Free on November 15, 2012!

Thank you for visiting my blog, now chronicling the early years of French painter James Tissot (1836-1902) and his friends Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Édouard Manet (1832-1883), James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and Lourens Tadema (later Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912).


My new release, The Hammock:  A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot, illustrated with 17 full-color, high-resolution fine art images courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library, is free on November 15, 2012 at  Click here to download free Kindle reading apps for PCs, Smartphones and tablets from  For links in the U.K., Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan, click my blog’s tab “Order Now.”  You will find a review at the bottom of this post.

Please consider reading The Hammock over the holidays — and leave your review at my page on,, or at

So far, my blog has had visitors from 36 nations including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, France, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain, India, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Thailand, Australia, Chile, Malaysia, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Iceland, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, Israel, Malta, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong and Norway!

Please leave a comment to let me know what you find most enjoyable, and tell me a bit about yourself.  Are you an art lover, researcher, or student?  Where do you live?  Are you reading my blog in English, or translating it?  Who are your favorite artists, and which paintings do you particularly like?

I invite you to read The Hammock:  A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot – and to share your review!

Lucy Paquette

P.S.  As of the end of the day on November 15, 2012, readers downloaded 285 free copies of my novel!  Thank you!  Enjoy it.

© 2012 Lucy Paquette.  All rights reserved.

A Bunch of Lilacs (c. 1875), James TIssot. Courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library for use in “The Hammock: A novel based on the true story of French painter James Tissot,” by Lucy Paquette, © 2012

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars When Artistic Skill and Societal Morals Collide November 1, 2012

By Linda L. McBride

As learning a new language opens doors to a new culture, this novel provides the reader with a very personal understanding of the lives, the motivations, the drive, the passion, and the constraints of some of the most talented artists of their time. This book is not about art history; rather, it brings these artists vibrantly to life in a compelling and entertaining story. Ms. Paquette’s thorough research, attention to detail, and skillful writing colorfully illustrate the story of French painter James Tissot, a man so talented his paintings fairly leap off the canvas but whose inner demons and drive to succeed fatally collide with societal norms. The book is graced by the addition of beautiful reproductions of paintings that have been woven into the story so that the reader can feel a close connection to each piece of fine art almost as if he or she was in on the secret behind each one. One need not be a student of art to find this book enjoyable. It is, quite simply, a great story backed by well-researched facts. Kudos to Ms. Paquette on a fine inaugural book.