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What's French for WTF?: A Sitcom-Style Novella Set in Paris (Broads Abroad Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 78 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"Within the first few lines we know that Fern, our main brat, is on one wild ride . . . The dialogue is short, snappy and funny, very much like a sitcom. Each character--four roommates living in Paris--has a distinctive voice, which is admirable considering how short this novella is. Bring on episode number two!"--Cocktails and Books

"Fern is quirky, spunky, and resourceful. And each friend or family member brings unique charm, adding to some great scenes. Need a light-hearted laugh? Gwen Ellery delivers."--KD Reviews

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I've always wanted to set a comedy in Paris, maybe because I spent a good portion of my twenties there embroiled in one disaster after another. Even then, I felt as if I were the butt of some cosmic practical joke. Another reason I chose Paris is for its beauty and romantic atmosphere. Love really does feel lovelier there. If you haven't had a chance to visit the City of Light, I hope that the Broads Abroad Series will keep you smiling and yearning for it until you do.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1354 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Bloom (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R6K49A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,236 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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An American by birth, Gwen Ellery has lived for years overseas, first in Paris and then in Stuttgart. She now makes her home in Freiburg at the edge of the Black Forest, about fifteen miles from the French border.

Gwen's love affair with books began as a small child when one fell on her head and caused what the Japanese call satori, or instant enlightenment. After that she became obsessed with letters, lettering, and the combining of them in new ways. At ten she caught a typo in the logo of her family newsletter, much to her father's gratitude, as he had designed it and had left out one of the L's in Ellery. At sixteen she created her own alphabet, which she converted into twenty-six rubber stamps. With these, Gwen "typeset" a book that consisted of only one sentence: Mime is of the essence. She then bound the tiny book in faux leather and sold it to the Art Institute of Chicago for their permanent collection. She doesn't consider herself eccentric at all--no, just interested in letters and sentences and meanings they can make.

"One of the best things about being a writer is the uniform: pyjamas," says Gwen when asked about her job. "They make you look like 'that reclusive lady who lives next door.' It's an excellent disguise." The worst thing about her job is the food. "There is only so much spaghetti sauce that a person can pour cold from a jar onto her overcooked noodles before she wonders if there's more to life, and maybe it isn't found in books." This worry soon passes, however, with the discovery of the next good book or story idea. "Because fiction really is better than life," Gwen claims. "Okay, correction: fiction is better than my life."

Under her other pen name, Gwen's writing has also been published in anthologies, her favorite being THIS IS CHICK-LIT. In addition, her romantic comedy and mystery screenplays have been produced as films in Germany.

AWARDS GWEN HAS WON

First Place, James D. Phelan Literary Award
First Place, Romancing the Novel Award
Presidential Scholar in the Arts
National Recognition and Talent Search Award
Apprenticeships in Fiction, sponsored by the Arts Council England

You can connect with Gwen at gwenellery.com, twitter.com/gwenellery or facebook.com/GwenElleryAuthor. Be sure to sign up for freebie ebooks for fans and subscribers at gwenellery.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By readingmaven on October 16, 2012
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I heard about this new series on Facebook. People were saying the first episode made them laugh, and they were right! It really is laugh-out-loud funny. The characters were very likeable, too, especially the main character Fern. She's just so well-meaning and clueless in a hilarious way when she tries to fix her friends' problems and find out who ripped her off (somebody emptied all of her bank accounts, and now she's down and out in Paris with her other expat friends, one of them the gorgeous painter, Theo, who Fern is hopelessly in crush with).

I loved the twist at the end, too, and both of the sweet and sexy guys who are in Fern's life by that point. I can't wait to see how those relationships pan out in the next episode. I also loved that everything came to a head in the end -- it gets really wild and goofy, but always innocent and fun -- and at the same time there were still possibilities left open for future episodes. Very satisfying. Not to mention the emotional relationship that Fern has with her half sister Brooke and their father, which I loved. All in all, a very poignant, amusing, and well-written read, and a great pick-me-up for a weekend afternoon. Thanks for the smiles. I'm hooked!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By seaotter on October 18, 2012
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I bought this story on impulse because I'll read anything set in Paris. Oh my god, it was SO FUNNY. I whipped through it in on sitting and I just kept snickering. It was like if you took "Friends" and "Desperate Housewives" (or maybe Desperate Girlfriends), and put them in a Paris apartment. Really, really sweet and silly, but also serious, and just plain fun. My favorite scene has to be the chamber pot incident with those snooty people from the Louvre. Fern is priceless in that scene, totally deluded but believable too. Well, OK, believable in her warped way of seeing the world. She's a hoot! I'd love to have her as a friend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on October 23, 2012
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This is the funniest book I've read in a long time. The characters are great and I can't wait to read more! This may not be a long review, but that's because I don't want to give anything away. I want you to enjoy discovering everything about the characters yourself. I guarantee you'll want to read the next book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jwls Mac Ray on December 28, 2012
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I loved reading this short story. It is funny and down to earth. The ending makes me want to read the next episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy Gasperini on November 7, 2012
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I downloaded and read this e-book while waiting at the doctor's office. It was a quick and fun pick-me-up with a little romance and a little mystery. While reading "Paris Brats" I thought of a humorous sit-com script made for "Friends". There's a comedy of errors so to speak. When Fern finds herself out of money, she ends up in the craziest circumstances, some unbelievable, but very funny. Her friends are zany, too, but in a likeable way. I'd like to read more of this series just to laugh at how creative these brats can get trying to survive in Paris.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chi-lover on April 19, 2013
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Pleasantly surprised!! This little book was so much more than I had expected. Will be looking forward to the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N.T. on January 15, 2013
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I just finished this wonderfully funny novel about living the dream in Paris. The main character, Fern, is supporting her creative friends in a spacious Parisian apartment when her funds mysteriously disappear. The boyfriend of one friend looks to be the likely bandit, but in her misguided search for the money, Fern learns more about her friends than she ever wanted to know. I'm happy to see this is a series and I look forward to Fern's next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Wynde on January 7, 2013
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A hilarious introduction to the well-meaning and goofball character, Fern. Her antics and insights were just the right mix of thoughtful and over-the-top. I found myself sniggering often.
I totally recommend this to anyone who needs a pick-me-up!
Thanks for the laughs.
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