That’s right, you heard it here first!  It’s finally TIME FOR TROUBLE!  Just yesterday, I released the final book in my Blake brothers trilogy.  It was touch & go for a while there but the Book The Would Not End has finally ended.  And though I know I haven’t caught all the typos (they are legion, & I suspect they’re reproducing), I published it anyway.  Because lordamercy I needed to cross that finish line.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00036]Why?  Well, this series has produced three full-length novels & one novella.  That’s a lot of words for one writer, & committing them all to the page took me the better part of three years. (I’m a tragically slow writer, as I might’ve mentioned in the past.)

Now, setting aside the fact that readers like to be fed, and quickly, being a slow writer isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I mean, I met TIME’s hero, Drew, back in the first book of this series, TASTE FOR TROUBLE.  He was just a kid back then, barely 20. When TIME picks up, he’s nearly 30.   I’ve given him about ten years of story-world time to grow up, but he’s also been living in my head–talking to me, arguing with me, nudging me–for the better part of three real-world years. It’s a good long while to live with somebody.

Taste For TroubleAnd that’s kind of a luxury when you’re writing a book.  I usual get one year, tops, to live with my heroes.  And I have to start the book when I barely know the guy. But I got three whole years with Drew’s voice in my head.  It allowed me to really get to know him, inside & out.  I watched him grow up.  And that gave me plenty of time to dream up his One True Love.

Which is how I met Meghan Wise, & she’s a firecracker.  Which is, of course, exactly what our easy-going, lazy-bones, baby-brother Drew needed.  Meg’s driven & smart & sharp, and she doesn’t suffer fools lightly.  She’s totally worthy of him, but better yet?  She makes him want to be worthy of her.  Which could’ve been a tough sell, because Drew’s a lover, not a fighter.  But I’ll tell you what–the second somebody threatened his Meggy, he discovered his inner hero, no problem.  Quick, fast & in a hurry.

And it was absolutely delicious.

keep-calm-and-family-first-8Meg & Drew’s happy ending was exactly right for them.  And it was right for me.  As I said, I’ve lived in this world for a looooong time.  I’m ready for something new, something fresh, something exciting.  Something that pushes me in new creative directions & stretches me as a writer & a thinker.

But I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss these guys.  The Blake brothers showed me what family could be.  What it could mean.  Their bedrock belief in putting family first, in valuing each other above all else, reminded me of what’s important.  Spending time in their world every day made me want to be a better sister, daughter, wife & mother. I might be moving on to other stories & other worlds, but I’m leaving a little piece of my heart in theirs.

Which is how every good story should end, don’t you think?  If the author does it right, you really ought to leave a little chunk of your heart in the book.  And take a little chunk of the book into your heart.

So what about you?  Did you ever read a book–or a series of books–that kept a little chunk of your heart?  Is there a story-world that lives in your heart?  That you revisit every now & then like comfort food?  What is it?  One lucky commenter will receive a free Kindle copy of TIME FOR TROUBLE!


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  • flchen1 says:

    YAY, Susan!!! Happy congratulations on Time for Trouble! Sounds like it was exactly the right timing for these characters and for you! Can’t wait to add it to the TBR!

    And yes, I do love a lot of books and do re-read many… Money, Honey and Money Shot are definitely on that list 🙂 And just this morning, I picked up Devil in Winter for the umpteenth time… It is a little like comfort food–even though I know how the story goes, I still enjoy the journey 🙂

    Happy congrats, Susan, and hope you’re celebrating and of course, going to be writing the next story that captures your mind and heart 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      You can’t even imagine how touched I am that my MONEY books are on your comfort-read pile. That’s about the highest I’ve ever aimed, is to make into somebody’s Read Again pile. It really doesn’t matter that you already know what’s going to happen, does it? You do just savor the journey!

  • Susan, huge congratulations on your new release. I hope you sell a million of them. By the way, that’s such a snazzy cover! Really gets your attention!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Anna! I adore my cover. There are so many things I love about self-pubbing, but one of the very best is having complete creative control over my covers. Unfortunately, I have not an artistic bone in my body. But I put myself in the hands of the fabulously talented Lyndsey Lewellen, & she has never failed me. She’s amazing!

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo Susan

    Congrats on the release I bought it this morning 🙂 and now I have them all to sit and read one after the other I have been eager to get to these but time has got in my way sorry now I have them all.

    There are a lot of books that stay with me and one series is The Harry Potter series and yes there are many romance stories that do as well but way too many to list

    Have Fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Harry Potter! That’s one of my favorite binge reads. JK Rowling’s imagination is a fierce & tremendous thing, & it’s such a luxury to sink into that world she created. My oldest daughter has read the entire series front to back maybe fourteen times? Her knowledge is encyclopedic. It’s a little frightening, honestly. But I can’t fault her. I’ve re-read that entire series more than I’d care to admit. I hope you enjoy your time with the Blake boys!

  • ki pha says:

    Happy Release Day!!!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Ki! It’s a happy day, certainly, but there’s also a lot of relief. Every time I start a new book, I worry that I used up any talent I had on the one before. Finishing it always surprises me a little, & polishing it into something publishable is a downright shock. The fact that people buy it astonishes me every time.

  • Mary Preston says:

    Congratulations on your new release!!

    I visit Middle Earth quite frequently.

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read this! Family and happy endings are the best.

    My grandmother had a pretty extensive library and I had full access early on, which meant I read more adult than children’s books. One that has stuck with me, and that I re-read every now and then, is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” My childhood was a tiny bit similar, but what I really identified with was Francie’s love of books and her determination to read everything in the library, A-Z. I may not succeed at reading everything in the library, but I sure am trying!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Sally, you’re speaking to my heart. When I was a kid, my family invested in a big ol’ leather bound set of Encyclopedia Brittanica. (Kids today don’t even know what that is. I tried to describe it to my kids & ending up telling them it was essentially the internet, stuffed into books.) Anyway, it came with a set of hard-back kid encyclopedias–all color pictures & stuffed with facts. I read those things A-Z, obsessively, for years. I wore them out. I was still consuming stories by the boatload, but something about all that INFORMATION just called to me. It was irresistible. I guess people who love books will always just love books!

  • Minna says:

    There are so many books and series I re-read, written by favourite authors like David Eddings, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Maggie Shayne (Miranda’s Viking is one of my all time favourites), Sharon Sala, Merline Lovelace… And thanks to BookMooch, I’ve been able to get many of their out of print books in English. At least the Finnish versions of Harlequin books tend to be about 20 pages shorter than the originals and of course there are plenty of books which have never been translated in Finnish. Right now I’m waiting for a couple of my favourite books by Rita Rainville and JoAnn Ross.

  • Colleen C. says:

    Congrats on your release! 😀 There have been some series that I love coming back to over and over again… one example is Brenda Novak’s Whiskey Creek books…

    • Susan Sey says:

      I have been meaning to get to the Whiskey Creek books forever! I’m going to have the nudge them to the top of my pile. I’m not getting any younger, after all!

  • Congratulations Susan! While completing any book is a worthy accomplishment, completing a series is monumental!!!! This from another slow writer 🙂 Like Anna said, like the covers, like the author – hope all three books are flying through the ether at record speed. 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Donna! We slow writers have to have each others’ backs! And you’re right–it’s a great feeling to finally wrap up a series. Bittersweet, but great!

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on your new release. There are a few books in a series that I go back & re-read. There are several examples, but most recently, I re-read one of the Fitzhugh books by Sherry Thomas & the latest FBI book by Julie James.

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Susan. I like to revisit the Highlands by rereading Julie Garwood’s Scottish romances every year.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Jane! And I have to admit, one of my comfort reads is Julie Garwood’s Ransom. Something about that book just speaks to my heart….

  • Caren Crane says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER. At least, that’s how it feels. 😀

    The story world that lives on in my heart is Liz Carlyle’s early Victorian London. Full of gentlemen who are part Gypsy and those who dabble in the occult and tailors who might be spies. *sigh* I wish she were still writing! :/

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh my goodness, how did I not know about he gypsy/spy/tailors?? I will check this out ASAP! And thanks for the kind words about TIME. I’m just so glad it finally finished! I was worried there for a while.

  • Woo-how! I’m so glad this book is out, and I can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Smoov!

    You know I live the Missoula Smokejumpers in Chasing Fire. I also love the little group in the Sign of 7 trilogy, Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops Inc., and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigans. I know there are others, but they’re not coming to mind right now.

    Congrats again on the new book!

  • Woo-how! I’m so glad this book is out, and I can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Smoov!

    You know I lthe Missoula Smokejumpers in Chasing Fire. I also love the little group in the Sign of 7 trilogy, Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops Inc., and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigans. I know there are others, but they’re not coming to mind right now.

    Congrats again on the new book!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Susan, I’m SOOOOOO excited about this book coming out! WOOT! Happy to get it and read it. Yay!!

    And so fun to be in the Lair for another Launch…