Billionaire, Writing

Not Yet

Well, the bad news is that the Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire boxed set did not make the USA Today or the NY Times bestseller lists. I am bummed as the other 19 authors and I worked super hard for about 4 months to promote it. We worked our butts off and nothing. Bummer.

So, that happened. Or didn’t happen.

Waiting was agonizing over the past few days. We’d done all we could and there was nothing left to do but wait. My concentration was really low. I couldn’t write or focus for very long. Reading–my usual non-writing pastime–was totally out. I couldn’t focus on the words. I binge watched two seasons of Crazy Ex Girlfriend. I told my husband I couldn’t go to Walgreens for fear I’d fall face first into the 90% off Valentine’s candy and stress eat my way through the week.

Now, since we didn’t met our goal, I thought I’d want to head over to Walgreens to stock up on conversation hearts. As Richard Dreyfuss says in Goodbye Girl, starve a cold, feed a failure. (If you’ve never seen that movie, you should go watch it right now). But I’m actually feeling pretty good.

Just to state the obvious, it is really hard to make the bestseller lists. Not only does the author have to write an awesome book but also promote the heck out of it for months on end just to have really good sales for a week. There are a million variables. It’s crazy. So, even going for that goal is pretty awesome. Just having a chance is pretty great.

I learned so much from being in the boxed set. So.Much. That was worth the price of admission itself. And–here’s an extraordinary thing–the set was full of 20 high-powered, driven, successful women yet there wasn’t a drop of drama. Pretty amazing. At least I have 19 wonderful new author friends!

AND I would never have come up with my billionaire series without the inspiration provided by this set. Now I’m planning at least 5 more billionaire books. Pretty cool!

So, all in all, it was a positive experience. I’ll get to the bestseller lists someday. And I’m left remembering this: Sometimes no just means not yet.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Binge Watch

First, let me say thank you to all of my wonderful, amazing readers. The Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire anthology boxed set had a terrific launch. We made it to #1 on Kobo and #4 on Barnes and Noble’s romance list. We stayed in the top 500 on Amazon with over 110 reviews in the first week. I understand we did well on Google and iTunes but I have no idea how to verify that. But overall, it was a thrilling week last week. We won’t know if we met our goal—hitting the USA Today and/or the New York Times bestseller lists—until midweek this week.

 

It’s agonizing! I hate waiting. The die is cast. My fellow authors and I gave it our all but there’s now nothing left to do. Waiting is tough. My concentration is low. I should be writing as I still have Abby and Shortie’s story to finish but it’s a struggle. So, instead, I binge-watched Crazy Ex Girlfriend! Now I need someone to talk to about it. Lucky you, blog readers!

 

Have you seen it? It’s a musical sitcom or a comedic musical about attorney Rebecca Bunch (planed by Rachel Bloom) who, after running into her summer-camp boyfriend, abandons her prestigious New York job to move to West Covina, California, which just happens to be her boyfriend’s hometown. It’s totally coincidental (not!) Once in California, she finds a job and a group of friends as she single-mindedly pursues her heart’s desire, Josh.

 

And interspersed in there are full-on musical production numbers with insanely clever, witty, subversive lyrics. This show is funny, smart, and has heart. It’s awesome. Seriously, I binge-watched it in less than a week. You should too! It’s got like 31 episodes total. You can do it!!

So, here’s the ex-boyfriend, All-American, bland Josh Chan (I’m not a Josh fan). He’s the object of Rebecca’s devotion. I like Josh. There’s nothing not to like about Josh, except that he’s a terrible match for super-smart, super successful Rebecca.

Here’s her fling, Greg, who happens to be Josh’s bestie. Greg (who voiced Hans in Disney’s Frozen) is smart but not driven like Rebecca. He’s snarky instead. He’s not my favorite. To quote his departure song, they are a bit of a s**tshow together. (Warning: adult lyrics ahead).

And here’s her new boss, Nathaniel, who is Draco Malfoy, if he became a California lawyer. He’s awful and vile. And I adore him. He’s as smart as Rebecca but has major daddy issues too. I totally want to see these two together for season 3. Not as an OTP but just as a train wreck worth watching!

The real OTP of the show is Rebecca’s friendship with her bestie, Paula, who becomes absorbed in Rebecca’s crazy life as a way of coping with her boredom and frustration in her own stale marriage. In the second season, Rebecca falls in with her girl squad as Paula pursues her own dream and the show handles that tension really well.

Here’s the Spice Girls send up: Friendtopia. Still makes me laugh.

There are other plot lines, including one of the best explanations of bisexuality ever and a loving relationship between two men that is pitch perfect. It’s an extremely addictive show.

When I was trying to analyze what makes the show work—because, to be clear, often the characters are not all that likable and make terrible decisions—I think there are two things: 1) Rebecca may be a total train wreck in her personal life but she’s a really awesome lawyer. We tend to root for competent people. Years ago, I wrote a vampire romance with a heroine cop who was dreadful at her job. It didn’t work for many reasons but that was one of the reasons the manuscript died on my hard drive. 2) The songs are clever, witty, and truthful. Her Sexy Getting Ready song is just one example of this. Great comedy often conveys profound truths. We learn while we laugh.

And here’s my favorite all time Crazy Ex Girlfriend song, just because 🙂

Billionaire

How do you like your billionaire?

My sixteenth novel, A Teacher for the Billionaire, released yesterday as part of the Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire boxed set. It’s been quite a launch! Yesterday, we hit #1 on the Kobo (Sony e-reader) charts and we’re climbing everywhere else. 

Can I let you in on a little secret? My friends in the Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire and I are hoping for a belated Valentine’s Day present. Our goal is to hit either the USA Today or New York Times (or both) bestseller lists with our set. It’s a BIG goal and it’ll take a lot to get there. Can I count on your help? If you like sexy romances full of amazing heroines and the heroes who love them, this set is for you

I never imagined writing about a billionaire. I specialize in small-town contemporaries, not jet-setting alpha heroes. Because I believe in answering the door when opportunity knocks, when my fellow Kindle Scout author and friend, Victoria PInder, asked me to be part of the Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire set, I agreed. But for the longest time, I had no idea what to write about, having little direct experience with billionaires. I often volunteer at my son’s school and overheard the teachers chatting about their dreams of winning the lottery. And suddenly Callie Matthews, and her best friend, Jenny appeared in my imagination. Now I just needed a handsome billionaire too. When Ashton Thorne and his young son, Oliver, showed up we were off to the races. A Teacher for the Billionaire was born.

And now, I have a whole series planned with Callie’s best friend, Jenny, taking the lead in A Bridesmaid for the Billionaire this fall. Ash’s friends, Milan and Daniel, will get their turn too in A Husband for the Billionaire. And Milan’s friends will have stories too. I’m planning to call my series the Billionaire Babes Club. Stay tuned for a whole lot of fun!

If you haven’t met Callie and Ash yet–along with nineteen other amazing couples in this set– pick your favorite retailer and snuggle up with a sexy billionaire this Valentine’s Day.

Our preorder contest is closing soon so be sure to enter that ASAP. Prizes include an iPad mini, a Kindle, and a $50 gift card. I’d love for one of my readers to win our great prizes.

We’re also celebrating with a Facebook release party on Wednesday, 15 February starting at 7 pm EST. Be sure to visit for plenty of fun games and amazing prizes.

Giveaway

Fall in Love with Romance Giveaway

Check out this awesome Fall in Love with Romance Facebook Giveaway Contest! I’m one of the co-sponsors so I can’t enter for the awesome prizes but YOU CAN!! 🙂

The goal of this giveaway and contest is to get everyone to interact with one another, and in doing so, hopefully we’ll all come across some great books and authors in the process.

Our prizes are:

1 – Black and White Diamond Heart Necklace from Kay Jewelers
2 – $50 (winners choice) Gift Card
3 – $25 Visa or Mastercard Gift Card
4 – Nicolas Sparks Movie Night (2 DVDs, Popcorn and Candy)

5 – Ghost Movie Night (1 DVD, Popcorn and Candy)
To become eligible to win any of these prizes you must enter by using the Rafflecopter link, which does state that you have to leave a comment on the author’s page. Now what that comment is, is entirely up to you. It could be “Sally sells seashells by the seashore” or something more personal like, “I loved your book ________”. But you must leave a comment. That is the only way you’ll gain an entry.

Earn bonus entries by commenting on the “pinned FB posts” you’ll find with the above giveaway image on each of their pages. ALL entries will be confirmed, so please show these authors lots and lots of love!!!