Boxed sets are all the rage now. More and more, authors are banding together to offer readers more bang for less buck. Today, my friend Sharon Hamilton shares about her recent experience working with a group of authors on one terrific project.
10 Award-winning, bestselling authors – 10 Hot Heroes – 10 Romantic Suspense Page Turners
I think romance writers are a wonderful community of people. Having come to writing after two other successful careers, I wasn’t prepared for the way in which we all help each other. It isn’t like that in other professions.
Some would think we might compete for the same readers. We do, in a sense. But most romance readers plow though 3-4 books a week, and that means 150-200 books a year, times all the millions of readers out there means there is room for millions of books.
It’s a lot of work to write stories that capture the public’s attention. In this new phase of Indie publishing, many writers are pooling their resources to put together collaborations, giving value to a boxed set, in order to attract readers they might not already have. It has been working well. More and more authors are now able to sport the coveted NYT or USA/Today bestselling author label. That will hopefully make it easier for the author to sell more books in the future. And selling books is the business we’re in.
I was asked to be part of a romantic suspense boxed set, Dangerous Attraction, which was just released November 10th and is currently in the #1 spot for Romantic Suspense, Suspense and Military Romance. While we’re excited for this, we also know that success is fragile. These lists are like a snapshot of just one point in time.
NYT Bestselling author Rebecca York, who I met for the first time this year and is part of the set, gives a lot of nuts and bolts details in an article in USA Today on Wednesday. You can follow it here. I think it’s a must read for anyone considering such a move.
We all feel this collaboration will continue throughout the coming weeks and months as we have become friends. We’ve found out what works and what hasn’t worked so well. We’ve learned from each other’s strengths and caught ourselves before making mistakes some of us have already made and don’t need to repeat. I have learned more in the past couple of months since we have been working on this project than I have in the past year.
We didn’t always agree on everything. We’ve had some heated debates. But we’ve worked as a team from beginning to end, delegating, making decisions without too much contemplation or one person exerting their weight and authority. It truly has been a full collaborative effort as good as of some of the best creative teams anywhere.
You’ve heard the definition for TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. That’s what we’ve managed to do, and will do again. I think making genre boxed sets rewards readers by giving them more books at an inexpensive price in the same genre they already enjoy reading. In this manner, each author benefits from the fans and followers of each of the other authors.
Here’s a rundown of the stories and the authors:
From sweet to scorcher, fall in love with our sexy cops, tough military heroes, and hot CEOs. Treat yourself to an amazing reading experience by top authors of romantic suspense collected in one boxed set at a price that can’t be beat.
Ignited by award-winning and national bestselling author, Kaylea Cross – Can sexy ex-SEAL Hunter Phillips keep Khalia safe from the terrorists who took her father’s life? (Scorcher)
Secret Guardian by international bestselling author, Jill Sanders – Will ex-special forces hero, Ethan, save Ann in time, only to lose himself to love? (Scorcher)
Deathscape by Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence recipient and Rita Award finalist, Dana Marton – Detective Jack Sullivan will do anything to put Ashley in prison for her crimes…even if he’s falling in love with her. (Sensual)
Legal Ease by award winning and national bestselling author Lori Ryan – Marrying Kelly solved the problems this steamy CEO faced at his company, but will he ever be able to forgive himself for the price she has to pay? (Scorcher)
The Killing Game by international bestselling author, Toni Anderson –Forced to choose between his country and his heart, British SAS Soldier, Ty Dempsey risks it all to save a wildlife biologist caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer. (Sensual)
Fallen SEAL Legacy by national bestselling author, Sharon Hamilton – Will Navy SEAL Calvin “Coop” Cooper be able to solve the mystery of who is terrorizing the family of a fallen SEAL in time to save the love of his life? (Scorcher)
Three Days in Seattle by national bestselling author, Debra Burroughs – Trying to stay a step ahead of a lunatic set on revenge, Kate and Ryan are locked in a desperate race to find her missing sister and capture the madman before both women wind up dead. (Sweet)
See Me in Your Dreams by Patricia Rosemoor, Golden Heart Winner and two-time recipient of the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award – Her dreams allow her to see through his missing daughter’s eyes, but he thinks she’s a con woman…until she dreams of something known only to him and the girl. (Sensual)
Catching the Bad Guy by national bestselling author, Marie Astor – Top-notch white collar crime investigators Janet Maple and Dennis Walker team up to solve what could be the biggest case of their careers, but will their attraction to each other get in the way? (Sensual)
Bonus Christmas Novella, Christmas Captive by Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Winner and Rita Finalist, Rebecca York – Her special sight let her glimpse the Christmases past of this international financier, but did he have a Christmas future? (Scorcher)
Sharon’s award-winning spicy Navy SEALs in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t go to ground and can walk around in the full light of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.