Thanks so much for inviting me to blog at Jaunty Quills today!
When Cindy suggested that I talk about continuity projects, I couldn’t think of a better topic.
Writing can be a lonely profession. We spend so much time in our writing caves that it’s a real treat when we have the chance to work with an editor and other authors in creating characters and a story thread that continues over the course of several books.
It all starts with a phone call and the invitation to take part in a new series. Some authors, I’ve heard, prefer to work alone and will actually decline the offer. But if my schedule allows, I always jump at the chance and can’t wait to receive the bible for a brand new series.
I’m eager to meet my assigned characters and see what conflicts and difficulties await them. I also look forward to seeing the list of authors with whom I’ll be working.
I admit, it can be a challenge to connect the continuity plot points and make it all come together, but it’s so rewarding when it does.
Over the years, I’ve taken part in many continuity series, but my favorite is the Fortunes of Texas. There’s just something about Red Rock as a setting, as well as the amazing Fortunes and Mendozas, that make those books fun to write.
The latest series, The Fortunes of Texas: Southern Invasion, was no exception. When I read the bible, I loved the series as a whole, as well as the plot and the romance of my assigned book. I think the readers will like it, too.
Nicole Castleton, a shrewd businesswoman with a Texas-size stubborn streak, needs a husband in a hurry, and no one but her ex, Miguel Mendoza, will do. Yet she has her doubts since sweet, sexy Miguel still shakes her to the core. And when it comes right down to it, she still desires the man beyond words.
When the girl who broke Miguel’s heart ten years ago comes to him with a crazy proposal for a strictly business marriage, a desire for payback—and one last round of romance with the one who’d gotten away—tempts Miguel beyond any dollar amount she offers. But this time, he isn’t so sure he’ll be able to walk away from the woman of his dreams…
So what about you? Do you like to read continuity series? Why or why not? And if you read them, which is or was your favorite?
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