Yeah, she's continuing the stories now... I think she's focusing more on short stories instead of another full novel, but I could be wrong. The damn novels are taking a year to come out. The pain of waiting is agonizing.
And yes, definitely one of those series that you need to give a good 8 eps or so before you decide if you dislike it. Whiny-Yoko was quite a chore to sit through but man does it pay off to keep watching.
I have SO MUCH LOVE for Juuni Kokki.