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Heart’s Gift

HEART’S GIFT: I’ve heard from a few alert readers who have told me that I switched the names around on Luc and Summer’s children. (That in the epilogue to THE CHOCOLATE HEART, they oldest child is Océane and the second is Lucienne.)

It’s TRUE. I managed to switch this around very early when working on SHADOWED HEART and didn’t myself realize it until readers pointed it out this week.

I am in a bit of a quandary as to how to resolve it now, because…well, here is the thing. The epilogue anticipated 7 years into Luc & Summer’s future.

But working on SHADOWED HEART, it became very obvious how valuable it would be to Luc to have his first child named after him, and that Summer realized this and would do it.

So…I know this kind of thing drives readers absolutely crazy, and I can understand. Because to you the story is fixed, and to me it’s always in a process of creation.

But given that the mistake is MADE now and it’s too late, I will have to reflect some. Obviously the easiest thing to do is to revise HEART’S GIFT so that they use the name Océane. But…well, I’m really attached to the significance of naming her after Luc and what her name means.

So…I will think. I do very much apologize for the error! I know this is the kind of thing that can drive a reader crazy. It should perhaps be a lesson to me not send out these side stories! I really wanted to send out a special story as a gift, though. :( I don’t know and will have to reflect.

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Some holiday presents!

Happy holiday season to everyone!

I’m sharing stories today, as a little present for the holidays and a thank you for all your support this year.

If you haven’t seen this via the newsletter, I’ve posted here a link to a special cut scene from The Chocolate Touch featuring Dom and the aunts from The Chocolate Kiss.

And for those of you who enjoyed Shadowed Heart, I’ve just sent out a special short story for the holidays to my newsletter subscribers, about Luc and Summer. (It’s a direct sequel to Shadowed Heart, so I recommend reading that first.) If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter already, don’t worry! We’re automatically sending a copy to anyone who signs up through the months of December and January. (And while we’re “early releasing” it to newsletter subscribers this month, we’ll post it online in 2015. I’m not sure of the date of that yet.)

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoy the presents!

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Friday Book Club! What are you reading?

It’s Friday! What are you reading this week? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to this weekend?

I just finished David Finkel’s THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Finkel is the Pulitzer prize winning journalist who wrote THE GOOD SOLDIERS (about being embedded in Iraq during the “surge”), and for this book he decided to do embed with soldiers *after they come home*, and really look at the effects of the war on soldiers and their families afterward. It’s exceptionally well-written and utterly heartbreaking.

I’m looking right now for a good book on the war experience in Afghanistan, so if you have one to recommend, let me know!

What about you? What are you reading? Something more comforting for the holidays, I hope!

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Guest Post from Megan Mulry + Giveaway: A Perfect Day on the French Riviera…circa 1984

In honor of the release of her new novel, Roulette, Megan Mulry is here to share her perfect day in the South of France. Do you love this cover? I love it, I have to say! And I also love this Perfect Day. What would your own Perfect Day be? And where would it be?



The summer of 1984 was the first time I visited the South of France. I was 17, staying in youth hostels, and getting by on $25 a day (hard to believe that was actually possible at one time in the not-so-distant past). Yet, no matter how slim my money belt (filled as it was with those very precious few American Express travelers checks), I always had a lust for grandeur. Even though I had my proverbial nose pressed against the glass, I saw a whole different world, and I wanted to know more.

In my newest book, Roulette, the heroine, Miki Durand, has a very glamorous pedigree: her father is a Russian business tycoon and her mother is a French model/actress. As far as Miki is concerned, they represent everything she doesn’t want out of life—she thinks Mikhail Voyanovski and Simone Durand were nothing but reckless fools when they were gallivanting around the Côte d’Azur during that fateful summer of 1984. (There’s more to their story than meets the eye, of course, but I let Miki think ill of them for a while, because I’m mean like that).

Here is a brief imaginary glimpse of how Mikhail and Simone spent their first day together—after meeting over the roulette table at the Casino de Monte Carlo the night before.

Wake up at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes

Back in the 80s this hotel was cash only. (I wonder why!) I later heard stories about people arriving with large suitcases full of unmarked bills. The views of the Mediterranean are stunning; the rocky shore is lined with craggy cypress pines that make you feel like you are living inside a Cézanne painting. First order of business, get a little morning sun and steal a kiss by the cliffside pool, shown here in this 1976 photograph by Slim Aarons:

Visit the Musée Picasso, Juan-les-Pins

Drive about fifteen minutes up the coast and visit the Musée Picasso, formerly the Château Grimaldi. This is where Picasso lived for several months in 1946. I adore house museums because I think they never lose the spirit of the artist. Kiss on this sunny rooftop:

picasso museum

Lunch at La Colombe d’Or, St.-Paul-de-Vence

About a half hour inland from the coast is the charming medieval town of St.-Paul-de-Vence. For most of the mid-Twentieth-century, La Colombe d’Or was a hangout for movie stars and artists, many of whom were commissioned to create works that still hang in the restaurant and the adjacent inn. I imagine it like it was in the 1950’s, when it was a regular haunt of stars like Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. Grab your partner’s thigh beneath the table while sipping a Côtes du Rhone:


Stroll around the Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

After a long lunch, a leisurely stroll through the gardens at the Fondation Maeght is the perfect way to relax. Outdoor sculptures by Miró, Braque, and Giacometti are scattered beneath the Provencal sun. Kiss here in the sculpture garden:

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Stop by Rosaire Chapel, Vence

On the way back to Antibes, make a quick stop at this tiny chapel, also known as the Matisse Chapel. Created at the end of his life, Matisse considered it his masterpiece. Kiss beneath the stained glass windows:


After a dramatic drive back to the hotel, have a sunset drink overlooking the coast…and order room service!


Laura, thanks so much for having me over to your blog. I’d love to hear from your readers about what constitutes their perfect day. And to help spread our shared love of France, I will also give away an autographed copy of Roulette to two random commenters.



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Friday Book Club! Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Jeannie Lin–what about you?

It’s Friday! What are you reading this week/weekend? Anything you recommend? Anything you’re looking forward to?

I’m in the mood for some fantasy and adventure, so I’m thinking NIGHT SHIFT (the new anthology with Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook…they always deliver!), and I’ve been wanting to dig into Jeannie Lin’s steampunk series launch, Gunpowder Alchemy. I love her writing and was really excited to read this and then just got so swamped I haven’t been able to read much fiction lately.

What about you?

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Shadowed Heart is here!

A little snippet in honor of release day!


Buy links:


Barnes & Noble



I hope you enjoy it!

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Library Journal on SHADOWED HEART

A lovely review on SHADOWED HEART from LIBRARY JOURNAL today! I’m so thrilled.

This delightful, often hilarious story, filled with pickles, Popsicles, peaches, and passionate sex, sweeps Luc and Summer into the next delicious stage of their relationship and will leave fans anxious for more.

Or if you want the full review:

“Blissfully married and gradually adjusting to life together, Luc and Summer suddenly find themselves facing one more change–pregnancy. Happy, terrified, excited, and confused, their emotions run the gamut as they deal with the realities of impending parenthood. Luc agonizes over the success of his restaurant; Summer frets about the health of the baby; and they both struggle with being good parents while still sorting out their own relationship. VERDICT Continuing the romance begun in The Chocolate Heart , this delightful, often hilarious story, filled with pickles, Popsicles, peaches, and passionate sex, sweeps Luc and Summer into the next delicious stage of their relationship and will leave fans anxious for more. This well-written story told from multiple viewpoints will appeal across genre lines.”

Out December 3! That’s Wednesday! (Print version available today!)



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Happy Thanksgiving!

A wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you here in the U.S.! And all my warmest thoughts to those of you far from home and friends and family during the holidays. Holidays can be a beautiful time or a challenging time, depending on so much. If you need it, make sure to take time to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and some cozy blankets and read a good book and forget the world!

If you’re cooking, what’s one dish you’re making? Is it an old favorite or are you going off the grid and trying something new and/or non-traditional this year?

I’m making a tarte au chocolat and a tarte aux poires (a pear almond tart), which aren’t traditional Thanksgiving pies but are our favorite holiday pies.

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The Chocolate books will appear in Turkish!

So happy to announce that the Chocolate books will be appearing in Turkish! Nine languages (or, as my daughter says, “You didn’t count English, Mommy! It’s 10 languages in all!”). Yes, I am still stunned and thrilled each time these books go a little farther in the world. (Do you think it’s that blue color on the first one? I’m going to think little-engine-that-could thoughts toward it.)

Thanks so much again for all of your support! It means so much!

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Print version of SHADOWED HEART up for order & the title decision on Book 9


1) PRINT readers should be able to order SHADOWED HEART as of now, if they order from Amazon. (Barnes & Noble etc. take a little longer to show up.) If often takes a week to go live from when we authorize it, and we were worried about additional delays with the holidays, so we authorized it yesterday…and of course it went live in 24 hours this time!

Maybe this will help balance out all the times print readers have been the ones who had to be patient while ebook readers already have their books. I hope you enjoy it!

Here is a link, if you need it: Amazon.

2) And we’ve gone with ONCE UPON A HERO for now for the title for the excerpt I share in the back. THANK you all for your input! This may be still a working title, as I continue to hesitate over it and this book won’t be coming out until probably late spring (no promises on date yet!). Today, for example, I’m hesitating over TOUGHER THAN THE REST as a title. (What do you think?)  But who knows tomorrow? : ) Thanks so much again for your help with these titles!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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