Last week marked the release of Crowning Courtship, the final book in the Hands of Destin series. It has been a long and productive three years since the first book was released, and as an author it has been really satisfying to see the series and the characters grow and change over the course of four books. Finishing a series is a huge accomplishment, and one I am very proud of as an author. I’m just tickled with the way the series turned out, and don’t all those covers look stunning together?
At the same time, there is something very bittersweet about this release. On the one hand, I love these characters and am so happy to have Terin and Aurelia’s story out in the world. Terin is such a charmer, that it took me a while to find his perfect match. When these two get together the sparks really fly, and it is such a joy as a writer to share their story. It is also really satisfying to tie up some of the dangling plot points and unresolved issues from previous books, and I hope fans of the series find this a worthy conclusion.
On the other hand, it is hard to say good-bye to a world and cast of characters that I’ve spent so much time with. The biggest comment I’ve gotten from early readers about this book is the sorrow of closing the last page and knowing that is the end. No more adventures in Trimble with the gang. It’s certainly a feeling I can relate to!
As a writer I feel like I’ve been cast adrift, without a series to give me direction. I’ve been writing more for the joy of it and experimenting with new worlds and characters. This kind of explorations is fun, but has its own challenges. I’ve gotten used to the pressure of deadlines and the predictability of a known world with a planned timeline to help me focus my writing. Now in some ways I feel like a brand new writer, starting all over again. I’m sure I’ll get my sea legs under me eventually, and start pounding the keyboard drafting the next book and the next series. But for now, I’m still learning to say good-bye.
What do you prefer as a reader or a writer? Do you enjoy the excitement and freedom of a new series, or the structure and satisfaction of familiar characters?
Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.
Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018.
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