Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Blog - Erin Nicholas

Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances.  Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun.  She loves to write about reluctant heroes, flawed heroines, sex with food and happily ever afters.  She does not like to write dark moments, synopses or bios.  

You can find Erin on the web:



Hi, Everyone!  Thanks for letting me come back, Lucy!
I’m really happy to be here to chat with your readers today!  In fact, I have a specific question for everyone:

How do you feel about follow up books?  A book that follows a secondary character that shows up in a previous book?

I personally love them.  Probably why I write them sometimes! I did this with my first Bradford book, Just Right, and that one follow up book turned into a series of three (and we’re adding two more books this year!).  So, clearly *I* like to know what happens to those secondary characters.  The thing is, the Bradford characters are… likeable. Loveable even.  They’re good people in the previous books.  Funny, interesting, charming.  It makes sense that we might want to know what happens to them.  They contribute to the first story (and each subsequent story) in a positive way.

That was a little different in my most recent book--  Everything You’ve Got.  
Everything You’ve Got is a follow up book to my 2011 release, Anything You Want.  In AYW, we ended up with a bit of a love triangle.  In fact, the “third wheel” was initially the hero—until I realized that his best friend (that’s right, his best friend) was the right guy… but that’s a whole other blog post.  Anyway, I realized that if I was going to break this guy’s heart, I had to give him a Happily Ever After too.  Yes, I’m one of those people who wants everyone to be happy.  

So, Everything You’ve Got was conceived.  But… I was a little worried.  Luke was the third wheel in Anything You Want and honestly, some readers didn’t like him. Or, at least, they didn’t care about his HEA.  They fell so in love with Marc, the hero in AYW (and Marc’s easy to fall for!), that they didn’t really care what happened to the guy who initially stood in the way of Marc and Sabrina’s happily ever after.
Still, *I* wanted to write Everything You’ve Got.  Luke was a good guy deep down, did the things he did for good reasons,  or at least for what he thought were good reasons.  And I really like his story .  (Obviously, right?)  Kat, the heroine, is perfect for Luke and they both have a lot to learn before they can have what they want and need.  I love their journey.

But I’m curious about you.  If you meet a character in a book that makes life a little hard for the hero and heroine, are you interested in what happens to him (or her)?  If they’re a bit of an antagonist would you still want to read about them?  (honest, Luke is a great guy!)

I took a chance with writing Luke and Kat’s story and now I’m thrilled to be hearing from readers that they’ve become Luke fans. In fact, one of my most enthusiastic readers has decided she likes Luke best!  But that may not always be the case.  And, after all, readers have to read the book before they’ll know.
So, I’m curious about your general feelings—do you give the “other guy” a chance?  

And just so a couple of people can see what I’m talking about personally, I’m giving away TWO (e-book) sets of the Anything & Everything series—Anything You Want (book 1) and Everything You’ve Got (book 2).  All you have to do is comment here today and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of the two sets!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!  
Erin

Here's a look at Erin's book:

A girl, a guy, a set of handcuffs… What more could happily ever after possibly need?


Anything & Everything, Book 2 

Luke Hamilton’s requirements for the perfect woman are straightforward: live, work and play in his beloved hometown—and get along with his mother.  Dr. Kat Dayton’s got it all.  And Luke’s noticed.  It’s obvious to him that his long-time friend belongs with him, especially after the world-rocking kiss she lays on him at his birthday party.

While Kat can’t deny she’s imagined a kiss like that—and more—for years, she’s less convinced they’re destined for happily ever after.  Still, Luke figures that’s nothing a friendly kidnapping and a three-day road trip won’t fix.

Kat would love to let Luke in, but if he discovers the truth—that committee meetings bore her to tears and she’d rather have a root-canal than go to another potluck—his white-picket-fence dreams will be crushed.

Being stuck in an RV with Luke should be three days of flirtatious fun, but for Kat it’s heavenly hell. The close confines and good old-fashioned lust are making a mockery of her perfect-woman façade, and if he finds out about the mistake that might cost her job—
and force her to leave town for good—it’ll take more than a sexy pair of handcuffs to keep him close.


Warning:  Contains a man who's willing to do anything for the perfect woman, an RV and surprise road-trip to help him prove it, and a woman who's wondering just what the hell she's gotten into.


11 comments:

Carol L. said...

Unfortunately for me I can't read the e-books so don't enter me in the contest. I did want to say I enjoyed the excerpt very much. It's going on my TRL. Is it in print Erin ?
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Judy said...

I love follow up stories! I've made it a habit of asking writers if they plan on a story for this or that secondary character. I also know it will give me a chance to check up on other characters I miss when their story is over. Diane Gaston's "The Wagering Widow" has a secondary character who tries to seduce the heroine. He's a rake. She brought him back in "The Reputable Rake." Turns out, he was easy to fall in love with. Sharon Hamilton's "Heavenly Lover" has a dark angel who I really don't like, but I loved the book so much I decided to go ahead and add his story "Underworld Lover" to see what happens. I'm so grateful Lucy tells the stories of her secondary characters. She had an investigator, Hawk, in several of her Presents books, and it was so gratifying when she finally told his story.

Erin Nicholas said...

Carol, Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Anything You Want is in print (as of April 3rd :)). Everything You've Got will be in print January 2013.

Judy, I'd read "The Reputatble Rake" just for the title alone ;) Thanks for the rec! It's nice when bad boys go good (or at least a little good... wouldn't want them to completely lose that bad boy side *g*)
Erin

Drmgrl99 - Dawn said...

No need to enter me as I have read and absolutely LOVED both books! I normally not a contemporary fan but there is just something about Erin Nicholas's writing that draws me in and keeps my attention. I hope who ever wins this fabulous prize enjoys it as much as I did. I love series books and can't wait to see more ;)

Evie Knight said...

Hi Erin! Congrats on your latest release. All the best to you. And YES! I love handsome antagonists that find their perfect other half in love. I gotta bad case of taming bad boys, can't help it. I am really looking forward to reading your work. My twitter friend Dawn (yes, the troublemaker with the wips) is always talking wonders about you and your work, so I can't wait. ;)

Estella said...

I love follow up stories----nice to find out what happened to secondary characters.

bluegray said...

I love a "I'm doing this for your benefit." kidnapping - sounds interesting!

Erin Nicholas said...

Hi, Miss Dawn! I love running into you like this *G*.
Hi, Evie, thanks for coming over! Any friend of Dawn's is a friend of mine ;) (I "recognize" you from Twitter:))
Estella, Hi! Glad to hear it!
Bluegray... interesting for sure! lol!
Erin

Lorna said...

I love follow up books. I think it's kind of neat when the writer gives us little up dates on the past characters. You find out that they have children, etc.

Erin Nicholas said...

Okay the winners have been drawn! :)

Judy and bluegray, Random.org picked your names!

Just send me your e-mail addresses and your preferred e-book format to Erin@ErinNicholas.com and I'll get them to you right away!

Thanks for commenting everyone!
Erin

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