RWA Nationals 2016: See You in San Diego!

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Editorial Director Angela James and Senior Editor Kerri Buckley will be on-site at RWA Nationals in San Diego July 13-17, ready and eager to hear about new projects and meet potential new authors. Four opportunities to mix and mingle with Team Carina are listed below, including an opportunity to have the first three pages of your work in progress read aloud and evaluated on the fly during the Carina Press Spotlight!

Wednesday, July 13th, 12p-2p, location TBD: Lunch with Kerri and Angela!

Not only are we buying, but we’ll let you ask us whatever you want about publishing! Enter to win one of four spots at lunch with Angela and Kerri at a nearby San Diego restaurant. We promise—we’re not boring and we’re not intimidating. Drinks and lunch on us—all you need to bring are your questions! Fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter. *need not be registered for the RWA conference to win, if you’re local, you can still enter!

Thursday, July 14, 9-11am, offsite near the conference hotel: Carina Press Critique Groups

This workshop is an opportunity for authors to solicit professional and peer feedback on their manuscript, in real time, in a helpful, constructive and kind environment. We’ll discuss overall story arcs, the all-important “hook,” pacing, characterization and tension (among many other topics). Attendees are given marked-up manuscript pages to take with them when they go. Enter to win the opportunity to join either Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James or Senior Editor Kerri Buckley and a small group of your fellow authors, and get feedback from both Angela/Kerri and your peers on your work-in-progress. Contest open NOW; winners to be chosen by 6/30. See entry details here.

Thursday, July 14, 2-3pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Pacific Grand Ballroom 23: Spotlight on Carina Press

A publisher spotlight done in a way you’ve never experienced before at RWA Nationals!

Learn about the business side of Carina, meet the staff…and watch the editors sweat during Kamikaze Cold Reads. Submit the first three pages of your manuscript, your nerves of steel and your sense of humor, then listen as Angela or Kerri provides insight into live reviewing this mock “slush” pile. You’ll hear why agents and editors stop reading, what they’re looking for in a submission, and some of the common mistakes they see as they go through their inboxes. Come to listen or come to get critiqued, but join Angela or Kerri to discuss and review the slush pile you provide. Open to the first 10 entrants only and limited to romance manuscripts. We won’t peek but we do need to print our own copies ahead of time. Submit your pages here by 7/12/2016.

Friday, July 15, 10-12pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Pacific Ballrooms 18 & 19: Editor/Agent appointments

Sign up to pitch your project to Angela or Kerri in a 1:1 here. All appointments are 10 minutes; conference attendees may sign up for one editor appointment each. Angela’s pitches are limited to only 1 hour.

Friday, July 15, 2-3pm, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Temecula 1 & 2: Carina Press Open House

Enjoy complimentary wine, meet current Carina Press authors, pick up some Carina Press swag and chat with our staff in a relaxed environment. Authors and staff will be available to answers all of your questions about Carina Press. Come for the wine, stay for the company!

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Break Your Reading Slump!

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By Amber Bardan, author of DIDN’T YOU PROMISE

Any avid reader knows the frustration of hitting a book slump, where nothing you pick up is hitting the spot. The perk of being a writer is the joy of being able to create the book you are yearning to read. I began the Bad For You series because I was desperately longing for a dark-themed romance that would deliver the thrilling sense of danger that dark romances provide, but would also give me that super-special emotional satisfaction that comes from a traditional romance.

Except we can’t always write our way out of a book slump. One of my favorite things to do when I hit a slump is to try something outside of my usual reading habits. Try this handy-dandy book picking tool to find something new. The quiz suggestions reflect your mood right now, so why not come back again and again, and see what new recommendations you might get!

Do Riddles

lgcover.9781459291997DIDN’T YOU PROMISE by Amber Bardan

A Bad for You Novel, book two

He always keeps his promises.

Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.

But not even Haithem can hide forever.

While they’re sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina’s disappearance continues to mount.

For Angelina, it’s a brutal reminder of what she’s left behind and the pain she’s caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.

To Haithem, it’s a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won’t be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life’s work and everyone involved—including Angelina.

He has only one choice. He’s promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.

After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fuelled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award-winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and a member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

Can You Solve A Mystery By Judging A Book By Its Cover?

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The Lexi Carmichael Mystery series returns July 4, with NO STRINGS ATTACHED!

New to the series? Start with NO ONE LIVES TWICE.


2016 Carina Press Pride Sale

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Looking to try a new romance in the male/male or female/female genres this Pride Month? All of these titles are 99¢, June 14–23. Not sure where to start? Take our quiz!



lgcover.9781459290594STATUS UPDATE by Annabeth Albert

#gaymers, book 1

Opposites attract on an accidental road trip in book one of #gaymers, a geektastic new series from multipublished male/male romance author Annabeth Albert

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TAKING A CHANCE by A.M. ArthurCARINA_0915_9781459290174_TakingChance

The Restoration Series, book three

The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott’s confidence lags behind his libido—not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won’t risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.

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0316_9781459293533_Out_Of_Bounds_WebOUT OF BOUNDS by A.R. Barley

The Boundaries Series, book one

When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

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9781426899669_CHAOS_STATIONCHAOS STATION by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Chaos Station, book one

“With their beat-up ship and eclectic group, comparisons with the fan favorite TV show Firefly are inevitable, but in more of the way of homage, since Burke and Jensen’s characters take center stage all on their own.” —Library Journal

Discover the romance and out-of-this-world stakes in the first book of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station series.

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25719256 JEFFERSON BLYTHE, ESQUIRE by Josh Lanyon

In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer

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VISCOUNT’S WAGER by Ava MarchCarinaPress_0815_9781459290051_Viscount'sWager

Gambling on Love, book three

You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?

Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn’t above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.

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SIGNAL BOOST by Alyssa Cole

Off the Grid, book two

When 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.

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DEEP DECEPTION by Cathy PegauDeep Deception final

Colonial Mining Authority agent Natalia Hallowell doesn’t always play by the rules, but she wouldn’t compromise a case either. Put on administrative leave under a cloud of accusation, with no support from her boss, Natalia seeks a little anonymous companionship at her favorite bar. But she’s surprised when the woman who catches her fancy starts buying her drinks.

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Find more male/male romances HERE and more female/female romances HERE.

Our Summer Reading is…Proposals!

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Submitting to Carina Press has always—with a few exceptions—required a full manuscript and detailed synopsis. This summer we’re loosening up (preferably by a pool), living lighter, and relaxing those restrictions: our editors will happily review proposals received by 11:59pm EDT on July 27, 2016.


  • Your book must fulfill one or more items on our editors’ manuscript wishlists as described in this What Editors Want blog post
  • Your proposed book must be a completely new work and not have been previously published in any form, whether self-published, posted on a writing community site (example: Wattpad) or released via digital or traditional publisher. Only new material will be considered during this event
  • Your project may not have already received a pass letter from any of the Carina Press editors

View the entire post for dozens of genres and tropes our editors are dying to read, including but 100% not limited to: paranormal romance, male/male romance, sexy science fiction romance, and boundary-pushing erotic romance.


  • You must have three complete, ready-to-send chapters of a WIP that matches one or more “dream project” on our editors’ manuscript wishlists as announced in our What Our Editors Want, Spring 2016 blog post
  • You must have a thorough, well-thought out synopsis that is at least 5 pages long
  • All material submitted must be set in Times New Roman, 12pt font, with 1” margins. This is not the time to be creative with formatting.
  • You may submit more than one project! However, please submit only one proposal per series.


  • If your book meets the guidelines above and all your material is ready and properly formatted, please use this link to submit.
  • Direct your submission to the editor who has advertised an interest in seeing manuscripts like yours! In doubt? Direct your submission to Editorial Director Angela James or Senior Editor Kerri Buckley.
  • We will consider all proposals that fulfill submission call requirements and are received by 11:59pm EDT on July 27, 2016.
  • All eligible proposals will receive a response within 12 weeks of submission



Not going to be ready in time? Not to worry. We remain open to full manuscript submissions all year long via

We’re looking forward to doing some fun summer reading!