Guest: Alix Rickloff

Hi friends! A brand new guest to ALBTALBS today! I’m very excited about that! 😀 Yes! We’ve got Alix Rickloff visiting with us! I’d also like to say thanks for sticking with me through the scheduled yet not back to original steady times. (And to Alix as well for her patience with the craziness here.) I hope you all give her a warm welcome! Not to mention she’s very kindly offered a book to one lucky commenter!

Stay Tuned… The Unfinished Series

You’ve found that perfect series. The world building is magical, the characters are compelling, and the plots sing. You read one book, maybe two or three. Then suddenly… inexplicably…the books stop.

It could be that the publisher has decided the series wasn’t as  big a seller as they’d hoped or it could be that the author has decided they want to move in a new direction. Either way,  the series is over. Maybe the loose ends were tied up. Maybe not. But you’re still left wanting.

Sound familiar?

A few years back, I was left stranded midway through Bernard Cornwell’s Starbuck Chronicles. I had devoured the Richard Sharpe books like a woman obsessed and was looking for more. Enter Nate Starbuck who seemed like the answer to a prayer. Unfortunately, four books and half a war later, the series ended. I was left waiting…wondering…waiting… waiting…you get the idea.

I vowed I would never do that to my readers.

And then—I did.

My Bligh family series published by Kensington was set in an alternate Regency universe, one in which the Other, a race of men and women bearing the magical blood of the Fey lived in secret side by side with humans.

The series began with Lost in You in which Conor Bligh, the soldier of the family is the only one who stands between the demon Asher and the destruction he plans for mortal and Fey alike. And the only way to the end that threat is to sacrifice Ellery Reskeen, the woman he’s come to love.

The second book was Dangerous as Sin, the story of Morgan Bligh, the cousin who trades in her needle and thread for a sword and shield. She’s been given the job of locating the stolen sword of the goddess Andraste, a blade capable of creating an un-killable army. Her partner? Cam Sinclair, the assassin who broke her heart once and would do it again if he got the chance.

These two books introduced a cast of characters who all deserved their happy ever afters. They planted seeds for later books and hinted at mysteries not yet solved

And then I moved on, leaving the Blighs and their world behind.

But those characters stayed with me. They clamored for my attention and whispered their stories in my ear. Do Brodie MacKay and Euna Sinclair ever find each other again? Will Jamys Bligh ever be more than a friend to the woman he loves? And what ever happened to Richard Bligh who disappeared without a trace at the age of eight?

The answers are out there, and soon I hope to offer them to readers in new books. The first of these, tentatively titled Lady Immortal, is close to completion and—fingers and toes crossed—will be out by Christmas.

Mariah Penkevil wants nothing more to do with magic…ever again. But then the mysterious Rhyse MacAillse appears on her doorstep claiming she’s the reincarnation of a dark sorceress, and Mariah finds herself dragged back into the dangerous world of the Other whether she likes it or not. Soon she’s on the run with a man who tempts her with his touch but whose secrets could place her in the path of a Fey-born killer.

If things go as planned, I’ll follow this book up with more that will round out the series and perhaps even expand it into un-thought of directions. You never know, but all I can say for certain is stay tuned…there’s always more to come. ☺

Have you ever been faced with a series that’s ended before “The End” or maybe one in which it feels like forever between books? Do you wait until a series is complete before starting it? Or do you plunge in heedlessly and take your chances?

Let me know and be entered for a chance to win Earl of Darkness, the first book in my Heirs Of Kilronan series. (And yes, the series is concluded)

0 thoughts on “Guest: Alix Rickloff

  1. Diane Sallans

    I sometimes do wait until a series is complete, or at least have several books out if it is going to be a long series, before reading them cause I do hate to wait between books. I find I forget a lot of the story from earlier books if I read them as they come out & then what’s the point of it being a series. But sometimes I just can’t wait if it is a favorite author.

  2. jovialvampyre

    I don’t think I’ve ever waited for a series to be complete :). I often ask an author where to start if I’m just trying the series out.

  3. Diane D - Florida

    I read the “series” books as they’re released. I’m too impatient to wait until the next book in the series comes out. Before reading the new one, I do refresh my mind by reading quick snippets of the previous book.

    I like book series, as it’s nice to follow familiar characters from one book to the next. It always heightens the excitement in waiting for the next book to be released. 🙂

    Thank you for this opportunity to win “Earl of Darkness”.

  4. Alix Rickloff

    I’ve always been a sucker for a series. And I especially love it when I’m turned onto one after the author’s released a few because once I’m hooked, I want more…more…more… I’ll read them back-to-back without stopping until I catch up with the author. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work out so well, especially if they’re not exactly quick writers. Hello, George RR Martin…are you listening? 🙂

    So, what are some of your favorite series? I just finished the latest in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series and am desperately waiting for the next installment in Megan Whalen Turner’s YA Thief series.

  5. Diane D - Florida

    A few of my favorite series are the Cynsters by Stephanie Lauren, the Huxtables by Mary Balogh, the Sons of the Revolution series by Shana Galen and the Hathaways by Lisa Kleypas

  6. Linda Thum

    If the series is a continuation rather than one which is complete in itself I tend to wait till it’s complete before I buy them because I like to read the whole series in continuation. Otherwise I find I’ve forgotten things from the previous books & have to read them all over again. My fav series: I love LIsa Kleypas’ Hathaway series.

  7. Mary Preston

    I’m usually late to read a series, so it’s often complete before I begin. I love this. I can’t think of a series that did not have a final, finished end for me.

  8. Alix Rickloff

    I knew you all would have lots of recommendations for me. 🙂
    I’m a fan of Stephanie Laurens too but haven’t read Kleypas’s Hathaways yet. Might have to go looking for them. Though that brings me to another quirk of mine–reading a series in order. Are any of the rest of you crazy like that? I can’t jump in mid-stream. I have to begin at Book #1 no matter what.

  9. eli yanti

    Even I will not patient to wait the next book from series but i will not wait it complete before i read, imagine if the book is very very good and have to wait desperately to read because waiting its complete which sometime probably we have to wait until 2-3 years.. argh…

  10. lavendersbluegreen

    Mostly I read series as they come out and wait with almost no patience in between. Other times I start reading a series from an author that has another series that has concluded. So I get to read that whole series. It all depends…


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