The next collab I'd like to feature is the dynamic duo that is Christina C. Jones and Love Belvin. These beautiful ladies are cranking out hits individually, but decided to work together on a sports romance series that is loaded with sex, fun, drama, and love. These two powerhouses boast an impressive back list, but decided to come together in order to introduce us to the world of the Connecticut Kings. Make sure you pick these books up now!!
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Love: We’ve been friends for years and agreed to do a collaboration at some point. There were a couple of years of bouncing concepts back and forth, a few ‘No’s’ before we agreed on what is now known as Connecticut Kings. It was Christina’s idea and when she pitched it, I was able to jump right on in and weave together the foundation of its brand with her.
Love: For me, it’s seamless. When you’re creating with a natural born creator, it’s easy to yield to their vision and to even add substance to it. Christina and I talk every day and often it’s about work. So when it comes to Connecticut Kings (CK), it’s natural for us to share what our characters are giving us. Christina’s fictional universe is so vivid, it has been extremely easy to build a bridge and step into it.
Love: To be honest, I’m not sure if collaborating has brought us closer. As crazy as it sounds, I don’t see it. Though unintentionally on my part, Christina and I have grown to be legit friends. Again, we speak every day. Sprinkled in those conversations about work are those things even closer to our hearts like family, health, and women’s issues. Writing is a shared passion of ours, and the business of it has helped with our bond, but the fabric that weaves our friendship has been in place long before the CK brand. I hope, with all of these words I’m using (LOL!), I’m conveying our relationship transcends CK. In fact, if she decides to be done with it after CK3, I wouldn’t blink.
Love: Figure out why you want to do it. It doesn’t always make financial or branding sense to collaborate. I’m not sure this series has provided a significant crossover in terms of our respective readerships, or if it has simply been a journey of merging our creativity (just polishing our craft). I’ve seen more lucrative collaborations for a certain tier author than what I believe of where Christina and I are in our careers.
In terms of our brand, I believe this collaboration has been equally lateral. So decide on your end goal. What are you saying, Love? I’m saying as friends, Christina and I do this for fun, not for gain from each other. It’s not for strategic reasons. LOL! We’re equally and independently successful, tier-wise. The next best option would be to collaborate with someone to lift you a tier or two, if that makes sense. Hopefully, you authors can exchange equally beneficial rewards of partnering on said project.
Agree on the end date/point of the collaboration. Luckily for Christina and I, if we decide to end it, our relationship wouldn’t change. If we weren’t friends, it may be an awkward situation when one loses inspiration while the other is looking forward to the next installation. I often jokingly say, in this relationship, she’s the wife. She calls many of the shots and I color in between the lines. However, if your motives are purely business, layout your goals and visions from start to finish with your collaborator(s). Be sure it makes financial and branding sense for all parties.
Love: I’m a pseudo-fan, thanks to the CK brand. I’ve not committed myself to watching like I did back in CK1 days (2016), but I was sure to pay attention when my lover’s team played and won the 2017 Super Bowl. E-A-G-L-E-S!
Love: Hmmmmm… If I had to choose, probably Cole (though Mel Richardson is more my speed). I’ve always been super focused on whatever my goal is, even if it’s at the confusion of others around me. I made a ‘to do’ list in high school and carried it out until it was complete, in terms of my life goals. Then when that was exhausted, I created a shorter, bonus list and I’ve been working on that. My resolve has been strong. On the outside, some (in my personal world) may view me as put together and a beast in terms of creating and maintaining my world, but deep down inside I’m a woman like any other with many of the same needs.
Aside from that, Jade’s commitment to her husband is goals for me. Relationships are work, having a decided heart and mind carries you through the journey. I love that woman because of her determined decidedness!
Love: I’ve pitched to Christina and have been given a soft no. That’s honestly not a big deal between us. It’s happened so many times before. LOL! Then when we get to that right project, it’s an easy yes and, “let’s add this to it!” The next thing you know, we’re bridging our fictional universes again.