Monday, August 5, 2013

End of a Series Tears


Congratulations to "Linda W" and "Cheryl C.", the winners in Linda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Don’t you hate reading the last book in a series?  Doesn’t it feel like someone has died when you must say goodbye to characters you have lived with—sometimes for years?

As both a reader and a writer, I dread coming to the end of a series, especially one that I have loved from the beginning.  The Chance, Texas series is that kind of story for me.  The characters and the setting have been part of my life for several years and I am mourning having to move on.  I wrote LAST CHANCE REUNION, the last book of the series, with tears of goodbye.

Chance, Texas is not the first series of books that I have set in Texas.  The state is one of my favorite settings.  My husband and I lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for many years and I have used some of the characters I met and stories that I heard while there as the basis of several of my books.  I just love strong, independent cowboy types, don’t you?

So, between loving the Texas setting and becoming involved with the characters’ lives, I am really going to miss these books.

In case you haven’t been reading the Chance, Texas series and LAST CHANCE REUNION will be your first Chance, Texas book, here's a little about the background of the Chance family:
          

  The Chance family has owned the mega Bar-C ranch in Chance County Texas for nearly a hundred years. About twenty years ago the head of the family, Jacob Chance, was arrested, tried and sentenced for his wife's murder.  He died in prison, leaving six children on their own to run the Bar-C.  The children were devastated and for a while they barely managed to hold things together.  One son was killed in a ranching accident and the only daughter was spirited away by their mother's sister.

            


The four surviving brothers, Sam, Travis, Gage and Colt, stay on the ranch to finish high school, each finding their own way of moving on without their parents.  The oldest brother Sam heads off to the army (see TEXAS BABY SANCTUARY April 2012.) Travis learns to run the ranch and run it with an iron will (see TEXAS MANHUNT  May 2012.) Gage dedicates his life to finding their baby sister and becomes a private investigator (see A CHANCE REUNION in Christmas Confidential anthology December 2012.)

That brings us to the final book in the series: LAST CHANCE REUNION - August 2013

LAST CHANCE REUNION is organized a little differently than the other books.  I was in a hurry to let you read these last two stories of Colt and Cami so I put them both in one book. TEXAS COLD CASE is Colt's story and TEXAS LOST AND FOUND is the story of bringing the lost sister, Cami, home.

TEXAS COLD CASE:
After finishing high school, the youngest brother Colt decides he hates living on the ranch. He leaves, becoming a federal attorney, and vows to stay away from Chance, Texas and the Bar-C ranch for good. But there are still a few mysteries for Colt to solve in Chance.  Eventually, he must find out who really murdered his mother and framed his father.  He also wants to know why his high school sweetheart left him without a word of goodbye.
   
TEXAS LOST AND FOUND
And finally there is one last puzzle for the Chance family to solve.  What happened to the kidnapped baby sister they'd named Cami and lost when she was only four?  The Texas range is on fire and the Chance family burns with desire to solve their last mystery.  


Giveaway:
So, how do you feel about reading series?  Sad when they end or you don’t care?   Two lucky commenters will win an autographed copy of LAST CHANCE REUNION and a $10 Amazon gift card!

To read an excerpt of LAST CHANCE REUNION or to find out more about Linda Conrad and her books, please visit: www.LindaConrad.com

To connect with Linda and ask questions, please find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LindaConradauthor  or at Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/LindaConrad  


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 6th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

49 comments:

  1. I'm usually pretty sad...most of the time I still want to know what happened next. Did they stay in love,have more kids...

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    1. I'm with you, Sandie. I want to follow my favorites until the characters are old and gray! :)))

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  2. I am a little sad when a series ends but I have found that most writers sort of bring the characters together and give a nice wrapped up ending and I am a fan of great endings.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Oh, me too, Maureen. Happily Ever Afters are the only way to go. My hubby thinks I'm nuts but I refuse to watch a show where one of the main characters dies. Blah!

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  3. I read a LOT of series and hate it when any of my favorites end. I'm facing the end of one of them now and will be reading the last book this month. Of course, I then harass the author about what's next to pacify myself:)

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. LOL, Jonetta. Yes, this is the last of my series, Chance, Texas, and I've been catching heck from some of my readers. Sometimes we must move on. :)

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  4. I'm sad when a series ends! Virgin River series was 20 books long! I loved every single one! But there comes a point when a new reader can't play catch up and I am one of those readers that wants the whole story - it's a stand alone is just not enough! So give it a beautiful send off and start anew! Linda, I haven't read any of Last Chance, but will be checking it out! Love reading stories that are about ranch life and modern day "cowboys"!

    Sue Stewart

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue! There is just something special about our modern day "cowboys" isn't there? I love reading about them.
      I also know what you mean about series that go on too long. New readers are frustrated. You can't even spend a binge weekend and catch up with 20 books -- even when they are great!

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  5. I am so pleased to be here on Just Romantic Suspense this week. I *heart* all romantic supsense books and the people who read them. It is sad to see a series go, but fun to read the last book and find out all the secrets.
    Thanks for coming, everyone!

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  6. Giveaway prize sounds fab!!

    It is always sad when a beloved series ends (I'm dreading it when Nora Roberts ends the In Death series!) however I have found the "re-reading" method helps with the withdrawn symptoms ;-) lol

    Best regards
    Sally
    aunt1esam79 at gmail dot com

    PS: as I'm in the UK, we don't get many cowboys so there's nothing better than spending reading time on a journey with a sexy cowboy ;)

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    1. Ah, yes, the good old "rereading" method. :) Thanks for the comment Sally

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  7. I do hate it when series end. You get to know and love characters, so it can be hard to say good-bye. I love a good epilogue at the end of the last book, so you can get a peek into the future.

    Cheryl C.
    castings at mindspring dot com

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    1. So glad to know there are others like me, Cheryl!

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  8. Series... love them. Sometimes I do hate to see a series end if I truly enjoyed it and its characters. I really love seeing bits of characters' lives even after their own story is over. To get a peek of what has been going on since I last saw them on the pages of their book. When an author gives me a nice wrap up of it all, I can be happy.

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    1. Exactly, Colleen. And also, in romantic suspense I can't wait to find out the series secrets. :)

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  9. I'm a little sad but if the ending is good then I am usually satified and looking forward to the next series that can take things in a new direction

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Good point, Shannon! I'm busy working on the next series now. Change can be a good thing.

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  10. I don't like to see series end unless they have come to their h-e-a. Still it's sad in a way. Dee

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    1. Oh yeah, Dee. The series MUST have a H-e-a. Must! If it didn't I'd be throwing the book against a wall. ;)

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  11. I love reading series and am so sad when they end, It's like you look forward to the next book b/c you can't wait for the story to continue then when theres no more story or book it's like you feel sad a little let down.

    kac_030@yahoo.com

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    1. Right kimmyl, the characters become your friends an it's hard to let go.

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  12. I already have this book, so don;t enter me. Linda's books are always on my must read list.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tammy! Kisses and hugs!

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  13. like series; don't mind either way

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  14. Even with the HEA, it's always sad to say good-bye.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ah, don't make me cry. :))) There's always the next series.

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  15. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceAugust 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I love series and it is always hard to say good-bye. Like someone mentioned before it's always great to go back and re-read a favorite series. I would say my favorite series has to be Harry Potter. I listen to the books on tape at work every few months and of course if I am having to get work done on my teeth. I hate going to the dentist. Even though my dentist is awesome, super nice, and my mom's boss. I can handle the cleaning but anything else I have to have Harry Potter blasting to drown out the sound of the drill. Anyways back to the topic at hand. Series that end with a HEA are a must. I know someone is going to point out that not all the characters in HP get a HEA but overall the series ends on a high note. I haven't read any of your Chance TX books so I will have to keep my eyes open for them.

    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. What a terrific idea! I have to go to the dentist today and I'm taking an audible book! Thanks.

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  16. I get excited when I begin a series & yes, I feel the loss when I finish. I do love it when I have the complete series in hand & can read back to back.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Lots of readers tell me they've been saving this series so they can read them all at one time. Maybe that's smart.

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  17. it's usually bittersweet for me when series end. Glad to reach conclusions and HEAs but sad that I won't get any new adventures w/ characters I like :) Congrats on the series and thanks for sharing!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, erin. This has been one of my most favorite series to write so I loved sharing.

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  18. I love reading series. I do feel sad when the series end and I would be reading them from the beginning just to relive the adventures.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And that's why you are here on the Just Romantic Suspense blog. Adventure! Me too. :)

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  19. I love series, they make you feel like you are part of the family or town. I am sad when they end, I am sad when each book ends as I feel like there should be a few more chapters. I would love to win...thanks...lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. You're welcome. I am going to miss the town of Chance, Texas almost as much as the characters so I know what you mean.

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  20. I do get so sad when a series ends. The first one I remember being devastated by was the Anne of Green Gables - But at least we can always go back and reread!

    jemifraser @ gmail . com

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    1. Now that you mention it, Jemi, I remember as a little girl reading the old Wizard of OZ series at the library and being upset when there were no more books in the series. I'd forgotten. Guess I have loved series from the start.

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  21. I do feel sad when a series ends because you grow attached to the characters. The good thing though is that there is always a new series to start around the corner.
    boomer21(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Right you are, Judi L. I'm hard at work on the next series -- but still missing the old too.

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  22. I feel sad! The characters get to feeling like family!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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  23. Excited for the final book in the series, but also sad to say good-bye to characters I've loved. When you say the book is 2 stories in 1, is the book two novellas in the one book or 2 story lines that share focus? Either way, I can't wait for the HEA.

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    1. C.J. Two novellas in one book but they are also two story lines that share focus (if that makes sense) The brother Colt's book is: TEXAS COLD CASE and the lost sister's book is TEXAS LOST AND FOUND. They could stand alone but are definitely connected. Lost? I guess you have to read it. LOL

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  24. For me it's bittersweet...I love series and it is almost tragic when they end BUT then some series go on and you want it to end. And when you want a series to end you start to forget the good stuff. I like when a series has an end in sight - even if that is 10 books.

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    1. I have definitely read series that went too far or that seemed like they were ending but did not. That was a real bummer. If they are ending---for heaven sake END IT! :))))

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    2. I completely agree, Linda :)

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  25. Big congratulations to the winners and my deepest thanks to everyone for stopping by. I had a wonderful time and hope all of you have the chance to read the last Chance, Texas book!

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