There is a writing book called Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell. I confess I have not read it, but I do wonder how that works. I’m what they call a “pantser.” I write by the seat of my pants. I have characters and an inciting incident to start my books. Then I feel my way to the end. Sometimes I am amazed at how something I consider insignificant at the beginning of the story has great significance by the time I get to the end. There have been a couple of times I have a scene from the story come to mind out of order. I write that scene. Then I write the book to get to that point. However, most of the time, I write in linear order, from start to finish.
One of those scenes occurs in the first book in my Pinecrest series, Second Chance Love. The idea for the book came from a song, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” by Dwight Yoakam. I knew somewhere in the story, my hero was going to say, “I’m not that lonely yet.”
Here is part of that scene.
He grabbed them. “Go home, Jillian. You’ve helped enough.” He marched toward the deck. Before he started up the steps, he turned. “If that money from your foundation wasn’t going to help a bunch of needy kids, I wouldn’t take it. You can’t buy my love.”
She watched him go into the house as she covered her mouth with one hand. Tears running down her cheeks, she stumbled toward her car until she remembered she didn’t have her keys or purse. They were in the house, and she would have to get them. She sniffed and ran a hand across her cheeks to wipe the tears away. Taking a deep breath and straightening her spine, she walked to the house and up the steps. She stopped short when she heard the raised voices. Standing in the shadows on the deck, she listened.
“Mom, I didn’t mean to hurt her. She hurt herself. I don’t want to hear anything more about Jillian. You, Kim, and Jillian. All of you are trying to run my life!” Sam’s angry voice carried through the screen door.
“I thought you two were making amends. Maybe getting back together.”
“That’s what you wanted.”
“Yes, and I think that’s what you want, too.”
Sam snorted. “Not anymore.”
“She said she was sorry.”
“Okay, so she’s sorry. That’s fine. I’m moving on.”
“That’s what you’ve said for eight years. Give her another chance. Then you won’t be alone anymore.”
“I’m not that lonely yet. And you can tell her that.”
That was the “black moment” in the story. Of course, since we here at Inspyromance write romance, we know that there is always a happy ending. So what keeps readers reading when they know how the story ends? It’s the journey of the hero and heroine. It’s how they find their way to love. We love the journey to a happy ending.
In a round about way, I’m getting to my main point. Readers, do you ever read a book and then discover that it is part of a series, but there are three books in the series ahead of the book you have just read. If you enjoyed the book, are you likely to go back and read the previous books in the series?
In general, I like to read books in a series in order, but I am not opposed to reading them out of order. What about you?
I will be giving away an ebook copy of Second Chance Romance to one person who leaves a comment here. I will draw the winning name on January 27, 2024, at 9PM MST.
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