Not really sure where to go with this post because it kind of speaks for itself. I’m having a real problem finding a way to promote Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb. This book would reveal the finale for Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well and what is going on with one of the characters. Then again, I’ll have to do the same in the blurb that I’ll be testing next month.
This really feels like a lose/lose situation. I have to blurb and promote the book, but people get so touchy about spoilers these days. Maybe there’s some cushion since people will know what happened, but not how. As long as they care about the how. That’s something that an author can’t entirely control. Needless to say, I’ve been wracking my brain and running in circles. At least the 14th and 15th books don’t have this problem to this extent. You kind of know that the finale will be a fight against the Baron and the 14th book follows an essential side adventure that needs to happen before the finale. Not going into details since that isn’t what this post is about.
My concern is that I’ll share too much and people won’t bother with The Spirit Well or Ritual of the Lost Lamb. This is why I’m kind of happy that all future series won’t have this type of adventure. The books are connected, but rather self-contained. For example, Book 1 of War of Nightfall has the Dawn Fangs first appearing and the second has the revelation of another difference between them and the original vampires. You can read the blurb and teasers for the second book without spoiling the first. This continues throughout the series. Live and learn, I guess. Funny how Legends of Windemere is so close to my heart, but can be such a pain in my ass.
So, what do you do about books that hold so many spoilers? How do you promote? Do you just take the bullet? What do you think as a reader? Do you give the author some leeway if it’s a later book of a series?