Dear Author wrote an excellent topic about connected books. I’m not rehashing it here but only re-emphasizing my annoyance for them because the following series are by authors who have original stories that were fun and entertaining but lack closure for me:
Dana Stabenow’s series featuring Liam Campbell, a state trooper in Alaska who has a fear of flying and who had fell in love with a bush pilot named Wy is still on hiatus. This series was refreshing and funny and I loved the Alaska setting. The last book, Better to Rest, was published in 2002. It’s been four years and still no pub date for the next book. I’ve emailed Ms. Stabenow several times in the past, asking her for the status of this series and she’s been saying that the series was in negotiations. I’ve since given up any hope of seeing another Liam Campbell book. However, I see her Kate Shugak series is still going strong.
The Magdalene la Batarde series by Roberta Gellis is yet another wonderful medieval series that I enjoyed very much that failed to establish a strong audience. Let’s see, you had political intrigue enriched by a wonderful, carefully researched, medieval setting along with a subtle romance. Ms. Gellis’s series had a gap in between books because her publisher put the series on hiatus due to low sales. Thus, Ms. Gellis ended up going to an outside publisher to get the fourth book published for her fans because she left things somewhat, unresolved. I appreciate the author writing the fourth book despite knowing that she probably would have to publish it herself if it came down to it for her fans. The status of the series is still up in the air.
Thus, publishing is a business and as a reader, I’ve been reminded of that fact time and time again. I could list more series that got the axe due to lack of readership and/or sales but I won’t bother. I mean, it still rankles that Joan Wolf’s medieval mysteries was dropped after two books. I own them both and they are in my TBR stack. What is the point in reading them now? Alas, I will read them. One day. Anyway, these days, I usually try to steer clear of series books unless it’s already an established series. It just seems best to stick to stand-alone novels these days. At least in those novels, you have closure.