Last Tuesday I asked you if you would take a moment to let me know which of the three series I’ve done in the recent past you would most like to see continued.
Quite honestly I expected just a few responses. You’re busy. I understand. You can’t always follow my blog or stop by my website. But instead of a few responses, I got many. Here, on my Facebook Page, and in private email. You are quite simply the best, wonderful readers every one.
If I’d had to predict which series would get the most votes, I would have guessed the Shenandoah Album series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these novels, at this point there are five. Each one features quilts in some way–although not all the interconnected characters are quilters–and all have a related story from the past as part of the longer contemporary story. They take place in Toms Brook, Virginia, a real town in the lovely Shenandoah Valley.
Since my publisher asked me to move on to other characters I’ve received so many emails asking for more Shenandoah Album novels. So I am not surprised that by a vote of nearly two to one, you chose this series as the one they would most like me to continue.
I was surprised by your second choice. My Ministry is Murder Mysteries got slightly more votes than my Goddesses Anonymous series. Although let’s face it, I created my own method for weighting your answers, and while Shenandoah Album would be an obvious winner by any method, the second two series were very close. Still, I honestly had no idea how many of you read and loved my mysteries. I’ve said here before that writing them was an absolute pleasure and I’d like to write more. So now I have a bigger incentive. Thank you for letting me know!
I was also surprised at how many of you have never read any of the Goddesses series. I think in many ways these are the most like my Shenandoah novels, a close group of diverse women dealing with important issues and deepening friendship as they do. So with book four, The Color of Light, coming out in early August, I hope you’ll give these books a try while they’re still in print. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Finally, even though I didn’t include it, so many of you wrote in the Happiness Key series. See, here’s the thing. . . Happiness Key, well, ended with a bang! No spoilers here, but it seemed to me that the women’s lives had changed so drastically from events in the third book that the series ending was clear.
Not so apparently. And I have always had this niggling feeling that I need to send the neighbors to Australia to check up on Dana. . . So who knows?
What I do know for sure? Each and every one of you who took the time to email or comment is a gem, and you are much appreciated. I have wonderful readers, something I knew already.
Oh, and by the way? I do have a Shenandoah Album project in the works. It’s well underway. It’s not the next full-length novel, but something a little different that I know you’ll enjoy. Can’t say when it will be completed. That depends on the book I’m writing for my publisher. But I really do take your desire for more in that series seriously and always have. I am listening.