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 With the digital version of  Book Two of Lord of the White Hell coming out in February,(from the fine folks at weightless books.com) I've got the Cadeleonians on my mind. And apparently so does the editor at Blind Eye Books, because she has asked me if I'd be interested in submitting some proposals for novels following other characters form the first two books.

I said, "sure!" and then thought to myself, who am I going to write about? Who would anyone want to read more about? 
How can I possibly know what characters readers would like to spend more time with or get to know better?

Oh, wait I can ask!

So, here I am asking... If you were to read another book set in the same world, who would you like to see in it?

(I feel like  this will go much better than my other method of  opening a book and picking the first character whose name I came across... Unless everyone really does want to read about the adventures of Mother Kir-Mahoud's stables or  Kiram's aged father... and if that's the case just let me know!)


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an_sceal
Jan. 29th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
I'd love to read more about Elezar, or for that matter, Nestor and Riossa. Madji would be fun to read about, too.
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Elezar seems to be pretty popular overall. And I imagine his family would play a part in his story... Majdi might require an entire book of his own, and then some-- he strikes me as trouble!
lakisis
Jan. 29th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
I would love to see the continuing adventures of Kiram and Javiar in foreign countries; the world building would be wonderful and think of all the trouble they could get into. And who knows, they might meet Majdi again on the ship Red Witch.

Oh… the adventures of the Red Witch. Imagine all the sea monsters, pirates, and exotic places Majdi could see.

Aside from that, Alizadeh Lif-Moussu and Rafie Kir-Zaki are characters that obviously had an adventurous past, and with the lighting of the White Tree of the Red Oaks things are bound to get interesting, especially with convincing other Bahiim to take up their old responsibilities. And I think Alizadeh is a lot more than meets the eye.

Whatever you decide to write, I’m sure it will be just as awesome as your previous books. ^_^
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vote of confidence (it always helps)!

Before I completed the first two books I'd written a little outline of Alizadeh and Rafie's history... It could make for a pretty interesting book. Probably a great deal of it would take place in Yuan or on the way... Hmm, you've got me thinking. Yeah!
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boylovescat
Jan. 30th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
Ms Hale...omg I worship you, I can't live without your books...X__X
Sorry...ok getting back to the question...I would love to hear more of Elezar for sure. I think he is a very enigmatic character who is really very deep despite the brashness he puts on. I think the tensions he feels in relation to Javier is very real and well written in Lord of the White Hell. It's like a nice cookie trail though...

And ok I love Atreau. I know he's a womaniser but I sometimes fantasize (though i know it's totally impossible) about what if, just one really odd day, he saw Elezar and somehow found him attractive...Gaaah ok i will go now before I get crucifixed by your other fans...
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
You are too kind!

And another vote for Elezar! (To think that I was worried that no one would like him. I'm so happy to see that people understand him.)

Atreau and Elezar do have an odd-couple kind of chemistry-- I would like to write them together, just to see them bring out the best and a little of the worst in each other. heheh.
sternenstau
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I really loved Lord of the White Hell (1+2), so I'd like to read how the adventures of Kiram and Javier continue.
But if you have to write about some of the other characters I'd love to read more about the past and the future of Alizadeh and Rafie. There already were some hints of their troubled past and I think after the end of the second book there's more to come.
And not to forget my favorite character of the whole story: Fedeles.
I'd really like to see more of him in any following books.
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
Horray! A vote for Fedeles as well as Rafie and Alizadeh-- and I think you're right more would be going on now that White Tree is illuminated. THe Cadeleonian church can't be too happy about that, and I don't think some of the Bahiim are all that pleased either! heheh, sounds like a good source of adventure!
joana_w
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that's a difficult decision. There are so many great characters in Lord of the White Hell. The future of Alizadeh and Rafie is something I would definitely love to read more about. Fedeles and Elezar are also of great interest to me.
And since we're at it: I very much hope for another adventurous story of Kiram and Javier :-)
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Alizadeh and Rafie seem to be popular-- with good reason , I think; they'd certainly have some interesting adventures!

And another vote each for Elezar and Fedeles... lucky guys!
orannia.blogspot.com
Jan. 31st, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
*happy dance*

Well, Elezar would probably be my first choice. Even though he was a secondary character in the second book he just had so much depth.

I'd also like to follow Javier & Kiram...and I'm with the other commentators who have mentioned the past and the future of Alizadeh and Rafie. Alizadeh seems A LOT older that I first thought...

Would you mind if I mentioned your question on my blog please? I just think there are a few people who would definitely like to answer who might not come here regularly.
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Please feel free to mention this question on your blog. At this point I'm very open to anything anyone has to say!

And yes, Alizadeh is a LOT older than most everybody. So there's a lot of material there.
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falconer007
Jan. 31st, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Hi!! How often does a favorite author asks for suggestions? I am ridiculously excited.

To answer your question, I absolutely loved Alizadeh and Rafie and would love to read their story, how they met, the struggles they've been through, etc.

That said, Elezar, I felt, definitely had a story yet to be written. I didn't feel closure in his character, and would love to have that explored in a future book.

Is there a fixed date for Rifter's release yet? How's the Wicked Gentlemen sequel coming along?
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty excited to hear what readers think!
You seem to have struck something both in feeling that there's more going on with Elezar as well as the potential for adventure in Alizadeh and Rafie... This kind of feedback really gives me a lot to consider and think about. Thanks!

The Rifter begins releasing monthly from weightlessbooks.com in March-- they are setting up a subscription, which costs less than buying all ten books!

Lord Foster's Devils is perhaps a third of the way... It's tough writing, but slowly coming along.
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em_nat
Jan. 31st, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I need a boat, STAT!
A previous poster suggested this as well, but I think a story about Majdi and the adventures of The Red Witch is defiantly something worth exploring. Just imagine all the weird shenanigans a boatload of interesting people could get into, and all their weird places they could go!

And riding about on a ship is utterly dangerous, especially if one happens to run into things like …pirates. Or sirens. Or giant squid (yum, calamari). And I did develop and instant and inexplicable attachment to Majdi’s red-bearded Mirogoth navigator (probably due to the fact you mentioned he was redhead… I do so love me the red-heads. But any burly guy with an almost incoherent accent that will draw a love-charm on young lady’s hand so that she may “capture love in her palm”… that’s a guy who is alright by me).

Honestly, I do like Elezar, but I think if I had to read a book entirely about him, I’d cry myself into a stupor. Really, I don’t know if I could handle it. With that whole fiercely-repressed-unrequited-love thing he had going on, he depressed me mightily.
orannia.blogspot.com
Feb. 1st, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Re: I need a boat, STAT!
Honestly, I do like Elezar, but I think if I had to read a book entirely about him, I’d cry myself into a stupor. Really, I don’t know if I could handle it. With that whole fiercely-repressed-unrequited-love thing he had going on, he depressed me mightily.

I must admit, I felt so sorry for him (Elezar) at the end of the second book. And I don't think his road would be easy. At least Javier already felt cursed - I don't know how Elezar would deal with his feelings...and he'd no doubt put me through the wringer, but...I so think the pay-off would be worth it :)
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kimnik
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
You know, I think I have something for all you Majdi fans. I had completely forgotten about it until now, but there is a cut scene from Lord of the White Hell--an epilogue written from Majdi's POV. Maybe I can find it, dust it off and convince Ginn to put it up as an extra on her site or something.

Also Falconer--Part one of The Rifter releases on March 8th.
em_nat
Jan. 31st, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Rifter, Rifterrrrr....
Gaff! It's The Rifter (part one)! I had no idea it was being released so soon. Do you know what it's like to be me, having heard this news? My heart, it sings. Let us skip February and go directly to March. (The Rifter is only being digitally released correct? I wish it was a printed book, because I dont have an e-reader, but I understand why it would be more economical to release a series of that length in ebook format...buuuut I digress.).


PS I would love to see that epilogue. Scrape that off, gussy it up. I'm on board!
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kassa_rvws
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Elezar hands down.

I'll read anything you write but that's my one and only vote! So perhaps it'll count as more :)
ginnhale
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that Elezar has fans! I didn't know when I was writing him if anybody but me would feel for him.
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fantasybookcafe.com
Feb. 1st, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
When I finished reading Lord of the White Hell there were two possibilities I was hoping for: the continuing adventures of Kiram and Javier or a story about Fedeles.

I'd also be perfectly happy to read about Elezar or Alizadeh and Rafie, but if it's a new character Fedeles is my first choice! There's so much we don't know about him considering how he spent the first two books, but he still managed to be a completely engaging character.

Oh, or Calixto Tornesal - I would LOVE to read more about him!
ginnhale
Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Fedeles is certainly in the running for his own book;his point of view just seems like it would be so interesting... but then Elezar and Alizadeh could be fun to develop further as well... hmmm.
I'm beginning to get the feeling that I should outline at least two more books, possibly four because so many of these characters seem to have such potential.

Either way, I'd like all the stories to build on each other to create a sense of great change occurring not just in the individual lives but in the world. (And I'm pretty certain that Kiram and Javier would be showing up in the other books one way or another.)
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pea02
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I would love to read more about Kiram and Javier...but maybe 10 years down the road. They're so young in these books - I'd like to see how age and experience change them, their perspectives and their relationship. Aside from that, I vote for Elezar as well!

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to The Rifter next month!
Tara Cain
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Don't write anymore of those books, continue the story from Wicked Gentlemen
I would love to know more about the world and characters in Wicked Gentlemen. Sequel or prequel (about Belimai, preferrably). If they want different characters, how about the doctor and his prodigal wife? It would be really interesting seeing how they deal with that stuff.
ginnhale
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't write anymore of those books, continue the story from Wicked Gentlemen
Not to worry, I'm already writing a sequel to Wicked Gentlemen. It's slow going, but it's being written.

The purpose of this post is to invite readers to offer feedback for the Lord of the White Hell proposals I've been asked to submit.

It's all good!
Tara Cain
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Rifter
Where can I sign up for a subscription to the Rifter series? Lookin like its gonna be good. Of course, I think anything Ginn writes is good. I really did love Lord of the White Hell and its sequel, but would prefer something in the Wicked Gentlemen universe. If you gotta write a LotWH sequel with different characters, I'd say Elezar or Fedeles. Or maybe continue with Kiram and Javier. I love "partnerships" haha!
ginnhale
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Rifter
On march 8th weightlessbooks.com will release the first book of the Rifter. I believe they will also be offering a subscription to the entire ten book series at a lower cost than buying them all individually.

If you liked the world of Wicked Gentlemen you might enjoy the Rifter more than the Lord of the White Hell books. It's a massive work and more like an epic fantasy in its setting, but some parts are very dark and there are a few characters who are particularly...uhm damaged...

I'm not sure I'm making this sound good, but the Rifter shares a certain dark tone with Wicked Gentlemen that isn't so strong in the Lord of the White Hell.
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punday
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Vote #101 for Alizadeh and Rafie, or Elezar. Or somebody new playing the protagonist, with familiar supporting characters.


Didn't want to post until I'd finished Pt. 2, but now I have; o' frabjous day!
ginnhale
Feb. 7th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Glad you got through book two!

I'm pretty certain that at least one proposal will be set ing Anacleto where Elezar, Alizadeh and Rafie all likely to run into each other...
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ginnhale
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Re: Lord of the White Hell
I'm pretty sure that they could be. The one catch is that Amazon takes a huge share of the sales so as the author I actually end up making a lot less. So I'm not pushing for it from my end.

Ultimately the choice is made by the publisher, and at this point it seems like they're just much happier with weightless.com right now.
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dlee10
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Lord of the White Hell
I read both books with a reading group and the overall consensus was that we wanted to read more about Fedelis. He was a lovely man despite spending most of the books under a curse.
ginnhale
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Lord of the White Hell
Yeah! Another vote for Fedeles. He's looking good very good for a book of his own.
sara_scr
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah!! to the possibility of exploring LotWH's universe further - it was interesting, promising, captivating. At the end of book II Kiram's world was on the brink of a big change (or rather, the change had already occurred, but its consequences still unknown), what better starting point for a new book? And what will your imagination devise? Can't wait to find out! :)

As for your question... it's a tricky one, IMO everyone in Kiram's and Javier's circles was intriguing ;). As others have written, Alizadeh and Rafie would be 'in the tick' of it, and full of arcane knowledge to boot; Madji would provide action, adrenaline, sea adventures and rebellious thoughts; Fedeles, poor boy, has suffered a lot. How could he have escaped unscathed his ordeal?

... but I confess that there's a passage in book II concerning Elezar (pg 315, third to last paragraph, you evil woman!) that... well, it just broke my heart a little. I'm a softy, I know, but please, could you give him something (someone) to look forward to, and for a better reason this time? Please? ;)
ginnhale
Feb. 13th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Yes, Elezar has so much potential and I think that once he finds what he really wants he has the character to fight for it and not give up!
razberry_yum
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hi Ms. Hale! I love your books! Just finished Lord of the White Hell and I want to re-read them again! I would say I wish there was a book 3 so we can explore the further adventures of Kiram and Javier. I miss them already! But since that's not in the running, I wanted to cast my vote for Elezar and Fedeles as well. I love Alizadeh and Rafie too, but Elezar and Fedeles edges them out just a bit. I think they would make the most logical and interesting couple considering their backgrounds and the fact that they're both in the rigid Cadeleonian society. More opportunities for angst! (^-^) And if you could just drop a mention or two of Kiram and Javier in there, I would be so grateful!

Thank you for gifting us with such wonderful characters and a truly awesome story! I look forward to anything and everything that you might share with us in the future!

ginnhale
Feb. 15th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm really happy that you enjoyed the books!

I've added your votes to the massive stacks that have accrued for Elezar and Fedeles... and I can't imagine that any book would fail to make mention of Kiram and Javier, (They have to be up to be up to trouble and adventure, eluding the Royal Bishop's men in the North!)
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samazda
Feb. 15th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Elezar for me!!
miss hale - you are truly a wonderous storyteller! i have been a fan since i got my greedy paws on an e-version of wicked gentlemen and have gobbled up any of your subsequent e-books since. i could go on but i know you've asked a specific question....

i TRULY would love to see more adventures of javier and kiram but if not that then a story about Elezar would be fabulous to read. he definitely caught my attention even with his brutish physique and mien. just don't stop at only 2 books in this world! i just finished the 2nd book and i already feel bereft not having another book to read about javier and kiram. keep on spinning those tales!

susan
ginnhale
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Elezar for me!!
Thank you very much for the vote of confidence! (And for the vote for Elezar.)

I had no idea that anyone but me would like him back when I was writing the books. I'm really happy to know that so much of his character conveyed, despite the fact that the story was told from Kiram's point of view.
surlierduff
Feb. 19th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Fedeles
Definitely Fedeles!!!! (with of course very liberal cameo-appearances from Javier and Kiram--in a blissfully HEA state of course--maybe a pinch of angst to keep things interesting).

If Elezar is the direction then IMO "kill two birds with one stone" (and keeping this fan hugely satisfied) pair Elezar and Fedeles together.
ginnhale
Feb. 20th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Fedeles
An interesting proposition!
meraehl
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I just finished re-reading LotWH 1 & 2 a couple of days ago. I *love* LotWH. It gave me that happy "squee" feeling that I used to get when I first started reading fantasy so many years ago. So I'm very excited at the news that you're going to write more of that world.

I'm not surprised that so many people want to see more of Elezar. He would be my first choice, too. I'd also like to see more Fedeles - he spent so much time being controlled in LotWH that I'd like to see him strike out and do things he wants to do now he's free.
ginnhale
Feb. 28th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased that you liked the books!
I'm well into the outline for the book about Elezar and I'm fiddling around with Fedeles in my mind. I think people will be pleased with the results... At least I hope so.
gwendolyn24
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
just finished both books...
I just finished both books so I did a google to see if there would be a book 3. Hmmmmm if I can't get a book showing Javier and Kiram I'll vote for Elezar. I like the Fedeles angle too. It is because he looks like Javier or is it really love?

Definately no book 3 then huh. (Can't blame a woman for trying.)
ginnhale
Mar. 7th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: just finished both books...
No book 3 at this point. However, I'm pretty excited about the Elezar book. I can't wait to tie up my current writing projects and get things rolling!

I hope you'll enjoy it.
jashook7
May. 9th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
More Alizadeh, Please
Alizadeh is the most intriguing character for me.

His dry, cheery way of speaking came across so vividly; loved him from the moment he made an appearance. I enjoyed the contrasts of his character: seemingly youngish, but he's been around *quite* a while. Seemingly harmless, but he's quite the badass, and you set down a few delicious teasers about his "bad boy" days. (At least, that's what I gathered. Could be totally wrong here!) Heh.

I would be thrilled to read about him and Rafie - past or future - though I find I speculate a lot about their past. How a person changes from past to present fascinates, doesn't it?

Fedeles also gets my vote. Such a sweetheart!

I have nothing but admiration for you and your work, and I look forward to anything you write, Ms. Hale. (Am indecently excited to read The Rifter. Yay!) Many thanks for bringing such beautifully written romance and adventure to me and all your fans.

Cheers!
ginnhale
May. 9th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: More Alizadeh, Please
Alizadeh is quite fun one to write... and I think your speculation about his past is quite correct. He wasn't all that nice once upon a time.

Thank you so much for the compliments and for taking the time to write. I appreciate it greatly and I think the next book set in the Cadeleonian world will be better for it!
liverjimmer
May. 18th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
I think
I just finished Lord of the White Hell book 2 for NCGaylaxians book club and I liked both book 1 & 2 because of the side characters. The character I liked the best was Elezar and would like it if you explored him more, but am afraid he might loose his appeal. I found Kiram and Javiar a little too nifty and really wanted one or both them to die by the end of the book. Elezar seemed the most real and I sympathized with him better than most the other characters.
ginnhale
May. 18th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: I think
Thanks for the feedback.
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