Guest Blog & Giveaway: Karina Cooper on Saying Good-Bye & win One for the Wicked

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A big welcome to Karina Cooper who is here telling us about ending her Dark Mission paranormal romance series with One for the Wicked, Dark Mission #5 (published on April 30, 2013 by Avon). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.


Saying Good-Bye. Calling It a Wrap. Breaking Up the Band. The End.


Karina Cooper

Blood of the Wicked by Karina CooperBreaking up is hard to do.

Unless you’re me, in which case breaking up is just a matter of bringing closure to a story that has played out to the final end.

There are two kinds of breaking up when it comes to the end of the series. There’s the kind that ends abruptly—usually for reasons of contracts not getting renewed, sales not allowing for a calculated risk, or other issues usually wildly out of the control of the author. These are often sad, bitter if only because that series then becomes the “one that got away”, and don’t generally allow for a final conclusion to ease the transition.

Then, there’s the break-up that happens when the story is drawn to a natural conclusion.

Lure of the Wicked by Karina CooperI believe that all stories have a natural end. It’s the nature of storytelling. Certain things may go on and on, but even life has a natural conclusion, and stories that never stop tend to lose a certain amount of luster the more it goes on. You start to notice detail that maybe wouldn’t have bothered you before. You begin to wonder if you’ll ever get out of the setting built around the characters like a cage. How do you keep it fresh fifteen books in? Thirty?

At what point does the story change so much that it becomes an all new tale?

I was super fortunate in that I was able to bring the Dark Mission series to its natural conclusion. From the very beginning, when we got to see just how Seattle fell, all the way through eight books of treachery, deceit and perseverance, I told a story of conspiracies older than New Seattle, decisions made across the span of decades, and wrapped up so many stories into one (un)tidy conclusion that I feel content by the result.

All Things Wicked by Karina Cooper

I’m very curious to see if others feel the same.

I’m usually content by series endings, as long as it’s something that seems like the natural conclusion to choices made. When The Finder ended so terribly—as in, not very happily—I was so angry to think that the ratings were too low to keep the show going. But the way in which it was wrapped up made perfect sense.

Human Target? Same thing. I loved that show, but it ended on such a positive note—wrapped up everything together in such an organic way—that I couldn’t help but be content.

Mass Effect 3? It absolutely had some issues. However, with the release of the final DLCs for the game, I was made content by the extrapolation that filled in the terrible timeline gaps. Was it my ideal ending? No, not at all, and there’s still plot holes you could drive a truck through—thanks, dark matter red herrings—but I did feel satisfied. I could walk away from the trilogy knowing the story was complete.

Sacrifice The Wicked by Karina Cooper

I am very much looking forward to seeing how Ilona Andrews finished her Kate Daniels series, eventually. And how other ongoing series writer will finish their stories. I always hope for the best—but as long as I walk away feeling fulfilled, certain in the knowledge that each character acted in a way that made sense for them, I’m usually happy.

What are some of the series you’ve read or watched that ended well for you? Any that completely left your breathless—with anger or with satisfaction of a job well done?




 After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and writes across multiple genres with mad glee. Tarnished, first in The St. Croix Chronicles, was the recipient of the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Steampunk Novel of 2012.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an airship captain’s wife, and a steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, a menagerie, and a severe coffee habit.

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One copy of One for the Wicked by Karina Cooper


Available on April 30, 2013 by Avon


In this thrilling finale toKarina Cooper’s Dark Mission series,New Seattle’s witches will rise again . . .or fall forever.

Dr. Kayleigh Lauderdale possesses the only cure for what’s killing the city’s witches. Desperate to acquire it, the resistance sends their best agent, but Shawn Lowehas his own agenda and it doesn’t include saving anyone—least of all, the daughter of his sworn enemy. He has to ignore the blistering attraction he feels the instant they meet, because he can’t give in until he gets what he wants. He just never counted on wanting her . . .

Kayleigh can’t believe how out of control Shawn makes her feel. He lies to her with one breath and excites her beyond reason with the next. A reckless encounter could steal her heart, while the danger hovering over the city may prove too much for either of them to handle. When the world turns upside down, it will take everything Kayleigh and Shawn have to hold on . . . to life, to hope, to each other.

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31 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Karina Cooper on Saying Good-Bye & win One for the Wicked”

  1. Rebe

    I really liked how Gail Carriger ended the Parasol Protectorate series, especially since she started another series about the daughter from that series.

  2. Angela

    I’ve not read too many series that have actually ended. I can actually only think of a couple right now – The Edge series by Ilona Andrews and though I’d always be happy to read more from them, I was satisfied with where the series ended. And the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning – she kind of picked it up again after the initial five books, but in a different character’s POV/story. The original story was told and finished and I felt the ending was perfect for that series.

    I have read a few that probably should have ended – or should end soon – and I agree completely when you say “…and stories that never stop tend to lose a certain amount of luster the more it goes on. You start to notice detail that maybe wouldn’t have bothered you before. You begin to wonder if you’ll ever get out of the setting built around the characters like a cage. How do you keep it fresh fifteen books in? Thirty?” I’ve given up on several, and stopped reading them. Other series that are edging on 20-30 books long I won’t even bother starting.

    On the flip side of this coin, there are series that I can read forever (at least up to this point). I just can’t get enough and never want it to end. Of course, I know that if the authors didn’t have a strong overall arc to the story I’d probably not be as enamoured of them. So, for me, the important thing is ending the story when it needs to end. Not a certain number of books, or characters, or some-other-random-counter, but when the STORY the author has set out to tell is complete. That’s what I love.

    Wow. I’ve rambled a lot here… *blushes*

    Finally – I’ve been meaning to read this series FOREVER! I even own the first couple. I can’t believe the entire series is now going to be complete and out and I still haven’t started it. Good news is, I guess, that I can gobble them all up in one long read 😉

  3. erinf1

    The Abby Sinclair trilogy by Allison Pang didn’t end the best for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that trilogy but it ended…. not as I expected or hoped.

  4. Barrie

    Larissa Ione’s Demonica series ended well but some of the characters are seen in LoD so that’s cool!

  5. Jamie.M

    I did not like the ending for Vampire Academy Richelle Mead.

  6. Linda Townsend

    OMG… it’s hard to think of one… While I’ve enjoyed the True Blood books, I feel that they’ve lost that thrill… and I’m looking forward to reading the last one. Most of the series I’m following are still ongoing and I don’t want them to end! I’ve not actually read any of your books… but I have already purchased 2 and have them ready to read. (So… I’ve had your series on my TBR list for a while. It’d be awesome to win the last one… Thanks for the contest!

  7. Jasmyn

    Most of the series I’ve read recently are still going. I do like when a series doesn’t have a sequence of really really huge cliffhangers inbetween each book. A little bit of one to make you want to read the next is fine, but don’t end it in the middle of the fight scene!

  8. leannessf

    I really did not like how the Summer series by Jenny Han ended! Also, since the series abruptly stopped, I also felt like the Dreg City series by Kelly Meding could have been wrapped up better.


  9. Viki S.

    Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series ended on a good note though I was worried during ALPHA.

  10. Joy F

    Twilight series ended good. The Hunger Games ended good and bad for me.

  11. mlh1112

    I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Shanae

    All the series that I am reading have not ended yet. I hope they do end well when they do.

  13. Barbara Elness

    I thought Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series ended on a great note, and now we get sneak peeks of her and the rest of the gang in the new Dark Angel series.

  14. Victoria Zumbrum

    The Twilight series ended well but it left you wanting more. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. [email protected]

  15. Kai W.

    It would be the Harry Potter series for me. I love that last line in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” That is a great line to end the series.

  16. Karin Anderson

    I loved the way Kelley Armstrong ended the Women of the Otherworld series! She cleared up all the loose ends, while leaving it open for future stories.

  17. wanda f

    Most of the series I read are still ongoing and I am loving them.I loved the Strange Neighbors series and I like that there is a spin off series Flirting with Fangs .

  18. June M.

    Most of my favorite series are still ongoing. I do like when authors end a series but spin off onto another. Historical romance author Sabrina Jeffries does this a lot 🙂

  19. Janie McGaugh

    I agree with the other comments about the Harry Potter and the Women of the Otherworlds series being well tied up.

  20. Lily B

    I actually unfortunately have not yet finished a series. I was going to finish Blue Bloods but the last book I read left me disappointed enough not to finish the rest of them.

  21. Beth H.

    I loved the way The Vampire Empire trilogy by Clay and Susan Griffith ended with the beginning of a new journey, and yes, he got the girl!

  22. heather

    I like the way the Nice Girls series by Molly Harper ended.

  23. Eva Millien

    I am torn between liking an ongoing series and having one end. There are several ongoing series’ that I hope continue for a long while. But I have read several that ended with a natural conclusion that I loved. One was C L Wilson’s “Tarin Soul” 5 book series, Jean Johnson’s “Sons of Destiny” 8 book series, Keri Arthur’s “Riley Jensen” 9 book series, and plenty others. I Can’t wait to read the ending of your “Dark Mission” series, So far it has definitely been on my favorites list.

  24. Susan S.

    I liked how Rachel Vincent’s Shifters books ended.

  25. Josette Schaber

    I’ve seen these books around several times, but never picked them up. Liked the covers, but I have so many books on the TBR LOL However, I’m thinking they should be added after reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Karina Cooper

    Bwahaha, my not-so-subtle plan is working! I’m going to have SO MANY books in my TBR pile. 😀

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

  27. Natasha

    I liked how the Riley Jensen Guardian Series ended by Keri Arthur.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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