By Joan Reeves
I thought it would be fun to ask some of the authors of the Summer Fire Contemporary Romance Collection the same question because I knew the responses from these New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors would all be entertaining to readers and informative to writers.
Question: Have you done box sets before? If yes, what appealed to you about this collection? If no, why did you choose to jump into this one?
Gennita Low, author of Sizzle. “Sizzling passion and flying bullets.”
Yes, I've been in several. I'm looking for new readers who want to try something different. Many readers are hesitant about romantic suspense because they think the word suspense means all about guns and story, with none of the heat. My goal is to show that this isn't true. Many of my SEAL stories combine action with lots of sexy banter and relationship growth between my protagonists. Also, I get to make new friends in a box set!
Kym Grosso, author of Solstice Burn. “Love and erotic temptation in the tropics.”
I have done box sets before, and what appealed to me about this anthology was the varied collection of all new romance novellas. I'm honored to be included with such a talented group of authors. It's a wonderful opportunity, and I love the idea of helping to create a set of summer reads.
Victoria Danann, author of A Season in Gemini. “A breath of fresh romance--normal and paranormal.”
I have done two other Paranormal Romance sets and enjoyed working with the other authors. Of course it's always wonderful to get a shot with new readers.
L. Wilder, author of Summer Storm. “Can their love survive the storm?”
This is my first anthology.
Cat Miller, author of Sun Burnt. “Sophisticated city girl’s wild ride with a cowboy.”
This is my first box set. With my focus shifting to contemporary romance I was pleased to have a chance to stretch my writing muscles. This project was a challenge to keep it short and to the point. I tend to be long winded. I also was honored to be included on a project with so many incredible writers.
Mimi Barbour, author of Big Girls Don't Cry. “Why cry when no one is listening?”
Yes, I'm very fortunate to be able to say that I'm one of the ten brides for the Brides collections. (Ten Brides for Ten Heroes, Ten Christmas Brides and our soon to be released, Ten Brides for Ten Hot Guys).We've been very fortunate in our following, Our readers treat us wonderfully and we so appreciate them all. I guess because of my positive experience with those sets, when I was invited by Victoria Danann to join this bundle, I couldn't say yes fast enough. Also, I was told that all the books in this set were to be novellas. And… they were to be new, never before released. I liked that idea very much.
Helen Scott Taylor, author of Irish Kisses. “Second chance at love in an enchanting Irish castle.”
I have been in a number of successful contemporary romance boxed sets--the most successful being the Ten Brides boxes and Sweet Christmas Kisses. The recent boxes have all been USA Today Bestselling collections. Summer Fire attracted me as I haven't worked with many of the other authors before, and it is fun to try something new.
Clarissa Wild, author of Killer. “Bitterness turns into an obsession; a stalker is born.”
Yes, I wanted to be part of this boxed set because the authors involved are really motivated to make this the biggest boxed set we've seen in a while.
Mona Risk, author of Husband for a Week. “Never fall in love with a fake husband.”
I have created or contributed to box sets since December 2013. I started by boxing three of my medical romances under the title Doctors' Orders, and a month later I bundled my Holiday Babies series. They were both successful. Around Christmas of the same year, the Authors of Main Street, decided to create an anthology, Christmas on Main Street, which became an instant bestseller on Amazon. Since then, I participated in seven boxes, and will still be part of three more to be released in May and June 2015.
I love the group effort and enormous enthusiasm generated when a group of authors coordinate their effort to publish and promote a box. Three of our boxes became USA Today bestsellers and remained for five weeks on these lists.
Lorhainne Eckhart, author of His Promise. “A love they thought would last forever.”
I have been in a few other collections. Honestly, this is the best collection I have been part of. I was quite excited to be invited to join this group because of the caliber of authors that are also participating. It has been the most organized set, and I've truly enjoyed working with all the authors in this collection.
Joan Reeves, author of Heat Lightning. “Secrets, lies, passion. Secrets can kill.”
Life has thrown a lot of curve balls at me in the last five years so I wasn’t able to accept previous invitations to participate in the box sets that turned out to be hugely successful. I did manage to publish in three of the Authors of Main Street Collections, including the recently released Love Blooms on Main Street.
This year I really wanted to accept if invited again by my friend Mona Risk. She invited; I accepted. Hopefully, we 21 authors will now live happily ever after! All kidding aside, this has been an amazing experience. The Summer Fire authors are talented writers and astute businesswomen. It’s been an honor to be a part of this.
Brandy L Rivers, author of Summer Rhythm. “Doug never could resist Chloe. Is she back for good?”
Yes. I think it's fun to read other stories from other authors. This is a good way to try out authors you haven't read.
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Joan Reeves, whose book in Summer Fire is Heat Lightning, is a bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan's free email list for readers: http://eepurl.com/Yk61n.