Angela James has a vision for this blog – she wants it to be an informative and entertaining place where readers and authors alike can get some insight into Carina Press and the books we publish.
Sometimes we have very different ideas about what to post here. I tend toward the more…’promotional’ topics (it is, after all, my job to sell our books!), she wants us to be true to our editorial vision. She’s usually right, but I can’t help myself! I’m a marketer at heart.
But today I’m not thinking about marketing, or sales, or web development. I’m thinking about my Mom. In fact, I’m not actually at work today – I’m at the hospital with my Mom as she undergoes her second round of chemotherapy. So, since my Mom is on my mind, I will tell you about her, and how, through her, I knew Carina Press was going to be a success.
My Mother is a reader. I don’t remember a single night of my entire childhood that she wasn’t curled up on the couch in our living room with a book in hand long after everyone else had gone to bed. She passed along her love of books to my sister and I by reading to us every night before we went to bed. I think she must have read me The Tawny Scrawny Lion at least 500 times (and that is no exaggeration!).
For someone who loves books, a job at Harlequin/Carina is a dream come true – especially since one of our perks is all of the books we have around the office! My Mom has especially enjoyed this perk – every few weeks I get the not-so-subtle hint that she “has nothing to read”. A few days later, I pass along some of my current Harlequin favourites. I’ve been tempted to slip in a Spice (Harlequin’s erotic fiction line) to see her reaction, but I haven’t quite worked up the nerve.
But other than being generally supportive and looking for a few good books to read, my Mom hasn’t been all that inquisitive about my job….until Carina Press, that is.
My Mom discovered Facebook, and when I ‘liked’ Carina Press, she did too. And then, one day on the phone we had this conversation…
Mom: So. That Carina Press. With the ebooks. How does that work?
Me: What do you mean?
Mom: Well, how do you read them? Do you need a special reader?
Me: No, you can read them right on your computer if you want. Why?
Mom: Because I want to read that book! The Scottish one!
You see, my mother is Scottish, and earlier that week, Angela had posted the cover and blurb for Sea of Suspicion, a romantic suspense set in Scotland.
It was then, long before we actually sold our first book, that I knew that Carina Press was on to something good. Publishing good stories (and with compelling covers) was enough to pique the interest of a book lover like my Mom. She’d never even contemplated ebooks before – but the draw of an interesting story was enough to ‘drag her over to the dark side’ as Angela might say.
I hope they pique your interest too.
P.S. Now, if you can, go home and give your Mom a call and tell her you love her.
P.P.S. If, like my Mom, you like all things Scottish – you’ll love Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson and her more recent release Storm Warning, or for a fantastic historical, give Hope Tarr’s My Lord Jack a whirl. Sorry Angela! I can’t help myself. ;)