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message 1: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY Er, so I have to read the 3 epilogues after I'm done with the book? Then read more epilogues every month until the next book is out?

Doubt I'm going to have time to follow through. Why all this extra work?


message 2: by FloJ (new)

FloJ They don't feel like extra work Elaine, but you are right about the every month thing. You are supposed to sign up and get notified when each one becomes available. I suppose a good idea from a marketing point of view - Jules Jones did something similar with the Lord and Master series - but there is only so much reading you can do, and it is nice to get it all in one hit. Too many little snippets just tires one out. Considering we read these for escapism (don't we?) the daily, weekly, monthly notification of stuff really has to be confined to work, finances or politics. Important stuff.






message 3: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY Exactly! Way too much trouble! I know what I'll do - you can collate all the little snippets and send them to me every 3 months. LOL!


message 4: by Jane (new)

Jane Seville Elaine wrote: "Er, so I have to read the 3 epilogues after I'm done with the book? Then read more epilogues every month until the next book is out?

Doubt I'm going to have time to follow through. Why all this ex..."


Hi Elaine! You don't HAVE to read the short stories on my website. I wrote them for readers who might like to read more about the characters once the book is done. My intention with them is to bridge the gap between this book and the sequel I'm writing, and to help hold reader interest in the interim. But you certainly don't need to read them to enjoy the book as published.

Thanks,
Jane Seville




message 5: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY Thanks, Jane.


message 6: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY Should I read this as a gay romantic suspense with no explicit sex - so there are no misconceptions and expectations that aren't going to be fulfilled?

I don't mind the sex not being in the forefront but even in a romantic suspense, where the focus is on the plot and suspense, I like my MM sex to be intense even if it's just once or twice.


message 7: by ElaineY (last edited Apr 14, 2009 07:55PM) (new)

ElaineY I just read a review on Well Read where the reviewer said: "I've written before as to how an epilogue can ruin the ending to a good book and I'm afraid this was definitely the case here...In fact I have to say that this was not actually an epilogue but the first few chapters of a sequel."

So is the epilogue really an excerpt to the next book? If it is, I'll skip it and let the book end where the two guys ride into the sunset..."I wished that the author hadn't included it here as it severely detracted from the lovely HEA at the end of the last chapter. What a shame."

The Well Read review sealed it for me, though. I will read it as soon as I'm done with 2050.

Review link:
http://jenre-wellread.blogspot.com/20...


message 8: by Jane (last edited Apr 15, 2009 01:19PM) (new)

Jane Seville Elaine wrote: "Should I read this as a gay romantic suspense with no explicit sex - so there are no misconceptions and expectations that aren't going to be fulfilled?

I don't mind the sex not being in the forefr..."


Hi Elaine,

There is definitely sex in the book. I don't politely fade to black. :-) There's considerable buildup, so the first contact doesn't come until about a third of the way through, but my guys definitely get it on.

As for this epilogue, it is NOT an excerpt from the sequel. The sequel is not yet written. The epilogue takes place six months after the main action of the story and is meant to serve several purposes. One, to give the reader a glimpse of where the characters are, how they've settled into their life together, where they're working, who's in their lives now, etc. Two, to portray their relationship realistically, in that they're happy together but still have unresolved issues. I'm not a fan of too-rosy endings, especially with these characters. And three, yes, to set some things up for the continuation of the story. The epilogue was intended to go with THIS book, not with the sequel, which will pick up three years later.

Jen writes great reviews and I can certainly see her point about the epilogue. To be honest her comments are the first time I've had anyone mention the epilogue as a detraction. It's a matter of taste. Some readers like having that look forward, that "here's where they are now," some would rather have things end a little more neatly. Personally, I don't feel that the epilogue, with its notes of ambiguity, detracts from the happily-ever-after. I feel it makes it more realistic. But hey, I wrote the thing, that's what I'd be expected to think, right? :-)

I'll look forward to hearing what you thought of it! Thanks for reading.

Cheers,
Jane Seville


message 9: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY I definitely will read it but at the moment, I'm planning to follow the advice of the other readers who commented on the review. They, too, chose not to read the epilogue and were happy with the rosy HEA which you appear to disdain.

I see your point and agree with you that certain characters and their story would do better with an HFN rather than an HEA. Like Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux's Cut & Run which I loved. The iffy HFN there was realistic but in all honesty, I needed it stronger after the intense emotional ride the authors took me on.

It's likely that I will read the epilogue just to see how you envision your characters' story and if I feel uncomfortable, I'll just have J read the next installment first and warn me if it's heading somewhere I won't like.


message 10: by FloJ (new)

FloJ Are you delegating your reading now Elaine?
I've just re-read the official epilogue and the sort of epilogues that precede it. I am on Jane's side. lol. The last creates the incentive to go on and read the next one when she finishes it.



message 11: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY Whether I read them or not, I'll probably enjoy the story. I took a peek, glancing through the pages and reading bits of it. It's the sort of MM suspense I like though D's speech is going to take some getting used to. I'll leave the rest of my comments for my review, shall I? LOL!


message 12: by Staceyr (new)

Staceyr I read the epilogues first, then bought the book *lol* Great book! Always fun to revisit great characters.


message 13: by ElaineY (new)

ElaineY It feels like I've waited eons for the sequel. Any one know when it's coming out?


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