By Cheryl Bolen
I owe a lot to the Kensington Precious Gems line. My second published book, a Regency historical titled A Lady by Chance, was published there in 2000, shortly before the line shut down. It was soon published in Dutch.
I went on to publish eight more historicals with Kensington in the next five years. I felt I could publish at a quicker pace, but I was grateful for any slots I could get in the publishing schedule.
Then in 2011, epublishing took off and I was fortunate enough to get in during those early days when reading devices were gaining their foothold in the marketplace. The first book I re-published was that Precious Gem. It stayed in the Top 100 bestselling historical romances at Amazon for two full years.
Because it performed so well, Crossings translated it for the popular German market—becoming my first-ever book in German.
It gets even better. I banded with three other Regency authors two years ago to put out a boxed set of four full-length Regency novels titled Scandalous Brides. My entry in that set was my solo Precious Gem, Lady by Chance. That set soared to number 4 on the New York Times bestseller list for combined print and digital and to number 12 on the USA Today bestseller list.