Release Day and Reconnections

Banquet of LiesIt’s obviously a good time of year for new releases for the Magical Musings team. Edie, Cynthia and Marilyn have all recently had one, and yesterday, my latest historical novel, Banquet of Lies, was released as well.

I loved writing Banquet of Lies, not least because I love to cook and bake, and I love folklore, and I was able to weave a lot of those elements into the book. But one of the things that was both wonderful, and extremely hard to do, was include some characters from The Emperor’s Conspiracy while still making Banquet of Lies stand completely on its own.

Banquet of Lies is an extension of the world I created in The Emperor’s Conspiracy, so it was natural to give some of the major players in TEC a minor role in Banquet of Lies, but I didn’t want to do it in a way that would affect the experience for anyone who picked up Banquet of Lies first.

Finding the balance of introducing the characters because of their connections to the world of the story and the major characters was hard, but so worthwhile. I’ve had a number of reviewers who enjoyed TEC write to me and let me know how much they loved seeing some of their favorite characters again. They loved the reconnection.

I have seen this is a couple of series like Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels, where readers are sorry not to see more of a particular secondary character — like a good friend you’d like to see more often, readers want some characters to get at least a bit part in the stories coming from the worlds these writers create.

Is there a series you enjoy where you look forward to ‘seeing’ a particular character again each time you pick up the book?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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7 Responses to Release Day and Reconnections

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Congratulations on your new release!!! I loved it, and I’m eager to read it again.

    Jayne Ann Krentz does a great job of mentioning characters from other books – even her dust bunnies in the Jayne Castle books.

  2. Amy R says:

    Congrats on your new release, Michelle. What I find interesting about this is that I own TEC but haven’t read it yet. After reading BOL I want to go back and read it because of the secondary characters in it. So, it works forwards and backwards. I love reading a series because I NEVER want to let characters go. I love when the main characters of one story keep popping up in another. I especially like it when a novella is done on the main characters in a first book of a series to catch up with them a little more personally later. Ruthie Knox does this with How to Misbehave and Making it Last. And another one of my fave authors wrote a short story like that for her street team/yahoo group people. I love that!
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis

  3. Liz Kreger says:

    Congrats to everyone on their releases. Love the cover of BOL, Michelle.

    I’ve always enjoyed getting the story of the secondary characters. Ilona Andrews did the story of a couple of her secondaries, as did Jeanienne Frost. Always good to get their stories as well.

  4. Misty Evans says:

    Congrats, Michelle! You have the best covers. I know your fans will love this book as much as the others.

    I read several series, and enjoy when a secondary character gets their own book (and HEA), or at least gets a bigger spotlight for a story. They’re like old friends you get to know even better. 🙂

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