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Monday, October 2, 2017: Dedicated Issue: Waterhouse Press

Waterhouse Press: MIsadventures Series

Editors' Note

Books & Authors

The Misadventures of Waterhouse Press

Meredith Wild

It started four years ago as a self-publishing venture, a way for an aspiring romance author to publish her books and find an audience. Although the books did well, Meredith Wild found it difficult to get the placement and promotional opportunities traditionally published authors received. So, in 2014, she added a name--Waterhouse Press--thinking that would make it easier to gain access to e-tailers, retailers and the press. Having a name helped, but what mattered more was what Wild calls her "sheer tenacity of knocking on doors until people would listen" that got the company noticed.

In the meantime, Wild built Waterhouse Press into a true publishing house, and it's blossomed so much that now it has eight staff members besides Wild, handling everything from acquisitions and editorial to production, marketing and publicity. Waterhouse continues to publish books by Wild but has expanded and now has a stable of a dozen writers who it's publishing in some unusual ways, with a focus on creating brands and expanding their markets.

The most striking new venture of Waterhouse Press is the Misadventures series, whose first title, Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss, appeared last month and whose second title, Misadventures of a Good Wife by Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt, appears today. (More on the first six Misadventures titles below.)

The books are "short, sexy reads," Wild says, stand-alone titles that "hopefully readers would enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed writing." She's also described them as "Golden Books for adults" and says that "fun" is a key element, making the books "the perfect bedside read, a 'quick blush' for the reader who loves a page-turning romance."

They're the first titles Waterhouse Press is publishing in hardcover; other titles have been published in trade paperback, and overall sales have been overwhelmingly digital. (The company's print distributor is Ingram Publisher Services.)

The series has its origin in what Wild calls "a casual and extra steamy writing project" she began with author friend Mia Michelle. (The pair's Misadventures of the First Daughter appears October 30.) "We had no formal plans to publish the story, but we had so much fun writing it that it gave me the idea that other authors might want to join in," she says.

Wild has chosen each of the authors who are writing for Misadventures, based on works by them that she's read and loved.

Continuing the approach she took with Mia Michelle, Wild has written several of the Misadventures books with other authors. The process is "incredibly fun," she says. "Writing with a friend takes some of the pressure of plotting away, because there's always an element of surprise when I get a chapter back and have to figure out where to take the store next."

The Misadventures series will continue next year, with seven more titles slotted for the spring season. They include three books by authors who have fall Misadventures titles: Lauren Rowe (College Girl), Angel Payne (Time Traveler) and Helen Hardt (Rockstar). In addition, Kendall Ryan, Toni Aleo and Elizabeth Hayley (the pen name for a pair of friends named Elizabeth and Haley) are also contributing title. Meredith Wild is also writing a new story on her own, called Misadventures of a Virgin, which will be released in January.

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures on the Night Shift by Lauren Rowe

The Fall Misadventures Titles

The first six titles in the Misadventures series make their fun, steamy debut this fall:

Misadventures of a City Girl
by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss ($19.99, 9781943893409, Sept. 12, 2017). Madison Atwood needs to get away from the paparazzi hounding her after divorcing a Hollywood big shot. She discovers Avalon Springs, a rural retreat in Northern California, where mountain man Luke Dawson lives off the grid and away from people on purpose. He considers Madison a distraction, until she finds his cabin and a way into his heart. Together they face the wrath of mother nature, a test of whether or not their relationship is more than a fling. USA Today bestselling co-author Chelle Bliss has also written the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series.


Misadventures of a Good Wife by Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt ($19.99, 9781943893461, Oct. 3, 2017). Kate and Price Lewis had a perfect marriage, one that ended in tragedy when Price died in a plane crash overseas. A year later, Kate's sister-in-law invites her to come along on a three-week girl's trip to the South Pacific. There, on the beach near a secluded island villa, Kate spots her supposedly dead husband. Loyal, heartbroken Kate deserves answers, but all she gets from Price is a cryptic response: go home at the end of her vacation or disappear with him forever. Kate must decide if her former marital happiness is worth forgiving Price his terrible secrets. Helen Hardt is the New York Times bestselling author of the Steel Brothers Saga and the Temptation Saga.


Misadventures with a Super Hero by Angel Payne ($19.99, 9781943893447, Oct. 10, 2017). A young night shift worker at a five-star Los Angeles hotel gets accosted by a worse-than-average weirdo. She is saved by Bolt, a superhero hunk who also happens to be Reece Richards, her boss. She falls for him, but Reece has commitment issues with an evil ex and is preoccupied by a global business empire--not to mention a supervillain out to destroy the city. Angel Payne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Suited for Sin series and the Cimarron Saga.


Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black ($19.99, 9781943893423, Oct. 17, 2017). Carson Frost inherits a confectionery company that will make billions in the long run but is strapped for cash in the short term. To survive the next 60 days, he takes a loan from a business rival. There's only one catch: Frost has to marry the man's daughter. He can get out of that stipulation by marrying someone he's already in love with, a difficult proposition when Frost isn't even dating. Enter struggling actress Ella Hope, who goes along with Frost's deception only to find their fake romance getting too real. Shayla Black is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovers and More Than Words series.


Misadventures of the First Daughter by Meredith Wild and Mia Michelle ($19.99, 9781943893454, Oct. 30, 2017). Charlotte Daley has been both spoiled and neglected her entire life. Now that her dad has been elected president, she's determined to make the most of her lack of parental supervision by going on a partying spree. The Secret Service agent assigned to protect her, Zane Parker, has to hide his feelings for Charlotte while trying to prevent her from causing a political scandal. He offers to show the First Daughter the excitement she's been looking for in exchange for her obedient behavior, but their new arrangement threatens to cause even more trouble. Mia Michelle is the author of the Rose of Thorne series.


Misadventures on the Night Shift by Lauren Rowe ($19.99, 9781943893430). Abby Medford enjoys her job as a night shift hotel clerk. The quiet and solitude let her read and study law books. When rock star Lucas Ford checks in to the penthouse suite, he demands personal room service from Abby. When his requests turn erotic, Abby's simple good times threaten to grow into an emotional connection she doesn't want. Lauren Rowe is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club series.

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures of a Valedictorian by M.F. Wild and Mia Michelle

Waterhouse's Other Adventures

Waterhouse's stable of writers includes Helen Hardt, author of the Steel Brothers Saga. The series recent title, Surrender, won bestseller status immediately. Hardt has also written the Temptation Saga and Sex and the Season, an erotic historical series, and Waterhouse has acquired her backlist and rebranded them to appeal to a mainstream market.

Waterhouse took the same approach when it signed Audrey Carlan, acquiring her backlist and rebranding it. Carlan is the author of the Calendar Girl series, a series so popular that the 12 books have been published in 30 languages. Carlan is also the author of the Lotus House series and the Falling series.

And, of course, Waterhouse has continued to publish Meredith Wild's work. Her Bridge series is about three siblings who live in New York City, trying to break away from the expectations of their wealthy, privileged and broken family.

Wild's Hacker series, currently published by Forever, Grand Central Publishing, stars Erica Hathaway, an Internet entrepreneur, and Blake Landon, a rumored hacker and would-be investor who "pushes her to limits at every turn." Their business relationship is complicated by their attraction to each other, which takes them on an intense journey filled with sex, jealousy, murder and betrayal.

Even as Waterhouse Press has grown, the company aims to keep a "boutique" feel. As Wild says, "We do big things with a very small group of authors and titles so that we can stay focused and make every project a hit."

One example of this: when Waterhouse Press signs new authors, it always asks what their biggest wish is, Wild says. Sometimes the authors want to have their books be a bestseller or be published in a foreign language or "see their face on a banner." Whatever the answer, "we take the dreams of our authors very seriously," Wild says. "Whenever we're able to make one come true, that's my proudest moment as a publisher."

The company is a virtual enterprise, with most of staff in the Boston area and Florida. "In a perfect world, I'd have my entire team closer for more regular face time," Wild says. "But the 9-to-5 office routine wouldn't fit our company culture because most of us work unconventional hours--whenever we need to." Staff in the two "hubs" get together as needed, but overall "thanks to technology, we're well equipped to get the job done from any location with good wifi!"

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures of a Good Wife by Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures with a Super Hero by Angel Payne

Waterhouse Press: Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black

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