What’s Up With All These Trilogies?
I’ve lost count of how many books I’ve picked up recently that wind up being the first of a three part series, and I keep asking myself why? With a very few exceptions, most of these series could easily have been wrapped up in one book, even if that single title wound up being over 400 pages. And from what I read in reviews and comments, I think a lot of readers share my feelings.
From a writers perspective, it would be very hard for me, I think, to come up with a plausible plot that would require me to continue a story into a second or third book. It’s challenging enough to create adequate quality material for even one book, without having to resort to unnecessary dialog, side-plots involving secondary characters in the book, scenes that really feel like fill-in, etc. Other times I feel that certain authors stretch out a single scene by describing in almost excruciating detail what the character is feeling, the way the hero and heroine look at each other, giving us way too much information about how a room is decorated, etc. I can’t help wondering if some of this is just a way to add to the total word count of the book, and if it’s really a necessary part of the story.
And then there’s the much-hated cliffhanger. As a reader, I absolutely hate cliffhangers, especially when I know I’m going to have to wait months to find out what happens. This isn’t so bad when the author self-publishes and can release the next book more or less on target. But when the author is at the mercy of their publishing company, we’ve all been frustrated when the book gets pushed back months at a time. I think in these incidences both the author and the publisher start to lose credibility with the readers. We live in a “we want it now” society, and patience is truly a virtue in short supply these days.
I have no plans, therefore, to write any multiple-series books. Everything I have planned is a standalone, with no cliffhangers and the plot wrapped up in a neat little bow by the end of the book. Serendipity is the first in a series of six related books, but each book will have its own hero and heroine and separate plot. Certain characters from other books will make appearances in others, but each book in itself is a standalone. Not only is this far more fair to the reader, but it puts less pressure on the writer to have to deliver the sequel in a timely manner or dream up enough quality material to continue the story.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 8, 2013
Print Length: 361 pages
Was meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity?
Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent together in New York was the stuff erotic fantasies were spun from. But with the dawn of a new day came only heartache and betrayal, and her dreams were snuffed out like so much fairy dust.
Nathan Atwood felt like the lowest sort of life form after seducing the incredibly beautiful girl he met in New York, only to break her tender heart with the confession that he was already involved with someone else. Leaving Julia was the hardest thing he’d ever done, and the memory of their passionate night together haunted his dreams for months afterwards.
Now fate has brought them together again, and they are forced to work alongside each other. Will Julia be able to put aside the feelings she still has for her handsome boss and forge a new life for herself in San Francisco? And how long will Nathan be able to resist the gorgeous woman he’s never really stopped thinking about or wanting?
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliff-hangers or waiting months to see what happens next!
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