I’ve recovered from the euphoria of my debut release and my first foray to the Romantic Times Convention, and am hard at work on the first round of edits on a book that is the second installment of a continuity series coming from Entangled Ignite in 2015.
If you’re not familiar with them, a continuity series is a multi-book series where each book is written by a different author, but there is a common thread that runs through the entire series. The continuity I’m involved with is called The Emerald Quest. The series features members of the same family through five generations starting in the late 1700s through to the present day. My story is set in Regency England. The stories are also linked by a diary and a missing family heirloom. Each book stands on its own, but the overarching mystery arc isn’t solved until the final book.
One advantage of a continuity series for readers is that you don’t have to wait for months for the next book to release since they are released back-to-back over the course of several months. Another is that you will likely be introduced to a new-to-you author if you read all of the books in the series.
For the authors involved, in addition to the pleasure of working together, the advantage is that each author will be introduced to the fans of all of the other authors involved in the series, and these fans will already be invested in the story.
Have you ever read a continuity series? If so, did you read all of the books in the series, or only those of the author(s) you were familiar with?