>Monday With An Author – Samantha Kane

>Samantha Kane is a new-to-me author, as she might be to you as well. But she’s got a backlist I’m envious of (check out her EC web page!). The Romance Studio calls her “…one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous voices.” One of the toughest review sites around, The Good, the Bad, the Unread says she’s “…a shining example of the gems offered by ePubs at their very best[.]” With those kind of recommendations, I can see what I need to download onto my droid for spare minute reading! Everyone, please welcome Samantha Kane to the blog!

Brothers In Arms Series

Coming June 2011
Prisoner of Love
Book 8 

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Writing a Series

Hi, I’m Samantha Kane and I’m addicted to romance series. I don’t just read them, I write them, too. I like a good stand alone story every once in a while, but a new book in a favorite series will trump every time. As a matter of fact, if I have a choice between a stand alone and the first book in a new series…yep, you guessed it. I’ll become entangled with yet another series. And that includes both reading and writing them.

The greatest peril of being a series reader is having to wait in between installments. Whether all the books in a series focus on one or more main characters and their relationships, or each book is about a different couple and their road to HEA, the wait seems interminable. And it doesn’t matter if I have to wait three months or three years. I CRAVE the next book. I haunt the

Prisoner of Love

Veronica Thomas has been in love with two men since she was seventeen. One introduced her to passion. The other has shown her how to satisfy it. Now that she’s older, she still wants them both. Wolf Tarrant was more than willing to share Very with his best friend and lover, Lord Michael Kensington. But two years ago, Michael ran from the unconventional relationship growing between the three of them.
When Michael returns from America, things have changed drastically for all three of them.

Rushing headlong into a scorching, passionate reunion may be a bad idea. Michael’s secrets have the power to keep them apart forever, but Very and Wolf have secrets of their own. Held prisoner by their fears, the three struggle to overcome lies and mistrust to find the freedom to love one another as they have always desired.

interwebz for news, excerpts, even itty bitty little snippets. I am faithful and, okay, a little stalkery when it comes to following news about a favorite series.  

And the pitfall of being a series reader? Disappointment. For every series book I have loved, there is a series book I maybe did not like so much. And the reasons are specific to series reading. Number one: my favorite characters from earlier books in the series were not in the latest installment. Number two: the author killed someone or damaged a character that I loved from previous books in some way. And reason number three (or one if we’re doing it the Family Feud way): the author does not write the story I created in my head for beloved characters whose book I have been anticipating with stalkery goodness.

And yet, knowing the perils and pitfalls awaiting me, I still read series, and start new ones every day. And even more bizarre: when I became a professional author, I decided to start with a series. o_O I know. Crazy isn’t it?

And I’m not a fast writer. I’m the mother of three kids under the age of ten. Without super powers. So if I get two books written a year, it’s been a good year. If I had a nickel for every email I’ve received from a reader asking me to please write faster… LOL.

My Brothers in Arms series right now has seven books. With the release of book eight, Prisoner of Love, this summer I come face to face with Pitfall Number One. This is the book readers have been asking for since book one. The heroine and heroes have been dancing around love for seven books. SEVEN books. I can’t really blame my readers for getting impatient. But Veronica, my heroine, was only sixteen in the first book, and that was too young for the HEA I had planned for her and her two heroes.

And I’ve done awful things to them in this book. ::cringing:: Readers will have to suffer with these characters they’ve come to love so much. But what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger, right? RIGHT?!

Are you a series junkie, too? What are your favorite series? What do you love most about series? What do you like least?

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About the Author
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband of fourteen years and their three young kids. She has a Master’s degree in History, a MacBook, and a very naughty imagination.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

22 thoughts on “>Monday With An Author – Samantha Kane

  1. >Congrats to Shannon. Random.org selected her comment as the winner of Samantha's giveaway.

    Thanks for coming out to chat with Samantha everyone.

    Just a reminder…the wonderful Claire Delacroix will be here Monday talking about her historicals, and maybe her Dragon shifters. So be sure to come by!

  2. >Sorry, forgot to mention my friend Violet Summers series The Worthington Group. Particularly a fan of Daniels Surrender!

  3. >And yet more series to discover! I'm so excited I can't stand it. LOL

    Thank you all for the nice things you've said about Brothers In Arms. I'll try not to "Jump the Shark" (Jennifer that cracked me up!)

    I agree that one of the best things about series is getting to revisit beloved characters again and again, until they are like old friends. 🙂

  4. >Dotty
    Love series! The continuing of characters is like getting to keep friends. Favorite series:
    Both of Laurell K. Hamilton
    Patricia Briggs Mercy and Alpha and Omega
    Charlaine Harris Sookie!
    Joey W Hill All her series!
    Samantha Kane Love the Menage angle of her books
    Jennifer Estep The spider series
    Suzanne Brockmann Trouble shooter series
    I could keep going because the bulk of what I read are series. Makes me happy to see old "friends" Looking forward to Verys book as well as the contemporary that's coming in April. Thanks to all the amazing authors that entertain us, make sigh, laugh and cry! Glad you put pen to paper and give me many happy hour!

  5. >:waves::

    Hi – I'm Jennifer and I'm a series addict.

    I love series books; you get to revisit "old" friends while learning more about long-time favorites, but there is always a fear lurking in the background that the author is going to totally jump the shark and do something horrible (I think Brockmann did this by UNpairing a "couple" when it came time for their own book(s) and Karen something-or-other killed off a beloved main character in a brutally gruesome fashion). I don't expect to absolutely love every book in a series – there are just some plots that I don't care for… not that they're bad or anything just not my favorite cup of tea, but something like the two examples above would have been enough to make me never read another book in that series again if I had been reading them.

    My current favorite series books (in no order)

    Fading Lands books by CL Wilson (had the chance to meet her at DragonCon, and she is as wonderful in person as she is a writer)

    Dead books (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris (I was a fangurl long before True Blood – Team Eric!)

    Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent (I'm by no means a "young" adult, but these books rock!)

    Ghost and Goth (ok, so the 2nd one isn't out yet – it's GOING to be a series, so it counts) by Stacey Kade

    PsyChangeling by Nalini Singh (just got hooked on this one – I'm on book 7)

    St Cyr series by CS Harris (now that he's with Hero…)

    Brothers In Arms by Samantha Kane (of course! Oh, and I totally get Derek/Ian/Sophie being most asked about – there was just something special about her having to win Derek over despite himself)

    Masters of the Shadowlands by Cerise Sinclair (Really… who doesn't like a good Dom now and then?)

    email addy: my3sonsagn@gmail.com

    Residence status: I'm guessing it means country of residence? If so, USofA; if not, then I dunno.

    hoping this doesn't double-post since it gave me an error the first time…

  6. >Annette
    Hawaii USA

    Okay, so I read the question wrong, so sue me. (Ugh! I need stronger glasses)

    I wouldn't say I'm a series junkie. Although I will say once the first book grabs me, I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book, and the next, an the next.

    About to read "Blood Promise" by Richelle Mead. The last book of the series is out and want to re-read "Blood Promise" while I save up to purchase the final installment.

    Also reading the "Morganville Vampires" by Rachel Caine. Although I'm getting rather tired of it as it's currently on book 10 of the series and the plot line is starting to drag.

    Of course, I'm waiting on baited breath for your next book in the "Brothers In Arms" series. Love all the characters in each book both the major and minor ones. They all intertwine with each other, but each has a story of their own that needs to be told.

    And then, there's "The Twilight Saga", which I have been re-re-reading constantly because the movies don't do it justice. Not at all suprising since time is a constraint.

    You know, since I've gotten my Kindle, it's been so much easier to keep track of the series I've been reading. I think I have three other series I've been following and have to look into that.

    "Biblioholics Unite"!!!!

  7. >I just love to see what everyone is reading! I haven't had a chance to read all the series you guys have mentioned, so I'm making a list. 🙂 And Maria, I'll tell Mari you said that!

  8. >I heard that some readers like to wait until the whole series is out before reading them but I agree with you, what is the series runs for a really long time and doesn't look likes it's going to end? I can't wait. I don't have that kind of patience and even though I may want the author to write faster *faster , faster, faster* I understand how hard it is to get a book written, and will wait.

  9. >Yep, I'm a series junkie….I follow a lot of series, here are a few :
    Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton
    Meredith Gentry by Laurel K. Hamilton
    Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs
    Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
    Fools Gold by Susan Mallery
    Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake Series
    Lauren Dane's – any series she has – I follow
    Maya Banks- Sweet Series and KGI
    Jaci Burton- Wild Riders and her new Play by Play

    I follow through usually till the bitter end – like when Mari Carr's Wild Irish series ended recently *sob*


  10. >I love series. I feel like I can delve more into the characters and the world when there are multiple books. My favorite series are Kate Daniels and The Edge by Ilona Andrews, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh, Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter, and many others.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  11. >Welcome to the blog Samantha. I'm so glad to see you have a really good turnout. I don't care whether I'm reading a series or a stand alone book. I will say that writing a series is really hard, especially when the series get cancelled. Thanks for visiting, Samantha

  12. >You guys are so great! Thanks for the very nice things you said about my Brothers In Arms series.

    As an author, it's hard not to put all of the characters from past books in the latest installment in the series. Actually, for Very's book (Prisoner of Love) I had to take some people out! There were just too many to keep track of. lol But there is a secondary story line about Sophie, Ian and Derek from At Love's Command. More readers ask about this trio than any other, and I thought I'd give everyone a glimpse of what their happily ever after turned into.

    Shannon, didn't you name Sir Barnabas James for me? You'll see this new character introduced near the end of Prisoner of Love.

  13. >I love reading books in a series and cant wait to read the next one to find out how the characters lives have evolved since they were first introduced. Some of the series I have read dont mention the characters already in the previous books I have already read. This is a major disappointment since this was one of the primary reasons I had before buying the book. When I first started reading The Brothers in Arms series I was so excited to learn how each characters life has changed and how they interacted with one another. When I was given a glimpse of their partner and their relationship it gave me a peek of what obstacles a future book. I am so excited to finally read Very's story!

    Brandi M

  14. >I love reading series books. I love being able to follow the lives of characters that I read about in previous books. I also enjoy being able to see those characters in the eyes of others. My favorite series is the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward.


  15. >I agree, I'm a sucker for series romances. I've made that high pitched squee sound when I realize a Samantha Kane or Carol Lynne or Lauren Dane sequel is out. I've postponed meeting my best friend for dinner when I was just about to get my next paycheck and I knew I didn't have enough ready funds to both pay for dinner and buy the book I wanted so badly.

    Certainly the best thing about the series books is the continuation of characters from previous books. So often I read a stand alone and think about how much I'd love to read more about a secondary character. When reading a series book I pretty much know that a great secondary character will end up with his or her own story. I just have to wait. And yes, that's the worst part, the wait. Reading a great series book, knowing the next is coming but also knowing that it will be months if not longer before you'll get to see it is a bittersweet experience. More prolific authors make the wait a little easier but I find that it's usually worth the wait regardless of how long it takes. Yours are always worth waiting for with engaging characters and a gripping plot – though I'm already feely anxious for Very and Michael and Wolf. The older I get the more I appreciate the twists and turns and speed bumps on the roads the characters travel, but I still suffer right along with them, wanting to get them to their HEA so I can begin the wait for the next book all over again.

    Shannon W

  16. >Huh. I blogged about series today, myself! I am anxiously waiting to know what happens to Very, but I am glad you let her grow up a bit.

    Two of my favorite series (besides your boys, of course) are the Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters and the JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood books.

    (teriannestanley@gmail.com, Kentucky)

  17. >Sorry it took so long to get here this morning! My kids have the day off from school. My 10 yr. old son has been amusing me by building me increasingly more bizarre robots out of Legos. We are easily amused. Ah, the exciting life of a romance author. Later I plan to get back to the serious work of eating bon bons in my boudoir.

    I love all these series you ladies have mentioned! Lisa Kleypas is a long time favorite, and Nalini Singh's Psy Changelings are my newest addiction.

    April, I always have to start a series with book one. But I don't have to wait until the series is complete to start reading. I know a lot of people who do that. But what about series with no set end? It's a dilemma.

    Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. 🙂

  18. >I enjoy series.I have read Sabrina Jeffries,Stephanie Laurens,Lynsay Sands,Kat Martin and others.The one thing I dislike the sometimes the time length,but I keep some until I get all the series before I start reading on one.Other times I can't wait so start on them.
    I have never read any of your series but they sound very interesting.I will have to put them on my TBR list.


  19. >I love series books. They allow you to get to know the characters better and at least follow up with previous characters a little. Some of my current favs are: Lynsay Sands vamps, Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake series, Sabrina Jeffries Hellions series, and so many more.

    June in US
    manning_j2004 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  20. >I love reading series. I have a few right now that I have been reading for a while that I cannot wait for each new book to come out.
    Right now I am reading Christine Feehan's Dark Series, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series and Alyssa Day's Atlantis Series.


  21. >I LOVE series! I love to see characters grow and change even before or beyond their books. It makes the world seem more real with better character/world development. Plus, when you fall in love with the characters and/or world it is always great to revisit them over and over in new installments. Some of my favorites are Brothers in Arms (I have read all of them and can't wait for Very's!), Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series, Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower books, Lauren Dane's Brown Sibling books, and there are soooo many more! So please count me in! Can't wait form more in the Brothers in Arms series!

    US resident