why are readers so angry with authors?

dog-confused-huh-150x150Let me start by putting it out there–I’m confused?!?! Said confusion was incited by the many posts I came across in reference to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Readers/fans of this series are complaining about the fact that it’s been extended from 3 books to 5. WHY?!?! If you love a series, the writing, the characters–why are you flat-out angry that some of your most beloved heroes and heroines are having their lives extended by the author??? In many cases, like Raine Miller’s Blackstone series, Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno series, and Belle Aurora’s, Raw Family–the true fans were clamoring for more books; Reynard stated that was the whole reason he wrote the last book in the series–for the fans.

What about the Rizzoli & Isles books from Tess Gerritsen? James Patterson’s Alex Cross series? What if those were one and done? These writers have more story to tell so they do–because it’s what they do and what their readers want. Good plot-lines extending the sagas of the characters they love.

Yes, some series may have a natural end to them–it’s why my one of my most beloved tv shows, Sons of Anarchy, had its series finale last month (still haven’t recovered from that one…). But in the case of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, we’re talking 5 books–FIVE.

I have seen so many write ups about this series, in particular, being extended just for money, and/or in spite of it originally being slated to end after 3 books.

  1. Day is a professional writer (i.e. she writes to make money), books are the way she does that.
  2. Seriously, if you’re going to complain about an author doing the best she can to provide readers with a good book to read, maybe reading isn’t really your thing.
  3. Lastly, you don’t have to read the book! (Something tells me Day’s books aren’t on many ‘required reading’ lists. Solely due to subject/content matter, not because they aren’t awesome–which they are!)

There you have it. My first rant of 2015. I will now step off my soap-box. For authors out there, especially the independent ones–good luck to you all!

tara’s tips: My actual review of Captivated by You is forthcoming.

die again, by tess gerritsen

die again coverDie Again is the latest book in the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen. While I’ve never watched the tv show (which I know has been a success) I am a huge fan of the book series. This latest installment does not disappoint.

The book begins 6 years ago on safari in Botswana. It alternates between Africa and Boston–where Rizzoli & Isles are investigating the murder of a taxidermist. Often times, the flashback technique can be annoying, not so in this case. Gerritsen does a great job of giving you enough of the present day while at the same time making you hunger for more of the Africa back-story.

The twists and turns this book takes keeps you engaged and intrigued until the very end. Jane’s personal drama, which always has a twinge of humor, was ever-present with her family. And we got to see a little more of her FBI husband Gabriel. To top it off, the descriptions of Africa and the beautiful natural landscape had me doing some Google searches thinking…hmmm…maybe.

I read a lot of books–I’m targeting 70 in this year’s GoodReads Book Challenge–and I don’t always remember every detail of books that are series, even the ones I love. Gerritsen make reference to the case where Maura testified against and helped put a police officer in prison, her affair with priest Daniel Brophy (that I remember), and Maura’s mother comes back into the fold. These were all great story lines, it would just be nice if we could get a few more details as a refresher about stories that played out several books ago.

If you are a fan of the Rizzoli & Isles series, this book is a must read. It’s classic Gerritsen with the characters–although Maura is somewhat annoyingly broody, but Jane balances her out. And the story is different and interesting. Truth-be-told, I did learn more about taxidermy than I need to.

to read or not to read recommendation:
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tara’s tips: One of the blogs I follow and encourage others to also, is Baked Bree. Bree Hester has started a weekly newsletter devoted to the things she discovers and falls for. One was a book challenge by another blogger, the Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am signing on for it. For all the avid readers out there, I recommend it!