Serials have been around forever — both in writing/publishing and even on radio and tv. Telling a story in small segments over a period of time entranced and intrigued readers (or viewers or listeners) and drew large audiences. More recently Stephen King tried it (unsuccessfully) and some publishers are presenting online serials – chapter by chapter – from either one author or a variety of them.
Last year a group of Harlequin and Mills&Boon Historical authors got together and planned out a historical serial romance – Lady Ambleforth’s Afternoon Adventure – a Regency romance told in serial format. About 6 authors planned out the story and told it by posting a chapter a day on the Harlequin Historical Authors blog. They all said it was a lot of fun to do, working out each day so that there would be a cliffhanger-of-sorts to draw the reader along.
So, this year a larger group decided to try it again, this time with a time-travel serial so that the authors could use the time periods they liked the most – no surprise to most of you that I chose Scottish Highlanders in medieval times! We planned out our basic storyline (in a process that was kind of like herding cats!) and then each moved the plot and romance (s!) along until we reached a happily-ever-after.
Now, we are sharing the story with you! We’ve called it “Lost in Time: The Lady in Green” and it’s 21 chapters long, running all through March over on the Harlequin Historicals Authors‘ blog…. please stop by!
Have you ever read a serialized romance or other fiction? Do you like reading stories in little bits at a time? I’d love to hear what you think of our newest adventure – which will be available in one volume (much like the original Victorian serials were!) in digital formats next month!
Terri is thrilled that AT THE HIGHLANDER’S MERCY will be ‘on the shelves’ in print next week and available in digital on April 1st! And she’s now working on another MacLerie Clan romance that will follow November’s THE HIGHLANDER’S DANGEROUS TEMPTATION sometime in 2014! Love those MacLeries! Visit her website for lots more information!