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Reaching the HEA
You’re almost at the end of writing your book, about to reach the happy ever after, but will it really be what your characters deserve? The temptation for you as the writer to reach that happy conclusion too quickly can leave a reader feeling cheated and unsatisfied. Equally a long drawn out ending where the happy ever after becomes lost in all the whys and wherefores can irritate a reader.
A romance reader expects a happy ever after – or even a happy for now ending, so as writers of the genre we must deliver it, despite the fact that the reader has known from the very first word of you book that it will end happily.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt along the way to help your characters reach their ultimate happy ever after.
1. Know your ending – Work out before you start writing how the characters are going to reach their happy ever after. If you are a plotter, you’ll love this tip, but if you are a panster it will not feel right. It is important to have some idea of what your characters are going to be experiencing as they go on their journey and writing a synopsis before you write the story can be a very useful tool.
2. Love and war - Ensure your characters have had times in their story when they did get on with one another, when it did look possible for that happy ever after – until something else was thrown in the path of happiness that is!
3. All neat and tidy – Throughout your story questions will have been raised by your characters’ actions and these need answering to give the reader a sense of
completion. Don’t wait until the last few pages to pack it all in. Instead filter it throughout the story, but keep that real big issue for the black moment, the point in the book where the reader wonders how your characters will ever come back from that point and reach their happy ever after.
4. The last word – Let your reader see, with dialogue or actions, as the characters work things through for the last time. Resist the temptation to tell them it all ended well and they lived happily ever after – show them, let them be there as those final words are said.
A Child Claimed by Gold
A scandal of their own making
Nikolai Cunningham has kept his family history secret for seventeen years. So when photographer Emma Sanders is granted exclusive access to his childhood home, he returns to Russia to ensure it stays hidden.
Though she tries to keep her eye on the story, Nikolai's potent sexuality proves too much for Emma's untouched body to resist! But, convinced she only wanted a scoop, Nikolai casts Emma out, unaware she's pregnant!
When the consequence of their recklessness is revealed, Nikolai will legitimize his heir—with a gold wedding ring!
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