This week, Enchantment and Exiled, books 3 and 4 of my Laws of Segregation series come out. That’s the end of the series, and I’m feeling sort of sad—I’ve never actually finished a series before. What’s going to happen to my characters without me?
I love reading series—that wonderful feeling you get when you really enjoy a book and you know there are a whole load more to come. I love falling in love with characters and knowing I’m going to meet them again. And getting immersed in a world and knowing I’ll get to visit over and over and no doubt learn new little details each time.
I also love writing series. I never actually start out with the intention of writing more than one book, but somehow it often seems to happen that way. I fall in love with a secondary character and want to know their story. Or I can’t bear the thought of saying goodbye to my hero and heroine—I need to know what happens to them—I want proof they are actually living their happily ever after. I also tend to see individual books as a snapshot in time, and there are things going on either side of the beginning and the end that I just have to know about—I’m nosy!
So I have to write another book—it’s a compulsion.
There are many different types of series. Some follow one character through a number of adventures, like Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series (one of my favorites). Others follow a group of characters through one big adventure like in The Lord of the Rings or Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel Trilogy (another of my favorites). Then there are the true romance books that feature the same world and the same cast of characters but each book focuses on one particular love story, for example J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood.
I like them all, depending on the mood I'm in. But I write romance, so each book within my series centers around a particular couple, and each one has a ‘happy ever after’ ending. Though my Laws of Segregation is a bit of a mix, the individual books have a different romance, but with a single underlying story running through the whole series.
So what type of series do you like the best? Or do you prefer stand-alone books? Leave a comment and let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Chosen, book 1 in the Laws of Segregation.
Unlikely allies in a strange new world, Tallon and Shayla must work together to rediscover the bonds that once tied Witches and Warlocks as one.
"This story, to me, is what paranormal romance should be—high-stakes adventure, passion, imagination, danger and a snappy writing style that kept me busy turning pages..." ~ The Romance Reviews