Saturday, July 24, 2010

Author, Eliza March on writing sequels or series

Sequel or Series . . . and does it matter?


Sequel: a continuation of a story - a movie, novel, or play that continues a story begun in a previous movie, novel, or play or something that happens after something else, especially as a consequence of it. [Encarta dictionary]

Series: a number of similar or related things coming one after another or as in broadcasting, a set of regularly broadcast programs, each of which is complete in itself or , as in publishing, a number of books, pamphlets, or periodicals brought out by one company or organization on the same or related topics or in the same format. [Encarta dictionary]

So here's my take on all this.

Many people look forward to the release of a follow up book to the story they’re reading. Have you ever been surprised when you finished a book to discover that the story would continue in another book? How did you feel? Surprised? Excited? Furious? Well, I, for one, don’t like that sort of surprise. I’ll read both, but I like to know what I’m in for when I start out. I’m the type of reader who will wait to read the first book until all the sequels are completed. I’m not good for “first” book ratings.

Trilogies in sequels, those stories you know when you start will all be released by the publisher within the year, are different. Usually, I’ll risk diving into the first book for one of my favorite authors, knowing I won’t have to wait long for satisfaction. (I always admit, I’m an the instant gratification type.) Trilogies are also sometimes written as series comprised of interrelated plots or characters or settings.

Once an author has a plan for a book, or if they’re “pantsers,” those writers who have little structured plans when they write a book (they just let the creativity flow), and they begin the writing process, certain plot lines split and certain characters take on a life of their own.

This is an ideal situation for a series. I’ve heard some authors discuss how their readers want a story about a particular character and the how and why the author chooses to make that decision. One, the character has to have a story strong enough to carry a whole book and two, the character must be three dimensional enough to carry the whole book. When the plot splits, that is also an ideal situation for a series. Some authors plan these series from the start, tying the setting or plot to new characters as they’re introduced as secondary characters in the current work. In each of these stories, the plot is completed: the murderer is brought to justice, the boy gets girl, the world is saved from destruction. You get the picture.

In sequels, the first book may conclude one plot leaving an over-arcing theme unresolved and the final resolution may take more than one or two books to complete. The subsequent books become sequels to the first book, each book a completed step to the final outcome. Ideal sequels end in a good place, leaving the reader somewhat satisfied, but aching for more.

I’m trying my hand at both types of books. I’m almost finished writing the next book in the Enchanted Mountain series - stories about a location in the Colorado mountains where paranormal beings of the Lore meet and gather their power for the first time. My first was a novella: THE LION, THE LEOPARD, AND THE WOLF. The next is a novel length, titled: THE MOON, THE MADNESS, AND THE MAGIC.

Now the challenge for me will be accomplishing the goal of creating a book in a sequel. My Gemini Prophecy stories each have a resolution, but they also have an over-arcing plot: a nemesis who isn’t caught and a conflict which isn’t resolved until many books later. The first book is complete, but the second is still in the "to be completed" stage.

I’m both a “pantser” and a “plotter” (more on that another time) so most of the sequels are outlined, but if I get into the story with too much detail before I start, it’s not as much fun to write. Hey, I like a surprise as much as you do.

Please leave a comment about what you think. Thanks and have a great week.

~~~ Eliza

Friday, July 16, 2010

Eliza March announces new release, Any Way West

Next Wednesday, my newest cowboy menage, Any Way West is going to be available from SirenBookstrand Publishing. What happens when two best friends want the same woman? What happens when she wants both of them? What happens when one of them was her first lover and has returned to claim her? http://www.bookstrand.com/any-way-west


Any Way West

By: Eliza March
Categories: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys
Word Count: 24,209
Heat Level: SEXTREME
Published By: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
AVAILABLE: Wednesday, July 21st
[Ménage and More: Erotic Cowboy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M]

The two gorgeous men on her doorstep look like the answer to Carly’s sexual frustration. She has a score to settle with one, and he’s brought a peace offering in the form of a hunky friend. Carly knows Jake’s darkest secrets and, at one time, desired him anyway. Now she won’t settle. She wants it all. Jake’s hard and furious, Trey’s slow and tender.
Ten years ago, Jake took everything Carly offered, any way he wanted, then abandoned her for the rodeo, danger and the open road. When he decides he still wants the one woman who accepted his rough sexual needs, he won’t settle for less. He’ll do what he must to convince her he’ll be enough. If she wants Trey, Jake will share her, but only for now.
Who says you can’t go home again?
A Siren Erotic Romance

Any Way West by Eliza March

Available in: EPUB, Mobipocket, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Reader, HTML
Price: $3.99
Cover Art by Jinger Heaston

STORY EXCERPT
Carly looked dazed when she looked up at Jake, and Trey looked pleased with himself.
Damn him.
Jake walked down the hall to toss his stuff in the room Carly told him was his, and then he returned, furious at Trey, disgusted with himself, and desperate for this woman.
“You want him?” he demanded and dragged her roughly against his chest. “Be careful how you answer because this is what you get with me.” His hold on her was tight and forceful, leaving no doubt what he meant. “I’ve never been gentle, and I’m not a placid man.”
He stared Trey down and waited for her answer. Jake held his breath without realizing it until she nodded. The disappointment gutted him. When he exhaled, a low moan escaped.
As he turned away, he thought he heard her murmur, “I want him, Jake, but I need you.”
Had he misunderstood? He stopped and turned back. Taking her by the shoulders, he pushed her in the direction of his room. “We need a minute.”
“No, Jake,” she said, the sound of her voice getting all deep and throaty as they entered the room. “We’ll need more than a minute. Can Trey come, too?”
He had heard her right. “No! Absolutely not—”
Carly touched her fingers to his lips, interrupting him, and whispered, “Wait. Listen.”
“Go on, talk.”
“In my present state, I think I might wear one cowboy out.” She gave him a cock-eyed grin. It made him suspect she really didn’t think he’d need help.
“You’d be wrong.” He almost laughed, then lightly cuffed her under the chin. “I don’t wear out so easily.”
“I know.” She flashed him a wide-eyed smile, and her expression stopped him from making the wrong decision.
“I’ve been alone for two years,” she admitted, explaining her needs. “I’m an artist. I sculpt, carve, mold, and paint. Nudes mostly. Lovers.”
She ran a hand over Jake’s shoulders, down his chest. She fondled his nipples through his shirt before moving lower. “I’ve been without inspiration. Without a model. Without sex. I need you. Both of you. The fast and furious, and the soft and tender.”
“Oh, so you just want to use us for our bodies?” Part of him wanted to rejoice. She needs me.
Part of him wanted to rebel because she wanted Trey too.
“No strings, just artistic inspiration? I think we can handle that.” Secretly relieved she wanted him at all, Jake blew out a breath, thinking about Trey. “And sharing will make life easier on us. Trey tends to sulk.”
Trey must have been eavesdropping outside the room until he heard what Jake said, then he rounded the door and sandwiched Carly between him and Jake so fast Jake didn’t have time to object.
Carly started to laugh, but Jake just kissed her quiet, staking his claim with his mouth. He wanted to leave her with the impression of being conquered by a warrior who took what he wanted from the vanquished. His kiss plundered her as he drove his tongue between her lips and tangled his tongue with hers. She smelled fresh and flowery, light like a spring day. Her scent calmed his desperation, and her taste satisfied him as nothing ever had.
While Trey pressed into her from behind, sliding his hands around to her breasts, Jake cupped her mound and slid his fingers between her thighs.
Too many clothes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Eliza March, Romance Writer has a new look

Eliza March writes sizzling hot romance.
So, how do you like the renovations to my BLOG? Look for the tabs similar to the ones on my website, right up there at the top, under the header. See how you can click on them to move to a different page with detailed information about my books. I'm planning to post articles, links, and excerpts in the future. Maybe I'll create another slide show or two. Stay tuned . . . Eliza
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ANY WAY WEST, coming soon from http://Bookstrand.com/any-way-west

I had a contest a while back about unusual places where you've made love . . .  I'm always open to fresh ideas. LOL

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy July 4th - What Did Our Forefathers Fight For? Gasland the Movie

WARNING - I'm on my 'high horse' - beware.

I hardly ever watch TV anymore, opting for books so I can read whatever - whenever, no commercials or news to stop the flow. The exception I make in TV is True Blood and The Tudors and an occasional movie. I spend most of my time nowadays wishing I could eliminate bad news from my mind, yet somehow I can't seem to avoid finding out about all the horrific things which continue to escalate day after day. They intrude into my mind without me seeking the information out, they invade my emotions as I try to block them from my heart. There is no way to escape.

Last night I purposefully watched this Sundown movie, Gasland (http://gaslandthemovie.com/) by Josh Fox. ( yeah, yeah I was looking for trouble and I knew it before it even started.) I wasn't really surprised by the movie, the attitude of the corporations or the bureaucrats. I've seen such as this before. Perhaps I'm jaded. After years of watching the rape of our environment, what's one more insult? I don't know why I'm so incensed. Maybe it's the scope that bothered me, maybe the hopelessness. After watching oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico for over six weeks, all I can envision is a tar pit between Florida and Mexico. Depending on which way the wind blows, will the surrounding lands be habitable? Who knows? 

I feel like mourning for the earth. All the beauty, all the pure clean air and water, all the innocent animals. We keep poisoning our home, our water, our air. We scorch, plunder, pollute, violate, and devastate. When will we stop, look, and realize the value isn't in dollars, but in living?

Okay I'll get off that high horse now. My cowboy menage should be out soon. It must be left over from that.

If you've seen the movie and want to vent, have at it. If you haven't, well... the website is pretty informative.

Happy Fourth of July - Eliza M.