Monday, March 5, 2018

Serials are Back!



Serials are back. No, not cereals. No, not serial killers. I am talking about the novella-length or short-story-length writings that present an extended story in episodes or volumes.

Some writers of serial stories have begun to group them into "seasons," imitating the TV shows. Some serial titles may be only four or five volumes, while others may have dozens of volumes. Serials are now available in just about every genre of fiction. Decades ago, serials were very popular. They followed the same formula as the soap operas of early radio and TV.

How are they different from a regular book series? In several aspects.

  1. The entire collection of volumes develops one main story with its central characters.
  2. Each episode leaves you waiting for the next one. There are often cliff-hangers that motivate you to get the next volume. Not all serial authors use cliff-hangers.
  3. Each volume is usually readable in one sitting, although this also depends on your reading speed. A serial volume that has thirty pages may be read in one sitting, while one that is eighty pages will definitely take longer.
  4. Serials, because of their length, are usually cheaper than regular novels. At Amazon, they usually range between $0.99 and $2.99, with the shorter ones being the cheapest.

Serials are wonderful for readers who like to sit down and relax for an hour or so with a short read that leaves them excited for the next installment. Because the volumes are cheap, they're a good option for those readers on budget.  Serials tend to be packed with action and drama, as the author must keep you coming back for more. Also, because the project is on-going, readers can give the author input as to what they'd like to see in future volumes.

I have chosen a number of serials from Amazon to show you the variety of topics available. Some of these are very good and some have mediocre ratings. There is something for everyone:  historical romance, suspense, fantasy, Christian faith, paranormal romance, contemporary suspense, science fiction, and even dark erotica.

I am so intrigued by the idea of serials that I'm publishing my own paranormal romance serial. It's titled Vampires in the Mist serial. The first volume is already available at your seller of choice. I promise, it will be worth reading and there's No Cliff-Hanger in volume one!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Thicker Than Blood is presently on Kindle Unlimited. If you have a KU account, you may read it for FREE! This novel is exclusive to Amazon for a limited time. 

Click HERE to read (on KU) or buy for $4.99

ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, ACTION, HUMOR, & EROTICISM are all packed into another FAST-PACED READ that will leave you once again hungry for more!

This is NOT Twilight! Not Vampire Girl! Not another YA read. Definitely not Sookie!

The vampire Maxim haunts the heights of NYC. He is different. He is flawed. He’ll suck your blood. He’ll steal your heart! 

Maxim, heir to the vampire throne, is recalled home after a long, self-imposed exile. With his human mate, Angel, at his side, he hopes to settle matters quickly and return as soon as possible to his idyllic life in New York City. But soon after their arrival, things go horribly wrong. Angel is taken by his enemy, one that will use her as a pawn and stop at nothing to destroy Maxim and wrest the vampire throne from him. Now, the vampire is in a race against time to rescue his beloved from an enemy who knows no bounds. 

Angelica is thrilled to accompany her beloved vampire to his homeland. She hopes that visit will help him come to terms with his family, and settle once and for all, the problems that plague them. Hours after they arrive, she discovers that the world she has entered is full of danger and intrigue. A trap has been set, and she falls into the hands of Maxim's evil enemy. She watches in horror as she becomes the lure used to bring her lover to his death. 

Full of romance, suspense, action, humor, and eroticism, this is a fast-paced, riveting read that will leave you wanting more of the same! After reading Thicker than Blood, you will surely want to go back and read Angel's Guardian, book 1. NOTE: Not suitable for younger readers.