Rozsa Gaston

Biography

ROZSA GASTON writes playful books on serious matters. Women getting what they want out of life is one of them. She studied European history at Yale, and then received her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia. In between, she worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.

Gaston's books include Sense of Touch (2016),The Ava Series: Paris Adieu, Part I (2012), and Black is Not a Color, Part II (2014), Budapest Romance (2014), Running from Love (2012), Dog Sitters (2012: Astraea Press), and Lyric (2013: Astraea Press).

Smashwords Interview

Could you tell us a little about your book Paris Adieu?
Paris Adieu is a coming of age tale of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

The book has two themes: 1) how to be comfortable in your own skin and 2) how to fake it till you make it.

Paris Adieu's heroine, Ava Fodor, is clueless about both at the start of the book. By the end, she's figured out a thing or two - thanks to the insights living in Paris has given her. Ava studies French women, French food, French attitude - while French men study her. By the final chapters of Paris Adieu, she's more or less transformed herself into the woman she wants to be. And if she hasn't entirely, at least she's learned how to fake it till she makes it.

But where to take her act? Back to New York, of course, where Ava grasps that her newfound sense of self will work for her in a way it never will if she stays in Paris. After all, she's not French. What she is, is fabulous.
Who or what is the inspiration behind Paris Adieu?
This book is for young women everywhere who struggle with being less than perfect. The inspiration for Paris Adieu is the plump, frizzy-haired nineteen-year old girl I once was, who went to Paris as an au pair and discovered I didn't need to be anything other than who I was.
How did that happen? I realized the French way to be perfect: be perfectly yourself! I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin. It didn't happen overnight. It took about a decade. Paris Adieu is the story of that transformation, with some heavily fictionalized scenes tossed in.
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Videos

Two Minutes with Black is Not a Color in Carcassonne
Book trailer for Black is Not a Color, Book 2 of The Ava Series

60 Seconds in Paris with Paris Adieu
Book trailer for Paris Adieu, Book 1 of The Ava Series

60 Seconds in Budapest with Budapest Romance
A one-minute book trailer for Budapest Romance with Budapest landmarks, including the Szechenyi thermal bath spas

Books

Black is Not a Color: Part II of The Ava Series
Series: The Ava Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,300. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
A richly woven tale of an American woman longing to understand her Hungarian father in the final year of his life. A fresh, smart, sassy romp through history and literature with Ava Fodor back in New York from Paris, trying to take care of an aging parent she barely knows while deepening her relationship with her French boyfriend. Until she can love her father she cannot give her heart to Pierre.
Budapest Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,740. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
New York businesswoman Kati Dunai's heart unfolds to a handsome Dutchman nursing hidden wounds in the slow simmer of unhurried discovery in Budapest's thermal baths. But can their love survive reality? Find out why Publishers Weekly calls Budapest Romance a "thoughtful romance" in this tender tale of two strangers meeting in one of Europe's most beautiful and exotic cities.
Paris Adieu: Part I of The Ava Series
Series: The Ava Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 101,240. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Paris Adieu is a coming of age tale of life lessons, romance, and self-empowerment all wrapped in the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris. American au pair Ava Fodor discovers the euphoria of first love, but when the magic wears off, the even more important lesson of self-love her French boyfriend teaches her remains.

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