Please welcome back Harlequin & Entangled Romance author Barbara Wallace to HJ!
Today Barbara has a special post for us on one of my Favorite topics: Prologues and Epilogues.
My last three books, including this month’s, The Billionaire’sFair Lady, had either a prologue or an epilogue. In all three cases, the editor removed them saying they weren’t necessary. Since my editors’ suggestions frequently make my books better, I didn’t argue the point. In hindsight, however, I’m beginning to wonder if maybe I should have. I figured the best way to find out is to ask the people whoseopinions really matter – readers.
Let me start by saying up front that I’m not a fan of prologues. With a few rare exceptions, (such as Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels), I don’t think the back story included in the prologue adds to the story. More often than not , the reader can start right at chapter 1 and not miss a beat.
In my book Mr. Right, Next Door!, (HQ Romance, September 2012) I broke my prologue rule. (gasp!) I thought if readers saw glimpse of the heroine, Sophie’s childhood, they would have a better appreciation for the ‘success at any cost’ attitude she has throughout the book. Interestingly, when I posted the prologue on the Harlequin Romance Authors’ blog (link: http://www.harlequinromanceauthors.com) this fall, readers were split 50-50. Some said it would entice them to read more; others felt the same as my editor. The lukewarm reception leads me to believe my original position against prologues isn’t so unusual – and that in this case, my editor was once again right.
Now epilogues on the other hand… I’m a huge fan of epilogues. I love getting that little glimpse into the future. For me, it confirms that the declarations of love I read at the end of the story lasted and reaffirms my belief the hero and heroine lived happily ever after. In my book, Weekend Agreement (Entangled Publishing, March 2012), my editor removed the epilogue. At the time, I wasn’t so sure. I thought those few pages tied Daniel’s and Charlotte’s story with a neat little bow. Readers thought so too. When I posted the epilogue on Goodreads a few months after the book was released, they overwhelmingly agreed they loved it. In fact, one reviewer said had the epilogue been in the book she would have upgraded her review to a perfect score!
Which brings me to this month’s release, The Billionaire’s Fair Lady. Let me go on record here as saying I like the way the book ends. I think it’s very clear that by the time they say I love you, Roxy and Mike are together for the long haul. However, my original version did include a tiny glimpse into the future. One that involved a merry-go-round and Roxy’s daughter, Steffi. Readers who want to read it can find it posted here. (link: http://barbarawallace.com/news-2/).
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To Enter giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form below and comment on this Q: Enough, though, about my past books. I’m interested in your opinion for future releases. What do you all, as readers, think of prologues and epilogues. Do you like them? Could you take them or leave them? Do you have a preference for one over the other? Let me know, please.
Finally, thanks for letting me pick your brains today. I appreciate it.
Award-winning category author Barbara Wallace writes for both Harlequin Romance and Entangled Publishing. The Billionaire’s Fair Lady is her seventh Harlequin Romance. Look for two more Barbara Wallace titles this summer 2013 – Billionaire Matchmaker (an Entangled anthology with Shirley Jump, Susan Meier and Jackie Braun) and The Courage to Say Yes from Harlequin Romance. You can keep up with all of Barbara’s news and ramblings by following her on twitter @BarbaraTWallace, joining her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BarbaraWallaceAuthor or visiting her website www.barbarawallace.com