Descriptions for heat levels in book list

------holding hands, perhaps a gentle kiss
♥♥ ---- more kisses but no tongue-- no foreplay
♥♥♥ ---kissing, tongue, caressing, foreplay & pillow talk
♥♥♥♥ --all of above, full sexual experience including climax
♥♥♥♥♥ -all of above including coarser language and sex more frequent

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

character lists

Ever wonder how historical series writers keep it all lined up? Character lists provide help for those of us without amazing logistical skills where tons of facts can be instantly attained at a moment of need. Character lists are helpful even when there is only one book. 

Once in awhile I have even given my hero and heroine a birth month based on the characteristics portrayed and which astrology sign makes that most likely. For those of you with no interest or knowledge of astrology, you might be surprised how often the time when one is born can tell a lot about natural traits. The reason for that is not clear to me, but just I have often seen it to be so. Do not confuse a birth chart with horoscopes.

Below is an example of one from my Arizona historical character lists. It has been added onto as books were written and characters added. When I start writing any book, I add in the new characters and their births-- maybe even deaths of some older people-- death is part of life unwilling as we are to see it come to those we love. 

I have had some reservations about sharing with readers these character lists mainly because if a reader hasn't read the books, the list gives away what will happen. Of course, romance readers already know a HEA is guaranteed. For those of you who don't read my books, this is mostly to give you an idea of what you can do if you ever decide to write stories that follow a family through many years. As the little image says, these books go from 1883 to 1906 or will go to 1906 when the last one is out.

On this list, some of these characters never became more than secondary ones but when putting together a character list, it's better to add them in case somewhere down the line, they get their own book. It happens. I do a second such list that has the basics of each major character in any book I am writing. This doesn't require birth dates but personalities and interactions. Some call this kind of information the bible as such are done for screen plays.


1837          Charles Provo (exact date and place uncertain)
1838          Jeremiah Taggert b. Illinois; James Redman b. Iowa
1839          -
1840                Rose Jarred b. Missouri
1841                --
1842                --
1843                Roman Alexander Oliver b. Kansas
1844                Raul Cordova b. Mexico
1845                Robert Mitchell b. New York
1847                Delbert Sicilla b. West Virginia
1849                Maria Jacinta b. Mexico
1850                Constance Banyon b. Maryland
1851                Wei Song b. California
1852                Samuel Ryker (O’Brian) b. Kansas
1853                --
1854                Cordell O’Brian b. Kansas
1855                Joseph Coburn b. Missouri
1856                ---
1857                James Redman m. Rose Jarrod Missouri; Clint Adams b. Nebraska
1858                Abigail Spenser b. Illinois
1859                --
1860                Vincent Coburn b. Kansas; Frances Johnson (Oliver) b. Kansas
1861                Priscilla Wesley b. Georgia
1862                --
1863                Ellen Buchanan b. Texas
1864                --
1865                --
1866                Asa Taggert b. Utah; Rafael Cordova b. Mexico
1867                Cole Taggert b. Utah
1868                Jesse Taggert b. Utah
1869                Juan Cordova b. Mexico m. Josita;
1870                Raquel Cordova b. Mexico  d. 1869
1872                James Angus b. Illinois
1873                Felipe Valencia b. Arizona
1874                Clint Madison b. Illinois
1875                Eliza Wallace b. California
1876                Gabriel Cordova b. Arizona; Holly Jacobs b. Illinois
1877                Grace O’Brian b. Kansas
1878                Anita Cordova b. Arizona
1879                Alexa Johnson (Oliver) b. Kansas; Lily Jacobs b. Illinois
1880                Wei Zian b. Arizona
1882                Sam & Abigail meet June and m. June and Nov. Tombstone
1884                David Ryker b. Circle R Ranch
1885                Priscilla & Cord talk; Grace arrives in Tucson
1886                cabin—Jan; earthquake May 3; marriage—July
1887                Alice Ryker b. Circle R Ranch
1888                Jesse O’Brian b. Circle O Ranch; Raquel Valencia b. Tucson
1889                Daniel Cordova b. Circle O Ranch Jan.
1890                Ellen m. Robert Mitchell; Jose Valencia b. Tucson
1891                Alica O’Brian b. August Circle O
1892                Roberto Cordova b. December Tucson
1893                Grace leaves for back East; Royce Johnson (Oliver) b. Kansas
1895                James Redman dies Feb. Tucson; James O’Brian b. Circle O, July
1897                Rafe Joins Rough Riders; Margarita Valencia b. Tucson
1898                Rafe mustered out Feb. 15; Grace returns to Tucson June; Marries Rafe Sept.
1899                Donovan Cordova b. November Tucson on the Cordova Ranch; Rose Redman m.Roman Oliver. Tucson
1900               Holly Jacobs meets Vince Coburn in April – marries in July.
1901                Jesse marries Lily
1902                Tyler Taggert b. March- son of Vincent: Joshua Taggert b. April- son of Jesse
1903        -
1904        -
1905        -