Christine Warren

FAQ

Your Burning Questions Answered:

Q: What is the correct reading order for the books in the Novels of the Others series?

Answer: Going by the chronology of the events in the books, the order is:

Q: Why is the order so confusing and illogical?

One Bite With a StrangerAnswer: I have a confession to make: when I set out to write my first novel (the story that started its life as the e-book Fantasy Fix and later became One Bite With A Stranger), that was all I intended to do. You see, I had this idea for a story about a group of friends who wanted to help each other fulfill their romantic fantasies, and I thought it would be a hoot if one of those friends had a fantasy that should logically be impossible to fulfill—like a fantasy about meeting a smart, sexy, dominating vampire. So that was the story I told, and I honestly meant for it to end there.

Big Bad WolfBut instead, I fell in love with Graham Winters. He threatened to take over the early version of Reggie and Misha’s story and nearly succeeded, so clearly he had to have a book of his own. Enter my second e-book, Fur Factor (later Big, Bad Wolf). Still, that was going to be the end of it. I swore it to myself.

My characters, however, have always had minds of their own.

It is true, though, that when I began writing about the Others, I never intended to give each and every one of those five original friends from One Bite her own story. I certainly never imagined that I would end up writing more than five books about this little world of mine. Heck, I was surprised when I managed to finish the first one! I owe the continuation of the world of the Others utterly to all of you. Without your encouragement, your letters and emails, your words at book signings, and your willingness to read about my Others, these books would never have existed; however, after nearly eight years and thirteen books (fourteen, including this one!) even I have to admit that this world of mine has gotten a tiny bit complicated; nay, even confusing.

She's No Faerie PrincessWolf at the DoorOne Bite With a StrangerA lot of that comes from the fact that six of those fourteen stories were originally published as e-books, but were later edited, rewritten, and released as paperbacks, but only after several new stories (ones that take place later in the timeline of this world) had hit the scene. For instance, remember One Bite with a Stranger? That book was originally released in 2003 as the first novel featuring the Others, but it wasn’t published by St Martin’s Press as a paperback until 2008, well after books like Wolf at the Door (2006) and She’s No Faerie Princess (2006) had advanced the timeline of the world of the Others by several years. If only I could go back in time and put them all in order! I swear, I didn’t do this to confuse anyone. Especially since I think I was one of the ones left most confused…

But let me try to clear things up now by telling you what the proper order of the Novels of the Others should be, in terms of the chronological order of the events in the books:

That’s it. I promise.

And yet…

I can hear you saying, “But Christine, you’re trying to confuse us again! I’ve never heard of Hungry Like A Wolf, and I’ve looked everywhere for copies of Fighting Faer, and Fur For All, and I can’t find them anywhere.” My, but you’re observant readers, and you’re absolutely correct (except for the part about me trying to confuse you. I still promise I’m not!).

The problem here is one of compromise. While in an ideal world, I’d love to release each book in the order it appears on this page, there are 2 problems with that: first, I can’t go back in time and fix the publication order that’s already happened; and second, some of you may have read stories like Fur For All or Fur Play back when they appeared as ebooks, but not all of you have. What that means is, if I released all of the old stories as paperbacks in the order they first appeared in as ebooks, there would be some of you out there cursing my name for not writing anything new for you to read (and I really hate it when you get mad at me). By staggering publication so that you get one new original book, then a reworked version of a familiar story, and then another original book, I’m trying to give everyone a little something to look forward to. If I’m failing miserably, maybe I’ll at least get points for effort!

Not Your Ordinary Faerie TaleBlack Magic WomanYou might notice that beginning with the publication of Black Magic Woman in Spring 2011, I've made a conscious effort to fit the events of each book into my timeline so that they do, in fact, take place immediately after the events of the book published directly before them. This will hold true for the remainder of the series. After Black Magic Woman comes Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale, followed by On The Prowl, then Drive Me Wild, and then Hungry Like A Wolf. If I’ve just confused you again, look back at the list above. I promise that list is chronologically correct and will not change, not even if my muse takes me hostage and threatens me with grave bodily harm (and she’d do it, too, the little brat!).

With all this talk of publication dates and chronological order, I feel as if I’ve taxed your patience once again, and I already know that you all are the most patient readers in the history of… well, reading… but I hope that this will be the last time I do so. From now on, I’m a reformed author and all my books will contain events that take place in the same order in which the books are published.

Unless I delve into time travel, but that’s another matter entirely…

Q: Where is Rafe and Tess’s story?

Answer: Rafe and Tess originally had their story published as an ebook titled Fur For All. That ebook is no longer available, however, their story has been revised and is being rereleased as Drive Me Wild by St Martin’s Press in November 2012.

Q: Where can I find copies of Fantasy Fix, Fur Factor, Faer Fetched, Fighting Faer, Fur For All, and Fur Play?

Drive Me WildNot Your Ordinary Faerie TalePrince Charming Doesn't Live HereBig Bad WolfOne Bite With a Stranger

Answer: Unfortunately, you can’t. Those stories were originally published as e-books by Ellora’s Cave, however, they are no longer available for purchase and, for all intents and purposes, no longer exist. Fantasy Fix was revised and re-released as One Bite With A Stranger. Similarly, Fur Factor became Big Bad Wolf, Faer Fetched became Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here, Fighting Faer became Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale, and Fur For All became Drive Me Wild.

Fur Play is also currently being revised for release under new titles (yet to be determined) in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, respectively.

Q: Do you plan to write more Novels of the Others?

Answer: I never say never, but after 15 books in the series, I’m definitely looking to explore some new ideas and have some new fun. It’s possible the Others might pick up again, but for now, they’ll be… let’s say… going into hibernation!

Q: Are your books available in audiobook format?

Answer: The process of converting the series into audiobooks has begun, but at the moment, I don’t know when the titles will be available in this format. As soon as I have this info, I will make sure to let everyone know! Be sure to follow me on Twitter or Like my page on Facebook — I'll definitely announce news like this there.

Q: When is your next book (and the one after!) coming out?

Answer: As soon as I have dates, I make sure they’re posted here. Sometimes I know months ahead of time, and sometimes I don’t know until the last minute. As soon as I know, you will. I promise!

Q: How do you come up with your story ideas?

Answer: Oh, sheesh, I wish I knew! There are times when I think it’s just the liquor talking… Only kidding. Except that I really don’t know. Usually a character pops into my head first, and as I think about him or her, my mind comes up with some way to make their lives miserable, because without misery, there is no story. But rest assured, I always give them what they want in the end. They just need to suffer a little first…

Q: Why don’t you write faster?!

Answer: Because I never took typing classes and, contrary to popular belief, I only have the standard ten fingers. ;-D