I think it’s about time that we can talk about that cliffhanger.
The end of What Happens in Bangkok that provoked a range of opinions from – didn't bother me in the least – to – I hate cliffhangers!!!!
What is a cliffhanger? Popped over to Wikipedia because that definition dealt more with fiction – books/moviesA cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. A cliffhanger is hoped to ensure the audience will return to see how the characters resolve the dilemma.
Some serials end with the caveat "To Be Continued..." or "The End?"
Exactly! A cliffhanger is hoped to ensure the audience will return to see how the characters resolve the dilemma.
I got Darien and Erika together. He gives her a ring and promises to be faithful. So the romantic HEA (happily every after) is solid. If the two people have promised to love one another forever – why write a second book?
I can just hear some people- simple – you have the couple break up in the second book. So, I can force a break up of a couple after they've vowed to be happily ever after and that is an acceptable premise for a book 2 – but leaving an unanswered question isn't?
Both are simply plot devices. If every book ended the same, then why bother writing or reading? At the point at which the reader knows who the 2 main characters are – they then know the end of the story.
Yes – it's the journey of the book that makes it unique, I know that. How did the author get them to the HEA? But – it's already a given that there will be one. And I gave the reader the HEA.
Then I had reality happen. Life isn't always perfect. Erika and Darien were happy in their little cocoon. Now it's time to shake it up. And that is certainly what the "Hello, Darien." did.
How do I see the cliffhanger protest? 2 ways
1st - annoying as heck- reviewer plastered it all over the review – so other like-minded people won't even give the book a chance- they won't read/buy it.
2nd – I love it – it provoked a visceral reaction from the reviewer. That means my characters and story got to them. And that is a good thing.
Will I continue to write books with a cliffhanger? If the story calls for it. Cliffhangers are not that unusual. I'd say pretty much every TV show you watch wraps up their season finale with a cliffhanger to get the viewer back the following September.
I can name two "mildly" successful movies that ended with cliffhangers – the original Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1
Did the world end because of the cliffhanger? No – we're all still here. Will that reviewer ever read another one of my books? Probably not. Did I lose sales because of that review? Probably.
But that's all part of the writing game. Good reviews and not so good reviews. So yes, I’ll someday I may write a 3rd book with a cliffhanger. What Happens in Bangkok was the 2nd cliffhanger I wrote.
Will I take the heat for it?
Yup. I’m not going to let people dictate how I write my stories.
If I could just toss this out there - and I know I’ll get grief for saying this – but to the cliffhanger haters – please don’t paste it all over the review. You scare others off. Just because you don’t like cliffhangers doesn’t mean they will. Scaring them away from the book loses me a sale and another person at chance at a good read.
Ok – your turn to rant back at me.
To save Darien's life his brother asks, "Can you walk in high heels?"
Erika Bailey, owner/manager of a drag queen club in Bangkok, Thailand has happily settled into all aspects of her new life, except for her lack of a love life. When a new diva auditions, Erika is bewildered over her instant attraction to the blond God, Apollo.
Darien Scott is on vacation after a world tour and mistakenly figures the safest place to be is at The Black Dragon with the head of a Triad. When the club is hit, Darien is the only person to get out alive. Now he's running from the police and a Triad. Mistake number 1.
Disguised as a drag queen, he's hired by Erika, but falls hard for his new boss, then struggles with not coming clean with her. Mistake number 2.
Can he fix his mistakes and find a life filled with love or is he headed straight for mistake number 3?
What happens in Bangkok is the first book I have read from this author and i highly recommend it. I couldn't put it down was captured from the first to the last page. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the twist and turns it gives you. Will so be looking for more from this author.
5 Stars Really must read this one....,
5 Stars Really must read this one....,
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the chemistry between Darien and Erika was so hot that I thought my kindle would melt! I look forward to reading more from this author.
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