Warning: Semi-Spoiler Ahead - You probably don't want to continue reading if you haven't read The Darkness Remains yet. If you have, or don't care, or don't know, carry on...
I’ve been writing this book on and off for a very long time. I can’t remember when I started this journey, I just know it’s been much longer than my usual one. At the end of the day, I made it here and I’m honestly ecstatic with the outcome.
It had been so long since I had been in Cullen, Phoenix, or Ike’s point of views, that I was worried it was going to be a lot of rough transitions and missing facts. I had to go back and fact check a lot between the three novels, but at the end of the day, I think they are that much tighter for it.
Thank you to all of my loyal readers pushing me every day to write and finish this up so they could get their grabby hands on it! Thank you to my PA, Ashley Graham for pimping this series whenever you get a chance. Thank you to my street team for always having my back with this series and for loving these characters as much as I do. Lastly, thank you to my mom and Mario for being my biggest fans and supporters. If no one else in the world blindly supports me, you two do and it means the world. You don’t even like scary movies or books but you read this series for me, Mom, and you actually liked it. I think that is so cool. Thank you for giving me that gift.
If you haven’t guessed already this was really Ike’s book. There was still glimpses into Phoenix and Cullen’s worlds, but this whole book was centered on Ike’s struggles, his triumphs and what made him who he was. Into the Darkness was Phoenix’s book as Emerging from Darkness was Cullen’s. In each of the books the characters grow and transform to really learn who they are. It wasn’t easy writing Ike’s POV. In fact, it was downright depressing most times, but one thing I felt it was? Real. Ike has always been that comforting father figure who makes mistakes but can own up to them. He is a protector and I really wanted to focus on him getting a little happiness this book. He’s been through more than any of the other characters and yet remained strong and resilient; unwavering.
You’re probably thinking why give him something so great just to rip it away at the end, right? You’re probably cussing at your screen, calling me a selfish bitch. I don’t blame you. Get it all out. Because what I am about to tell you isn’t going to make you feel better, but it is going to be REAL. Everything happens for a reason. Everything is an opportunity for a learning experience. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I wish I could tell you everything was going to be okay. I wish I could tell you all our heroes survived this…but I can’t. Because honestly, what fun would that be? You’re just going to have to wait and see.
Until next time,