Promises to Keep

Way back in time, Anton Chekov advised writers to focus on important details only. And if you mention and describe the rifle over the fireplace, someone darn well better get that rifle down and use it at some point. By focusing on it, you make a promise to the reader that this item is worthy of attention.

I am one of those readers who wants a Happily Ever After in my Romance novels. If I read one and it’s not going to give me at least a Happy for Now ending, I will feel cheated. I will probably not buy any more books by that author.


Recently I read most of a book where the heroine was a reincarnation of a woman who had lived some time before this story takes place. There were hints in the beginning that she knew she was different, and that other members of the community were also paranormal beings. Later on, we find out that is not the case. I had a confuse.


The first man introduced into the story had competed with another man for this woman’s love. He was stunned to find her reincarnated and totally recognizable. He wanted her and pined for her and totally loved her. Kind of.


The second male character was introduced through the Point of View of the first MC. He had loved the woman but waited too long to let her know how much he did love her. He who hesitates is lost until she appears in their world again. And his love is, apparently, the true love that she should have waited for in the first place.


Now, this book was well written, had exciting scenes and plot lines, and really hot sex. In the past. Something told me that MC #1 wasn’t going to get the girl this time. To me, that author was dishonest with the readers. The guy she ended up with should have been the first MC introduced. The guy who let her go this time around should have been less prominent. I could totally see how the story might have played out with that change, and I wouldn’t have gotten upset to the point I didn’t finish it.


Always let you reader in on the secrets. Introduce the FMC or MMC first, but the second person introduced MUST be the future love interest of this person. Otherwise, you will have left them at the altar, so to speak. Readers tend to think ahead of the story, to imagine what might happen. They are planning the honeymoon on the first date. They don’t take kindly to you calling in a pinch hitter near the end of the book.


Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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