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Guest blogger: Bronwen Evans

30 March 2014

Bronwen EvansStarting a new series—there’s nothing like it!

Hello, Australia. I’m waving from New Zealand, and I’m hoping it’s not as cold for you there as it is here! I had to get my winter woolies out yesterday, 8c, burr.

I’m a Regency historical writer. I’ve been writing for about six years and I’m onto my third series, The Disgraced Lords with Random House Loveswept. Book #1 is A Kiss of Lies (Jan 2014), and book #2 is A Promise of More (Apr 2014).

I’m always asked why I write series. That’s easy, I’m a reader too, and I know how much I love reading a series. What is it about a series that’s so appealing?

I can only speak for myself, but a series with a cast of rich characters makes the world more real, no matter what time, or place, or world the story is set in.

Most people have friends, work colleagues, or family around them, people who interact with their lives, sometimes annoyingly, on a daily basis. Therefore, why would I want to write a world where my character doesn’t have any friends, family, or anyone to interact with? I’d be suspicious of a person who doesn’t have people around them—what’s wrong with them?

Our friends, family and colleagues enrich our world. They provide us with challenges, issues, support networks; they can be annoying, hurtful and downright nasty sometimes, but they can also be loving, supportive and the shoulder to cry on.

A series works when those cast of characters become your best friends, or at least make you have to know what the author has in-store for them. I’m a fan of Toni Aleo, JR Ward, Stephanie Laurens and Nalini Singh because of the way they build an all-encompassing world. Humans are not singular creatures. We all crave company, love, and security. A great series delivers this.

As an author there is nothing more exciting than planning a series, creating that rich interactive world for the characters to grow and thrive in. I love creating their personalities, their relationships with friends and parents, developing their immediate world, and their place in it. But most of all I love providing their journey to their happy ever after.

The Disgraced Lords series introduces you to six men, friends since school, called the Libertine Scholars, who face a common enemy. Someone is out to destroy them, and they have no idea why. Over the course of six books, they have to work together to solve the mystery. Each man has his own strengths and weaknesses, his own flaws and inner demons. Their enemy pulls them together, makes them stronger, and their life-affirming bond ensures they protect those they love, as they realise that together they can defeat any evil.

I suppose the biggest plus for any author writing a series is when the reader buys into your world, and responds to the raft of characters you have created. They become their friends, and I often receive emails wanting to know more about them—what happens after their HEA? For readers truly come to love these characters as much as I do. Of course it also puts me under more pressure. I have to ensure I deliver on the promise I’ve made about certain characters in the preceding books.

This is the third series I’ve written, and I can honestly say I’ve never forgotten any characters from my previous two series. They are still my friends, and I sometimes pull out a book from a previous series, and re-read it, just because I want to visit with them for a while. I hope you’ll take a peep at my new series and perhaps want to visit with the Libertine Scholars for a while. Let me know which Libertine Scholar you like the best. I still can’t decide. Perhaps it’s Christian, my hero in A Kiss of Lies, book #1 in the series. He’s a battle-scarred war hero who is overdue for love. I thoroughly enjoyed helping him find his HEA …

Leave a comment telling me why you like reading series and you will go in the draw to win a copy of A Kiss of Lies. The giveaway closes on 13 April 2014.

A Kiss of LiesA Kiss of Lies

In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over … until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

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Praise for Bronwen Evans and A Kiss of Lies

“This tale is poignant, heartwarming and readers may be reaching for the Kleenex once or twice before the breathtaking ending.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

A Promise of MoreA Promise of More

In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.

When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.

The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.

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Advance praise for A Promise of More

“Bronwen’s historical romances always make the top of my reading list!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

Check out my current contest for the release of A Promise of More—win a KAGI jewellery designer Jewel Pop Ring valued at NZ$99. Details on my website.

Best-selling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com

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14 Comments
  1. Barbara permalink
    1 April 2014 8:25 pm

    I love series and look forward to reading this one …. Congratulations Bronwen

  2. 31 March 2014 9:08 am

    I love series! Love catching up with characters from previous books and finding out how their lives are progressing, if they have children, where they are living etc. And secondary characters in one book are usually a lot of fun and I look forward to them having their own books.
    Well down, Bronwen, on writing such great series.

    • 31 March 2014 10:51 am

      Hi Suzi

      Coming from you that is a lovely comment. You write fabulous series too!

      • 31 March 2014 1:16 pm

        Awww, Bronwen, thank you. You’ve made me blush. Series are awesome to read and lots of fun to write.

  3. Tammy Clardy permalink
    30 March 2014 5:35 pm

    I Love The Disgraced Lords series already. I enjoyed Christian and Serena’s story. I can’t wait to get the whole story of Sebastian and Beatrice.

    • 30 March 2014 6:20 pm

      Hi Tammy

      Thank you for the lovely comment. Sebastian is a fascinating character who needed a woman like Beatrice-smart, generous and she won’t put up with any nonsense!

  4. Sue P. permalink
    30 March 2014 2:01 pm

    I really love reading series. It gives you a glimpse of past characters and how their lives are progressing. It leaves room to better enrich the relationships of the group of friends or brothers/sisters the series is about. And it gives the author more room to tie up lose ends and visit many different story lines within the same group. Plus there are usually secondary characters that have a part in every book within the series and they are usually a hoot to watch.

    • 30 March 2014 4:10 pm

      Hi Sue
      I’m always thrilled when readers email me asking if one of my secondary characters will be getting their own book!

  5. 30 March 2014 1:20 pm

    Hi Bronwen, enjoyed your writing on why you write and enjoy reading series. I do like series. Mostly because the first book of a series introduces alot of people besides the H/h. And then I wonder about the other persons in the book and how they will find their own way. Thanks for letting us receive a chance to win one of your wonderful books.

    • 30 March 2014 4:07 pm

      Hi Debbie
      You’re so right! I can be very nosey. I have to learn everything about all the secondary characters too.

  6. 30 March 2014 11:30 am

    Bronwen, great explanation of writing a series from the author’s point of view. I imagine that one advantage is already knowing the “world” you’ve created when you start writing books #2 and #3 – but do you ever get confused about details? Do you keep lists to make sure the details line up in subsequent works? That would be the trick, in my mind! Thanks for the post!

    • 30 March 2014 3:40 pm

      Hi Leslie

      Yes, I do have to keep good files of characters and places. I always have to refer to them!

  7. helensibbritt permalink
    30 March 2014 10:27 am

    Hi Bronwen

    I too love series and for the same reasons as you do🙂 and I love the sound of this series these are books I need to read🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 30 March 2014 10:55 am

      Hi Helen

      Thank you for saying so! I know a series has grabbed me when I just have to read the next book.

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