The Tricky Sequel
In December, I published the first book in a new futuristic erotic romance series called The Tau Cetus Chronicles, in which police agents and Beautiful Dolls sex robots are primary characters. The first book in the series is Programmed To Please, which has already gotten some rave reviews. It features a romance between police agent Jai Turner and notorious arms dealer Marque Callex.
Book two in the series is titled Programmed To Protect, and features Jai’s partner, Leith Wyatt. It was inspired by a fan who read Programmed To Please and begged for a sequel telling Leith’s story. Since he’s such a noble character, I was thrilled to give him a happily-ever-after of his own, even if it does come with a very unique twist.
Here’s the blurb:
Tau Cetus police agent Leith Wyatt is tasked by the ruling High Council with overseeing the production of a robot army for the planet’s defense. Wyatt doesn’t trust the oily robot manufacturer Anson Carron, and when Carron gives Wyatt the Beautiful Doll sexbot Ginger as a gift, Wyatt knows it’s for a sinister reason -- Beautiful Dolls are legendary for their addictive sexual prowess. Wyatt tries to resist the Doll, but Ginger is sweet, kind, sexy, and every intimate encounter they share manages to pull him deeper under her spell. And when Wyatt discovers Carron’s plan to overthrow the High Council in order to grab control of the planet for himself, Wyatt must decide whether his loyalty lies with the planet he’s sworn to protect, or the megalomaniac creator of the android he now loves.
Programmed To Protect was released last month, and so far it’s selling well, but I’m holding my breath waiting for reader response. Will it satisfy their request for a sequel? Did I give Leith a believable and enjoyable storyline?
In fact, this series was originally intended to be a one off, but I really enjoyed writing Leith’s story. If the books do well, I may decide to stay in my Tau Cetus world for a while – there are certainly enough interesting characters there!
That’s the beauty of self-publishing… I can get instant feedback on whether readers are buying/enjoying the series, and, depending on the response, I can either continue to write about this alien world that's much like our own, or move on to my next idea.
As an author, do you stress over sequels? As a reader, do you prefer to read series instead of single titles, wanting to know more about the characters you’ve invested so much time getting to know?
Let me know what you think!