Mrs. M is so honored by all of the warm responses to this "last" (never say "last") book in the Circle C Milestones series. Yes, Andi gets . . . [oops, better not spoil it] well, you know how it ends. Your overwhelming comments are "We want to read more about her future family." (Okay, this is awkward trying to post and not have spoiler alerts).
Read on if you don't care about spoilers, because this whole post is a huge spoiler. STOP reading if you want to be somewhat surprised.
Believe it or not, my publisher expressed the very same sentiments as you have, as have my editor(s). "Wouldn't it be fun to have some tales about Andi's kids?" Uh . . . okay . . . but what?
I'm open to all kinds of ideas. Feel free to bombard me with ideas here on the blog. One idea I had was for Andi to have twins--a couple of girls that are total opposites from each another in looks and personality. I remember those old MANDIE MYSTERIES, and while my daughter loved them, they are probably 30 years old. I think it's time for a new mystery-type series (with twins this time) and a little more dramatic action.
I'm thinking mystery only because--to be totally honest--I have about drained the reservoir of ranch, horse, and 1880s dramatic plots. I can only watch Big Valley or Bonanza so many times to glean new slivers of ideas. There is a reason those shows finally went off the air. The episodes all start looking alike after awhile. And that is where I am with continuing the Milestones. I need a new category, I guess. Mysteries would be totally different, yet have the same 1880s feel.
You have plenty of time to share ideas--be detailed too! I have two more Stepping Stones books to write, and then I believe I must give in to parent pressure and write six Goldtown Beginnings books for the younger boys. The older boys want MORE GOLDTOWN, but I'm thinking a continuing "Andi-type" series would be easier to write.
So, go for it if you're serious about another series. Flood me with ideas, because that's the only way you're going to get it. :-)