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Writing Books in a Series by Samanthya Wyatt

Hard as it is to imagine now, there was a time when series of all kinds were rare. No televised mini-series, no trilogies or other types of book series. From a publishing standpoint, series seem like no-brainers. If the reader is hooked, they’ll buy three books (or more) instead of one. For readers, though, series can be a mixed blessing. Author Samanthya Wyatt gives us her take on series – please welcome Samanthya to her second visit at RU!

Before ‘series’ became popular, I remember reading a few romance books that mentioned a familiar character, or was related to a character in another book. Catherine Coulter and Janelle Taylor were two of my favorite authors who wrote books where the heroes were friends, or brothers—some sort of relation mentioned in their next book. Whether or not they were books of a series, I loved the idea of a connection. Of reading about someone I was familiar with.

Since I enjoyed those, I thought it would be nice to write a series of books where the characters knew each other. Introduce a few familiar characters in my own books where each hero/heroine would have his or her own story. Each of my books have a beginning and a romantically satisfying end for my characters happily ever after. Nothing left hanging.

Let’s take a minute to talk about “Series”.

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Some works in a series can stand alone—they can be read in any order, but if you’re like me, I want to read them in the order written. If I happen to pick up one in the middle, I’ll go find the others and then read them in the correct order. I have a friend who is anal about this. If an author has written several books in a series, she has to have them all before she reads the first one. LOL. And she’s gotten me doing the same thing.

Before I get ahead of myself, a stand alone book is basically one that gives the full story—a beginning and an end. Within each book, references are made to characters in the other books of the series, or to past events. Some books involve a family, a group of brothers, or a group of friends. Each book in the series is of one individual of that group. Some of these do not necessarily need to be read in a particular order, however some are more satisfying if they are.

Then there are the series where one set of characters story is spread throughout several books. Their characters go through drastic changes, make references to past events spreading over a long period of time. The story begins in book one with a hook ending or the story is not completed. The next book follows the previous book with changes where books must be read in order to learn the complete story.

Do you like to have THE END at the end of every book you read?

Or do you like a book ending with a hook? Where the story begins and is continued in several following books, where then end of the story is in the last book of the series?

My own preference is for any book in a series to stand alone. Which basically means each book should be enjoyable in its own right with a beginning and an end. Satisfying or not, happy or not, the ending should be the end of a book.

I must admit my pet peeve is when I become involved in a book only to find at the last page a hook ending or no ending. If I want to know the end of the story, I must purchase the next book in the series to continue the story, and maybe even another. The end of the story is in the last book of the series? If I want to buy three books, I will gladly. But to be surprised at the end of my first book in order to read the ending I needed to purchase another book—very annoying. I feel cheated.

Although I must say I recently read a romance paced over three books that was fantastic. Hero and heroine met in book one, split, reunited in book two, split, happily ever after ending in book three. I can’t express enough that when ‘series’ are involved, advertise if the book has a beginning or an end or if another purchase is required to continue the story—and how many! This prevents a reader from becoming frustrated at the end of a book that is to be continued . . .

Series? Love them. Definitely a reader’s personal preference. Personally—each book should be enjoyable and without the reader being forced into a possibly unwanted purchase.

As for my own books, I hope the reader will like my stories enough to make the decision if they want to purchase another book. That is why each book in any of my series will have a beginning and definitely an end. You might enjoy them more if purchased in the order written. Each book in the One and Only Series contains a love story with its own hero and heroine. In the first book of the series, “The Right One”, Katherine’s brother is missing. Book two, The True One, is Stephen’s story—why he was gone for two years, what happened to him, and a love story all his own. Is there a book three? Of course. The third book in the series, The Only One, is about Giles. He was introduced in the first book as Morgan’s best friend—the duke. In the second book, he is asked to rescue Kat’s brother, Stephen.

I write because I enjoy it. And because I hope to give someone else the pleasure of a romance. Whether you want to escape reality or just live in the moment of fantasy, I hope you will enjoy a few hours of reading one of my books.

My latest release is THE TRUE ONE, Book 2 in the One and Only series:

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Will the passion they share be enough? He must choose—her or revenge.

Captain Stephen Radbourn accepts an intriguing proposition which results in horror. His ship in splinters and his men captured, he is a broken man. A band of rebels rescue their leader from a dungeon, taking the near dead captain with them. Fearing capture and thinking the tortured man will die, they leave Stephen in the care of a woman, who he believes is an angel of mercy. A man of passion, with a trail of satisfied maidens to prove it, he finds his heart captured by the lovely widow. But she forces him to choose—her or revenge.

 Jennifer Faircloth departed England full of a young girl’s fantasies of romance and adventure. Her young husband dies leaving her a widow to survive alone in a foreign land. When a near death English captain is dropped at her door, memories emerge of the family she foolishly left behind. While caring for him, her curious imagination turns to an overwhelming awareness she cannot deny. He must flee for his life and he takes her with him—back to England—back to the family she’d deserted. She wants her family to forgive her, but she wants Stephen’s love even more.

I signed my first contract with Soul Mate Publishing. Since then I’ve had three books published and signed a contract for my fourth and my fifth has been submitted for a Christmas Anthology—sharing with other authors, fun sensual short reads. Please visit my website to keep up with current and future works.

I get a lot of joy from creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale. I strive to make my intimate scenes beyond just doing the deed. The power of your story is in the character’s true emotions. The reader wants to be involved with the characters. Wants to be the character. Living the life of the character in her/his dreams.

With this review from Night Owl Romance, I’m thrilled to see I’ve accomplished my goal. All my characters are fictitious. Although, I have taken real life experiences to achieve the emotion for my heroes and heroines.

“Personally I think this is everything in reviewing a book as throughout my reading I could feel the author’s heart and emotions driving the heroine in this story and this writing style is not only unique but so refreshing.”  Lwynters

For the full review, visit: http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Lwynters-reviews-The-True-One-by-Samanthya-Wyatt

I invite you to lay the worries of the world off your shoulders and get lost in the pages of a romance, where you embark on a journey with the hero and heroine, become involved in a dream, plunge into a world of fantasy, and live an adventure your heart can share.

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I have given an idea of what a series can be and my personal opinion of which I prefer. I’d like to know your opinions and maybe you can list some Pros and Cons of writing a series. Thank you – Samanthya Wyatt

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On Friday, Ed Gaffney joins us for part one of a two-part visit (he’ll return in early June for part two). Stop in and chat with Ed –

I wouldn’t be surprised if Ed’s wife, author Suzanne Brockmann, checks in, too!

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Bio:

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Samanthya lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. She left her accounting career and married a military man traveling and making her home in the United States and abroad. Once she found historical romance novels, she couldn’t put a book down. She fell in love with the characters and needed to know their happy ending.

One day she put words to paper creating a story of her own. The more she wrote, the more she became involved with the characters, and they seemed to take a life of their own. She relishes the challenge of penning a story with strong characters, a bit of humor, and active scenes. She enjoys creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale. It took years of writing, joining RWA, joining chapters, entering contests, submissions& rejections which created the author she is today. By keeping her spirit and turning criticism into drive she has achieved her career as a published romance author.

To find Samanthya, please visit her website here:  www.samanthyawyatt.com

You can also find Samanthya Wyatt on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Soul Mate Publishing, and Night Owl Reviews. Google to find more info and blog posts and review sites.

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3 Responses to “Writing Books in a Series by Samanthya Wyatt”

  1. Samanthya, I agree. I want the book to end. I enjoy a series because I get hooked on the characters or a setting–think Carla Neggars’ books set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I started writing stand- alones and only fell into the series thing. Gosh they are so much harder to write! My series is of four friends, and they are all in each book, but one of the friends is the heroine in each looking for her second chance. Thanks for this good explanation of the differences in types of series.

    Posted by Marsha R. West | April 8, 2015, 9:37 am
  2. I like a book to end. If there’s a cliffhanger, I won’t read.

    Posted by Mercy | April 8, 2015, 11:03 am
  3. In television shows, I much prefer the type of shows with recurring characters but a complete story in every episode. Like NCIS, Rizzoli and Isles and Midsomer Murders. I’m frustrated that Endeavour ended with such a cliffhanger – by the time it comes back on, I’ll have forgotten most of what’s going on.

    I’ve been trying to remember when books first started moving toward trilogies or continuing series. The ones that come to mind are Nora Roberts’ trilogies and Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters books.

    Thanks so much for joining us today, Samanthya!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | April 8, 2015, 1:51 pm

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