#RomanceAuthorUniversity - Don't Forget the Epilogue, It's the Readers Treat & Wrap Up by Tory Richards
I'd written and read quite a few books before realizing the importance of adding an epilogue at the end of a story. As a reader you're invested in the lives of the characters you read about, you've grown to love them and you want to read a little bit about their futures to see where they end up. We all want that happy ending, especially in romance, but even then we're not fully satisfied. We want the story wrapped up in a neat little package that leaves us feeling happy inside, happy for the hero and heroine that their story doesn't end.
I actually feel a sense of accomplishment in adding epilogues to my stories. It allows me to add closure to some of the more insignificant pieces of the story that I didn't flesh out in the book because it wasn't necessary. Readers are good at picking up on things that aren't resolved by the end of the book, and I'll sometimes use an epilogue to explain away those little nuisances that can come back and haunt you.
Now if I read a book without an epilogue I kind of feel a little disappointed. Then there are the books I've read where the author has added two, three and four epilogues at the end. Personally I don't think that's necessary. An epilogue is text added to the end of a book giving a statement on what happens to the characters after the book is finished. The epilogues I write can be a couple of pages or a whole chapter long depending on the length of my book and what takes place in it.
In case some of you don't know me, I'm Tory Richards. I've been an Amazon bestselling author many times over, however if you know anything about Amazon they update hourly so my bestselling status doesn't last long. I'll take it, though. I live in Florida, was born in Maine, and my likes are traveling, good coffee, sweet iced tea, and food in general. I'm a syfy junkie but my all time favorite movie is Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis.
My genres include anything romance in contemporary, paranormal, interracial, suspense and erotic. The last few years I've been addicted to reading and writing MC romance. Which brings me to my latest release, Taken By the Outlaw. It came out on 10/15 and below is a blurb and excerpt. Enjoy!
Taken by the Outlaw
She was on the run. He might be her salvation.
Would you give yourself to a stranger? Gwendolyn Myers never thought about it until she runs into Marcus 'Bowie' Ford at the Pink Pussy. A run-down hotel at the edge of town. She's on the run, but one taste of the sexy biker convinces Gwen that her running days might be over!
I watched his hand slowly descend but before it reached my cheek another hand shot out, out of nowhere, clamped around the drunk’s thick wrist, and stopped his arm in mid air. Heat radiated off a presence behind me and I slowly turned, catching my breath. My eyes locked onto the narrowed, fear-provoking gaze of my savior, the hunky biker. His warm, whiskey laced breath bathed my forehead, and my gaze fell to his mouth, which was way too close. For a crazy second I wondered what kissing those sensuous lips would taste like.
Realizing that I was staring I glanced up at him.
"Run little girl, things are about to get fucking ugly."
I shook my head. "I don't want to cause any trouble."
"Then you should have heeded to my warning.” His tone said he was annoyed that I hadn’t. “Now get the fuck out of here."
I opened my mouth to speak but his expression darkened even more. I shivered from the intensity, realizing that his anger was directed at me as much as the drunk. I didn't know this man, and it occurred to me that I didn't want to. He might be hot as hell, but danger dripped from every pore.
He looked determined, and dangerous.
I don't know why I listened to him, but suddenly my arm was released, and I was heading toward the door. On my way there I dodged other bikers who were quickly heading toward the bar. I heard a loud commotion start but didn't turn around. Once I hit the door and was outside, I took a deep breath, not realizing until then that I'd been holding my breath.
Fuck! My heart was racing a mile a minute. That was…intense, and had happened so fast. I couldn't recall ever striking anyone before. My reaction to the biker's command pissed me off because Greg had always told me what to do. I didn't need some stranger taking his place, even if it was my fault for jumping when he said jump. If I was going to make it on my own then I needed to exert myself.
I checked for traffic before crossing the road to the hotel. I made it all the way to my door before remembering that I'd forgotten my damn sandwich. Crap! Well, I wasn't going back. The cheese and crackers I’d picked up at a convenience store earlier would have to do until morning. I unlocked my door, and headed straight to the bathroom, thinking about a nice long soak in the tub.
*Some of this novella has been previously published.
Tory Richards is an Amazon bestselling author who writes smut with a plot. Born in Maine, she's lived most of her life in Florida where she went to school, married, and raised her daughter. She's retired from Disney and spends her time with family and friends, traveling, and writing.