Thursday, March 31, 2011

More on Series or Sequels . . .

Eliza March Hooked – Series or Sequels?

(This is reprinted from the blog I did for The Whipped Cream Review Blog, March 7, 2011)

One of my most popular blog posts involved the topic, “Series or Sequels”. For fun (and because I’m reading Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning) I’d thought we could start a discussion. I always avoid TV programs that are continued next week . . . so you can imagine how excited I was when I finished the first book in the Fae Series and kept looking for more pages at the end of the book. Surely, I was ripped off. OMG there had to be more!

The story didn’t have a conclusion. I just had more questions, and there weren’t any more pages. No Answers!

AAAHHK! I was hooked. Why? Because I loved the characters, and I had to find out what happened to them.

The next book was already out, only I was determined not to pay the big bucks for the hardback. So I held off for several weeks. Then my resolve started weakening as people I knew started discussing the book. I felt left out. I covered my ears, did a lot of “La, la, laaaing” . . . but it didn’t stop my need. In a moment of weakness, I eventually caved. I did. I mean, I ended up buying the hardback at full price.

When the fourth came out, I bought the eBook because I finished the third book at midnight and couldn’t risk becoming one of those “People of Wal-Mart” who you see posted on the internet. I stayed in my nice warm bed and had instant gratification. Mmmm . . .

So, okay, I’ve got it bad! If any of you are friend of mine on Facebook or Twitter, you know I was waiting for it to come (pre-ordered this time) from UPS like a kid waiting for Santa. I wanted to rip my phone out of the wall when I got interrupted that day. You can see why I don’t like to get started on something like this, because I’m a lunatic. I’m a FAN, and what’s really bothering me now is that I’ve heard this fifth one may be the last. I’m trying to read it slowly, savoring each word, but I have to pry it out of my own hands to go eat.

Hooked! Oh, yes I admit it.

Although I’d like to get my readers hooked like that on one of my books, I’m writing stand alone stories which can be read in any order. The ENCHANTED MOUNTAIN Series is about a place where the people of the Lore come to mingle . . . and more. Download a copy of The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic available from http://bookstrand.com/the-moon-the-madness-and-the-magic or The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf http://bookstrand.com/the-lion-the-leopard-and-the-wolf 

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BIO: Since I could read, the written word has captivated me. I’ve worked in libraries, written for newspapers, done copy edits, magazine copy and screenplays, but the one thing that always intrigues me is choosing just the right word to express myself. I write erotic romance as ELIZA MARCH and romantic suspense under the name ELIZABETH MARCHAT. To prevent boredom from setting in, I keep my hands in several pots at the same time. The characters in my head satisfy my needs to be and do all the things I don't have time for, or wouldn't dare to do. Or would I?

6 comments:

  1. I love a good series! I do like to have the ending tied up for the h/h, but if a secondary character's story needs to be told, then I'm like you, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

    Faith

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  2. I've not read anything other than KMM's Highlanders... and not even all of those. That good, eh?

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  3. Thanks for stopping by Faith.I like the same series you do with a definitive conclusion. Series or sequels with familiar charcters have a nice comfortable feeling to them. As a reader I'm already axquainted with the character and I'm ready to go on the adventure with them. It's like having a group of friends.

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  4. Catherine, I suggest getting them all and finding time to to read them. I think you'd really like them. ;)

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  5. I love a good series. I hate saying goodbye to characters I love. I have no problem waiting for several books before the h/h finally have their happy ending, as long as they eventually get there. I thinks it's the waiting that keeps me going back. I've been watching Bones for years, just waiting for Bones and Booth to get together. The anticipation is half the fun!

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  6. Sharron, so true, so true, but more than half the reason I watch Bones is to look at David Boreantz. ;)

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