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December James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of “James” in their names or in their books. My December James Gang interviewee was unable to do the interview in time, so I'm interviewing myself concerning my involvement with the top-selling Romancing Christmas boxed set -- a heartwarming, ten-story, ebook.  :-)

1. What Marcia James' novella is included in the Romancing Christmas boxed set (only 99 CENTS! for a limited time on all major ebook stores)?

My second-chance-at-love novella, "Heating Up the Holidays," fit the Christmas theme of this romantic boxed set, and I was thrilled to be invited to be part of this project. My novella is one of several in the boxed set that feature a pet.

2. Who are the other popular authors participating in this boxed set?

Here's the list, along with the titles of all of our Romancing Christmas novellas:

USA Today bestselling author Dale Mayer ~ "Broken Protocols 3.5"
And from award-winning authors...
H.D. Thomson ~ "Shades of Holly"
Chantel Rhondeau ~ "Season For Love"
Leslie Lynch ~"Christmas Hope"
Sandy Loyd ~ "A Christmas Miracle"
Barbara Lohr ~ "The Salty Carmel Christmas"
Marcia James ~ "Heating Up the Holidays"
Carolyn Hughey ~ "Insanity Claus"
Tallulah Grace ~ "A Family for Christmas"
Rachelle Ayala ~ "A Father for Christmas"

3. Where can a reader find the book blurbs and excerpts for the boxed set's novellas?

On my website's Books page (, there are links to the novella's blurbs and excerpts -- just below the Romancing Christmas cover and description. Here's the book blurb for the entire boxed set:

Do you like your Christmas naughty or nice? From talking cats to hairless dogs, dashing doctors to scarred veterans, this boxed set from ten of today's hottest romance authors will warm your heart even on the coldest night!

4. What types of things did the authors do to promote Romancing Christmas?

We were lucky to have quite a few PR-savvy authors in this boxed set. We held a three-day launch party on Facebook that was very successful. Ads for the ten-story ebook ran and continue to run on major online sites and e-newsletters. Thanks to the connections the authors had made through previous books, we had many other authors and readers feature the "cover reveal" on their social media pages and blogs, as well as their reviews of the boxed set. We have a Romancing Christmas Facebook page (, and we tweet regularly. We've hit several Amazon top-selling genre lists, and we're doing well on other online bookstores, including Barnes and Noble:

5. Who designed the ebook's eye-catching 3-D cover?

Bella Media Management ( created the boxed set's cover. The company is very talented, and they also have a Facebook page (

6. How was it working with nine other authors on this boxed set?

Romancing Christmas is my first boxed set, and the experience has been wonderful. Each of the authors brought something to the project -- from promotion and social media knowledge to connections within the author/reader community. I've learned so much from these talented authors. I have an opportunity to participate in several 2015 boxed sets and look forward to them!

7. What would you recommend to other authors who are considering doing boxed sets?

First, obviously, put together a group of authors who will work hard to promote the boxed set, as well as work well together. Unless the authors want to incorporate, only one person can be the "publisher" of the ebook. So that person has to handle the ebook uploads, the royalties, the payments to the individual authors, and the 1099s come tax time. All of the authors have to share the cost of having the ebook formatted, the cover created, and the ads for the boxed set paid -- unless they are lucky enough to have a participating author who can format or design a cover. And each author needs to accept at least one of the volunteer "jobs" -- for example, creating and maintaining the Facebook page, managing the launch party, and collecting the novellas' book blurbs, excerpts, and reviews for use in promotion.

8. Where can readers buy this boxed set?

Romancing Christmas is available in ebook from Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iTunes. If these novellas were sold separately, they would cost a total of $9.99. But for a limited time, this ten-story ebook is available for 99 cents! I hope you'll check out the Romancing Christmas boxed set. It makes a great holiday gift!  :-)  Here are the purchase links:






Stop by next month, when my January James Gang interviewee will be mystery author, R. Franklin James!

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