Bonjour40 Awards and Anniversary

April 27th, 2012 • by Karen A. Chase • 1 Comment

Ahhh Paris. Can it be? Yes. It was a year ago today that I was looking out my apartment over Paris having just arrived. A year ago, I spent a month of wandering the streets not feeling 40. I met Bandit and Dorothée. I fell in love with Ted again. And that lovely trip became my first published book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.)

A year later, I am thrilled to announce, Bonjour 40 has won three eLit Awards. A silver medal for best travel essay non-fiction book, silver for the book trailer, and a gold medal for best author website. The eLit Awards is a global awards program, focusing on e-book submissions only, and open to all e-publishers.

To celebrate the one year mark, and the new awards, Bonjour 40 will be just 99¢ for the entire month of May on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, or who would like to share it with others, grab some change from between the couch cushions, and say Bonjour Paris!

Thank you to all of you who read or reviewed the book, found yourselves written into it, or supported the original Bonjour 40 blog. A special thank you to everyone who helped me get the book edited and published, programmed the website and more. These awards aren’t mine, they are ours.

Award Credits:
Book edited by Kristen Weber and April Michelle Davis
Book trailer editing by Steve Hobbs of VPS
Website programming by Niki Sebastino of DesignGeekess, with assistance from Christina Reeser of io studio.


This series of three photos captures how Paris feels to me a year later. Antiqued. Magical. Covered with a little dust. These were miniatures I found in the Musée Carvivalet about the history of Paris. Is that me heading to the wine store?


One Response
  1. Niki says:

    Heartfelt congratulations, Karen! I know this has been a labor of love, but it’s always nice to receive recognition for exceptional work.

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