Wednesday, February 19, 2020

When a Series Comes to an End—Bring Out the Tissues


Congratulations to "Chrisbails", the winner in Nancy's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

I’m so thrilled to back on Just Romance Suspense. Thank you, Maureen, for having me.

My new romantic suspense, The Protector, the third and final novel of The D’Azzo Family saga, released yesterday. It’s been a long road to get to this day and I’m so thrilled readers can enjoy the complete story from beginning to the end. But, I’m in this funky mood and I can’t shake it. 

I think I just miss Nathan D’Azzo and Olivia Bennett. I created them over four years ago. As for Nathan, well, you can’t have a family without the loving, but tough as nails, big brother. He had to be in each book. And, I had to keep him close as I figured out how everything would mesh together. When I finally got the chance to bring him into Olivia’s world, well, I’m surprised he talked me.

Maybe I spent too much time thinking about this couple.  And then there’s the bit of guilt. I put them through so much, and just when I get them to this point in their relationship, I have to let them go.



Tiny Spoiler…

Tears filled Olivia’s eyes as she looked out over the crowd. This was what was missing in her life—connection, not only to Nathan and his family, but a community. Her mother would fit right in here. They both would.

“Olivia, what is it?”

Nathan’s love was etched in each feature. She tucked her arm into his and moved in close. “I’m perfect, and I didn’t know that emotion existed until now. I’m yours. Never doubt that.”
As I typed the last few paragraphs, I had tears, the big, ugly kind that makes me thankful I’m alone in my writer’s cave. Their happily-ever-after was just wonderful. What I wanted more than anything was to turn the page, add a new chapter heading, and keep them both around for a little while longer.  In fact, I miss the whole D’Azzo family, Emersyn and Alec, Tessa and Eric, Joe D’Azzo, and especially Grace D’Azzo. Grace is a mother-to-all kind of mother. I loved her strength and wisdom.

I know, I have to move on. The Protector, and my D’Azzo family, belongs to readers everywhere. And that’s why I do what I do. I love my job!

There is a light at the end of my tunnel. Last night, I had my first middle of the night three-hour-wide-awake time with my new hero. He just wouldn’t stop talking. That’s a good sign.

I left a free chapter teaser below. It is my hope you will fall in love with Nathan and Olivia, and the entire family as much as I did.

Giveaway:
Do you have a hard time writing/reading the last book in a series? Do you also want to turn the page and continue the story for just a little longer? Let’s talk in the comments. My giveaway is a $15 Amazon card to a random commenter. Happy Reading!

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

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21 comments:

  1. Congrats on your latest release!

    To be honest, I prefer standalone books because I easily lose interest with longer series, but that is not to say that I don't read series because I certainly do, but by the time I finish last book I'm ready to move on. It has nothing to do with how good the author is, but with my personal preference.

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    1. HI Natalija! You have a beautiful name. I used to be the same. I began reading romantic suspense series from the Queen of romance, Nora Roberts. I fell hard. But that doesn't mean I don't love a standalone too. Thanks for stopping by. ((Hugs))

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  2. I’m definitely familiar with the feeling, equally wanting to get to the end of the story and to savor it as long as possible as I didn’t want the series to end. That’s why I read a few books at the same time so that I can switch to another story just prolong from getting to the final page - lol!

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    1. OH Dee! That's a wonderful idea. I read one book at a time. Maybe I'll give it a try. Now, does that work also with cookies? I should have multiple bags opens to belong the ending? In one comment, you changed my world. LOL! (((HUGS)))

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  3. I do feel sad at the end of a series. I live in their world and sometimes don't want to leave! Lol.

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    1. HI ThishJ!
      Exactly! They become like family. I want to call them up and see how they doing. Thanks for taking to leave me a comment. (((HUGS)))

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  4. I do get sad because I dont want the series to end. I feel sad cause I dont get to read these characters anymore. It sometimes take me longer cause I'll slow read the book to make it last longer.

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    1. Hi Chrisbails!
      Thanks so much for stopping by. I can't slow down the read. I have to get to the end. It's a romance, so I know there's a happy ending. But still, I'll read into the night to get to that HEA.
      (((HUGS)))

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    2. I agree. If it's a favorite it is hard to not speed read through it and stay up way to late. Lol

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  5. Some books/ series make me wish for more...

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    1. Hi Colleen C.
      I hope you get a chance to read the free sample. Thanks for stopping by. (((HUGS)))

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  6. So sad for the last in a series. Even though it is officially the last one!
    Thank you for your free chapter download, Nancy.
    Jan

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  7. HI Janet!
    I hope you enjoy the sample. I wish I could have shared a few more chapters, but Amazon frowns on that. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. (((HUGS)))

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  8. When I love a book, series or characters, it is very hard to let them go.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      I'm so glad you stopped by. It's great knowing I'm in a large group of book loving readers that feel like I do about their characters. (((HUGS)))

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  9. I love both standalone novels & series. It's always hard to say goodbye to characters when a series comes to an end, but thank goodness there are so many great books out there where you can easily fall in love with other characters too. I can't wait to see how the series about the D'Azzo family ends & I've enjoyed watching their story unfold.
    Love
    Amy

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  10. HI Amy!!
    Thank you for your very kinds words about my D'Azzo family. You are so right. Our take-away must be there are so many great books out there just waiting for all of us to fall in love again and again. (((HUGS)))

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  11. Yes, it's always bittersweet when a series ends. If it's one I love, I am so sad when it ends.

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  12. I, too, hate to see a series or a book end. You get to know the characters, "become friends" with them, and want their story to continue. I like series because you get to check in on characters from previous books. It makes it all the harder to say goodbye at the end of that last book. It is a reason I like spin off series. You get to see some of the characters from the originally series and see how they are doing. Glad for you that a new hero showed up and got you started on your way in a new book.

    Rats, I started writing this prior to midnight, but didn't finish it on time.

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  13. Yes, I feels bittersweet when I read that final book

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