Today we’re kicking off a blog tour for the final book in Aimée Carter’s Goddess Test series, The Goddess Inheritance. Keep reading for a special post by Aimée with her thoughts on wrapping up her series and for a chance to win the Goddess Test book of our choice and for info on the grand prize giveaway!
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As a reader, finishing a series I love is always difficult. Saying goodbye to the characters one last time, watching them finish up their adventures and go off to enjoy their happy endings (well, usually; sometimes not so much) – it’s bittersweet at best, and sometimes the author might as well have ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it. Repeatedly. But the wonderful thing about being a reader is that I know if I miss them badly enough, I can always start reading the series again. They will always be inside those pages, and I can visit whenever I want.
As a writer, I thought finishing a series would be the same. If I missed Kate, Henry, James, and Ava, I could always go back and reread their stories (even though I never actually read my own books once they’re published). I could always write more books about them (even though the story’s wrapped up exactly the way I want it to be). I could always write short scenes or stories in their world (even though it would never be the same). No matter what, I could find a way to revisit them whenever I wanted (even though it would be like opening an old wound with a butter knife). To an extent, that’s true, I suppose. But in a lot of ways, because the creative process that connected me with those characters is over, I can never go home again. Not really. Not back to the way things were.
I’ve never been very good at goodbyes, which only makes it harder. I turned in the final edit of The Goddess Inheritance, the third and final book in the Goddess Test series, in October, and it still hasn’t set in that it’s over. Maybe when I see the full series on shelves, or maybe at a random moment I can’t anticipate. Either way, after spending five years of my life writing these characters and working on this series, I know that whenever that moment comes, it won’t be easy.
But, as the clichés go, while all good things must come to an end, with every end comes a new beginning (I’m pretty sure that’s written on a coffee mug somewhere). As a reader, that means moving on to another book, another series, a new set of characters and their adventures, and having the thrill of anticipating and excitement start all over again. As a writer, it means the same. Pawn, the first book in the Blackcoat Rebellion series, coming out November 2013, will be here fast enough that I’m hoping my brain will be too busy to notice that the Goddess Test series is over. The Blackcoat Rebellion series is action-packed, full of characters I adore, and full of choices and obstacles that make my heart race just thinking about how fun it’s going to be to write them. It’s exactly what I need to move on.
And in the meantime, as long as there are readers picking up The Goddess Test for the first time, I’ll know the story will always be beginning for someone, and that’s the best feeling of all.
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Giveaway Info: Want to discover the Goddess Test series for yourself? One lucky winner can choose the Goddess Test novel of their choice! To enter, leave a comment telling us which title you’d like to win: The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted or The Goddess Inheritance by 11:59pm on Feb. 7, 2013. A winner will be selected by random number draw and announced on February 8. Open to residents of the United States and Canada. Read the full giveaway rules here: click here.
Update: Our giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see if you won!
And we have even more great contest news — check out other stops on the rest of The Goddess Inheritance blog tour to enter to win the grand prize giveaway of a Kindle Paperwhite ereader!
- Wednesday, January 30th – Alison Can Read
- Friday, February 1st – Mundie Moms
- Monday, February 4th – Soul Unsung
- Wednesday, February 6th – Starry Eyed Revue
- Friday, February 8th – Two Chicks on Books
- Monday, February 11th – The Story Queen
- Tuesday, February 12th – Simply Infatuated
- Wednesday, February 13th – Me, My Shelf and I
- Friday, February 15th – IB Blogging