Why I Love Me a Good Series
By: JL Madore
Single title, serial or series? For me, reading or writing, the answer has always been the same. Series.
Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against single title or serials. Who knows, I might even write one in the future. But hands down, my favourite stories are told in series. Why? Easy. I love character driven stories and the more you write a character as he/she relates to others and the world you've built, the more you reveal about them. Do they have a secret in their past you didn't know about? Do they start to come out of their shells and reveal the soft and gooey centres that they've been saving for just the right moment? Are they tougher or gentler than you'd assumed in that first book?
As an author, one of the most rewarding moments is when you finally understand why your hero carries around that old broken shoelace or why a support character hates the colour yellow. You wrote it into the story right from the beginning, but they kept the reason to themselves until revealing it at just the right moment. You can't beat that 'aha' moment. It's awesome.
Also, for readers, series are a great way to jump right into the conflict and action of a novel because you're already familiar with some of the characters and the nuances of love/hate relationships between them. You get to follow up on stories you care about and check in with past storylines which might have developed since the last time you left them.
The popularity of serials is on the rise and, I must admit, I haven't had a lot of exposure to them. I understand the draw of reading short snippets of stories in a fast-paced lifestyle. You get that burst of 'That's so sexy' and then the, 'What's going to happen next?', and then you still have time to run off and tend to the million and one things on your daily to-do list. That's cool, but I'm a sink onto the couch and lose myself in a story kind of reader . . . and writer. That being said, you can certainly lose yourself in single title stories, but then what if you want more? I often wonder about where characters end up after they're Happily Ever After is determined and life has moved on.
So that's why Series is the way to go for me—both for reading and for writing.
Scourge Survivor Series
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Number of pages: 340
Word Count: 100,000
Cover Artist: David Wysotski
Mika’s life has never been normal, but it’s hers.
After being told by the Great Spirit to stand up for the Earth Mother’s children and “save the great species from extinction,” she buries herself in an investigative journalism career hunting down poachers and exposing illegal trade in wildlife exotics. A survivor by nature, she would rather fight injustice than maneuver the hassles and heartache of relationships anyway.
When danger suddenly finds her unprepared, Mika’s perception of her life is shattered and she is hurled into a realm of magic and murder she does not understand. Seduced by Bruin, the powerful and sexy warrior who saves her life, Mika is catapulted into a world where Were-creatures and Scourge assassins threaten not only her life but her heart as well.
With the boundary between worlds crumbling, Mika realizes that her destiny to save the great species will draw her deeper into a reality more terrifying to her than anything she has faced before.
Trusting in love.
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Ambar Lenn – Fate's Journey
Alone in the dark, Aust sat at the bottom of the grand staircase of Jade's manse, staring at the cryptic words mounted on the foyer wall. Translated by the Centaur, Chiron of Deleran, the Queen Oracles' prophesy hung opposite the double entrance doors. Aust's Elven brothers and warrior friends boasted thoughts and theories as to its meaning, but theories they remained. And on nights when reverie evaded him—which occurred more oft than not—he sat within the silent stone walls of Jade's new home and tried to glean the prophesy's meaning:
Journey of Fate, two realms to purge
Weapons drawn against the Scourge
Blaze of passion,
Cleansing of past,
Fate or free-will, which to choose?
With love to gain and life to lose.
Darkness hides in familiar form
A brother's betrayal, a sister's storm
Empower lost souls or evil shall reign
Noble the child of argenteous mane
Journey of Fate—the first line referred to their Ambar Lenn, everyone agreed on that point. Four fortnights past, the inception of his, Galan's and Thamior's journey to manhood had triggered unforeseen events. On that night—the night the exile of his people was lifted—the three of them had set off from the Highborne village to find their path.
Aust had yet to find anything . . . save grief.
His Eda had been slain, his Naneth left heart-weary, and his people so offended by his goddess-given affinity to communicate with his animal brothers and sisters, they cast him out.
Galan fared well enough, and for at least that much, he rejoiced. Jade was a remarkable female, and to have Recognized with his mate . . . there was no greater blessing. Together, partners in life and purpose, the two now served Castian as Protectors of the Realm of the Fair.
Thamior's journey? Well . . . Tham remained Tham e'ermore. Aust marveled at the strength of spirit the male possessed, his love and wonder of all things, the simple joy he found in living free within the Realm of the Fair. Tham had yet to make any progress in his journey, yet paid it no mind.
Weapons drawn against the Scourge—Aust was more than ready to take up arms against the enemy of the realm. He yearned to prove his value, burned to avenge his dead. There were moments, the fury boiled so white-hot in his blood, he almost drowned in the lure of vengeance and pain. He quelled those impulses as best he could.
For the choices made to navigate the journey of the Ambar Lenn would determine if he could ever be thought of as a male of worth. And so he pushed back the anguish and the anger and waited . . . .
About the Author:
JL Madore, lover of family, animals and chocolate has a soft spot for romance and a hot button for sexy stories. She didn't find writing so much as it found her. Waking each morning with a vivid cast of characters tangled in chaos in her head, it seemed essential to capture them on the page.
Author web links: www.jlmadore.ca
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