Saying Goodbye (For Now) To A Series
by Shannon Stacey, author of Falling For Max (Carina Press)
I had no idea when Angela James called me at the end of 2009 and offered me a contract for Exclusively Yours, that I would be sitting here in 2009-me’s future, talking to you about the ninth book in the Kowalski series, Falling For Max.
It was supposed to be two books. There were two single brothers: Joe from Exclusively Yours and Kevin from Undeniably Yours. But then their cousin Sean pulled up a stool at Kevin’s bar and all of a sudden there are nine books.
Of course, it wasn’t really “all of a sudden”. I’ve spent years in the fictional town of Whitford, Maine, and the idea of packing up my writing things and moving on is daunting. My family jokingly calls it LAK: Life After Kowalskis.
Maybe that’s why it says (For Now) in the title. I just can’t say a definitive goodbye. I don’t have plans for another story in the series right now, but I can’t imagine never revisiting them. Maybe, someday in the future, we’ll see the Kowalski family again. Who knows, maybe when Joey Kowalski gets a little older, he’ll bring us back to the New Hampshire branch of the family.
But, for now, it’s time to say goodbye to the family I’ve spent years with and see what’s next on the horizon. So this makes me wonder…which other fictional families have I hated saying goodbye to?
Number 1 on my list: The Ingalls family. I will still stop channel surfing if I’m lucky enough to come across Little House on the Prairie, even though I practically know every episode by heart. And I wanted the book series to go on forever.
2: The Gilmore Girls.
3. The March sisters
4. The Keaton family, from Family Ties
5. And I hear the upcoming season of Parenthood will be the last, and I’ll be sorry to see the Bravermans go.
Now you! Which fictional family have you hated saying goodbye to?
About Falling For Max:
Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he’s starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he’s always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn’t help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.
Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she’s intrigued. When she finds out he’s in the market for a wife, she’s fascinated…and determined to help.
Molding Max into every woman’s dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori’s plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she’ll have to find a way to show just how she’s fallen for him…the real him.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. She can also be found blogging (almost) daily on her website, www.shannonstacey.com and is often spotted running amok on Twitter, Facebook,and the eHarlequin.com community. Her current release, Falling For Max, is available now from Carina Press.