Hands up who can't resist 'linked' books? There's got to be a reason why the Niroli continuity series flew off the shelves. This Tuesday at the Pink Heart Society Carol Marinelli talks about the joy (and agony) of linking books ...
I believe most writers have a touch of the OCD gene about us.
You wouldn’t think it looking at my house – but there is this strange obsessive gene that comes into glorious manifestation when a book is linked.
When I fell in love with Levander Kolovsky – Expecting his Love Child – I never expected to have feelings for his brother!! A touch like when I was pregnant with my second child – will I love this one as much as the first? Thankfully I did (In both cases)!
Billionaire Doctor – Ordinary Nurse, is a Medical Romance which is due out in May. Iosef Kolovsky is the hero of the story. I had enjoyed writing Levander so much, in fact, he was probably my all time favourite hero I had written, so I was worried Iosef would be a poor relation. From almost the second I sat down to write, all my worries were put to rest. He was gorgeous enough, sexy enough, conflicted enough and already there enough in my mind, to be a pleasure to write from start to finish.... all I had to do was type up his story as I watched it unfold. A story which, to my intense relief, was very different from his brother’s, Levander.
One of nice things about a linked book is that the characters’ are already there, you know how they will react; you know, perhaps more than in a standalone book, their conflict. The trouble with writing it though, is I find, making sure the reader knows their history too. Particularly the reader who might not have read the preceding book/ books, while, not wanting to bore the reader who has!
I know I’m not alone with this feeling.
Working on a linked continuity – where it is not just brothers, but entire families that are linked and merging, I smile to myself when I email another author with a query about their character – how would he/ she react to this, would he/she do that? The replies are generally instant, detailed and long. Clearly, there has been no consulting of notes, just a glorious response that tells me they know their characters so well, know exactly what they would do/say in a certain situation, exactly how they would react.....
The Royal House of Niroli books are a good example. Many emails flew, particularly between Natasha Oakley and I. I was working on Bought by the Billionaire Prince, while Natasha was working on the next book The Tycoon’s Princess Bride – and by the time I had finished, I knew, not only Luca and Megan (my hero and heroine) but I felt as if I also knew well, Domenic and Isabella. As soon as the books were released I bought the set, yet, I read them out of order – I couldn’t wait to read Natasha’s (and a brilliant read it was too). It was especially thrilling when Natasha was nominated for a RITA for that very book!
All the note keeping in the world, doesn’t compete with the real tiny details in the writers mind in a linked book. That’s one of the reasons I love to write them – and certainly love to read them.
Here are a few images of sexy brothers to feast your eyes on – some real, some scripted.
The billionaire doctor: dedicated, desirable – and rich!
Nurse Annie Jameson is having a bad week – not only has she got to squeeze herself into a bridesmaid’s dress, but she also has to deal with her new boss, Dr Iosef Kolovsky, whose famous family is currently keeping the Melbourne tabloids in business!
Annie is determined not to succumb to the gorgeous billionaire doctor’s charm – until she realises that Iosef has turned his back on his family’s lavish lifestyle and dedicated himself to his work.
At the wedding, Annie and Iosef share the first of many delicious kisses… But if their relationship is to survive the Kolovsky family secrets, Annie and Iosef must ignore the glare of the paparazzi – and start to follow their hearts…
Carol has yet to be persuaded to create a website but blogs regularly at http://www.medicalromance.blogspot.com/.