Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Little Help from my Friends

I'm writing a blog on the irresistable elements of connected stories for the I *Heart* Present blog, and I would love some help from you all. The only thing you need to do is answer the question: what is it that you love about connected stories?

Simple, huh? Hey, if you happened to mention connected Presents titles for any examples, I so would not complain. ;-) I may quote a couple of you directly in the blog. Let me know if you *do not* wanted to be quoted directly.


As always, I'm most appreciate of help, so if you comment on this post with an answer to my question, you'll be entered into a special drawing for a signed hardback edition of WILLING (the second book in my merc series). How cool is that?

28 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

I love connected stories because they allow me to revisit favorite and familiar characters beyond the HEA (Happily Ever After) and also see favorite secondary characters find their happy ending. It is like visiting familiar friends every time you pick up one of the books in a connected series...you become a part of thier lives and want to know more...connected books allow you a glimpse at more.

Estella said...

I love connected stories because you get to keep visiting with the characters. Secondary characters become main characters and the family keeps growing until you feel like you are part of the family.

Stacy S said...

I love connected stories. Pretty much what Jennifer & Estella said.

Maura Anderson said...

I like connected stories but I don't like my HEA from a prior story being torn apart or put in jeopardy.

Each time I read a connected story it's easier to submerge myself in the story because I already understand the ground rules of the universe and know some of the people within it. It's easier to fall into their world.

I also like the ability to see the characters from a previous HEA through the eyes of different characters and get their impressions of the HEA.

Plus it's a chance to see a character from one story that I like get a chance at happiness. I often root for the secondaries, people like the hero's best friend, etc. this is especially true if they sacrificed to help the couple from a prior book get a HEA.

Laura J. said...

I've read several books where there are such strong secondary characters that I have to know their stories. Like Jennifer and Estella I like revisiting the other characters from previous books.

There have been a couple of books I've read that I have even emailed the authors to see if secondary characters are getting their own stories.

lidia said...

The things that have already been said are pretty much why I loved connected stories.

Also, if the new h/H was a secondary character in a previous story we already know something them -- instead of learning about them through their own book.

Lisa Kleypas wrote a series of four connected books. The H in one was actually somewhat of a "villan" in a previous story. I enjoyed reading his story and seeing how Lisa managed to redeem him -- and she did!

Sue A. said...

I love connected stories because I find characters more well rounded and appealing when I can see how they relate to other people like friends and family. The connected stories make the imaginary world that much bigger and complex, adding more depth and realism to the stories.

Wendy said...

I like connected stories because when I start reading a book, even though most of the focus is on the main characters, secondary characters are very important to the story and most of the time, after you get to know them, even if it's only very little, they get into your head. I want to see them get their chance at having their stories told. It's only fair. :)

Amy said...

I love connected stories and read them all the time. One of my favorite things about them is you get to see what is going on in the lives of the characters after their story has been told. You also get to read about all those wonderful secondary characters that you fell in love with during the first story.

Right now I am enjoying a connected series by Harlequin Presents called the Royal House of Niroli. In this series there are eight books. Penny Jordan starts the series with the first book and ends the series with the last book but the other six books are by other authors. The books revolve around trying to find a new King for Niroli and each candidate gives up their chances to rule for true love. So far I am on book four of the eight book series and I can hardly wait to see how the search finally ends.

Brandy said...

I don't really have anything new to add, so don't enter me for the book. BUT, I do agree with many who have already commented. I like connected stories (Like your Ready, Willing, and Able.) Because we are given glimpses of characters from previous stories and the secondary characters receive their own stories. To me, thats a win/win situation. *G*

Jennifer said...

I love connected stories because its nice to "revisit" with characters you've become attached to. It's like visiting old friends. There's also some sense of comradarie because you "know" some of the other characters. [However, there's sometimes the danger of losing focus from the "main couple."]

robynl said...

To add what others have said: you can find out about previous characters in connected stories and you can hear the stories of other characters as they have told their story to the author. It is like visiting with old friends and reacquainting yourself with them.

Stacy~ said...

I think it's all been covered here - reconnecting with old favorites, discovering new characters. Seeing how a character evolves over time, how a couple's love story grows, how sometimes finding your HEA doesn't mean the hard times are over, but with love and commitment, it can make things more bearable. I think series are great examples of this.

Nathalie said...

I love connected stories because you get to know better all characters... and grow attached to them very easily :)

Lily said...

Very easy... they become a part of our family... it ressembles to a soap opera and you are always sad when the saga is over!

Laura K said...

I agree with what most of the ladies said already. Connected stories make me feel as if I am part of their connected world. I love it when the previous full-length story characters come back in new books. It doesn't matter to me if they are related, friends, co-workers, etc., I'll read them. Often the secondary characters seemed unworthy and then they were allowed to grow. I also like books when the couple star in new stories, too. It's great to see characters grow in love, laughter, and life!

Judy F said...

I love connecting stories. Esp when you see how life has just gotten better for the prev HEA. Its like reconnecting with old friends.

Virginia said...

I love connected stories because sometimes when I finish a book I want more. With connected stories, the story doesn't end with one book you get to find out what happens with their lifes.

tetewa said...

I enjoy connected stories because you are able to continue to read about various characters as the stories continue.

CrystalGB said...

I love connected stories because you get all the characters stories. You aren't left wondering what happened to the characters because you get to see them again in another book.

Angie-la said...

It is so cool to me to see a secondary character (or even just a character mentioned in passing) get their own story. I like to see their characters develop, to see if they turn out like I imagined they would. There is something comforting about returning to a familiar "location" and "visitng" old friends! :P

blackroze37 said...

i agree with all the other readers, you get to know them and then read their story

but i do wish all connected stories had 1,2,3 numbers on themlol ii hate getting the 2nd book and then having to hunt the first

kim h said...

i get to see the other charcters show up in the otehr books.

Dena said...

Like most of everyone,I like to have a story for the secondary characters if it's a sister, brother, friend, or an interesting person we learned a little about but it wasn't enough. Also I get a bit of news and updates about the main characters from the previous books.

Jane said...

Connected stories allow likable secondary characters to get their own story. They also let us revisit with the leads from the previous books.

Chantal said...

I tend to emotionally connect with the characters in novels, and I am often sad when the story ends. (Because I want it to keep on going) Reading connected series books allows me to catch a glimpse of the Hero/Heroine. I like that. I like knowing what they are doing now, finding out the name of the baby if they happened to become pregnant in the previous book, etc.

Lucy Monroe said...

Hey, all...thank you TONS and TONS and TONS for your comments and help with my blog post for I *Heart* Presents. :)

The winner of the harback edition of WILLING is blackroze37.

Email me off my website with your mailing address and I'll get the book right out to you. :)

blackroze37 said...

thankyou!!!!!!!! wow!