Today I have a very special guest and an incredibly generous giveaway to tell everyone about. Last year I had the chance to grab an early copy of a book by a brand new author titled, Fated. Fated was the first book in a series from Rebecca Zanetti. I FELL IN LOVE! I think Fated is the only book I’ve ever given 5 stars out of 4 to. Rebecca is here today (SQUEAL) so I will let her take it away. I will be over here in the corner quietly freaking out that she’s here. Don’t mind me….
Nikki was kind enough to let me guest blog today as a precursor to the Claimed blog tour that begins in the middle of September. Thanks, Nikki!
So…I saw a bear this weekend. We were camping, and he strolled into the river just a few yards from me. Big, brown and walking upright. It occurred to me…life is weird. You never really know what’s going to happen—which is how I write.
Nikki asked me to talk about writing a series. She asked specifically if I plot the entire series out or if I have to go back and add/tweak earlier scenes as I go along. I’m a tweaker. So many times I have to go back and add to a story that’s a work in progress. And so often I’m stuck with the world in an earlier book that I’ve created that could just be little bit different to make the newest book perfect. But that’s just another challenge in writing, isn’t it?
Some authors plot the entire series arc out before they write the first sentence. That is great for them. Other authors have no clue what’s even on the second page when they start the first. Sounds exciting.
Some of us have a glimmer of what might happen…maybe. For example, I know how the Dark Protector’s Series ends…why one of my characters (Janie) is the key to the entire war. But I didn’t figure that out until the middle of writing book two, which is Claimed. Sometimes things just fall into place. (I also don’t know at this point if the final book will be book seven or book nine. We’ll see).
I find it helpful to keep some mystery in earlier books. If you’re creating an entirely new world, you don’t have to do it all in book one. Leave some freedom for yourself in writing the later books. In Claimed, there’s an entirely new species of bad guys introduced. Also, in writing a series, keep in mind that everything that happened in earlier books is backstory in the current book. You don’t need it all. In fact, if you find yourself explaining…stop. The reader only needs to know what’s relevant for the book in their hands.
For me, writing is like camping. I truly don’t know what’s on the other side of the river. It could be my cousin Jill with a brand new lemonade dispenser that somehow has the perfect blend of lemon to vodka.
Or it could be a bear.
A Daring Rescue
Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science. But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams. But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”. . .
A Deadly Decision
As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy. Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her—even if it means turning his back on his own kind. . .
Claimed will be released on November 1st and is available for preorder now. So…I’d love to give away two signed copies of Fated (Book 1) and one signed ARC of Claimed (Book 2) to commenters today. Comment about anything. Do you like reading a series? Have you ever seen a bear up close? Is writing like camping or is it more like golf? Or just say hi.
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Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem. . .
Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice. . .