Decisions, decisions…

I’m hard at work on Fighting For Valor. But this book…it’s vexing me. A lot. I have a decision to make, and I’d like your help to do it.

Now…if you haven’t read By Lethal Force yet, you’re going to want to stop reading. RIGHT NOW. Because the next bit of this post contains MAJOR spoilers.

9 thoughts on “Decisions, decisions…”

  1. I love long books. I love your books and often wish for more because I am enjoying the characters and story so much. Go with what is best for you, but I would love the backstory.

  2. Somehow whenever a short story or attachment to a book gets emailed I am never able to figure out how to get it…I would just rather have a longer book

  3. So I voted for putting the link on your website but honestly I really like option 1 best. I absolutely ADORE long books and 425+ pages sounds like heaven to me .. but not everybody. I also like the thought of making folks join your website/mailing list so more people will discover what the rest of us already know .. we LOVE your writing. Just know that whatever you do I will read ALL of this book no matter how you arrange it.

  4. In reading about your being vexed about bucking traditional romance novel convention, I say go with making us wait a little. I don’t mind a slightly thicker read as long as the emotional payoff is good.
    I’m studying English and Creative Writing and I’m sure my opinion would drive my professors up the wall, but I told them that I plan to buck traditions when needed to keep the readers engaged and give the best story I can.
    Also, if you have any advice for a wannabe romance writer, I am open to it.

    Kate Stavick

  5. Hi! So, my two cents, as a Mathematician who can barely write a paragraph LOL
    If you publish the entire 425 pages, begin with a link in the book that would allow the reader to skip the back story and head directly to the romance.

    That allows: anyone who wants to know it to read it AND anyone who decides to go back in the end the chance to read it.

    Plus, since I’m assuming you’re publishing on Kindle Unlimited, if someone reads the backstory, at least you’ll get paid for it.

  6. I’m torn between 1 & 2 but I think 2 is the better option 60/40 giving the readers a choice to read the backstory or just jump right in and if they want more, they have the option. It may lose some readers if it takes to long with the backstory with the first choice.

  7. Is there a way to publish it as a promotional novella on Amazon for free/99 ku? That way you still get some compensation, and it could potentially bring more traffic to you. Might even be easier access. Idk. Or book funnel and do a box set with it as q novella and deleted scenes from other books once complete.

  8. Loved By Lethal Force (and each book since the start of the series) and Isaad was an intriguing character, who is so deserving of his own story!
    I would not mind reading 100 pages before meeting his ‘lady’, but for readers new to the series that might indeed be too much. Although they should start the series with the first book to enjoy them most
    Giving away a book for free is a lovely gesture from an author, but maybe not best for business?! Alternative is a ‘novella’, say book 5.5 in the AFK series, with Ripper’s story?
    Whatever you decide, I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  9. Thank you for all your research and how you write. My husband was active duty and also suffered a massive stroke while under the knife. We’ve been married almost 30 years, with the last 15 post stroke. I enjoyed reading about a Hero, besides mine, that suffered a similar fate!

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