Do you often browse through your Kindle reader or app to see what you have read, haven’t yet, or totally forgotten was there? Most of the time readers are asked about new ebooks or at least a title still on sale. However, my question today is about history.
You see, the three Multi-Author Boxed Sets (MABS) in my blog post today only exist in your Kindle app or reader if you ever bought them when they were still for sale. This is another reason I always remind my readers to grab a promotional box set they like when the opportunity is still there. Having said that, if you missed the sale, you can always wait for the box sets to be unpublished and then you can still buy each ebook from the individual author.
Do you like to read MABS? So often we see boxes of books in the “bargain bin.” Few know the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the making of successful boxed sets. For one thing, you have busy authors with their already packed schedules coming together from various time zones to discuss a group project that has its separate aim and goal. To keep things simple, all the MABS I was in had broad themes that enabled each author to fit the project into their existing publishing plans.
Question #1: Do you own MABS in your Kindle reader? Or perhaps I should ask: How many MABS do you own? Please comment and mention your favorite boxed sets.
October is a special month for the MABS I’ve participated in because three out of my four boxed sets that made the USA Today bestselling list all made it on the chart in October in various years. They just worked out that way. Two of the MABS were in the Contemporary Christian Romance (CCR) genre, and the third one was Christian Suspense (outside the scope of this blog). The other CCR that made USA Today published in July 2016, and I’ll mention it anyway, just because that was my first MABS that made the chart.
By the way, you might have noticed that all three covers below have the same color scheme even though they were released in different years. They were all designed by author Marion Ueckermann, who passed away last summer. Aren’t these covers pretty? They make me smile when I go down memory lane, except that I am also sad when I remember Marion, gone so soon.
Question #2: Do you have these three boxed sets below in your Kindle reader? Why did you buy them? Do you go back to reread any of the stories in these MABS?
SAVE THE DATE was my latest CCR boxed set of novellas that made USA Today on October 21, 2021. This MABS underwent heartbreaking moments during the global pandemic. We dedicated the boxed set to Marion Uckermann and Shoshanna Gabriel, two novelists who passed away while SAVE THE DATE was still on preorder. I remember reading their posts and comments in our author planning group only days before they passed away.
Since I have many secondary characters in my books and an endless supply of stories in my head, I picked two people who knew each other and paired them up for this MABS. I wrote Time for Me (A Vacation Sweethearts Prequel) in just a few weeks, and then sent it off for three rounds of edits plus ARC readers. Today, Time for Me is available for sale, but it’s also free to my newsletter subscribers.
My Christmas novella, Wish You Joy (Savannah Sweethearts Book 9), debuted in the CANDY CANE KISSES boxed set. Since this MABS came out just three months after WHISPERS OF LOVE, we all knew it would be amazing if both boxed sets hit the USA Today chart in the same year. And praise the Lord, they did.
What you see in the 3D box set cover above is the final product after months of brainstorming the best cover to carry our theme of romance at Christmas time. I don’t even remember how many hundreds of stock images were eliminated before we finally settled on this cover design. Once again, Marion delivered.
Going back in time all the way to July 2016, we have WHISPERS OF LOVE, with that exclusive wedding photograph on the cover. This MABS is also “out of print.” The WHISPERS OF LOVE boxed set contained twelve novels. Yes, you heard that right. Novels. What were we thinking when we sold a box of 12 novels for only $0.99? We were thinking of our avid readers, that’s why!
For this MABS, I spun off a new series from Savannah Sweethearts and wrote Book 1, Smile for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 1), the story of artist and potter, Tina MacFarland, who returns to the Bahamas where her nemesis, assistant principal Byron Moss, awaits her. We follow their story at a summer art camp under the Caribbean sun as they go from enemies to friends to more.
Question #3: What new boxed sets do you have on your Kindle app or reader? Have you read them or are they still on your reading queue? Do you usually read the books in order or do you pick and choose, reading whichever stories you like first and sometimes only those stories?
Well, time for me to go look in my Kindle app again to see how long my TBR is. I kid you not, I think my TBR is now about 6-7 years deep. How about you? So many books to read, so little time!