Thanks to Book Reviews and More by Kathy for hosting me today on my first official Riptide Books tour for Catch A Ghost!!! Catch A Ghost is the first in the Hell or High Water series, featuring operatives Prophet and Tommy. They’re two hardheaded men who are perfect for each other…but getting them to admit hasn’t been easy.
But today, I want to talk about what can truly make a series—the secondary characters. Because, as the world revolves around our two heroes, there are always those characters who make appearances, sometimes small appearances, that seem to leave readers wanting more. And I’ve already heard from many readers about two such characters in my series—Mal and Cillian.
So today, here’s my ponderings on why I think secondary characters end up being so beloved—aka, how they tend to evolve into their own series.
If you get a group of writers together, I can pretty much guarantee that if you mention secondary characters, they’ll all smile about that first meeting. I’ve talked about why secondary characters are so much fun to write with a couple of writer friends, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
So, look you start a book, you fall in love with your characters. And even though you want to love them all the way through, they begin to get stubborn (well, mine do…) and while I can’t force them into doing what I want, sometimes the stand-offs can be tough.
So it’s like, you’re halfway through and you want to strangle your main character and suddenly this beautiful, perfect, new shiny character shows up and he’s FUN and NEW and did I mention SHINY? He courts you. He makes you laugh. There’s no pressure, so he’s so easy to write because there are zero expectations. There are all the possibilities with said character. You want to cheat on your main character with your secondary character.
Bottom line—sometimes they steal the show, and it’s hard not to let them. But I think they steal the show because, at heart, we don’t want things to end. We want books upon books in the universes we love, and secondary characters are a way for a reader to hook in and go, ‘yes, this series will go on and on with new blood!’
I’m having a contest that will run through the end of this blog tour on my website. In order to be eligible, you just need to leave a comment here! Actually, you can comment on my blog and any other blogs along this tour and you’ll be entered separately for a chance to win with each comment 🙂
So, talk me about a favorite secondary character you’ve come across in your books (or on TV!) – leave a here comment to be entered!
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…
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Title: Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes
Hell or High Water Series Book One
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Erotic, Thriller
Length: 293 pages/Word Count: 70,600
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
Read my review HERE.
Ms. Jakes is giving away three prizes:
Grand Prize: A Kindle Paperwhite
Second Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
Third Prize: $10 Amazon Gift
So, talk to Ms. Jakes about a favorite secondary character you’ve come across in your books (or on TV!) – leave a here comment to be entered! And check out the post on Ms. Jakes blog for the scoop on how to earn extra entries!
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