Guest Post by Georgia Rose – Standalone or Series? #NewRelease #TuesdayBookBlog #mystery @GeorgiaRoseBook

Standalone or Series?  Haven’t all writers wondered this at some point?  Georgia Rose is here today to discuss her decision to make her new release, Parallel Lies, a standalone.  Welcome, Georgia!

Standalone or Series? Keeping Your Options Open – Parallel Lies by Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook

I have already written a series, and mighty hard it was too, so I had no intention of doing that again. Ever. Parallel Lies was definitely going to be a standalone I thought as I started out on writing it. Although it wasn’t a conscious decision I found at the end I’d made sure of this by killing off someone crucial to any future story line. Dead, done, finished and that is that I’d thought as I’d metaphorically walked away from the completed manuscript.

At least that was the case until my editor took his first look at it. Why have you done that! Was something along the lines of what he’d said, along with, there’s no future in that. You have no possibility of a sequel without him/her (no spoilers!)

I had never considered the possibility of a sequel. Still haven’t, if I’m being totally honest. I have no storyline for that, not as yet anyway.

But when I gave it some thought it did seem a sensible way forward, to leave my options open. I mean where would George R R Martin have been if he’d killed off the hero/heroine in his first book – oh, wait, no, he did that, scrap that, it’s a bad example.

Anyway I rewrote a major section which led onto something completely different (and potentially quite controversial) happening and consequently there’s a subtly different feel to the ending. I think I like it better too, which just goes to show how useful it is to have an editor on board.

I’d be interested to know what other writers who come this way think. Do you always plan for a sequel, or a series? Or, does that happen along the way and, I guess, become more pressing if the first one is a success?

My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.


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Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.

Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone to be released on 12 September 2017, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre.

Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!

Georgia loves Spring for its display of daffodils and Autumn because her favourite fruit, the Victoria plum, is in abundance. She dislikes olives and can’t see the attraction of hummus.

Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage!


Thank you for inviting me on your blog, Teri, it has been a pleasure to visit you and get to chat to your readers.


19 thoughts on “Guest Post by Georgia Rose – Standalone or Series? #NewRelease #TuesdayBookBlog #mystery @GeorgiaRoseBook

    1. The good thing with a series is once you have the setting and characters nailed in the first part you don’t have to repeat all that again, plus you get follow on sales.

      I really had no intention of doing it again but it seems to be more and more apparent from the feedback that there might have to be more – I might have to go and lie in a darkened room for a bit to think about that 😀

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  1. Interesting discussion, Georgia. I’ve written both and enjoyed the process, but I agree that series are harder to write. I really do think, for me, it comes down to the book and characters. Some stories are just done, the character arcs are complete, and I don’t have a continuation waiting in the wings. To resurrect their story would feel forced. Others need more than one book to come to a satisfying conclusion. Good luck with your book and I’ll be curious to see it a sequel slides into the picture. 🙂

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    1. Hmm, with my others I’d left clues and subtly hanging threads here and there for the rest of the series, this time I haven’t. Although I do understand what people are talking about – there is plenty to carry on with. I mean the characters are all still there, living in that village aren’t they? I just need to put together some compelling reason as to why they need another story. I’ll ponder on that for a bit 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting.

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  2. By the time I finished writing my first novel, it demanded a sequel, so I wrote one. And then a sequel to that. Finally, I had to write yet anotherl book because I’d promised one of the characters from #1 that she would get to narrate it (each of them has a different narrator). #4, I thought, was it. And so it was, for that series, but now I’m working on a sequel to the series. I have no plans to start another series, but considering everything, I can’t be sure. Thanks for an opportunity to make this comment, and apologies for its length. 🙂

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    1. No apology needed! And, wow, that is quite a spawning of work from one novel – well done 🙂 when I did my series I knew that was what it was going to be from the start, but this time there’s no such plan and I think I shall have to see what time brings 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting 🙂

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