I love a series. Give me some books about sexy brothers, each finding love in their own way, and I’m hooked. When I read a book and fall in love with the characters I want that series to go on, and on, and on. Not only do I feel a part of that imaginary family (a family that is often funnier, sexier and richer than my own), but I get to catch up with characters from previous books in the series. So believe me, I understand why readers want a series to continue forever. But as a writer there are times when we have to let our own series rest in happily ever after peace.
I admit I’ve stopped writing a series after two books if it’s not selling well, or the reviews aren’t great. Yes, the book might still have some fans, and I truly am sorry if I disappoint them, but as an author I have to make a living and if a book isn’t making money, I’m going to set the series aside for another. Harsh, I know!
The fact of the matter is as writers our minds are never at rest. We are constantly plotting, devising, scheming, coming up with new ideas. I swear I have at least 5 different stories rushing around in my mind in a given day, and I’m eager to start them. Which means I eventually have to type that last word and move on to the next series.
But what if a series is actually selling well? I’m currently working on the last story in my Mind Readers series. These books are by far my biggest sellers. You’d think I’d keep writing book after book! I’ve actually had quite a few emails asking me to continue the series. But an author doesn’t write a book in a week, type “the end” and move on. We work on that book for months and months, picking and picking at paragraphs and sentences. In other words…yes, we get completely and utterly sick of our own characters and stories.
But the good news is that we will always keep writing. Although my Mind Readers series will soon be at an end, I’ll certainly have another to take it’s place. In fact, just the other day I released a new young adult paranormal, Make Me a Match. The good news is that until December 4th its only .99 cents! After that it will go up to $2.99, so get it while it’s on sale.
Teenager Emma Watts doesn’t believe in true love. After all, she’s worked for two years in her family’s PI business catching cheating husbands in the act. Then Owen Emerson arrives (while she’s in the middle of a stakeout, no less), claiming Emma has inherited a deceased aunt’s ability to supernaturally match soul mates. Emma wants nothing to do with her aunt’s powers, nor with the frustrating and perfectly handsome Owen Emerson. Too bad she’s stuck with both for the rest of her life.
Owen Emerson is a Protector, a person fated to protect Matchmakers for eternity. A guy who does things by the book, Owen figures he’ll rationally explain to Emma her newfound abilities and they can have the professional relationship he had with her much older aunt. But as he soon finds out, Emma Watts is anything but professional. Fortunately, when she has her first vision matching two friends, she has no alternative but to believe Owen’s claims. But Owen isn’t the only one interested in Emma. When the supernatural world discovers how to exploit Emma’s matchmaking abilities for their own, she has no choice but to trust the man who holds her life, and her heart, in his hands.