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Archive for April 6th, 2009

DAWAHA tournament ends in less than an hour. I’m asking those who haven’t voted to please go vote for IRON KISSED by Patricia Briggs. Please and thanks! 🙂

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Please check the post below again, I forgot to choose three winners last night and have updated the post below with the corrections. Congrats ladies!

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Department of Justice agent Shadoe Grayson is out to prove she’s no rookie, and eagerly accepts her first undercover assignment at a strip club in New Orleans. Working with the Wild Riders, a government agency of bad boy bikers, her goal is to bring down a corrupt DEA agent. All she has to do now is learn to strip like a pro.

Standing in her way is the arrogant and smokin’ hot Spencer King, her partner and one of the Wild Riders. Spence thinks she looks more like a schoolteacher than a stripper, and doubts her ability to do the job. But when he mockingly challenges Shadoe to strip just for him, he finds out there’s more to the surprisingly sexy agent than by-the-book rules and Government Issue pantsuits.

Now Spencer has to resist his baser instincts while Shadoe learns that taking off your clothes doesn’t always equal losing control…

There’s just something about series books that I love. Now don’t get me wrong, because I do enjoy reading a stand alone single title just fine. But my favorite kinds of books are the ones that are ongoing. I’ve been a fan of books that are part of a series for many years now. I think it began when Nora Roberts started with her trilogies (like her Chesapeake series) with all those extra characters made me want them to have their own story too. And I just couldn’t wait!

There’s a certain continuity that goes with a series, when you get to know these characters from one book to the next. They start to feel like family to you. And that’s probably why nearly every book I’ve written has been part of a series. I didn’t mean for it to happen that way, but it did. The very first book I published ended up part of a three book series, even though I didn’t plan it out that way. And then I did another series, and another, and another. I realized as I wrote a book, my secondary characters took on a life of their own, and I began to wonder what their story was. And then I wanted to write about them.

I imagine a lot of writers do this, which is why there are so many series books out there. We writers just can’t leave those characters untouched, you know. Or at least this writer can’t. I’m just too curious about who those secondary characters are. And in each book, if a secondary character becomes more prominent, he or she starts knocking on the door of my mind demanding his or her turn next.

My Wild Riders series with Berkley Heat is very much like that. These are alpha characters—both the women and the men. They’re demanding and they want attention. The idea of not writing a story for each and every one of them is unthinkable. Hopefully my editor will see it that way too and will let me write a story for each character. 😉

As readers, do you develop a curiosity about secondary characters in stories you read, and then wonder when or if they’re going to get their turn as the hero and heroine in their own book? Or do you prefer single, stand alone books?

–Jaci

www.jaciburton.com

*****Leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of RIDING WILD, book #1 in Jaci’s Wild Riders series. Five names will be picked! Good Luck! 🙂

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He’s a Harley-riding ex-thief working undercover for the government. She’s a gun-toting ex-socialite hired to protect a valuable museum exhibit. But in her attempt to stop a heist, she never anticipated having her breath and her heart stolen…

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But here he was, the bad boy who’d broken her heart years ago-still a thief, this time high-jacking a priceless artifact–and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

Mac was no less shocked to see the beautiful girl-next-door all grown up, threatening to shoot him on the spot. Little did she know she was blowing his cover-and now he had to figure out how to get her out of harm’s way without succumbing to his crazy desire to take her on a hot trip down memory lane.

Unfortunately, Lily has no intention of going anywhere with Mac. Which means he has to resort to kidnapping. Unless, of course, she agrees to let him take her for the kind of ride destined to drive them both unbelievably wild…

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