Series or Not a Series–How do You know?

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book seriesWhen I think of a series, my mind envisions…

acast of characters thrown into different situations over a discrete period of time

My Rowe-Delamagente series is exactly this. My main characters (Kali, Zeke, Otto, and a few others) follow the timeline of their life while fighting bad guys.

Then, a couple of months ago, it struck me that my new prehistoric fiction series, Man vs. Nature, ISN’T this at all. The cast of characters changes with each novel as does the setting and time.  I consider it a series because the theme is consistent through all the books–how man survives the challenges of nature to become who we are. This fits Wikipedia’s definition of ‘series’:

“A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group.” 

Besides my definition problem, I had a second problem with my…

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