RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward talks Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Let’s give a Wonderful RG2E Welcome to Featured Author Tamara Ward, who’s talking Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers.

Take it away, Tamara…

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Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be here on the RG2E today talking about my new release,Hidden Betrayal. It’s the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly mystery series, which features sassy private investigator Jade O’Reilly. Right now, in addition to the two novels, four short stories also are included in the series. Jade’s got spunk, and a bit of an attitude, as well as three older brothers, a cute detective as her romantic interest, and a co-worker with the appearances and persona of a pug with severe indigestion. Jade is a lot of fun to write – and (I hope) to read!


In addition to the mysteries she sets out to solve, there’s also an overarching mystery that Jade is out to solve, one that is going to tie a series of five novels together. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that Jade wants to get resolution to her parents’ deaths. At the end of the novels, Jade finds pieces of resolution – but not the lasting kind or the kind that is entirely, neatly packaged (tightly taped shut, with a double-knotted bow). Readers won’t find this epic storyline in the short stories, just in the novels.

As an author, I admit I feel worried: Am I leaving too much unresolved at the end of each novel with Jade? I’ve read novels with epic storylines – novels that pull off the un-resolution to their overarching storylines successfully. And I’ve also read series where the novels end on cliffhangers that just leave me, the reader, feeling cheated in the worst way with heart-clenching irresolution. I hope and believe my novels provide adequate resolution. As a rule, I write my novels to be standalone – readers can read one without reading another. And the mystery/problem of each particular novel is completely resolved, one way or another. But Jade won’t find all the answers she’s looking for when it comes to her family – at least not until a few novels from now.

So about Hidden Betrayal: Here’s the blurb from the back cover…

Who isn’t hiding a secret? That’s what Private Investigator Jade O’Reilly wonders as she looks into the theft of an artifact destined for the local art museum. The artifact’s owner is a man so wealthy he could buy the county and who wouldn’t mind also investing time into Jade. His advances don’t please Keith, Jade’s romantic interest. But that’s not the only source of conflict in the developing relationship. Why doesn’t Keith want Jade applying to carry a concealed handgun? Will Keith convince Jade to scrap her application, or will Keith’s mind change as Jade’s investigation takes a deadly twist?

Hidden Betrayal is the second novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward. The first novel in the series, Private Deception, joins multiple short stories that follow Jade on other adventures. In all, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

How do you feel, as a reader, about overarching storylines that aren’t resolved until the end of a series? Let me know, please, and if you’d like a free ebook copy of Hidden Betrayal, leave your email. At the end of the day, I’m drawing five winners from a hat. 

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the read!

~~~ Tamara Ward

Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her published mystery novels include Private Deception, Storm Surge, andSilver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed women sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.

For more information, visit Tamara Ward’s blog athttp://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com/.


Thanks Bunches, Tamara, for a superfab fun post and for treating several RG2E Peeps to an Ebook Gift Copy of HIDDEN BETRAYAL. Luv the cover, btw!!! 🙂

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder



24 thoughts on “RG2E Featured Author Tamara Ward talks Epic Storylines and Cliffhangers

  1. Don’t like cliffhangers and won’t buy/read the book unless I know there’s no cliffhanger or all the books in the series are already out

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  2. I love stories that continue on but at the same time let us find a semi resolution… the over all problems occurring in this book get resolved and some clues will lead her on into the next book about her parents death as well as new adventures. I totally love that kind of story line because it lets us develop a friendship with the main characters. YAY! Looking forward to this book!

      • Hi, Shelly! I just tried to send you a message via Facebook, and Facebook tried to charge me $1. So I sent you a friend request, and if you accept, I think I’ll be able to send you the coupon code via message without charge. I also sent a message to your Flickr account with the coupon code. So if neither of those work… just email me at tamara (dot) ward (at) rocketmail (dot) com! Thanks so much and sorry it’s taking me a while to get the coupon to you.

  3. Please don’t leave me hanging! I won’t be able to hang on for long. Seriously, if I read that there is a cliffhanger I will hold off buying the book until the next book comes out and then who knows, I might have forgotten about wanting to read those books by then. Oops, there goes one more sale! christygibbon at juno dot com

  4. I don’t mind if the overarching conflict isn’t resolved if the smaller conflicts along the way are building it up and we are making progress towards it. I don’t mind a cliffhanger, either, as long as it comes after the resolution of a major conflict. When the story ends, and the actions has winded down, and we are breathing a sigh of releif, and then BAM! It wasn’t Old Man Withers, after all! It was really his brother who owned the amusement park! Zoinks! Is that a timebomb I hear ticking? There goes Old Brother Withers in our Helicopter! What do we do Scoob?
    Find out in the next book…

    Cheers Tamara! I Heart Jade!

  5. Congratulations on the new release. It looks really good.
    It depends, if it fits nicely into the story and it makes sense don’t have a problem with it. If it’s just a cliffHanger for the sake of being a Cliffhanger, it’s just not worth it. There’s got to be a backstory or a least some semblance of rhyme or reason to make sense for the whole cliffhanger. Justice is served with completion when it’s done right.

  6. Hey, Tamara! Congrats! I love books that have underlying threads that go beyond the main conflict of the story. But I’ve also gotten really annoyed at some that just leave me hanging with no satisfying conclusion at all. I think identifying the difference is a tough challenge for a writer, but so rewarding when it is done right.
    Look forward to spending more time with Jade!

  7. Hi Tamara, congrats on getting your second book out there.
    I love a book with an ongoing story that allows us to really invest in the characters over a longer period but, like you, I get irate about books that end on a cliff-hanger – I’ve probably upset a few authors with my reviews if they’ve done that. 😉
    Maybe I’m old fashioned, but to my mind a novel should have a start, a middle and an end – each novel should have its own core issue that is resolved in the climax.
    Small dangling threads leading on to an over-arching plot for the series are fine – after all, that’s more like real life, isn’t it?
    I’m about to release the first in a fantasy trilogy with this same scenario – there is a big finale to the book, concluding that particular challenge, but leaving plenty of ongoing material for the sequels. I am also editing the first in a series of five with an ongoing thread, but discrete stories to each novel.
    I’d love to read your book if I’m one of your lucky winners.

      • The new release sounds wonderful and I would love a copy for Kindle. As for cliffhangers, it depands on the author. Sometimes I like them, and sometimes I don’t. I liked the cliffhanger and resolution Joanne Fluke had at the end of her last book, but another author (I won’t mention names) left me hanging while the hero’s life hung in the balance and I had to wait a year to find out what had happened.
        NutsieNan@aoldotcom. Also a funny coinci

        • This computer wouldn’t let me finish my comment…a very dear friend of mine passed away in January, and his name was Keith. And last night, I was looking at books on Amazon, and one of the ones I looked at has a villain named Greg, who is also a good friend of mine. (Wish she’d picked another name for her villain, though–LOL). When I came home, I said, “I wonder who I’ll read about today…Keith?” And that’s what happened!

            • I noticed that you had a Keith in the Jade novels. My friend, Keith, was really tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. And your mom’s name is Nancy? That’s funny. My mother-in-law is also Nancy Levine. LOL.

  8. Hi, everyone! You all are winners in my book! I’m in the process now of emailing/FB messaging everyone a coupon code to download the book. Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the read!

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