Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: Oct 15th, 2014
The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .
Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he’s been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . .
One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who’s made a permanent mark on Ellie’s heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who’s busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.
My Thoughts on Series VS Standalone novels
It’s curious these days that when someone mentions a new book, one of the first questions people ask is “Is it a series or a standalone?” I guess in this fast-paced day and age, people don’t want to wait for a book and they don’t want to get emotionally invested in a continuing storyline.
I, however, find that a shame. It’s not that I won’t write a standlone novel – I have a few coming up – but most of the time when I think of characters and plot, they are something that is easily spread across a few books. For my thriller romance Experiment in Terror, there are NINE books in total but I could never see the series being any shorter (or longer) – it’s the right amount of time to tell Perry and Dex’s epic romance.
For The Artists Trilogy, it took three books and a little prequel to show Ellie Watt’s journey of self-discovery. I couldn’t have done it in one book or even two.
Then there is my Devil’s series, which consists of The Devil’s Metal and The Devil’s Reprise. Just the two books but the two books were needed to make sure tortured rock star Sage Knightly and music journalist Dawn Emerson got their story told properly.
I think the biggest difference between standlone stories and a series, for a writer anyway, is the genre and content. Strict romance struggles as a series. If you have a couple together in book one, there will be some drama in book two to rip them apart, and then it comes back together in book three. If you’re focusing on only romance and the relationship as the plot, they it can be very contrived and predictable. However, if you have a series that has an outlying plot outside of the romance, then you have room to play. And this is where I LOVE to play.
Of course, if you have a wonderful idea for a romance, there ain’t not shame in wanting to keep it a standalone novel. Most romance is this way for a good reason – a nice, perhaps angsty read, and in the end you get your happily-ever-after wrapped up in a bow. I think any writer worth their salt knows whether a standalone or series is best for their idea (the worst thing they can do is plan for a standalone and then try and milk more sales after because of the interest…sometimes your story NEEDS to end at one book).
So while every author experiences different challenges when writing any type of book (“can I wrap this up in one book or do I need two?” “Does this need to be a five book series or a four book?”), do know that whether a book is a series or a standalone, it is usually that way for a reason. So trust in the author and jump on in, whether its for characters who you love and leave quickly or those that stick with you for a long time.
About the Author
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with). Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand. She’s hard at work on her next novel.
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