From the Editor’s Desk: Query Letters

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Here at Carina, we’re always looking for new authors to sign, publish and build. But we recognize that putting your manuscript out on submission can be an intimidating process. How do you make your manuscript stand out, from the query letter to the last page? We’re here to demystify the submissions process by giving you some insight into what a Carina Press editor looks for when she opens up a submission for review.

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor. Stephanie is the first pair of eyes on many queries submitted to Carina Press, so she’s here today to talk about how you can make your query letter shine.

Sending your manuscript out on submission is a big deal. You’re putting yourself out there, asking us to fall in love with your manuscript and make you an offer. We want that too! At Carina we are looking for books to acquire, not books to reject. A good query letter can be an extremely effective way to rocket your book to the top of our TBR pile.

There are two things you’re showcasing in a query letter:

1) Your book

2) You (the author)

We want to learn about both, but it’s vitally important that your book come first. Think of a query like the marketing blurb you see on a retailer site; if you were selling your book to a reader, what would make them pick it up? The first paragraph(s) of your query letter should convey tone and character, and hook us on the key story elements so that we want to dive in right away.

And don’t forget to include the basics: word count, genre, and whether there are any future books planned in the series. These details are vital information for your potential editor to have.

After you’ve hooked us on the story, it’s time to tell us a little more about yourself. What kind of information should you include? While basic bio information can be helpful, at this stage we’re more interested in knowing what kind of support plans you have for spreading the word about your writing. Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you have a website set up? Our digital commerce and marketing teams work closely with our authors to promote their books across your platforms as well as ours (and those of third-party retailers), and having an online presence is the first step to building marketing momentum for your book.

Additionally, we give authors the option to submit to a specific Carina Press editor when sending in manuscripts. Although this is an option, not a requirement, I would recommend taking advantage of it. Research us online, find out who loves what type of story, and target your submission if you think it’s perfect for one of our editors.

One last note: professionalism is important in querying; by sending a query you are proposing a business partnership. Editors are friendly people, but too casual a tone can be off-putting before we’ve met officially. Don’t be afraid to showcase your personality, but keep professionalism in mind! (No need to send pictures of your cats, for example. :) )

Remember:

  • Start with story–personal details can come later!
  • Put any story hooks front and center
  • List your website and social media information
  • Be professional

Writing query letters can be stressful, but we really do appreciate all the effort you put in. And remember, in the end, your book is the most important thing. We look forward to reading it!

Thank you for reading—we hope these tips have you excited to submit your manuscript to Carina Press! Here are some quick references to help you through the submissions process:

  • We’re always open to submissions!
  • We respond to all submissions within 12 weeks.
  • Have a question and can’t find the answer on our guidelines page? Email us at Submissions@CarinaPress.com and we’re happy to help.
  • Looking to target your submission to a specific editor? Find out more about editor submission calls here.
We are currently acquiring We do not publish/no longer accept submissions in
All subgenres and heat levels of romance (excluding inspirational romance) Non-fiction of any form, including memoirs, biographies, poetry
New Adult Women’s Fiction
Historical romance Horror
Mystery and Crime (all sub genres) Thrillers
Action Adventure Literary Fiction
Science Fiction (and sub genres) Faith-based/inspirational fiction or romance
Fantasy (and sub genres) General historical fiction (any historical fiction that does not contain mystery, fantasy, alternate history or romance as primary focus)
Interactive Adventures Young Adult

 

Looking for more information on our submissions process? We’ll have more posts coming in this series, and in the meantime, you can read about our acquisitions process here, and find out more about what an editor does here.

Ready to submit? Click here to start your publishing journey with Carina Press!

 

Genre Spotlight: Post Apocalyptic

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The world as you know it may have ended, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great stories to be told. Post Apocalyptic fiction is all about life after the civilization we know is brought to an end, leading to action, adventure and romance!

Three Post Apocalyptic Reads You’ll Love:

 

Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole

{881AA019-DAF1-4FCB-8A1A-47BAC88F7A44}Img100When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

 

Salvation: A Defiance Novel by Stephanie Tyler

{5C94A94C-7CE1-4824-97B7-91539841BFD1}Img100Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of–the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club–without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.

Keller’s mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she’s his. It’s the one thing that will keep her safe.

Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop’s lead. And that’s where the lines begin to blur, because what’s been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller’s protecting is something he’ll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.

Click here to discover the rest of the Defiance series

Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone

{C860E668-76B5-473D-97E0-E8F6AC801C63}Img100Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers-humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers-a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing-until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides to her rescue.

Jake has his own motives for helping Abby, beyond aiding a damsel in distress. He’s a Reaper, and while he’s learned to wrest control of his mind from the parasite, the effects won’t last without a permanent cure. And he needs Abby to get it.

Abby and Jake are natural enemies and unlikely partners. But when their search reveals a conspiracy between Reapers and the rich industrialists who own the mountain cities, they must work together to find the cure-or lose the border, and each other, forever.

Why Our Readers Love Post Apocalyptic Books:

“I fell in love with this book from the moment I started reading it and couldn’t put it down.” –Goodreads review, Redemption: A Defiance Novel

“If I had one complaint about Desert Blade, it would only be that I wanted more.” –Goodreads review, Desert Blade

“Stephanie Tyler did such an amazing job taking our minds and submersing them into this futuristic yet archaic world.”–Goodreads review, Defiance

 

Want to discover what Post Apocalyptic life is like for yourself? Click here for more great reads!

Author Spotlight: Edie Harris

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Bursting with suspense and action, Edie Harris’s Blood Money series is not to be missed. The latest book in the series, Ripped, follows Tobais Faraday a man out for revenge who is forced to pair with spy Chandler McCallister. Keep reading for a special note from Edie Harris, as well as more about Ripped and the Blood Money series!

Edie Harris On Writing About Family

I have a very small family, consisting of my parents and younger brother. Oh, and the dog. Can’t forget the dog. I have only a handful of cousins, limited aunts and uncles, and my only living grandparents are on my mother’s side of the family tree. We don’t do much in the way of reunions or get-togethers, and holidays always involve limited visiting time due to crazy schedules and whatnot.

But I cherish my small family, texting my brother, regularly calling my mom…and, you know, not allowing my dad anywhere near my books (he never needs to read Chapter 13 in Blamed, is what I’m saying). As a homebody, however, I am compelled to create family for myself, wherever I go. Now that I live in Chicago, I’m far away from my blood, so I’ve grabbed onto the new friends here in this exciting city and made them my people. My network of loved ones grows stronger every day.

Perhaps it’s because of my small family, but I love writing about the dynamics of larger sibling groups–such as the Faradays in my Blood Money series–and then the networks of loved ones (much like mine) they build for themselves as time passes. I wouldn’t change my own situation for anything in the world, but when my imagination takes hold, it runs away with dreams of sprawling family units.

The deeper I get into Blood Money, the closer I grow to my fictional family. Beth and Vick, Tobias and Chandler, and Casey, Gillian, and Adam, who will soon find new family of their own and bring those individuals into the Faraday fold. I encourage you to add my Faradays to your own family; they would love to be loved by you.

About Ripped: A Blood Money Novel

23208552Attorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

Want to start from the beginning? Don’t miss Blamed, the first book in the Blood Money series.

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Step Into My Chamber

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By Brenda Buchanan, author of QUICK PIVOT

Brenda's writing spaceI kill people in this room.

There’s no blood on the floor, but then, I’m kind of a neatnik. You won’t find traditional weapons of any sort, but pens can be lethal. Not to mention laptops.

George Desmond died here in 1968. Riverside, Maine was rocked by the crime and riveted by Joe Gale’s coverage in the Portland Daily Chronicle when poor George’s body was finally found 46 years later. You can read all about it in Quick Pivot, which was released earlier this week.

Above my desk is an aerial photo of the islands of Casco Bay, Maine. I lived year-round on one of them—Peaks Island—for a dozen years.  Helena Desmond, George’s younger sister, lives there in my novel. It’s a lovely place to visit, especially in the summer, when Quick Pivot takes place.I read therefore I am button

I keep a pen and a legal pad handy to jot the occasional note, but I do most of my dirty work directly on the keyboard, with only the sketchiest of outlines. I was a newspaper reporter myself once upon a time and find my characters really come alive (well, most of them) when there’s nothing between my imagination and my laptop.

That red date book on the right side of my desk is where I’m keeping track of the libraries and book groups I’ll be visiting soon to talk about Quick Pivot.  Details are on my website— http://www.brendabuchananwrites.com  If you’re a member of a book group and would enjoy talking with me about my murderous ways, just say the word. If you’re too far afield for an in-person visit I’ll be happy to drop in by Skype.

On the floor is the retro library tote bag I received last December as a birthday gift.  Like most of the readers of this blog, I have been an avid reader my entire life, and I’m a big supporter both of local libraries and literacy programs. That explains the button, another gift from someone who knows me well.

I’m guessing the same is true for you.

Now that I’ve shown you where I write, I hope you’ll let me know where you read. Couch? Bed? Easy Chair? And what do you keep near at hand when you’re reading a suspenseful book? A flashlight? A stiff drink? A dog who barks at the first sign of trouble?  I’ll interview the person with the most entertaining answers on my website, http://www.brendabuchananwrites.com/

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A cunning thief skimmed a half a million dollars from the textile mill that was the beating heart of Riverside, Maine. Sharp-eyed accountant George Desmond discovered the discrepancy, but was killed before he could report it. After stashing the body, the thief-turned-killer manipulated evidence to make it appear Desmond skipped town with the stolen money, ruining his good name forever.

Present Day

Veteran journalist Joe Gale is covering a story for the Portland Daily Chronicle when a skeleton falls at his feet: Desmond’s bones have been found in a basement crawl space at the long-shuttered mill. For Joe, digging into the past means retracing the steps his mentor Paulie Finnegan had taken years ago, when the case was still open. But the same people who bird-dogged Paulie four decades ago are watching Joe now. As he closes in on the truth, his every move is tracked…and the murderer proves more than willing to kill again.

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Brenda Buchanan is the author of the Joe Gale Mystery Series. The recently-released first book in the series, Quick Pivot, features a contemporary newspaper reporter who uncovers the truth behind a 1968 crime that devastated a once-thriving mill town. A former newspaper reporter herself, Brenda lives in beautiful Southern Maine.

Grand Romantic Gestures

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By j. leigh bailey, author of NOBODY’S HERO

Who doesn’t remember the moment when Patrick Swayze strides through the banquet room and declares, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” before dragging Jennifer Grey onto the dance floor? Or when Heath Ledger serenades Julia Stiles and the entire Padua High’s girls’ soccer team? These are the times why my breath catches and I sigh in pure romantic enjoyment. I admit it. I’m a sucker for the “Grand Romantic Gesture,” that instant when a character takes a huge leap of faith, declaring his love in a way that is completely irrefutable.

For those of us who read romantic fiction, we’re looking for the guaranteed happy ending. The more obstacles between the meet and the HEA there are to overcome, the more satisfying it is. And when that HEA is achieved in a dramatic way, hearts melt and fantasies are created.

I want characters who are willing to sacrifice anything, up to and including their lives, for their lovers. One of the greatest perks of being an author is the ability to create the grand romantic gestures I crave. They can be as big as the ultimate sacrifice—death—or as small as giving a meaningful gift. Or even the main character finally admitting his love. As long as the gesture shows the dedication to the other person, it makes the story great.

When I write, every story comes to me in an image of a grand romantic gesture. My job then becomes to take my characters through the conflicts and obstacles until they reach that special moment. Nobody’s Hero is no different. I knew before I got started exactly what grand romantic gestures would finally bring Brad and Danny together.

Some of my favorite romance novels which include great grand romantic gestures are:

Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James
The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts
About That Night by Julie James
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

What are some of your favorite grand romantic gestures in romantic fiction?

Don’t forget to check out Nobody’s Hero to discover Brad and Danny’s grand romantic gestures!

9781426899744-COVBradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.
74,000 words

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leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

The Coast Guard

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By Sharon Calvin, author of A DANGEROUS LEAP

GH_Coral_2My life-experiences include hitchhiking from Philadelphia to Kansas City with another girl and a dog, working in an Oregon saw mill, being a telephone exchange repairman (until I failed pole climbing), I fired a Thompson submachine gun (Tommy Gun) at the FBI firing range, won second place in an off-road hill climb in my Jeep CJ-5, and got to try flying a four-passenger helicopter.

Sharon CalvinTrading Kansas tornadoes for hurricanes, I now live on an island in Florida with my husband and a Maine Coon cat with attitude. Feel free to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

The idea for my Gulf Coast Rescue series began back in the nineties after reading Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm. I was living in Kansas, had little to no experience around large bodies of water (spring break in North Miami Beach notwithstanding) and was in awe of what the men and women who made a living on the water faced during that 100-year storm.

As I read about the U.S. Coast Guard, especially the rescue swimmer, I became hooked. I had to learn more about these men, and the few hearty women, who regularly faced unimaginable weather conditions to save lives.

I read a number of books about what the U.S. Coast Guard does, including one that detailed the first woman to qualify as a rescue swimmer. In fact I named my character from A Dangerous Leap in honor of Kelly Mogk. Then I had an opportunity to move to Florida and my neighbor was an ex-coastie hoist operator (yes, he was the inspiration for Joe—but without the bad attitude). Now I knew I had to write that book!

A few things that make the Coast Guard unique is they rescue mostly civilians, making their job much more difficult than say an Air Force pararescue or PJ (the 920th Rescue Wing is located at nearby Patrick Air Force base) who generally rescue fellow military personnel. What that means for the Coastie rescue swimmer is that the survivor could be out of shape, panicked, and less likely to follow directions. There is less specialization, more personnel have multiple jobs, and the bulk of their work is in Search and Rescue. All of those factors make for great characters, unique situations, and lots of diverse plots—a writer’s trifecta!

So, would you be willing to jump out of a helicopter in twenty-foot waves?

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Raised by navy parents, Kelly Bishop learned how to pack light and say goodbye at an early age. She’s earned her Coast Guard rescue swimmer stripes in some of the toughest waters out there, outperforming men along the way. Now she’s ready for a new start in Florida, eager to prove herself as the best of the best.

What she isn’t ready for is the spark between her and fellow Coastie Ian Razzamenti.

Ian knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. And what he’s always wanted is a stay-at-home wife—someone who can take care of their children while he’s out on missions. The attraction he feels for Kelly is intense, but is it worth giving up his big-family dreams?

Life-or-death situations leave little time for distraction—or doubt. When a tropical storm becomes a hurricane and a dangerous enemy reveals himself, their air station springs into action, and Kelly and Ian may not have the chance to decide whether they want to take the leap…

71,000 words
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For the Love of Technology

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By Caroline Kimberly, author of AN INCONVENIENT MISTRESS 

One of the ongoing battles I face as a parent is ensuring my girls strike a healthy balance of screen time with more productive pursuits—like playing outside, reading books, and learning how to interact as human beings. At nine and fourteen, they possess an array of phones, tablets, and games, along with an understanding of technology that I’ll never have. My husband and I have done this to ourselves by providing these items, and although we impose limits, it’s hard not to roll our eyes when we find ourselves talking to the “tech zombies.”

I know. The fact that I spend my time staring at my computer screen writing makes me a hypocrite. But I’d argue that I’m actually using my brain.  I’m developing characters and plots, creating and solving problems, and helping couples find their happily-ever-after. I’m actively engaged, not staring at a screen in a coma-like stupor.

And yet….

I confess. Sometimes inspiration happens when I’m plugged in.

For me, a good movie (or a bad one) can be the catalyst that helps flesh out a character, solve a plot problem, or give me a much needed change in perspective—much like my favorite authors do.

For example, in my latest book, An Inconvenient Mistress, I wanted the hero, Phillip, to be a privateer. Problem was, he’d grown up as an aristocrat. Why would a gentleman leave his pampered life to go to sea? How could I make an outlaw likeable, while at the same time make him as mercenary as he needed to be for the plot twists?  His brothers, Simon and Ethan, had been easy to develop. Phillip, on the other hand, remained a challenge.

I’d turned the character over in my mind, yet no matter how hard I tried, I struggled. It wasn’t until I was sitting in a darkened theater, munching popcorn, that I found my answer. Phillip was a charming opportunist who’d always spin a situation to his advantage, while maintaining his own moral code. He was the type of hero who’d do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Sure, he’s brash and stubborn and arrogant, but he’s also charming and loyal and principled…in his own way.

The movie had nothing to do with romance or privateers. (I don’t even remember if I liked it.) I think zoning out for an hour simply allowed my brain to take a much needed break.

So, as much as I hate to admit it, I see the lure of occasionally plugging in. It can be…liberating.

Of course, my kids will never know. In fact, I’m turning off our wi-fi this afternoon so my tech zombies will go outside to play.

About the Author

Caroline Kimberly has spent most of her life making up stories to help offset the daily grind. Historical romance has always been her favorite genre, and brainstorming romantic romps makes life as a soccer mom much more interesting.

She lives in Minnesota with her patient husband, two busy daughters, and three lazy cats.

An Inconvenient Mistress

23565760Isabella North needs a hero, but if an arrogant mercenary is all she can find…he’ll just have to do. She must get back to England before her past catches up with her, even if that means booking passage on a vessel captained by a man she cannot abide.

Phillip Ashford, notorious smuggler and captain of the privateer Intrepid, knows Miss North is trouble. She’s stubborn for starters, and it’s painfully clear that she’s conning him—she looks more like a schoolmarm than the rich man’s mistress she claims to be. But beneath her prim exterior is a sharp with and courageous spirit that draws him in despite himself.

They both know they should keep their distance. But passion flares as they defend themselves on the high seas—until Phillip begins asking questions Isabella would rather not answer. After all, how much can she really share with a man she’ll never trust?

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May 2015 releases

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Enjoy our Carina Press new releases! With new titles available for download every week, visit this page to plan your shopping for the month. You’re sure to find a story you’ll love!

P.S. Shop our presale titles—buy upcoming titles now and download on the street date!

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BIGFOOT BLUES by Ricardo Sanchez
(mystery)
ISBN: 9781426899850
Price: $4.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899850_BigfootBluesShe eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I’ve been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk’s disappearance. Me? I’m Floyd, and I’m a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.

Cindy’s trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who’s lost a priceless piece of “art.” Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it’s a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.

I’ve handled my fair share of crazy, but River City’s secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town’s annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I’ve got to save the girl, solve the rich guy’s problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.

Read more about Floyd’s adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!

81,000 words

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SIGNAL BOOST by Alyssa Cole
(new adult, post-apocalyptic romance)
ISBN: 9781426899881
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899881_SignalBoostWhen technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

Read Arden and Gabriel’s story in Radio Silence, available now!

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TAMING THE LEGEND by Kat Latham
(contemporary romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899836
Price: $3.99

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When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend’s California camp wasn’t on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can’t say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it’s hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it’s even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

95,000 words

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BACK IN PLAY by Lynda Aicher
(erotic romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899416
Price: $4.99

9781426899416-COVFor Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he’s eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He’s worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.

High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she’s intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott’s house indicate he’s struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man’s game.

When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.

Book two of Power Play

99,000 words

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RIPPED: A BLOOD MONEY NOVEL by Edie Harris
(romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781426899386
Price: $3.99

9781426899386-COVAttorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

Book two of the Blood Money series

88,500 words

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ONE CUT DEEPER by Joely Sue Burkhart
(erotic thriller)
ISBN: 9781426899898
Price: $3.99

0515_9781426899898Her needs are dark. His are dangerous.

Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.

His perfect victim.

Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.

The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie’s hunger is what bonds them—it’s the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?

91,000 words

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May 25

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LONELY SHORE by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
(male/male romance, space opera)
ISBN: 9781426899829
Price: $3.99

9781426899829-COVBook two of Chaos Station

All they can do is live day to day…

Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos‘s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.

When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.

As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.

Don’t miss the start of the series—Chaos Station is available now!

67,000 words

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Writing What You Know—and Don’t…

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By Katherine Locke, author of SECOND POSITION

People are always shocked that I don’t dance when Second Position, my debut novel, is all about ballet dancers. ‘Aren’t you supposed to write what you know?’ I’m frequently asked.

Well, yes. You should definitely write what you know. And prior to writing Second Position, I didn’t know Odette from Odile (spoiler alert for the White Swan/Black Swan Princesses in Swan Lake). But I did know a little bit about the shape of grief, falling in love with best friends, and recovering from mental illness. And all of those pieces came together in the book.

But the best part of writing a dance book when I myself am not a dancer? The research. I gained so much respect for dancers as both athletes and artists. They push their bodies to the max, every single day, and they retain an immeasurable curiosity for the way our bodies and music can say things words cannot. Also, the research was visually appealing, no matter which way you swing. Dancers are gorgeous. I’ve never had so much fun on Pinterest!

Beyond just looking at pictures of gorgeous dancers, I watched documentaries like First Position, Ballerina, and the wonderful AOL Originals series on youtube city.ballet about the New York City Ballet. I also interviewed former and current ballet dancers at all levels, watched classes, and lurked in the ballet communities online, including Tumblr and Facebook.

All the while, I wanted to make sure that Second Position was accessible to the non-dancer. While I hope dancers enjoy the book, I also hope that even if you’ve never seen a ballet, you like and enjoy the book. Dance is about telling a story and all dancers will tell you that the audience is not just witnessing the story, they are also a part of it.

And so is the reader when they read the book. The book itself without a reader is just a bunch of data floating around. With a reader, a book takes on a life and with each reader, its life and its telling is slightly different.

Some readers might relate to different plot points than others, for instance. In the book, Zed is no longer dancing and he needed to find something else he loved as much as he loved ballet and Aly. What new hobbies, sports, or adventures have you started ‘later in life’?

Happy reading!

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.

You can find her online at @bibliogato on Twitter and KatherineLockeBooks.com

9781426899706Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight.

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had…or destroy the fragile recoveries they’ve only started to make.

Book One of the District Ballet Company

71,000 words
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Genre Spotlight: Regency Romance

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Looking for a new Historical Romance to swoon over? Why not try something from the Regency era. We have a new release from author Caroline Kimberly below as well as feedback from Carina Press readers on why they love Regency Romance!

Why our readers love Regency Romance!

“A sweet and enjoyable read, Romancing the Runaway was a lovely historical romance.” –Amazon review, Romancing the Runaway

“Lovely prose, two likable leads, a gentle, slowly-building romance and a captivating whodunit.” –Goodreads review, An Heir of Uncertainty

“The romance was sweet, the thrills kept me on the edge of my seat, and the story was enjoyable. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.” –Barnes & Noble review, Cloaked in Danger

Don’t miss this new Regency Romance!

About An Inconvenient Mistress:

23565760Jamaica, 1820

Isabelle North needs a hero, and if an arrogant mercenary is all she can find… he’ll just have to do. She must get back to England before her past catches up with her, even if that means booking passage on a vessel captained by a man she cannot abide.

Phillip Ashford, notorious smuggler and captain of the privateer Intrepid, knows Miss North is trouble. She’s stubborn, for starters, and it’s painfully clear she’s conning him—she looks more like a schoolmarm than the rich man’s mistress she claims to be. But beneath her prim exterior is a sharp wit and courageous spirit that draws him in despite himself.

They both know they should keep their distance. But passion flares as they defend themselves on the high seas—until Phillip begins asking questions Isabelle would rather not answer. After all, how much can she really share with a man she’ll never trust?

Meet Phillip’s brothers in An Inconvenient Kiss and An Inconvenient Wife!

 

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