Today I’m pleased to welcome author Christine Rains, author of the paranormal romance series THE 13th FLOOR.




THE GHOST is the sixth and final book in the series.

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Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building’s mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she’s there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn’t as bad as her mother made it out to be.

Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on the vampire that killed him and won’t stop until he has it. To top it off, a nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building’s residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She can’t decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or the one who might win her heart.

Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy but everything that supports the thirteenth floor’s existence.

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For THE GHOST BLOG TOUR, Christine is going to share some tips she’s learned while writing the final book in her series.

Take it away Christine!




By Christine Rains

I did it! I wrote an entire series. Six books that can stand alone, but all of them link together. I’m ready to fall over into the mound of notes and sleep for a week straight. Poke me if I snore.

This project was quite the undertaking. I’ve read a lot of articles on writing a series, but when I came to the final book, and I was feeling uneasy about it, I couldn’t find any specific tips to help out. This is the last book in the series. It has to be amazing. How do I make certain I’m ending it in the right place, with the right characters, and the right tone?

Here are six helpful tips I learned while writing the final book in my series:

  1. Make sure you keep all your notes from the entire series. Sometimes a project like this can take years. The notes are everywhere. Be organized. One lost note and you could miss something important that you need to wrap up in the final book.
  2. Give all the plot lines logical closure. Keep track of them and tie them in a neat bow at the end. If you miss something, readers will find it and call you out on it.
  3. The big climax must be longer than a few paragraphs. Your readers have been waiting a long time for this point. Don’t disappoint them with an easily solved mystery or a battle won with a few powerful hits. Add in a twist that they don’t expect too. My favorite example of an epic ending is The Troy Game series by Sara Douglass.
  4. Emotionally move your reader. Try to avoid sappy, but it can be sentimental. It must definitely be satisfying.
  5. The hero(es) must have grown and come out better at the end. It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but if the hero is the same as they were in the other books, then this isn’t the place to end it.
  6. Most readers want a Happily Ever After ending. Study your audience and genre. There are the rare books that can support a tragic ending, but chances are it isn’t yours.


What is your favorite series with an ending that blew you away?


Author Bio:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.








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24 Responses to “13th Floor Series Author Christine Rains Talks About Writing the Final Book in a Series”

  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Nutschell! What a great way to start off Monday. :)

  2. Point number six made me laugh!
    I just wrote three books and the pressure from that to end with bang was huge. I did manage to tie together a lot from the other two books though.
    Congratulations on finishing the series, Christine!

  3. Christine, I am BEYOND impressed that you wrote a 6-book series! Now I have to read the first one. Congrats!

  4. Just bought The Marquis!

  5. Thanks for the tips. I especially agree with number 3 on the climax. Writing a series makes me nervous so these were really helpful. Congrats on finishing yours!

  6. Dana says:

    Thanks for the tips, Christine!

  7. LGSmith says:

    Excellent wrap up tips. I’m only doing a trilogy, but the notes!! It’s hard to keep track of everyone and everything. I will certainly keep these ideas in mind for when I hit the third novel.

    And congrats on the latest release. Really cool series. :)

  8. Southpaw says:

    Wow, a six book series. That’s a lot of work. Keeping track of everything must be time-consuming itself.

  9. Ciara Knight says:

    These are novella’s right? If not, I’m going to have you committed. Just kidding. I recently finished my first series, and I’m about to finish my second. I think I’ll be sad when The Neumarian Chronicles ends.

  10. That final book is so crucial. It has to be amazing and bring real closure.

    I had a huge timeline for my series. And it was sad when I finished the last one. I was ready at that point though.

  11. Alex, thank you! I have no doubt your final book is spectacular.

    Catherine, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Natalie, thanks. Climaxes make me nervous too. I’ve read so many that were disappointing, but I’m hoping mine is satisfying.

    LGSmith, thank you. Good luck with your trilogy!

    Southpaw, thanks! The note keeping can be a major chore!

    Ciara, oh yes! The Neumarian Chronicles are awesome. You’ll just have to write more. 😉

    Diane, I know what you feel when you say you were ready to be done. I love my 13th Floor world, but I’m ready for something new.

  12. Cherie Reich says:

    Wonderful tips! And I really loved how you ended the 13th Floor series. And that’s definitely a good point about notes. It’s something that I need to do better on with my series.

  13. mooderino says:

    Six books is very impressive. And great tips (although I’m still working on number one).


  14. Six books is so impressive, Christine! I absolutely love your tips, especially #3. It always irks me when a story’s climax wraps up too speedily after so much build-up. I kinda hope #6 isn’t true, though, or else I’m going to be in a lot of trouble for some of my projects! XD

  15. Thank you, Cherie. You know I’m not a terrific note taker myself! I just brainstorm a lot with you and look at my emails. 😉

    Mooderino, thank you!

    Heather, thanks! I think what you’re working on can hold a tragic ending. 😉

  16. Great tips. I’m planning to write a trilogy when I finish my WIP. I know who to ask!

  17. I’ve really enjoyed reading this series. It’s certainly not easy keeping it all together, but you managed it. Great tips.

  18. Thanks, Carol! Good luck with your trilogy.

    Lynda, thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

  19. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Christine .. thanks for setting the series out as a whole – makes it easier for me to ‘take them all in’ .. now I’ll remember six books .. I must read the first one and then I can progress through

    Congratulations on finishing .. and yes I can see your point about tying up all the loose ends …

    Good for you – cheers to you both – Hilary

  20. emilynn says:

    Congrats again to Christine and thank you for the great advice. It is so nice of authors to take time and share important tips.


  21. I LOVED Cinder, and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

    Christine, I can’t wait to get into your series. Give me a little haunting any day! (Alas, the laundry and dishes must be done first. *shaking fists* Darn life.)

  22. Thank you, Hilary! Tying up all the loose ends is sometimes harder than we think.

    Emilynn, thank you!

    Crystal, thanks so much! I’d prefer a good book to housework too, but I have a three year old tornado that runs through my house!

  23. Micha says:

    A six book series is an impressive feat. Congrats, Christine! And thanks for the tips for ending a series…they’re things I should be thinking about now, even though I’ve got 2 books to go.

  24. Micha, thank you! Good luck with your series.

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