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Our second feature for today is THE ETERNAL SEA by Angie Frazier. It's one of the best sequels I've ever read and I couldn't put it down. I'm dying to see what we can expect from Angie Frazier next. Angie has joined us today to share what it's like to write a sequel and after the guest post be sure to enter for a chance to win THE ETERNAL SEA for yourself.
***About the Book***
The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier
Release Date: June 1, 2011
About: Romance and adventure are just around the corner . . .
After the thrilling journey that led Camille through the dangerous discovery of love, secrets, and a magical stone that grants immortality, Camille has everything she wants. She's escaped the men who wanted her dead, and now she is ready to build a new life with Oscar, her one true love. But things are not to be so simple. Oscar is acting strangely, and before they can even board a ship from Australia back home, to San Francisco, Camille learns that the journey is not over. If she does not follow the magic of the curse of Umandu, her life and Ocar's could be in grave danger.
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***Guest Post with Angie Frazier***
We’ve all experienced it: the impatient, salivating, year-long wait for the sequel to a book that we loved.
You find yourself thinking/Tweeting/squeeing:
Just one more month!
Only one more week, and I can rush to the bookstore!
One day—ONE DAY!—and it’s HERE!!
Anyone who loves books and reading will understand. It’s that feeling that you’re taking home a gift, a book you’ve formed an investment in. The characters you love are within those pages, waiting to greet you again with their new adventures and challenges, and it’s going to be better than the first book! Right???
I’ve read plenty of sequels that managed to top the first book, but I’ve also read numerous sequels that fell short of my expectations. I’d say it’s about a 50/50 divide. So when it came time for me to write the sequel to Everlasting, I just about psyched myself out.
Everlasting wasn’t perfect, but it was a culmination of a dream. It was my baby. How could I love anything more?
Once I realized that I shouldn’t try and recreate another Everlasting, but take the story forward and let it evolve into something new, I found that I could finally breathe again.
I set a few goals for the second book:
1.) Make things worse for Camille, the main character
2.) Introduce more characters that are going to help make things worse for Camille.
3.) Bring in another handsome boy who will make life difficult for Oscar, the main romantic lead.
4.) Raise the stakes.
5.) Whatever I did in the first book that I didn’t like, change.
Simple, right? Well, maybe goals 1 through 4, at least.
Sequel writing is fraught with self-doubt, especially when you’re not certain if there will be a third book to finish up the series, which happened to be my situation. Do I write the bittersweet, cliffhanger ending that I want to write? Or do I skimp out on how I really want to tell the story in order to wrap everything up nice and neatly?
The whole time I wrote and revised The Eternal Sea, I was constantly thinking about my readers. People who’d loved Everlasting enough to write to me or posted a glowing review on their blog or Goodreads or Amazon. I also thought about those reviewers who wrote not-so-glowing posts. I wanted to satisfy everyone.
But of course, that was impossible. I could really only satisfy one person: myself. So that’s what I wound up doing, and the finished product was a novel that I adored even more than Everlasting. It was strangely more fulfilling, and though I’m not sure if I’m saying this the right way, it was also a novel that I respected more. Maybe because it challenged me to better my writing, my story’s structure and conflict, to bring everything up to the next level.
Maybe because I took a risk and wrote that bittersweet, cliffhanger ending, even without the promise of a third novel in the queue.
So, if you’ve read The Eternal Sea and enjoyed it, thank you. I’m pretty proud of it. And thank you to Cindy at Books Complete Me for being so supportive and choosing it as a Best I’ve Read for 2011!
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