Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Big Day for Harlequin (the baby Peregrine Falcon)

It was a big day for the little bird at 225 Don Mills Road, as staff, invited guests and honored dignitaries arrived for a special ceremony yesterday in her honor. Wildlife biologists from the Ministry of Natural Resources secreted the feisty fledgling from her perch on the drafty ledge across from Harlequin’s headquarters in Don Mills under the watchful eye of Mama Quest. It took some subterfuge and a few anxious moments but the baby was escorted successfully across the street and then presented in person to employees in Toronto and in New York via internet and webcam. It was confirmed by a weighing in that she was indeed a female and officially christened Harlequin, and then banded with dual citizenship in honor of her parent’s cross-border romance.

Little Harley (as she’s known affectionately) has been stopping traffic and hearts since before she was hatched some 21days ago. This amazing story began when CEO Donna Hayes, herself an avid birder, noted the courting behavior of two Peregrine Falcons eventually identified as Quest from Rochester New York, and Kendal a local lad from Toronto. The romance blossomed and soon the pair was busy preparing for the imminent arrival of their much anticipated offspring. Initially somewhat overwhelmed by motherhood, Quest quite literally dashed hopes for a successful hatch by inadvertently pushing two previous eggs off the nest site leaving just the one viable egg. But, since the hatch (and WHAT a day that was) Harley has provided endless conversation in our offices about her size, condition, status and was she just a LITTLE too close to
the edge of the ledge when she fell out of the box today and OMIGOD did you see that?

Harlequin looks none too impressed as she is weighed.

And of course proud Papa Kendal, who has been stockpiling special cache spots with mountains of fresh food for Mama and Baby, deserves a special mention for eventually figuring out that he too must help out with the domestic duties and has been ably assisting Quest by swapping time out on the nest – this is after all a 21st Century Romance!

Today’s event was attended by special guests, the Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources who presided over the banding ceremony, representatives from the Canadian Peregrine Foundation and members of the media in addition to a Peregrine Falcon back up team and ararely seen and endangered Barn Owl. Each of us in fact had the opportunity to band our selves with special Harlequin hearts Peregrines bracelets in honor of the occasion.

The Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, Harlequin CEO Donna Hayes and Harlequin PR Manager, Melanie Dulos.

Donna shows off her own Harlequin Hearts Peregrines band.

And now we wait for…..Harlequin’s first flight!



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With her trademark blend of action, suspense and down-to-earth, realistic characters caught up in extraordinary circumstances, Carla Neggers’ novels never fail to take her readers on an exciting journey.  I caught up with Carla at Book Expo America to chat about Saint’s Gate.

Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers

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June 21, 2011 · 3:28 PM

Kristan Higgins is a double RITA award-winning author of Catch of the Day and three other romantic comedies. Until There Was You is a story about the power of first love, the return of the high school bad boy, and how the years have changed the people involved. Family roles, rivalry, what it means to be chosen…all that juicy stuff.

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

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June 19, 2011 · 4:06 PM

I sat down with Iron Fey author Julie Kagawa at Book Expo America to discuss the series and what fans can expect next…

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

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June 15, 2011 · 1:02 AM

Confession of an Adventurous Reader!

I honestly had no idea how adventurous a reader I was until I joined the Carina Press team.

Harlequin’s editorial offerings are satisfying and rewarding, but unbeknownst to me I was in a reading rut. The crux of the problem is that here at Harlequin I’m never short of reading material and the creativity and innovation of our series authors delivers a wide and wonderful variety of plot and storyline. I have my favorite genres and authors and I’m very much within my happy place reading the series and single title books from our publishing program. My tastes run towards romantic suspense, historical and the occasional paranormal but as they, say ignorance is bliss. When I started overhearing conversations from the Carina Press acquisition team about Space Opera, Dystopian, Male/Male and Steampunk Fiction, I started thinking….what on earth? And then I started thinking…how can I get to read some of this?

I asked for some recommendations and started with a few titles, loved them and eventually was asked to join the acquisition team. And although for the most part I still read to my taste, the manuscripts I read these days are often set in alternate universes, featuring hot heroes and heroines battling demons or steam powered automatons in a world threatened by extinction. My three favorite genres in one….Winning!

Some of my more adventurous reads this year include:

Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell

Photographs and Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

Tempting the Enemy by Dee Tenorio

Tangled Past by Leah Braemel

The First Victim by JB Lynn

Have you been adventurous in your reading lately?

To celebrate Carina’s one year anniversary of publishing books, we’re giving away some prizes. Today, 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!

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