My latest release is the third book in a trilogy…well, a little more than that, because before CRUSH ON YOU, THEN HE KISSED ME, and CAN’T HURRY LOVE, a novella from that same world, “Original Zin,” came out in the anthology DOUBLE THE HEAT (you can now buy OZ standalone as an e-edition). This means that I have to bid a very fond farewell to the fictional town of Edenville in California’s Napa Valley as well as the winery, Tanti Baci, where the three Baci sisters live and work…and fall in love, of course.
It’s breaking my heart. And there’s a touch of relief, too, because when you write a trilogy (or more), you can write yourself into a corner with an offhand remark in Book 1, say, that comes back to bite you in Book 2. While I was writing the first book, I knew that Giuliana Baci and Liam Bennett had a contentious relationship–but I wasn’t exactly sure of the source of all their conflict until I started thinking about that third book and realized that all the little hints and asides in the previous two had built the foundation for their story. My subconscious was at work the whole time!
I love these two. It’s a reunion romance of sorts, they had been each other’s first loves as well as childhood playmates. But there is still plenty for them to discover about each other now that they’re all grown up. Old secrets. Old hurts. New dreams. All is laid bare.
The only thing that makes saying goodbye to them not so painful is that I’m working on Book 1 of a new trilogy. There are new relationships, secrets, dreams to explore. But when I think of the Baci sisters and the Bennett brothers, I feel a little blue.
As a reader, that’s happened to me more than once when I’ve immersed myself in a fictional world and then had to let it go. It was hard to say farewell to The Hunger Games trilogy (intense books!). Re-reading the contemporary trilogy by Lisa Kleypas about the Travis family still sucks me in (I want Joe’s story!).
Do you have a series of books that stick with you or that make you sad they finally came to an end?