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Teaser Tuesday! Shadowed Heart

Does anybody want a little SHADOWED HEART teaser today? Teaser Tuesday, right? Sylvain is trying to give Luc marital advice. :)

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“You mean, if I try to get everything right, that will screw things up, too?”

“Exactly.” Sylvain gave him a wry, sympathetic look. “Sorry, Luc.”

“Then how the hell do I get everything right?” Luc asked between his teeth.

“You don’t. You have to learn to live with screwing up.”

Luc just stared at him.

“I think you have to learn to relax,” Sylvain said, with unusual caution, as if he realized he was telling Luc to grow three heads. After a second, with a wry smile, he offered Luc his glass of pastis.

“No, thank you,” Luc said sternly, pushing the alcohol away. If he had to learn how to relax, he sure as hell needed to keep his control.

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Amazon pre-order here: Shadowed Heart: A Luc & Summer Novel (Amour et Chocolat)

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23364641-shadowed-heart

 


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Flash sale of SNOW-KISSED

We’re doing a flash sale of SNOW-KISSED in honor of the approaching holiday season. The ebook is only 0.99 through Wednesday. Please share with anyone you think would like!

Here’s more about this one if you have missed it in the past:

SNOW-KISSED
Once they had been the happiest couple in the world. Once serious, restrained Kurt had fallen hard for a laughing, easy-going woman who filled their lives with joy.

But when loss struck them, Kai went down under the avalanche of grief. She threw their marriage away, and she left him, fleeing the world for this cabin high in the mountains.

Now, as the two find themselves snowbound over Christmas, Kurt has to convince his wife that while she may have lost everything else, she never lost him. Now he has to show her the true strength of one man’s love.

Voted the Biggest Tearjerker of the Year in the annual AAR reader poll (you were warned). Named one of the best books of 2013 by Dear Author and Romance Novels for Feminists. DABWAHA nominee (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors).

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Series Numbering Question

I have a question about series numbering. Does anyone have thoughts about what would be clearest to you?

Here’s the complicated issue:

SHADOWED HEART is, in terms of date of publication, Book 8 in the Amour et Chocolat series.

But in terms of story, it’s Luc and Summer’s sequel. (CHOCOLATE HEART, Luc & Summer’s book, is Book 5.)

And in terms of chronology, it occurs between CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION and SUN-KISSED. (About three months after CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION and three months before Jaime & Dom’s wedding in SUN-KISSED.) CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION is Book 6, SUN-KISSED is Book 7. (Or Book 2 of the KISSED duo.)

What makes sense to you as numbering? That is, what would be the least confusing to you?

Book 5.5 (to connect to Chocolate Heart)
Book 6.5 (chronological order)
Book 8 (publication order)

OR…just call it a spin-off from the series, with no number.

Do you have any thoughts? Are you indifferent to these things or do they really help you, as a reader?

A link to the full book list here, in case that is all clear as mud.

Thanks for any thoughts about it!!

 

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Glimpse of Luc, Shadowed Heart

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Permalink to To those asking more about SHADOWED HEART

To those asking more about SHADOWED HEART

People are asking me nervous questions about SHADOWED HEART. I will go ahead and confirm that NO I did not mess up anyone’s happy ending. Every author has a certain story she tells over and over. My story, the story I care about and like to tell, is a love story where people find happiness and truly love each other and truly try their best for each other, through their various issues. They might be messed up, but they’re truly giving it their all. Sometimes that lends to a sweet, cute variation of my story and sometimes to something more heart-wrenching.

I think SHADOWED HEART has some of both, but definitely some heart-wrenching, if you like this couple.

I don’t know. These are some of the things beta readers said, so you can think about whether you want to read it or not:

“Wow, wow, wow. I cried multiple times while I was reading it. It was so beautiful, and so emotionally true. I love, love, love the arc of this story. I always loved Luc and Summer, and I really love seeing them here, fighting their way to a grown-up, loving, solid relationship after their rocky start. I really love the way you brought in the other characters in such a natural way that felt so right for the story. (And I laughed at Sylvain’s….” [not telling what!]

“My pillow is still wet, thank you very much….It feels true and real and valuable. And it’s hard and claustrophobic and painful – until it’s not. And then it freed me from the pain: soothed it, accepted it, kissed it, and then set it free.

“We loved it. We both definitely think you should publish it. It’s a great story; and it’s very moving. We’re convinced that most of your fans would want to read this book. You are definitely pushing the boundaries of romance, as you did quite successfully with Snow-Kissed and Turning Up the Heat. In this book, you take us beyond the first crisis couples typically face in romance to arrive at HEA and vividly portray how HEA requires that a couple continuously work at their relationship. Centering the new crisis in the first year of Luc and Summer’s marriage when couples have to do so much adjusting and having them also face the scary challenge of parenthood is so true to life that it will resonate with many readers. It was also fun to see the old gang of characters fleshed out in new ways.”

But there are also multiple comments about wanting to smack these two or lock them in a room together with nothing to do but talk to each other! So…see?

In my personal angst star system, if I were to give 1-5 stars for angst in my books, Chocolate Thief would be a 1 or 2, Chocolate Kiss a 3, and SHADOWED HEART and The Chocolate Heart a 5. (And Snow-Kissed a 20!) But I personally think there is a lot of sweetness in it, too, some characters and moments that *I* thought were fun and funny, and a lot of trying. (I introduce a new future hero, here, in fact, to whom I am quite attached. At least I think he will get his own book some day.)

So…that’s me and the beta readers. They convinced me to put it out there so you could decide for yourselves! (It’s in edits now.)

And I want to offer them, again, a huge thank you for the patience and support in reading it, and for taking the time to articulate their reactions in ways that had meaning for me, and could help me think through the fact that sometimes you just have to put things out there and let others draw their own value from it. And thanks again also to all of you who have asked for it, wanted to read it, all of those who said, Hey, that’s not fair, you can’t talk about it and not publish it.

I value that value that you are offering to this story. I hope it means something to you!

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LUC AND SUMMER NOVEL, update & order button

The LUC AND SUMMER novel. All the beta readers say I really should publish it. (Although some say that, yes, it will probably be polarizing.) What do you think?

SHADOWED HEART

Three words, to shake a man’s existence.

Three words, to call on all a man’s strength, all his courage, all his love, and all his ability to hope and dream…and trust.

Three words, to wake up every fear a man has ever had.

“I’m pregnant, Luc.”

Now how could a man be perfect enough for that?

 

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Amazon pre-order here: Shadowed Heart: A Luc & Summer Novel (Amour et Chocolat)

 

And we’ve put a button for it up on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23364641-shadowed-heart

 


Permalink to UPDATES: ONCE UPON A ROSE & LUC AND SUMMER SEQUEL (interested in reading?)

UPDATES: ONCE UPON A ROSE & LUC AND SUMMER SEQUEL (interested in reading?)

TWO BIG UPDATES on ONCE UPON A ROSE and the LUC AND SUMMER sequel novel.

1) ONCE UPON A ROSE: I ended up utterly ripping this book up and starting again from scratch. That is why it is taking so long–I am essentially writing a second book. Right now, I’m about 20,000 words from the end, then edits, so we’ll see how that goes. I can write anywhere from 5000 words a day to 5 words a day, it seems sometimes to me, depending on how much I struggle to figure out what the story needs. I’ll announce as soon as I think it is ready to go, but I don’t want to commit to anything at this time because sometimes the pressure just shuts off my creativity. And I don’t want that!

2) THE LUC AND SUMMER SEQUEL: I mentioned some time back that I was working on this and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I’m *still* not sure what to do with it. I mean, I have it. It’s a 55,000 word novel (that’s about 10% longer than The Notebook, to give you an idea, but not as long as most of my books, which often are over 100,000 words). It’s just that it’s very different for me to write a sequel about the same couple, and this is a couple that was extremely polarizing for people in the first place. (The gamut from “Best Book of the Year”  to “hated hated hated”.) I think most of my works are polarizing, but this was the most dramatic.

BUT a lot of people have been asking about this book. So I think what I would like to do is share it in a limited way and get feedback.

Basically, share with some beta readers. (Essentially people who would like to read it as is and give reactions but also concerns if you don’t think it works well, and this can most certainly include noting details in the margins that nibble at you, or things that seem weak, if that’s the way you work.) Note, potential readers, that this is a version before it goes to an editor. (Because I’m not sure yet whether I will publish it.)

The thing is, I don’t want to make a promise to everyone that I will necessarily make this public at some point. I just don’t know at this point.

That’s just the way I feel about it–cautious.

But if you would like to be a beta reader for it, email me at laura AT lauraflorand dot com and let me know why and all that. I’m not sure how many people will ask, and I’ll probably only share with half a dozen at this point, so I might have to draw names. (I don’t know exactly! This is a first time for me to do this. Usually I am obsessive about not sharing work until after it’s been edited, re-edited, is as perfect as I can make it.)


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Roses

Random pictures from a rose harvest around Grasse. Don’t you want to be that hand?

A little glimpse of Matthieu Rosier’s world, from ONCE UPON A ROSE.

In real life, this was taken in the fields of Joseph Mul, whose family business provides the roses for Chanel N. 5.

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The Chocolate Kiss Gâteau Lion d’Or

Oh, wow! Check out this gorgeous lavender-honey-lemon cake that Elizabeth at Cooking Up Romance invented in honor of THE CHOCOLATE KISS. You have to see the photos on her site, it looks so beautiful and yummy.

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A tiny glimpse of magic!

Just for fun, a tiny glimpse of the window of the old Charlotte de l’Isle, which has since changed owners, but, with its witchy, fascinating style, once helped inspire the descriptions of La Maison des Sorcières in THE CHOCOLATE KISS. (I didn’t realize I had any photos at all of the store, but just happened upon some, from what must have been the last time I was there before they changed owners.)

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