In my first bookstore job, working for Books Inc. in San Jose, CA, we made some pretty unique box sets of books. My favorite was the Complete Louis L'Amour box set, which contained all of his books that had been released in paperback at the time--somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 books. It was several feet long, covered in denim, and had a pocket on one end in which was tucked a checklist of all the books within. The pocket had a red tag sewn to it, like Levis jeans do, only this one said "Louis." It was elaborate. And somebody bought it, despite a price tag that was the sum total of the retail prices of all the books.
So box sets can be pretty cool.
Writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I are part of a fantastic virtual box set--it's all e-books, so it doesn't have an actual box--containing tales from seven different authors (six stories, since ours is a collaboration, hence the name Sensational Six). Here's the official description:
Six Sensational Stories from award-winning and best-selling authors that include:
- Love with a psychic
- Trapping a saber-tooth tiger
- A mercenary and a rebel
- A fae and a werewolf
- An ascended vampire and the darkening
- An epic battle between a werewolf cop and the Army of Evil.
Dare to take this ride of action and adventure in sci fi, fantasy and paranormal romance!
The set goes on sale November 17 (and for a limited time, for only 99 cents!), and will be available in every e-book format from a variety of retailers.
Marcy has put together a terrific web page on her site with descriptions of each book, so take a look there. It'll have preorder/buy links as soon as they're available. Our contribution is a fantasy novella called "A Soul in the Hand." You're going to want it.