After building this world and the ensemble group of characters, I want to ask readers and writers . . . Do you like sequels? If each book seems complete, and you like the characters, do you want to stick with them?
I see TV programs like The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and the Vampire Diaries, to name a few, using this premise successfully. So why not books?
Karen Marie Moning did it with the Fever series, JR Ward with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Many authors are using the serial story template for their over arcing plot.
If you've read the other two books in this series, you don't have long to wait. The third one is coming in April. I like ending with a happily ever after...as any good romance reading fan, but when I'm writing my stories, it doesn't guarantee things will stay that way. I was recently asked why I am self publishing this particular series. The answer is because it really isn't a true romance. Today, romance publishers don't want your couples breaking up or you killing off your hero or heroine in sequels. I like my stories to flow. I want the sequels to move along at an honest pace. Conflicts are real and resolving them is fun. My poor characters keep running into obstacles while they search for the answers only Niccolai Xenos can provide. Until he rises, conflict abounds and the story continues . . .
Unfortunately, things turn topsy-turvy for our friends, Dylan and Caitlin, as we enter this sequel. I'm struggling to find a way to get them through this today and solve them dilemma. But it may not be completely resolved in this book . . . We'll see.
Here's an excerpt from the opening of DAMN THE DARKNESS, Vol. #3 in the Hearts of Darkness series.
. . . The doors to the ballroom were open and the music carried outside, along with the laughter and chatter. The party was in full swing, crowded, noisy, and upbeat.
He was happy for Dylan, happier still that everyone seemed to be accepting the whole situation with Dylan’s new mate.
“Yo Jackson, toss the keys. I’ll park it for you.”
The young wolf who was valet parking tonight was the younger brother of one of his pack mates.
“Hey there, Josh. Take care, real good care of it, or Dylan will have my hide.”
He couldn’t help smiling at the kid’s enthusiasm. It wasn’t that long ago he’d been the one drooling over Dylan’s cars—now he was driving them. He tossed the keys, pointed a finger at the kid, and said, “Keep it on the grounds, okay?”
“Don’t you worry. I’ll take real good care of this baby. I’ll park it far away from the rest.”
Jackson cocked his hand at the kid like a gun. “Not too far, understand?”
Josh sniffed, gave Jackson the once over, and with a nod, grinned. “Sure. What I understand is the ladies will be all over you tonight, dude. Guaranteed, you’ll be getting lucky before the first toast. From the smell of you....? More than once.” The kid rounded the car, jumped in, and gunned it.
The ride out to the estate may have put a few creases in Jackson's pants, but they smoothed out quickly when his cock swelled behind his zipper. Jackson chuckled and adjusted himself. The kid better be right. He smoothed out a few more wrinkles in his black silk shirt, brushed off his tux, and buttoned his jacket as he approached the open double doors.
A foreign scent in the air hit Jackson’s senses like a hammer. Every muscle in his body hardened, as if he needed any more stimulus.
Fuck, what the hell is that?
The scent was enthralling, amazingly sensual...totally intoxicating.
Then he saw her.
His reaction grew stronger as the woman came toward him.
Stunning. She was heart stopping. Radiant. Her pale blonde hair, pulled back into a tight bun, looked classy. The sexy loose curl fell at the base and seemed to tease him. All that class and one wild curl.
The smile on her pale pink lips was for him.
Then she licked those lush, pillowed lips, and more heat rushed to his groin. He stopped breathing to focus, letting his eyes travel lower, wandering over her cleavage, down her flat stomach to her hips, and then back up, slowly, until their eyes met. Hell, she was lush all over.
She was for him.
He sniffed. Not Lycan, but her teeth showed a little fang. Different—definitely vampire and something else—but what?
What? How about the sexiest woman he’d ever seen…the first his wolf had ever responded to, and she wasn’t of the blood.
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