Today I would like to give a warm welcome to a fabulous author, Cari Quinn, joining us with her recent release of No Romance Required!
Thanks so much for having me here today at Reading Between The Wines! I’m so excited to talk about No Romance Required, the third book in my Love Required series from Entangled Publishing, which just released this month.
No Romance Required features two characters, Cory and Vicky, which have known each other since childhood. Sounds like it’s a primo setup for a friends to lovers tale, right? No way, not exactly. These two snipe at each other more often than they share confidences. They fight as foreplay (which helps the underlying thread of sexual tension I’ve been told sizzles through the page every time they speak to each other!) Until one night verbal sparring turns into something way hotter—and that illicit, impulsive moment is caught on camera. And from there, a fake relationship made in heaven—or maybe hell—is born. Hey, at least they have the hot part right!
Since No Romance Required is the third book in the Love Required series, it involves a lot of juggling characters. The first book, No Dress Required, was a novella I wrote on a whim based on a trope I’d always liked—being in love with your brother’s best friend. Lo and behold, lots of other people like that trope too and a series was born!
While I enjoy writing both standalone and series books, it can be very comforting dipping into a familiar world once you’re into the middle of a series. With book one, you’re still learning your world right along with the readers. By book three, you know it in and out, but you also have a lot of characters that your readers want updates on and it’s easy to get distracted with your side characters. With each completed book, that cast grows. For the fourth and final Love Required book, which will hopefully be out in 2014, that cast will be pretty big, considering I’ll have three previous couples to catch up with as well as the main new couple! But it’s so much fun finding out new aspects of a world you know well with each new book. And those couples from previous books feel like cherished friends that you’re eager to check in on, just like the readers are. It’s great to see how they’re doing after they all find their respective happily-ever-afters!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Do you prefer series books or standalone books? Feel free to share with us why. And thanks again for having me here today! ☺
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