Bundled edition of all the Winter’s Heat stories now available

For those of you who’ve been waiting for the whole series to come out, Winter’s Heat: The Complete Edition is now available. It contains all eight installments of The Winter Billionaires and is over 127,000 words (approximately 540 pages) long. We finished formatting the Createspace paperback version yesterday, so that’s a solid page count.

It will be a couple more weeks before the paperback is available, because we have to order physical proofs to make sure that everything came out right and allow time to make changes (and then order new proofs, and around and around we go – whee!).

Winter’s Touch now available

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It’s over.

Celeste had come home from Midland to find herself fired from Winters Group and Stephen vanished. No one could tell her where he was, or why he left. But when she called him, he made it perfectly clear that he was done with her.

Over. How could it be over? They’d barely gotten started.

I’ll update the links as it goes live on the other sites.

And that’s The End for Celeste and Stephen. Whew, what a ride. I really hope everyone enjoys the ending. This is now officially the longest thing I’ve ever written. The series ended up being 127,000 words, or roughly 500 pages long. For those of you who want the whole Winter series at once, I’ll be releasing the bundled “Complete Edition” soon.  And yes, there will be a paperback version available as well.
Not sure what’s coming next. I want to work on something different for a little while before I start on Andrew’s story, mainly because I still don’t have a full story for him. I’ve got an opening, but I’m have no clue where I want to go with it yet. Right now I’m considering either a standalone billionaire romantic suspense novel, or the first novel in a military romantic suspense series that I’ve been fooling around with for a while. We’ll just have to see where it goes.
Thanks for reading!  🙂

“Money hungry authors”

Most of you probably don’t realize that Amazon has a two-tier royalty system. For books priced $1.00 and up, Amazon gives the author 70% of the cover price. But for books priced below $1.00, the author only gets 35%.

So, if you pick up all 8 installments of Celeste and Stephen’s story (with the first installment free), I make

7 * $0.99 * 35% = $2.42

Keep in mind that each installment is over 15,000 words (60 pages), so the whole series weighs in over 120,000 words (480 pages). That’s a good size for contemporary romance when you consider that the average Harlequin only runs about 50,000 words (200 pages).

Now, if I released the whole thing as one large 480 page novel at $5.99, I would make  $5.99 * 70% = $4.19.

Since $4.19 is obviously more than $2.42, I think we can lay the whole “money hungry author” silliness to rest. I’m actually making a good deal *less* by releasing the story in installments.

The reason I chose to do it that way is because the story is designed using a soap opera / TV miniseries structure rather than a novel structure. I wanted to do something different, not just write “Yet Another Billionaire Assistant Romance Novel.” Releasing it in installments first rather than bundling seemed to be more “true” to the format I chose. For readers who don’t enjoy that format, or who prefer to get the whole thing and read it through at once, I will release a bundled edition at some point after the series is finished.

For those of you who have enjoyed the series being presented this way, thank you for coming along for the ride. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how well the series has been received. In the writer communities it’s common knowledge that readers *hate* serials and cliffhanger endings. Well, I’ve been self-publishing since 2011 and this series has been by far the most popular and successful story I’ve published. Like, 100 times more popular. So the conventional wisdom once again falls afoul of reality.

The final installment in Celeste and Stephen’s story, Winter’s Touch, will be out July 9th. I’m going to work on another project while I mull over Andrew’s story, but then I’ll come back to the Winters. When I do, it will be in the same serial format, but I think I’m going to cut it to six installments instead of eight. The pacing feels better with six, and that’s still a hefty length when it’s all bundled together.