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Did you know about Lilou?

 

February 2016, on holiday in Guadeloupe…

Although short, my stay was filled with emotion and ended beautifully with the encounter of the lovely and now famous Lilou Macé!

What do you mean you don’t know her? That’s her in the center of our selfie:

 

 

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Lilou was passing through Guadeloupe for a conference, and I had the chance to finally meet her when my friend Doc Gyneco (aka Michel Gualandi) hosted a wonderful evening party amongst co-creators!

 

Co-creators? Let me explain…  

 

Two years ago, I was embarking, with fierce determination, upon the writing of Hide and Seek Paris-SXM.

Yet this determination did not appear by magic; it was the result of a long process. One of the factors that led the penny to drop was the discovery of Lilou Macé and her web TV channel, strongly recommended by my dear Barbosa.

Lilou Macé is a woman bursting with positive energy and her show, full of punch (not the T-one!).

 

Click on the following link to discover Lilou’s uncommon web TV channel, and learn about the co-creators concept:

 

La Télé de Lilou (in French)

 

AND my dear Barbosa’s favorite video (a must-watch to laugh with abandon):

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVEdrmX-EPw

 

Dear co-creators, until the very next time!

 

Valérie Lieko

Indie Author

 
 

14/03/2016
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Hide and Seek PARIS-SXM, they talk about it: reviews

On Smashwords:

 

Review by:      James Ereg Thalin   on Jan. 29, 2016 :                                    

Excellent writing, a little bit of everything: thriller, romantic love, lots of cool action scenes, sentimental attachments with friends and families that you can identify with, sympathetic characters. No politics or PC bias. You’ll get some French culture and medical lingo – one of the main characters is a Parisian doctor, Victoria. But she hides this from the handsome guy she meets on vacation in the islands. She also does a ‘makeover’ of her looks, accent, clothes, everything, and figures he’ll be just part of the vacation fun… That love interest, and second main character is Massimo, who has about half the book as narrator (they switch back and forth). And he fakes who he is, too, tells her he teaches people how to sail and gives tours on sailboats. His real job is policeman in the French drug enforcement, so he hides his real identity. So they end up in a game of hide and seek, and she ends in tons of trouble. Like a good story, both characters change and grow. The scenes are described in “full color” and you feel like you are in the Caribbean islands, or in Paris… Never been there, but I learned a lot about the place – not like a guidebook, but absorbing it through the settings described throughout the story. Surprising ending.

 

On Amazon:

Helpful Customer Reviews

      By          Nereid Galatea   on January 17, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Hide and Seek Paris-SXM is set in Paris and the Caribbean, especially the island of Saint Martin, aka SXM. Author Valérie Lieko’s narrative technique makes the story flow wonderfully, and keeps us in suspense right to the end. The two main characters, Dr. Victoria Gray and Massimo Baldini, narrate their stories separately, taking turns chapter by chapter, “speaking” first-person, present tense over the course of a year. They reveal to us their “befores,” then how they meet, then how their lives intersect throughout a series of dramas and finally their “afters.”
Victoria has a job, a home, friends, family, but…at thirty-something, she finds her life drab, inglorious, routine. Her story matches that of many people: we’ve worked hard to build a “successful” life, but we’re still unsatisfied. It’s not that she’s unhappy; she just isn’t happy. Difficult co-workers, friends who seem more like enemies, broken family ties… Above all, she’s never found real love.
Massimo, an undercover cop trying to recover from what he thought had been a true-love relationship, transfers to a post in the Caribbean, to St. Martin. His cover job is sailing instructor, and his life has become a round of exotic bars, one-night stands and his investigations, currently into the mysterious gains of local-boy Miguel and his new, very rich friends from South American. Massimo is getting tired of the playboy life, though, and at 35, starting to wonder how he’ll ever find “the right girl.” And he finally does, he thinks.
Meanwhile, Doctor Gray decides to step outside her limits, and take her next vacation in the Caribbean. She finds herself in dreamland – from Paris winter to Caribbean year-round summer, and thanks to a full-body makeover, she goes from dark-haired, hospital-pale urban professional to California-blonde sex-bomb, and transforms from sweet do-gooder to (supposed) bad girl, stepping into flashy bikinis and revealing clothes, adventures and dangerous situations she would have instantly rejected “before.”
Massimo sees only that new side, because when they meet, her transformation is complete, and she tells him her name is Vicky Golden. But to protect his cover, he also lies to her. Their lies spiral out of control when they end up falling in love.
When Vicky goes back home to Paris, she has to renew her persona of Victoria, now even more dissatisfying to her. She rebels against all the constraint she had lived under, fights with her family and friends, deals with the complications of her lies to Massimo – he thinks she’s a florist in Florida – and hold on to their relationship long-distance. He visits her in Paris, and a few months later, she returns to SXM with her three “best” friends, and gets into all kinds of trouble – drug-dealers and shootouts, plane crashes, illness, storms at sea, playing hide-and-seek with police and DEA agents, with ruthless killers and with each other.
Now, do they ever find a way to erase all the deception and start over? Well, I won’t spoil it for you. Victoria and Massimo learn many things about themselves and about the Caribbean and its Amerindians, Creoles, customs, places of interest – anyone who’s traveled there, or wants to, will appreciate the topical references and tropical settings.
Hide and Seek Paris-SXM spoke to me in a Nike kind of way: just do it, go for that new experience, that new look, leap into a conversation or a plane! Otherwise, how can life ever change and, hopefully, improve? But this novel is above all a fun read, a book you don’t want to put down, with exciting action and suspense, and emotions that ooze right out of the pages.
 
 
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So thanks a lot for these reviews!!
 
Valérie Lieko
Indie Author

14/03/2016
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About me...

About me...

 

Some will be surprised by my somewhat belated debut into the writing world...

At eighteen, I was not sure about which field of study I wanted to choose.

During my secondary and high school years (in Belgium, they call it "the humanities"), sciences, mathematics and linguistics were appealing to me.

I also was incredibly fond of my French classes.

And I loved sports as well, especially volley-ball...

In other words, I was playing on all fronts!

 

In addition, I wanted a profession that would allow me to travel the world.

In the end, my choice came down to either journalism or medicine.

When I let my father know, his answer was "Both are great; however, as a doctor, you will never lack work..."

Was it this comment that helped make up my mind? The open day at the Faculty of Medicine in Namur? Or the famous Professor Zech, infectious disease specialist and such a theatrical character?

 

I therefore became a paediatrician, then a paediatric neurologist.

I have no regrets, even though by choosing to be a resident, I denied myself five years of carefree youth.

 

Then came the forties, with them the first look back on my life (I am a fulfilled spouse and mother of three) and a certain feeling of resurgence. Given that I have always adored books and have read so many since my childhood, I decided that I too wanted to write some.

 

From a precocious and avid reader (having devoured every child classics, all the Countess of Segur's, George Simenon's, Agatha Christie's, Stephen King's, Douglas Kennedy's novels and my countless comic books), I grew up into an overdue novelist.

But I strongly intend to catch up!

 

My first novel, Hide and Seek Paris-SXM, was published in May 2015 in French, the English version in January 2016;

and the first book of Caribbean Black Jack, a series that will include four volumes, will be released in 2016.

 

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions; as an independent author, I will always make time to answer! 

 

 

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Valérie Lieko

Indie Author

(ps: This article has  been translated from French to English by Suzie Coulon)

 

 

 

 

 

 


14/03/2016
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Read sample of "Hide and Seek PARIS-SXM".

Do you know Bookbuzzr?

 

A technology specially for authors and readers.

You can preview an excerpt of the book, and read it easily and comfortably!!  

 

 

 

 

 

Valérie Lieko

Indie Author

 
 

02/02/2016
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Hide and Seek PARIS-SXM or... Little lies can lead to huge suspense...

 

 

 

So, after publishing the French version, I'm very glad to announce the release of "Hide and Seek PARIS-SXM," my first novel in English.

I began writing it in October 2013, on a priceless antique desk on the Caribbean island of "Marie-Galante." I finished it in Saint Martin early in 2015. So you will understand why the book’s main character Victoria ventures around those two islands too...

American translator Galatea Maman produced this English version; her goal being for you, the reader, "to not to know that it's a translation." 

 

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SXM, or Saint Martin, is the “Friendly Island,” where I live and find inspiration.

I hope you enjoy the book!

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

Dr. Victoria Gray is fed up with her humdrum life in cold, dreary Paris, so she sets out for a vacation on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. She is determined to create a new identity for herself...

After a radical makeover, she meets sailing instructor Massimo Baldini, the perfect mix of nonchalant Frenchman and hot-blooded Italian. But when he asks her for her "first and last name," she blurts out "Vicky, Vicky Golden."

And Massimo is actually an undercover agent! 

Little lies forcing them into a web of intrigue, adventures and experiences that change both their lives profoundly. For little lies can lead to huge suspense... 

 

"This novel is above all a fun read, a book you don’t want to put down, with exciting action and suspense, and emotions that ooze right out of the pages."

 

Valérie Lieko, Indie Author

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