Guest Blog & Giveaway: Yolanda Sfetsos on When It’s Over & win A Stitch On Time

October 12, 2014 Giveaways, Guests 16

A big welcome to Yolanda Sfetsos who is here to telling us about When It’s Over and celebrating the release of A Stitch On Time, Sierra Fox #5 (published on October 14, 2014 by Samhain). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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When It’s Over

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Yolanda Sfetsos

Hi there! Firstly, I want to thank All Things Urban Fantasy for helping me celebrate the release of this book. As well as for giving me the opportunity to stop by to talk about the other books in this series too.

The fifth book in my UF Sierra Fox series will be released in a few days and I’m a little more nervous than usual. I’m also very excited, but sad. It’s going to be a bittersweet experience. While it’s awesome that the full series is now available for the world to read, I’m also sad because it’s Sierra’s final instalment.

It’s hard to let go of a character you’ve shared so much headspace with. And Sierra has been with me for a while.

Although the first book was published in 2012, Sierra’s world and characters have been with me for a lot longer. I wrote the very first draft of this story back in 2005. Back then it had a different series name, which I later changed because someone else used the word finder in relation to ghosts. Even after I finished the revision process the first time around, I still wasn’t happy with the overall story. It was one of those stories that looked/sounded so much better in my head than it did on paper.

So, I ended up putting it aside. I concentrated on other novels and novellas, but this was a book that wouldn’t leave me alone. It was always in the back of my mind, trying to get back in line—whispering for me to make it better, stronger, to actually finish it. By that stage I already knew it was going to be a series, so I continued to scribble notes.

I did eventually get back to it, but kept revising. I didn’t know when to stop. It wasn’t until I decided I couldn’t keep going around in circles that I polished and submitted it to an agent. She ultimately rejected the book but sent me some very valuable suggestions about what worked and what didn’t work. I ended up re-writing the second half of the book and liked it a lot better.

This time, I followed through and revised several times before deciding it was done. Then I finally submitted the new and improved version. And that’s when my editor at Samhain Publishing contracted A PATCH OF DARKNESS (which you can actually pick up for free during the month of October) and my real Sierra adventure began.

I put a lot of work into these characters and series, so to have all the books published in both eBook and print formats is amazing. An accomplishment I’m very proud of. An experience I wouldn’t have succeeded in without Samhain Publishing and the two editors who worked on this series with me—waves to Holly and Sue-Ellen.

There’s only one problem. Now that Sierra’s tale has been told, I’m reluctant to let go of her world. I love spending time in her chaotic alternate Sydney, so saying goodbye is hard. Not only because I don’t want to let her go, but because a lot of things happen in this book—things that will change Sierra’s life forever. Yeah, I shed a few tears.

It’s been a wild ride and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanks for reading,
Yolanda

 Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.
Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.

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1 copy of Sierra Fox ebook of the winner’s choice

 A Stitch On Time by Yolanda Sfetsos

  

Available on October 14, 2014 by Samhain

Description:

Sierra Fox has finally inherited her grandmother’s power to destroy demons, but what good is it when her werewolf boyfriend still lies in a coma? Worse, the decision she’s about to make could save him—but ruin their relationship.

If that’s not enough bad stuff on her plate, she’s got a soul to save—the soul of her closest friend, killed by the Lamia that got away.

Another untasty side dish: The Obscurus refuse to give up their relentless pursuit, and they’ve upped the ante. Mace is dead set on blowing up the Spook Catcher Council Tower, and the blowback will have devastating effects on Sydney and for Sierra. At least these demon-obsessed freaks aren’t counting on Sierra having a Goddess and a trusty demonic conduit as backup.

All of this leads to a one-way ride into the abandoned part of town, where the Obscurus plan to summon Legion. With her demon hunter friend by her side, Sierra prepares for the final battle…because even she knows this will be The End.

Warning: Phantasms, wraiths, orbs, demons, all guaranteed to ruin any spook catcher’s day. But you can always count on werewolves, land spirits, and a Goddess. Beware of explosions, demonic obsessions, and the battle that will tip the scales and change Sydney forever.

A STITCH ON TIME is now available for pre-order from Samhain Publishing.

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16 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Yolanda Sfetsos on When It’s Over & win A Stitch On Time”

  1. erinf1

    Congrats to Yolanda on her series! This looks and sounds awesome! I’m excited to get started, as I just got book 1. Ummm… I think that the most recent series “ending” that was very bittersweet for me was the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. While I hate to let favorite characters go, I do appreciate it when an author knows when the stories are done. Nothing’s more disappointing to find a series that I used to love and b/c the stories are so water downed and repetitive, I can’t read them any more. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yolanda

      Erin, thank you! I hope you enjoy Sierra’s book. And I totally agree with you about a series. Sometimes, as much as you love the characters and world, you just have to walk away. 🙂

  2. Tamlyn

    I like series endings. I dislike series that seem to keep going on and on. But I also like when authors write more series set afterwards, so…

  3. Mary Preston

    The one thing I like best about series is when they are all out & I can read back to back. Nothing better.

  4. JenM

    Best wishes on the new release. Even though the main series is ending, there’s such a large market for e-book novellas these days, you can always revisit it that way if you still have more stories to tell. Most recently, the series that I hated to see come to an end was the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett, but I have hopes that she might write a novella featuring one of the younger characters at a later date.

    • Yolanda

      Thanks Jen! And that’s very true. I do plan to write a few spin-off novels featuring other characters. And I agree about Arcadia Bell. I don’t want it to end so badly that I’ve been putting off reading the last book. It’s sitting on my bookshelf calling my name, though. 😉

  5. Janie McGaugh

    Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series has been hard to let go. It had a very satisfactory conclusion, but I really love the characters and will miss them. Hopefully, we’ll see them, again, in other stories.

    • Yolanda

      Janie, thanks for reminding me that I have to get back into the Night Huntress series. I fell behind but have all the books on my TBR pile. LOL.

  6. Sheila Ryals

    I really do not know! There was a series I can not freaking remember the name of. It was by Kate Elliott I think! The book series was a bit long I loved it at first by the time it got to the last book I was just happy for it to be over! Even though I hated the ending! I hate books that just drag things out and lose their way with the story. I like if they at least end and have a chance maybe later to revisit the story later, Just not drag it out!

  7. Angela G.

    The longer the series, the more I get to know the characters and the harder it is to have it end.