I am not ending the story, I am not putting any more excerpts on line; if you wish to read the ending you will have to wait and find out if I do write the book, the series was designed to garner readers for the possibility of book sales; I was never sure of the idea but went along with it as my editor knows her job.
I was told the drop in readers is seasonal, I didn't believe it at the time and don't believe it even more now. Two weeks ago, the excerpt started with over 80 readers and shot up to end with almost 170; last week's started at 80 and crept to over 110 in 6 days and this weeks hasn't even made 80 after starting at 65. You can see why I have lost my touch and don't believe the falls to be seasonal, in two weeks the serial has lost almost 70% of its readers.
I have a close friend who has always enjoyed my work and I will write for her; for the rest of you, if you wish to read the long version please let me know or if you want the ending I can post my original 1,500 word short story for you. It is your choice.