Mistake One. If you’re writing more than one story for a series, keep them in the same genre, general length, and heat level. Search & Rescue was a short, two-flame, M/F novella, while Ely’s Epiphany was a scorching hot, four-flame, M/M short novel. In the revised version, Search & Rescue was extended and heated up to three flames. Ely’s Epiphany was updated to reflect the new marriage laws for LGBTs. While the genres (M/M and M/F) remained different, both stories were edited for a better transition.
Mistake Two. If two stories are related, advertise them as a series. Both stories were written at about the same time. I like Lexie’s guardians so much that I gave them their own story. Even though, I didn’t advertise them as such, I could have with the second story and on the publisher’s webpage.Mistake Three. The marketing window is much shorter with seasonal books. Ely’s Epiphany was my first Christmas story. The following year SCP released The Twelfth Night Queen, a Christmas-time sweet Regency romance. Champagne re-released it last Christmas. While it got a LASR five-star rating, sales after the season were not that great. I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any more seasonal stories, unless they are short as part of an anthology.
So here’s the info on the two stories:
SEARCH AND RESCUE: Lexie's Guys 1 ($1.99)
A search doesn’t always end with a rescue. One look at Captain Taylor Jackson at a Career Day at Spring Hill College and wealthy coed Lexie Carter knew he was The One. In six months they’re engaged and the wedding set for after graduation. When Taylor is reported killed in action in Afghanistan two months before their wedding, Lexie is devastated, her hopes for a family of her own crushed. Can she survive a future without Taylor or will she succumb to her grief?
Army Ranger Taylor Jackson fell in love at first sight with young Lexie Carter. While on a mission in Afghanistan, he is captured by insurgents after taking his brother’s place on patrol. When Taylor escapes and returns home on what should have been their wedding day, Lexie has disappeared under ominous circumstances. Can he find her in time to rescue her from her fate?
ELY'S EPIPHANY: Lexie's Guys 2 ($1.99)
Will Christmas bring a breakup or a new beginning for ex-Green Beret partners Ely and Todd? For Todd Anderson, a West Point graduate from a wealthy family, it was love at first sight. Living with Ely wasn’t easy, but it was the only life for him. When Ely plays too nice, Todd fears his partner—his first and only lover who introduced him to the gay lifestyle and sizzling hot sex—is preparing him for a Christmas breakup. Will this Christmas be their last together?
Ex-Green Beret Ely Locklear survived a childhood filled with poverty and abuse by building a wall around his heart. Although the millionaire mercenary and entrepreneur has a family and partner who love him, the wall and rough edges remain. When his ward’s new Army Ranger husband shows him that loving someone isn’t a weakness, he wonders if it’s too late for a fresh start with his partner.
Champagne Books: https://goo.gl/ualwZy