Hey, folks. (I swear, one day the cats will get off their lazy rumps and do some work around this place, but in the meantime, you get a very tired me.)
It has come to my attention that my birthday falls on a Tuesday next year. This means the mythical double release rule is invoked. Doggone Mess had already been selected as next year’s birthday book… but as it’s on a Tuesday, you’re also getting The Vampire of Montana: an Agents of the Royal States Novel.
Now with the good news out of the way, I’m going to dive into the news destined to sadden some people. Yes, the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series will be coming to a close. I’ve already selected the last title in the series, which will conclude the primary arc that’s been showing up time and time again throughout the books. (Hint: deals with the End of Days and certain characters surrounding those events.)
The lead character will be Kanika from Whatever for Hire, and the final book will be entitled Heir of Hell.
In good news, I have a bunch of loose threads that need to be closed first, so I will be addressing that. Some books I had initially planned simply won’t get written, which is a pity, but they don’t really fit well in the puzzle that is the series, and while they’d be fun to write… every book in the series does serve a purpose in the series. (Go ahead and disagree with me… but considering I’m the one writing it… I might actually know what I’m talking about this time.)
In no particular order, here are the titles of the books you can expect in the main Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series. (Note: Doggone Mess and 101 Ways to Die will release in that order. Everything after, excluding Heir of Hell, is up for negotiation depending on how I feel about certain plot threads.)
Doggone Mess (Joyce and Wayne, extended version (a LOT extended) from Dirty Deeds 1. Recommended reading: Hoofin’ It.)
101 Ways to Die (Dirty Deeds 2, will be individually released after the exclusivity period for the title is over. There will be a follow up story with these two characters, but it’s a side story I’ll either plunk into the main release or I will put into a forthcoming anthology.) No recommended reading required, but Bailey and Sam are notable secondary characters in this story.
Cobra Chicken (Recommended reading: Plaidypus.)
Whiskers on Kittens
On Point (The Celestial Unicorn Novel; Bailey and Sam trilogy recommended reading)
Heir of Hell (Entire series is recommended reading for this one.)
Continuations to be released in forthcoming anthology: Serial Killer Princess 2, Leashed I Could Do. The anthology will release prior to Heir of Hell. There is a possibility of two themed anthologies, but I’m chewing on if I have enough short story and novella material.
I have some room for wiggling in an extra book or two, and I might depending on how much closure points I accomplish within each title. Every book serves a purpose in these final titles, although I am giving myself a little wiggle room to add a book or two along the way.
In addition to this, I will be concluding the Magically Hellish trilogy (Client from Hell) and the Otter series, which is a spinoff regarding the lab animal arcs focused on in Catnapped and the Magically Hellish trilogy. I am expecting 5 or 6 total titles in the Otter series, and it will be a traditional series following one lead character (and her love interest) throughout the series. It just didn’t fit in well with the main series.
And that will be it and that will be all.
So, with the bad news out of the way, the good news is this: I WILL be doing a new paranormal/urban fantasy romantic comedy series, because the truth is, I write these for me to read, and life is boring without comedy for me. But, it will be a new pen name and a whole new world, and there will be no appearances from old friends from the Mag Rom Com world books.
I’m beginning the preliminary brainstorming process on the series, but my current favored concept is a precinct of magical single cops who, one by one, fall to romance on a hilarious ride none of them expect. Sometimes the cop will be the lead, sometimes the cop won’t be the lead. There shall be dragons, unicorns, sentient talking cats, regular cats, smol angry songbirds, also sentient, and a kitchen sink cast. Bonus: angels, but with heads this time! I haven’t picked the city for it, but I might also create a brand new city I plunk somewhere in the United States at my whim. I’m undecided at this point in time.
Sadly, while I will use an alternate Earth for the setting, let’s just say the cast of any divine-type beings will not be based on anything we have and know; it’ll all be new with an entirely new magic system.
But regarding the Magical Romantic Comedy series, all things must come to an end, and in reality, I’m close to finishing what I started in Playing with Fire. (Albeit Bailey did get a mind of her own resulting in her own trilogy, where my original plan had been to have them be side characters while others dealt with the consequence shenanigan. We all saw how well that worked out.)
So, that’ll be all she wrote. Yes, there were some books with titles I bought covers for that won’t be used. For reasons. Some might be turned into novellas and short stories to be put into anthologies, but some won’t.
The series was always intended to end, but I’ve finally gotten to the point where I, as a creator, can definitively point out where that end is.
Thanks for the ride, folks–and I hope you’ll enjoy the next adventure once this rodeo hits curtains closed. But I’ll leave you with this: it’s not ending because of unhappiness or any of that. This is where it was always meant to go, and it is the natural conclusion to a very, very long journey.
Could I write fifty or sixty of these for the hell of it and fun? Sure, I could… but the instant I brought in the headless angels, the incubi, the succubi, and one hell of a hero, and Him, all seeds planted in book one, Heir of Hell was the intended conclusion to all of the chaos these beings brought to the world.
And yes, Kanika is truly the best choice of character for the finale.
There’s one last adventure before she gets the happily ever after her and her family deserves…