I know… I get a little crazy with my love of unexpected endings (tragic, or surprising… or both) but there are some that are very adamant about that coveted “Happily Ever After”. Oh… me too. I LOVE ’em. Nothing more relieving than love and future perfection after such turmoil and angst. So… HEA ADDICTS, rejoice!! Here is an author after your (our) own hearts! 😀
To celebrate this latest release, All that Sparkles: The Texan Quartet (described as “a gorgeous romance set in the high fashion world.” with “…more books set in the same world, with cameos from previous characters, much in the style of Kylie Scott’s ‘Stage Dive’ Series…) the author lets us into her OWN perspective on the age-old “HEA” (Happily Ever After) debate for romance novels…
Romance – Happily Ever After Guaranteed by Claire Boston
One of the main reasons I adore romances is because they end happily. Two people (or werewolf/vampires/insert favourite paranormal/fantasy character here) fall in love, go through some angst, but no matter how bad it gets, you are assured a happy ending. I can get through a whole lot of darkness, knowing that is at the end.
That’s why I get quite irritated (to put it mildly) when a quote on the front of the book proclaims it to be a romance and then I get to the end and one of the couple dies. WHAT?! This happened to me twice in quick succession and was so incredibly heart breaking for me because I was hanging on to the knowledge that somehow (despite where the story seemed to be heading) it was going to end happily. I think I redefined the term ugly cry for both those books!
Now some people may argue that a romance is two people falling in love, and the ending doesn’t matter but I say no. If that’s your definition then Iron Man is a romance, Casino Royale is a romance and Star Wars is a romance. The idea is as ridiculous as having a mystery novel where the mystery isn’t solved. It just shouldn’t happen.
So let me guarantee you that The Texan Quartet, of which All that Sparkles is book 2, is most definitely a romance. Each book explores the romance of a different couple, starting with Libby and Adrian in What Goes on Tour, and ending with Piper’s story in book 4. In addition each couple make cameo appearances in all of the other books (see if you can guess who George’s ideal match is when you read All that Sparkles).
The challenge writing a series was I had to make sure my couples continued their happily ever after when their book ended. This was easy in All that Sparkles, because Libby and Adrian get married. Readers get to see how they’ve settled down in Houston, Texas and where their life is going. In book 3, Under the Covers, Imogen and Christian are seen together and hold an Independence Day party. So what happens at the end of book 4, Into the Fire? Well there’s an epilogue which I hope will satisfy all my readers and prove that in my books happily ever after is a promise.
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FIVE lucky commenters here will win an ebook copy of All that Sparkles: The Texan Quartet
How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment, and by 10pm EST, Sunday March 26th 2015, I will randomly select FIVE winners for the ebook.
The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond confirming their email address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This ebook will be sent directly to the winner by the publisher.