Sorry, No Chocolate-y Marshmallows in this Vampire Serial
Gluten and sugar (and all the things that make Count Chocula so delicious) may be on their way out, but the serial novel is here to take their place with a new kind of delicious, bite-sized goodness. Ready? Well, go on. Dig in.
Wait, what? You’re as leery of serial novels as you are of agave nectar and spelt flour? You’re willing to give serials the benefit of the doubt, but you’re not sure what to do with them? Okay. First, put down that spoon and take a deep breath. Now blow out the breath and release all your long-held ideas of what the reading experience should entail. You don’t have time to tune out the world and curl up with that epic novel, anyway.
In their original Way Back incarnation, serial novels were chapters or parts of a book published one bit at a time in news sheets/newspapers. Readers settled down to read the Victorian equivalent of the Funnies (does anybody read the Funnies anymore?) and to pick up where the story left off the week before. And then they spent time discussing with their friends, speculating about what would happen next, and eagerly anticipating the next installment.
At some point, serialization fell out of fashion. Books came in one big (sometimes very big) beginning-to-end edition. I grew up on the beginning-to-end novel, just like everyone else in my generation. If I joined a book club, the goal was to read the whole book and then discuss. That’s just the way it was done.
But then the Internet happened, fan-fiction became a way of life, and a new breed of reader was reborn: the serial reader. They’re everywhere. Look around you and you’ll see someone who lurks on Star Trek fan-fiction sites, or someone who is following their favorite fan-fiction writer’s story chapter by chapter, eagerly awaiting the next installment. That new breed of serial readers?
That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Read. Start at the beginning of the serial and when you’re finished, look for the next installment. If you can’t wait for the next installment, go visit the author’s Facebook fan page or send an email and beg for scraps of insight as to what might happen next. And when the next part is available…read some more.
And now you know what to do with a serial novel. It’s not nearly as intimidating as baking with spelt flour, after all…plus with serial novels, you get awesome things like dark, sexy vampires. Really dark. And really sexy.
**Steamy 18+** Paranormal Romance Serial Novel | 16,000 Words | Part 1 of 5
There’s only one substance on earth that can create a new vampire–the blood of a Chalice, a rare individual with magic in her veins. Atlanta’s human-vampire Civility Laws demand that if a Chalice is found, she must be destroyed.
Heiress to a family tradition of ward-working, house painter Dessa Collier has spent the past twelve years pretending vampires don’t exist. When a friend-enemy walks back into Dessa’s life after a decade-long absence, everything Dessa has been hiding from comes crashing down on top of her.
Don’t miss the rest of this exciting, darkly erotic paranormal tale. BITTEN (#2) is now available. Look for DEEPER (#3) in May.
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Easy, right?! I hope to see you there!
Emily (E.R. Davis)
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