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Award winning, bestselling author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series and Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic and cobalt blue. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.
Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many
She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
Group Projects-Hate ‘Em or Love ‘Em?
Novella Sets as Promotional Tools
I’ll tell you straight-up, I’m not a fan of group projects.
Okay, I’ll be totally honest; I hate them. Passionately.
Even though I’m a teacher, and supposedly best practices suggest group projects are great for all the kiddos involved (snort-envision me rolling my eyes here) I’ve seen and experienced the opposite. Personally, I don’t ever impose group projects for grades. It allows the sluggards to do nothing at the expense of the hard-working students who want to achieve.
Recollections of high school assignments, or worse yet, college projects where an entire grade hinged on a teacher-selected group completing a task, still gets the old irritation juices flowing in me.
I’m having an unpleasant flash-back to a particular college math class right now. Ugh!
You see, I’m a doer, and I see things through to the end. Not only do I finish on time, I do my very best. Some have called me an over-achiever. My answer to that has become, “As opposed to mediocrity or under-achieving? Why thank you for the compliment.”
I ticked me off royally to have to carry the weight of the slackers, and more than once, I worked my tail off (not literally, ‘cause I still have a big butt-darn it) to get the A while at least one person in the group, and often more than one, didn’t even do the minimum, but still slid by because of my diligence.
So what does that have to do with using novella sets as promotional tools?
Well, indulge me, please, and read on.
I was privileged to be asked to be a part of a Regency novella set early last summer. Originally Captivated by His Kiss had eight authors, but one had to drop out because of other obligations.
My first thought was, “Wow, I get to work with these ladies?”
The mix included what I considered to be quite prestigious authors, and let’s face it, as someone who’s been published less than two years, my name isn’t exactly on everyone’s lips. (Family members and friends don’t count.)
My next thought was, “How will they be to work with, and will the work-load be shared evenly?”
Will they be nice to me an unknown?
We are all overly busy, so that excuse wouldn’t fly with me. Still, anxious for the experience and the association with this lovely group, I dove right in. I’m thrilled that I did. Not only because Captivated by His Kiss continues to be an Amazon Regency bestseller—yes, I confess, I wanted to be able to add that to my author credentials. Go ahead, call me obnoxious—but even more wonderful, was the relationship that developed with these women.
I’ve said over and over again that authors are the most supportive, generous people I have come across, and with few exceptions, that remains true. Two of the authors in our group were USA Today Bestsellers (one also a NYT Bestseller) yet everyone pitched in, cooperated, and did their best to make this venture a success.
Now we come to the crux of this article.
Yes, anthologies and novella sets are wonderful promotion tools, if—and that’s a huge if—you have a group of authors who are like-minded and agree to work equally hard to make the venture a success. I also strongly suggest either the same or similar genres (they seem to do better than extremely diverse genre sets) and a linking theme is helpful too. In our case, we choose Regencies.
I’ve no doubt my December releases, Triumph and Treasure (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series) and A Kiss for Miss Kingsley (a Regency short story) saw increased sales as a result of the novella set, and so did my author ranking on Amazon.
Undertaking a task of this sort is a tremendous amount of work, especially for the persons doing the publishing of the set, bookkeeping, and the promotion. If you have a well-organized group, a detailed plan of attack, and a promotion budget and schedule you stick too, then participating in a novella set or anthology can be a highly successful promotional tool.
After this delightful experience, I’ve rethought my abhorrence of cooperative projects, and I’ll be involved in at least three more author sets over the next year.
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Captivated by His Kiss
A Limited Edition Novella Set
“An absolute delight to read! Simply put, WOW! I loved this collection.” ~April Renn
“This is by far one of the best historical anthologies I’ve read.” ~Booklover
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance. His Lordship’s Vow by Cheryl Bolen – The exceedingly plain spinster, Miss Jane Featherstone, helps the earl she loves woo an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow Lord Slade to his father. To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans – Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It’s rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist. The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem – Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a job as a governess in a haunted house, and if that’s not trouble enough, her new employer is the one man she’d hoped never to meet again. Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands, determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love . . . scandal be damned. Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella – Desperation makes strange bedfellows, and when the only person left to turn to is a dissolute Rake, Miss Hero Appleby realizes she is about to forsake more than her reputation. Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd – Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan…until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down. The Duelist’s Seduction by Lauren Smith – Helen Banks, disguised as her twin brother, fights a duel against Gareth Fairfax but he has other ideas in mind of how to have Helen repay her debt starting with a sinful kiss and a wicked embrace…
Excerpt from Bride of Falcon
By: Collette Cameron
Chancey Faulkenhurst inhaled Ivy’s perfume, relishing the unexpected gift of holding her in his arms. He wanted to kiss her, drink in her essence, water his parched soul with her sweetness.
God, he’d missed her.
“Falcon?” Wonder in her voice, she turned and touched his face. “Is it really you?”
He released a low chuckle. “Indeed, Ivy, it is.”
Her nickname slipped from his tongue as if, instead of six long years, he’d seen her yesterday. He’d dubbed her Ivy a score ago—whenever he and Allen came up from school on holiday, she’d clung to them as tenaciously as an ivy vine—and the pet name stuck.
She’d been infuriated and began calling him Falcon instead of Chance as his friends did. He’d rather liked the nickname until her brother started tossing it about. Now, most of Chance’s intimate friends addressed him as Falcon.
He wished he could see her features clearly. The fragmented moonbeams revealed little more than ivory skin, dark plum lips, and shiny eyes.
Ivy’s gaze sank to his cheek. Her glorious eyes widened, and her breath caught. She brushed a hesitant finger across the scar. “What’s this? You’ve been hurt? Why did no one tell me?”
The puckered inch-long streak was the least of his wounds. Nonetheless, her concern warmed his cynical heart. A heart he’d long ago given to her, though she mustn’t know.
He wasn’t free to woo her.
“Shh. It’s naught.” Chance caught her hand with his good one. He pressed her palm to his chest, the only affection he dared show. “I take it you’re hiding from that half-sprung brute?”
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