Do you enjoy reading connected stories in romance? I'm a fan. I love catching up with characters from previous books and anticipating when favorite secondary characters will get their stories. I really like reading connected stories—and I’ve discovered I like writing them too!
My most recent connected stories are about three friends who run a party planning business called Party Queens. Each heroine brings her own strengths to the business—and each falls for a very different hero. Not only did I love creating a deeply emotional romance for each hero and heroine, I also enjoyed writing the strong, supportive friendships that developed between the three heroines over the arc of the three novels.
Each book is a stand-alone that can be enjoyed without reading the other two.
I’ve only just seen the cover for The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump and am sharing it here.
The first is Andie and Dominic’s story, Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress (November 2015); the second gives the stage to Gemma and Tristan in CrownPrince’s Chosen Bride (March 2016); and the third and final in the series, The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump (July 2016) is Eliza's and Jake’s story and—and brings readers up to date with what is happening with the first two couples too.
I feel a bit sad to say goodbye to these lovely, spirited heroines and the gorgeous heroes who win their hearts. But the good thing about being a writer is I’m totally involved now in the characters for my next book!
The three Party Queens books are published by Harlequin Romance in North America as the Sydney Brides mini-series. (Mills & Boon Cherish in the UK; Mills & Boon Forever Romance in Australia and New Zealand.)
Do you enjoy a connected series in romance? Do you prefer a complete romance in each book or one that develops over a series? What are your thoughts on cliffhangers? I’d love to read your comment!
The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bumpwill be released on July 1, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.
Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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