Why you WANT to be left hanging… And how to win a Kindle Fire!

Today, Attacking the Page welcomes three authors who are writing fabulous new Kindle Serials: Kim Law, Cheryl Bolen, and Patrice Wilton.  Have you ever heard of a book published in serial format? Many of Charles Dicken’s works were published in installments before being bound into full books, including Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers. So the idea is both old and new. Anyway, these lovely ladies are giving away a Kindle Fire, so without further delay…

There’s a new kind of book making the rounds these days. It’s called a serial. Serials are books that are delivered by episodes (usually 2-3 chapters per episode.) Therefore, the reader purchases the book, gets all available episodes at the time of purchase, and then receives the remaining episodes in intervals. Often every two weeks.

Amazon has several serials going at the moment. They are for the Kindle/Kindle Fire or free Kindle apps, cost only $1.99 (this includes ALL episodes), and future episodes get delivered automatically as soon as they are released. Readers get an email notifying them that they have a new episode, and all they have to do is re-open the book on their Kindle/app, and they’ll be right where they left off, with the new episode appended and waiting to be read.

But why would you want these instead of just buying a whole book? Three reasons:

1)      They are fun!

It’s a totally different way to read—sort of like watching your favorite television show and then having to wait until the next episode airs—and serials “promise” to leave you hanging at the end of each episode. That means, you’re going to WANT to turn that page, only you can’t.  J But then you get to let the anticipation build of what might happen next. This is what I enjoy. As the day approaches for a new episode, I can hardly wait to see that email come across so I can hurry to read the next episode!

As noted, it’s a totally different way to read, and though at first it may seem like something you wouldn’t want to try, I encourage you to spend the two bucks and give it a shot. To me it’s fun getting to the brink of something good and then knowing I have to wait! Frustrating, but fun. And the more you are frustrated, the more you know the author is doing a great job! (Side note…it’s fun, but no, I would not want to read every book this way! But I do like to mix it up once in a while.)

2)      They are cheap!

For only $1.99 for a whole book, it’s a steal! But when the serial is fully released, the price will go up, so get them early!

3)      They are short enough to read during your lunch hour, while waiting to pick up the kids, while cooking dinner, etc.

So many of us are short on time, and don’t pick up a book because we know we’re going to get sucked into the author’s world and not poke our heads out for several hours. While fun, this is often just not feasible in our everyday lives. Serials force you to put the book down and get back to your life.

So there you have it. What is a serial, why you WANT them to leave you hanging, and now…how to win a Kindle Fire…

Three Kindle serial authors have teamed up to bring readers a great and easy opportunity. Go to our websites and answer a simple question about our serials, and you’ll be entered to win a 7” Kindle Fire HD. Answer one question, be entered one time. Go to all three websites and answer all three questions, be entered to win three times. It’s that easy! And all answers can be found in episode one of each serial.

Please see any of our website contest pages for full contest details.

Ex on the Beach, ExontheBeach-coverby Kim Law – Andie Shayne is getting ready to host the wedding of the summer at her resort on Turtle Island. As the guests arrive she’s taken aback to learn that her ex–who left her at the altar–is the best man. What he did was unforgiveable, and now he’s back with an agenda for her affection.

Kim’s contest page.

Frederick_FrontCover_12.13.12Falling for Frederick, by Cheryl Bolen – Laden with mystery and suspense, Falling for Frederick is a fast-paced romance that takes place in contemporary England. Aided by the lord of the manor, a lovely doctoral student seeks a priceless medieval artifact – just a step ahead of those who’ve already murdered to get it.

Cheryl’s contest page.

A Hero Lies Within, A Hero Lies Withinby Patrice Wilton – Old secrets linger and two reunited lovers are faced with more deception and mistrust. Can their love survive a second time around? Jake Harrington left her once when her life was falling apart, and now he’s back, and so are all the emotions she fought hard to expel. Can she forget his bitter betrayal, and will he forgive hers when to save her career she must betray his trust?

Patrice’s contest page.

Contest closes at Midnight EST on March 31st, so get your entries in today!!!

Now tell us…do you think you could enjoy reading in the serial format? Or maybe you’ve already tried a serial. If so, tell us what you thought!

8 responses to “Why you WANT to be left hanging… And how to win a Kindle Fire!

  1. Thanks, Melinda, for letting us visit your site today.

  2. I love the suspense of a serial. I will sit on pins and needles until the next part comes out.

  3. I have the first 2 serials and I LOVE them! I have gotten many new “episodes” for each book and I have only had them less than 2 months! By the time the next one comes around, my curiosity is sooo high that I have to read it right away!

  4. Hi Melinda, thanks for having us here, and I’ve enjoyed browsing around your site. Nice to hear, Carol and Jennifer, that you are enjoying the serial concept and I hope more readers will give them a try. Good luck entering the contest!

  5. Michel Reinhard

    I have been following all of these serials and added Susannah Sandlin’s Storm Force. I enjoy reading each episode and look forward to them. It is nice to read them when my schedule is busy and I don’t have the time to invest in a full book.

  6. Not just because I love Downtown Abbey so much, but for the past couple of years I’ve enjoyed the way the television industry leaves you hanging. It’s the same with the serials. I can’t wait until the next. While a few of my readers complain that they can’t remember how the last episode (for me, about three chapters) ends and they have to go back and read to refresh their memories, most of my readers say they love the suspense of waiting for the next. And, of course, my Falling for Frederick is a suspense novel.

  7. It’s so nice to have you all at Attacking the Page today. These all look like fabulous stories. They’re all going on my TBR list.

  8. Hi everyone! And yes Melinda, thanks so much for having us! Carol, Jennifer and Michel, looks like you totally get the serial concept! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. And thanks for letting us know. Don’t forget to enter the contest on our pages (if you haven’t already)!!! Entries are pretty low, so chances are high!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s