Jenny is one of my favorite people for a number of reasons. First, she’s super efficient. I mean like scary super efficient. She’s got spreadsheets for her spreadsheets and she’s always on top of things, despite the fact that she tracks about a billion details for all of Harlequin (and Carina) digital. Possibly she’s bionic, I’m not sure. Add that on to some super smartiness about all things metadata, and workflow and efficiencies and yep, probably bionic. Second, when we go out to dinner, I can always count on Jenny to share a bottle of white wine with me (neither of us are red wine drinkers like most of the others). It’s important to have someone to share a bottle of wine with. And third, beneath her efficient and organized exterior is a hidden sense of wicked humor, which makes her fun to hang out with and take shoe shopping. See, how can I not like her? Organization, wine, humor and shoe shopping. An irresistible combination.
AJ: To start, tell us your job title as well as what you do for Harlequin and Carina.
JB: My job title is Manager of Digital Content, which means I manage the production and distribution of ebooks for Carina Press and all Harlequin imprints and romance series. I work with the very awesome Amy Wilkins and Emma Cunningham to make sure that all our ebooks are made properly, and on sale and ready for download when you’re ready to buy them! But like a lot of folks on the digital team, that’s not all I do. I also sit on the Carina Press acquisitions team, and run our ongoing program of social media training webinars for authors.
JB: I carpool with my husband, who does all the driving, and we listen to a couple of different top-40-type morning radio shows. To be honest I’m such a zombie in the morning that I usually kind of zone out until I get to work and drink that all-important First Coffee Of The Day.
AJ: Can you read a submission where the heroine has your name/hero has your SO’s name?
JB: Well, very few romance heroes have the same name as my husband, so I’ve never had to answer that! But I have a fairly common first name, so I’ve had to get used to reading about Jen, Jenny, or Jennifer and her search for love.
Ooh, that’s a tough question! I read so much across so many genres that I don’t think I could choose just one favorite. There are a few authors who are “auto-buy” for me – that is, I will buy whatever new book they have out, no questions asked, trusting that I’ll like it! A few of those are Deanna Raybourn, Laura Caldwell, Emily Giffin, and Sophie Kinsella.
AJ: What are you reading right now? What was the last Harlequin or Carina book you read?
Right now I’m reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. So many of my favorite bloggers and book reviewers have raved about it that I just had to pick it up!
The last Harlequin book I read was His Valentine Surprise by Tanya Michaels (Harlequin American Romance), when I was in the mood for a quick contemporary romance read. Before that I read Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison (Harlequin TEEN) – I guess I was craving a romance to cleanse my palate between YA novels!
The last Carina Press book that I read, aside from those that I read as part of my work on the acquisitions team, was The Bartered Virgin by Chevon Gael. It’s a delightfully saucy Edwardian romance set in New York – a bit of a departure from the usual historical romance!
I must add that I love the opportunity to read submissions and report on them to the acquisitions team; I’ve read so many amazing Carina Press books that aren’t published yet – we’ve got some awesome stuff coming up this year!
AJ: Dark, milk or white chocolate? Or no chocolate?
I’m not much of a chocolate person, but I can’t say no to any chocolate with nuts in it. The mix of salty, crunchy nuts and sweet melty chocolate is irresistible to me — the darker the chocolate, the better. (Technically, white chocolate isn’t even chocolate!)