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.

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.