Saturday, March 22, 2014

Game On!

Game on
by Stephanie Beck

Have you ever had a favorite series, but the story line you love so much just...stops? You check the library, you go online, you scour the web, but there simply is no 'next' book and there might not even be an explanation. I've had it happen. It was rough. I made it through, but I still wonder what happened to those characters.

In a situation like that, several things could have happened. The author might have gotten out of writing or maybe their career took off in another direction, forcing them to focus on another type of writing. Or, perhaps, the publisher the books were done with is having issues. Contract and house problems can tie up books for years. Yes. Years. Or maybe the author had a baby, is dealing with family issues, moved to a place with little to no internet, went off grid to raise alpacas, took up throat singing, developed carpal tunnel syndrome, opened a nail polish boutique, found their true calling in the field of interpretive dance...the list is endless.

At the end of the day, a writer has a artist's heart. They can be swayed and distracted. It is all part of the glorious creative process.

I've had many requests over the past two years for another werewolf story for my Creating Home series. I've had a mix of reasons why I was waiting, but now, oh my, am I happy to announce the ball is rolling for the next Creating Home story!

So far the series has A Winter Tale with Marshmallows (temporarily off the market) and Unraveling Midnight (very much on the market by its new publisher--Kensington Publishing's imprint, Lyrical Press). Owen's story is very much in the works. Hint Hint--there are corn fields. And softball. And more cornfields.

Haven't read the Creating Home series? Well, now's your chance. The storyline isn't too building, so jumping in at Unraveling Midnight is very easy. Take a visit with Scott and Lucy.

Unraveling Midnight by Stephanie Beck

Creating home, #2
An entanglement with a werewolf brings unexpected turns. Scott, a lone werewolf expelled from his pack, bends over backward to give his kids everything he can—including knitting lessons for his daughter. Learning to knit becomes much more appealing with Lucy Jamieson as the teacher. His heightened senses tell him the compassionate and beautiful human might be what he and his little band need, yet getting involved with Lucy means exposing her to his paranormal reality. Although Lucy’s childhood skewed her expectations of family, she recognizes and respects Scott’s desire to protect and provide for his kids. When Scott is hit by a truck, Lucy offers to help with the kids--and gets more than she bargained for after learning Scott’s true nature...

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And I must confess, this is a very, very happy reunion for me. I missed my werewolves. I don't think any author wants to abandon a series. We fall in love with the characters and are invested in seeing them through. Now, back to work! You read, I'll write--it's a grand system!

All the best,
Stephanie Beck


Diane Burton said...

You're right, Steph. There are many reasons why a series stops before its natural conclusion. That happened to me after my book Switched came out in 2001. Life took a weird turn and I had to stop writing. I finally picked up the series again in 2011 and finished in 2013. I hope those who enjoyed the 1st book have found the others. Best wishes on your series.

steph beck said...

Thanks Diane! I hope your journey back into writing has been a good one. It's so hard when so many years pass.