Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guest Post: NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Jennifer Ryan

Today, NY Times and USA Today bestseller Jennifer Ryan is talking to me about starting a new series. She has a new novel, The Return of Brody McBride, that just released this month. It's on sale for $2.99 and you should definitely give it a read (especially if you like hot cowboys and great plots!) Welcome, Jennifer, and thanks for being here! Take it away...


Starting a New Series...What Comes First? 


After the success of The Hunted Series, I took a quick breath, stared at my blank page and asked myself, what comes next? Though many fans asked for additional books in The Hunted Series, after four books, I needed a break. I love those characters, but I needed something fresh and new to get my creative juices flowing again. 

So, what comes first? The plot. What is the story going to be about? If you're writing a series, that's three books, three different plots. How will you tie it all together? In my case, I like to intertwine family and friends for the series. Fans of The Hunted Series loved seeing the characters show up in each book, even though certain characters took center stage. The same is true for The McBride series.

In The Return of Brody McBride, Brody comes home after leaving in disgrace eight years ago. Owen moved back to town and opened his own law practice to help his brother's ex-girlfriend, Rain, raise Brody's two daughters. When Brody runs into trouble with Roxy, the woman who sold Rain his daughter and helped ruin his life, Dylan steps in to make the arrest.

In Falling for Owen, one of Owen's clients is out for revenge, but a case of mistaken identity puts a target on his beautiful neighbor's back. He'll need Brody to help protect Claire, and Dylan to hunt down the man trying to hurt her to get to him.

Brody and Owen can't wait to celebrate Jessie's return with Dylan, but Dylan has to face his past and his lying mother in Dylan's Redemption. Family is everything, but sometimes the people closest to you hurt you the most. His mother lied to him about Jessie's murdered and his child, but that won't stop him from getting the woman he loves back, because sometimes all you need is a second chance at first love to have the family you really want.     

My least favorite part of writing a new book - naming all the characters. It's like naming a child. You want the perfect name. It's going to live forever and it has to be right. The names need to be strong and fit your character's personality. It sometimes takes me longer to name everyone than to write the opening scene. 


My favorite part about writing a series - when all the books are done and that thread of family and friends ties everything together. I try to make the reader a part of their lives and when that happens and people connect with the characters, well, it's the best feeling. 

About THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE

The black sheep of Fallbrook is back … and he's in for the surprise of his life. 

Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago. 

When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody. 

Brody is shocked to discover he's a father, and he's more determined than ever to win back Rain and protect his girls. Can they rekindle the love they once shared and become the family they were always meant to be? Or will a danger from their past return and ruin everything? 

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series, Jennifer writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. 

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often  revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Find Jennifer at:
Twitter: @JenRyan_author

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You can purchase THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE at Barnes and NobleAmazon, and iTunes. Thanks for joining us today, Jennifer!

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