Monday, October 8, 2018

Guest Post, Sale and Giveaway: Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

About Patricia Sands.

She was just back in Arles and the Camargue region of France where DRAWING LESSONS was set.


Guest Post From Patricia:

For those who don’t know me, I write women’s fiction as an indie author and also for Lake Union Publishing. My home base is Toronto, Canada but I spend part of the winter in south Florida. Then, between May and October, my husband and I stay in the south of France for a few months. That’s where I wrote my Love in Provence trilogy, as well as DRAWING LESSONS. 

My heart lives there. Seriously. I fell in love with the south of France many … um … decades ago when I was 21, backpacking around with friends. 

It’s been a lifelong love affair and that’s why I love writing stories for you that are set there. If you can’t go there yourself, let me take you along in my stories.  

My first novel, The Bridge Club, is set in Canada but all the rest of my stories take readers on an armchair vacation to Provence.

The best part of being an author is connecting with readers. It’s a pleasure to connect online and through my monthly newsletter and I love being invited to book clubs! Skype and FaceTime make it so easy to be anywhere!

I’ve just returned from leading 16 women on a 12-day tour in France based on my stories. I do this with a good friend and it is SO much fun! We meet the greatest ladies! You can read about it on my website. 

For the second week of our tour, we stayed in the area of Arles and the Camargue, where DRAWING LESSONS is set. It was wonderful to be back there where we could visit the same places as my characters.


The author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself…

Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists' workshop full of anticipation, but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband's dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she's loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.

Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her, and like the sunflowers, once again face the light.


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Twitter: @patricia_sands



Anyone who leaves a comment with their email (use format youremail at domain dot com to avoid spam) will be entered of a physical copy and lavender sachet. Sorry but this giveaway is for USA entries only. 
I will randomly draw a winner on October 19. 


  1. I would love a copy of this book!!

    1. Hi Book Worm! I would love for you to win! Please provide an email so someone can contact you if you do win! Thank you.

  2. Hi...would love a copy of Drawing Lessons! I'm 1/2 way through the Promise of Provence & absolutely in Love with the book as well as Provence. I'm doing research on France as my great grandparents had to flee during the Revolution & headed to Italy. Thank you for this chance.

  3. Don't enter me...I just want to say how much I love Patricia Sands' books! Her descriptions of Provence and the food just transports you!
    I just reread Drawing Lessons recently!

  4. Looking forward to the library getting this book. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    1. Kim, you are the winner of the giveaway. I will be emailing you here shortly. Congratulations! Thank you so much for visiting Locks, Hooks and Books.