Is Vala's Story a Series or a Serialization?
It's day 12 on my blog tour for the re-release of "Out
of the Night: Book One" of my Vala's Story serial. Please visit this page
if you want
to catch up on missed posts. Thank you, Thianna, for hosting me.
I could probably spend the rest of my life bopping around
online trying to find a complete answer to "what is a book series made
of?" and "what is a book serial made of" Yup, no agreement
exists lol. It seems in usage that serial tends to denote a longer novel (like
maybe 80000 words or more) shared in shorter snippets from 10 to 25K words. A
series tends to be books of a novel length that can either stand on their own
or must be read in order. It seems to me that "a proper cliff hanger
ending" is one of the most important points of a "proper"
series. I've thought and talked at length about whether "Vala's
Story" is a series or a serial; I've had to accept that it's somewhere in
between. In all the online research I did before trying to write this, I found
an interesting comment that basically said talked about pieces of story within
a novel that's almost like a short story; this is less true in "Out of the
Night: Book One" than it is in later books in the serial. And speaking of
Vala's training... The Queen has his plan for how Vala's training will proceed
and that shapes the serial, more than anything else. I've had a bunch of fun as
the story has unfolded, especially in the amusement as I look at the length
from one book to the next. "Night" is a short book, just barely 45K
words, and the next book "Gates of the Garden: Book Two" is a similar
length, but when we get to books 3 and 4, where my BR and I are working
currently, I start having longer books (as in 80K and possibly over 100K by the
time the re-write is done). And as I said to my BR tonight, "we could
probably dissect many sections for their build up, climax and denouement."
So please suspend judgments of what it "is" and just enjoy the story,
the sex, the BDSM, and the romance as Vala learns to please The Queen and enjoy
her own sexuality.
"Out of the
Night: Book One" blurb
Restless and world-weary, Mearr isn't about to admit she
needs anyone's help, even this gorgeous man who has taken her into his home.
Well one of his homes and part of this huge family she's heard about but not
met all of. She's young, looks young, and knows it but at least she's legal now
so she can pick a new name to go with her new life...
The Queen knows he wants Mearr bad, ever since the first
time he saw her in the window of the coffeehouse. He has his plan, but even a
Dominant's plans don't always survive the unpredictability of the future. He
struggles to figure out this temperamental woman he's brought home, how best to
help her. Then he takes her to his mansion...
They wait patiently for The Queen to bring Mearr home. Well
to the home they've been redecorating for Him and for the hopes that she'll
become part of their family and be trained to please Him. Simon and Tommy have
seen her, of course, being The Queen's right and left hands; they say she'll be
a perfect addition...
Please come along with Joelle on this journey, shared with
the readers in serial fashion. A multitude of "Happily-ever-afters"
are waiting with the completion of book 9.
Author's Note: This novel is meant for open-minded adults.
Activities described include a wide range of BDSM and sexual activities, some
of which are male/male, male/female, consensual slavery, oral/anal/vaginal
intercourse, bondage. The story also covers some sensitive topics in
characters' backstories, such as drug abuse.
As they become available,
please check on the "MyBooks" page
for links to buy on Amazon.com, Barnes and
Noble, and Allromanceebooks.com, if you'd prefer not to buy at Smashwords.
Joelle Casteel has been writing for as long as she can
remember. Explicit, graphic, her writing isn't for minors or the easily
offended. Once upon a time, she preferred to write on a PC, sitting on a stool-
there were those who told her she looked like Tori Amos playing the piano.
She's still trying to get the hang of writing in an arm chair instead, normally
with a heavy dog's head resting on her feet, whether she wants that or not.
With BDSM gaining a broader audience with various books- which she will not
name because she can't stand them- she feels it's past time to put out her
impression of what BDSM can look like in reality.
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Thanks, Joelle, for letting me host your post today! And now, everyone, make sure and enter her giveaway! You don't want to miss this!
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