Thanks to everyone who entered to win the holiday contest and helped promote the holiday novella releases. I hope you also had a chance to pick them up and start reading!
Here’s a list of the winners from the contest. Please email me at angelajameseditor AT gmail.com to claim your prize as soon as possible!
(1) $28 gift vouchers to the Funky Monkey Metalwork Etsy store: Susan Saxx
(1) $21 gift voucher to Rebecca’s Whims: MGSunshine
(2) $37 gift vouchers to the Simply Willow Etsy store: Kare_bear83 and Eleanor_Anders
(1) $15 gift voucher to an online book etailer of your choice: brandy
Print copy: Holiday Kisses: FatLipGloss
Print copy: A Clockwork Christmas: antinmitchfield
Print copy: Men Under the Mistletoe: what_ever_for
Thanks again for participating!
Today marks the release of the second annual holiday collections. Unlike last year, I decided to edit all 12 of the holiday stories for the 2011 collections. First, I adore holiday novellas and second, I don’t get to edit much anymore, and this was a great opportunity (third, working with me actually seemed to be a draw for some authors. They’re crazy like that!).
You guys, words cannot express (because I’m not an author) the depth of my love for how these 3 collections of 4 stories each came together. The authors were a dream to work with, I loved each and every story, and I’m just kind of…giddy…with how awesome I think the collections are. Here’s all three of the collections (with links to the individual stories as well). Keep reading for info on my giveaway.
We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail
This Winter Heart by PG Forte
Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz
Far From Broken by JK Coi
Stories also available for purchase separately. 117,000 words
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Love!
A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.
This Time Next Year by Alison Kent
A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton
It’s Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon
Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
Stories also available for purchase separately. 103,000 words
Baby it’s Cold Outside
A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.
My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March
Winter Knights by Harper Fox
Lone Star by Josh Lanyon
The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell
Stories also available for purchase separately. 116,000 words
I have the following prizes up for grabs:
(2) $28 gift vouchers to the Funky Monkey Metalwork Etsy store
(2) $37 gift vouchers to the Simply Willow Etsy store
(1) $15 gift voucher to an online book etailer of your choice
All four of these vouchers are good towards any purchase in their respective Etsy stores.
I’m also giving away
(1) each special, limited edition print copy of each of the 3 holiday collections (Holiday Kisses, A Clockwork Christmas and Men Under the Mistletoe). These print editions are not for sale anywhere, but can only be won from either Carina Press or the collection authors!
You can enter to win up to 3 times. To enter, either tweet or post on Facebook using the hashtag #ajwin (the hashtag is the only way for me to track your entry). Do NOT comment here to enter.
Tweet or FB post, with the #ajwin hashtag, a link to each individual collection on the Carina Press website along with a promotional message for that collection. Yes, I’m using you to do promo. But look…stuff to win!
You get one entry per collection for a total of three entries. This contest is open to everyone over the age of 18, and is open to international participants. Contest closes at 11:59p Eastern December 6th, 2011. Winners will be chosen by random draw on December 7th and notified via Twitter/Facebook. Winners must collect their prizes by December 8th, 5:59p or new winners will be drawn.
Sample tweets/posts (and since you have more room on Facebook, feel free to say a bit more :P) You can tweet/post whatever you like as long as it’s (not rude) got the collection name, the hashtag and a link to the collection on the site!
A Clockwork Christmas, the steampunk holiday anthology is now available from Carina Press. Check it out here: http://ow.ly/7Phz8 #ajwin
A Clockwork Christmas is a good way to give the steampunk genre a try. Four novellas in one book! http://ow.ly/7Phz8 #ajwin
Holiday Kisses brings you 4 holiday contemporary novellas that will put you in the holiday spirit! http://ow.ly/7Pjx5 #ajwin
The contemporary novellas of Holiday Kisses bring together four bestselling contemporary authors in 1 book! http://ow.ly/7Pjx5 #ajwin
Take a break from the holiday madness with 4 m/m romance holiday novellas in Men Under the Mistletoe http://ow.ly/7PjUF #ajwin
The 4 m/m holiday novellas of Men Under the Mistletoe are a delightful mix of naughty and nice! http://ow.ly/7PjUF #ajwin
In addition to trying to win the prizes, I hope you’ll all check out the collections, and the individual novellas. I really believe they’re all fabulous reads and the perfect length for passing the time while you stand in long holiday lines, or just take a break at the end of the day. If you do read them, please let me know what you thought!
(reminder, do not comment here to enter to win. Those comments will be deleted. Thank you!)
In celebration of our one year anniversary, I asked as many of our Harlequin team members and Carina Press freelance editors as possible to write a short blog post, talking about what the past year or so has been like for them, working on Carina Press. I deliberately didn’t provide any direction other than that, because I wanted to see what people came up with, in the spirit of Carina’s 1st anniversary. I was so pleased when I saw what they’d all come up with, and had to say (and some of these posts made me just a little teary)! I hope you enjoy the post, and look for your opportunity to win a Carina Press book at the bottom of this post. If you’re curious about my thoughts on the Carina Anniversary, you can find me on the Carina blog today, and on Nadia Lee’s blog, talking about it ~Angela James
Rhonda Stapleton is a freelance editor for Carina Press. You can follow her on Twitter.
Happy 1-year anniversary, Carina!
Being an editor for Carina Press has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life. This past year, since Carina launched, I’ve read hundreds upon hundreds of submissions, edited some amazing manuscripts, learned the fine art of balancing my schedule and bonded with fellow freelance editors over how glorious cheese really is.
Here’s a bulleted list of a few things I’ve learned, experienced, loved and hated about being a part of Carina this past year:
–You really can’t be too nit-picky about the details within a manuscript…because if you aren’t, the copy editor will be. Those people catch EVERYTHING and will make you feel dumb with every. Single. Manuscript. And if they don’t, the readers do, and then we get to hear ALL about it, haha.
–There’s something intoxicating about being one of the first people to get a real gem of a manuscript. As you’re reading, you’re already planning how you’re gonna pitch it for acquisition, looking for edits you think it needs, etc. In short, you’re vesting yourself in it…and THAT’S how I know a story has hooked me.
–One of the only things I hate about working for Carina? When I fall in love with a story and get to acquire it…only to lose it to another publisher. I finally understand how awful that feels. IT SUCKS.
–The other thing I hate about working for Carina? Having to reject manuscripts (not writers…manuscripts). Sometimes I fall for an author’s voice, but the story itself doesn’t work for me. Sometimes the author needs to work harder on the craft before submitting. Sometimes a story is sooooo close but not quite there. It never gets any easier, regardless of the reason for rejection, and I always feel guilty about it. Luckily most authors are incredibly gracious.
–I love working at home. As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on my covered patio, listening to birds chirp. The sun is warm, soft, with light breezes flowing through the large screened windows. My old job? I was in a gray cubicle facing the men’s bathroom. Yeah, I’m happy to be done with that.
So, happy 1-year anniversary, Carina Press! Thanks for letting me do what I love most—read, bond with authors and make stories as strong as they can be.
To celebrate Carina’s one year anniversary of publishing books, we’re giving away some prizes. Today, on each of the nineteen blogs our team members are featured on, we’re giving away a download of a Carina Press book to one random winner (that’s nineteen total winners!) All you need to do to be entered to win is comment on this post. You can enter to win on all nineteen posts. In addition, on the Carina Press blog, we’re giving away a grand prize of a Kobo ereader and 12 Carina Press books of the winner’s choice. Visit the Carina Press blog to enter to win, and to see links to all 19 of today’s blog posts.
And a sincere thank you from all of us, to our readers and authors, for making Carina Press’s first year a success!
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest for Sarah Wendell’s book Everything I Learned About Love. It was so interesting hearing the widely varied responses for what your favorite read so far in 2011 was. And I love that some of you named Carina Press books. Yay!
Without further ado, the winner of Sarah’s ARC, a Carrie Lofty book, Carina Press downloads and a book of her choice from the list in this post is Alison
Congratulations, Alison! I’ll be contacting you for details of where to send your loot.
For those of you who didn’t win, stay tuned both here and on my Twitter. I have an entire bookcase full of swag and loot I need to get cleared out of here (including three ereaders!) so I’ll be holding a ton of contests on Twitter, via my newsletter and here on the blog!
Of course, now I have Katy Perry singing in my head thanks to that post title.
But despite Katy Perry in my head, I have a giveaway for you! This weekend, I was in New Jersey and visited Sarah Wendell, the very Smart Bitch, herself. Sarah’s written (another) book and I happened to know she’d gotten ARCs. And since I’ve been to her house before, I knew exactly where the box of ARCs would be kept (in her dining room). So, with much stealth–okay, no stealth was needed because you know what’s an excellent distraction? A 6 y/o (mine) a 5 y/o and a 3 y/o (hers). Try to stay focused with those three running around. Just try.
So while the children ran interference (yes I’m evil, I use children for my nefarious plans) I walked directly to the box, though fiercely protected by not one but two monstrous beasts (okay, just cats), and snagged a copy of Sarah’s upcoming book, Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels. I have that copy here (okay, it was in my purse, but NOW it’s here. See?) and I’m giving going to give it to you.
Okay, so I’m not exactly giving it to each of you, but I’m going to give it to ONE of you. I’m giving you a chance to win Sarah’s book, which she is enormously proud of, and though I haven’t had a chance to read it (don’t worry, I won’t read your copy, I have a digital ARC, neener) I am also enormously proud of for her, because it’s the second book Sarah’s written! (Haven’t read the first? Why not? Buy Beyond Heaving Bosoms, look it’s only $6 for the print version!)
But first I have to tell you, because this picture amuses me, when 2 women and 3 kids get together for lunch and dessert, the table can look pretty crazy when they’re done.
But I’m sure all you really want to know is how to win. Wait! Don’t you want to know about the book? I’m in it! (twice!) Sarah interviewed romance readers and romance authors and used their words of wisdom to bring together a unique collection of insight into just why romance novels really can help you learn about love. Maybe we’re not all heroine perfect, or hero alpha, but romance novels still guide our lives. Here’s an example (see, I really AM in it).
I know I’ve said I haven’t had a chance to read it yet (what? I JUST got the ARC) but I’ve skimmed through it, flipped through it and read a few bits here and there and, I promise, if you’re a romance fan, you want this book.
Wait! There’s more. In the spirit of the book, which is about all sorts of romance books and authors, I’m going to give you not just this ARC, but also a print or Kindle copy (your choice) of one of these books by authors who appear in Sarah’s book:
Naked in Death (or any In Death book) by J.D. Robb
Slave to Sensation or Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean
Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Any of the Destiny series by Toni Blake
When Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
I’m not done! I’ll also give you a digital copy of Carrie Lofty’s (who appears in the book!) Song of Seduction or Portrait of Seduction from Carina Press. AND your choice of 2 other digital copies of any Carina Press book released (or in ARC format if I have it).
To recap: you get an ARC of Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels, your choice of a print or digital copy from a list of books, a Carrie Lofty book from Carina Press and 2 other books (in digital format) of your choice from Carina Press. That’s (counting on fingers) five books for one winner! And yes, I will ship internationally so this contest is open to all.
What do you have to do to enter? Leave a comment (with a valid email address, please) and tell me what the best romance you’ve read so far in 2011 is. It doesn’t have to be a 2011 release, just the best romance so far in 2011. If you haven’t read a romance in 2011 (why not?) then just tell me what you’ve heard is a great romance people have read in 2011.
Just a quick note, as long as you fill in your email address where requested, you don’t need to put it in the comment form. I can still see it!
Contest will run until Friday, May 27th at noon Eastern and the winner will be chosen randomly via random.org, though you’re certainly welcome to try bribery. This is a personal contest run by me, and has no connection to either Sarah, SmartBitches, the authors listed or Carina Press.
And Tuesdays are always a difficult day. And because we were talking about this cover today via email (again, for the one millionth time). And because Jaci is one of my best friends and I want to support her release…I’m giving away two copies of this cover…
I mean, two copies of this book. The book. The cover’s just a bonus. Well, I mean, the cover comes with the book, but the awesomeness of it is a bonus. What’s inside lives up to the cover quite…perfectly.
I’ll give away 2 copies, digital or print, your choice. I’ll even mail to international winners as long as the book remains available at the Book Depository (who makes mailing internationally so much easier). To enter, all you need to do is comment below and tell me, do you want digital or print (seriously, could it be any easier?)
Contest ends Thursday, February 10th @ noon Eastern. Make sure you comment with a valid email address filled in, so I can contact you. Winners will be chosen via Random.org. Everyone is eligible to enter and win, even if you’ve won something here before. No bonus points for drooling over the cover in the comments, but feel free to do so anyway.