Piper Vaughn talks Hook, Line, and Sinker and Series versus Spin-Off ~ Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Hook, Line, and Sinker
Author: Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Ronaldo Gutierrez (Photo credit)
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Hard Hats: Book Two

When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

Prism recently reviewed Hook, Line, and Sinker. You can find the review here.

Series versus Spin-Off:

Hi, everyone! Thanks for joining me on the Hook, Line, & Sinker blog tour, and thanks to the folks at Prism Book Alliance for having me today. 🙂

I often get asked if I prefer writing series or standalone books. Recently, one of my readers suggested I get a little more in-depth. She wanted to know if I typically plot more than one book from the very beginning or if the ideas for additional books developed during the writing process.

First, let me clarify what exactly a series is versus something like a spin-off. I’m going to paraphrase my publisher, Dreamspinner’s, definitions here.

True series: Stories dependent on one another that must be read in order.

Series group: Stories that feature the same characters and can be read individually, but reading in order is recommended.

Spin-offs: Stories set in the same universe, each with different characters and a standalone plots. Might feature secondary characters or reference events in previous books, but are not required to be read in order.

Though I call them all series on my website just for ease and clarity’s sake, I actually only have one series at the moment, and that is the “Wanting” series. The rest of my series are technically spin-offs in that they each happen in the same world and characters from the previous books might show up, but each book features a new couple and they don’t necessarily have to be read in order. When push comes to shove, these books can stand alone as individual stories without being reliant on the preceding books.

Now, with those explanations out of the way, I can say that nearly all my series so far, both “true” and “spin-offs,” weren’t planned in advance. Most of them developed during the writing process for the first book. For example, with One Small Thing, when M.J. O’Shea and I started writing and developing all the characters, we realized that Dusty would eventually need his own story—and that the readers would probably demand it (and we were right ;D). With Moonlight Becomes You, Nick was so vivid and such a persistent little shit, we couldn’t do anything but write him his own story in the end. He’d have driven us crazy otherwise. The same thing happened during the writing of Wood, Screws, & Nails, which precedes Hook, Line, & Sinker in the “Hard Hats” series. Both of these books can stand alone, or they can be read in order. It’s entirely up to the preference of the reader.

The only exception to all this is “Clumsy Cupid Guidebooks” series, which begins with The Party Boy’s Guide to Dating a Geek. Xara X. Xanakas started plotting the book out and from the very beginning, we thought it would be cool to make this a series of spin-offs featuring a different dating “guidebooks” for each title. If you’ve read the book, you know what I mean. Party Boy was developed as a mock guidebook along the lines of the “For Dummies” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to…” books. We had a lot of fun with it, and for those wondering, yes, there will still be more. As soon as we can get to the second book, we will.

That being said, we only planned “Clumsy Cupid” insomuch as we discussed titles and possible subjects. We have the second book plotted, but not all of them. Right now, for the first time, I have a shifter series in development, and I’m actually trying to plot all of those books at once because there will be some overlying arcs and I need everything to be cohesive. This is my first time trying to plot out an entire series from the beginning and not just having a vague idea of “yeah, there’ll be more books…someday.” Let me just say for the record, this is proving a lot harder than I thought it would be, but at the same time, I’m enjoying the challenge and I look forward to starting it eventually, once I work out all the kinks and have at least a basic outline for each book.

So, now I have a question for you: as a reader, do you prefer reading series, spin-offs, or standalone titles—and why?

Myself, I enjoy a bit of everything, but I have to admit, I love spin-offs because we get to see characters from the previous books living out their HEA while the current couple is still fighting to get to theirs. I’ve always found that kind of cool. 🙂


Check out Hook, Line, & Sinker, which released from Dreamspinner Press yesterday, November 19th. As I said above, this is a spin-off of my April release with Kade Boehme, Wood, Screws, & Nails, but it can stand entirely on its own, so if the older/younger man premise from WS&N wasn’t your cuppa but you enjoy former enemies-to-lovers, feel free to dive in. 🙂

If you want a chance to win Hook, Line, & Sinker for free, be sure to check out my Rafflecopter giveaway! But if you want to buy it now, you can do so directly from Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe, and other e-tailers.

Thanks for reading! Catch you at the next stop! <3

About the Author:

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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6 thoughts on “Piper Vaughn talks Hook, Line, and Sinker and Series versus Spin-Off ~ Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. I prefer standalones or spin-offs because sometimes I just find myself not interested in a specific couple or a plot, or there’s something in a book that puts me off, like menage. I do read menage books, but they aren’t typically my thing because I find it’s really hard to make it not feel like a couple with a third wheel. Also, if I come into a series late, and want to read book 5, but I HAVE TO read books 1-4 in order to understand book 5, I’m more likely to not read any of them.

  2. I like all three. I have some favorite “true” series, some favorite spin-offs, and tons of favorite standalones. I mostly only read stand alones until I started reading fantasy, which eventually led me to m/m. Fantasy & m/m have a lot of trilogies & series that I love. 🙂

  3. I guess my favorites are spin offs much for the same reason as you. I love getting a peek at where a previous couple is now. I have trouble reading out of order even if they’re spin-offs. I have to work on that because the books are piling up on my tablet.

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