A World of Dreams, second edition, is OUT! Click and read! ♥♂♂♥

Good morning, people all around the world!

I just want to share some happiness…

A World of Dreams, second edition, is finally OUT!

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If you’ve followed the whole story, you already know what happened to this book. If not, let me sum up the events for you.

Terres de Rêve, the second book in the Dreams series, was translated chapter by chapter, as I was writing it in French. Indeed, I had originally planned to have both editions, in French and in English, released the same day.

Unfortunately, this translation wasn’t as good as I’d have loved. Anyway, out of respect for the readers, I decided to put my book in the hands of another editor, PREMA Romance. They helped me to improve the FLOW and the WORDING, as well as developing some paragraphs.

Now, the story is all bright and shiny, ready for a second read, or a first. ☺

You liked David and James from A New Dream? Here are Chris and Adam!

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Chris Flanagan has tried to find love so many times, he got tired of trying. On Christmas Eve, he has vowed himself to chastity for a full year. During this time, he’ll do his best to be true to himself and focus on what he really wants from life… But that is without taking into account the arrival of his mysterious neighbor, Adam.

Adam Patinson looks like a tattooed thug and a biker to boot, who recently moved into the building next door. He’s temptation on legs and everything Chris should despise. And yet…

Will Chris be able to resist the Snake’s call in his Eden’s Garden? Especially when this snake appears to be anything but the macho thug he broadcasts?

For the occasion of the re-release, A New Dream is $2.99, A World of Dreams $3.99 and they’re FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!

Click and read a World of Dreams!

77,000 words of emotions! Don’t forget the review once you’ve read it. ♥

Just for your information, the third book in the Dreams series is about to be released in French. A translation is planned, but before Dreams #3, I will translate Trois de Coeur, an M/M/M I wrote with Mathias P.Sagan. Writing with him has been a great experience. Believe me when I say this story is hotter than what I’ve ever written!! Steamy hot sex between three men, with a background set in France!

But that is another story! For now, enjoy A World of Dreams, second edition!

THANKS for taking the time to read this. If you want to SHARE the news, well I won’t stop you! ☺☺☺

Alex xx


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A new beginning for a World of Dreams (Dreams, #2) by Alex C. Clarke

Hello everyone!

For once, I’ll make a Blog post all in English.

I hope you’ll bear with me. As you know it (well, most of you do), English is not my first language. I’m French, and I proudly write M/M fiction in my language. So please, excuse my… English! 🙂

As I have a lot of English-speaking friends online, (and because I found the challenge quite interesting), I decided to translate my first book myself. Last July, A New Dream was born. What you, my readers, did then felt incredibly good to me. You talked about this book, over and over and it was soon on the best seller charts in M/M romance. Of course, lots of people can do best sellers, but it was astounding for me, as a French writer, to have achieved such a goal. And it wouldn’t have happened without you!

Based on this oh-so-fragile success, I decided to do something a bit crazy. While I would be writing the second book in the Dreams series, I would have the story translated for a double-release in September. Hmm. I probably shouldn’t have. Note to self: never do that again.

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The book was doomed since the very beginning. The first translator I chose didn’t make it after chapter 7 because of her personal life getting in the way.  So, I had to find someone else. The second translator wasn’t used to being a translator in French (it was her first) and did what she could. The book was released with a delay of a month on the original schedule. That’s life…

I’m in love with Chris and Adam, my characters from A World of Dreams. If I will never forget my first, David and James from A New Dream, this second couple holds a particular place in my heart. To tell the truth, my personal life was falling apart while I was writing the book. Anyway, it went very well in French, hitting the best seller charts for a few days too. Woohoo! I thought. It will be a success in English too!

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Oh my, was I wrong.

You have no idea (except if you’re a writer!) what reviews can do to an author. It can be really -truly- deeeeeeply- devastating. I was so disappointed when I read the first reviews. « I loved the first book but what happened with this one? » « There is something awkward with the phrasing. DNF. » People, when you write reviews, just be aware that someone (aka the author) is probably behind his/her computer reading it. And it FREAKING HURT!

BUT!

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I’d like to thank you, yes you, readers who took the time to write a bad review. Because you made me realize that having it translated by someone else probably wasn’t the best move. That I should have done it myself, even if it would have delayed the release of the book. Some people where nice enough to tell me they liked the book, and a reviewer even wrote me a good (more like neutral) one. But no. Actually, I like it better when people are true to the text and tell if there is something wrong with the way the story is translated.

SO!

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What do you do when you know something you wrote with all your heart and in which you put so much love and compassion and life and energy, receives such a bad welcome? Well, you do as Rudyard Kipling instructed in If:

« If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
[…]
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! »

I didn’t want to take it from the beginning and do it all over again myself. So I asked a few friends around about a good editor who could bring back my book to life… My friend Amanda talked to our common friend Louis Stevens, an amazing author of M/M romance. Long story short, he introduced me to his editor, PREMA Editing.

Let me tell you something. When I saw how many changes had to be done in the book-especially in the first chapters- I understood the complains and the bad reviews. So as soon as I realized how bad it was, I hit the « unpublish » button on Amazon. Seriously, I couldn’t bear the fact that my second baby was out there, knowing it was so badly translated/edited. I don’t blame anyone. It’s more a matter of accumulation, I think. Lots of bad luck…

Anyway! A NEW TIME HAS COME! 

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The book deserves a second edition. With the help of my lovely readers/ followers/friends in the M/M community, we can all make it work! Would you be okay to give me a hand and drum up some noise about the new release which should be by the end of the month?

 ARE  YOU WITH ME?

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Will you be there to make the second edition known to the world? If you’re in, please know that on the release day, I’ll organize a little giveaway to win copies of the book and goodies!

Stay tuned for the next episode!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog post!

Love you all ♥♥♥

Alex xx

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A World of Dreams is out! Today on Amazon! ♥♂♂♥

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A World of Dreams is finally out in English!! 😀

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I couldn’t wait to tell you about this project and now the time has come!

This book would have never seen the light of the day without the help of my amazing editor, Dragonsfly Edits, who also goes by the name of Petra Howard. She also did my translation, this time. I can’t thank her enough for the astounding job she did, knowing she had very little time to achieve it! ♥

I’d like to thank Sam Thorne and Amanda Eisenthal, who did the last proofing. Thanks, my lovelies!! ❤

Jay Aheer is once again responsible for the gorgeous cover! You can check her out on her website  and her Society6 shop! She has simply crazy skills! ♥

How about I tell you about the blurb, now? Yes? Here we go!

Blurb

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Chris Flanagan has tried to find love so many times, he got tired of trying. On Christmas Eve, he has vowed himself to chastity for a full year. During this time, he’ll do his best to be true to himself and focus on what he really wants from life… But, that is without taking into account the arrival of his mysterious neighbor, Adam.

Adam Patinson looks like a tattooed thug and a biker to boot, who recently moved into the building next door. He’s temptation on legs and everything Chris should despise. And yet…

Will Chris be able to resist the Snake’s call in his Eden’s Garden? Especially when this snake appears to be anything but the macho thug he broadcasts?

It sounds intriguing, right? Yeah, I thought so! 😉 So how about a little excerpt now? Let’s see if we can get you to want to read the book! 😀

Excerpt

 

 

 

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First, an excerpt from Chris’ point of view…♥

And now, this man—who was only his friend, not family, not even his boyfriend—this man consoled him, rocking him as if he was a child. But when will I stop? Why am I crying so hard? What for? Who for? For me? About my childhood? My parents? My adolescence? My brother? For every night without hope of love? I hate love! It sucks. It only makes people cry…Damn, why do I cry so much?

“I don’t know, but all of it might be part of it.”

Adam’s reply halted Chris’ breathing.

Had he said all that out loud? Oh my God, please let the ground swallow me whole…The thought pulled him back into reality and he felt Adam’s body heat against him. The breath on his skin, as well as his warm voice, made him shiver. No more cold. No more desire. Just the happiness of holding someone against his heart. Being comforted. Comforted. Tired of fighting, he sighed and leaned back in the strong arms. No pressure, merely friendly comfort.

On his breath, discouragement and sorrow.

On his breath, solitude.

On his breath, void.

But, as he breathed in, his nostrils filled with the smell of Adam. So natural, he fed on the comfort and Chris took Adam’s strength, took his sweetness. And he felt stronger, ready to face the world. A single phrase came to mind.

“Thank you.” His whisper echoed quietly in the silent room. Detaching himself partially from Adam’s protective arms, he pulled back enough to look into his eyes.

How many feelings and emotions in his expression? All the wisdom of the world in eyes that knew too much. Too great a soul to wear, even for a man of Adam’s stature.

For a moment they simply looked at each other, electricity palpable between them. No sexual tension, but two souls connecting, speaking to each other. They were on the same page. Linked.

Adam raised a hand, cupping his face and Chris, unable to help himself, closed his eyes and rubbed his cheek against the massive hand. It felt so good there. Sitting on the floor with a man who understood him. Eyes still closed, he felt Adam leaning toward him. He didn’t want to see what was coming. He wanted to burn this exact moment forever into his mind. Their noses touched and Adam rubbed his. Tenderly. Kindly. Like the Eskimo kisses from childhood. The exchange of our breaths. Then Adam kissed him, still softly.

On the cheek.

And now, an excerpt, staring Adam and the little Chad. ♥

“Do you think I’d be able to forget about you? You’re a wonderful little boy. What’s more, it’s not because someone’s in love that they forget about the people they love. Love is like a heart that is made of elastic. Look at those girls in the yard who are playing with that big elastic. They put several into the middle and the elastic just gets bigger. Love is the same: in your heart, there’s your parents, your family, your friends, and each time someone else enters your heart, the elastic expands.

“At some point, is it going to break?”

Chad’s small voice trembled with emotion, but he was no longer crying, snuggled in Adam’s arms.

“No, of course not! Do you know why? Because it’s a magic elastic that never breaks.”

“You’re sure?”

It seemed to Adam that he was doing better.

“Yes, I’m sure.”

“Why?”

Aargh, Adam groaned to himself. He’s too smart for his own good, this kid!

“Because I’ve loved in my life and I love lots of people. I know from experience that my heart will never be too small to welcome all these new people to love. And as for knowing if I could forget you, know that I’ve never forgotten who was my best friend when I was a kid. Therefore, a child that I know, who has just come into my heart, is still all fresh and I’m not likely to forget.”

“Okay,” the child finally mumbled.

That’s the extended version of an excerpt I shared on Facebook. 🙂

Well, did it make you want to read more? You can tell me what you think of it by commenting under this post, or on Facebook, Twitter, Tsu,  or Tumblr ! I would have said Pinterest and Instagram too but it’s not as easy over there! ^^

If you want to buy it, it’s this way! That’s the Amazon.com link. To adapt it to your country, change the last letters (.co.uk for the United Kingdom, .de for Germany, etc…).

Please don’t hesitate to talk to me. I’m overall quite friendly, nice and I love talking! Besides, I don’t bite… generally!! 😀

Please, once you’ve read the book, take the time to write a few words on Amazon to say why you liked it (assuming you did!). Thank you very much! ♥

 

Ooooh! I almost forgot! There’s a public release party on Facebook at 8 pm  CET!

Please come and join the fun! There will be a giveaway or two, and the possibility to talk together! Click here: Facebook event! ♥ Thanks again!

Dreamily,

Alex xx

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