Guest blogger: Mel Teshco
The trials and tribulations of Taken by the Billionaire box set
by Mel Teshco, Christina Phillips and Cathleen Ross
After our boxed set, Taken by the Sheikh, became a bestseller with Amazon UK and US readers, and as we had so much fun writing our stories, Christina Phillips, Cathleen Ross and I decided to take the plunge again with another box set.
We all love writing about billionaires and were fascinated with the ‘stepbrother’ trend, so we decided to go with that for our next ‘Taken’ box set. After several weeks of discussing story ideas and tropes, Taken by the Billionaire Stepbrother, formed in our minds and on our pages.
Of course if we’d known back then what we do now I’m not quite so sure we’d have gone ahead with it at all! Three stories running on a continuing time line is not easy work. Once we started writing, I’d estimate close to three months of our heart and soul went into getting our stories right before we were all satisfied and we put up our book for pre-orders. Not that it’s a bad thing, we’re passionate about getting our work as perfect as possible before anyone reads it.
Imagine our shock (horror?) when, a week before release date, Amazon emails to tell us they’d cancelled all our pre-orders because they alleged that we hadn’t loaded the boxed set. We had in fact. But they didn’t tell us why and it took several emails before we managed to decode the problem. We had used the word ‘stepbrother’. Yep, ‘stepbrother’ became our Achilles heel, a word we had to wipe off our cover, and our blurbs. Not to mention our individual story titles, before Amazon would accept it.
I should add that our stepbrothers didn’t grow up in the same household or even think of their stepsiblings as being true sisters. There was no incest involved. But clearly we’re all very naughty girls and our stepbrothers were too hot to handle! We decided to Google the word stepbrother on all e-tailers and there they all were, countless stories with the shocking word ‘stepbrother’ on them.
So while the sanitized blurbs are up at all e-tailers, here’s the scandalous, ban-inducing cover copy—but be warned! Your eyeballs might just sizzle and your sensibilities quiver at the shocking words that follow!
He’s her stepbrother, and her every wicked fantasy…
Ravished by the Billionaire (Stepbrother!) by Christina Phillips
Dexter Jericho has it all – wealth, good looks and women falling at his feet. The last thing he wants is his little stepsister working in his London casino – until he meets her again. Because now Gabriella is all grown up and sexy as hell, and he can’t keep his hands off her. There’s only one problem – she might be a corporate spy, in which case he’ll keep her close and seduce her secrets from her.
Gabi’s had a crush on her stepbrother for as long as she can remember, and he’s finally noticed her. His scorching kisses and talented tongue make her forget this is a forbidden romance. Until she discovers the truth for his sudden interest and realizes his dirty little secret – is her.
Punished by the Billionaire (Stepbrother!) by Mel Teshco
Isabella wants no part of the Jericho fortune, not if it means being a puppet to her stepfather, Harrison Jericho. Instead she turns to her one skill and passion and becomes a professional gambler. Except no money in the world is enough to make her forget her eldest stepbrother, Max Jericho, or the scorching kiss they shared at a party.
Max has been keeping tabs on his beautiful stepsister, Isabella. He’s been half in love with her for years, and no amount of hard labor and bedding other women makes him forget her. But his feelings won’t mean a thing if she’s guilty of dragging the Jericho name through the mud. He needs to get her alone to uncover the truth. And now that he’s CEO of his very own casino, Bella is drawn to him like a moth to flame.
Except losing a bet to Max and staying in his penthouse for a week just might be Isabella’s biggest gamble yet. Especially when she discovers how far he’s willing to go to clear the Jericho name.
Trapped by the Billionaire (Stepbrother!) by Cathleen Ross
Tom Jericho has never got over the naked body slide his sixteen year old stepsister Christabelle Evernight performed on him when he was twenty-one. Born with a sense of honor, he wouldn’t take her virginity then but he’s certainly interested in having her now. After all, what’s a little dirty fun between step siblings and Christabelle has been a very bad girl.
There’s nothing more humiliating than being knocked back by the hottest, sexiest stepbrother Chrissy has ever seen, so she’s not going to Australia to work under him, except her stepfather leaves her no choice.
Tom Jericho knows her secret and he’s going to make her pay, but Chrissy has grown up now and she happens to enjoy Tom’s brand of punishment—and knows just how to pay him back.