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Episodes vs. Serialized Fiction:
The Weigh-In from the authors of Romantic Tales: Bedtime Stories;
Ty Langston, Riley Ross, and Tigris Eden
Ty Langston Responds:
Ever have one of those lazy Sundays where still in your pj’s you wake up late with coffee in hand, and watch from beginning to end your favorite TV series on your DVR or via a DVD player?
Episodic TV when written right as well all know can be not only addicting, but fun, but also leaves you satisfied for only so long until the following weeks episode.
When Tigris Eden and I thought about expanding our writing brand, we initially were going to do Romantic Tales: Bedtime Stories as monthly blog subscription. But since, that didn’t work out, we came up with the idea of anthologized books that are albeit similar to serialized novels, these are different in the way we are presenting them.
Complete with previews, our reading audience is presented with a lineup of Episodes, each with a different genre, each with different style of writing, each with a different point of view.
Like your favorite TV series, we present full three dimensioned characters and storylines while giving you only so much, until the following month. Then like a TV series, we give you a preview for the following month on blog before the new episode premieres the following month.
Compared to serialized stories this concept is a little different in the way we have it laid out and so far people are enjoying it which us a huge plus. At the end there will be a ‘Season Finale’ (printed book of all three stories.), followed by previews of the next Season. (Yes, there will be a Season Two).
Riley Ross Responds:
In the great debate of episode versus serialized fiction, I find that both work well for the reader. In my opinion episodic doesn’t have to maintain the continuity the way serialized stories would. It’s like a long running television show that doesn’t have long storyline arcs. Examples of this are Twilight Zone, very rarely did this show have a plot that played out over several episodes. A great example of serialized fiction are the Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal, each book always alluded to the previous book and at the end would always give you a sneak peak of the next book. It all comes down to the reader’s preference.
Tigris Eden Responds:
A huge thank you to Romance Junkies for allowing us to stop by on your blog today!
You can blame this all on Ty Langston J Joking! When Ty and I started talking the biggest question we kept asking ourselves is how to stay out there in the reading community, while working on our other projects. Ty was saying it was important to stay out there and I was agreeing with her, because well she’s a bit more seasoned when it comes to writing, and I welcome any and all advice from my fellow authors.
Originally it was going to be a blog post that we were going to offer through Amazon at .99 a post. But when we realized that this option was not available through kindle fire, Ty and I thought it would be cool to just go ahead and publish them in a book. We came up with Romantic Tales: Bedtime Stories as episodes.
Why did we call it episodes? Well that’s simple. There is always that one show, or two that you just have to keep up with. For me, it’s Game of Thrones, Spartacus and of course True Blood. We get all excited and clear our schedules just so we can watch our shows. (Or like me you have to DVR it,) Either way, you look forward to the episode and then wait to watch the preview of the next show at the end. That’s what we want to do with RTBS. We want to give you something that’s only going to take about an hour of your time on any given night, and entertain you.
We try and give previews of the up-coming episodes, to keep you coming back for more, and at .99 cents for each episode, you’re getting a pretty good deal. You get variety; there are three stories, each from a different Genre, and POV. All three stories do have romance as their key element.
I say episodes will be catching on like fire! We’ve gotten really awesome feedback from reviewers and readers a like and we can’t wait to give you all Season 2!
Episode 1 and 2 are out now and Episode 3 is out on December 8th!
Thank you for having us on your blog today! Hope we weren’t too long winded!
Romantic Tales: Bedtime Stories has a little of everything. From your everyday Contemporary Romance (The Getaway) To your Hot and Heavy Rockers turned Werewolves (Crave) and your Sci-Fi/Paranormal with Erotic overtones…. (The Genesis Project) Each Episode will entice its readers, draw them in. A quick Bedtime story before they dream, keeping them pleasantly satisfied while peaking their interests for next month’s installment. All for 99 cents. During the interim there will be previews of next month’s Episode…
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi with Erotic Overtones /Heat Level: Erotic/Format: eBook/Words: about 10K per story; 30K total (estimate)
By Author Ty Langston: CRAVE
As a reporter for the Wakefield Post, Harper Erkstine has seen everything. From murders to robberies, all of her recent stories have ended with tragic consequences so great, that she began to question if she made the right career choice for herself.
While all of her friends were dating, or going to clubs, she was winning journalism awards for covering the latest drive-by shooting or a home invasion that cost someone she knew, their lives.
She loved her job, it was rewarding to be a crime solver and get to the truth of the matter. As much as she loved her job, but the hours of a Metro beat reporter began to descend her into burn out mode.
She craved balance. A break, a welcome distraction every now and then. She forgot what it was like to have fun, to take a breath, smell the roses.
Was it wrong to want a great career and to have some kind of a personal life? She couldn’t remember the last time she had a date or danced with someone from the opposite sex.
In the middle of working on a missing person’s story that has rocked her town to the core, Harper decides as a favor to her friend and colleague to do a feature on local an up and coming rock band, called ‘Crave.’
It was a break from her routine, but Harper soon discovers that this band may have ties to the missing person, not only does she question why, but she also finds there is more to this band than just their music.
By Author Riley Ross: The Getaway
The Getaway isn’t your typical romance woman meets man of her dreams, loses him and then they get their happily ever after. It’s a romance story with hints of drama and plenty of comedy. Mike and Juliet have been dating for about four months. Juliet is madly in love with him but has never shared her feelings.
Mike hasn’t said those three magical words so she doesn’t even know if they are on the same page when it comes to their relationship. Mike takes Juliet on a two week vacation, so she can escape her family drama and stresses from her job. He has romantic surprises planned and there are several unexpected surprises for them both. How well do Mike and Juliet really know each other especially when an explosive secret from his past is revealed? Will their relationship survive a visit from his family and his ex-girlfriend? Will the secret destroy them or make them stronger as a couple? His mother has made it clear to everyone that she wants Mike back with his vile ex-girlfriend?
Will his mother sabotage her son’s relationship with Juliet? Juliet does have an ally in Mike’s father. Will Juliet fight for her love? Or will she let him go without exposing his mother for her dastardly schemes? How far will his mom go to ensure she gets what she wants for her son?
By Author Tigris Eden: The Genesis Project
Old earth has been deemed unsuitable for life, New Earth is home. With the Uni-War over, races have joined together in order to sustain their way of life. All life was deemed worth saving, but only one race failed to submit. Humans.
Now extinct, humans are a thing of the past, or at least their way of life. The people of New Earth won’t acknowledge their hand in the human’s eradication, but they have benefited from it. Dr. Vaggo Blackmore has found the answer, he’s restored his races way of life- sustenance through farming. The one thing that will give them back their long lives….. Blood: human blood.
Biologically engineered in a lab, Genesis Blackmore has always been different. Her father has told her it’s due to her enhancements, the Federated Council sees her as a genetic mutation; and her fellow peers see her as the shiny new toy. Gen has had better days.
Everyone on New Earth has milky white skin, platinum blonde hair, and electric blue eyes. It’s the norm. Genesis’ glossy, black hair, ice blue eyes ringed by gold, would have almost made her socially acceptable- if it wasn’t for her honey, almond skin and blue, gold veins. In a sea of milky white she alone is the dark anomaly.
All Pars get their life’s nourishment through blood plasma. All Pars find their match through the tasting. Gen can do neither, forbidden by her father to do so. She can neither taste, nor be tasted. Something that’s never bothered her until now.
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Author Ty Langston’s: CRAVE
Exhausted and burnt out due to a mix of long hours and a steady diet of working hardened news stories, left Harper at a loss when she met the magnetic and mysterious lead singer of Crave, Cass St. Marie.
She was drawn to him, yet frightened. What was he? Who was he? Did he have anything to do with Darien’s disappearance?
Desperate for the truth, the more she talked with him, the more attracted she became. Did he really have the answers she sought or was he a distraction of something more sinister.
Author Tigris Eden’s: The Genesis Project
Xander Treegold sees something in Genesis that he can’t explain. Is it her oddity that captures him or her innocence? Xander’s never taken no for an answer when it comes to getting what he wants and at every opportunity that is given to him Xander seems to fail miserably. That is until he pulls Genesis into a dark alcove in the Great Hall where others are preparing for their journey back to New Earth for Luna.
Will Genesis succumb to his attentions or will she once again deny him the only thing he’s ever truly wanted…. Her.
Politics and other’s seem to get in the way of his every intentions and as Luna approaches so does the private tasting he’s invited Genesis to. Will she indulge like the rest of them, or will she stand in the back, watching, wanting, and needing to be tasted as much as the next female.
Gen is happy to finally be back home with her father Vaggo, and as short as this homecoming is, she is determined not to let the outside influence of Xander Treegold convince her of his intentions. With Adam constantly showing up at her door step, attempting to sway her away from his soon to be brother –in-law she finds that Professor Aylet is correct in her assumptions. There are two males that make her question her every feeling.
Adam’s sultry scent and Xander’s fire.
Author Riley Ross’: The Getaway
Mike and Juliet deal with the repercussions of his mother and Brooke’s actions. Juliet and Elaine come to an uneasy truce to appease Mike.
A surprising secret involving Brooke and a member of Mike’s family threatens to ruin a relationship. Will a surprising proposal shatter their unholy alliance or bring them closer together?
In Episode 3 Things are heating up in each story.
Juliet gives an answer to Mike’s surprising proposal and they are on a mad scramble to pull off a wedding in six days. Will it go off without a hitch or will someone try to destroy their happiness. Come along for the conclusion of The Getaway for Season 1
The Genesis Project.
A choice is made, and a secret is revealed. All are not what they seem to be in this last installment of The Genesis Project. Xander knows who and what Gen is, but there is still one piece to the puzzle missing. This ending is promised to leave you all up in arms! Be sure to find out what happens to the conclusion of The Genesis Project for Season 1
Desperate for a way out, the missing Darien Anderson resurfaces. The reasons why she was captured were not for the reasons everyone thought.
The answers will not only shock all, but also have a tremendous rippled effect for all involved. Especially, Cass and Harper at the conclusion of Crave.
MEET THE AUTHORS:
To date I haven’t published anything yet but I love to write wrestling fan fiction, romance and light erotica. I will be married for fifteen years this month to my best friend and Prince Charming all rolled into one. I am mommy to two Siberian Huskies.
As a child, multi-published author Ty Langston loved to read about dragons and knights so much that one day, her grandmother told her to “just write about them.”
So she did.
From that day forward, she never left home without her pen, a notebook, and some kind of music playing in the background. Her love of reading expanded from fantasy into science fiction, and eventually into paranormal romance and erotica.
She enjoys different works from George Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and Jackie Collins. But some of Ty’s favorite writers are from the world of TV and film: namely, Tudors creator Michael Hirst, and the late John Hughes.
Ty has a certificate in Broadcast Journalism along with a degree in Business Administration.
She is single and enjoys spending time with friends and family
Author of Shadow Unit Series, 1st Book Enslaved In Shadows… I love all things books! Music and much more! I write PNR, Contemporary, SCI-FI, Erotic, and HORROR….. Yes I love the gore! Currently working on Burned In Shadows… Due out sometime in January 2013.
There isn’t much to say about me truly… I am not that interesting… But I promise to make you laugh at least once!