Series Numbering Question

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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On Amazon.

  • MaryK

    I like how you’ve done it in the book list. Other places, I’d want it referenced as “Amour et Chocolat #8, a direct sequel to The Chocolate Heart.” I think that would satisfy those who read strictly in order and those who might be particularly interested in Luc and Summer.

    October 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm
  • I vote for 6.5, to indicate where it falls chronologically, if you plan to number. The full list you gave, which didn’t include numbers, was very clear as well. I love that your series cross over, and that later books may occur earlier in chronology, and that you don’t limit yourself to prevent this kind of complexity. I don’t think I’ve missed a book or story yet, and I’ve loved them all. Thanks!

    October 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm
  • Book 6.5

    I believe in chronological order. Readers who follow you closely enough will know that it is a sequel to Luc and Summer’s story anyway and new readers may be unhappy if the book says 5.5 and then contains spoilers for 6 because it’s chronologically after 6.

    Personally, as a reader, I don’t see the sense in ‘publication order’, but I know that some readers like to know so I always provide a list for both chronological order (numbered) and publication order (unnumbered) on my website. For online retailers of books, however, I’d always go with chronological/reading order.

    Hope this helps.

    October 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm
  • Kate Y.

    I think that the way you have the *Amour et Chocolat* series listed on your website works fine. I find it easiest to follow when the books in a series are listed in order of series chronology, with the publication month and date for reference. If you want to apply numbers to the series, the one thing I’d like to mention is that generally when I see a series list with a title entered as “6.5” or “7.5”, the .5 part indicates that this title is a short story or a novella. All full-length novels and short novels re given whole numbers. Applying this to your books, the *Amour et Chocolat* series looks like this:

    0.5 = “All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate”
    1 = The Chocolate Thief
    2 = The Chocolate Kiss
    3 = The Chocolate Rose (*La Vie en Roses* prequel)
    4 = The Chocolate Touch
    5 = The Chocolate Heart
    6 = The Chocolate Temptation
    7 = Shadowed Heart
    8 = Sun-Kissed (*Snow Queen* #2)

    The trouble with carrying over this rule is that it doesn’t make sense to label the books in the *Snow Queen* duo anything except 1 (“Snow-Kissed”) and 2 (Sun-Kissed). And I am at a complete loss as to how to number the *La Vie en Roses* series – the book list on your website works very well.

    One thing I’ve wondered is how the books in your three series fit together on an overall timeline. If you take the *Amour et Chocolat* series as a base timeline, where do “Snow-Kissed,” Turning Up the Heat, “A Rose in Winter.” and Once Upon a Rose fit in chronologically?

    I am eagerly anticipating December 3 and the release of Shadowed Heart! ^_^

    October 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Harry

    One thing I’m confused about is where The Chocolate Rose fits into the equation, when I read sun-kissed, Jolie wasn’t mentioned in it at all, even though Gabriel was. Did it happen before they met? As I had assumed that it took place before The Chocolate Touch, following the ordering.

    September 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm
      • Harry

        Thanks for the quick reply, he was mentioned once. He was one of the chefs involved in the chocolate fight around the car.

        September 7, 2016 at 12:06 am

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