Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with reading romance novels. She spent hours curled up in a chair in the living room, zipping through the pages of books filled with nobility who took the chance on the girl from the wrong social strata, oil tycoons who found just what they needed in the girl they’d known as a college student before their ship came in, Wall Street wheelers and dealers who recognized that money couldn’t buy them love, and on and on went the list.
And she grew up to write romance novels of her own.
That little girl would be me.
And I have to admit, I still have a soft spot in my heart for a billionaire hero. (And I’ll even admit my bias to the hero needing to have all the money. While the heroine is who shows him just how empty that is without love. I’m sure there are some great female billionaires out there, but I haven’t run across them yet.)
I’ve thought it would be fun to write a billionaire for some time–but I’ve held back for a number of reasons. First, I really have tried to keep my books branded as relatable and realistic. That’s even my tagline: Relatable Characters. Realistic Faith. Romantic Ever-Afters. So a billionaire? Probably not super relatable OR realistic.
After all, who among us can empathize with someone who has more money than is easily visualized? As much as we all know money doesn’t buy happiness or solve all our problems, I think we’ve all also hit times in our life where we’ve been willing to risk it if someone wanted to drop the cash in our laps.
And realistic? Please. There are how many billionaires world wide? (And how many of them are actually single and attractive?) Plus, as believers, we want to see people with big wads of cash out there spending it in service to the Lord, not hoarding it so they can be a billionaire! (I’ve always loved the fact that JK Rowling has lost her billionaire status because of her charitable giving.)
That said? I still really wanted to write one.
But what would that look like? Could I do it and stay true to relatable and realistic?
As I mulled the idea, I got the opportunity to join the Love’s Treasure box set and make a run for the USA Today Bestseller list — something else I’ve wanted to do for a while now.
The combination sparked some creativity and after a little more brainstorming, I had a decent outline for a six-book series of sort-of billionaires.
Because I can’t just do things the normal way.
There is one for-sure billionaire — Joe Robinson, the hero of book 1, So You Want a Second Chance. He’s the owner and founder of a tech company that over the years has grown into five distinct business area. And he oversees them all–working more hours every day than he spends doing anything else. It catches up with him, and lands him in the hospital under the care of the one that got away.
The other five books in the series all feature folks who would like the chance to be billionaires. Thus the series is So You Want to be a Billionaire. Having just finished book 2, I’m super pleased with how the series is turning out and I think that readers who enjoy my books will also enjoy my take on this trope.
Even better? You can get So You Want a Second Chance (book 1) for free now through June 14th as a pre-order bonus when you buy the Love’s Treasure Collection. The collection is available on all ebook retailers for just 99c. Once you’ve ordered, you’ll just go back to the collection website and submit your information to start getting the bonuses. (They’re sent 2 at a time every couple weeks after the time you order.)
Book 2 of the series, So You Love to Hate Your Boss, will be included in the collection when it releases June 15th. And the remainder of the series is going to release one book each month starting in July.
You can find out about the Love’s Treasure Collection at the box website. That also has links to the set on the various retailers, information about the charity which will be receiving all the pre-order proceeds, and it’s where you submit your order info to get your bonus books.
Do you love billionaires too? Tell me why! Not a fan? That’s okay, tell me your major objections. Got a great Christian billionaire book to recommend? I’d love to know the title and author!