course in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I smiled in puzzlement, and then read that the girl and her lover were skiing on the golf course and said, ah, okay.
It was all beautiful. It made me see your vivid hearts all over this great earth. I wish I could send a book to each and every one of you.
My most romantic place is a piano suite at the top of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, where the windows are floor to ceiling and the entire of Manhattan Island glitters beyond, where I play the piano while hubby sleeps and every once in a while wakes up and says, that was really good, Plink. Where we sit and have afternoon tea, and drink anniversary champagne, and revel in the thirty-two years we’ve been the mates of each other’s souls.

Here are the ten winners of a signed copy of Bellagrand, and one for Tatiana’s Table.

Jennifer Mengel who saw the Northern Lights in Iceland.
Tina Cruz who had a life that novels are made of and dreamed of Cozumel, Mexico.
Julie Lowe whose husband took her to Tasmania for their 10th wedding anniversary so they could spend two days alone without five children.
Amedeo Soliman, biking through Potsdam.
Tina Gaser, skiing through golf courses in Deer Hunter country.
Claudia Araujo, who quoted Lord Byron in verse about Sintra, Portugal.
Amanda Odendahl who danced in her backyard under the moonlight.
Rachel Flynn who made Kylemore Abbey in Ireland come alive.
Rosa Bianca who traveled to the magical Valley of Aosta and returned with two children.
Carah Walker who waxed poetic about Glendhu Bay in New Zealand.

And one signed copy of Tatiana’s Table to:
Kristen DeSiena, who healed on Amelia Island in Florida.

God bless you all, thank you, be well, winners please email me your address so I can get the books to you before Christmas, and the rest, keep reading, keeping coming back, keep writing, take some joy, give some joy. You’ve all given me more joy than I ever hoped for.



Bellagrand Christmas giveaway!

November 25, 2013

Hi readers,

I want to get in on the Christmas spirit early this year and do another giveaway of my upcoming book, Bellagrand, the sequel to Children of Liberty featuring the fiery love story of Alexander’s parents, Harry and Gina. I will be giving away ten signed books and (I very much hope) getting them to you in time for the holidays.

To enter, simply answer the below question and send it to paullinasimonscontest@gmail.com.

What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been, and why is it special to you?

Please send your answers to the Gmail address by Monday, December 2nd. We will pick ten winners and announce them then!



The Bronze Horseman film update

November 20, 2013


Hello readers,

I know you have all been asking me for updates on any news with the film. I have a little I can tell you about the screenplay. Over the summer I did what I thought was an impossible task: I cut a 220 page script to 150 pages, to make our Bronze Horseman movie 2.5 hours long. I managed to do this while leaving most of the things I love about the story in it.

And then the best thing happened after the producer and director read the new version. They both said, that was good, but you’ve cut too much. Have any words been sweeter to a writer? We now need you to put stuff back, they said, and to write a new scene here and a new scene there, and reinsert this joke and this line and this character. Well, if you insist, I said.

So that’s what I’m doing now. Once I’m done, the plan is to go into pre-pre-production in December and into pre-production in March. Dare we hope, production by summertime?