The time it was the end of a trilogy {5}

Posted June 16, 2014 by Stacee in Giveaways, Interviews | 27 Comments

There are so many trilogies ending this year!  I know how it feels as a reader to have the excitement of finding out what the final outcome to the story will be while simultaneously weeping inside because it’s over. I thought it would be fun to see how authors think and feel about ending their trilogies.  So, I’ve contacted some writers about doing guest posts to talk about the other side of it.

Today’s guest is Elizabeth Richards! But, before we get to her post, let’s check out the last book in her Black City trilogy!

12568641Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.

Sounds good, right?  And now let’s welcome Elizabeth to the blog!!


The impossibility of letting go

On June 12 the last book in my paranormal-dystopian series, WINGS (A Black City Novel), was unleashed into the world and I have to confess, it was a bittersweet feeling. Although I knew this day was coming and I’d been bracing for it for a few months, like a mama sending her kids off to university I simply wasn’t ready to let it go.

ANiTv“Noooooooooooo! Don’t leave, don’t leave, don’t leave.”

I first came up with the idea for BLACK CITY back in the summer of ’09 and I distinctly remember how it came about. It was a typical British summer evening (so rain, rain and more rain!) and my hubs and I were cuddled on the sofa watching the movie Charlie Bartlett—this quirky story about a kid who deals drugs in the school restroom—and as always my mind started to wander. I wondered what it would be like if that boy happened to be a vampire and rather than traditional drugs, he was selling his venom (yeah, my mind pretty much ALWAYS goes to vampires when I start daydreaming), and the character of Ash immediately popped into my head. And boy, I was in insta-love. I became enthralled with the idea of this drug-dealing, supernatural boy who gets a heartbeat when he meets his true love and as soon as the movie finished, I grabbed my laptop and wrote a scene between Ash and his best-friend Beetle. Over that summer period, I feverishly wrote the first draft, not knowing then how important this world and these characters would become to me, but knowing I just had to tell Ash’s story.

But now, exactly five years later, I’m about to say goodbye to him. To the boy who ignited my passion for writing YA fiction. The boy who gave me a career and helped fulfill my dream of becoming a published author. I owe him everything and I’m heart-saddened that we’re about to say goodbye.

However, with every ending is a new beginning and I’m excited about the possibilities ahead of me. I’m currently working on a new novel and I’m giddy with the rush of new love—it’s passionate and thrilling and unexpected. I don’t yet know these characters or where their journey is going to take me, and it’s both a frightening and wonderful sensation. I feel like a teenager with her first crush all over again.

But Ash will always be my first book-love. He will always hold this special place in my heart. And knowing that makes it easier to say goodbye, because even though his story is finished, I’m never really letting go.


7680565_origElizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing video games before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.


Huge thanks to Elizabeth for always dealing with my fangirling taking the time and giving me Ash. {I have proof}  Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Now.  Haven’t had a chance to pick up Wings or start the series at all? Well, I’ve got something for you.  I’m giving away one copy of any of Elizabeth’s books from the Black City series.  Books will be coming from The Book Depository, so the contest in international.  Additional giveaway rules are here.

**Good Luck!!**

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27 responses to “The time it was the end of a trilogy {5}

  1. I’ve always been a sucker for vampires (see what I did there? heeh xD). Gimme books and movies with vampires and I’ll be the happiest person on earth ^_^

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I’ve been wishing to read this series for a while now :)

    XX Ner

  2. both.
    If Vampire is like Adrian in The Forever Girl and shapeshifter is like Jacob in Twilight and like Charles in The Forever Girl.

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