I've held on to book 5 in the series for a while, because it ends in a major cliffhanger and I knew you'd hate me if I published it and left you hanging. After reading both titles, my wife is in complete agreement with me. She said Hank fans would kill me if I did that. (Not literally, of course. We speak in metaphors around here!) So hopefully, I made the right decision.
This plan complicated things a little, because it held up my publishing schedule and has proven to be somewhat distracting trying to prep both books at the same time. Unfortunately, that's par for the course this year. Lately, it seems like the harder I work and the more I aspire to accomplish, the less I actually achieve. In 2016, I shelved two novels I didn't like. That means I'm a book behind in two of my series, and I've published fewer books than in previous years. Any hopes I had of catching up in 2017 are slipping like smoke through my fingers. It's almost March, and although I've done some writing, it only amounts to a few chapters in several different books. Not promising.
On the bright side, I'm finally going to publish Hank 5 and 6, and I'm very excited about that. I must admit, it's a little bittersweet. The Hank series is one that has always been relatively effortless for me. I've enjoyed exploring Hank's world and watching his adventures, almost the way a reader might. For me, writing these books has been entertaining, and seeing how the series concluded has provided a unique sort of fulfillment. To be honest, I'm rather proud of the way things turned out. I think the ending should be satisfying for Hank lovers and maybe a little surprising, too. I can't wait to see the reaction.
It's a little sad at the same time, finally ending a series I've been writing for so long. I've been publishing about one book per year since 2011, and that's a long time to spend with a character. Maybe one of these days, if I feel there's enough demand, I'll give Hank another adventure. But for now, this is the end.
Without further ado, here are the covers:
That's it for now. I hope you like the covers and I really, really hope you like the books. We'll see in a week or two! Stay tuned.