Cristina Rayne Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Author: May 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Readers Have Spoken...A New Serial Schedule and My Thoughts on Serials

I think the first serialized novel I ever read was Stephen King's The Green Mile back in the mid '90s sometime. It was released in 6 parts, each around a hundred pages or less in length. I remember getting to the end of the first novel and the anticipation and excitement I felt for the next part that had yet to be released. Once all six parts had been released and devoured, I went back to the very beginning and re-read all of them in one sitting. I found that having the book split into parts actually enhanced the story, that it elevated the subsequent scenes because I had been anxiously waiting to read them. To me, the anticipation was part of the fun.

Now that I'm writing my own novels, I wanted to try my hand at a serial. Three parts in at the halfway mark, I'm finding that a good majority of readers do not enjoy the serial format and have voiced their concerns in both reviews and private emails/messages to me. As reader feedback is very important to me, I have decided to release Parts 4-6 together in a single, novel-length Part Four that will conclude the serial.

Part Four was originally scheduled for release on May 29, but as the final part will now be significantly longer, I will be taking an extra week for the final edits to ensure the quality. The new release date for Part Four will now be on June 6, 2014.

Once again, thanks for all your support so far. You guys are the best!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Claimed by the Elven King: Part Three

"I turned on my side and curled into a fetal position, wrapping my arms around myself in sudden anguish. Who was I kidding? There was no way Sethian could give me what I wanted from him in such a short time. That he rushed off the moment the queen had beckoned told me this clearly. No matter that I was the one who would be the mother of his children, I would always be secondary to his duty to his first wife. I was only a human, after all. 
What place did a human have in an elven court?"

Releases on May 15, 2014