Fire and ice. Oil and water. Vodka and decisions. That’s what Darren McCoy and Wren Davison are: two opposites that shouldn’t mix well. Dare believes in fairy tales, true love, and happily ever after. Wren believes in fast cars, freedom, and no-strings sex. What can these two men possibly have in common? A magnetic pull strong enough to obliterate logic and reason.
For more than a year, Dare and Wren have worked together at the Curl Up and Dye Salon. Dare has pursued the mysterious, brooding man, and Wren has resisted his provocative charm. Then one day, something happens that allows the men to see each other in a new light. Wren learns that Dare hides a heavy heart behind his brilliant smile. Dare realizes that beneath Wren’s gruff exterior beats the heart of a prince.
Passions ignite once the men stop fighting their attraction, but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Is Wren the prince that Dare is looking for? Can Dare teach Wren that true love does exist?
Nobody’s Prince charming is a modern-day fairy tale where some princes ride Harleys, and castle walls are built to scale. It is the third book in the Road to Blissville series but can be read as a standalone book. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults eighteen and over.
RELEASE DATE: 03.23.18
COVER DESIGN: JAY AHEER/ Simply Defined Art
COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: WANDER AGUIAR
Hello, everyone! I am excited to be back hanging out with Two Chicks Obsessed to chat about writing and Nobody’s Prince Charming.
Today, I’m going to discuss the intricacies of writing a spin-off series from a popular series. Writing a successful series isn’t easy to do and diverting your attention away from it to start a spin-off series is scary as hell. You hope that your readers are as invested in the supporting cast members from the original series as you are and that they’re willing to give the new series a chance. There is absolutely no way to predict how well it will be received. So, how do you handle it? Stay true to your characters and hope for the best.
When I started planning my Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, I had no intention of writing a spinoff series. I decided there would be four books for the Roman-Wyatts and that was going to be it. Then I noticed that I was building something far bigger than just Josh and Gabe; I was creating a universe filled with wonderful characters that had their own stories to tell. At the same time, I realized that Josh and Gabe’s story would extend beyond four books. How am I juggling it? I’ll share some tips.
- Don’t box yourself in. Be careful how much information you give about a supporting character if you think there’s a chance that he or she will star as the main character in their own story. You want to give enough information to intrigue your readers without giving everything away or boxing yourself in with situations and characteristics that you will regret when you go to write their story.
- Patience and timing is everything. You must be patient enough to allow the stories and relationships to develop organically. A forced story doesn’t feel good to write, and readers will not connect to the characters. Sometimes that means alternating books between the two series to keep things fresh and fun. As much as it pains me to say this, a series can drag on too long. No matter how difficult, an author needs to know when it’s time to say goodbye to beloved characters. Another part of having patience is understanding that it might take a while for the new series to take off. Don’t give up or get discouraged. Keep writing.
- Originality is critical. No two people on this earth are the same so why would you expect any different from book characters? Don’t turn on the cruise control and think you can change the names like outfits on a Ken doll and get away with it. Let each character have a unique voice and personality.
- Communication with your readers is key. There are many ways to accomplish this: blog posts, Facebook groups, social media posts, and newsletters. How can you expect someone to be excited about your new spin-off series if you’re not talking about it? Communicate what you’re doing and when you approximately see it happening. Tease, entice, and excite them about your expanding universe and all the new players moving into town. I’m not saying you have to give away major storylines or box yourself in with unattainable release dates, but don’t stay silent either.
I get asked a lot why I like writing series so much. I think the simple answer is that I’m curious. The supporting cast member suddenly appears on the page, and I want to know what their story is and what makes them tick. The more complicated answer is that I want everyone to have their happily ever after. I am a person who lives her HEA every single day, and I want that for everybody. That doesn’t mean I live some perfect life free of stress, trauma, disappointment, or heartache; it means that I have a partner to share those things with me, just as he celebrates all the joys. Every couple, real life or fictional, has a different idea what their HEA looks like and that speaks to originality again. The pure joy of writing is discovering exactly what that HEA entails and sharing it with my readers.
That’s my take on spin-off series. If you’ve made it this far, perhaps you’ll indulge me a little longer as I share the latest release in my Road to Blissville series, Noboby’s Prince Charming.
Yay! We are back in Blissville! These books are just fun and funny and sexy and cute. And I needed all of that after several heavy (but amazing) reads in a row.
We are finally getting Dare and Wren after watching them tip toeing around each other for a year now. Which is kind of cool. Wren was the hold out- believing he wasn’t good enough for Dare. But after renting the garage apartment from him, he has no defenses left.
Dare is awesome- and while he will never be Josh- he gives him a run for his money. He is sassy and loyal and loving and he wants Wren. Wren is broody and stand offish and grouchy. I love how Dare doesn’t get discouraged and keeps going for what he wants.
We get a few glimpses of characters from previous books- always a plus- but they don’t take over the story at all. This was all Wren and Dare. And Dare’s grand father who is equally awesome.
There is a bit of a twist about Wren’s background, but the whole book is still very low angst and a fun sexy read. You can’t help but smile reading about anyone in Blissville.
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I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I’m a girly tomboy who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees. I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever- after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.
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