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March 15, 2018

What makes a good Ending? #readromance #RLFblog #writing

Hi, everyone! It's Princess Vicki and I want to chat about THE END. You just finished the book,  close it, and sometimes, sigh. The last line sets the tone for how the book ends, a resolution, and is a counterpoint to the opening line which sets the story in motion.
Sometimes, there are lines that stay with us forever. For example:
“Tomorrow is another day.” From Gone With the Wind
“Thank you, God, she thought. Thank you.” From A Knight in Shining Armor (When I reached the end of this one, I sat for about a minute with the book in my hands, then started it again instantly.)
When I finish a story or book, I think a lot about the last line. I have been accused of writing a cliffhanger and maybe so.

“Taking another breath, I mustered every ounce of bravery I possessed and said, “Choose me.” Find Temporarily Employed at: Amazon 

He took a deep breath and said something I never never, ever-ever thought I would hear, “Come on, sweetheart. Let’s get lucky.” Find Temporarily Insane at: Amazon 


The relationship isn’t resolved in TE, and in TI, Allan Wellborn is trying really hard to win Hattie back. Will he get the girl?
Today, I’m sharing last line from the Princess’ books. Take a look:
“I sold my soul to the devil.” Find The Devil Take Me at: Amazon

Without calling to Alexandra or the others, he sauntered past them and toward the street. Find Saving Hope at: Amazon

“Gie it laldy, now lass,” he murmured as they faced the rector. And she did, because at last the bright autumn sun shone high overhead, and everything was exactly as it should be. Find Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Marry at: Amazon

She threw her arms around his neck, and somewhere, in between sobs, he found her mouth and began to complete her happiness with unmistakable kisses. Find Mistaken Kiss at: Amazon

Then he gently picked her up, cradling her in his arms, and crossed the threshold into their home, and into the bright future they would make together. Find A Family for the Rancher at: Amazon

She walked back to kitchen sink to finish up when she glanced through the window into the dark…and swore she saw Tessa wink at her. Find Heard it Through the Grapevine at: Amazon
As she took her silver throne as queen for the first time, Aoife realized she had at long last fulfilled the prophecy. Find On the Hunt for the Wizard King at: Amazon


But then again, what did he know, other than he'd willingly slay dragons, fight giants, and face down a wild beast with his bare hands if it brought him the right woman. Find Brooks: Book 2 in Farraday Country at: Website 

Dear Readers: Do any of our endings compel you? Happy reading!


chris keniston said...

sometimes it's so hard to reach the end - thank heavens for series :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I love when I reach The End. It means a ton of work for me because I pants and need to add stuff.

Allison Collins said...

I usually know what will happen at the end. It's the getting there that's the hardest part!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

I agree, Allison!

Angela Adams said...

If a story ends with a "cliffhanger," I always think there's another book that will follow.

Melissa Keir said...

Great examples of some wonderful endings. :)

Barbara Bettis said...

All the endings above are lovely--and compelling :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Angela! I think that too and it can be typical of some kinds of books. Thanks for stopping.

Hi, Melissa! So glad you got to read some fun endings. Hugs!

Hi, Barbara! Thank you for visiting with the PP girls today. This was fun to share. Hugs, vb

Karilyn Bentley said...

Endings are fun to write, especially if they set up the next book in the series. :)

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Great examples! With a series, I take extra care with that last chapter. It has to end on the right note...not overly dramatic but intriguing enough for the reader to want more.

Ilona Fridl said...

I hope people enjoy the endings to my books. I never really thought about it. These were great examples!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Karilyn! I like the ending you provided for this post.

Hi, Joanne! Exactly. We love when the readers want more.

Hi, Ilona! Some endings are outstanding and some, just average. I hope mine are intriguing. Thanks for stopping by.

Carol J. Lacy said...

I enjoyed reading your post thanks for sharing it
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