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TALES FOR THE CAVE #5: Box sets: To buy or not to buy, that


Yesterday a reader, responding to a question about whether or not they’d buy The Perfect 10 box set, wrote, “I probably won’t. I don’t recognize any of these authors.

Seriously?  Ugh! Putting my fragile ego aside, I responded, “You might be pleasantly surprised.” 

Here are four more reasons for her taking the leap of faith.


First, box-sets save avid readers loads of money. Sets often contain multiple full-length novels, which are priced to sell and sell quickly, the prices ranging from $0.99 to $3.99. Why? Authors want to introduce their work to new readers.


You can find sets containing a single genre (i.e. Mainstream mysteries.) You can find sets containing a mix. The Perfect 10, for example, not only contains Romance, but mainstream mystery, suspense, paranormal, and futuristic tales.


Second, you might find a new favorite author writing in your favorite genre.


Let’s face it, most of our favorite authors are only releasing one to two books per year, which we frequently devour in one sitting. This leaves us starving for more. Yes, there are new authors coming forward every week, but few of us have the funds to discover them at full price. Boxed sets are a great way to discover new authors within your favorite genre without busting the bank.


Third, readers often discover a favorite new genre. Never having read a futuristic romance, you might hesitate to pay $4.99 for a single book to find out if futuristic romance is right for you, but for $0.10-$0.50 - the cost of a single book within a mixed-genre set - you take a chance. If you love the new genre, you got a bargain. If you didn’t, you’ve spent only pennies and can shake it off as a lesson learned. 


Fourth, you can load your Kindle, Nook, or I-Pad with weeks of reading in just seconds and can now get to the good stuff and begin reading immediately.


Truthfully, I only visit my Kindle’s “shop” when I have a specific book in mind, because I hate scrolling through pages of titles. Yes, it might be a list of “Today’s Bestsellers,” but I don’t have time to waste clicking on what appears to be a promising title, only to discover I selected  a new weight-loss book or, worse yet,  an ode to the much-maligned pigeon. ( Aye, seriously, it happened. )


So, that’s my take on boxed sets and why I was thrilled to be invited to join The Perfect 10 project.


How do you feel about them? 

February Contest Winner!

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I’ll be posting March’s contest info with my next blog.

Have a great day,

Sandy and her Highlanders

Books & Chocolates for Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate today and the re-launch of my award-winning novel, The Laird, the first book in my Castle Blackstone series, I’m giving away a collection of autographed books and a fancy box of chocolates!

Just tell us about your best Valentine surprise!

The winner will be chosen at random from those who post a comment below.

Wishing you a day full of love and laughter,


Contest ends February 28, 2013

Tales From The Cave #5: The Scot


Although the weather can be brutal, February holds a special place in my and the Scot’s hearts. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Four years later to the day he got down on one knee in the snow, held out a beautiful diamond ring and asked me to marry him.

Twenty-one more Valentine’s Days passed. Then one night as we were about to race out the door to the Valentine’s Day charity fundraiser I’d been chairing, the Scot said, “Please sit down. I need to tell you something.”

I’ll not lie. My heart stuttered as we settled on the couch. We’d been married a long time and he’d just partnered in a start-up company. Which was in trouble? I braced for the worst. Looking terribly serious, he took my hand and said, “I was going to wait until after the event tonight to tell you this, but thought you should know now.”

My heart did stop then. His gaze had remained on our locked hands. As his thumb brushed over my wedding band he said, “I promised years ago that I’d always let you know how things were going.” He then pulled a black box from his pocket.  

I blinked in disbelief as he slipped a gorgeous diamond bracelet onto my wrist.  He grinned as he said, “I just thought you should know that I love you as much today as I did when I asked you to marry me.” 

He then kissed me soundly.

And people wonder why I write romance? 

Does Valentine’s Day hold any special memories for you?