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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Joys of a Series

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a romance series. If given the choice between books by two different authors who are new to me, if one of them has a series available and the other does not, I'll go with the series.

I first fell in love with romance because of Julie Garwood and her historicals. Scottish lairds were enough on their own to pull me in. But when she brought back characters from one book to make an appearance in another? I was giddy with joy. In her books, the series allows a glimpse into the characters' lives past the epilogue.

After finishing every historical romance Julie Garwood ever wrote, I discovered Nora Roberts. The best thing about her books? She writes trilogies and quartets all the time. In many of her series, all of the characters from all of the books are present throughout. Not only that, but many times there is an overarching story to the series as a whole, not just to the individual books.

When I delved into the world of Regency romance, I cut my teeth on Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn. These two ladies don't just write in duos or trilogies. They've penned six-part series and eight-part series, surrounding siblings. You guessed it. I fell head over ears in love.

Our very own Lydia Dare is in the midst of a series of ten interconnected books, where characters from one keep popping up in other books. If you fall in love with one of her characters, never fear--you probably haven't seen the last of them. And if that character hasn't had his or her own story yet, chances are they'll get it.

Yes, I still love a book that stands on its own and doesn't have a counterpart. But given the choice, I'll take the series without blinking an eye.

Because of that, in my own writing, I tend to think in terms of series. I may start out writing with the intention of it only being a one-off, but there are always ideas running around in my head for how I could expand upon the world I've created and bring certain characters back for another run. I can't seem to make it stop.

That's what happened with my first book, Twice a Rake, available as an e-book from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I never intended for it to be more than a single story. But as I went along, certain characters kept giving me ideas. Darn them.

There will be at least two follow-up stories that will be released in the next couple of months: Saving Grace and Merely a Miss. Will there be more to follow in the series? Possibly. I won't rule it out. There are definitely ideas running around in my head. We'll just have to see if I can find the time to write them! In the meanwhile, I'm at work on a couple of other series.

Are you a fan of series? Why or why not? Which romance series is your favorite? One lucky commenter who leaves their email address will win a copy of my debut novel, Twice a Rake, from Amazon.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm with you on series! I LOVE them, and am so sad when I come to the end. My two latest favorites were (of course) Twilight, and Rachel Vincent's Shifters series. Of course, I'm into Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, but hey, an addiction is an addiction. lol

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  2. I love series, too. The greatest is seeing beloved characters pop up in another story. They become like family.

    I think the first series I read was Johanna Lindsey's books about the Mallory family. I was pretty young when I read these and my tastes have changed now, but I sure did like those Mallory boys. My debut book is part of a series about a group of Beau Monde bachelors, which in part was influenced by the Mallorys.

    I've read Twice a Rake and I can't wait to see whose story is next. :)

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  3. Thanks for stopping by, CL! There are a lot of great Paranormal series out there. I've read all the Twilight books, too. So true about the addictions.

    And Samantha, I've never read Johanna Lindsey's Mallory family series. I should probably pick them up. :) Can't wait until your debut comes out!

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  4. I, too, never intended for my book to be a trilogy, but that's how it goes. The first book, Fire's Daughter, is due out in a May. It is a romantic fantasy adventure (as much as you can put a label on it).

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  5. I do love a good series. I also love Twice a Rake and highly recommend it. :)

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  6. Wendy, I love a good fantasy, so I'll be on the lookout for your release! Congratulations.

    And thanks, Clarissa!

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  7. While I love a lot of series, I miss some of the standalone books. I started with Johanna Lindsey and some of those books were standalone - although I do love the Mallory's and Andersons.

    beth@bethcaudill.net

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  8. Thanks for stopping by, Beth. I love a number of standalone romances--but I can't seem to stop myself from falling for secondary characters in them and wishing they would get their own book. I guess it's just a sickness for me. LOL.

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  9. And the winner is...*DRUMROLL*...

    Beth Caudill. I'll be emailing you shortly to work out getting you your prize.

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