I am so excited to have one of my favorite authors, Megan Hart here today at Fiction Vixen.
Serial or Series? by Megan Hart
In the romance reading world, the book series has been a popular format for a long time. And what’s not to love? When we fall in love with characters or a world, the best thing ever is to get more and more and more of what we crave! More recently, the romance serial has started to gain popularity, too.
But isn’t a series and serial the same thing?
Both feature multiple pieces to an overall story. Both are released over time (though the time between installments can be short or, to the avid reader, unbearably long.)So what’s the difference between a serial and a series? To me, the major difference is the story each is telling.
A series will follow characters and a plot over the course of multiple books, with each book telling a piece of an overall story, yet individually telling its own complete story (sometimes with a cliffhanger ending, sometimes without.) Multiple books, each telling its own complete story that fits into a longer plot.
A serial is one story divided into several shorter pieces, each making up one part of the overall story completed at the end of the serial. Multiple shorter pieces, each telling part of the overall story to reach a full plot by the end.
Clear as mud, right? And opinions may vary on the differences, too! But for me, writing a serial was a very different approach than if I’d been writing a series.
For me, Every Part of You is one story, the romance between Simone and Elliott, two strangers who discover they have a lot more in common than either would have believed. Each piece of Every Part of You – Tempts Me, Resists Me, Taunts Me, Denies Me and Takes Me, tells one piece of their overall journey. They meet, feel their attraction, give in to it, deny it, and at last accept it. Because each short piece fits together like a puzzle to make an overall picture and is being released separately, it’s a serial. Not a series.
For readers who love digital serials, Every Part of You is meant to indulge your cravings to nibble at pieces and draw out the anticipation (in this case, two weeks at a time.) But readers who aren’t fans of the serial, never fear! When the entire serial has been released, you’ll be able to pick up the entire collection and gobble it to your heart’s content! And because it’s only five pieces, your wait is a mere few weeks, not months or yikes, a year!
Here are the titles and release dates for Every Part of You:
Every Part of You: Tempts Me, available 2/4/14
Every Part of You: Resists Me, available 2/18/14
Every Part of You: Taunts Me, available 3/4/14
Every Part of You: Denies Me, available 3/18/14
Every Part of You: Takes Me, available 4/1/14
Every Part of You Tempts Me
She likes to watch. He likes to keep hidden. Total opposites on a collision course to a relationship neither can deny. Simone Kahan’s been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for. Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong.
Excerpt: Every Part of You Tempts Me (#1)
When they pulled up in front of her building, she squeezed his knee again. “Walk me upstairs.”
Elliott sighed, but didn’t protest. Simone couldn’t stop herself from smiling, not that she let him see her, as she led him to the elevator. She was giving him a hard time about being a pain in the ass, which was true. He totally was. But she’d been on worse dates, with bigger assholes than Elliott Anderson, and the fact was that his terse attitude intrigued her more than it made her mad. Oh, yeah, he’d been a little brusque tonight. Impolite, though immediately recognizing it when she’d pointed it out. Acknowledging it, if not contritely at least sincerely. She was having a helluva time figuring him out.
She liked that.
Maybe that made her kind of sick, but that wasn’t anything she didn’t already know about herself. She’d always been drawn to arrogant men, the ones who thought they knew best. Those were the ones who could give her what she craved. The problem with men like that was they were also the ones who felt like they had the right to tell her what to do.
Elliott was different. She’d known that for a while, watching him bring the parade of blondes into his office. Fucking them on his desk, sometimes without so much as a kiss beforehand. The way his hands always found their way into their hair, pulling. The roughness with which he handled them. But she’d watched him do other things in that office, too, things that had told her a lot more about his personality even than the way he fucked.
She’d seen him clean his desk phone with an antiseptic wipe and eat Chinese food from a container with chopsticks he pulled from a wooden case out of his desk drawer. She’d watched him bent over his computer, scowling, and she’d watched him with his cell phone pressed to his ear, face alight with laughter. She’d seen him working and playing. It was kind of creepy, actually, how much she knew about him from watching him after hours. What would happen if he knew everything she knew about him, she thought as she pushed the fourth-floor button and watched him lean against the interior elevator railing across from her.
“I’m at the end of the hall.”
“Of course you are,” Elliott said in a half-weary voice, though he followed her. “I guess you expect me to make sure you get inside okay, too.”
“Yes.” Simone bit back another smile.
“Do you want me to go inside with you?” He asked as she fit her key into the lock and pushed open the heavy wooden door. “Make sure there’s no serial killer lurking behind the shower curtain, that sort of thing?”
He might be a pain in the ass, but that dry sense of humor was the cherry on top of the panty-dampening cake. Simone turned to face him as he came through the doorway behind her. She tossed her keys into the small bowl on the table by the door.
“I don’t have a shower curtain. But tell you what,” she said, “since you came all this way, you could kiss me good night.”
He’d been looking around her apartment when she said that, blatantly assessing everything from her couch to the art on her walls, and at this, his head swung slowly toward her. “Kiss. You?”
“It might surprise you to realize this,” Simone said, annoyed and amused and also a little aroused, “but I don’t usually have to even ask.”
“No. I don’t suppose you do.”
The way he said it gave her a little shiver from the base of her neck all the way down her spine, where it lodged. Simone didn’t move closer to him. He didn’t move closer to her.
For a long few seconds she thought he wasn’t actually going to kiss her, and she would have to make the first move, because there was no way in hell she was going to let him out of here without at least tasting his mouth, just once. But then she didn’t have to worry, because Elliott reached for her, his fingers brushing her sleeve, then closing on her wrist.
It still ached a little from his earlier grip. More a memory of the small pain he’d inflicted than any real discomfort, but her heart skipped a beat anyway. Her nipples tightened. The shiver that had traveled down her spine now spread outward, turning electric, sending heat through her belly and between her legs.
“Come here,” Elliott said.
Readers who like serials or series, what do you love about them? Do you think of them as different things? Comment here to win a copy of Every Part of You: Tempts Me (#1)! (It’s digital only, which means you must be able to get your prize from Amazon.com, BN.com, Kobo.com or iBookstore in the USA). Contest ends Feb. 21, winner announced soon after.