Karin Tabke HEA vs Cliffhanger Endings!
Dun Dun Dun DUUUN!
Ok, that’s supposed to be the sound they make in the movies when the big scary reveal is coming! Today, I want to talk about HEA vs Cliffhanger endings. Dun Dun Dun DUN:
Which do you prefer?
(before I go further, thank you, Hales for having me as your guest again!!)
Here’s why I ask the above question: BLOOD LAW, the first book in my Blood Moon Rising trilogy releases in less than two weeks, Tuesday May 3rd to be exact, and while I have written cliffhangers in books, I have never written a cliffhanger where it involves the hero and heroine’s relationship! I knew when I wrote BLOOD LAW it was going to have to end up that way, I mean the trilogy is about two brothers, one woman and who gets the girl in the end, but frankly, the ending didn’t play out, quite the way I had envisioned it. Those characters have a mind of their own and well, I had to run with them. I never gave the ending of BLOOD LAW a second thought when I wrote it. Yes, I knew it was shocking, hell, I was shocked when I wrote it! But it was 100% right for the story and the characters. My editor thought so too. But then, I read this: RT Book Reviews thoughts about BLOOD LAW:
“Book one of the Blood Moon trilogy gets the series off to an impressive start with plenty of action and sex, emotional depth and a well-crafted plot. The shocking ending has no HEA but it has a definite to-be- continued hook.
Rafael kills his brother Lucien’s chosen mate because he knows she is a slayer who is holding his brother in thrall. It’s against wolf pack law for a lycan to mate with a slayer. But for 14 years no one has believed him and they hold him to the Blood Law, which says he must sacrifice his own chosen to his brother.
Rafael doesn’t care about that, until he meets Falon. She is everything he desires in a mate, despite the fact that she’s human. She begins to show her worth to his people with powers she didn’t know she possessed. In a frenzy of passion, Rafael marks her. He seeks ways to break the Blood Law, knowing tradition is against him. Then the slayers kidnap a young girl, forcing a confrontation that reveals more of Falon’s abilities.”
When I read this, I thought, wow, I didn’t think BLOOD LAW didn’t have an HEA, I mean. I knew it didn’t, not in the classic sense and maybe not in any sense since the story is still unfolding, but then I was thinking, hmmm, will this turn readers off? Or will it intrigue them to read book two, BLOOD RIGHT (yes, right not rite, when you read the book, you’ll know why it’s right not rite). You see, BLOOD LAW is Rafael and Falon’s love story. It is a true love story, no doubt about it. Book two, BLOOD RIGHT, is Falon and Lucien’s story. Another love story, but when you have two brothers who refuse to share…Book three, BLOOD MOON RISING, is Falon, Rafael’s and Lucien’s story. Let’s just say it’s complicated. Very complicated, but I am, after all a romance writer first and foremost, so how do you think I’m going to end their story?
OK, I got off track here, but I’d really like to hear your thoughts about HEA’s vs Cliffhanger endings.
I have a $15 Amazon or BN cyber gift card for a lucky commenter that we’ll randomly select when Hales says it’s ok. J
Karin Tabke* aka Harlow
😛 We decided to pick the winner Tuesday morning to give everyone who can stop by time to with Good Friday and Easter this weekend! ~Hales