For the past few weeks I’ve been conducting a loose poll about how readers and writers feel about cliffhangers. I did it in a way that allowed folks to express an opinion, not just say yes or no. The results were interesting, to say the least.
The overwhelming majority of folks who checked in (over 76) aren’t impressed with cliffhangers at the end of a book, TV show, or Movie. Most say it’s a cheat, many refuse to follow along and abandon the series, or wait until it’s been completed then binge on it. They are okay with, and even enjoy, a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, but not at the end of a book. Many were quite passionate about how much they hate them.
Some people seemed to be okay with them, or at least don’t seem to mind them so much. There were even a few who were quite passionate about how much they love cliffhangers. Nine, actually. I checked, they’re all writers.
They say cliffhangers increase sales, the results here would seem to deny that statement.
As for me, I’ve never liked them, they irritate me. If you’re telling me a story, finish it, dang it. I’m okay, and so are a lot of readers, with leaving a few hints of things to come, but finish the main thread of the book.
So, there it is, the people have spoken. Cliffhangers won’t be appearing in any of my books. Yes, there may be more for the characters to do in future stories, but each book will come to a satisfactory conclusion…. and that concludes this post. tee hee
I’d seriously like your opinion on cliffhangers. Now, I have no problem with a long story arc that continues over several books, TV episodes, or movie series, but I have to say, this trend of ending every book , episode, or movie with a cliffhanger really rubs my fur the wrong way.
As you know, when I write a series there is a long story arc, but each book in the series ends with a resolution to the current problem for the main characters. Yes, they know there will be more to face, but for the moment all is well, the reader can catch a breather before heading into the next adventure.
The Children of the Goddess series is a prime example of what I’m saying. That one begins here:
Well, it finally happened, my publisher caught me at a weak moment and talked me into being interviewed on The Writer’s Block, a feature of the Lesfic Reading Group. Find it on Facebook here: Lesfic Reading Group
Yes, that’s the look on my face when I realized what I’d done. sigh (Tee hee) This will be a live interview from 11:00 to 1:00 Saturday February 2nd/2019. I believe that’s Central time. Anyway, follow that link to check out the time.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about the reclusive Prudence MacLeod, come join the fun, ask me anything, learn far more than you really wanted to, find out what I’m up to next, and more.
As you all know, I rarely ever discount a book, but this year has been tough on everybody. So, in keeping with the need for a few hours of escape from the madness, I’ve joined with a large group of talented writers, and we’ve all discounted a few of our books. Yep, now’s your chance to stock up. Just follow this link to the goodies.
Herein you will find a myriad of treasure from over thirty top writers. Check it out. Oh, and for you who are faint of heart, know this is all about lesfic. (FF) For my books you will find these super ladies:
So, merry Christmas and happy reading. I’ll see you all again in the new year with a new book in the Forgotten words series.
It’s early morning and snowing out right now. The house is quiet, and I was looking for inspiration, so I checked the author review pages on Amazon. I often get some great ideas from the reviews. Here’s the first seven reviews I found, six five-star, and one four-star reviews.
Great sequel to Suvi. Enjoyed it. As the author states in her afterwords, her writing style is a bit different but boy can she spin a good yarn. You should read Suvi first to know what’s going on in Echo.
Once again Prudence has succeeded in creating a wonderfully complex and fascinating story. Well crafted characters that pull at your heart and bring laughter, tears and wonder. I am so looking forward to the next chapter in the SUVI universe. It’s a bit like watching the original Star Trek unfold on pages. New places, life forms, drama and romance. Wonderful!
If you’re like me you like to binge read a series. I think my first real binge read was Lord of the Rings, way back in the late 60’s. I know I’ve done it many times since. Lately I’ve noticed a few folks must be binging on my Children of the Goddess series. Yes, every heroine in that series was used, abused, and bullied, and more in the beginning. Most of us were, so I guess I put a bit more of myself into those books than I thought.
Last time I told you about my dynamic duo, SUVI and Lady Blue. It appears you agree with me because this past week they both earned their gold star. Yes indeed, both SUVI and Lady Blue are now wearing Best Seller labels, SUVI for sci-fi, and Lady Blue for urban fantasy. So, if you haven’t already read either of these, here’s where to check them out.
So far it’s been a good summer, and I personally have managed to find some extra reading time. Sinfully delightful. Anyway, here’s the same old question, stand alone story, or binge read a series. Either way works for me, how about you.
Yes, I been working as well. I’m about 3/4 of the way through a first draft, it’s the sequel to SUVI. Now, if a stand alone story os for you, SUVI can fill that bill nicely.
Having said that, I’ll admit to loving to binge my way through a series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, the Children of the Goddess could be just what the doctor ordered. It’s a complete series of seven books in total. It begins with Lady Blue.
The vampire king must name an heir, but the choice isn’t an easy one. Of the people he could choose, the Lady Hawk is an unknown, even if she would accept. There are others better suited for the task, but fate is about to intervene.
A woman is taken, tortured, and suddenly Rhonda is thrust into a position of command that she doesn’t want. What if she screws it up? What if it all goes wrong and blows up in her face getting everyone killed? She’s utterly terrified, and the man she depends on most just sits there waiting for orders. Will she succeed on her own or fail and bring ruin to all?
Okay, I’ll confess it, the Lady Hawk is one of my favorite characters. I’ve actually missed hanging out with her. Don’t wait, get this latest episode in the Children of the Wild series today. See what the Lady Hawk is up to now. 🙂
Well, for those of you who follow The Children of the Wild series, and who’ve asked me what happened there, hold onto your hats, the Lady Hawk is back. Sometimes life hands you strange turns, difficult challenges, and more. It is how we rise to these challenges, overcome the obstacles, that defines who we will become. The question now is, who will Lady Hawk become as she faces the biggest challenge of her life?
A woman is taken, tortured, and suddenly Rhonda’s thrust into a position of command that she doesn’t want. What if she screws it up? What if it all goes wrong and blows up in her face getting everyone killed? She’s utterly terrified, and the man she depends on most just sits there waiting for orders. Will she succeed on her own or fail and bring ruin to all?
Okay folks, there you have it, the return of the Lady Hawk. Don’t wait, order your copy today. 🙂