Bonus scenes

A couple of novels I’ve read – I think they were all YA – had bonus scenes at the end of the story. I’m not sure what you think of this idea, but I thought it was really great. They’re usually a key scene in the novel retold from the point of view of the other character in the scene. Usually the love interest of the main character. It’s a great way to give the reader a glimpse into the mind of the other character and a new perspective.

The best example of this is Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. The novel itself is a fantastic story about a girl that moves to a small town and discovers that there are aliens living next door. It’s the first book in the Lux Series and I recommend it to anyone who has even a slight interest in the genre. And there are actually two bonus scenes from Daemon’s point of view.

I love the idea of doing a bonus scene so much that I have included one in my work-in-progress, Spark of Lightning (formerly called The Andromeda Mine). It will be from Daniel’s point of view.

When I get to the Beta Reader stage, I will be asking my Beta Readers for feedback on the bonus scene to see if they like it.

For all the authors out there, what do you think? Let me know in the comments.


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