Friday, May 21, 2010

Jennifer Estep Guest Blogs & Contest for WEB OF LIES

"The gritty tone of this series gives Estep a chance to walk on the darker side. Kudos to her for the knife-edged suspense!"  
Romantic Times

"Gritty violence and steamy sex...urban fantasy fans will love it."
Publishers Weekly

Everyone's very excited about Jennifer Estep's new Elemental Assassin series, and I had the pleasure of interviewing her when the series debut, Spider's Bite, was released in JanuaryWeb of Lies, the second in the series, comes out on May 25.  Jennifer's here to talk about developing a series, and she's also donating a copy of her book for a contest here.  Read to the end of the post for contest info.

Here's the summary for Web of Lies:
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I'm Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
 Welcome, Jennifer!

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Marta for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, Marta!

So Marta asked me to talk a little bit today about writing a series. Some of you may know me as the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The first book, Spider’s Bite, was released in February, and the second book in the series, Web of Lies, just came out on May 25. The third book, Venom, will hit shelves on Sept. 28.

Writing a series is tough. Seriously, there are so many things to think about and juggle all at the same time -- characters, the plot of the book, any story arcs that carry through more than one book, how the relationships between the characters change from book to book (or even from chapter to chapter). It doesn’t matter if you’re writing urban fantasy like I am, or paranormal romance, or mysteries, or whatever. Everyone who writes a series has to think about all these things and more.

So how do I include everything? For me, it’s all about layering. First, I think about the main plot of the book -- who the bad guy is, what the main story will be, and how that will affect my main characters. For example, in Web of Lies, the main villain is a greedy mine owner who is trying to force a grandfather and his granddaughter off their land, and my heroine, former assassin Gin Blanco, steps in to save the day.

Once I have the plot down and my rough draft written, that’s when I go back through and add in all the other touches that go into writing a series. For example, I have certain set pieces or places that my characters hang out in every book, like Gin’s barbecue restaurant, the Pork Pit. I include all the familiar hangouts and make sure readers have new places to read about too. I also think about how the main plot will change the relationships between the characters and how I can tie in plot threads that maybe continue through several books.

With every draft that I write, there’s something new to add and think about, as well as polishing the material that I already have down and really making it shine. Basically, at the end of my books, the bad guy has been dealt with, and my heroine is a calm point in her life. Maybe she’s in a relationship, maybe she isn’t, but she’s survived a new challenge and is looking forward to the future.

Of course, I do like to add in a few teases as to what might be coming up in future books, but I think providing the reader with a clear sense of resolution to the main plot is important too. Hopefully, folks will think I do a good job of tying everything today and leaving some new avenues to explore in the next book at the same time.

What about you guys? What are some of your favorite series and why? Have you ever broken up with a series? Why or why not? Share in the comments.


Visit Jennifer's Website.

Read chapters of her books, including the third Elemental Assassin book, Venom.

CONTEST:  To enter, answer Jennifer's question:  What are your fave series and why?  Have you ever broken up with a series?  Why or why not?  The contest runs through May 31, and a winner will be chosen in a random drawing.  I'll fess up first.  I broke up with a series that is still going on because I felt that the writer was just regurgitating the same old stuff.  It was amusing for the first five or six books, but then she was phoning it in.  I must say that I admire authors with successful series who decide to end them at a certain point.


 I read that Jennifer totally lurves The A-Team.  So this is for you, Jen!

And because it's Friday, Richard Armitage!


MsM (Elizabeth Jules Mason) said...

Hi Marta and Jennifer!

I love series books and currently my favorite is C.Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. They are my favorite because the heroine is so likeable and believable. The best talent (in my opinion) that Charlaine Harris has is PHENOMENAL character development.

I just love that, no matter what the plot or action is the characters carry the story because they are so well written. That's a quality I look for in all the books I read.

One series I gave up on was the Blackdagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. I loved the first 4 books, the next two were OK but after that... JR Ward lost me because she move away from character focus and spent WAY TOO much time on dozens of subplots running at once. I could no longer connect with the characters...

She's a great writer but if you don't connect with the characters you just don't care what happens to them. The heroes are no better than the villians.

Great question! I'd love to read your book so please toss my hat in the mix!




Angel said...

I'm such a series person :-) Trying to choose my favs is going to be hard!
1. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
2. Werecats by Rachel Vincent (which is sadly ending, hope it wraps up the way I
3. Night Huntress by Jeanine Frost
4. Dorina Basarb by Karen Chance
5. Cin Craven by Jenna Maclaine
All 4 series have strong characters and are so action-packed!

I broke up with a few series (not many mind you) and it was either because it was the same stuff over and over with different names... Or I gave it a shot, but after a few books it just wasn't to my taste.

Thanks for the contest!
Reading Angel

Zita said...

My favourite series are Sookie Stackhouse, Queen Betsy, Anita Blake & Merry Gentry, Eve Dallas, Dresden Files, Mercy Thompson & Alpha and Omega, Amelia Peabody, Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, William & Hester Monk, and lots more =).

I dropped JR Ward's Black Dagger series because the gansta-speak from a bunch of really obviously European white guys was really annoying and because it's all about the emotionally damaged ultra-macho boys. All the women are beautiful and precious and two-dimensional breeding factories and I just couldn't take it anymore. I tolerate a lot from a series if it moves the story along, but...

Jennifer Estep said...

MsM -- I got to hear Charlaine Harris on a panel at the RT convention this year. She was hysterically funny and seemed like a really nice lady.

Angel -- I really like Jeaniene Frost's books too. Kresley Cole is another author you might try if you like Jeaniene's stuff.

Zita -- I like a lot of those too, especially the Dresden Files. I've been meaning to start the Merry Gentry series for a while now. Got to whittle down the TBR pile first.

I have to admit that I broke up with Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum series a while back. I really just wanted her to pick either Joe or Ranger, but it didn't look like it was ever going to happen. Sigh.

And Marta -- those A-Team videos are awesome! I have serious love for that show, and only a few weeks now until the movie comes out -- starring Bradley Cooper's abs. ;-)

SandyG265 said...

I like series books. Aside from Gin's books some of my favorite series are Jeanine Frost's Night Huntress Series, Charlaine Harris' Shakespear series, C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers, and Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series.

I've broken up with several series. I stopped reading Yasmin Galenorn's Sisters series because I felt that she was just dragging the series out without advancing the plot from one book to the next.
And I stopped reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books because the plots got stale after ten books.

Thanks for the contest
sgiden At verizon DOT net

van_pham said...

My favorite series are:
Kate Daniels novels by Ilona Andrews
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
October Daye novels by Seanan McGuire

I stopped reading Sophia Kinsella's shopaholic series, the character seemed too shallow for me. Also I just started reading Rob Thurman's Cal series, but am having a hard time finish the first book.

I am sooo looking forward to reading Web of Lies. Gin is great character, and i can't wait to see what you have in store for her!


CrystalGB said...

Some of my favorite series are:
Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson
Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters
JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood
Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling
Jessica Andersen's NightKeepers

I have quit reading some series because the stories don't have the same quality as previous books.

Jennifer Estep said...

Sandy -- Yeah, I thought the jokes/plots in the Plum series were all interchangeable after a while. I think I stopped reading about book 12. The series just didn't feel fresh to me anymore.

Van -- Thanks! I appreciate that, and I hope you enjoy Web of Lies. ;-)

Crystal -- I really like the Dark Hunters series, but I'm way behind on it at this point. Kenyon just writes too fast for me!

Marta said...

Hi, Everyone! Jennifer, lucky you, getting to see Charlaine.

Okay, I remembered a series I just wait for...Julie Spencer-Fleming's Claire Fergusson mysteries. She only writes one every few years, which makes me crazy, but I love the characters so much. They seem real to me, as does their town and the mysteries.

mountie9 said...

Favorite Series: Demon Hunting soccer mom by Julie Kenner

(Blatant flatery : ) ) Gin Blanco series

Loving Marta's books, I'm on book 2

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

and this will date me a little but the Daughters of England series by Phillapa Carr (Victoria Holt)

I haven't quit a series yet even though I have been tempted sometimes, just because I need to know the end. That being said if Crown of Destiny wasn't the final book in the world of Hetar books by Bertrice Small, I would have given up on it.

Jen - This weekend I am going to make the PB, Pumpkin and Honey Sandwich it sounds delish!

icecharm said...

Jennifer- Loved Spider's Bite! Can't wait for the rest of the series.
Not a vampire series, but I had to break with the book series that the TV show "Legend of the Seeker" is based on after the 3rd book or so. These books are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO freaking long and it got to the point where I couldn't wait to finish it and move on! I'm thinking that is a bad sign.

Dannie said...

My favorite series is by far the Cal Leandros I've broken up with is the Max Ride. It was never Shakespeare, but after the fourth one it just got a tad ridiculous.

throuthehaze said...

I love so many series but my #1 fave is The Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. I haven't really broken up with any series as far as I can remember. I have definitely wanted to occasionally because it felt like the story wasn't really going anywhere but I stick it out in hopes that the next book will be better...and often it is.

joder said...

Some of my favorite series are...
Kressley Cole/IAD
Larissa Ione/Demonica
Carrie Vaughn/Kitty Norville werewolf
Charlaine Harris/Sookie Stackhouse
Sherrilyn Kenyon/Darkhunters

The series I dumped was Christine Feehan's Carpathian vampires. The story was so fresh when it came out, but then became so repetitive. Same storylines with virtually interchangeable characters.

I'm also very close to dumping Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. They've become too slapsticky and formulated. But it's still hard to turn my back on the series even though it's not as fun. Maybe I'll have to join a group to break the Stephanie habit?

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Jennifer Estep said...

Marta -- I've heard a lot of people raving how good that series is -- and how they wish she would write quicker.

Mountie 9 -- I'm a sucker for blatant flattery. I hope you like the sandwich. I think it's pretty good myself. ;-)

Icecharm -- Thanks! I appreciate that. Yeah, I gave up on the Goodkind series after about book 6 or so -- since it was told from the POV of a new character and his main characters weren't even really in the book that much.

Dannie -- Another series that I keep meaning to read ...

Throuthehaze -- I haven't read that series, but I've enjoyed some of Showalter's other books.

Joder -- My problem with the Plums series was that Stephanie never learned anything. You'd think that she'd become just a little bit better at the bounty hunter thing over time. LOL.

Anna Dougherty said...

I'm totally addicted to series books. My absolute favorite is the In Death series by JD Robb. I could read about Rourke and Eve all day long.

I have dumped a few series over the years- can't recall names at the moment. My guilt over breaking up must have clouded my mind.

Shannon said...

My favorite series, could you choose a harder question? I'm going to go with the Vampire Academy series by Rachelle Mead. I read a ton of books I mostly get my books from the library but VA books win the fave spot for being the books I have go and buy because I can't wait for the library to process them.

Broken up with a series? I have offically broken up with the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laural K Hamilton. Why? It got just too crazy after book 6. Everything the lore, the supernatural stuff and then the sex stuff just got out of control. I am a 27 year old I don't mind sex in books and I even like it but it just go to be overwhelming. I always feel guilty if I stop reading in the middle of a book or series but sometimes it's even more painful to keep going.

blackroze37 AT said...

ok charlaine harris, im not sure if i want to read the new one,i dont know if she doing the books, or will be doing the tv sreies with it, and the tv series and book is so taotlly differnt

Martha Lawson said...

I'd love to win this one!! My fav series is Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, I also like Feehan's sister series.

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Karen W. said...

Hi, Jennifer,

I *loved* SPIDER'S BITE and can't wait for WEB OF LIES!

I read almost every urban fantasy series out there, so I know you don't want me to list them ALL. :)
Some of my favorite are Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series, the Morganville Vamps by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series, and Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series.

Yes, I've broken up with a series. Sometimes even when I'm enjoying the books, I kind of wander off after a few of them. Definitely a quirk of mine.

Thanks for the contest!

Marianna said...

Two of my favorites are Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series and Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson books. I think I like the way the romantic tension is stretched out in both series. Plus the two heroines are both tough without being witchy (which I appreciate).

I never really "broke up" with a series; if I don't like the first book I won't continue.

Joyson said...

Favorite series???


oh choosing is hard! LOL! But I would say Jeanine Frost's Night Huntress! :)

And yes I often dump series coz sometimes, just because the first few books are good, authors tend to think that they should extend and extend and extend the story. Really gets boring expecially if the story is already running in circle or if there are already soooo many characters :[

Thanks for this contest! :)

Dawn M. said...

I have a lot of favorite series so I'll just stick to my top three.

Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews
Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs
Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Series I've given up on:

Dark & Ghostwalkers - Christine Feehan
Eve Duncan - Iris Johansen
Anita Blake - Laurell K. Hamilton
and like most, I'm *this* close to giving up on Stephanie Plum.

I loved them all in the beginning but got bored & frustrated with the never ending same storyline.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

Some of my favorite series are the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon, Dirk and Steele by Marjorie M. Liu, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles by D.N. Simmons.

One series I have not "officially" given up on, yet is the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I just don't buy the books as soon as they are released. I'm actually several books behind the series. I couldn't find anything fresh in this series after a while..

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Jennifer Estep said...

Anna -- Eve and Roarke are classic characters. I know lots of folks who love that series.

Shannon -- Yeah, I've heard a lot of people say that about Hamilton's books.

Blackroze -- I'm not sure either, but she was really fun to listen on the panel at RT. She told a lot of funny stories about how her books have been turned into the HBO series.

Martha -- I like the DH series too, although I think I'm about 10 books behind at this point. And I haven't read any of the Dream Hunters by Kenyon yet.

Karen -- Thanks! I appreciate that and hope you like Web of Lies too. ;-)

Marianna -- I like that description -- tough without being witchy.

Joyson -- It is hard choosing just a few. I probably have about 20 series that I follow right now, which is why my TBR pile is so big. LOL.

Dawn -- Yeah, for me, the Stephanie Plum series got old when all the jokes seemed the same in all the books.

Tracey -- The Dirk and Steele series is another good one. Liu's writing is so lush and elegant in those books.

LSUReader said...

I like series books, because I feel like I'm reconnecting with old friends. The downside there is if the characters become stale, that "relationship" goes poof. I've quit reading a couple of blockbuster authors--James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, because the books felt stagnant. Some authors have closed series that I believe worked very well: Colleen Gleason's Gardella Chronicles, Charlaine Harris's Harper Connelly series, Lisa Lutz's Spellman Files and Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson series are like this.

I really enjoyed my intro to Gin Blanco and am looking forward to more of your books. Thanks.

Cathy M said...

My top favorite series:

Eve Dallas
Anita Blake
Lora Leigh's Breeds
Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series
Stephanie Laurens-still love them all
Eileen Wilks
Joey W Hill-love her vampire series

Series that are fading fast:

Stephanie Plum
Lara Adrian
series that has cliff-hangers


Roxanne Rhoads said...

My fave book series are by Jeaniene Frost, LKH, Kim Harrison, and Annette Blair just to name a few

A series I have broken up with...

I guess Anne Rice's vampire series because the books were so far apart and I just lost interest in her style of vampires after awhile I still love the classics Interview, Queen of the Damned and those but the last couple vampire books she wrote still sit on my shelf unread (yes, I did buy them ut of loyalty but have never brought myself to read them)

RoxanneRhoads @ aol. com

JenM said...

My current favorite series are Mercy Thompson, Alpha & Omega, and Kate Daniels. Another one that I love is Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series, but she has been concentrating on her other series so the next book isn't going to be out for awhile.

I gave up Rachel Caine's Weather Wardens because there was too much action and I just got tired of it. I loved the premise, but I gave up after Book 5 because the poor heroine just couldn't catch a break. Constant peril, all the time. Another one I gave up was Queen Betsy by Mary Janice Davidson. She never grew or changed - she was still complaining about the same things in Book 5 as she had been in Book 1.


debbie said...

I still like the plum series, but I admit, I have fallen behind and not read the last two books.
I have given up on anita's series. The last one I read didn't even have a plot. It kind of felt like she was just repeating the sex scenes over and over.

kara-karina said...

Oh, boy! As I'm reading predominantly series - the list is going to be long :) I prefer series because if i love characters I don't want to give them up. I've started with paranarmal romance few years ago, and then swayed towards urban fantasy and just got stuck there.:) So the series I love:
Adrian Phoenix - Dante
Anthony Francis (a new author, but absolutely fabulous)
C.E.Murphy - Negotiator
Carole Nelson Douglas - Delilah Street
Carrie Vaughn - Kitty
Charlaine Harris - Sookie + Lily Bard(which she doesn't write anymore)
Chloe Neill - Chicagoland Vamps
Devon Monk - Magic
Diana Rowland - Kara Gillian(fab!)
Faith Hunter - Jane + Thorn (fab!)
Ilona Andrews - Kate + The Edge (adore them)
JDRobb, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, Libba Bray (just amazing),Lilith Saintcrow - Dante + Jill, Maria V Snyder, Marta Acosta (of course!), Nancy Holzner (new author), Jennifer Estep (definitely fab!:), P.Briggs, Rachel Vincent, R.Mead,S.J.Day (can't believe she had to stop the series!),J.F.Lewis (superb!), J.Frost, Dakota Banks..
The series I gave up, because the stories simply blurred into one another and just stopped being interesting are - Rachel Caine (Morganville), Lara Adrian, LKH (Merry Gentry), Kelly Armstrong, Jennifer Armintrout,P.C.Cast (House of night), Melissa Marr, Sherrylin Kenyon..
I'm totally addicted to Anita Blake - I know it's super bad at the moment, but I can't give up hope that it will improve :))
Sorry for the long post, and I'm not in the contest BTW (I live in Asia, too far:) xxx

Jennifer Estep said...

LSUReader -- Thanks! I appreciate that. Gleason's series is another one that I have on my radar to read.

Cathy -- Lora Leigh is another author that I need to try too.

Roxanne -- I've seen the movie Interview with the Vampire, but that's about all I know about Rice.

Jen -- I haven't tried Mead's Dark Swan series, but I know folks love her Vampire Academy series.

Debbie -- I might give the Plum series another chance -- if Stephanie actually chooses between Joe or Ranger and sticks with her decision. I don't see that happening, though.

Kara -- That's a really great list!

Marta said...

Kara, thanks for mentioning my books. I was beginning to despair.

I actually gave up on the Evanovich books a long time ago, but I loved the first several. I have a feeling her publisher makes her continue the series because it's lucrative.

Scooper said...

Favorite series:
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
The Cast Series by Michelle Sagara
I'm sure there are plenty more, but right now I'm drawing a blank.
At one point I was really into the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but after book three the series took a turn away from the romance that drew me to them; I was done. I also thought I liked the Guardians of Eternity series by Alexandra Ivy, but I was disappointed every time the secondary characters got their own book. I loved them as secondary characters, but they just didn't hold up to the hype the author built for them.

Jennifer Estep said...

Marta -- Yeah, it's still a really popular series. I think I read somewhere that Evanovich plans to keep on doing the same thing with the books, which is why I gave up on them.

Scooper -- I really liked the first four books in the BDB series, but after Butch's book, it kind of went downhill for me.

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

My fav series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. The intense style allows me to overlook the fact repetition and the sexual content doesn't bother me.

My broken series: The Master of Time... only 3 books in and I knew what was going to happen and didn't care to read it over and over with different names.

Janicu said...

My favorite series are probably Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series and Seanan McGuire's Toby Daye series. I just love the combination of the great heroines and amazing world building.

Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

I am a total series junkie.. but I usually prefer series that follow a different main character with each new book. For example, the Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter series, Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones, Lynsay Sands Argeneau series.. But then, there are ones that follow mostly the same characters (Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series for example) that keep me coming back. I also read Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum.. but I'm not sure how much more Stephanie Plum I can take without some real character development. THe last book felt wrong, and I was very disappointed. And Anita Blake... well, I'm not sure what to do with that one.

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heatwave16 said...

Hi ladies!!! I am all about series...everything I read is a series.

Anita Blake - LKH
The Hollows - Kim Harrison
KItty - Carrie Vaughn
Demon Slayers - Angie Fox

I just go through phases with my series. Since I just can't keep up with all of them, I might read 2 books back to back, and then not read another for a year. For me, they keeps the series fresh.

Jennifer - I'm excited about Web of Lies. I have Spider Bite...just picked it up about 2 weeks ago. Why the spider theme?


Valorie said...

The Vampire Chronicles- Anne Rice
Sookie Stackhouse- Charlaine Harris
Medicus- Ruth Downie
Roma Sub Rosa- Steven Saylor
Xanth- Piers Anthony

I've never broken up with a series as in gotten a few books in and called it quits. I try a series out, if I don't like the first book, I toss it aside. But never have I gotten more than one book in and decided to give up. That's just not me.

Pamk said...

I love series and some of my favs are
Charlaine Harris/Sookie books
Rachel Vincent/Stray
Jeannine Frost/grave
Lora Leigh/breeds
Ilona Andrews/both of her series
Sherrilyn Kenyon/Darkhunters
and probably many more I am forgetting at the moment. The only one I've broken up with is Laurel Hamilton Anita Blake series. it was way too hard keeping up with whom she was sleeping with. I would love to see who and if this series every ends.

emmad said...

If this is open to international entries I would love to enter.

Hmm series eh
Anne McCaffery - Dragons of Pern and the Crystal Singer series.
Mercedes Lackey - Valdamere series
Anne Bishop - all her series
Ilona Andrews - both series
Rachel Vincent - Werecat series
Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson series

Um the list could go on really sigh.
Not really a series but Dick Francis books lol.

cfisher1504 said...

I read alot of series...some faves...Anita Black....Merry Gentry...the Dresden Files.
I have dropped a couple of series because I felt they were dead ended.... cfisher1504 at

SaraC said...

I broke up with Kim Harrison's series, only because I couldn't remember which book was the last one I has read as all the titles sound the same to me, and at a certain point I just stopped caring to reread all of them to find out where I was in the series.

layla418 said...

Some of my favorite series:
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, Walking Pappers series by C.E. Murphy, In Death series by J.D. Robb, BDB series by J.R. Ward, Zodiac series by Vicki Petterssen, Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost, Ophelia and Abby series by Shirley Damsgaard, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

I've given up on the Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series. Every female character in the series is interchangeable and the plot lines are tired.

Cathie said...

My favorite series is The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith. I've been a fan for 20 years! I don't have any other series I religiously follow thus haven't broken up with them.

jellybelly82158 said...

I love series. Some of my favs
Christine Feehan's Carpathians
Christine Feehan's Ghost Walkers
Christine Warren's The Others
Alexandrea Ivy's Guardians of Eternity
Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters
Rachel Vincent's Strays
Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen Guardian
Kelly Armstrong's Otherworld
Terry Spear's Wolf series
Kim Harrison's THe Hollows
L.A. Banks Crimson Moon

J.R. Ward's Blackdagger Brotherhood.

This is just some of them

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Christine H said...

Just recently I did. Ther 6th books came out and it was totally different than the first 5. I was disappointed next time I'll read what it's about before I order it.

Virginia C said...

"I pity the fool" who doesn't get the "Elemental Assassin" series!

Most recent best series: "The Hard to Hold Trilogy" by Stephanie Tyler.

Yes, I have abandoned several series throughout the years. They were great out of the gate, but only the first book made it to the finish line. The rest of the pack ran out of steam, not to mention character development and interesting, detailed story lines!

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Hey Jennifer, glad to see you here! :-)

I LOVE series! There is nothing like learning after you have enjoyed and loved a book that there are still 3-4 more to read! :-D

My favourite series are the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (you would think that after 9 or so books the series would dry out or just become boring, but no! Armstrong's writing remains fresh, funny and interesting), the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Adrews, Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole (guilty pleasure for rainy afternoons) and I have the Mercy Thomspon series on my TBR list as I've heard only the best things about them.

Now that I think on why I love these series one thing jumps out above everything else: the humour! The dry wit, bitingly sarcastic humour on Kelley Armstrong's and Ilona Andrews' series make me enjoy and want to read more of the story!

I've come close to giving up on a few series, but then the author spun it around and made me interested anew in the series. I forsake the Black Dagger Brotherhood after reading the 1st novel; I didn't like the style, the writing, found it ridiculous.

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