Acquisition: Out of Tears by Toni Anderson

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Toni Anderson was born and raised in the UK, and now lives in the harsh, but beautiful Canadian prairies.
Formerly a marine and fish biologist, she (unfortunately) lives about as far from the ocean as physically possible. In an effort to recapture her love affair with the sea, she writes dark, contemporary, Romantic Suspense stories set in the beautiful, ancient, cobbled streets of Scotland, where she lived for many years. Crumbling sea walls and windswept beaches provide the backdrop for tangled romance and treacherous murder.
When she’s not writing, or traveling the world, she’s out walking, cycling and generally looking for plot ideas about how to kill people without the law catching up with her. Nothing like murder to get the brain working and nothing like true love to nourish the soul.

Visit Toni at her blog and Facebook. Or follow her on Twitter.

Out of Tears by Toni Anderson

Detective Inspector Nick Archer has a dark past and hides a terrible secret.  He’s spent the last decade putting Britain’s most notorious criminals behind bars, but hasn’t forgot the vow he made to the wife he lost to infidelity and murder.

American marine biology profession Dr. Susie Cooper has just started her dream job and wants to settle down.  Unfortunately, she’s attracted to men like Nick Archer, whose idea of commitment is staying the whole night.

For the first time in decades Nick’s actually falling for someone, the only problem is he’s using Susie to get closer to the man he believes murdered his first wife.  Another student is murdered outside the marine lab and Nick thinks he’s got a chance to nail his wife’s killer.

Betrayal and madness put Susie in danger and a tangled web closes around her until she finds herself fighting for her life.  Nick has to put aside preconceived ideas and prejudice if he is to figure out exactly who is threatening to destroy the woman he loves.

Coming in 2010 from Carina Press

Acquisition: Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape

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Author of over thirty popular books and novellas in paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance, Cindy Spencer Pape is an avid reader of romance, fantasy, mystery, and even more romance. According to The Romance Studio, her plots are “full of twist and turns that keep the reader poised at the edge of their seat.” Joyfully Reviewed said, her “colorful characters and plot building surprises kept me spellbound,” and Romantic Times Magazine says her “characters are appealing, and passionate sex leads to a satisfying romance.”

Cindy firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two teenage sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the three male humans who share her household. For more about Cindy and her books, you can find her on her website, www.cindyspencerpape.com or her blog, www.cindyspencerpape.blogspot.com

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape
Coming from Carina Press in 2010. Read an unedited excerpt below!

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Meet Amy…Erotic Romance Expert?

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Note: Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a second member of the Carina Press team, Amy Wilkins. You can see from her bio that she likes Chuck. I knew I liked her for a reason.

Amy Wilkins is Assistant Manager, Digital Content & Social Media for Harlequin Enterprises. When not dabbling with Carina Press, she works on Harlequin’s eBook production, blogs, Twitter account, and more. She has a growing reputation as the office geek. Her favorite things include: Chuck (TV), Lord of the Rings (movies), books (duh) and her Sony eBook Reader (just awesome).

You can follow Amy on Twitter

Last week, Emily introduced herself and blogged what it’s like being a Carina Press reader – and I’m here to introduce myself, too! At Harlequin, my title is Assistant Manager, Digital Content and Social Media. I work on things like Harlequin’s blogs, Twitter, audiobooks, and –the biggest part–eBooks. In 2010, a new job will be helping to figure out how to make the best Carina eBooks, too…but that’s a post for another day. Like Emily – and Malle, and Angela, and Aideen, and the others you’ve already met – I’m part of the Carina Press acquisition team, reading submissions for possible acquisition.

For Harlequin I have read slush submissions for Spice Briefs and Silhouette Nocturne Bites, and I currently still read submissions for Harlequin Historical Undone. In fact, some of you submitting may even have received rejections from me before. If you have, don’t let that stop you sending your work to Carina! I have a good memory for recognizing names and if I think a story comes in that I have read before, I let someone else read it. We are committed to giving everything – including manuscripts rejected by Harlequin – a fresh chance. For Carina, I tend not to read the historical submissions since I already read so many for Undone and I like the variety we see in the Carina inbox. Luckily there are plenty of other historical fiction fans on the team to read them instead!

My other responsibilities mean I don’t read nearly as much as Emily or Angela, but for the few submissions can get to, I find myself being drawn to stories similar to what I read on a regular basis: some fantasy/paranormal, the odd historical and erotic romance.

If you had asked me a couple years ago if I would become an erotica/erotic romance “expert”, I would have thought you were crazy. But between reading Spice Brief subs and reading the new Spice Briefs each month to write the blurbs that appear on websites, I’ve ended up reading quite a few erotic stories! I knew I had crossed a point of no return when Emily called me up to ask, “Is this normal in ménages…?” and I knew the answer. I’m sure my parents would be horrified!

So what stands out to me in a good submission? Some things I like are:
– Innovative settings and set-ups.
– Snappy dialogue.
– Heroes who strike the right balance between strong but not too aggressive (especially in a sexual way).
– Historical accuracy – I’m all for artistic license, but if a “fact” is a major part of a story, I have been known to crack open my university texts to look something up.

Keep in mind that I am also just one reader – at this point, many submissions are read by at least two people, so even if something doesn’t appeal to me personally, it has another shot.

But our erotic romance inbox is looking a bit slim these days, writers. If you have a story, please send it in! I’d love to read it… :)

Week Seven…Super Brain, Engage! Fire!

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Or something like that. After taking the better part of three days off in an extended weekend last week, thanks to Christmas, I’m finding it hard to get my brain engaged today. I’ve been answering a lot of emails–what I always do on Monday (and every other day of the week)–so that’s helping ease me in, but I have a feeling I’ll be fighting through the brain sludge today. I wonder how much worse it will be for the rest of the team tomorrow, after their four day weekend?

The great news is that last week, going into the holiday weekend, we made some acquisitions and I’m able to announce a few of them today. I love being able to do this, because the variety of books we’ve acquired so far is fantastic to me. I’m really looking forward to what we’ll discover next as we read submissions in the coming weeks. We’re moving through them fairly quickly now so get those submissions in when they’re ready!

I’m pleased to announce the acquisition of the following titles:

Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape (urban fantasy novel)
Out of Tears by Toni Anderson (romantic suspense novel)
Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon (urban fantasy novella)

Congratulations to those authors (and to us!) I’ll be sharing more about each title in the coming few weeks in individual blog posts.

Also coming the next two weeks are blog posts from the Carina Press team. You’ll get a chance to get to know each of them a little better so you don’t all think it’s just me here, running this thing single-handedly. Ha! That could NEVER happen. I’m a little bit in love with each member of the Carina team and their sheer awesomeness (for real, you have NO idea) and I’m excited to get to share that awesomeness with you in the coming weeks.

As for me, I’ll be over here at my computer this week. Copy editor tests went out last week–just before Christmas because I clearly have the best timing in the world–so hopefully I’ll be hiring some copy editors. I’ll also be working on the Carina style guide because now that we have books…we have edits! Other things on my to-do list in the coming weeks: author welcome package, editor guide to accompany style guide, read read read more submissions (keep sending those books in!), and maybe best of all? The launch schedule and giving books release dates!

Around the web, Christmas edition

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I’ve done a few more interviews, so I’m going to share those links below. Yep, it’s Christmas Eve but Carina Press is still hard at work (for the next few hours anyway). We’ll be taking Friday off from the blog, but I’ll be back on Monday with a weekly update, including information about all the new acquisitions we made this week! It’s Boxing Day in Canada on Mondayon Saturday but the Toronto office gets Monday off in honor of Boxing Day, so the rest of the Carina team will be off, but starting next Tuesday, they’ll be sharing some posts as well so you can get to know them a little better.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Carina Press team. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoy your weekend surrounded by good food and great friends.

An interview at Romance Writers of Australia.

Interview at Between the Lines.

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