It has been brought to our attention that at least one reviewer wishes they had been warned about the ‘scolding’ at the end of the Flame Game.
Okay. We’ll bite, since it was brought to our attention that this seems to be the case.
Here is the letter to the reader. And since we’re here anyway, we’ll unpack this letter to the reader:
It boils down to “Please don’t ruin something good because you’re unhappy the female writes more than funny books.” While the female would absolutely love to continue writing the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series, she absolutely will stop publishing them should readers continue to leave nasty, mean-spirited reviews and commentary on the rest of the books.
The female writes them because they’re a fun cleanser between more serious fare. The more serious fare accounts for three-quarters of what she writes.
Because that’s what she likes writing.
She likes writing the Mag Rom Coms, too, but the “I’ve deducted stars because this wasn’t fluff or funny” reviews are the equivalent of shitting in the public pool.
The Mag Rom Com series is the exception and not the rule.
So, please let’s not shit in the public pool, shall we?
If it doesn’t say “Comedy” in the subtitle, chances are, the book is dark with some traces of humor in it, because humor in with the darkness makes the darkness bearable.
So, yeah. The female is sticking to her guns on this one.
If you’re offended by this letter to the reader, we’re almost even sorry for it. Almost.
(But really, the female absolutely does mean what she says here.)
Please be kind. The female is not a one-trick pony. If you only want humor, stick with the Mag Rom Com series and the Bernadette Franklin novels. Those are the only humor books the female writes.
We love and appreciate everyone who buys ‘every book to support the female’s writing!’ We really do. But please, if you don’t enjoy dark books, you absolutely do not need to. We would be happier if you bought books you actually want to read.
That’s on the female for writing books you don’t want to read. This is also why the female works different advertising campaigns trying to engage with certain types of readers for certain types of books. (Yes, that IS why some of you, who use Facebook, haven’t seen ads for some of my books! They’re set by interest, and chances are, your interests haven’t aligned with the book being promoted. We don’t want to advertise to people who won’t enjoy the book.)
The rest of the female’s books have accidental humor, inherent snark, and moments of brightness in the darkness, but they all pursue serious subject matter.
Remember: fluff really does mean without substance or value, and if you think the female’s books are fluff… you have not been paying attention to what you are reading.
So, to the reader who was offended this letter to the reader exists,
You are entitled to your opinion. The female should also be able to make a statement, in a place readers will actually read, that addresses a growing problem.
In her private messages, constantly.
Also, since we’re here, please stop messaging the female with your complaints that she didn’t write the exact book you wanted to read. It’s really stressful trying to find a polite way to say “Please go away, I don’t have the energy to deal with this right now.”
Hint: the female does not have the energy or life in her to deal with this right now.
So, here is the letter that is in the back of The Flame Game.
In 2016, Bailey tumbled to life as a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project, written because a close friend (Diana Pharaoh Francis, and she writes some of my favorite books!) was having a hard time in her life and needed some laughter. So, while I wrote Playing with Fire, I shared it with her, hiccups and all.
She laughed. So did I.
The Flame Game is the last Bailey & Quinn novel, although they will show up here and there as side characters in other stories set in this world. They may also make short appearances in future Magical Romantic Comedy anthologies of short stories and novels.
All things must come to an end, and I hope you enjoyed their books. No, no matter how much you beg and plead, there won’t be a fourth Bailey & Quinn novel. I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not sorry for making that decision.
They have the happily ever after they deserve.
But since I’m here, I’d like to answer a question about the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series.
This ‘series’ won’t last forever. While I enjoy writing them, I am tired of being typecast against a series that represents approximately a quarter of what I actually write.
I’m tired of people leaving nasty, low-star reviews because my other books “aren’t Magical Romantic Comedies (with a body count.)” Or that “This isn’t funny!” Or that “I was here for fluff!”
Please stop it.
If you think the Mag Rom Coms are fluff, you haven’t been paying attention to what you’re reading.
Fluff means ‘lacking in value or substance.’ If you are missing the substance of these books, you are not paying attention. It’s there. It’s dressed up in humor to make you laugh and enjoy yourself, but there is substance.
Something being funny does not mean it lacks substance.
Leaving unhappy reviews because the majority of my books aren’t Mag Rom Coms accomplishes one thing and only one thing: It makes me want to cease writing Mag Rom Coms.
There comes a point where the only person who isn’t laughing is me, the author. I want to write exciting, fun, adventurous, and somewhat dark books. I also want to write exciting, fun, adventurous, and somewhat hilarious books.
It’s okay to like only one series.
It’s not okay to sabotage other series because you want more of something else.
So please. Stop doing that. All you’re doing is sabotaging the series you like.
I want to keep writing Mag Rom Coms as cleansers between my darker and more serious fare, so please respect that I’m not a one-trick pony.
I enjoy writing (and reading) a variety of books, and the Mag Rom Com series is only one facet of what I like to write.
I’m not going to quit writing the other series because people are leaving unhappy reviews the books ‘aren’t Mag Rom Coms’ or ‘they aren’t funny like the Mag Rom Coms!’
I will quit writing the Mag Rom Coms first, so please keep that in mind when you want to vent in reviews my other books aren’t just like them.
Next year, there are only two Mag Rom Coms scheduled. I want to get caught up on other series, and I need a break from trying to be funny all the time. Sorry.
Writing comedy is hard. Please do me a solid and don’t make it harder, as I really do want to keep writing it.
Stay safe, stay well, and happy reading.
If you like darker books with some hints of humor, you can try Outfoxed (The Fox Witch Book 1), Booked for Murder (Vigilante Magical Librarians Book 1), or the Witch & Wolf Series. (Get the completed series set, as that will save you money.)
I also write as Susan Copperfield, and those books are darker while still having some humor.
Just don’t expect them to be Mag Rom Coms, because they aren’t.
~ End Letter ~