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by Colette L. Saucier

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

You Like Me! You Really Like Me! Celebrating Facebook Milestone with eBook Giveaways!

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With my first novel published, I created a Facebook "Official" Author Page with no notion that I would receive 100 Likes, and now I have over 1000! I don't know if it's because of my books, my cocktails, or the pictures of my dogs; but I am overwhelmed by your support!

To demonstrate my appreciation, I am going to giveaway THREE eBook copies of each of my Pride and Prejudice adaptations - modern and paranormal.

Just leave a comment below and tell me which novel you would prefer. And don't forget to leave your email address so I can let you know when you win! Winners will be chosen in one week (June 3rd), which I will, of course, also post on my Page.

In the meantime, I will keep on posting bits and pieces from the minutia of my life--be it writing, wine, or my soul-sucking day job. (My mother-in-law says I mainly post about the latter two - as if they're unrelated!)

To help you decide which novel you would prefer, I am re-posting the snippets from this past "My Sexy Saturday." (You can find more excerpts by clicking here for The Proud and the Prejudiced and Pulse and Prejudice. (Be sure to check back this Saturday for a new "Sexy" snippet!)
~Colette

 

From The Proud and the Prejudiced: A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice

 I am sure you all recall the scene at Rosings where Elizabeth plays the pianoforte as Mr. Darcy listens. In this 21st century adaptation, Rosings is replaced by New Orleans (naturally!), and Alice plays a song on her iPhone for Peter to hear. It's one of her favourite songs - "Maggot Brain" by the Funkadelics - and he is predisposed not to like it based on the title. They listen to it together, each with one earbud plugged into the music...

http://www.colettesaucier.com/the-proud-and-the-prejudiced/     The short length of the cord forced Alice closer to him, and she pressed play.
     During the opening arpeggio, his straight mouth and eyes rolled up to the sky told her he expected to be unimpressed. Then on that first dramatic intense riff of the lead, his fathomless eyes fell upon her, the serious line of his lips denoting something far different from ennui. The song had always affected her, but now the strings of the guitar reached deep beneath her sternum and tightened around her heart.
     Halfway through, the song drew quiet, and she didn’t think she could bear another five minutes in such close proximity with her head swimming in whisky and his heat causing her a chill.
      “After that, it’s just pretty much more of the same.”
    She reached to take the earbud from him, but he clasped her hand near her cheek. “No. I want to hear the rest.”
     When the screaming guitar line began again, their eyes met, and she lost her breath and pulled her hand away. Her breasts felt heavy, and her nipples tightened as if a cool breeze had fluttered between them, but the night air was as hot, dense, and still as ever.
She squeezed her eyes closed both to block out the man sharing this moment and to revel in its succulence.
     Once it ended, they pulled the buds from their ears and he locked her in his gaze. “That is the sexiest song I have ever heard, and you are the sexi—”




From Pulse and Prejudice: The Confession of Mr Darcy, Vampire

This scene is from the last night that Jane and Elizabeth are staying a Netherfield following her illness.... 

http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/
Miss Bingley finished a concerto as he entered and immediately transitioned into an Italian love song. She smirked, quite pleased at the attention she received from one quarter, as Darcy stared in her direction while listening to her play and sing. She rose to polite applause then invited Elizabeth to the pianoforte as she smiled at Darcy and assumed the chair nearest him.
Elizabeth thumbed through the sheet music a moment then changed her mind and took her seat at the instrument. She began to play.
Darcy recognized the sonata within the first few notes. Beethoven. He had not heard it in years, perhaps not since before, but he did not recall it ever sounding so bittersweet. Miss Bingley spoke, yet he heard nothing but the haunting chords...strains of sorrow, longing, and unrequited desire. He had not wanted to watch Elizabeth, but he could not look away, the mysterious melody whispering to him. His mind returned to that morning, his hand on her face, his lips on her neck. He envisioned pulling her into his arms and holding her in a firm embrace, untamed thoughts of loosening her hair and running his fingers through the silken strands as he brought his mouth onto hers.
Elizabeth played only six minutes, ending as gently as she had begun, sending the room into silence. A few moments passed before she said, “I fear the first movement is all I remember.”
“That was beautiful, Lizzy,” said Jane. “I have not heard you play that piece in forever. Pray, what is it called again?”
Quasi una fantasia. I do not remember the last time I played it. I cannot think what made me play it now.” She turned her gaze from her hands on the keys into the eyes of Darcy.
They held the stare for a full minute, although it seemed an hour, as if pulled by lodestone. Darcy regained his senses and broke away, straightening his posture, standing, and stalking out of the room. Elizabeth shook her head to relieve the torpor. She stood and smiled at the others. “I suppose I cannot please everyone.”



By the way, Quasi una fantasia would later be known as The Moonlight Concerto - quite appropriate for a vampire, wouldn't you say? You can hear it played on the trailer for the original release of Pulse and Prejudice.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

My Sexy Love - Songs in Love Stories - Where I Cheat with My Sexy Saturday

http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/2015/05/sexy-forever-mysexysaturday.htmlWelcome back to My Sexy Saturday! This week's theme is "My Sexy Love":

"There is something special in writing about love and how two people can find how important it is. It’s special to us as writers if we find a song or a series of songs that epitomize that love story.
"We can think of hundreds of love stories that have been inspired by music. The characters they produce are the type that live forever."

 Those of you who have read my Pride and Prejudice adaptations know how much music music affects me and becomes an integral part of my plots. (The same is true in my upcoming romantic suspense The Widow.) Thus, I felt I has no choice to cheat just a little and provide short excerpt from both my modern adaptation as well as the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire. So, my dear readers, you may elect to read from the adaptation of your choice, or both if it is your desire...

UPDATE:  I am giving away THREE eBooks of each of these novels!  Just leave a comment here: Click this link

From The Proud and the Prejudiced: A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice

 I am sure you all recall the scene at Rosings where Elizabeth plays the pianoforte as Mr. Darcy listens. In this 21st century adaptation, Rosings is replaced by New Orleans (naturally!), and Alice plays a song on her iPhone for Peter to hear. It's one of her favourite songs - "Maggot Brain" by the Funkadelics - and he is predisposed not to like it based on the title. They listen to it together, each with one earbud plugged into the music...

http://www.colettesaucier.com/the-proud-and-the-prejudiced/     The short length of the cord forced Alice closer to him, and she pressed play.
     During the opening arpeggio, his straight mouth and eyes rolled up to the sky told her he expected to be unimpressed. Then on that first dramatic intense riff of the lead, his fathomless eyes fell upon her, the serious line of his lips denoting something far different from ennui. The song had always affected her, but now the strings of the guitar reached deep beneath her sternum and tightened around her heart.
     Halfway through, the song drew quiet, and she didn’t think she could bear another five minutes in such close proximity with her head swimming in whisky and his heat causing her a chill.
      “After that, it’s just pretty much more of the same.”
    She reached to take the earbud from him, but he clasped her hand near her cheek. “No. I want to hear the rest.”
     When the screaming guitar line began again, their eyes met, and she lost her breath and pulled her hand away. Her breasts felt heavy, and her nipples tightened as if a cool breeze had fluttered between them, but the night air was as hot, dense, and still as ever.
She squeezed her eyes closed both to block out the man sharing this moment and to revel in its succulence.
     Once it ended, they pulled the buds from their ears and he locked her in his gaze. “That is the sexiest song I have ever heard, and you are the sexi—”




From Pulse and Prejudice: The Confession of Mr Darcy, Vampire

This scene is from the last night that Jane and Elizabeth are staying a Netherfield following her illness.... 

http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/
Miss Bingley finished a concerto as he entered and immediately transitioned into an Italian love song. She smirked, quite pleased at the attention she received from one quarter, as Darcy stared in her direction while listening to her play and sing. She rose to polite applause then invited Elizabeth to the pianoforte as she smiled at Darcy and assumed the chair nearest him.
Elizabeth thumbed through the sheet music a moment then changed her mind and took her seat at the instrument. She began to play.

Friday, May 22, 2015

AN UNWAVERING TRUST Author LL Diamond has Coffee With Colette!


Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 
Because next week we have a holiday, which many will carry on for an extra day (and I just KNOW none of you will be on your computers!), we are having a special Friday Edition of Coffee with Colette!

I am absolutely thrilled to introduce one of the newest members of Austen Variations Authors and another displaced (misplaced?) Louisianian (you may recall Jack Caldwell stopped by on Tuesday), the beautiful and talented L.L. "Leslie" Diamond -- and she is a real gem!

If you have not yet read Rain and Retribution, stop - do not pass go - do not collect $200 (send that to me) - and get it TODAY! I  L-O-V-E  LOVED IT! Once you finish it, then you can read any of my novels you haven't yet (I know - as if you haven't read all of my books...) while you wait for Leslie's newest release to pop into your Kindle by magic on May 30th, just as I am! Well, of course I pre-ordered it, so I will stay up until midnight on the release date and probably read it all in one night (thank you, insomnia). You know my motto: Instant gratification takes too long!

UPDATE: An Unwavering Trust is NOW AVAILABLE! Get it today on Kindle or Nook!

I am pleased to be hosting her on her blog tour for An Unwavering Trust, and she is here not just because I make such wonderful coffee (which is actually a lie because my husband makes the coffee here at home), but to give us a taste of what we'll have in our hot little hands next week - a missing scene! 

~Colette 

http://www.amazon.com/Unwavering-Trust-L-L-Diamond-ebook/dp/B00X473MM4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432237822&sr=1-1


An Out-take from An Unwavering Trust


Thanks, Colette for having me! I had a hard time trying to figure out what to do for this post, but then I realized I had several scenes I cut from the book sitting in a file. I thought you might like a gander at something that didn’t make the final cut.

When they were comfortably ensconced in the coach, his grandmother observed him. “So, at long last, will you tell me which play we will be attending?”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Café au lait with BOURBON STREET NIGHTS Author Jack Caldwell

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! 

Today, I am excited to welcome back one an Austen Variations Authors and fellow Louisianian Jack Caldwell. I had the pleasure of being with Jack at the Jane Austen Literary Festival in Mandeville earlier this year (where I got an autographed copy of The Plains of Chalmette, the War of 1812 being my favourite war), and he told me about his upcoming Crescent City Trilogy, which revolves around Hurricane Katrina while blending together our beloved Jane Austen characters like coffee and chicory.

I find it hard to fathom that it has been almost a decade since that horrible time in our lives. I went back to New Orleans two weeks after the storm, and it looked like a nuclear bomb had gone off, so silent and eerie without even birds in the sky. But she is tenacious and, although bloodied, remains unbowed. Who better to write about that sultry lady New Orleans and why she matters?

Jack also has an excerpt for your enjoyment, in which the men in our heroines lives are making things complicated (Don't they always?). Be sure to leave a comment below and you could win a print copy of Volume I: Bourbon Street Nights.
~Colette 


About Bourbon Street Nights: Volume I of Crescent City

http://www.amazon.com/Bourbon-Street-Nights-Crescent-City/dp/0989108031/Last time I was here, I was having fun with COMPANION OF HIS FUTURE LIFE. Not today. Today, we go back to drama. Today I talk about my most personal project—CRESCENT CITY.

As you know from Colette's introduction, I am a native of Louisiana. I spent most of my life in Southeast Louisiana and New Orleans. On August 28, 2005, my world was turned upside down by a monster named Katrina.

I wished I could have remained in my native state for the rebuilding, by fate had other plans for me. Six months later, my wife and I began a seven-year “exile” in the upper Midwest. While there, I heard one too many TV talking head pontificating why New Orleans should be abandoned. I faced a choice. I could hunt down that moron and beat his self-satisfied face silly. Or I could do something positive.

I chose the latter. Eighteen months later, I finished the first draft of CRESCENT CITY, my 300,000-word, 1,000-page Jane Austen-themed argument for why New Orleans matters.


http://www.amazon.com/Plains-Chalmette-Story-Crescent-City-ebook/dp/B00S085MVG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Now, with the tenth anniversary of Katrina approaching, I have decided to publish CRESCENT CITY. I started things off earlier this year with a prequel. THE PLAINS OF CHALMETTE: a Story of CRESCENT CITY is set during the 1815 Battle of New Orleans and explains how the Darcy family arrived in Louisiana.

Revised and edited, CRESCENT CITY is now a trilogy, an epic story spanning eight years. I blend the plots of Pride and Prejudice, Sense 

and Sensibility, and Emma into a gumbo of romance, tragedy, and redemption, while telling the true story of Hurricane Katrina.
 

It is a tale of three women. Elizabeth Boudreaux is a Cajun from the swamps. Her friends are Emma Weinberg of New Orleans, and Marianne Dashwood from Jackson, Mississippi.
 

We begin in 1998 with Volume One: BOURBON STREET NIGHTS. Elizabeth is a sophomore journalism student at Loyola University. Vocal music major Marianne is her roommate, while Emma studies fine arts at Tulane University next door.
 

During that academic year, they met the men who loved them and the men who broke their hearts. Elizabeth was both attracted to and repelled by overconfident graduate student William Darcy, heir to a vast shipping fortune. Marianne was caught in a triangle between the charming John Waguespack and the quiet medical student Chris Breaux. Emma was so busy running other people’s lives she overlooked her life-long friend, Dr. George Katz. Carrie Bingley was chasing Will Darcy while escaping from her overbearing mother, Catherine. And NOPD Lt. Richard Fitzwilliam was desperately trying to put drug-dealer Greg Wickham away for good before he destroyed another life.
 

All this happened in America’s most unique and misunderstood city, the other main character in the story—New Orleans.

BOURBON STREET NIGHTS: Volume One of CRESCENT CITY is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Kindle.


ELYSIAN DREAMS: Volume Two of CRESCENT CITY, scheduled for a July 1 release, picks up the story five years later in 2004. On September 1, RUIN AND RENEWAL: Volume Three of CRESCENT CITY will finish this tale.

Available now from Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kindle ~ BAM



Excerpt from Bourbon Street Nights: Volume One of Crescent City
(This is from Chapter 10. Our heroines are enjoying a Mardi Gras parade, but the men in their lives are making things complicated…)