Hello everyone, waving from a warm and sunny New Zealand. Thanks Sue for inviting me to blog today on Romance @ Random! It’s the start of summer in NZ and the trees are covered with blossom, the birds are out in force and the beaches are beginning to look inviting! All I need is a great book and I’m content.
I’m starting summer by celebrating the release of my latest Regency historical romance, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD, book #3 in my Wicked Wagers trilogy. But I’m also sad because it’s the final book in the series and I have to say goodbye to the characters I’ve come to know and love.
And that is the reason why I and most readers love a romance series. I’m a big series fan, and I guess the most obvious reason is because, as a reader, you don’t have to say goodbye to the characters you meet, get to know, and finally come to love. It’s the same when you write those characters. They become your best friends and its heart-wrenching when you have to let them go and move onto writing a new series with a new group of characters. My family used to move around a lot when I was a child and I liken it to having to start a new school. You have to find new friends and slip into this new world.
My critique partner Gracie O’Neil summons it up nicely.
“Reading a romance series is like any friendship—once you’ve gotten to know and like someone then you want to spend time with them. Their friends (if you’re lucky) become your friends and vice versa. When there are changes in their lives you like to know about them—little things, big things.
You invest both physical and emotional energy in a normal human relationship. A well-written series romance can engender all the feelings (in a reader) that come with a normal human relationship but, unlike the human relationship, without the possibility of rejection. People within the pages might hurt and reject each other but the reader is always safe. She also gets to see people she loves work through problems to a satisfactory—preferably happy—ending; something that doesn’t always happen in real life.
It sounds clinical, but it’s not. We love to see our friends happy and grow in their happiness. Series romance (when we find a good one) enables us to do precisely that, over and over again.”
It’s so true. My favorite series is the Cynster’s series by Stephanie Laurens. Devil’s Bride still my all time classic historical read. Years later, Stephanie is still able to bring us into the Cynster family, but this time the next generation. How cool is that!
Do you like reading a series? If so, what’s your favorite series and why? One lucky commenter will win an eBook copy of To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood. Open internationally.WINNER chosen, Bronwen will contact her directly – thanks so much for blogging with us!
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.
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 was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in late 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.
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