Spotlight & Giveaway: The Billionaire’s Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace

Posted January 22nd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 32 comments

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. 

IMG_0048pr21-150x150My 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.


cover for grant and sophieIn 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: 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.


Weekend Agreement coverNow 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!


Billionaire's Fair Lady, The - Barbara WallaceWhich 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:


Giveaway: One lucky Winner will win copies of both Templeton brother books, Mr. Right, Next Door! and The Billionaire’s Fair Lady. 

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.



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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 or visiting her website

32 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Billionaire’s Fair Lady by Barbara Wallace”

  1. Sara HJ

    I had to jump in here 🙂 Proloques’ aren’t a deal breaker for me but Epilogues are a whole other ball game. If It were up to me and I was an editor, I’d require all my authors to end their books with an epilogue. (Luckily I’m not ;). I will be honest I do sometimes judge a book by the strength / weakness of an Epilogue, sometimes they are the hardest to write given the word count limitations in a category romance.

  2. Belinda

    I really like to read e08o9g7es t9 get the end of story satisfaction. It helps to know what kind of life the characters have.

  3. Mary Preston

    I can mostly take them or leave them, but sometimes a prologue just sets up the story so beautifully. I have read a few stories that were tied up to my satisfaction by the epilogue, but I don’t think I would have missed them if they had not been included.

  4. Evelyn

    Like epilogues because it makes me happy to that they are still together in the future. So, I prefer books with epilogues.

  5. Sharlene Wegner

    I think either one is effective in giving insite to the story. I would read the book with or without the prologue or the epilogue if the story interested me.

  6. Aline

    I have to agree with you Sara. I love epilogues. It’s kind of a closure for me Prologues? Not really. I don’t mind a little flashback in my stories as long as it doesn’t spoil the plot 😀

  7. Kai W.

    I take both the prologues and epilogues. It gives a little something extra on the two main characters.

  8. Pennie M

    I like both a prologue and epilogue. A prologue gives the reader a look at what is going on without the author having to spend precious time building a story but, when done right, will allow the story to jump start with chapter 1. An epilogue is a MUST because I hate being left wondering what happened. Too many books are ending with “okay they lived HEA” and don’t tell us what, when, or why. It doesn’t take that much effort to leave the reader satisfied.

  9. Lori P

    Sometimes you need both, but other times you don’t. If you have to have anything it would be an epilogue.

  10. orchid7

    I personally love a good epilogue. Too many books have such weak endings, or they end with a cliffhanger that makes you want to pitch the book against the wall. When I’m reading a romance, I’m reading it for that “happily-ever-after”, “all wrapped up in a bow” type of ending. Even if the book is part of a series, having a nice ending is imperative for me.
    Prologues aren’t as important to me. If there is some type of back story that would help the story to get started, or to better explain something that would be out of place and awkward inserted into the story later, then I’ll stumble through one. Usually I just prefer to start in on the actual story.

  11. Chris Mead

    In some instances I think a prologue adds to a story but I don’t think that they are always necessary. I do enjoy reading epilogues to find out what happens after the story has ended. I read your epilogue of The Billionaires Fair Lady and I enjoyed it very much, but I still loved the story without it and would still give it a five heart rating!

  12. Joanne B

    I don’t mind either. Sometimes you need to give a greater explaination of the beginning of a story and sometimes you need to let readers know what happened after the story is finished.

  13. Rebe

    I don’t really care much for prologues, because I prefer a character’s backstory to be integrated into the novel. I like epilogues, as long as they aren’t the infamous “baby-logues”.

  14. Cjane Novero

    My thoughts on prologues and epilogues vary depending on the story, type of book or what book it is. Okay, it varies in a lot of points. Let’s say for first person POV’s, I am fine with the prologue that contains the POV of another character as long as it is NECESSARY or it would be of great use in the larger scheme of things. For stand-alones I like it with an epilogue because it is probably where you can find the author tying loose ends and without a prologue because I think it would be nice it it is incorporated in the whole story. And besides, prologues and epilogues don’t always contain a glimpse of the past or of the future. They vary so, I have mixed feelings about it.

    But I am not a skipper in reading. I read what is there. A prologue, epilogue or chapter 1. Good or bad. 😉

  15. Tawnya Bentley

    I like a prologue if it explains why a character has a “back off” attitude, or that type of similar situation. Epilogue’s are almost a must for me!!! But I also know that a lot of author’s (or editor’s) just leave you hanging there,assuming it was a long happy ending. But if they leave the story with the heroine pregnant, I’d kinda like to know whether she had a girl or boy, don’t just leave her pregnant. That really gets under my skin.

  16. Mindy

    I love having an epilogue since it gives me a chance to see the characters after their HEA! This is also why I love series.

  17. Michele H

    If the story is quite involved I do think it’s a good idea to have a prologue and/or epilogue but I wouldn’t refuse to read a novel because of it. I agree that a well written epilogue is the perfect way to finish a HEA.

  18. chey

    I’d much rather read a prologue when reading about past events than flashbacks that get mixed up in the story. I like epilogues, specially when they show happy events in the future.

  19. Barbara Wallace

    Thank you everyone for the feedback! This is excellent. It seems like prologues are 50-50, but epilogues are definitely more 75%. I will remind my editor of this next time she lobs one of mine ff 🙂

    I am so happy to have had a chance to be here. I love this blog. Thank you Sara for hosting me.

  20. Cecilia

    More prefer epilogues, cause i like in the end, a little bit story about the hero and heroine, but sometimes i dont mind about that too. as long as story is great

  21. Shadow

    I like them for the most part. Though, in some books, i dont like prologues. I hate when the story starts in the middle in the beginning and then jumps to the beginning in the first chapter. It confuses me and really irritates me. lol

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