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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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Romance authors talk with readers about Harlequin Online Reads

bff'sEver wonder what you’d say to an author if you had the chance to discuss each chapter of her story with her WHILE you’re reading her work? Wonder no longer! In the eHarlequin.com Community we have a tradition of inviting our Online Read authors to visit while the chapters of their stories are published in our Daily, Weekly and Special Event program on the Online Read section of the website.

These discussions have not only provided our readers with a great opportunity to learn how to craft a serialized story in a shorter format, they’ve given our authors a wonderful forum to discuss motivation, characterization and plotting…not to mention hot heroes, crafty villains and feisty heroines! In fact on a couple of occasions our Community’s love of a secondary character in an online read, has resulted in a spin off story dedicated to them!

So if you love talking books and think that reading AND talking with other fiction fans awith the author would be something you’d enjoy, why not drop in and visit? Here’s the list of discussions we are currently running in the eHarlequin.com community based on this month’s online reads, including our 60th Anniversary Spotlight story for Harlequin American Romance:

Single Doctor, Single Dad! by Janice Lynn

Returning to her hometown to care for her ailing mother has Dr. Jennifer Castillo reliving tragic memories—she can’t wait for her mother to recover so she can leave town, throw herself back into her private practice and forget the past. The last thing she needs is the complication of an intense attraction to her mother’s doctor!

Share your thoughts with Janice…

Hot and Wild by Jodi Lynn Copeland

Karen and Brian have a sex life to put the Kama Sutra to shame, and Karen has no doubt that their mutual passion will live on long after their Vegas nuptials. But on the eve of her wedding, she can’t help but think Brian is keeping something from her, something dark…

Join Jodi Lynn’s discussion on our message boards!

What Happens in Texas by Cathy Gillen Thacker

The morning after her sister’s Vegas bachelorette party, Jen Baxter wakes up with a splitting headache, wearing a gown she doesn’t recognize—and in the arms of a man she most definitely does! Will the ring on her finger jog her memory?

Join the fun with author Cathy Gillen Thacker


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