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Do readers like a series?
In my experience, the answer would be yes, they do. When I had my first book published I received so many reader emails asking about some of the secondary characters in the story – all wanting to know if different characters would be getting their own happy ending one day. Fortunately, I could reply that they definitely were.
While we’re reading a romance we can get swept up in the passion and conflict surrounding the two main characters. For those few hours we are the heroine, and want to fall in love with the hero. And while we’re on this romantic journey, some of the other characters in the book – maybe the heroine’s sister or the hero’s lovable best friend, remind us of real people that we might know. Maybe even our own friends and family. So naturally, we become invested in these characters and want to know more about them.
I also think that the place and setting becomes important to the reader. Along with the developing love story, romances often explore the idea of community and family and readers get to know the favourite hang-outs, corner store’s, taverns, homes, parks etc. When a reader picks up a book and is taken back to familiar places, they are transported into a world they know and already care about.
When I wrote His-And-Hers Family, the third in my series set in the small town of Crystal Point, I was delighted that I could give the heroine, Fiona Walsh, her own happy ending. She’d turned up in my first two books and was a popular character amongst readers, many sending me emails asking about her own love story in the future. It took a special man to win her heart and give her the family she’d longed for.
So, do you like reading books from a series? Leave a comment as I have a copy of His-And-Hers Family to give away.