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Why Are Series Romances So Popular and What Makes for a Great Series? by Renee Vincent

Author Renee Vincent is one of the hardest-working people I know. In addition to taking care of her kids and horses, she is always hard at work on her next book or her next series. She’s both prolific and talented, and she can always make me laugh. She has also taught me to appreciate the wonders of men in kilts. 😉 Please give Renee a big RU welcome! (Please note: This post originally appeared at RU on February 9, 2015. It has been updated slightly.)

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I’ve asked both readers and authors why they love to read series romance and one key reason seemed to stand out above the rest—because they weren’t ready to say goodbye to the characters.

This truly intrigued me as an author, because I, too, have a difficult time parting from the people I’ve created. I mean, let’s face it…sometimes, though we hate to admit it, we authors spend more quality time with our fictional characters than we do our own loved ones. We’ve breathed life into these make-believe individuals, giving them an identity and a purpose. Through our careful molding, our beloved protagonists find each other. And little by little, we shape the course of their lives, allowing them to grow, to come to a realization, and make that final move toward securing love and happiness.

 

In writing that perfect “happily ever after,” our own heart and soul goes into the grand making of these memorable characters. Because of that, it seems perfectly understandable why authors wouldn’t want to say bon voyage to them. But readers too?

 

Through my research, I’ve found that readers enjoy—and often times gobble up—series romance for the same reasons authors write them.

 

  • Attachment: Readers get attached to the characters, both primary and secondary. They make us laugh. Sometimes they make us cry. And every so often, they make us crazy. Essentially, they become family to us…people who capture our attention, grip our hearts, and hold us on the edge of our seats as we follow along through the twists and turns of the story. As New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster states, “I write HUGE series because I fall for all of my characters.” To give them up would be like shipping your own family to another country and never seeing them again. Series romance allows readers the opportunity to spend “precious time” with the people they’ve grown close to, without the threat of saying farewell after the last page is turned.
  • Familiarity: Readers love the familiarity of the places they visit in our stories. It takes time to get settled into a location and, once we’ve immersed our readers into that lovely world, they don’t want to leave. It feels like home there. As national bestselling author Elena Aitken describes, “Series romance feels as familiar as a comfortable sweater.” Or as New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas says, “It’s like taking a trip back to a favorite childhood place or a favorite vacation spot.”
  • Investment: After the first book, readers are already “invested” in the characters, the place setting, and the conflicts that revolve around the storyline. It’s not enough to see the protagonists achieve their HEA (happily-ever-after.) Readers want to know if perhaps the sister will find her true love down the road. Or maybe the heroine’s best friend had a secret crush on the hero’s little brother. Will she overcome her insecurity and make her feelings known in the next book? Secondary characters intrigue readers as much as primary ones, and with series romance, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken says it best: “Readers get to catch a glimpse into the other characters’ lives.”

Anyone who knows me, has figured out that I truly enjoy writing series romance. At this time, I have three series romances:

The Jamett & Joseph Series (contemporary romance)

The Start of Something Good, Book 1

The Road to Something Better, Book 2

The Gift of Something Grand, Book 3

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The Emerald Isle Trilogy (historical Viking romance)

Ræliksen, Book 1

Mac Liam, Book 2

The Fall of Rain, Book 3

 

The Warrior Saga Series (historical Viking romance)

The Temperate Warrior, Book 1

The Warrior’s Captive, Book 2 – Coming in 2015

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If you enjoy reading series romance, then check out this amazing bundle of Twenty “First In Series” Romances presented by the New York Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors of InkHeart! I’m so thrilled to announce that the first book of my Warrior Saga Series, The Temperate Warrior, is included in this very boxed set!

 

 

 

 

See an updated list of Renee’s books here.

This Romance Sampler contains the first chapters from the following Renee Vincent books: *** HISTORICAL VIKING ROMANCE *** Raeliksen Mac Liam The Fall of Rain The Temperate Warrior *** CONTEMPORARY COWBOY ROMANCE *** Longing For Langston (Brody & Liv) Made For McKinley (Jonas & Ava) Falling For Forester (Cole & Crys) *** SWEET CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE *** Silent Partner The Start of Something Good The Road to Something Better The Gift of Something Grand

 

FALL IN LOVE, Twenty FIRST IN SERIES Romances Boxed Set

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Now I ask you…why do YOU like to read/write series romance?

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Join us Friday when Jeanne Adams presents, “Getting on the Roller Coaster.”

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Bio:

 rv logoRenee Vincent is a bestselling historical and contemporary romance author who also pens humorous chicklit romance with a smidgen of spunk under the name Gracie Lee Rose.
Renee Vincent writing as Gracie Lee Rose
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Grayson Anders has it all. He’s the co-owner of a happening nightclub in downtown Boston, he’s wealthy, and women can’t resist him. But he doesn’t want just any woman. His passion is dancing and he’s determined to find the perfect dance partner.
Chloe LaRoche is a talented artist, but a failing entrepreneur. Her once thriving studio is now on the brink of foreclosure and unless she paints the next Van Gogh Starry Night, she’ll have to cut her losses and say goodbye to her quaint little gallery. Fearing her career is at an end, she drags herself to the local hot spot, fixed on drowning her worries in the bottom of a shot glass…until she lays eyes on the wickedly sexy, swarthy dancer in the club—Grayson Anders.
Unable to resist, Chloe finds herself in Grayson’s arms, indulging in a passionate, one night stand. And when they awaken the next morning, they’re both consumed with inspiration. Grayson finds his perfect dance partner and Chloe discovers her muse. But will her secret destroy both their dreams?

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10 Responses to “Why Are Series Romances So Popular and What Makes for a Great Series? by Renee Vincent”

  1. I prefer to read series for just those reasons. Probably why I usually write them, too. Great post.

    Posted by Staci Troilo | January 11, 2017, 10:00 am
  2. I’m always getting hooked on series books. I’m excited when I discover a new author and then find they’ve written a long-running series. Not so good for my bank account!

    I love the Erin Nicholas quote: “It’s like taking a trip back to a favorite childhood place or a favorite vacation spot.”

    That is so true, and that’s why it’s always sad when a series comes to an end. 🙁

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | January 11, 2017, 10:41 am
  3. Renee – Thanks so much for hanging out with us! Hope to see you soon!

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | January 13, 2017, 10:56 am

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