Whether you’ve finished reading the entire series or are simply waiting for the release of the next installment, authors’ websites often offer wonderful features, including extra stories starring beloved characters, that help to fill in gaps and tide you over til the next dose hits the shelves. Here are some that I’ve come across in my travels.
Carolyn Crane often guest-authors posts featuring character interviews and other goodies, including what you can expect to find in a Disillusionist’s closet, what does a Disillusionist carry around?, an interview with Packard, the Disillusionists discussing urban legends, an interview with Shelby, and Disillusionist trading cards. Also, an interview with Carolyn and Simon by yours truly.
Jeaniene Frost posts deleted scenes from her Night Huntress series.
Dianne Sylvan has extras including a deleted epilogue from Queen of Shadows and an interview with the cast.
Diane Peterfreund has posted short stories set during the course of the Secret Society Girl series.
Jackie Kessler offers Jezebel, the protagonist of her Hell on Earth series, the chance to host her own radio show.
Jeri Smith-Ready posts tie-in stories for her Shade, WVMP Radio, and Aspects of Crow series.
Larissa Ione has short stories focused on each of the couples in her Demonica series, set after the events of the books as well as The Demonica Compendium to help keep track of demon species and more.
Kelley Armstrong has written a ton of free short stories set in her Otherworld universe, featuring both main characters as well as those who don’t get much airtime in the novels. She also sometimes posts short stories for her young adult series on her Darkest Powers blog, although these stories only remain up for a limited time, so be sure to get them while you can.
Erin Kellison has an awesome interactive website for the Segue Institute. Poke around, play some games (hinthint) for a great surprise.
Gail Carriger offers tons of tidbits for her Parasol Protectorate series, including character studies and an interactive dress-up Alexa.
Maria V. Snyder has posted three short stories featuring characters from her Study series, as well as a few others.
Seanan McGuire posts snippets starring characters from her Toby Daye series, as well as comic strips.
Keri Arthur has a Quinn and Riley short story.
Rachel Caine offers free short stories set in her Weather Wardens universe.
Stacia Kane has deleted scenes from her Downside series.
Lilith Saintcrow has a free serial novella starring Selene from her Dante Valentine series.
Ilona Andrews often posts snippets. Also check out the sidebar for a free Kate tweet short
story and Curran shorts.
Kalayna Price has posted a deleted scene from her novel Once Bitten.
Nancy A. Collins has a wonderful website that takes you on a virtual tour through the world of her Golgotham series.
Meljean Brook has posted trading cards from her Iron Seas and Guardians series, as well as a deleted scene from Demon Moon.
Melissa Marr has posted extras from her Wicked Lovely series including deleted and retold scenes.
Beth Fantaskey posted a novella set after the events of Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.
Jenna Black has a free short story prequel to her Fairiewalker series.
Elizabeth Hoyt has interviews with and articles written by some of her characters, along with some other goodies.
Chloe Neill has extras for her Chicagoland Vampires series including virtual tours of Chicago and character casts.
Leanna Renee Hieber has some free reads and deleted scenes set in her Percy Parker world.
Linnea Sinclair has posted a prologue and deleted scenes for Games of Command.
Liz Berry has posted photos to recreate a virtual tour of Ravensmere from The China Garden.
Becca Fitzpatrick has outtakes to Hush, Hush.
Sarah Rees Brennan has short stories set in her Demon’s Lexicon series.
Kat Richardson has a short story starring Harper from her Greywalker series.
C.E. Murphy has a short story from her Walker Papers series.
Jaye Wells has short stories from her Sabina Kane series.
Shiloh Walker has a free short story from her Grimm series.
Anya Bast posted a free short story from her Elemental Witches series.
Katie MacAlister posts free short stories from her Dark Ones series, among others.
Stephanie Perkins posted a bonus scene from Anna and the French Kiss.
Holly Black wrote a series of interchangeable vignettes from the point of view of Lila from her Curse Workers series.
Bethany Griffith has done a character interview for Araby from her novel Masque of the Red Death.
Stacey Kade has done character interviews and more as part of her Body & Soul book tour.
Erin Morgenstern‘s The Night Circus has an amazing interactive website where readers can experience their own visit of The Night Circus.
Sarah Addison Allen‘s magical realism books are ripe with romance, southern charm, and mouthwatering descriptions of food. She’s put together recipes for many of the dishes from each of her books.
D.B. Jackson has written a short story to accompany the release of Thieftaker.
These links represent many of my favorite authors, but they’re not the only ones! There are tons more great authors out there, so if you come across any special features that you want to share, just shoot me a link and I’ll be happy to add it to the list.