Do you Prefer books written in ‘Series’

How many of you like to have THE END at the end of every book you read?

How many of you like a book ending with a hook? Where the story begins and is continued in several following books, where then end of the story is in the last book of the series?

Some works in a series can stand alone—they can be read in any order, but if you’re like me, I want to read them in the order written. If I happen to pick up one in the middle, I’ll go find the others and then read them in the correct order. I have a friend who is anal about this. If an author has written several books in a series, she has to have them all before she reads the first one. LOL. And she’s gotten me doing the same thing.

Before I get ahead of myself, a stand alone book is basically one that gives the full story—a beginning and an end. Within each book, references are made to characters in the other books of the series, or to past events. Some books involve a family, a group of brothers, or a group of friends. Each book in the series is of one individual of that group.

Some series have one set of characters spread throughout several books. Their characters go through drastic changes, make references to past events spreading over a long period of time. The story begins in book one with a hook ending or the story is not completed. The next book follows the previous book with changes where books must be read in order to learn the complete story.

My own preference is for any book in a series to stand alone. Which basically means each book should be enjoyable in its own right with a beginning and an end. Satisfying or not, happy or not, the ending should be the end of a book.

Before ‘series’ became popular, I remember reading a few romance books that mentioned a familiar character, or was related to a character in another book. Since I enjoyed those, I thought it would be nice to introduce a few familiar characters in my own books. Each of my books have a beginning and a romantically satisfying end for my characters happily ever after. Nothing left hanging.

I must admit my pet peeve is when I become involved in a book only to find at the last page a hook ending or no ending. If I want to know the end of the story, I have to purchase the next book in the series to continue the story, and maybe even another. The end of the story is in the last book of the series? How many of you knew 50 Shades of Grey was spread over three books before you wanted to read them? Perfect example.

If I want to buy three books, I will gladly. But to be surprised at the end of my first book in order to read the ending I needed to purchase another book—very annoying. I feel cheated.

Although I must say I recently read a romance paced over three books that was fantastic. Hero and heroine met in book one, split, reunited in book two, split, happily ever after ending in book three. I became so attached to the characters and fell in love with the story and the author. Definitely worth the read. “Mr. Black-In the Shadows Series.”

I can’t express enough that when ‘series’ are involved, advertise if the book has a beginning or an end or if another purchase is required to continue the story—and how many!

Series? Love them. Personally—each book should be enjoyable and without the reader being forced into a possibly unwanted purchase. But, to each his/her own.

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Night Owl Reviews


The True One

The One and Only Series, #2

This book is a splendid adventure on the high seas and I am happy that I was able to discover both this story and its author. Prior to my reading I thought the plot might have been previous material that I had read but Wyatt was able to intertwine a new romance and a story that I overly enjoyed. Personally I think this is everything in reviewing a book as throughout my reading I could feel the author’s heart and emotions driving the heroine in this story and this writing style is not only unique but so refreshing.

From the prologue to the last chapter this book was filled with suspense and heroic action, but I have to confess that the romance is by far my favorite part of this book. The romance is not as traditional as some romance readers are used to. The first introduction of romance is by Jennifer, the heroine as she is carrying for a wounded Stephen. I think it is only fair to note that Jennifer is not the ideal heroine that I am use to seeing in historical fiction. She was sharply-witted, able to stand on her own two feet and I couldn’t imagine anyone that is a better match for Stephen than she. I would love to see more heroines like Jennifer in future romance novels… As for Stephen he was more of the standard, dreamy hero that I think romance readers expect.

The romance in this book is very good. It requires a bit of an effort on the reader’s part to uncover more than just chemistry between both Jennifer and Stephen but the ending is very rewarding.

For my introduction to a new author I am very pleased with The True One and I will be looking forward to future releases penned by Wyatt in hopes that she will once again deliver a story as likeable as this book.



Thank You for such a wonderful review.





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thank you roseThank you so much, to all my friends and fans !

Thank you for you support in sharing the love of my books. Thank you for buying my books, for sending me your comments of appreciation, encouragement and admiration. Thank you for your five star and four star reviews. Thank you for friending me and sharing good thoughts about my books.



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7 Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins Emporium

PRIDE  is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

ENVY   is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.

GREED   is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

ANGER   is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

GLUTTONY   is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

LUST   is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

SLOTH    is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

Now let’s look at the 7 deadly sins of Writing- Hamilton College:

Poor Grammar and Spelling  —  Telling, not Showing  —  Passive Voice  —   Purple Prose  —   Repetitiveness  —   Point of View Breaches   —   Lack of Persistence

But what I want to address is the sins of writers.

What cripples writers isn’t the struggle to find words, but the belief that you lack talent. All beginning authors have this fear. What if ….. But, how do we know if we don’t try? What makes a person a writer is writing and submitting.

What I have learned about the 7 Deadly Sins

Pride  –  Humility, have confidence without reward. Write for the pleasure it gives you.

Envy  –  Kindness, toward those we envy. Pleased for another author’s success.

Greed  –  Generosity, give without expecting back

Anger  –  Patience, wait to hear back from that editor. Wait to hear back from that agent.

Gluttony  –  Abstinence, good food, exercise, a healthy body makes a sharper mind.

Lust  –   Chastity, self control, self-discipline

Sloth  –  Diligence, continue to write. Finish that manuscript.

Yes you have interruptions. We can get writer’s block. We feel like a failure–blow to the ego–fear of rejection–fear of not being published.

Write anyway !      Keep Writing !     and       Keep the Spirit !



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Congratulations to All Winners

We have more winners.

I’ve given away Genuine Stone Earrings, Aztec Black Onyx Earrings, Silver and Gold bracelets, and ecopies of my books. Thanks to all 2014 winners who played along, joined facebook promotion parties and joined Sophia Kimble’s contest. So glad to meet new people and receive comments on my books.

For 2015, Ringing in the New Year Party, my first winner is Renee Jeffries. Congrats and Enjoy !!


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After the Party – Sizzling Romance

What a Blast !!  thank you rose

Congrats to ALL Winners !!

 Thanks so much to everyone who joined us to celebrate my new book “The champagneTrue One”. Thanks to our amazing line-up of guest authors who brought so much to the party. And a special thank you to Debbie and Kimi for keeping things organized–no matter how many stumbling blocks facebook threw at us. Did we have fun, or what? I enjoyed reading comments and the many wonderful responses from everyone. I laughed out loud !! I am amazed and thrilled you took the time out of your busy schedules to join me this evening. Please like our facebook pages and visit our websites. I had a blast !! And I hope you had as much fun as I did. 
Here are a few pictures of the evening.

First lets start off with the best dressed. Enjoy some beautiful gowns of the evening.Blue rose dress       gown regency         medieval gown               dress blue  dress nice                 dress elegant

Or Worst  Best dress                            WT  dress what

The Marquess’s Coachcarriage Marqui

  Marquess Dining room His Dining Room

And some of the most interesting men for escorts.

 hunk long hair face        hunk sexy    Hunk kilt       Highland man        hunk medieval    Highlander series Adrian Paul       And of course Mr. Snow  hunk snow

And what would a party be without  a few Gods….

  blonde thor    hunk bad

She thought she was a tree  I'm a Tree

Not sure what was going on here —

We’ll have to ask Eliza !!hunk bound






happy dance elves But we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs

 And the men were most “DROOL WORTHY”

Hunk long hair      Hunk highlander    hunk in a kilt - sorta

  hunk horse ride highlander 

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The Power of Your Story


Dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth

The power of your story is in the character’s true emo­tions. The reader wants to be involved with the characters. Wants to be the character. Living the life of the character in her/his dreams. A writer draws the reader in, por­traying per­sonal emo­tions or char­ac­ters’ feel­ings about an expe­ri­ence or sit­u­a­tion.

Have I accom­plished this?

I’ve been work­ing on edits for my his­tor­i­cal sequel and once again my eyes are going crossed. I read, re-read, read again. Is that what I wrote? Does that sen­tence make sense? Is that word really there or is my mind play­ing tricks on me and I think it’s there because it is sup­posed to be there?

I strive to make my intimate scenes beyond just doing the deed. My characters have depth, emotional investments, life-threatening challenges. The reader wants to be in the moment. Feel what the characters feel – emotionally. I try to give this to my readers.

My scenes may be steamy, but hopefully I have written the scene in a way that is not crude.

Hats off to book two in the One and Only Series. THE TRUE ONE. The sequel to Kat and Morgan’s story. I believe champagne is called for.

Samanthya Wyatt

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Be the Best Author you can be.

Author Photo SWI’ve seen several authors offer tips on Goal-Motivation-Conflict, Editing, Research, Interviewing Characters, and their journey to being published. Authors sharing information is one of the greatest gifts I’ve received.

So today I’d like to share a few things I hope would be beneficial to any author who wants to be the best they can be.

First of all, if you are not already a member of RWA, join! So much information is available. With the support of RWA behind you, you have a great chance of accomplishing your dream. RWA opens many doors for an author. From there you can join chapter groups, groups in one genre, critique groups, and other groups where members offer support. There is nothing like shared information between members and you make so many friends.

Take as many workshops as you can. In today’s world, you need to be up to speed on what an editor wants and sharpen your skills so you can give it to them. Whether it’s GMC, POV, edits, plot, story building—you can never learn too much and you may be surprised at how much you will benefit. Classmates share ideas, ask questions maybe you never thought of. I even took a website design class and created my own website. So sign up. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

Don’t be afraid to enter contests. It took years of putting words on paper, and having the courage to enter a contest. Don’t enter to win. Enter to learn. Feedback is important and you need to look at it as constructive and not insulting. You don’t have to like or agree with the judges, but you should learn from them. Turn criticism into drive.

And most important—Don’t give up! Don’t expect success overnight. It is a long, hard process. If you are determined, keep trying. Judges’ comments made me more determined and work harder. In 2013 I was a finalist in the Golden Rose Contest. The Right One went on to be awarded Second Place. I did a pitch session with SAVVY Authors and one of the editors with Soul Mate Publishing asked for a full. Another editor asked for a full of my contemporary Something More.

Every one of these things created the author I am today. I am a RWA member, I’ve joined four chapters via internet, and I’m a member of Savvy Authors. By keeping my spirit and turning criticism into drive, I am proud to join the list of published authors.http___www_soulmatepublishing

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Night Owl Reviews

My latest novel has been submitted to Night Owl Review.

Night Owl  Link Exchange NightOwlReviews

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