I’m thrilled to have romance writer Bronwen Evans guest hosting on the blog today. She writes fabulous, award-winning Regency-set historical romance, and her books have garnered much well-deserved acclaim. Today, Bronwen is talking about romance series and why we love them, both as readers and writers.
Although I’m a romance writer, I’m also a ferocious romance reader, and a fabulous romance ‘series’ wins hands down when I’m looking for something to read. I don’t know what it is about a series, I suspect it’s that I get to spend a bit longer with my favorite characters.
So, it’s probably no surprise that I also love writing a romance series.
Last year, I wrote a long novella series called, Wicked Wagers. Three notorious rakes, and three determined ladies, collide in this set of three linked Regency romance stories, all based around a series of scandalous dares, wagers, and challenges. The trilogy stories are available in separate eBooks, or you can buy Wicked Wagers, The Complete Trilogy eBook and it’s also now in book format (Amazon only).
Writing a series book isn’t as easy as some believe it to be. At the end of book one, I’ve set a reader’s expectations, and as the author, I must strive to maintain the momentum created in book one. So it was particularly nerve-wracking when the first story in the Wicked Wagers trilogy, TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD, was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012.
Then you have to write book two! I was focused on not disappointing my readers, while remembering to remain true to my characters. Story two, Marcus’s story, TO WAGER THE MARQUIS OF WOLVERSTONE, is a bit darker. I had to ensure he was still the tortured, and pain-filled rake he was in book one. As I’ve had several Top Pick reviews for Marcus’s story, I think I managed to hold the readers interest and still stay true to his dark and tortured nature.
Story three, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD, was always going to be both sad and a joy to write. Henry was such a loveable rogue, and the only hero in the series who was desperately looking for love. Such fun!
While it could be considered risky to write a series, the rewards far outweigh the risks. I love how readers get completely embroiled in your characters and their world. That is all the reward I need. I found it really sad to write Henry’s story as it was the final book—did I say final? Already readers have asked me for more books in this series, and they’ve given me some great ideas (did I mention I love feedback?).
I hope you’ll check out my Wicked Wagers Trilogy. I’ve detailed each of the books below. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is on sale at the moment for $0.99.
Tell me why you enjoy reading a series in particular, and one lucky commenter will win a copy (book or eBook) of Wicked Wagers, The Complete Trilogy.
Story One – To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield
Let the Wicked Wagers Begin…
Lady Caitlin Southall’s temper has finally got the better of her. She’s challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in all of England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn’t win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses her dignity and pride and damn it all, maybe her heart… For the handsome Duke has decreed, when he wins, she must spend the night in his bed.
Harlow Telford is amused by his hellion neighbor, Caitlin, or Cate to her friends, who seem to encompass everyone on earth except him. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win—except fall in love…
Top 5Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012
Story Two – To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone
They Say Revenge is Sweet…
Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It’s rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. He’s the consummate, handsome rake. If anyone tries to get too close—let’s just say his bark is as bad as his bite. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist. When he wins, he’ll have Sabine exactly where he wants her—in his bed and at his mercy.
Forced to return to England and avenge her father’s death, Sabine knows the one person who can help her is the only man she has ever loved—Marcus. The man who hates her with as much passion as he once loved her. But Marcus doesn’t know that by winning the wager he’ll also be getting his revenge. For there are some secrets best left buried…
Story Three – To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood
To live happily ever after…
Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he’s searched for all his life. He just has to find her.
Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he’s called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman’s name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she’s determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She’s not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.
Vanessa, here. Doesn’t this trilogy sound awesome? To win a copy, just tell us why you enjoy reading series and what are some of your favorites. One person who comments will win a copy of Bronwen’s trilogy. And don’t forget to stop by her website to read the excerpts from all three novellas!
38 thoughts on “Guest Author: Bronwen Evans & Giveaway”
the continuation, that’s what attracts me to read a series. you get to know the characters and what happened after ‘the end’, even though they’re no longer become the main focus of the next book.
It is fun to see what happens to characters later on, Sienny!
I like reading series since the characters are always introduced in other books. Favorites- Outlander and the Bridgertons.
I love series because of the cross over of characters and they are more fully developed and complete in characterizations.
It’s one of the reasons writers love to write series, Cate. We get to go into greater depth.
I love reading series because it is so nice to revisit beloved characters! It’s nice to see the growth too…
Cuz I’m a glutton for characters that I’ve gotten to know and love 😉 as long as it’s not just a rinse and repeat with different names, I love seeing the supporting characters I’ve gotten to know, get their own stories and see the couples who have already gotten the HEA enjoy it 🙂 Congrats to Bronwen on her success and thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I agree, you have to feed continued pieces of the previous couple into your story but make it consistent with their original story.
Series are amazing for their portrayal of the characters as time goes on and the involvement we feel. Maisie Dobbs is my favorite series.
Ellie, I’ve been meaning to read that series for the longest time!
I enjoy series because of the continuity. I like to find out what has happened to different characters that had been mentioned. My favourites are the Bridgertons and The Highland Guard.
I must admit to loving the Cynster’s series…
I adore the Cynsters!
Hi Bronwen! I fall for the characters and want to know their stories. If I don’t it’s like their lives are left unfulfilled. Great interview-don’t enter me cause I already have all your books!
Thanks, Nancy for popping by!
I love reading series. You get to visit and know so many characters. Learning what’s going on with your favorite character in the next book is awesome even if that character is the not the main focus of the book.
I love reading series because of many of the reasons that the other commenters have listed. It’s always exciting to continue reading about the stories of the other mains in their own book when you read of them as minor. When you read of them as a minor, you get a peek into their life and their mind but that just doesn’t do justice to them. I especially love to keep reading series because I want to see who the hero would end up with because sometimes the heroine is not a recurring character in the other books.
I agree! Sometimes the heroine is a complete surprise.
I love getting connected to a group of characters in a book series. I will think about them when I’m not reading the book! Thanks for the opportunity.
I love a good series. There is nothing better than laughing & crying with the characters in a good book.
So true. I’ve just spent a couple of nights crying over Grace Burrowes series.
I love reading a series because there is so much more detail in the characters and the plots, plus the continuity of it all. I’ve read many series of many authors, almost too many to name but one I’m reading now is The Highland Guard and I’m learning so much about Scottish history from it.
Like to find out what happens after the HEA. Like the Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas
LOVE The Hathaways. Sigh. I wish there were more of them.
Good morning, everyone
It’s 7.30am on a very cold Tuesday morning in New Zealand. Thanks so much for telling me why writing a series is so important.
A HEA that continues a character’s story is so much fun to write.
I like to read series because I like to visit people and places I already know. My favourite series is the Outlander series.
Ooh! yes – brilliant series.
I enjoy reading series because when i like a book, I want to stay in that world with those characters for longer. I like reading a connected group of people’s stories, such as family members or good friends and see each one meet “the one,” as well as see previous beloved characters appear again.
A couple of my favorite historical romance series have been Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses, and Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series.
Both are fabulous series. I too want to hear about children etc in the following stories…I love learning what happens after their story has finished.
I love series books because I don’t like books to end. I like to read books that expand the stories of side characters as well as follow generations of a family. I actually miss really good characters and am happy when they show up again in parallel books.
Sometimes if I’m reading a fabulous book I stop for a while because I don’t want it to end…
Me too. That’s why I liked it when Jude Devereaux followed the Montgomery family for centuries. I didn’t have to stop in the middle to prolong the story. I like to know up front if a series is going to be done.
A series allows to you hang on tight to favorite characters and their worlds just a little bit longer. I’m actually re-reading the series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin. Brilliant!!
I enjoy reading series because when the book ends, I know I will get to revisit the characters again.
Oh, gosh, I have so many favorite series it’s not even funny! Quite a few I need to catch up on, too! Right now I’m really into Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.
I love series but prefer to read them in order. As a result, I’m often reading several series at once! One of my favorite series was Sherry Thomas’ Fitzhugh trilogy. It was set in the Victorian era (an era I haven’t read much romance in, preferring Regency/Georgian England) but it was so wonderful I can’t recommend it highly enough. Bronwen, I look forward to reading your new series as I very much enjoyed Invitation to Ruin & Invitation to Sin. Vanessa, I’ve only read His Mistletoe Bride–out of order in your series–but plan to read more. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
I loved the first book in this series, but haven’t read the next two yet. I love series/connected books because the characters become almost like friends to me by the end of the story and I don’t want the relationship we have to end.
I love the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.