My next guest is New York Times bestselling author and fellow Penn Stater, Sandra Hill. She’s touring to promote her latest Deadly Angels release, VAMPIRE IN PARADISE, which comes out November 25th. She’s giving away 5 print copies of the book (U.S./Canada) and 5 e-copies (worldwide). Rafflecopter link is below. Welcome, Sandra!
Series, series, series! Everywhere you look in publishing today, there are series. You can’t escape them.
There are popular series in contemporary romance, like Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, Lori Wilde’s cookie clubs, Susan Wiggs’ Lakeshore Chronicles, Kristin Higgins Blue Heron, Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ football heroes. Series also flourish in historical romance, like Mary Balogh’s Suvivors Club, Jo Beverley’s rogues, Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses, or Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons. And paranormals, like Nalini Singh’s archangels, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, J.R. Ward’s Black Daggers, Christine Feehan’s Carpathians, Lynsay Sands’ Argeneaus, and shamelssly I mention, my Deadly Angels series (Viking vampire angels), with its most recent release of VAMPIRE IN PARADISE.
And that’s only the tip of the series iceberg.
So, what is it about series books that attracts us so? I can tell you how I feel, both as a reader and a writer. When you read a good book, you just don’t want it to end. It’s as simple as that. Oh, it’s not that we want a repetition of the same story, and maybe not even the same characters, but we want to return to the wonderful world we’ve been introduced to, whether it be a vampire world, a Regency family, a Trenton bounty hunter shop, or a small town named Transylvania, Pennsylvania. The same is true of television, by the way. Think about it. Seinfeld. Friends. Happy Days. Big Bang Theory. Every week, there was, or is, a chance to return to a world, or community, or family we enjoy. We belong.
If authors succeed in captivating readers with characters or settings we love…if they give us books we can’t put down until the wee hours when we sigh and wish they didn’t have to end…well, then, why should they be any different than popular television…dare I day…series? I remember even as a child, when my mother would read those abridged novels, I would wonder why anyone would want a good book to be short.
And sometimes it takes a writer multiple books to tell a complete story. Take George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, for example. Can you imagine that complicated plot and all those dynasties in one book?
Yes, there are times when a series goes on too long. And, yes, I get as irritated as the next reader when an author writes a series in such a way that you have to have read the previous books to understand what is going on. But overall, they are a joy to this avid reader, and there’s nothing better than finding a new-to-me author and being able to go back and glom an entire series in one gulp.
In my own Deadly Angels series, I have set up a world in which Viking vampire angels (vangels) have been sent to this world by St. Michael the Archangel to fight demon vampires known as Lucipires. It all starts with the seven Sigurdsson brothers, guilty of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In each book, a brother is commanded to serve in some role that conflicts with his particular weakness. Vikar (pride) must live in a run-down, bat-ridden castle in Transylvania, Pennsylvania. Trond (sloth) becomes a Viking Navy SEAL who must run six miles before breakfast and do other energy-draining exercises, like jump out of airplanes. Ivak (lust) is a chaplain in Angola Prison. Mordr (wrath) whose two children were murdered in a most brutal manner and thereafter cannot stand to be around children, must protect five mischievous orphans in Las Vegas. And, of course, find their own destined lifemates.
In my current book, VAMPIRE IN PARADISE, Dr. Sigurd Sigurdsson, is transferred from his prestigious job at Johns Hopkins to serve as a doctor on a tropical island where a porno convention is being held. Talk about a step down! There, Sig meets a beautiful woman who is desperate for money to save her dying child. What does she expect from him? A miracle? Laughter guaranteed!
Not to be overlooked, I hope, is the recently released novella, CHRISTMAS IN TRANSYLVANIA, in which the whole gang of vangels is back at the castle in Pennsylvania where they have been talked into a modern Christmas celebration. I mean, Santas with fangs. Fake-O blood in the egg nog. Mistletoe hanging from the cobwebs. And a local waitress who needs a hero to rescue her from her abusive boyfriend. There’s a lot more than jingle belling going on in the old castle this year!
So, what do you look for when buying books these days? Do you deliberately seek out series like I do? Do you google “…books in the vein of…” to find new authors? I recently discovered Patrick Taylor’s Irish County Doctors series after having depleted an entire stock of Maeve Binchy’s. Who have you discovered lately?
I can always be reached on my website at www.sandrahill.net or on my Facebook page at Sandra Hill Author. Look for some special giveaways at the end of the month.
Wishing you smiles in your reading, as always, especially your series reading. <g>
More About Vampire in Paradise
It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel-a Viking Vampire Angel-as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician where he encounters the most sinfully beautiful woman.
The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter of is a pricey experimental procedure. When she meets the good-looking doctor, Marisa is speechless. Then Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart?
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More About Sandra
Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories.
She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.
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Hope everyone had a great weekend! I took my older daughter to Penn State to see the campus and watch the football game. Cold but fun!
Thank you, Sandra, for guest blogging today!