I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support and love I get here on the LJ. You folks really inspire me to continue. However, having spent some time cruising on line reviews of Shadows Return and White Road, I know I am doing the right thing, ending the series. No, I'm not wallowing in self pity, I'm just being realistic. I always said when the series started to go down hill I would end it, and it seems many think it has, including some people who really surprised me, and whose opinion I respect.
I hope Casket and Shards change a few minds; one constant complaint as been that they aren't spending enough time in Rhiminee. That's the setting for Casket.
But all the same, I fear that Nightrunner is turning into an aging, overly made up actress who needs to leave the stage. It's very sad to think that my considerable efforts with the last two books have hurt people's opinion of the series overall. Over and over again I've read how the first three books were great (ironic, since Traitor got a lousy initial response), but I've lost my touch with the new ones. It hurts, of course, but perhaps it's a wake up call. Although I've already woken up, with the decision to end the series. But I need some energy and guts to embark on one more. I'll continue to warm my soul here.