Do you think Belle Ami will write more books around Angela and Alex?

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Re: Do you think Belle Ami will write more books around Angela and Alex?

Post by Nmesoma » 13 Jun 2018, 19:40

Seems so, there is still much in the plot that is unanswered.

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Post by bookowlie » 13 Jun 2018, 20:11

The two past lives in this story already requires a suspension of disbelief. If Angela is going to have other past lives in Book 2, that would be mind-boggling. That's why I would have preferred she just had visions rather than past-life regression. Then it would make more sense to have visions about different people or artwork in the next books in the series.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 14 Jun 2018, 03:39

I read a post from the author about her ideas for the next books in the series. She mentioned Picasso and Rembrandt. The "Out of Time" series could involve other people who lived in the past or other artists with misattributed works.

I don't think I can handle Angela as another woman of the past.

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Post by bookowlie » 14 Jun 2018, 12:59

Miriam Molina wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 03:39
I read a post from the author about her ideas for the next books in the series. She mentioned Picasso and Rembrandt. The "Out of Time" series could involve other people who lived in the past or other artists with misattributed works.

I don't think I can handle Angela as another woman of the past.
I feel the same way about Angela having more past lives. However, I am intrigued about including other famous artist in future books. The author certainly did a good job with the historical aspects in this story.
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Post by kdstrack » 15 Jun 2018, 20:41

The ending definitely leaves it open for more stories with these two characters. Since Angela can travel back in time, the possibilities would be endless!

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Post by Manali_DC » 16 Jun 2018, 05:10

Dael Reader wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 11:05
She probably will. But I wish she wouldn't. Not unless she does enough research to base the plot lines more solidly on art history. If Angela and Alex can start solving art mysterious with a more academic approach, rather than based on Angela's ridiculous past-life regression/spirit possession episodes, the stories could be a little bit more interesting. If she keeps basing the stories on sex scenes past and present, there will be very little to recommend about the books.
Well-- I have read books that use a lot of academia and research and facts as the basis for detective work! And those books are interesting and informative- but this book does not pretend to be anything like that! I thought it was a pretty unusual and interesting concept to have a main character who gets thrown into these situations because she seems to have a window into the past!
The title of the book, I think, automatically reminds readers of the Dan Brown books and a certain expectation . I reviewed this book recently and realised it is an enjoyable, vacation read of the romantic suspense genre!

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Post by Dael Reader » 16 Jun 2018, 07:47

Manali_DC wrote:
16 Jun 2018, 05:10
Dael Reader wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 11:05
She probably will. But I wish she wouldn't. Not unless she does enough research to base the plot lines more solidly on art history. If Angela and Alex can start solving art mysterious with a more academic approach, rather than based on Angela's ridiculous past-life regression/spirit possession episodes, the stories could be a little bit more interesting. If she keeps basing the stories on sex scenes past and present, there will be very little to recommend about the books.
Well-- I have read books that use a lot of academia and research and facts as the basis for detective work! And those books are interesting and informative- but this book does not pretend to be anything like that! I thought it was a pretty unusual and interesting concept to have a main character who gets thrown into these situations because she seems to have a window into the past!
The title of the book, I think, automatically reminds readers of the Dan Brown books and a certain expectation . I reviewed this book recently and realised it is an enjoyable, vacation read of the romantic suspense genre!
Dael Reader wrote: First of all, I wouldn't call it a romance. I would call it a lust novel. There isn't much real romance involved, since the primary activity of the main characters seems to be having sex. While the idea of solving the art mysteries with a "window into the past" could be an interesting one. I think it is very poorly handled in this book. Reincarnation does not work this way. Past life regression does not work this way. What Angela seems to be experiencing are some sort of overblown spirit possessions. The author might be able to run with that if she portrays Angela as a psychic, but she chooses to say that Angela is an intelligent art historian. That doesn't work for me.

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Post by Jgideon » 17 Jun 2018, 00:01

Sushan wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 18:59
I think there is nothing for us to wonder since, amazon has revealed that this is the 1st book of a series, in the book description. :lol:
Sure. We can only wait and see if it really happens

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Post by crediblereading2 » 18 Jun 2018, 12:56

With a book as successful as this, it would really be wise of her to write a series of this book.

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Post by jo89220n » 19 Jun 2018, 08:34

I think it depends on her success and satisfaction with the first book. If she gets a great reader response I'm sure she will make an effort to build on her story and further her success. If the first book doesn't really take off, I think it would be kind of redundant to keep writing books around the same people.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 21 Jun 2018, 16:10

Miriam Molina wrote:
14 Jun 2018, 03:39
I read a post from the author about her ideas for the next books in the series. She mentioned Picasso and Rembrandt. The "Out of Time" series could involve other people who lived in the past or other artists with misattributed works.

I don't think I can handle Angela as another woman of the past.
That's great! I hope she will focus more on the historical aspects because I think that could be an area of strength for her in her writing. It also seems that a lot of the readers posting on here really enjoyed the mix of suspense, history, and art whereas the romance aspect of it fell a little short. I think Ami is probably great at researching for her books and if she focuses on what she is good at, her books could really improve.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 21 Jun 2018, 16:12

jo89220n wrote:
19 Jun 2018, 08:34
I think it depends on her success and satisfaction with the first book. If she gets a great reader response I'm sure she will make an effort to build on her story and further her success. If the first book doesn't really take off, I think it would be kind of redundant to keep writing books around the same people.
I have noticed authors give an indication that there will be sequels for their books and then a sequel is never published. I'm sure it is difficult to bounce back within a series if the first book doesn't get at least decent reviews. Overall, it seems like this book has gotten good ratings and has generally been enjoyed by readers, so it seems like a sequel will be likely given that was the original intent.

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Post by lindsaysherlock » 24 Jun 2018, 13:28

Even if she is, I don't think it's necessary. I wish more authors could write stand-alone novels without sequels.

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Post by bookowlie » 24 Jun 2018, 22:47

I don't mind sequels or multiple books in a series if the main character is interesting. In this case, I found the historical aspectsi nteresting, but I thought Angela was a little silly at times - all the falling unconscious in public was a little annoying after a while.
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Post by Sdejardine » 25 Jun 2018, 10:10

I really hope Belle Ami creates more stories revolving around Angela and Alex. I would definitely be a reader of those books. The way the book ended leaves the possibility open for many more cases for them to solve.

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