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Summer Giveaway: Lone Star

January 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.



Six Days in Leningrad now available in print and ebook!

January 12, 2015

Dear fans, Some of you remember my memoir of my trip back home to Russia being published a little while ago, just in ebook. I’m happy to tell you that it is now available in print copy as well, new and improved and revised, with a new afterword and with lots of pics inside to make us all cry. Well, at least make me cry.  Six Days in Leningrad is my real story of a trip to Leningrad (now St Petersburg) with my Papa.  It was a research trip for a book I’d only just begun to write, and those six days changed my life and became The Bronze Horseman.You can buy the new version in Australia/NZ and Poland right now, and in the U.S.



Lone Star “Love Song” Giveaway Winners!

January 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.



And Now, the Movie News You’ve All Been Waiting For

January 5, 2015

Hello to my patient and wonderful fans! I know you’ve been asking me for an update on the film adaptation for The Bronze Horseman, and I’ve wished I could give one to you.  And now,  I finally can! So happy to tell you we’ve signed with Getaway Pictures for the series.  Here’s that trailer I mention as well.



I’ve Written a Children’s Book!

January 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.



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.



Happy birthday to me!

January 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. 



A Little Bit About Bellagrand

January 31, 2013

My friends and readers, My head peeks out briefly out of the water of my writing life. I take this welcome respite to tell you about a few things. I can’t wait for you to read Bellagrand. It is a heartbreaker, at the very least, the breaker of this writer’s heart. I love my heroine Gina, a passionate, strong, good woman, who wants nothing more than to love and to be loved.The book is about all the things that stand in her way. In this story, you will also meet Alexander, and you will witness the love that had made him and in the end that saved him, the love that offered him, years hence, the possibility of a new life. It was all borne out of Bellagrand, out of the lifelong love affair between Gina and Harry, Alexander’s mother and father. Bellagrand will be published in print in Australia and New Zealand in early December, just in time for Christmas—and in e-book. The print edition for the United States and Britain will hit the stores in February/March. I’m not going to Australia and New Zealand on tour this year—surely, you’ve seen enough of me?––but perhaps I can come back next fall.It’s the highlight of my year, talking to you great people face to face. As far as Six Days In Leningrad, thank you all, who have bought and read the e-book edition. We are working to publish the print edition for Father’s Day 2014, and it will come complete with many photographs of my life-changing trip to Leningrad in 1998.Until next time, keep reading, keep writing, keep coming back.



Children of Liberty Giveaway Contest Winners

January 26, 2013

We had so many fantastic entries. What a treat this was for me, to hear what makes you, my readers happy, what brings you joy. Across continents and cultures and languages and ages, a few motifs emerge.  Many of you tell me your mother makes you happy. That made me happy to read. Many say being a mother makes you happy.  That too gladdened my heart. A number of you adore your pets, a few of you like your significant others. Very many of you love curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. One of you said she likes ice cream, and one of you said she likes milkshakes. I thank you for your letters, your kind words, you bring me joy, you make me happy. Seeing you on my travels clutching my books to your hearts makes me happy like few things do. Some other things: seeing all my four children noisily together. Reading while eating a long slow lunch in complete silence Ice My piano I picked a random five names out of my daughter’s school bag, but then felt it was too few.  So I picked two more. I wish I could get a signed book to each and every one of you. Thank you again. I hope you enjoy Children of Liberty. Keep your visits and your comments everflowing.



Bellagrand Christmas giveaway!

January 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.