Celebrating—and Reminiscing on—Five Years of Carina Press PLUS a Giveaway!

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By Angela James, Editorial Director, Carina Press

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It’s been five years since one of the most crazy periods of my life. Last week, our team was reminiscing on Carina Press’s first anniversary via email and a member of our leadership team mentioned that he didn’t think I slept during the six months leading up to our launch. I’m sure he’s right, but launching a business is similar to childbirth in some ways: the sleepless nights, the stress, the worry, and the heartache along the way—they’re all worth it to see the thing you love grow and thrive.

This week, it hardly seems possible that we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of Carina Press! Many things have changed in the past five years (there are fewer sleepless nights now that we’re full grown) and often those changes feel accelerated at warp drive, because five years is a very long time in digital publishing, where things change daily. But so many things have remained from our early days, including our commitment to acquiring and publishing fantastic stories by wonderful and talented authors. If anything there has changed, it’s a daily increase in my gratitude to those authors who continue to choose us to publish their incredible stories, in a time when they have an array of publishing choices.

The other thing that hasn’t changed is our promise to readers: to find and publish compelling books that they think about, talk about and share. Along with that is our continued promise to be the publisher you can trust in genre fiction. Romance readers, no messing around with that happy ending!

As I reflect back, and okay, ask for a little help from our numbers people, it’s astonishing to realize we’ve published almost 900 individual titles, worked with over 400 individual authors, launched several dozen debut authors’ careers and sold over 6 million books around the world. In five years. Maybe I do need a nap now.

But it all started in June 2010, when we published 40 books. And we got there in just six months, after we opened our doors to submissions in November 2009.  No wonder people think I didn’t sleep; sleep wasn’t possible. Still, when I reflect back on some of those titles, and how far those authors have come today, how far Carina Press has come, it truly was all worth it, and if I had to go back and do it all over again, I totally would.

Here’s  a look back at just a few of those first books.

CARINA_9781426893513_ExclusivelyYoursEXCLUSIVELY YOURS by Shannon Stacey

Book one of The Kowalskis was one of 10 books that released our very first day! Since then, Shannon has written eight more books in The Kowalski series, five novellas, and on August 25, HEAT EXCHANGE, book one of Boston Fire will be available in print and ebook. Featuring the brotherhood of a Boston firehouse, this series packs plenty of heat!

If you’ve read and loved Shannon’s Carina books already, check out some of our other contemporary romance authors from the past five years:

CSP_MotorCityFaeMOTOR CITY FAE by Cindy Spencer Pape

Cindy wrote three more books in the paranormal shifter series Urban Arcana before the release of STEAM & SORCERY in 2011, the first book in The Gaslight Chronicles, her steampunk romance series.  Steampunk is just one of the many genre trends and mashups that Carina Press has been on the forefront of over the years. Cindy has written eight steampunk romances for us, including ETHER & ELEPHANTS, out in August.

If you’re a fan of Cindy’s Urban Arcana series and want more steampunk or shifter books, try these Carina authors:

JSB_TheBloodgateGuardianTHE BLOODGATE GUARDIAN by Joely Sue Burkhart0515_9781426899898

This fantasy romance was Joely’s first book with us. Joely has written three more for Carina since, including the deliciously dark erotic thriller ONE CUT DEEPER, which released last month. Seriously, you want to read this book.

If you read and loved ONE CUT DEEPER (and if you haven’t, go on, we’ll wait!) and want more dark, intense romance, check out these Carina authors from the past five years:

FATAL AFFAIR by Marie ForceFatal-Affair-covers

Marie Force and her wildly popular characters Sam and Nick have been with Carina Press right from the beginning. There are now eight books in The Fatal Series (plus the novella FATAL DESTINY), with FATAL FRENZY releasing this September. And there’s more! The Fatal Series has had three cover changes. The gorgeous Washington, DC-inspired covers showcase the newly available print editions.

9780373002573_prdIf you can’t get enough Marie Force, make sure you check out the print edition of Fatal Affair, in stores now, to read ONE NIGHT WITH YOU, a brand-new prequel novella about Sam and Nick’s intense first night together all those years ago.

And if you’re looking for more romantic suspense reading, add these Carina authors to your TBR today:

 

CARINA_0413_9781426895685_TEXASTANGLETEXAS TANGLE by Leah Braemel

Proving that cowboys are always hot, Leah has written five books from Carina Press, ranging from contemporary to historical, from erotic to ménage to BDSM—always with a cowboy hero (or two). TEXAS TANGLE is the first in Leah’s Texas Tangle duology, also available in a box set.

If you’re eager for more erotic romance, check out these talented Carina authors:

HF_LifeAfterJoeLIFE AFTER JOE BY HARPER FOX

LIFE AFTER JOE was the first male/male title Carina Press published, but it was far from the last LGBT book we acquired. Harper went on to write Nine Lights Over Edinburgh and Winter Knights for Carina Press, and was joined by many authors who write inclusive fiction across all our genres.

Looking for more male/male or female/female books? These Carina Press authors are some of the best in their genres:


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 Comment on this post with your favorite Carina Press book for a chance to win 1 of 5 Carina Press prize packs! Sweepstakes ends June 12, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Open to US and Canada only, excluding Quebec. Full rules HERE.
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to our winners, Amy M., Susan T., Heather Coulter, Leanne Hiner and Christina Marie Rose!

107 thoughts on “Celebrating—and Reminiscing on—Five Years of Carina Press PLUS a Giveaway!”

  1. Nikki Brandyberry says:

    I’ve read so many it’s impossibe to pick a favorite. I did just read One Cut Deeper recently though and I LOVED IT. Dark, twisty and surprising!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      It’s soooo good, right! You’ll have to watch for TWO CUTS DARKER, coming February 2016. :)

  2. Lindsay B says:

    Most of my favourite books come from Carina. Julie Moffett’s LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY series is my favourite series, no question (NO PLACE LIKE ROME my favourite of the bunch).

    I also loved Cathy Pegau’s RULEBREAKER as my top sci-fi romance, followed closely by Zoe Archer’s COLLISION COURSE and CHAIN REACTION, not to mention K.C. Burn’s VOODOO AND VICE.

    Shawna Thomas’s ALTERED DESTINY forever changed the way I look at fantasy romance. I also loved Nicole Luiken’s GATE TO KANDRITH and Jane Kindred’s THE DEVIL’S GARDEN.

    Then there’s historical romance! I can’t say enough good things about Bonnie Dee’s CAPTIVE BRIDE.

    …can you tell I like the books you publish? Lol.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choices! Thanks for your support.

  3. Michelle G. says:

    I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of any of the title from HelenKay Dimon. Such fun, sexy stories with strong heroines and the alpha heroes that love falling for them.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choice! If you loved CHAIN OF COMMAND, watch for LINE OF FIRE, coming this October!

  4. Caitlan McCollum says:

    Ooo love contests! I actually just put the Gaslight Chronicles on my wishlist. I heart steampunk so it’s very likely to be my fave once I get it read! (Looking like I prolly need to go ahead and buy it though with that awesome coupon code! Y’all are awesome!)

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes! Hope you were able to pick up some books during our anniversary sale. If you’re all caught up on the Gaslight Chronicles, don’t miss the next book in the series, ETHER & ELEPHANTS, out next month.

  5. KatieF says:

    I will always have a special fondness in my heart for Shannon Stacey’s Exclusively Yours. I was pretty new to ebooks then and it was the very first title I bought to side-load onto my then brand-new Nook.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for sharing your memory! You’re excited for HEAT EXCHANGE, book one of Boston Fire, right?!?

  6. library addict says:

    Though I loved the entire Kowalski series, I have a special place in my heart for Exclusively Yours.

    I’ve been introduced to so many new/new-to-me authors thanks to Carina. I’ve read and enjoyed so many Carina books and have more in my TBR mountain.

    Happy Birthday!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks so much for the kind wishes! Here’s hoping the next five years introduce you to many more authors and that you one day conquer your TBR mountain. ;)

  7. ML says:

    I loved the whole Kowalski series.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choice!

  8. Jennifer Klimowicz says:

    One of my favorite Carina books is Knowing the Score by Kat Latham.

  9. Julie says:

    Anything by Joely Sue Burkhart or K.A. Mitchell. Happy anniversary!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      2016 will be a good year for you! ;)
      Thanks for the kind wishes!

  10. Kathleen Barker says:

    I love the Kowalski’s so much!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choice! Have you read Shannon’s holiday novellas, too? Her next one, A FIGHTING CHANCE, releases this September. MMA fighter + holidays = win!

  11. Neena Christianson Martin says:

    That would have to be The Kowalskis series by Shannon Stacey. Marie Force and her Fatal series was a very close second.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choices!

  12. Lisa B says:

    Leah Braemel’s Texas Tangle is one of my favorite. Who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy?

    Happy 5 Carina!

    Lisa B

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Amen! Thanks for the kind wishes.

  13. Jenn H says:

    You want me to pick just one? Not possible. Carina has opened my eyes to so many incredible authors, including Shannon Stacey, Del Dryden, Rebecca York, Alison Packard, Leah Braemel, Vivian Arend, Calista Fox, Jodie Griffin and so many more. Happy Birthday, Carina Press – can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      We didn’t say this would be easy! So thrilled you’ve discovered so many great authors! Thanks for the kind wishes. :)

  14. AmandaS says:

    Congrats on 5 great years! :)
    I love The Midnight Series by Lisa Marie Rice! It’s hard to pick favourites!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes! Lisa Marie Rice’s Men of Midnight series is pretty amazing. Which is your favorite?

  15. Amy M. says:

    A favorite? Really? Why must you do this to me?!?

    In all seriousness though, it’ll probably be the FATAL series by Marie Force. Romantic suspense is probably one of my favorite romance sub-genres. Marie Force brings that in the Fatal series along with a very strong female lead. Plus it’s set in Washington DC. & Since I moved to DC for grad school, it’s almost like I can be in the book, right? I’ll be happy to take Nick off your hands any day. ;)

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Congratulations! You are one of five winners of the Carina Press anniversary prize pack. To confirm your eligibility, please email your mailing address to marketing@www.carinapress.com

  16. Elaine Willis says:

    Anything by Lisa Marie Rice. I’m reading Midnight Secrets right now.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Did you love it?! MIDNIGHT FIRE is out in less than two months!

  17. Liz says:

    I hope you’ve all been cerebrating a very hard-earned, happy 5 years!

    My favourite books also happen to be the very first ones I read from Carina Press when I was on the look out for NA romance books to read. I LOVE Allison Parr’s New York Leopards series (especially Rush Me!) and I’m always quick to recommend them to everyone! :)

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks so much for the kind wishes!

  18. briana gaitan says:

    I love Alison Packard’s books! I’ve heard of a few other Carina Press authors but aren’t too familiar with any others yet.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choice! If you’re looking for more sports romances, try searching for Michele Mannon, Kat Latham, and so many more from this great list: http://bit.ly/1e1xyJ0

  19. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love The Kowalskis! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Happy Anniversary!!!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes!

  20. Avonna Kershey says:

    Carina Press has continually become more and more my go to to find new romantic suspense/mystery authors over these past five years. Case in point, Marie Force is a wonderful author that I can’t get enough of! Keep finding great authors like her and Lisa Marie Rice and I’ll keep returning and telling all my friends!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      If you like Marie Force and Lisa Marie Rice, don’t miss Edie Harris’s Blood Money series! Many more new romantic suspense books coming later this year and into 2016.

  21. Christine Maria Rose says:

    I just started picking up Carina Press novels last year and I’m really impressed by the genre coverage and quality of the books. Thanks for an excellent 5 years and looking forward to many more!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Congratulations! You are one of five winners of the Carina Press anniversary prize pack. To confirm your eligibility, please email your mailing address to marketing@www.carinapress.com

      1. Christine Maria Rose says:

        Thank you so much! I’ll do that!

  22. Jan says:

    Love, love, love the Lexi Carmichael series.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Excellent choice!

  23. Stephanie Christine says:

    One Cut Deeper by Joely Sue Burkhart!!! *swoon* Charlie :) I also enjoyed her Bloodgate Warrior. Here’s to many more Anniversaries!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Total swoon! Don’t miss TWO CUTS DARKER, out February 2016. Thanks for the kind wishes. :)

  24. Brandi H says:

    I loved one of the first Exclusively Yours!!! Happy birthday!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes!

  25. Brenda M says:

    There are so many great Carina books. I just finished re-reading the Fatal series by Marie Force after reading the new novella “One Night With You”. Can’t wait for September to read more about Nick & Sam! Happy Anniversary! Here’s to another 5 years!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      We’re also very excited for September! Thanks so much for the kind wishes. :)

  26. Heather Coulter says:

    I love everyone of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Congratulations! You are one of five winners of the Carina Press anniversary prize pack. To confirm your eligibility, please email your mailing address to marketing@www.carinapress.com

      1. Heather Coulter says:

        Thank You. Email Sent.

  27. Allie F says:

    I found so many wonderful authors at Carina! My favorites include Lauren Dane, Shannon Stacey & Lisa Marie Rice.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks! You’re in luck: new books from Lauren, Shannon and Lisa Marie coming this fall.

  28. Holly Stiner says:

    I LOVE the characters in the Kowalski Series! Yours to Keep is one of my favorites! I read for pleasure, so I want to read a book that I can just transport myself and get lost in, whether the setting is in a big city or a small town. I love it when books are so well written that you can almost feel that the characters are right there next to you.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      #TheBest

  29. AuntieKristin says:

    I love Sam and Nick from the the Fatal series!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Great choice! Thanks for sharing. :)

  30. Deidre says:

    My very first Carina book was Sharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King. Absolutely loved it, so I kept coming back for more! More favorites than just one, however!

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for sharing!

  31. Linda Q says:

    Julie Moffett’s Lexi Carmicheal series is one of my favorites, so any of her books in the series are among my favorites

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Lexi is a great character! Thanks for sharing!

  32. MM says:

    I might have made another choice but you mentioned Marie Force and now it’s stuck. Great series.

  33. Catherine Witschger says:

    I love the Julie Moffett’s “Lexi” books! ‘No Biz Like Show Biz’ is my favorite!

  34. Juneth says:

    I love the Lexi Carmichael series!

  35. Terri says:

    OMG, I read just about all of those first books and loved them. I don’t know if I could make a choice. I love Julie Moffett’s Lexi books….after all who could resist a geek girl. And, Marie Force’s Fatal series is awesome. Cindy Spencer Pape does a wicked steam punk. And, I can’t forget Leah Braemel…..this was one great book! Each book is so different but all the authors are extremely talented. I don’t think I can choose.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      No one said this would be an easy choice. ;)
      Thanks for discovering the work of so many of our talented authors over the years!

  36. Stephanie Collins says:

    All the Shannon Stacey books! :-) OF DOOM!!!!!

  37. Peggy says:

    Has to be Murder in Real Time by Julie Anne Lindsey :)

  38. Debbie Price says:

    I like No One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett. Thanks for this great book giveaway!

  39. Christy says:

    Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey and Plus One by Brighton Walsh

  40. Sunny says:

    I’m addicted to the Fatal series. Long live Nick and Sam!

  41. Jo says:

    Julie Moffet for me. Lexi is great

  42. Jenn Close says:

    I am currently reading “The First Victim” and I am just loving it!

  43. cleo says:

    Has it been 5 years? Wow.

    I’m pretty sure that the first ebook I ever bought, before I owned an ereader, was from Carina. So thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of digital romance.

    Some favorites are Margaritas and Mistletoe by Shanon Stacey, Nine Lights over Edinburgh by Harper Fox and Collision Course by Zoe Archer.

  44. maren says:

    I have enjoyed the holiday books, especially those by Lauren Dane, Jaci Butyon and Shannon Stacey. The Companion Contract by Solace Ames was a visceral read that really stayed with me.

  45. Tammy G says:

    Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

  46. Carol says:

    So many to choose from, how do you pick just one. I’ve read mostly Sci-fi Romance and Urban Fantasy. I would pick Cathy Pegau’s books.

  47. heidi wimmer says:

    No Place Like Rome by Julie Moffett! That’s just one of many!

  48. Lynda Dickey says:

    I love Carina books and just finished a Julie Moffett / Lexi Carmichael marathon.

  49. Tanja says:

    I am in need of all Marie Force! Have read book one and NEED to complete/catch up! So many Carina Press books and so little time. Can you throw in a vaca just so I can read them all too? LOL! Thanks for the chance :)

  50. Karen says:

    Just started the FATAL series by Marie Force.
    Really liked FATAL AFFAIR – definitely reading more of them!

  51. Susan T. says:

    Happy birthday Carina Press and many more! :) My favorite is my first, Aztec Gold by Caridad Piñeiro.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Congratulations! You are one of five winners of the Carina Press anniversary prize pack. To confirm your eligibility, please email your mailing address to marketing@www.carinapress.com

  52. R S says:

    Became aware of your group by reading Samantha Ann King. & have liked pretty much everything else I’ve had a chance to read.
    Here’s to 5 more years + another 50 on top of that.
    Happy Birthday!

  53. Nikki F says:

    Waiting for Ty by Samantha Ann King & First Time Forever by KC Burn. Plus I love the M/M holiday anthologies! Also, everything by AM Arthur & Josh Lanyon. And so on….
    Happy 5th Carina Press!! :)

  54. Karen Carothers says:

    I love everything Cindy Spencer Pape writes. Steampunk is so awesome.

  55. Jsylee Nizza says:

    I love Marie Fore and Helenzkay Dimon books. I say authors that I need to start reading their books. Thank you.

  56. Kaylee Nizza says:

    I love Marie Fore and HelenKay Dimon books and authors books thst I would love to read. Thank you.

  57. Kerry Pacious says:

    The Midnight series..specifically Midnight Promises by Lisa Marie Rice!

  58. Suzanne Thatcher says:

    Loved The Kowalskis Series by Shannon Stacey .. Looking forward to her Boston Fire Series coming in August ..

  59. Julie Whiteley says:

    Marie Force is the one who comes to mind first, but I really like all the authors Carina represents. Happy Birthday!

  60. Trisha C. says:

    The Lexi Carmichael series by Julie Moffett is amazing!!

  61. Michelle Koebel says:

    I love all of the Kowalski books by Shannon Stacey.

    Happy Anniversary!

  62. Chelsey Langley says:

    Texas tangle is my favorite happy five years and many more

  63. Deborah Rudd says:

    Loved Texas Tangle or anything else by Leah Braemel!

  64. Linda Henderson says:

    Love, love, love Marie Force and anything she writes.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for sharing!

  65. Kacy Callin says:

    Love anything Cindy Spencer Pape
    And RLNaquin pooka in my pantry was fantastic, the whole series was exceptional.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Don’t miss Cindy Spencer Pape’s ETHER & ELEPHANTS, out next month!
      Agree with you on RL Naquin’s series. It’s always sad when a great series ends.

  66. Connie R says:

    Loved Marie Force. Fatal Flaw

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for sharing!

  67. Leanna Hiner says:

    Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, the first book I read by her. I love her books. I have it on my Kindle.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Congratulations! You are one of five winners of the Carina Press anniversary prize pack. To confirm your eligibility, please email your mailing address to marketing@www.carinapress.com

  68. Rhianna says:

    Dark Vow by Shona Husk, one of my all-time favorite books.

    1. Carina_Press says:

      Thanks for sharing!

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