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The joys of parenthood.

It has been a really tough week. Baby had a baby illness, roseola. Apparently this can be quite mild in some babies, but with mine this meant fevers every day from Easter Sunday to Friday. I haven’t slept so little since college when I decided to try and do three-hour sleep cycles and messed up my sleep schedule forever.

Baby remains congested and I hope that doesn’t turn into something else. And she won’t eat. She was underweight to begin with so that’s going to be a struggle too. On the plus side she’s so adorable the pediatrician offered to buy her from us. I told her we’d get back to her sometime during the terrible two’s…

I hope to get back to work soon. The Roman’s Woman prologue is being redone, but after that I’m passing it on to the ARC readers (I hope).

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About last night… 5

Yes, I know there was a bratpack movie by that name. No, this isn’t going to be that fun cause no Rob Lowe…

I had a bad night last night and I thought I would share cause I’m all about the schadenfreude. And to explain why it was so bad I have to back a ways. For the second time since the baby was born my back went out. I actually have a long history of back problems going back to grad school when I hurt myself in yoga. Yoga you say? Yes, yoga. In places like Berkeley, where I went to grad school, yoga is a competitive sport. In fact, my German yoga instructor bore a strong resemblance to a drill sergeant. After that injury, I would get neck aches and eventually my back locked up.

In a panic I went to get a chiropractic adjustment yada yada yada, my back was in spasm for like forever. It took years to recover. Doing lab work was particularly bad because nothing was ergonomic. And it wasn’t just my back. The muscles at the base of my skull would tighten too and I would experience severe nausea all the time. I threw up a few times in the street out of the blue. That was fun. Things have improved since and with regular exercise I am pretty much ok. Until the baby was born that is and the regular went out the window.

So a few months back I had another incident where my back started to spasm after I put the baby to bed. But something new and fun happened- my front started to spasm too! The muscles over my diaphragm and stomach rippled, making it hard to breathe and making me void everything in my stomach. I had managed to wake my husband, who was sleeping on the couch, so I did have someone to hold my hair. He called the french equivalent of 911 and it was decided that if it didn’t pass in a few hours he would take me to the hospital. But it did pass and a few days later we found a chiropractor here for an adjustment.

Kinésithérapie isn’t quite the same in France as a chiropractor in the US. I’ve had much better luck with kine’s and physical therapists in France than in the US. I believe they get more schooling and it’s better regulated. So I was pretty confident they wouldn’t make it worse. And I was right. My last adjustment helped a lot, but since I didn’t really change my lifestyle it’s no surprise it happened again.

This time I didn’t wake my husband. I just puked into the sink and then lay on the floor with a heating pad until it passed. I wanted him well-rested in case he had to stay home and watch the baby today. But in the end, I sent him to work and I’ve been stretching a bit more. I will probably go to the doctor to get a course of physical therapy, which unlike the US they will happily give you here.

Maybe I will go see the same chiropractor. He was incredibly handsome. That’s something you have to be prepared for. In this part of France, the beautiful people walk around doing regular jobs like they were one of us. My dentist is really handsome. Shopkeepers etc. Heck, even some of the homeless people are lookers. It’s a bit weird that.

Anyway, the baby is being super good and super cute today. I think she sensed I needed that.

In other news, I signed with an agent earlier this week. She’s going to be pitching some of my books to audiobook companies. Unfortunately, she is not starting with my Lucy Leroux titles because they aren’t very highly ranked right now. I still get some sales and some KU reads, but my best performing book at the moment is Fire, my one non-erotic book. So that’s the one she’s pitching first. Hopefully, something will come of that. Fire is a fun read and I’m having a blast writing Air, the follow-up—when I get the chance.

If you want to help out and improve the chances of your favorite SO book making it to audiobook, you can leave a review on amazon! Positive reviews are a very big deal to indie authors. They can help improve the ranking and better ratings attract more readers. So if you haven’t left a review on your favorite Lucy Leroux book it would be amazing if you could do it now. Making Her His and Cursed are in line to be pitched for audio deals since they are the first of their series, but a review of any book would be great.

Finally, I should be getting SO4 back from the editor today! Gio’s story is well on its way to your kindle. I even chose a cover photo. I am still working on the name though.

What do you like?

A) The Roman’s Woman

B) Gio’s Game

 C) Gio’s Gambit

D) None of those, use this!

I really wanted to call it Gio’s Girl, but he makes a point of calling her a woman and not a girl. Gio’s good that way.

Ooops. The baby is up. Gotta go!


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New Book Available Today! Fire is on SALE for only 99¢

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Fire: The Elementals Book One

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I’m thrilled to announce a new series launching today. Fire is the first book in a four-part series called the Elementals.  It’s a non-erotic paranormal romance with an awesome female lead I’m sure you will love. This book is hands down the favorite of all my beta-readers!

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Summary:

Invested with the powers of Mother Nature, four women have been charged with the almost impossible task of maintaining order in the supernatural world and—when the crimes are extreme—the human world as well. 

Diana, a fire Elemental, is almost burned out. Alone in the world (save for her Elemental sisters), she takes satisfaction in punishing those who’ve strayed so far into the black they’ve disrupted the balance. But her contentment is increasingly short-lived as she struggles with the limitations of her ability. An Elemental can track murderers to the ends of the earth, but not before it’s too late for their victims. 

So when a child from a previous case goes missing, Diana is determined to find her. The only problem is, she may have to take on an entire coven of vampires to do it.

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For those of you waiting for book four of the SO series, don’t worry! I’m not slacking off. Fire is actually the first book I wrote. I started it before Making Her His, though I finished the latter first :). In fact some of you might see a few parallels between the male leads…

Also, fans of Cursed will be interested to know that it’s an unofficial erotic prequel to Fire. Isobel is a witch from Diana’s Elemental line…

Despite these similarities, the Elementals series has different objectives and goals than my romance erotica. For that reason, I’ll be publishing them under my maiden name, L.B. Gilbert.

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The Readers’ Favorite Results Are In! Winning & Going KU!

The Readers’ Favorite results are in and two of my books have been honored!

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To celebrate, I’m putting Calen’s Captive and Stolen Angel (the follow-up to Calen’s Captive) available for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

 

This may not be great news for you Apple fans 🙁

Amazon asks that your book be made available exclusively on their store for a few months in order be on KU. My books have been available on other sites like Itunes and B&N for a while, but I’m pulling them down temporarily. Once the exclusivity requirement has been met, they’ll go back up. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some readers, but I’m hoping the benefits outweigh the costs. I’m trying to earn a living writing, and KU has been good to other authors of my acquaintance.

Also in the near future (hopefully today), my erotic paranormal regency novel Cursed, will be available as a solo title for 99¢ on Amazon and Free on KU. It’s been part of the Secret Worlds Box set for the last two months and has gotten some great feedback there! The Box Set has been an amazing experience and those of you who’ve taken advantage of it to discover new authors have been well-served. It’s still available right now, but the price went up from the introductory 99¢ to $2.99 (still an awesome deal for 21 full-length standalone books!). Consequently, I’m making Cursed available for those who don’t want to spend more than $1

Making Her His will be following the other titles to KU shortly, but I’m waiting for the distributor (BookBaby) to get off its butt and sends notice to the other vendors to delist the book. I’m not sure how long this will take. It’s been a week and compared to other distributors like Draft2Digital (love them more each day), BookBaby is molasses slow. I chose them as a distributor because of their tempting promise that you get to keep ALL of your royalties, but so far these have been small and the service hasn’t paid for itself in the months since I put the book up for sale back in mid-December. You live and you learn. The other books were uploaded with Draft2Digital and it’s a quick and responsive service. They do keep a cut of sales, but it turns out to be worth it for a truly responsive service. Once the KU exclusive period is over I’ll be going back to them to put my books back up on other vendors.

In the meantime Making Her His is only 99¢ if you haven’t gotten it yet!

Also, you die-hard fans of the Singular Obsession Series will be happy to hear the “The Roman’s Woman” (Gio’s story) is finally underway. I’m over 10K words and hopefully will keep up some sort of momentum now that the baby is on a rough schedule—or I’ve learned to sleep through her fussing 🙁

Ciao Ciao,

LL