Thank you so much, Jo, for inviting me to guest post on Once Upon a Bookcase!
You had asked me how it felt now that I’ve come to the end of the Raine Benares series, and having to say goodbye to the characters and this particular storyline.
Writing the end of ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE was made a lot easier by the fact that the series isn’t really over, just the Saghred storyline. If I’d been truly ending the series, I’d have probably been blubbering like a baby. I absolutely love these characters, I’ve been with them a long time, and I couldn’t bear the thought of never writing another book with them again.
That being said, I’ve always wanted to do multiple series. The Saghred storyline was all-consuming (hmm, kind of ironic that a series about a soul-sucking rock would consume my life). In reality, the six books of the Raine Benares series are one humongous book divided into six smaller books. The story arc begins with MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND and ends with ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE. So basically, for the past six years (actually a lot longer than that if you count the years I spent trying to get published) I’ve been writing ONE book. So while I adore Raine & Company, we need a little away time. ; )
My goal with ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE was to tie up the loose ends, leave others open, and make the story live up to the title—and I do believe I’ve done it. You all can tell me for sure after May 29.
There are so many possibilities for spin-off series: Raine & Mychael, Tam & Talon, Phaelan & whoever he’s pissed off lately. And the list goes on. So when I’m ready to jump back into Raine’s world, I’ll have plenty to choose from.
At the moment, I’m working on a proposal package for an urban fantasy/supernatural thriller/comedy series. You all know how I love to mix & match genres. I have the series premise written, as well as the synopses for the first three books, and I’m working on the final sample chapter now (for a total of six). I promise that as soon as I get a contract for it, I’ll tell you more—in fact, you probably won’t be able to shut me up. I’m so excited about this project—it’s just pure fun.
Jo, thank you again for having me on your blog! And best of luck to all of you in the ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE giveaway that Jo is hosting!
Thank you, Lisa, for such a great guest post! It's great to hear that we'll be having more novels set in this universe in the future! And I am excited to find out more about this urban fantasy/supernatural thriller/comedy series!
Be sure to check out Lisa's website, and All Spell Breaks Loose when it comes on on 29th May!
And yes, as Lisa said, there is a giveaway! Thank you to the lovely people at Penguin US, one lucky reader can win an eBook copy of All Spell Breaks Loose! Read on for all the details!