Happy February! How is 2020 going so far? I can’t complain. We’ve had pretty mild weather for Ohio, and found our routine after Christmas. Now it’s time to see what God has in store for the “love month.”
Speaking of love…
When Entrusted first released, a reader expressed her disappointment that there wasn’t a wedding at the end. I completed the story with an engagement, and at the time, I felt that was the best way to wrap up Ben and Jenna’s story. I never forgot that comment, and as a reader, I kept track of the romances with weddings, and those without. Honestly, it was mostly without the wedding.
But, I noticed there was usually an epilogue that gave readers an update after the wedding.
I finished the series, wrote Restoring Christmas, Match Made in Heaven, and a middle grade/women’s fiction series that I co wrote with my daughter, Hannah. The whole time I kept thinking back to Entrusted. I love the characters and the setting, and I wondered how could I make a wedding happen in a book that’s over four years old?
I thought about perhaps creating a new series, but I have a six book series I’m writing that’s taking all my energy.
Then I considered a novella where I could explore Ben and Jenna’s story further.
I knew that deserved great focus, and again, my Surrendering Opinions series needs that focus. I can’t wait to FINALLY share Anchored with everyone!
A couple months ago I was reading a marketing article and they were talking about newsletters. It talked about the various ways to discover new subscribers. One way? Offering an exclusive epilogue.
Bingo! I also had readers ask if I could feature my newsletter magnet, which happens to be Entrusted, through BookFunnel. I had not done that, so I thought why not create an epilogue just for newsletter subscribers and offer it through BookFunnel?
So that’s what I did.
I finally got to write that wedding. I don’t want to say too much, but it gave me the ability to bring back the gang from Speculator Falls. Ben, Jenna, Sara, Carla, Will, Shirley, and even Howard the curmudgeon all are part of the epilogue and wedding. It was so fun to re visit the Adirondack Mountains. I also realized I took the epilogue for granted. As a reader, I devour them. As an author, I had not utilized them much in my contemporary romances. I’m re-thinking that!
How about you? Do you notice epilogues in romance? Do you want the wedding included in a romance? I’d love to hear what you think!
As for the Entrusted epilogue, it’s my thank you to those that subscribe to my newsletter, and you can find it at juliearduini.com.
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