How do I avoid letting the cat out of the bag?
I'm working on the updates for my website and have discovered a major challenge: how do I tell my readers about Secrets She Left Behind without revealing too much about Before the Storm? You see, Secrets She Left Behind stands alone just fine, but it is also a sequel to Before the Storm. If someone hasn't already read Storm, how do I tell them about Secrets without giving away the twists in Storm? Not only is this a dilemma with regard to my website, it will be a dilemma at my upcoming speaking engagements and signings. (The back cover copy of Secrets gives away the major twist to Storm, as well).
I've seen two reviews of Secrets so far. Both were obviously written by people who hadn't read Before the Storm, and both were excellent, so I know the book stands alone just fine. That is a goal when I write any books that are linked: they must work apart as well as they work together, so that's a relief. But picture this: I'm at a bookstore where I'll be speaking. People approach the table where the books are displayed and casually read the back covers, as they will most definitely do, trying to decide which book to buy. I hate that they will learn what happens in Before the Storm when they read the cover copy of Secrets.
However, there's almost no way of describing the story in Secrets without giving away Storm. I'm determined to come up with a way to talk about the new book without ruining the surprises in the older book. It's going to be quite the challenge. For those of you who read the Keeper of the Light trilogy backwards (and I know there were many of you!), did it bother you that you knew what was going to happen in the first book when you got around to reading it? Am I worrying too much about this?