Chocolate Cup Giveaway and Throwback Thursday!

Chocolate Cup Giveaway and Throwback Thursday!

Giveaway time? Fall is here! And it even kind of feels like fall here, by which I mean it’s raining and the temperature is down to 87.

Still much too hot for chocolate shipping, but I think we need to start breaking out the chocolate cups, don’t we? I mean…you have to be prepared. Plus, I hear in some austere climes some of you have had freezing temperatures already.

I’ll give away TWO–one drawn from entries here and on my blog and one drawn from my newsletter. (So you could be entered twice, if you want.)

To enter, tell me a favorite quote or moment from one of the books, any series and like/share.

Because 1) I have trouble coming up with favorite quotes and moments myself from my books!, and…
2) I need the moral support. I have been so tempted the whole year to just take an indefinite sabbatical from writing, although I’m kind of glad I didn’t now that Tristan’s book is coming together. But…yeah…

Time for hot chocolate, that’s what I say!

Here’s my Throwback Thursday quote from Patrick’s book to start things off.

(If you’ve forgotten the chocolate cups, I will put an image in the comments. My artist husband says, “You have NO sense of aesthetics! No, I will not insert an image of them into the quote graphic.”

The no sense of aesthetics may be true. πŸ™‚ But I can DESCRIBE beautiful things. πŸ™‚ )

Happy Fall!



  • Okay, gonna go with the more recent favorite this time around. I loved Vi & Chase So. Much.

    “Much of a struggle before you managed to bring the milk down on his head?”
    Maybe. She lifted her chin at him and braced her feet. Even if there was a struggle, I still won.
    “Yeah, you know what? I think I’ll still pay him a little visit. Don’t worry, I can find his address on my own.”
    “I don’t need a hero,” she said dryly.
    He raised his eyebrows. “How do you know? It sounds like you’ve never had one.”

    September 22, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Vicky

    I love all your books so it’s hard to choose. Instead of s quote I’ll say that I loved the part in A Rose in Winter where Raoul & Allegra exchange santons.

    September 23, 2016 at 1:17 am
  • Lea Bourg'

    Ahhhh sooo hard to choose ><
    Well I love your most recent books but my favorite ones are still the first I read : Chocolate Kiss and Chocolate Thief … So I choose two quotes, one from each book x)
    "He was so delicious. How unfortunate that he was such a jerk."
    "He couldn’t believe she had rejected one of his macarons. He had offered it to her fresh from his own hand. Not just his recipe, but made personally by him. And she had refused it. "

    September 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm
  • What, I have to choose just one? I love the way the sensuality just builds and builds in your writing until it’s breathtaking, and it’s very difficult to take just a single quote from that. (Particularly in A Wish on Jasmine and Night Wish, but they are both only on my e-reader, and very hard to find quotes in.) And the quotes that I remember are usually the funny ones, like that dinner party at the end of The Chocolate Touch with Jaime’s family and Dom and punitive use of spices.

    But I do love the part in The Chocolate Touch where Jaime says that she is using Dom like the sun, and he is just so delighted by that, and I adore the bit in Chase Me when Chase watches the video of Vi in the kitchen and realises that the chefs would have the skills to make good soldiers, but that they have chosen to feed people instead, and thinks that they are both important jobs for keeping people alive.

    I’m so glad you are feeling better about your writing now. Your books bring me great joy.

    September 24, 2016 at 4:38 am
  • Ghatna

    I love your writing and am so excited for the next book! One of my favorite moments is from A Wish Upon Jasmine, where Damien tells Jess to “come pick jasmine,” after she shares her father has passed away. That scene always stands out to me as so tender and touching β™‘.

    September 28, 2016 at 1:44 am
  • Melissa S

    I would like to entirely blame Catherine (above) for my lack of productivity this last three months. If she hadn’t pointed me at The Chocolate Thief at our last Shakespeare session, then I wouldn’t have spent the next three hours reading it instead of sleeping. And then re-reading it. And then reading all your other books compulsively several times each. Finishing up with a trip to Paris to visit Jacques Genin last weekend. So I’m just mentioning that I would be utterly devastated not to read Tristan’s story. And Lucien’s story. And maybe Lina’s. Not that it’s a guilt trip or anything… *puppy eyes*

    (Of course, I have many other things to blame Catherine for, like the suggestion to start patisserie and chocolate classes…)

    Anyway… I don’t know that these will help with marketing, but to answer your actual question.

    My favourite quote from CΓ©lie – “Who the hell cared about five kilos? She didn’t want a life of spinach. She wanted chocolate.”

    And I agree with Catherine, that whole chapter where Dom and Jamie are discussing how she’s using him, ending up with “The sun? She used him like the sun? He was the sun. Him.”

    From The Chocolate Temptation – “It made her crazy that without him, she couldn’t eat.”

    September 29, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Bonnie F

    Ooh, for publicity / teasers, anything from the scene in The Chocolate Touch where Dominique is selecting the box of chocolates for Jaime. Must include “For the first time in his life, he wished he had just one chocolate that was a neutral, trustworthy 50 percent cacao with a touch of Tahitian vanilla.” More points to Catherine for pointing out how the sensuality builds; the entire emotional and physical world builds, and your writing really rewards the reader for attention over time, so it’s not until several paragraphs later that we get “Warmth and arousal battled in him, blended in what was for him a heretofore unheard of fusion. Probably a normal person’s fusion, like chocolate and vanilla, but *he* didn’t know it.” It’s like trying to pull quotes from Faulkner. Okay, not THAT bad. But still.
    My true favorite is from A Wish Upon Jasmine. You couldn’t use it for publicity since it’s near the end (speaking of which, SPOILER ALERT), but it brings tears to my eyes every time:
    “Young people,” Tante Colette said with a shake of her head. But those wrinkled lips curved. “When’s the wedding?”
    Damien parted his lips to say April, since that was the date his extremely excited mother had thrown out, although he, personally, kind of liked the idea of a wedding day next August when they could fill the church with fresh jasmine. But he stopped suddenly, looking at his aunt. His old, old aunt who kept trying to arrange the affairs of her family. “Soon,” he said. “As soon as we can.”
    Jess looked up at him and then at his aunt and didn’t say anything. She just linked her fingers with his, the diamond jasmine shining on her finger.”

    October 3, 2016 at 2:10 am

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