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Return to Blueberry Lane: How and Why I Resurrected an Almost-Dead Series!

CountdownToMidnightEbookCover**COMING DECEMBER 2017**
COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT, a Story Sisters novella

Here’s what happens when enough readers ask an indie author to bring back a series they love….

SHE LISTENS!!!!

To be honest, I cannot believe the outpouring of love I’ve witnessed for the families of Blueberry Lane. The sales on my last two books (The Bohemian and the Businessman and The Director and Don Juan) reflected a waning interest in the series. But since announcing that I wouldn’t be writing further stories, I have received an email, message or post comment almost daily from grieved fans, asking me to please consider resurrecting the series.

At first I thought…“Oh, well, a few fans loved it and they will miss it. I’m sorry for that, but I have bills to pay.” But as the messages continued to pour in, something interesting happened. I started imagining ways to return to Blueberry Lane.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m still gunshy about writing a full-length novel (poor sales can be really – EPICALLY – traumatic) but the demand from devoted fans seemed to be such that writing a novella – especially in time for the holidays – could be (possibly…maybe…hopefully…) a safer risk.

My friends? I’m going to be really honest here: based on the sales from the previous books, this is one crazy mission. Anyone who writes indie would advise me definitely, positively not to do this. They would tell me I’m nuts to pour money, time and energy back into a series that wasn’t selling. They’d tell me that I am ridiculous for giving it one last try. They’d tell me to concentrate on the books that are selling and walk quickly away from the ones that aren’t…

But I have something that they don’t have: faith in all of you. I am trusting my audience right now – more than I ever have before – to turn out for this little novella and make it worthwhile for me to return to Blueberry Lane one last time.

Thank you for believing in me and this series.

So much love
Katy
xoxo

Add COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT, a Story Sisters novella to your GoodReads TBR list now!

 

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Katy Reads Aloud from UNLOVED ~ Podcast Episode 1.1

UNLOVED_Audio_1600x1600Hi, everyone!!

I have had the most AMAZING feedback from readers when I do “read-alouds” from my books on social media…so I thought that maybe I’d read-aloud from UNLOVED, a love story once a week if any of you are interested in hearing the words the way I heard them in my head as I was writing! I’ll be recording from my daughter Callie’s closet (it’s carpeted and small so the sound quality should be good) and I’m hoping to record a new “episode” every weekend.

I hope you won’t consider this a replacement for buying the book and reading it. (That would actually make me really sad…please buy the book even if you’re listening!)

***Please be sure to leave feedback below if you want me to keep going!!***

Without further ado…UNLOVED, a love story ~ Prologue:

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UNLOVED, a love story (Katy Regnery) ~ Coming 10 . 8 . 17

UNLOVED_BannerMy next full-length novel, UNLOVED, comes out on October 8th 2017.

This is a contemporary romance (with suspense elements) that I will be publishing under Katy Regnery.

My name is Cassidy Porter…
My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.
Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.
To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.
I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.
It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.
Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…
Unloved.

For more information about UNLOVED (including ARC info, Goodreads/Pinterest links, pre-order links, etc), check out my website here: http://katyregnery.com/unloved-a-love-story/

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Farewell, Blueberry Lane…

I am not a huge fan of Kenny Rogers…but when he sang, “You gotta know when to hold ’em…know when to fold ’em…know when to walk away…and know when to run…” he was onto something that applies to myriad times of life. And today, I’m somewhere between folding and walking. Doesn’t really matter where I stage myself, though, because the end result is the same: it’s time to say farewell to Blueberry Lane.

Three years ago, in June 2014, I set out to write a five-book series about five hot millionaire brothers who lived in Haverford, a little town outside of Philadelphia. I called them the English brothers because it sounded posh, and I came up with their alliterative titles before I even wrote the books. I wrote and published those five books in six months flat, and loved it when they “broke out” around Christmastime 2014. I loved it so much, in fact, that I added a sixth book about the English brothers’ cousin, Kate, and outlined four new books about the Englishes’ neighbors, the Winslows. And so it went, house by house, family by family…the Englishes, Winslows, Rousseaus and Storys…

And I loved them.

I loved the world of Blueberry Lane so much, in fact, that I ignored the dwindling sales and comments on posts about the series being “too long” or “so intimidating.” I loved it so much, I planned nine more books even though I could see that books 15 and 16 weren’t really selling as well anymore. I loved it so much, I had covers made that would carry me through to book #21. But eventually – today, in fact – I forced myself to open my eyes and run the numbers. And it was…well…painful. Super duper painful. The same series that placed me on the New York Times bestseller list is no longer in demand. Not by a long shot. Not at all.

It’s a bit of a blow to my ego, sure…but more importantly, it’s a blow to my finances. And while writing is a creative passion for me, my royalties pay for my children’s education, and I can’t put that in jeopardy.

So (#gulp) here goes…

I will be discontinuing the Blueberry Lane series after 16 novels.

The Director and Don Juan will be the last book of the series.

I will not be writing the remaining Story, Ambler or Atwell books.

To all of you who pre-ordered The Flirt and the Fox, your money will be returned. If you have any issues getting that money back, please contact me.

To the thousands of you who joined me on the journey through the mansions of Blueberry Lane, from the bottom of my grateful heart, I thank you. I will always remember and savor your beautiful reviews, kind comments, support and enthusiasm. I hope you will keep reading as I continue the Modern Fairytale collection and figure out what other books will come next.

So much love to all of you,

Katy

xoxoxo

 

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A note about writing Carlos Vega (The Director and Don Juan, The Story Sisters #2)

19225040_10155288914074976_6249290808246869397_nA lot of ARCs of THE DIRECTOR AND DON JUAN are going out today, and – per usual – I’m a mix of very excited and very hopeful. I’m excited for some of my readers to get an early jump on Alice and Carlos…I’m hopeful that they love this couple as much as I do.

One thing I did want to share…

I am not Latino. Though I have lived in Mexico (Colima) and Bolivia (Cochabamba) and traveled extensively in the Caribbean and South America, I am not ethnically Latino.

But I want to assure you all that I went to great lengths to make the character of Carlos Vega as accurate as possible. I never want for my characters to be caricatures; I want them to feel real. And the only way to make a Puerto Rican person feel real on paper is to ask for help from real live Puerto Rican people.

To my cultural and language team who read this book in its earliest stages and again before publication, graciously offering suggestions for making Carlos as genuine as possible, I am humbled by your dedicated and generous help. Wilmari Carrasquillo-Delgado, Veronica Del Valle, Linda Vega and Jennifer Nieves, muchas gracias por su ayuda. I could not have written this book without your kind help.

I hope the world falls madly in love with the scorching hot macho Boricua man we’ve created together! ️PRMan

xoxoxo

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