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The End …Or Is It, Elisabeth Naughton discusses trilogies

Big thanks to Greta for having me back on the blog. I’m thrilled to be here during release week for STOLEN SEDUCTION, the third book in my Stolen Trilogy, which hit store shelves yesterday!

Three is a pretty cool number, isn’t it? Just think about all the cool things in the world that come in threes…there are three primary hues – red, green, blue; Plato split the soul into three parts – the appetitive, the spirited, and the rational; Religions often use the number three – the Holy Trinity, the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Triple Goddess of Wicca; Mark Twain’s 3 Lies – lies, damn lies, statistics (I love this one!); And when it comes to books…trilogies.

Ah, the trilogy. Three. Three connected books. Sometimes they have an overarching plot connecting them all together. Sometimes they’re connected by characters, jobs, families, etc. But a trilogy is a trilogy because it is made up of…three. (I hear that line from The Holy Grail in my head…do you? “The number shall be three. No more than three, no less than three, just three.”)

 My Stolen Trilogy has come to a close with the release of STOLEN SEDUCTION. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with these books and these characters, and in the end I decided three was where this series logically came to a close. It wasn’t easy. There are numerous secondary characters who have popped up along the way, and readers email me all the time to ask when I’m writing their books – Marty Slade from STOLEN HEAT, Maria Gotsi from all three books, Billy Sullivan (STOLEN FURY & STOLEN SEDUCTION) and even Hailey’s sister, Nicole, who emerges in STOLEN SEDUCTION. It would be fun to write all those books, but at what point does it get to be too much? The books are connected by characters – not plot – and coming up with new, exciting adventure plots that somehow link to these three original books would be, well, a struggle.

That doesn’t mean I’ll never write Marty’s story, or Maria’s or…any of the others. It just means they won’t be written within the context of the Stolen books. And that’s okay with me because that opens up all new avenues for me with my writing.

Of course, some series need more than three books. My new paranormal series –The Eternal Guardians—which launches in May 2010 with MARKED, the first book, is one of those series. I definitely have more than three books planned for this series. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like trilogies. There’s something magical about three…

How about you? Are you a fan of trilogies? Do you prefer series that run longer than three books? Does the way the books are connected matter to you—by character, by plot, by family, etc. Or would you rather read stand alone, single-title books not linked to any others?

To celebrate the release of STOLEN SEDUCTION, I’ve got a copy of STOLEN FURY, book 1 in the Stolen Trilogy, to give away to one lucky commenter.

AND…if you haven’t seen it yet, I’m running a big contest on my website through January 15th. Click the widget below for more details and to enter!

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22 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great trilogy!

  2. HI Elisabeth
    Got your book so don’t enter me. I love series period.
    SEP Chicago Stars has seven & we still want more but you’re right. The books have to fit the premise. There’s been too many series that should have stopped sooner & readers do comment when they seemed forced. Christy Reece is doing the next trilogy with some backdrop from the first (no pressure though LOL) .You are wise to follow your heart and do what suits your characters. Also you are onto the next series
    so we have something to look forward to. All the best for the new year.

  3. I’m always looking for new series to read, these sound great!

  4. Rachel & Teresa – thanks for the comment!

    Tennismom – I LOVE SEP’s Stars books. I agree that she’s done a great job with that ongoing series.

  5. I have been hearing a lot about this series and I do so want to read it. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  6. Hi Elisabeth 😀
    can’t believe your trilogie is finished…will you miss it? would you like to write more in this world? I like trilogies – you have the chance to get to know these world and the protas relatively well… sometimes a trilogy is enough and just perfect, sometimes I wish there would be more – I’m not sure which way it will be with your books because I haven’t had the time to read book 3, oh, and the fact that the book has only just been released 😉
    wish you all the best!
    Hugs, Ina

  7. Hi Elisabeth. Your books sounds wonderful. I am a fan of trilogies or series. As long as the books are good, I am happy.

  8. Quilt Lady – thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the Stolen books. They have been so fun to write.

    Ina – aw, thanks. 🙂 You know, I DO love the adventure books and I definitely will keep writing them. I have a new proposal I’m waiting to hear on which is a whole new contemporary adventure series set in Guatemala, and I’m toying with a few secondary characters from the first series who might just show up in this one as well. I can’t totally forget them.

  9. I don’t mind a series of books..sometimes you don’t want the stories to end, sometimes you do. I love a good romance adventure…I will be checking out the trilogy.

  10. I just saw this book on the Bradford Bunch. Everybody was saying how much they were looking forward to the third book. Usually these blogs offer good recommendations so I’ll have to check out this series.

  11. Hi Elisaeth,
    Congatulations on your new book. I do like trilogies and sometimes longer series. It just depends on what is right for that story.

  12. This sounds like a great series!

  13. Congrats on the new release, Elisabeth. I’m sad that the Stolen trilogy has ended, but am looking forward to your next series.

  14. Congrats on the release! I love series, whether they are trilogies or not. Although I would rather they end after 3 books if the authors dont have another story in mind then see it just continue to continue with rehased story lines.

  15. This sounds like a great series and I would love to read it.

  16. Congrats on the new release! I love trilogies. Sometimes I like for a series to go on, but not so much to where it seems like the same book over and over.

  17. Congrats on the new release! I also love trilogies and sad to see this one end. Looking forward to your new series!

  18. Congrats on the release! I love series, trilogies or longer, it depends on the story.
    Looking forward to your new paranormal series!

  19. I love series books including trilogies but I prefer for the hero and heroine to be different and not the same ones throughout the series or trilogies. I don’t mind the characters being revisited in future books in the background or being connected in some way though. I’ve not read this series though and look forward to checking it out. Congrats on the release!

  20. I like series and stand alone books. Series are good because you never really have to say goodbye to a character, because chances are you will read about them again in the next book. But Stand alones are fun as well. I’m not picky LOL. Just give me a great book and I’m good:-)

  21. Hi, Elisabeth! I love trilogies, but if it’s going well, I love a series to go on even longer 🙂 But yes, what Chelsea said is true, too–as long as it’s a good book, I’ll take those however which way I can!

  22. I like a good series and when I’m into it I wish it would go on forever so a trilogy is good and more is better!

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