Many readers inhale series romance for the obvious reasons. Done well, characters that have endeared the reader in one book live on in subsequent books. We get to see their lives, their happiness, the town or ranch where they live, sometimes even the villain or his gang that continue to be a thorn in the characters’ sides.
I’ve done numerous series over the years, and I love writing them as much as the reader loves reading them. I’m excited that the release of Book #2 and #3 of my first contemporary western romance series with Tule Publishing is drawing closer and closer.
To write a series, an author must keep track of the details. This is crucial and shows professionalism. To make mistakes in one’s own books is sloppy, and you can bet the readers will pick up on carelessness.
For me, my saving grace is Microsoft’s One Note. Oh my goodness, I can’t survive without these ‘notebooks’ that keep the gazillion notes, research, images, and yep, details right at my fingertips.
A COWBOY AND A PROMISE is available now. As Book #1, I had to set up the three ex-military brothers who live on Blackstone Ranch. I also had to set up the town named after their great-grandfather. And of course, there are businesses in that town, and people to run them, and the list goes on and on.
I was very careful to weave many details throughout all three books to keep them connected and real, and I’m happy to share a few now:
In Book #1, A COWBOY AND A PROMISE, Beau Paxton is a twin who has served in Afghanistan with his two brothers. All three come back to heal, run the ranch, and help their mother care for their crippled father.
All are respected and well-liked in Paxton Springs and enjoy fond memories growing up, like fresh popcorn in Mary’s Mercantile. That same popcorn comes back in Book #3 and the mercantile’s owners play a nice part for Shandi, the heroine.
In Book #2, HER TEXAS COWBOY, Brock Paxton is scruffy-cheeked and suffers from being excluded by his twin once Beau finds Ava, his true love. It’s that loneliness that sets him up for Lucienne in his book.
You can bet they drive the same color of Ford F-150 pickups, wear the same color Stetsons, and ride the same breed of horses throughout the series that I set-up in Book #1.
Their favorite watering hole in town is the Greasy Bull, which plays a huge part of Book #3. Their friend, Nash, is the local deputy and a former classmate whom the Paxton brothers depend on to help solve the troubles they encounter in their own books.
In Book #1, Ava arrives from New York. Her favorite color is pink, which I show numerous times and then remind the reader in a nightgown she lends to Shandi in Book #3. Her skill is in construction, and she’s crucial in building the vacation resort which is a basis for the entire series.
In Book #2, Lucienne is rich and hugely into fashion, much to Ava’s frugalness and chagrin. I intro her in stilettos, skinny jeans, and a leopard-print blouse. She’s also a nurse practitioner who is never without her medical kit which she keeps in her expensive suede bag, and yep, that medical kit comes in handy in Book #3 when Shandi needs some tending.
In Book #3, Shandi has her own book, but she’s introduced in Book #1 as one of the first people Ava meets when she arrives in town. She’s popular, sweet as pie, and always wears jeans, tank top, and a ponytail. Thanks to Tule’s awesome cover artist, my female cover model has a pony tail, and she’s a perfect fit for my Shandi!
There are many more details, of course, that you’ll learn if you read the series. I don’t want to give everything away, do I?
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