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

 

67 Responses to Farewell, Blueberry Lane…

  1. Marge July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear this, I have read all of them more than once and loved them. I can imagine it hurts you too. Keep on writing your fabulous stories.

  2. Jacquie Van Mourik July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    I’m very sad to see the end of the Blueberry Lane series, but I understand why you’ve made this difficult decision! I look forward to reading what you have coming next!!

  3. Jaci Teune July 6, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    I can tell that this hurts you but in the end, you have to do what’s right for you and your family. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future these stories can be revisited? I absolutely love your fairy tale series and will continue to be a fan!

    Best of luck in whichever direction you choose!

  4. Kristy Odom July 6, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Oh no!!! I LOVED these stories! I totally understand though! Love your books! Keep them coming! I will read anything you write!

  5. Anne Major July 6, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    This is so sad, I have loved every book of this brilliant series, and am in the middle of the Director and Don Juan st the moment, about three-quarters of the way through it. I was looking forward to the next one too. I’m so sorry you are having to end it here, cos it must have been like a member of your family, you’ve been so involved with it ? I’m sure you will still continue to write stories that I will want to read so I will look forward to them and good luck with whatever books you write in the future.

    Anne Major, an avid fan from Scotland

  6. MJ Fryer July 6, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    As sad as this post is, you have to do for you, Katy. I am sorely disappointed since I have truly been enjoying the Story sisters.

    But I guess nothing was meant to last and in the end, you’ve written some of the best work I’ve ever read.

    Know that each and every story was unique and a joy to read from beginning to end.

    xx

  7. SHARON BRESHEARS July 6, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    :( I have loved the series and am sad I won’t be reading about the Story sisters, but a girl’s ‘gotta do what a girl’s ‘gotta do. I am sure you’ll find something else to tempt us with.

  8. LExley Bell July 6, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I’much so sorry that you have decided to discontinue this series. I think will be disappointing not to know what happens to the other sisters. Having said that I have thoroughly loved the whole of the serissues. I have also loved reading your Fairytale books as well. Good luck with what you decide to do next.

  9. Abigail Cutajar July 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Dear Katy, Blueberry Lane was an awesome surprise for me. I ‘discovered’ Marrying Mr. English and totally got hooked. Imagine my surprise when I got to know there were 10 more books and more on the way! I’m glad I got to know your work as I totally love your modern fairy tales and I’m sad to see the end of Blueberry Lane. However, as you said, this is your livelihood that’s on the line so we’re still supporting you, no matter what!

  10. Bonnie Clelland July 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    I have loved your Blueberry Lane series, and I’m sad to know it has come to an end. I wish you well and look forward to see where your muse takes you next.

  11. jackie July 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    I love these books. I look forward eagerly to each one and I have loved them all in different ways. I’m so sorry to hear this your one of my favourite authors.

    I wish you well in whatever you choose to pursue but know that the Blueberry Lane residents were loved.

  12. Deborah July 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I am so sorry you had to make this decision but completely understand your reasons for doing so. I would sacrifice almost anything for my children. I have loved Blueberry Lane and…since I came “late to the party”, I will continue to enjoy these stories for a while yet. I do look forward to your modern fairytale series to continue. They introduced me to your work and are incredible books that stay with me long after I turn the last page.

  13. Bharti July 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    As much as this saddens and breaks my heart, I do understand your position on it Katy. Blueberry Lane will always hold a special place in my book loving heart.

    • Effie T July 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

      Oh so sad to hear i absolutely loved the series snd was looking forward to the rest but uou have to cut off somewhere good luck ?xx

  14. Trish July 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Katy, I love your blueberry lane series. In fact breaking up with Barrett was the first ever romance novel I read. I adore your writing. I want to say that we loyal readers will always love you and support your decisions. Will be eagerly waiting for your next work <3 <3

  15. Tina Torres July 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Just finished “The Director and Don Juan”, as usual is was GREAT! I was so looking forward to the rest of the series and I’m sad to hear this is the final story. It was a very nice journey reading al the Blueberry Lane series. Katy, you are a very gifted storyteller and how you tied each family while still being “standalone so was pure genius. I hope in the future you revisit the Blueberry Lane series because I would love to know how the other characters find their happily ever after school. Best wishes on your other endeavors which I will be on the look out for.

  16. Amy Harmon July 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    <3 You are going to continue to do amazing things.

  17. Kella Campbell July 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh, this must have been such a hard decision to make. I’ve loved Blueberry Lane but I know I’ll love whatever your next series is too. And we still get our fairytales.

  18. Mary Deardorff July 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Sad to hear this, but I’m pretty certain that whatever book(s) you write next will still be ones I’ll want to purchase. So good luck, Katy!!

  19. Teresa Bradley July 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    This is so sad! I love the series! Maybe in the future you can bring them back to life. I certainly wouldn’t mind the wait if I were able to read about Blueberry Lane once more. Best of luck to you as you continue to write.

  20. Eva Charles July 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

    I love the Blueberry Lane series! Love the characters, their stories, everything about them, but what I love most is your writing, and I know we’ll have the privilege of being treated to it for a long, long time. I can’t wait to see what comes next! ?

  21. Ellen Huck July 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    I started reading the Director and Don Juan today and of course love it. I’ve read all of the the rest of the Blueberry Lane series and was already checking out when the rest were coming. Thank you for wonderful stories that you have shared with us. Perhaps take a break from the series and maybe, hopefully come back to it at a later time? This series was an automatic click purchase for me, so I hope we see more of your writing along these lines in the future.

  22. Karina July 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    Sorry to hear this :( I really enjoyed this series! Good luck the rest of the way and I look forward to
    more stories from you!

  23. Kathy Arguelles July 7, 2017 at 12:23 am #

    This is sad news but you have to do what is right for you. You are a talented writer and I hope you are able to continue following your dream. I can’t wait to read the next books. Love you Katy!

  24. Jen Valencia July 7, 2017 at 1:46 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve decided to end the Blueberry Lane series. I loved reading about the Montgomerys, Rousseaus, and the Storys (I was so looking forward to reading the next two books in that mini-series!). I even have the Englishes on my TBR list since they were the ones who got the whole Blueberry Lane series going.

    I can only imagine how difficult of a decision this was for you, but know that there were many who love the Blueberry Lane books and that we’ll be here to support you in all your future endeavors. Maybe the time will come when you decide to go back to the Storys, Amblers, and Atwells. Whether you do or don’t, I’m excited to see what story you have to share with us next. ♥

  25. Sandra Sparkes from Ontario Canada July 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    Katy…please continue to write and we will continue to buy and read. Your work is loved by so many. You have made a difficult decision that needed to be made…we respect that, as we know it must have been so painful to do. We, your readers, are all still here and we will read whatever you give us. Must add, I just this week found, bought and read The Vixen and The Vet. Unsure how I missed knowing of it…I Loved Every Word! What a great story. So beautifully written. Warm hugs, Katy. ??

  26. Kerry July 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m sure this was a tough decision to make! I have to admit that I wasn’t planning on reading the Story Sisters books because it did feel like a bit much. They just didn’t intrigue me like some of the other families. I was really looking forward to the Atwells though and would have loved to have see them find their happily ever afters! Good luck as you move forward! Excited to see what is to come!

  27. Diana Medina July 7, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    I love Blueberry Lane series. So sad to hear it end.

  28. Lena Dublin July 8, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear this but understand. Family first always. Self-publishing is not cheap and you have to Waugh your options carefully. This was a great series. I look forward to reading your next world.

  29. Amanda July 9, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Sorry to hear you won’t be continuing the series but I understand it was a good run while it lasted.

  30. Emily D July 13, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    I am so very sorry to hear that you will not be continuing this series. Girl’s gotta do what she gotta do.

    However, I have a suggestion: maybe you could always publish the rest of the series (that’s already written, like The Flirt and the Fox) online on Wattpad? I mean, it certainly beats letting all of them sit in your computer. I’m pretty sure it’ll blow up on Wattpad. Of course it’s just a suggestion :)

    • Katy Regnery July 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

      Actually, Emily, no other Blueberry Lane books have been written. If they were, I definitely would have published them for whomever was still reading. xo

      • Amy P July 22, 2017 at 11:38 am #

        I’m just now seeing this and I’m so sad. My sister and I have been avid readers of this series and we look forward to each book release! We usually just sit there and read the book straight through. I wish you could multiply us by a million so that this series could conclude. I will miss not getting to know the other Story sisters! With every book that comes out I love each new character. This ending comes as a shock and will take some time to mourn. Good luck with your future endeavors! I’ll keep an eye out for your newsletters to see what’s coming up.

    • Katy Regnery October 28, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      It turns out that the demand for one more story was great enough that it’s prompted me to write one last Blueberry Lane book: COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT, a Story Sisters novella! You can learn more here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36483081-countdown-to-midnight *COMING IN DEC 2017*

  31. Brigit July 25, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    I am sorry to hear that there will be no new story about Blueberry Lane. I enjoyed reading the books! And fortunately I can always reread them 😉
    Right now I am rereading and enjoying the Heart of Montana books.

  32. Kelly Richert July 29, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    I will miss Blueberry Lane. I love how you tied the families together. I would definitely read more if you ever chose to revisit the series. That being said, I still have plenty of your books to read and I’m looking forward to every one of them.
    Thank you for what you do.

  33. Karen July 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh Katy, I can only imagine how painful it would be to leave these stories untold. As one of your avid readers, I mourn that they will be unread. I can’t begin to understand why the Blueberry Lane sales would have gone down. I, for one, enjoyed the last as much as the first. I read every one of the stories as you made them available and always looked forward to the next one. There is a lesson here to us, your devoted readers – we shouldn’t read in silence. Perhaps if we had all left the positive reviews we felt, we would be able to have continued to receive the rest of your stories. I apologize that I am only now saying that this had been a heartwarming, entertaining, and wonderfully written series. I will take the time to write reviews on your Modern Fairytale books and the standalones. I think I’ve read everything you’ve written but I’ve been a negligent fan. I’ll support your efforts in the future so that I don’t have to see such an ending as this occur again. Belatedly, please accept my thanks for the Blueberry Lane series.

  34. Andrea Seidman August 4, 2017 at 1:35 am #

    I loved reading Blueberry Lane and was so looking forward to the next Story family books. Please change your mind.

  35. Rosie August 6, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    I am really sad and a little upset the Blueberry Lane series is going to stop, but I understand you have to do was best for you and you family. I love the English brothers and what can I said the C. Wilson is the best character you could ever create. Thank you for the all the great books, and hoping the one day you may decide to continue with the series….

  36. Flor M Vence August 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Sorry to hear this. I love your books. But, if you feel this is the best for you, than rock on.

  37. LORENA HINOJOSA PRADO August 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    I love Blueberry Lane series. So sad to hear it end.I enjoyed reading the books!

    Lorena HP from Chile

  38. Beth August 15, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    I am just about to start #8! I love each of the characters and enjoy watching their relationship develop in subsequent novels. Thanks for writing them.

  39. Jennifer August 25, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    BUMMER! I just finished the Director and Don Juan and was excited to see that two more books were coming this year. Now, I see that they aren’t. :(

    I hope at some point you’ll revisit this and reconsider bringing it back.

  40. Hannah August 29, 2017 at 8:32 am #

    I just came looking for The Flirt and The Fox pre-order and I’m absolutely gutted so see this! I completely understand having to do what’s right for you, I just want to say that I loved the Blueberry Lane series so much and was so excited that there were going to be more! I do hope down the line you’ll revisit this series, I was so looking forward to reading the rest!

  41. Cara August 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    I am so sad to hear this.

    I have enjoyed this series length. It has allowed me to continue on a journey, with all the characters well learning more about each individuals story.

    I read a lot and one of my favorite things to do, is every couple of month I sit down and re go through all of the of my favorite artist websites look for new release date. Yours is one of my top 3 I go to first.

    Thank you for the 2 hour journey you have taken me with each of Blueberry Lane releases.

  42. Karen Gritzan September 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    nooooooooo…I was all in. I understand though. I love your unique heroes and will continue to read the other stuff you’re doing. Any chance we can get a BLS epilogue that wraps everything up? I know I’m greedy. ??

  43. Karen September 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    This absolutely breaks my heart (and yours as well I’m sure). I look forward to the Blueberry Lane series every spring. They are my fave books of yours. I hope maybe one day you’ll reconsider revisiting this world!!!

  44. Tina H September 23, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Oh so sad. I just tried to located the next book in the series & found you have discontinued it. Sad for me … glad if this is you right choice. It will be missed & I will just read the series again like I’ve done already. ?

  45. Anne September 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    I am really sorry to hear that you won’t finish the series. I have read them all and I was looking forward to the next book:(

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