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10 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Series Resurrected by Self-Publishing

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Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells (Prospero's War #4) // VBCLast month we talked about series that ended too soon. But a new year is a time for new beginnings, so we want to share some of our favorite series that have gotten a second life through self-publishing. If you primarily read e-books you may not have even noticed a difference, but the transition to self-publishing generally means books are only available online. So if you prefer to shop in a brick and mortar store you may have thought these series were gone for good. As always, we’re here to help.

In some cases, the self-published books begin a spin off series in the same world with characters who carry over:

Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series began a new story arc with Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blueblood Conspiracy #1.) The third book is due out later this year.

Rachel Vincent continues her Shifters world in the Wildcats series, which began with Lion’s Share, but the new series is PNR (with different main characters in each book) while the original was UF. The third Wildcats book released last month.

And some authors just pick up right where they left off:

Jaye Wells released Volatile Bonds, the latest in her Kate Prospero series, one of my all-time faves, last fall. (Check out Amy’s review.)

Amanda Bonilla began self-publishing the Shaede Assassin series with 2014’s Against the Dawn and released Shadows at Midnight the following year. (Read my review.) We hope she’ll get a break in her busy schedule to give us a book six soon.

Book four of Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, Arcana Rising, was the first self-published installment (check out Chelsea’s review) with another due out next month. Chelsea’s really excited about that one.

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole // VBCDakota Cassidy began self-publishing her Accidentals series in 2015 with Accidentally Aphrodite and has released six more installments since.

The practice seems to be much less common with YA books, but Shanna Swendson self-published books two and three in her Rebel Mechanics series. I loved the first book (read my review) so I’m thrilled that she got to continue the series.

I think these books represent a growing trend in the adult market though, since even more series are transitioning this year. This month Lisa Shearin releases the first self-published installment in her SPI Files series, The Myth Manifestation. Jennifer Estep will self-publish the next Elemental Assassin book, Venom in Her Veins, this Spring, and Jennifer Ashley plans a self-pub Shifters Unbound book Tiger Striped in May.

6 Responses to “10 Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Series Resurrected by Self-Publishing”

  1. AmyM says:

    I absolutely love that self-publishing has become more of an option for authors. Especially in regards to series that were cancelled prematurely. I know I waited impatiently for the next Kate Prospero book because the third book definitely left things open for more. I was super excited when Jaye Wells self-published it.

    I was also surprised when I heard about Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series being self-published with the release of the next book, but I’m excited to see where Ms. Estep takes the series.

    Great Article! I’ve really enjoyed these!

  2. I would have been overwhelmingly heartbroken if some of these series hadn’t continued (looking at you Kresley Cole and Amanda Bonilla!).

  3. M Crane Hana says:

    Don’t forget Harry Connelly’s amazing ‘Twenty Palaces’ adult UF, resurrected in self-pub after Del Rey dropped the series.

  4. Christina says:

    Glad to see that authors are able to have more control.

    MCrane- thanks for the infor regarding Twenty Palaces. I have mourned the loss of that series.

  5. Jo @ VBC says:

    So excited for The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole!

    Agree with Amy, so glad self-pub gives authors a chance to finish the story they way they want to.

    I’m holding out hope that we may see another book in the Generation V series by M.L. Brennan through self publishing!

  6. I didn’t know that some of these were switching to self published. I really enjoy several of these series. I’m so glad that the authors were able to continue the series on their own terms.

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