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An Exaltation of Larks
Book 1 of the Venery series, by Suanne Laqueur
Genre: Contemporary fiction, literary fiction, family saga
Page count: 510
Word count: 145K
Adult content, for readers 18+
Can be read as a standalone
Grand Prize winner in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Book Awards.
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Synopsis & Blurbs
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.
Alternative blurbs for your eyes only 😉
The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s new novel about the price of love. Alex Penda fled the Chilean coup of 1973 and arrived alone in America, where he was fostered by the Lark family. His wife, Valerie Lark, has been fiercely protective of Alex her entire life, sheltering his emotional scars from the world. Javier Landes was thrown out of his house as a teenager, and began selling himself to survive. Alex, Val and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. They meet again in their forties and discover their physical connection is still strong and their life experiences are oddly similar. Across three decades and two continents, Laqueur explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how friendships are forged, how family ties are torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.
OR if you prefer…
Laqueur’s new novel follows the crossing paths of Alex, a Chilean refugee who feels unworthy of survival; Val, his fiercely loyal wife, who has protected him since she was twelve; and Javier, a shrewd male escort who is loyal only to himself. Across two continents and three decades, the intense connection between the trio leads first to friendship, then to family, then to a dark exaltation.
A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her books fall between romantic literature and literary romance, although she’s fond of saying, “I write Contemporary Train wreck.” Her emotionally-intelligent love/life stories prove to appeal to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.
Laqueur’s novel An Exaltation of Larks won the Grand Prize in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Book Awards. Her novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her on Facebook or at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feelings welcome. And she always has coffee.
A good story absorbs you into another world, where you meet characters so believable, you’re pissed off you can’t call them to have coffee. Or take them to bed.
You don’t want just another “contemporary romance.” You don’t want a genre. You want a story that mirrors your longing. You want to see the unspoken words in your heart on the page. You want to be touched and validated. You want to be swept up in a love that erases the universe and sets you at the center of a new galaxy, where you don’t have to do a damn thing. But you’re no fool… You want it to be believable.
I want that, too. I want to write passionate but thoughtful love stories. I made up my own genre: I call it either emotionally intelligent romance or contemporary train wreck. Depending what kind of day it is.
Now come over here. Let me tell you a story.
Also by Suanne Laqueur
The Fish Tales:
*The Man I Love
*Give Me Your Answer True
*Here to Stay
*The Ones That Got Away
The Venery Duet:
*An Exaltation of Larks
*A Charm of Finches