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!!