How long should a romantic book series be?
Releasing book seven of my bestselling Elsie Creek Series, I had to wonder how many books should make up a romance series?
So I searched for a popular romance series with seven or more full-sized novels.
A random selection from each category, to give you an idea for your own romance series.
POPULAR FANTASY LONG SERIES:
Fantasy books are amazing places you can really dive into. Even though some of the following titles aren’t classified as romances, we all know there is an element of romance to be found between their covers.
CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia—10 books
Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series—14 books
George RR Martin, Game of Thrones—8 books
Robert Jordan, The Wheel of time—14 books
POPULAR CRIME GENRE LONG SERIES:
Maybe it’s the tension and adrenalin that gets the characters involved with many romantic trysts within this crime genre. Mystery, thriller, legal courtroom battles, and espionage on a global scale is a noble reason to fill the pages like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series that contains 27 books.
Not to be outdone, here’s some top-class romance (romantic element) series within this genre:
Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum—27 books
JD Robb, In Death Series—63 books
Melinda Leigh, Bree Taggert Series—8 books
POPULAR SUPERNATURAL/PARANORMAL LONG SERIES:
Welcome to the world of witches, werewolves, and vampires in this underworld of magic, with some popular romance series created by some amazing authors. In random order, here is a short list of some long romantic book series you may have on your bookshelf. I know I do!
Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse Series—15 books
Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake Series—32 books
Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Dark Hunters Series—22 books
JR Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood Series—19 books
Quinn Loftis, The Grey Wolves Series—16 books
Christine Feehan, The Dark Book Series—36 books
Keri Arthur, Lizzie Grace Series—10 books
POPULAR ROMANCE SERIES WITH SEVEN 0R MORE BOOKS:
This is a short, random list of romance series containing seven or more books within their series:
Julia Quinn, Bridgeton Series—7 books
Diana Palmer, Long Tall Texans Series—53 books
Marie Force, Gansett Island Series—25 books
Helen Hardt, Steel Brothers Saga—24 books
Lorelei James, Rough Riders Series—21 books
Marie Force, Fatal Series—16 books
Bella Andre, The Sullivans—21 books
Robyn Carr, A Virgin River Series—21 books
Brenda Jackson, Madaris Family Series—15 books
Abbi Glines, Rosemary Beach Series—14 books
Maggie Miller, Blackbird Beach—8 books
Jan Moran, Summer Beach—8 books
MS Parker, The Scottish billionaires—10 books
Rachel Hanna, South Carolina Sunsets—10 books
Lucinda Riley, Seven Sisters—8 books
Ivy Smoak, The Hunted Series—8 books
Penny Reid, Winston Brothers—8 books
Jill Shalvie, Lucky Harbor Series—12 books
Zoe York, Pine Harbour series—8 books
Zoe York, Seals Undone Series—10 books
According to the above numbers, it shows that you can stop whenever you like when writing your own romance series—which is as long as the story you have to tell.
Hope this helps.
Mel A Rowe
**This post is a condensed version from the original article: Is it lucky to have Seven Books in a Series printed with permission by the author **
Australian Bestselling Author, Mel A ROWE, lives and writes from the Northern Territory Outback, where she enjoys random road trips, while annoying her family with her bad singing, and making new friends in the middle of nowhere — except for water buffalos. She’s been chased by a few.
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