I have a very serious affliction. I call it series-itis, and it does not discriminate. Whether I’m writing or reading…I’m already thinking SERIES!
Lately I’ve read a lot of flack at how many romance novels are part of a series. And, while I understand that frustration, I don’t share that opinion. I love, love, love a good series. If you look at my Goodreads shelf, it is littered with series. If I enjoy reading a book, it’s always partially because the author has created a world I like being in, so returning to that world in another book makes me happy.
Still, a few years ago when I sat down to write Seven-Night Stand, my recently released Indulgence title, I wasn’t actually planning to write a series. I was trying something new by writing sexy category. I figured I should focus on THAT, not what secondary characters might get their own story somewhere down the line.
Fairly early on I knew Nate, the hero of Seven-Night Stand, had a brother. The story just didn’t work if he was an only child. Nate needed someone different from him, someone he didn’t always get along with, but someone he shared a really strong bond with nonetheless.
I didn’t mean to turn the brother into series material, but the minute he popped into my brain along with the idea he and Nate were identical twins, I knew Ryan had a story too. Even better, it meant I got to return to Harrington Airfield and Mechanics (the primary setting of Seven-Night Stand). I love the private airfield I created for this book, and I had a ton of fun bringing polished LA women to this small, desolate Kansas town.
There are a lot of other Indulgence series out there, so as many people are tired of series, I think there’s still plenty of us who love them. Where do you fall? And if you like a series as much as I do, what are your favorites?