>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!
Coming June 2011
Prisoner of Love
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.
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?
Winner’s Choice one eBook copy (1) of Prisoner of Love when released in June
OR one eBook from Samantha’s backlist