{Guest Post} Writing a Series by Nalini Singh

We’re so lucky to have author Nalini Singh on today to let us know all about Writing a Series: Connections and Growth. If you don’t know Nalini, she’s the author of the fantastic Psy-Changeling series (plus lots more!). , the latest book in the Psy-Changeling series was released this week, and we’ve got a review for that coming up, but first let’s get to know Nalini a little bit and find out what she has to say about Writing a Series.

Writing a Series: Connections and Growth

by Nalini Singh

I love writing relationships, and not only romantic relationships. Romance is key, the driver of my stories, but family relationships, friendships, pack dynamics, I love all of them, too.

It’s part of why I so enjoy writing series – the scope of a series gives me plenty of room to explore the fully textured worlds of my characters. No one exists in isolation; we all have webs of relationships that define us and none of those relationships remain forever static. Neither do the characters.

Everyone changes over time.

In a series, I’m able to showcase these changes. Kit is a great example. When the story begins, he’s an adorable and confident near-eighteen-year-old leopard changeling who tries to flirt with the heroine. We then see him start to flex his strength, get into trouble as he makes mistakes while attempting to find his place in the world.

Over the past several books, he has not only learned from those mistakes, but begun to settle into his adult skin. The boy we first met has become a strong, stable young male who is a testament to the love and discipline of the DarkRiver pack, and who makes his pack proud. At each stage of his life, he has had packmates, friends, family around him, each connection helping him to grow, to become who he’s meant to be.

Kit is still growing, still becoming. One day, he will be a powerful alpha in his own right, and I hope to go with him into that phase of his life, too. And he is only one of the characters in the Psy-Changeling world. So many lives intersect in this series, each individual with his or her own story to tell. It gives me incredible joy to visit with these characters, to watch them develop from book to book.

***About Nalini Singh***

Author Nalini SinghNalini Singh has been writing as long as she can remember and all of her stories always held a thread of romance (even when she was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). She loves creating unique characters, loves giving them happy endings and she even loves the voices in her head. There’s no other job she would rather be doing. In September 2002, when she got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy her first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. She hopes to continue living the dream until she keels over of old age on her keyboard.

Nalini was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time she took the chance to travel around Asia. She’s back in New Zealand now, but she’s always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of her travel snapshots, have a look at her Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, she has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but she calls it grist for the writer’s mill.

To find out more about Nalini’s books or to read full-chapter excerpts, please visit her website. While there, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter, which goes out once a month with a roundup of news, as well as exclusive goodies like extra excerpts and free short stories.

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She’s awesome, right? We know you’ll be excited to check out Shield of Winter:

Pages: 448
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Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

What about you? Do you enjoy series that explore the lives of interconnected characters? What long-running series do you adore?

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Pages: 320
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Our Rating: three-half-stars
She can whip up something sweet…

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.

But with two in the kitchen…

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Can they take the heat?

Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

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In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. Now, the story continues as one woman, haunted by the shadows of the past, explores the possibilities of a new beginning in ways she never could have imagined…

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?

Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit fully to him will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

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Our Rating: four-stars
In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.

But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

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