Monday, July 11, 2016

Reinventing a Series - Legend's Landing Bed & Breakfast Books @MaddieJames

Things happen in publishing. Good things, bad things. And these days, one can always be certain of this... Things change. To be an author, in any day and age, takes resiliency.

For example, the first Kensington line I wrote for closed after my 4th book. The second line I wrote for there, also closed after publishing book 2. I was now an orphan. I also had just gotten a new day job and stopped writing for a while (um, 5 years...) and by the time I got back to it, the entire industry had changed. I decided to work my way back into publishing via a small press.

It went bankrupt, and took my one contracted book with it (a week before it's scheduled release). The book was lost in litigation for quite a while, then purchased by another publisher, who released the
rights back to the authors. (thank you for that good deed) Finally, I tried another small press and was with them for some time. During that era, I co-wrote a contemporary romance series of books with three other authors. We ended up moving that series to my own publishing house a few years later--and then (remember, wait for it) stuff happened.

After six years, I had to make a business decision, and closed my own house to outside authors. (I still publish under that house name myself.) But what to do about this co-written series? The authors decided it was time to break up the set. Each author was now fully in control of her own books and took them to self-publish.

I decided to rebrand, republish, reinvent. With a new logo, and new covers to tie them all together, and a new short story to add to the mix, Legends Landing Bed & Breakfast books were (re)born, nearly 9 years after the original stories were published.

And now, readers can purchase the entire set for a bargain price for a limited time only. The collection is now up for preorder at most places (coming very soon everywhere else) with full release on July 25.


This set includes the 13 stories of the original Legend’s Landing Bed & Breakfast series, including the eight Matchmaking Chef stories, all in one ebook collection! This collection includes:

Bed, Breakfast and You – Chef Suzie Schul tangles with fling from her past only to realize that he’s come to town with a plan—and that plan includes making her his, forever.

Home for the Holidays – When Suzie’s estranged sister Chelly finally comes home for the holidays, Suzie does more than forgive her sister – she sets her up to reconnect with her old high school flame. 

Perfectly Matched – Chef Suzie is cooking up more than biscuits when she tries to work matchmaking magic with the town wallflower, and the hunky country music singer who has come to town.

Hot Crossed Buns – What’s a small town cop to do, when the love of his life runs away when he pops the question? He hires a matchmaker to lure her back.

Dates Du Jour – Speed dating? Speed eating is more like it when Suzie tries to matchmake puppy nanny Lyssa Larkin with every available bachelor in town.

Side Dish – When Nora Patterson meets Suzie, the Matchmaking Chef during a book signing at her store, she finagles a matchmaking picnic lunch date for two. But her date seems more interested in her best friend, Becca…

Mate to Order – When Suzie’s success as a matchmaker hits the national scene, about the same time as her debut cooking show, her new producer comes to her with a list of requirements—for a ‘mate to order’ husband.

Murder on the Mountain – Legendarian Kate Carpenter thinks her Tennessee State trooper husband is dead. ATF Agent Michael Lehman knows he is not. When he goes undercover in her Legend Elementary classroom, his mission is to determine how Kate fits in the middle…

Romancing the Scone – Suzie’s cousin Sidney Schul, owner of Sidney’s Sugar High Coffee Stop and Bakery, makes the best damned scones south of the Mason Dixon. All is well until a mysterious stranger stalks her scones, and attempts to romance her out of her famous recipe.

Better Than Chocolate – When chocolatier Scott Matthews escapes to Legend, he wants nothing to do with anything chocolate. New York transplant, Jillian Bass, only wants to start over in a new town with her chocolate shop, Bittersweets. When Scott takes one whiff of her Belgian truffle, all bets are off….

Hard Candy Kisses – New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and Patti Jo Baker has tried every trick in the book to land a date for the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at The Lodge. This includes setting up a kissing booth at the Legend Elementary Winter Carnival….

Star-Crossed – When Jasmine Walker returns to Legend after a fifteen-year absence, she doesn’t expect her troubled teenage past to collide with her well-planned, professional future.

Not This Christmas – Nora Patterson crashes into the back end of Reverend Rock Peterson’s SUV on a snowy Christmas Eve night, and finds herself snowbound with the attractive minister. She’s prayed for someone to share her life—could Rock be the one?  

Now available for preorder at: Google Play | Kobo | iBooks | B&N
Will be available for purchase at Amazon on 7/12 (early release)
Maddie James writes romance – but don’t try to pin her down to one genre. From edgy suspense to flirty contemporary romance to darker erotic titles, she just wants to silence the people in her head. Find out more at


  1. I don't know where you find TIME... Can't wait to get this. I'm pretty sure it's new to me.

  2. Thanks, Liz! I'm finally finding the balance again between work and writing, but this was a project that did take some time to pull together. I'm just glad it's finished!

  3. Loved it when you said your books were re-born. Good way to put it. Funny how life steps in and kind of scrambles everthing in our lives. Great article!

    1. Thanks, Karen! What is that old Irish saying? Man plans, and God laughs? I think we should always expect the unexpected!

  4. I love the back story and look forward to the series. Yes, we writers need to be most crearive creatures as our careers ebb and flow with the tides of publishing.

    1. Thanks, Kathleen. And we Gems girls have sure experienced a lot of creativity, right?

  5. I think you're so amazing. Does you day have more hours than mine?

    1. Ah shucks, Cheryl. I wish, but no. I often think the same thing about you. You seem to do so much. :)

  6. Such great marketing ideas, Maddie. I wish I had your energy and creativity!

  7. Good for you, Maddie! Being an author requires survival skills that surpass Bear Grylls in the wilderness. Congratulations on the new release of the collection.


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