Actually, it wasn’t just one email. I’ve been getting a lot.
They go, more or less:
I love, love, love the Kiss Across Time series. I just got to the end of Kiss Across Worlds, and read about there being no more for the foreseeable future. Say it isn’t so!
I want more. Pleeeeeeeeaaaaase…?
I know how they feel. The Kiss Across Time series is my favourite of all time, bar none. Honestly. I love and adore Brody and Veris and their extended and growing family.
Why I Shut It Down In the First Place
For a while there, I was putting a book out every two months, and I think that I burned out more than a few readers. Sales dropped. Reviews drooped.
As I write full time and sales pay my bills and keep my precious Internet connection live, I must pay attention to what you, the reader, wants. If demand drops I must put a series aside — no matter how much I like it.
That is why I have put aside series like The Endurance, and have not resurrected plans to create a spin-off series to Interspace Origins. The weak sales showed that you were not enjoying the series as I had hoped. Regretfully (for I do like writing science fiction romance), I shelved the series.
I was looking at the same decline for Kiss Across Time, except for one glaring exception. Lots of readers were emailing me and contacting me and telling me how much they love the series.
That gave me a little hope.
So, instead of shutting the series down for good, I put it on hiatus for a while.
I didn’t know how long that pause would be, because what I think I’m going to be writing for the next year changes every quarter, as I take into account sales and emails and other feedback that you give me about what you’re enjoying and what you’re not enjoying so much.
But Demand Didn’t Diminish.
I packed the series away and got on with new stuff.
And weirdly, the demand did not drop off for Kiss Across Time, the way it did for the other series I’ve been forced to put aside.
While sales never peaked the way they might have if I’d been putting out a new book in the series, sales continued on at a steady rate. So did subscriptions to the newsletter for the series channel. And the emails didn’t stop.
I took notice.
Therefore, the next time I re-worked my production schedule, I juggled (hard), and got three more books in the Kiss Across Time series back onto the schedule.
The first new book will be released shortly before Christmas this year, and the next two over the first half of 2019.
It’s a way off, but it was the best I could do for right now. If there’s any way to move them up the schedule when I rework it, I will. But for now, they’re on there.
Only three for now.
I’ve only put the three books on the schedule for now, because it is a bit of an experiment for me. I want to see if the demand is there. Your emails tell me it is, but the real proof is in sales, when other readers who do not stay informed via my newsletter or this blog discover there is a new book out.
Personally, I cannot wait to dive back into the series. I’m already re-reading the entire thing to pick up all the loose ends and I have some fabulous ideas for future books and stories.
If there’s something you’re dying to see happen in the series, or if you’ve ever read the books and thought “it would be so cool to see_________ happen!”, now is the time to tell me. I won’t promise to put in all suggestions, but they can all go into the melting pot and may turn up in some form or another in a future book.
…and keep those emails and messages coming. I do listen and take note, as you can see!
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