Ending a Series is Torture… Tortured Soul, the Medici Protectorate Finale

Ciao, everybody. I wanted to chat a bit about the end of a series.

Next week, the final installment of the Medici Protectorate series, Tortured Soul, releases. This is my second completed series. Ending my first one didn’t bother me too much. I had planned to expand the series away from the Keller family (I consider those first three books the Keller Trilogy, despite the official name being the Cathedral Lake series) and into the lives of established secondary characters. Because of the planned expansion (which I haven’t started but am still considering), I didn’t feel like it was really an ending.

Tortured Soul is different. I’m done in that world. Well, kind of done. There is a spinoff (the Nightforce Security series, written under the pen name Keira Beck) that follows secondary character Danny Caruso, but the world is different. True, I get to revisit some of my beloved Medici characters, but not all of them, not all the time, and not in the same way I originally wrote about them.

So, why am I telling you all this?

Well, I’d love a little help, if you don’t mind.

  1. HideawayMy new pen name, Keira Beck, is newly established, so it is (I am?) in need of attention. If you’re so inclined, please check out my new identity and hit those follow buttons, maybe interact a little?
  2. If you’ve read Password, then you’re familiar with the Nightforce Security series. Password was renamed Hideaway and rereleased (with a stunning cover) by Keira Beck. If you already wrote a review for Password, could I trouble you to write (or rewrite) a review for Hideaway? You can do so by clicking this link.
  3. One Ugly MugIf you’d like a taste of the Nightforce Security guys before committing to the series, there’s a great promo going on at BookFunnel, where you can get an introductory story called One Ugly Mug. It’s free, and it’s not available anywhere else. You can find it by clicking this link.
  4. This one is the most time-sensitive. I’m looking for assistance in spreading the word about Tortured Soul. August 28 is only a week away, and I’m way behind in securing guest spots on blogs. While I certainly don’t expect anyone to have an opening available on release day (that’s how terribly late I am), I’d be very grateful for a spot whenever you have one available. If you host writers on your blog and accept steamy romances with supernatural elements and a thriller component, please leave me a comment stating so. I’ve only just begun assembling my promo materials, so I can custom tailor my information to suit your needs.

As you can see, I’ve been busy. I keep teasing a post talking about all I have going on, and I haven’t had time to write it. But this post gives a brief indication as to what’s happening. I’ve been writing under different pen names for various imprints, and I’m about to have numerous and frequent releases. More about that later.

Medici Protectorate Series Covers

Tortured SoulNow, I’d like to end by talking about Tortured Soul. The Medici Protectorate series means a lot to me. It all began because of my heritage, as told to me by my grandfather when I was young. The plot took on a life of its own and it in no way resembles my actual lineage, but every time I think about this world, I think about my grandfather. So, obviously, this saga is dear to my heart and I’m sorry to be finishing it.

You’ll be hearing a lot about the Protectorate in the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy meeting these characters and exploring their world as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it all to life.

Until then, wishing you all a wonderful week!

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  1. Staci, I’m looking forward to Protectorate. It’s no wonder you miss those characters, having your grandfather’s history-telling as inspiration. What an amazing gift he must have been.
    Good luck with the double identity.
    I sent one of my first (seriously written) short stories to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s magazine.Even though the story was rejected, I was stunned and honored to get a personal reply from her — particularly since she was nearly blind at the time and read little. However, she set about ripping me to shreds for using a pen name. I haven’t used one since. LOL.
    Wishing you huge success. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. The Brothers were a true labor of love. I really learned a lot as I wrote that series, and while I’ll always love the first because the concept stemmed from my grandfather and the second because Vinnie is my favorite Brother, I can honestly say the third and fourth have stronger writing. I’d love to know what you think once you’ve read them.

      How cool to have received a personal response! I hope you treasured it. (And I’m sure you did.) I really didn’t think I’d ever use a pen name, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at a company so committed to elevating authors and cultivating their passions. If a couple pen names are the cost, I’m willing to pay it. At least for now. 🙂

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    1. It is hard, saying goodbye. Pretty sure that’s why I started the Nightforce Security series. Those are fun to write, but I always get a delicious tickle when I can bring the Brothers back.

      Thanks for offering to host. I’m actually working on the posts today. I’ll be in touch.

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  2. I like your new pen name and added the social media! I can host any days but Sundays. I’m wide open. I still have to get reading on the rest of the series!

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    1. Thank, Craig. We’d already talked about a Lisa interview. I didn’t expect something else in addition to that. But if you’re game, I’ll write something else, too. Let me finish the Lisa questionnaire, then we can talk about it, if that’s all right?

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  3. You know I’m happy to help. Love the Tortured Soul cover and look forward to reading the story. Mind if I ask what your reasoning is for the pen-name? Seems like a make-work project building up followers under new name, especially if people know it’s you. Curious minds want to know 🙂

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    1. I’ll eventually get around to the post that explains it all, but long story short, my “real job” is writing for a publishing company. They create our pen names to fit the tone of their imprints. I’m writing for three of their imprints and have two pen names right now. I was planning on releasing Nightforce Security as me, but they made me a great offer to publish under their romance imprint (Eros, part of the Sterling & Stone publishing house). Since they’re doing all the art and marketing and all the other stuff that takes too much of my time (and always leads to frustrations), I jumped at the chance. I realize maintaining multiple identities is a nightmare, especially when there’s overlap in the genres, but I had to do it. It made the most sense for me and where I’m at in my career right now.

      Thanks so much for agreeing to help and for the kind words about the Tortured Soul cover. My publisher recently redid the covers for the whole series, and I’m really pleased with the look. I’ll message you about promo.

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      1. That makes sense. I know some people have great success with pen names, J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts for one.
        I have to admit, I’d cringe at rebuilding a different name, though. It’s tough enough getting this one known, lol

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  4. Of course I want to host you for the release of Tortured Soul. I’m sad to see this series end too. I’m going to miss the guys (and gals)…especially the guys 😉

    You know where to find me. If I have something by the weekend I can host on release day if you’d like.

    Another congrats on the release of Hideaway and your Kiera Beck announcement. I just downloaded my copy of One Ugly Mug 🙂

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      1. I hope so. Let me know what you think once you’re done. Many people will come to this after reading Hideaway, but it’s actually a prequel to the Medici Protectorate series, well before the Nightforce Security series starts.

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