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Crossfire Series Discussion: Holding the Fort for Sylvia Day

Holding the Fort for Ms. Sylvia Day

I want to ensure that everyone knows I have never been part of Sylvia Day’s personal staff or even met her.  I look forward to meeting her on June 28th in Kissimmee, FL.  I am also not part of Berkley Publishing or any of its subsidiaries.

There have been many posts on Amazon and Goodreads about the third book in the Crossfire Series, Entwined with You, that were negative and plain nasty and I couldn’t let Ms. Day continue feeling like she is holding the fort on her own.  I had to weigh in and give her my heartfelt support.

Much has been said and posted that readers have felt that Entwined with You was a “money grab” by Ms. Day and that the book is “more filler” than Gideon and Eva’s story.  I would like the opportunity to disagree with both statements.

Many of you may not know this, but when Ms. Day originally started writing this series, it was intended as a quintet or in other words a 5 book series.  However, the book publisher decided they only wanted to sign up for a 3 book deal.  I understand the logistics of not wanting to tie down an author or publisher for an undetermined length of time, but unfortunately as this series has shown there was a definite need for 5 books.  I would have been sorry to say goodbye to Eva and Gideon after Entwined with You, but thankfully that is not the case.  Not to mention I still have questions about many of the threads that are continuing to ravel and unravel if this had been their final chapter.

In regards to the story being “filler”, I disagree with this vehemently.  The story continues to unfold and the people that are in Eva’s life are being highlighted.  Some of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments were between Eva, Mark and Steven.  In other words, if Eva cares for them, we are learning to love and support them as well.  This is a great way to not only tell a story but to draw in readers like me into the world wholeheartedly. 

Part of the problem that we are seeing played out here, I believe, is the transition period between people that only get their news via traditional means: e.g. newspapers, TV, and magazines and people who get 99% of their news via social media: e.g. Twitter, Facebook, video chats, etc.

I am quite happy to be in the camp that relies on social media in part because of its immediacy.  For example, when I saw Ms. Day post she was going to be interviewed via Google Hangouts one evening, my immediate response was — I will check that out.  So I was aware prior to the release of Entwined with You that this was not the final chapter.  Some of this could have been better managed I believe by the publishing side, but as always — hindsight is 20/20.

But what happens if tomorrow or the day after, a lost book from Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte was found and it was another book in one of their previous stories?  Would you decide that just because you read the original you would refuse to read another part of the story?  I, however, would be thrilled and delighted to read more about Emma’s life, another story in the Lord of the Rings series, an additional sonnet or two from William or a side story for Jane Eyre.  You would see me heading to my local bookstore or downloading it as quickly as I could to read the new story.  I believe that we should give the same respect and appreciation to authors today.

If you are in the camp that didn’t like or enjoy Entwined with You, that is fine and you are entitled to say that in whatever format you want.  But please don’t proceed to smear the author’s name and reputation with nastiness.  The old adage is true, if you can’t say something good don’t say it at all.

This has been written in part because of the gracious way that Ms. Day has handled herself throughout this entire process, as a great example of class and womanhood.  There have been times in my life were I have been faced with struggle and counted on my family as my only lifeline and support through the struggle, but longed for some from the outside forces to say “That is enough!”  I want to be that voice here. 

Ms. Day, please know that there are many of your loyal readers out here looking with great anticipation for the next book to be released and I am quite happy to be in their number.  We have your back!

Just in case you are wondering what I would give Entwined with You if I reviewed this book, it would be a 6 out of 5, which is our way of saying this book is MADE OF AWESOME!

One last thing regarding the series being 5 books instead of 3 books.  Ms. Day is a woman and it is her God given right to change her mind.  I will defend that to my dying breath.

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4 Responses to “Crossfire Series Discussion: Holding the Fort for Sylvia Day

  1. ZinaNo Gravatar

    Is there a name for the 4th Crossfire book yet? A release date or anything? I know #3 just came out but I am desperately seeking some kind of info. Her books are like drugs.

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  2. ShireneNo Gravatar

    I saw an interview that Ms. Day conducted in the last couple of days where she said that until everything is nailed down we aren’t going to have a release date for book 4. I suggest following her on Facebook and Twitter. She is very active on both sites. Don’t forget her website as well, Regarding book titles for 4 and 5, she has asked for suggestions from her Crossfire fans which I think is wonderful. Thanks for your questions.

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  3. MishaNo Gravatar

    I am soooooo glad that it is 5 books!!!!! I would love to read about them starting a family etc!!!! Can she not make it 10 books???? hhehehehehehe LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  4. ShireneNo Gravatar

    I completely agree. I’m waiting as patiently as I can to get my hands on Captivated by You, otherwise known as Crossfire #4.

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