I scheduled Bronwen Evans’ visit to my blog long before Sandy became the “Perfect Storm.” On this Monday morning, my heart is with everyone along the eastern seaboard who’s without power or in peril from the wind and water. Stay safe, my dears.
But if you are able to join me (and I’m not even sure I’ll be here since Boston may get a backhanded swipe from Sandy too.) I nevertheless bid you welcome and invite you to be entertained by something far more enjoyable than emergency rations, bottled water and battery powered radios. Bronwen Evans, my friend and celebrated New Zealand author, is going to share a bit about why series work for readers and authors alike.
The Romance Series…
By Bronwen Evans
Don’t you just love a romance series? A series lets the reader devour several stories in a world filled with familiar heroes and heroines, relationships and problems, suspense and intrigue, but more importantly, a world where these heroes and heroines we have come to know and love, find their Happy Ever After.
Take Nalini Singh’s Psy series, or Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster series, or Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. A series lets the reader meet characters again and again, across several books and we can totally immerse ourselves in their world. The characters become real, comfortable, as if we’ve been there before (which of course we have). We’ve often met the hero or heroine of the next book in the series, and can’t wait to see what his or her love story will be.
So for my first self-publishing venture I just had to write a series. My Regency historical series is called Wicked Wagers. It’s a trilogy of three rakes who, without knowing it, are searching for their soul mates and are dared, wagered, and challenged into their HEA. My latest release is book three in the trilogy, 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, 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.
You meet my heroine, Amy, in the second Wicked Wagers book, To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone. When this book was released, I had so many emails about one of the sub-characters, Amy; with readers hoping she would she get her HEA. Of course I haven’t disappointed. Because guess what? She does!
Amy is the daughter of the Duke of Shipton. Her father is trying to marry her off as quickly as possible so that he can retire to the country and move his mistress and his other family in with him, something he cannot do with an unmarried daughter. Amy watched her mother live an empty life, with a husband who never spent any time with her or his family, instead preferring to spend his life with his ‘other’ family. I can understand why Amy’s one rule is that she will not marry a man who is in love with another. She’s seen the havoc it plays on all concerned, spouses and children.
Besides, she’s secretly been in love with her neighbor, the dashing Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, since the age of fifteen when he came to her rescue when she fell off her horse in Hyde Park. However, being the second son of an Earl, Amy knew her father would never look favorably on a match. But two years ago with the death of his brother, Henry is now the Earl. And even more gorgeous. And unattainable.
One night, Amy finds Henry hurt in his garden. He’s taken a drunken stumble. In his inebriated condition, unknowingly Henry begins seducing Amy. Amy doesn’t discourage him until he whispers another woman’s name. Horrified at her behavior, Amy flees leaving her emerald earring behind.
Henry is appalled at his behavior but he is determined to find the hot blooded siren he held in his arms. He’s looking for his soul mate and recognizes something in the woman who sets his heart pounding in his chest. He knows where to start, the earring. When Henry shows his best friend, Marcus Danvers, Marquis of Wolverstone, the earring, instead of helping him with his search, Marcus keeps pushing him at his neighbor, debutante Amy Shipton. What is going on?
Needless to say there is a lot of confusion, heated desire and mischief going on, until Amy gets her man.
I hope you’ll check out my Wicked Wagers series. You can read about the three books on my website. Book one, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Indie Romance Book of the Year.
THE QUESTION & THE GIVEAWAY!
Tell me what your favorite romance series is and why, and I’ll draw one lucky commenter to WIN a copy of one of my Wicked Wagers eBooks-your choice.
Mia here. And just to sweeten the pot a bit, I’ll offer another randomly chosen commenter their choice from my “How to” series in either Kindle or Nook format.
New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?
She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in Fall 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.
Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website www.bronwenevans.com
PS from Mia: If you have power and a moment to spare, I’m blogging today at Casababes about what to do when the lights go out. Then I’m also being spotlighted at My Reading Obsession, where I’m doing another giveaway!