The Red launch blog tour continues today over with the awesome Mundie Moms! I’m talking about why YA really ISN’T too dark for teens.
One thing that has continued to surprise me since I released Red is how many people want or expect a sequel. Once I get past being totally flattered that they love my characters that much, I come back to being kind of baffled because…where am I supposed to go after the book ends? Bringing in another hunter would be dull (to me) and anything else would be heinously contrived, I’m afraid. Red was always intended to be a stand alone. And apart from that, frankly, I really hate mucking with my happily ever afters.
Which is part of why my Mirus series is a collection of linked but separate books unified in the same world. Each book is a stand alone with a different couple who may reappear in later books but get their HEA. There will be an overall plot that builds from book to book but it’s not going to be a series where you MUST read each one in order to understand. Each book will have a front and center plot that is resolved in that book. With a HEA because I write romance. I think we all know that life is not sunshine and butterflies for the hero and heroine after that point (and you’ll see this with Gage and Embry probably as they appear in Mick and Sophie’s full book), but most of the time, I am not interested in throwing additional conflict at my characters. I punish them enough the first time! Plus there’s always a continual parade of interesting new people to play with.
Whenever I get around to my kitchen witch series, that will be different. It’ll be the first thing I’ve ever written that follows the same heroine through all books. That means there’s NOT a HEA in every single book. There’s a resolution to whatever the specific story problem is (which is the thing I’m still missing and why I’m still TEASING YOU ALL with this series), and progression toward the ultimate resolution of the relationship (among other plot threads), but no specific relationship HEA for each book. Which makes it, ultimately, something other than straight paranormal romance since THAT HEA doesn’t come until book 6. Honestly, I don’t know exactly how to categorize it. What are Julie Kenner and Katie MacAlister? Paranormal chick lit? Imagine if Aisling Gray, Kate Connor, and Goldy Schulz got put in a character blender. What got spit back out would be Lyla. That’s where I wanna go with this series. What the heck does that make it? Anybody? If you figure it out, let me know.