Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome Guest Carrie Ann Ryan! Writing a Series, Giveaway!


Writing a Series

I write series books because I love reading them. I love reading about a couple and then in the next book, reading about another, but still having the previous couple in the background so I can learn more. I love reading large series that has individual stories but still are part of a whole.

But how does the author keep the thrill alive? As a reader, as long as each individual book as a dynamic plot, I can get engaged. It’s when nothing happens the entire time because you know the characters so well that I won’t read the series anymore. That’s why I’m a fan of the multi-couple series.

In my Redwood Pack series, there is an overall story arch. Meaning the Centrals will be there until the end. But that doesn’t mean the Redwoods won’t win a few battles along the way. The dynamics of each pack will change as the series progresses. It’s always nice to have a group of villains to pick off LOL.

And of course, bring in new characters. Keeping the same four characters or so for twenty books can be tiresome. But most authors know this and keep it fresh. Of if they don’t, they’ll get hammered. I like reading series where they author says, “Yes, this is a Trilogy” or something. I like knowing they have an end in sight where they plan.

Or that they at least know that a story arch will end after a certain amount of books and they they’ll bring in a new conflict within the same series. That I love as well.

With A Night Away, I’m writing a novella after the third book. I’m still at the beginning of world building in some respects, but people know my characters a bit more from my previous books. How do I keep it fresh? Well, you don’t know every character. And you won’t know the Jamenson boys’ future mates. Though some people can guess. 

I love reading series books because I get to have a longer time with my characters. And with each book, if done right, you get a new conflict and story line that keeps us entertained. I hope I do that for you guys with my Redwoods. Mel and Kade are back and have missed you!

What do you like about series books? Dislike?

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Author Bio:

Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:
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An Alpha’s Path Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ARe

A Taste for a Mate Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ARe
Trinity Bound Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ARe
A Night Away Amazon,Barnes and Noble, ARe


A Night Away

Book 3.5 in the Redwood Pack Series

Kade Jamenson has been mated to Melanie for almost two years. They’ve been through mating circles, battles, loss, misunderstandings, and finally, the birth of their son, Finn. The world is in turmoil around them as the Redwoods engage in war with the Centrals. But for Kade and Melanie, the turmoil is also happening at home. The responsibility of a restless baby and their Pack has taken a toll and they need a break.

Not from each other. But from their Pack. Just for a night.

Kade takes Mel away for a romantic getaway and leaves Uncle Maddox alone with baby Finn. The Omega of the Redwood Pack may be adept at emotions but the idea of a baby may be beyond his immense capabilities.

Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 3 and 4 to give you a taste of Mel and Kade. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.

A Night Away Excerpt

Mel looked into Kade’s green eyes and focused. She needed time with this man. Just the fact that she’d thought for a moment he’d leave her meant she did. And Kade cemented the fact that she was scared. Yes, she could admit that at least to herself. She was scared to death. She was floundering as a mother, as a mate, and a Pack leader. She needed a moment to escape. To sit back and remember why she loved doing all these things. To remember that she loved her mate and needed him more than the air she breathed.

She placed her palm on his face, his unshaved cheek scraping against her skin and she shivered at the thought of where else his five-o’-clock shadow could scrape her. His tanned skin looked like caramel against her pallor. She wanted to see where else they’d contrast when they lay naked in a sweaty pile.

She needed a break. If only for a night.

“Okay,” she finally whispered. “That sounds wonderful.”

Maddox released a sigh, and Kade smiled. “Good.”

“Where are we going?”

“It’s a surprise.” Kade gave a smoldering look and Mel melted into a puddle.


  1. I've not read any of Carrie's books but paranormal genre is right up my alley. Will definitely check her books out. Thanks for the insight into Carrie's world.

  2. Excellent - another author new to me in my favorite genre. Loved the author's comments, and I am really intrigued by the idea of werewolf mates who are overwhelmed with a new baby and family - many of us can relate!

  3. Great post, Carrie Ann. Everything you mentioned is exactly why I love to read series. I also like the concept of the .5 novellas that let us see what happens to the heroes and heroines from previous books after the HEA. I'm thinking of writing a few myself :) Love the Redwood Pack series!

    1. Thanks Kristine! More .5 after the HEA books are coming! *grins*

    2. Awesome! Can't wait to find out how Josh is faring in his new life :)

  4. Hi Carrie!!!

    I like everything you said above. I read one other author who does the .5 novella's and i really enjoy those peaks in between books. I love series books. I like the glimpse back at couples from previous books too. Thanks for being a part of my blog.

    Lisa B

  5. I love to read and write series, but I also think an author needs to know when to end a series. I have stopped reading many series in the past because they have gone on waaaay too long and the overall plot got too stupid.

    1. I totally know what you mean. That's why my series are always "end in sight" series. I hate when a series goes 15 books and I get bored.

  6. Oh my, my. I too, could use a break like that! I agree Carrie Ann, and I also like to read a series because you can really get to know the complexities of the couple, and weave them into crazy and insane situations! "A Night Away" sounds positively delicious!