Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why I Love Series by Stephanie Julian

Hi, I'm Stephanie Julian. I write the Lucani Lovers, Magical Seduction and The Fringe series for Ellora's Cave and the upcoming Forgotten Goddesses series for Sourcebooks.

My latest release is MOONLIGHT TEMPTATION and this book is the perfect example of why I love to write series: You get to visit with old friends again.

If you read my stories, you'll notice my characters tend to pop up in multiple books. That's because I love to check in with them, see what they're up to and just generally say hi. Some show up more than others. I happen to love Kyle and Cam just a little more than all my other heroes. And Cat has a pivotal role to play in the Etruscans' ongoing fate. Besides, she's just a sweetheart.

In MOONLIGHT TEMPTATION, you get to see Kyle, Tam and Cat from KISS OF MOONLIGHT, John from EDGE OF MOONLIGHT, and Cam from SEDUCED & ENSNARED. Say hi to a few old friends.

Cat's Excerpt:

Cat groaned. “You’ve got that look on your face again.”
Evie blinked and consciously cleared her expression. But she knew it was too late. “What look?”
“That ‘How much can Cat handle look?’” The girl huffed and narrowed her gaze at Evie. “You do know I’m seventeen years old and I wasn’t raised in a nunnery, right?”
“I know, Cat. I’m sorry, it’s just this thing with Dane and Ryan has me all…” She shook her hands in front of her. “I don’t know.”
“Well, I know you’ve always had a thing for Dane. And now you’re attracted to Ryan and that confuses you. I get it. But you know it doesn’t have to be an either-or deal, right? It’s not like Ryan and Dane haven’t shared the same girl before.”
Evie’s mouth dropped open but she couldn’t produce a word. Her brain ground to a halt.
Cat’s eyes widened. “Oh. You didn’t know. Oh, shit, my bad.”
Cam's Excerpt:

Cam de Feo shrugged it off then held out his hand…for the pretty blonde woman who materialized at his side.

Ryan had seen some freaky shit in his life. Hell, he watched Dane turn into a wolf. But when a man built like a linebacker who had pointed ears too unusual to be simply abnormal materialized out of thin air, that made him question his sanity.

Cam didn’t stop for introductions. Apparently none were needed. “Stella and I already checked out the building. We’ve got to go now. They’re getting ready to move.”

“You saw Evie?” John asked. “And Cat and the boy?”

Cam shook his head. “No, but they’re in there. We heard the men talk about moving cargo so they’re still here. We found an empty room to stage but we’ve got to go now. We can’t wait.”

John nodded. “Then let’s do it.”

Cam nodded then bent to kiss his wife. And this was nopeck on the cheek, goodbye kiss. This was a full-out passionate embrace that no one seemed to think was inappropriate for the situation.

When he finally released her, she smiled and Ryan swore he saw heat flare between them, even in the frosty chill of the air.

Then Cam grabbed Seth by the arm and laid a hand on Dane’s neck.

And they were gone.


Tina Donahue said...

I love the idea of a series, Stephanie - and yours sounds so hot and awesome! Much success with your titles. The covers rock. :)

Stephanie Julian said...

thanks so much Tina! most of my covers are by the Goddess Syneca and yes, they're wonderful.

Tina Donahue said...

OMG, I LOVE Syn - she did the cover for In His Arms. It's a finalist in the DDRWA contest! She really rocks! :)

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I like the paranormal elements in your stories and I also like that you reintroduce some of the characters in sequential books.
I like the character Cam de Feo. He seems to be a fascinating character and I like the name. How did you come by such an odd name?
Is there a common theme that runs through all of the series like a consistant enemy or a quest?
The cover is very eye-catching.
I wish you all the best Stephanie.

Rawiya said...

Great post.

I love doing spinoffs of my characters as well esp. if they wont leave you be.

I love the cover also!

Much success!

Fiona McGier said...

I also get so fond of some characters that I want to know how things are going with them, after the HEA ending on their romance. I like to see how their lives continue to mesh as they grow into one unit. So yes, I didn't start out writing a series, but that's how it works for me. I think if you spend so much time with some characters telling you their most intimate secrets in your mind, then you want the best for their futures!
Good posting and interesting excerpt.

Redameter said...

Series books are always a winner I think. People like that continuing. Nice cover there too. Much luck with your book.

Love and blessings

She said...

You write series exactly for the reason I read them. I like to revisit favorite characters and see what they are up to.

Carol L. said...

Hi Stephanie,
I love series books. It's fun to see previous characters reintroduced again. Like family. :)
I'll have to check out your books.
Carol L

Anonymous said...

LOVED this excerpt, Stephanie! Cant wait to read this one!

hugs, Kari Thomas, www.authorkari.com