Today is my stop on Elle Field’s blog tour for her latest release ‘B-Side’ and I have lovely Elle visiting the blog talking about book series. Are you a fan of standalones or series are your thing? Read on for Elle’s thoughts on this and make sure you enter the giveaway, there are some really amazing prizes to be won. Massive thanks to Elle for visiting today and the chance to be part of her blog tour.
OK, here’s the thing: I never intended there to be a whole series about Arielle Lockley, but it’s 2016 and the third book, B-Side, has just been published, whilst the fourth, and final, book in the series is going to be published within the next few months – these characters have taken over, it seems!
It’s the strangest thought, but I’ve known Arielle a lot longer than my other half, new additions to my family, and a bunch of good friends. She’s been around for nearly a decade, though Kept, the first book in the series, was only published three years ago. As Arielle has grown up, so have I, though I’ve aged nine years whilst Arielle has only aged by a few years – slightly unfair!
The best thing about writing a series is seeing how your characters develop, but the worst thing is keeping track of all their quirks and preferences to make sure they remain consistent throughout the series – no one wants to be left scratching their head wondering why a character who had blue eyes in one book suddenly has brown eyes in the next.
Consistency was especially important in B-Side, because it’s the other side of the story to Lost. That doesn’t mean it’s the same though. Etta has her own story to tell as she struggles to control her addiction, make her musical dreams happen, plus deal with the deterioration of her beloved godmother, Felicity – she’s a very different character to Arielle, that’s for sure, and like Lost, B-Side ends on a cliffhanger… Found will be out in August though, so there’s not long to wait to find out how everything is resolved.
Once you’ve read the ending of Found, you might wonder if there will be another book… All I will say is that if I *did* write book five, it won’t be for a good few years. I’ve loved writing the Arielle Lockley series, truly, but I am excited to create some new characters and see where their stories take me.
Are you a fan of book series, or do you prefer stand-alone books?
To celebrate the publication of B-Side, Elle is running a giveaway. Prizes are Amazon vouchers, a paperback set of the full Arielle Lockley series (Kept, Lost and B-Side), and a set of vinyl coasters.
B-Side by Elle Field
Series: Arielle Lockley Series #2.5
Also in this series: Found
Published on 17.5.2016
Genres: chick lit
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"What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star."
Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems - the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).
Keeping an eye on Arielle’s bad business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up... And then another. And then one more.
When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?