If the world you lived in was someday revealed to be nothing but a lie, would you really want the truth? Elizabeth McBeth did, and she's paid the price for it...
After almost 10 years since Liz's mother was taken from her, Liz finally found her mother, Mary. But Mary has been forever changed, something that Liz will have to accept. The beginning of happier times, one would think...
The conspiracy has been exposed; Liz, Vincent, Mary and Michael had all thought that the vampire plot had been destroyed. They should have never underestimated Klein.
Klein has reinforced his armies, splitting the entire vampire species with the question... is Klein the vampiric messiah? Unfortunately for the heroes and the world itself, Klein has set in motion a plan that will destroy the world and recreate it in his own image.
Will the group be able to defeat Klein and restore the balance to nature? Or are they already doomed?
Ah, the cliffhanger. Something hated and loved, almost always at the same time. We love our fave books. But sometimes our favorites come in a series, don’t they? Which means, the inevitable cliffhanger. But just because a book is part of a series does not mean that it has to have the dreaded cliffhanger.
I’m currently working on a series, and I would like to think that my books don’t really have a typical cliffhanger, per se. But then again, there’s a lot of things I like to think that are just not true.
ANYWAY. In speaking with people in day to day life, I have gotten some pretty mixed feelings about cliffhangers. Really though, it’s mostly two big groups. The camps are almost always either “love them” or “hate them”. I don’t know why that is, or how it works out, but there is usually no middle ground when talking about the tempting tease. (Just came up with that, does it work?)
When doing something in a series or a trilogy or what have you, you should resolve all the issues in the book that you presented in the title. Unless you’re doing foreshadowing, which I’m a huge fan of, there shouldn’t be any new unresolved problems. The plot should be moving towards the next book, but whatever conflict that led into the current book needs to be resolved.
As a fellow reader, I hate reading the last chapter, knowing that there are only a few pages left, wondering to myself “they aren’t going to be able to wrap this up, just what is gonna happen here?” It’s a big turnoff for me, I don’t know about the rest of you folks, but I hate it. I shouldn’t have to be stressed out over a book. A book is my brain food and entertainment. Entertainment and food are not things that should be associated with stress. If a book does manage to stress me out, I’m gonna be bothered by that. Big time.
A well-written cliffhanger shouldn’t make it clear that there is more to come. At best, it should insinuate that there’s more to be told. But if you’re getting slapped in the face with a feeling of “they just suckered me in to buy more books”, there’s definitely something wrong there. You should want to read the books after a cliffhanger just because the story is interesting and there’s enough going on to merit NEW stories.
Ideally and in a perfect world (yeah, right) an ending to a book in a series should work. So if the unthinkable should happen, and a new book is never written, things should be able to be fine where they were. I don’t mean perfect or a happily-ever-after. I just mean that the story should be able to be seen as wrapped up and resolved.
And therein lies the biggest problem (in my humble opinion of course!) for series nowadays. More and more, books are trying to set up series. That’s GREAT! I love series! If you created a world I love, I need more! But don’t throw up the books with silly attempts at artificially prolonging the life of the story.
A good, fictional plot, should feel organic and real; even if dealing with things like the paranormal, for instance. The moment things get fake, readers can tell. When writers create rushed jobs, we all notice. It’s not only unfair and in terrible taste, but it actually hurts the book industry. We are all dependent on books, aren’t we? The internet is just one big book, after all. And don’t get me started on the current state of movies… it just seems like everything is a remake or “based on” such and such.
Anyhow, I got another pointless cliffhanger to create. Er, I mean, I have to plan out and create thoughtful, deep setups for future stories. But while we’re discussing it, I would suggest telling writers about your love or hate of cliffhangers. It’s always gonna be a mixed bag, but at least your voice can get out there.
And trust me, writers always want to know what their readers think.
Unless, it’s cutting criticisms. If that’s the case, email them so they can cry in the corner and save face in public. Happy reading!
From what I understand, the first line of this thing is where I say something really interesting that wins you over. After all, they say that you know within seconds of meeting a person whether you like them or not.
So...yeah... I got nothing. But if there is one thing I know, it's that through stories we discover the world, learn about history and traditions; and in doing that, we become who we are as an individual.
Since I was a very young child, my only dream was to become an author one day. I wanted to reach people with my words, maybe even entertain them. I wanted to touch their lives and give them something to think about. After all, I am a loveable blowhard kinda guy... that's gotta be entertaining, right?
In my life, I've done many things; from supervising sales for a retail giant chain to being a Deputy Sheriff. You would think that a person who had been shot at for a living would be brave enough to write a biography without all the sarcastic quips. Unfortunately no, that's one of my main flaws as the above mentioned blowhard.
Anyhoo, please feel free to drop me a line! If you loved the book, I wanna hear about it. If you hated every word of it, please make sure to let me know, but please avoid the CAPS LOCK! The font can be a little... demeaning. Make sure to have fun guys! They say you only live twice; and if that's true, we're at least half done.
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