What We Want—Male/Male!

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Carina Press has been a proud publisher of male/male fiction for almost five years now—and we’re eager for more! Here are some details on the types of male/male books our editors are looking to acquire.

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Mismatched heroes—think lawyers with bikers or professional dancers.
  • Adult or new adult male/male romance featuring heroes falling in love while in high-stakes competition with each other–on sports teams, for the same college internship, or for a big promotion at the hospital where they work.
  • Dark, angsty male/male romance with high stakes and series potential.
  • Male/Male historical erotic romance.
  • Raw, badass antiheroes, like mercenaries or assassins.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • M/M erotic romance featuring people of color—series welcome!
  • A deliciously funny m/m romantic comedy.
  • An m/m gothic romance, dark and emotional and intense.

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • M/M military romantic suspense with a high level of action and intense sexual tension.

  • Sports-themed contemporary m/m romance with strong external and internal conflict.

  • New Adult m/m romance with a virgin hero.

Submit your male/male manuscripts to Carina Press now, right here!

Genre Spotlight: Sports Romance

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Sports fans, are you ready to add a little romance to your collection? These stories feature sexy athletes not only winning the game, but falling in love in the process. Discover some of our athletes below, and keep reading to see why author Lynda Aicher likes mixing sports with romance!

Sports and Romance – A Power Couple by Lynda Aicher

Take a hot, sweaty, driven athlete and pair it with that strong, overwhelming and often scary thing called love and how could they not work? Put them together and you know you’re in for a hard fight, a long struggle, and a whole lot of compromise on the road to a happy ending.

The era of woman hating sporting events or being excluded from sports is long, long gone. Now, a large majority of professional sports fans are women. We root and cheer alongside the men, sometimes louder than the men. Seeing those games come to life in the pages of a book is great. Plus we get the added bonus of watching that big athlete drop his barriers (and drawers) for the right person. That’s just icing on an already delicious cake.

Stick a stubborn man against a strong woman (or vice versa) and the battle that’s destine to happen off the field or court or rink or ring or pool is going to be epic.

So you see—a Power Couple. Sports and Romance are a perfect match.

Game Play by Lynda Aicher

9781426899409One night, one time, nothing more.
That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

Book one of Power Play

Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon

9781426899508-COV“The Cutting Edge” with a Russian twist.

American pairs figure skater Carrie Parker’s Winter Games dreams were dashed when her philandering partner caused one of the greatest scandals in skating history. Blacklisted from competing in America, her career is over…until she receives a mysterious invitation and is reunited with the most infuriating, talented—and handsome—skater she’s ever met.

Russian champion Anton Belikov knows sacrifice. He gave up a normal life and any hope of a meaningful relationship to pursue his dream. And he’s come close—with a silver medal already under his belt, the next stop is the gold. All he needs is a partner. While he’s never forgotten the young American skater he seduced one long-ago night in Amsterdam, he never expected to see her again…never mind skate with her.

When what starts as a publicity stunt grows into something real between them, Carrie and Anton’s partnership will test their loyalties to family, country, and each other. With only a few months to train for the competition of a lifetime, can they master technique and their emotions, or will they lose their footing and fall victim to the heartaches of their pasts?

Red Hot Russians, Book #1

Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr

CARINA_0414_9781426897757_ImaginaryLinesTamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.

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What We Want—New Adult Romance!

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Happy New Year! Carina Press is always excited and proud to publish wonderful, genre-crossing New Adult fiction—some of which you’ll see above—and we’re looking for more in 2015! Here are some details on the types of New Adult books our editors are looking to acquire.

Angela James, Editorial Director, would like to see:

  • New adult heist caper and romance. (I’d actually take a heist story in any age range, but this is a good place to start!)
  • A spy or military-set suspense new adult romance.
  • New adult-set male/male romance, particularly deeply emotional or angsty romances. Would also love to see a story that is super sexy or even erotic.
  • Dark new adult romance that deals with the darker side of obsession, jealousy, possessiveness and discovering sexuality and kink.

Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, would like to see:

  • New Adult romantic suspense—sons and daughters swept up into dark family businesses, military heroes and heroines, nonstop action combined with traditional NA themes.
  • Super sexy New Adult set outside of college campuses. Supremely alpha heroes preferred.
  • New Adult mysteries or NA novels with mysterious elements

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Diverse New Adult romance—LGBTQ, people of color, multicultural.
  • Edgy, intense, emotional contemporary New Adult romance.
  • Non-contemporary New Adult with strong characters, emotion, resonant romance.

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • New Adult with multicultural and interracial couples. African-American heroes, Latina heroines, Bollywood romances…

  • New Adult featuring heroes or heroines in uniform, including m/m, contemp and suspense.

Submit your new adult manuscripts to Carina Press now, right here!

Submissions Call/ Freelance Editor Alissa Davis Wants Your LGBT Romance!


Dear Authors,

I’m Alissa Davis, one of Carina’s freelance editors, and I live in Mississippi, where U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. Hooray! The state will appeal this decision, but I still want to celebrate. To that end, the first fifteen authors who submit LGBT romance to my attention at Carina Press will receive personal feedback from me. From those fifteen, I will select one author/manuscript to receive personal feedback AND a ten-minute phone convo with yours truly.

So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. (Yup, even celebrations have rules.)

* Your manuscript must be a romance and it must meet the Carina Press submissions guidelines: http://carinapress.com/blog/submission-guidelines/

* The main characters must be LGBT and the story needs to end with them getting an awesome HEA.

* I’m happy to see any heat level and any Romance sub-genre–New Adult, Historical, Erotic, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, etc.

* Only the first fifteen submissions will receive personal feedback, but I will evaluate all submissions directed to my attention. I’m always looking for more great LGBT romance to add to my list!

* The authors of the first fifteen submissions will receive a response letting them know they will be receiving feedback. All authors will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt.

* Manuscripts must be submitted by 1/10/15 to be considered for this opportunity.

* I will provide the feedback via email by 2/1/15, at which point one author will receive an email to set up our phone call.

* Please upload manuscripts to Submittable HERE

* Submitting and receiving feedback does not guarantee acquisition by Carina Press.

Even if you don’t have a manuscript to submit, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this wonderful first step on the path to bringing marriage equality to all Mississippians. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.

Alissa Davis

Freelance Editor, Carina Press

Genre Spotlight: Holiday Romance

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with some romances that truly convey the Christmas spirit. Read on to discover three Holiday Romances sure to warm even the coldest of hearts.

A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser

christmasreunionGabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her–even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.

Lady Catherine Trevilian has spent five years poring over the British Army’s casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe’s name. She’s never forgotten him, and she’s never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.

When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat’s wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven’t been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she’d rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…


Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey

holidaymanChristina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she’s left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care–you name it, she’s learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own–she’d be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street. But when Gail’s son comes home, Christina’s vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.

Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being “that poor man” who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it’s time to go home. Only his mother’s not alone. She’s taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.

As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy–and the love–in their lives.


His Road Home by Anna Richland

roadhomSpecial Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he’ll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey’s funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship–a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving–a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?

Why readers love Holiday Romance:

“This time of year I like to curl up with Christmas romances. My requirements are simple: chemistry, good romantic scenes, family and some laughter. Christmas Curveball had all of the above and more…” –Goodreads review, Christmas Curveball

“A great Christmas read with a message buried down in there that touches your heart and makes you remember those in your life that might need you this Christmas Season.” –Amazon review, A Christmas for Carrie

“It is a holiday story but I wouldn’t limit myself to enjoying it just around the holidays. It has a lot to offer all year long — Highly recommend!” –Amazon review, Kissing Her Scrooge


What We Want—Erotic Romance!

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Going Under Sharp Love Shattered Bonds Of Shadows and Ash

We’re always on the lookout for fresh new voices in erotic romance. Erotic romance is wonderfully varied; see the above examples for some of Carina’s stellar offerings. Here are some specific types of stories our editors are looking for:

Angela James, Editorial Director, is looking to acquire a dark erotic thriller that pushes the edges of exploring forced seduction, fantasy and eroticism.

Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, would like to see:

  • Fantasies of control, set outside of the BDSM club world
  • Erotic romances that revisit the same sequence of events from alternating h/h POVs. Think Showtime’s The Affair.
  • Dark, erotic romantic thrillers with an underlying sense of real danger and/or suspense.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Hot historical romances, sexy dark gothic romances (historical or contemporary), and romances featuring first responders or military; people of color/multicultural & LGBT welcome!

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Erotic romance with couples who are in competition or have hidden agendas, and who work out trust issues while pursuing a physical relationship. 

  • Historical erotic romance, especially Victorian, Regency, Tudor, Georgian, Edwardian and Jazz Age.

  • Multicultural/interracial erotic romance, including historical, contemporary, NA or m/m. An erotic NA Bollywood romance would be right up my alley.

Submit your erotic romance to Carina Press now, right here!

Genre Spotlight: New Adult

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One of the great things about the New Adult genre is how well it blends with so many other categories. Science Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy… you name it, New Adult can fit into it. It’s all about discovering what it means to be an adult, something everyone can relate to, no matter what reality you live in!

The Evolution of New Adult by Anne Tibbets

Ask any Romance writer their definition of “Trope” and you get a pretty standardized answer: ‘Up-tight debutant meets rugged cowboy, loosens her corset and rides off into the sunset,’ or ‘College girl with damaging past meets Good Boy with a chip on his shoulder and moves past her skeletons to find true love.’ You name it; the trope has been explored.

The beauty of writing tropes is that readers who love them can locate them with the ease of a Google search or a GoodReads list. It’s not difficult.

Personally, my favorite aspect of tropes is taking them and putting them in supernatural or science fiction settings, and seeing how the environment affects those tropes.

What if the Cowboy is a wanted space smuggler? What if the heroine’s damaging past involves demons, or a poltergeist? The trope automatically takes on a life and death element, raising the stakes, adding danger and intrigue and WHAM! I’m hooked.

This is why I love New Adult titles that crossover into other genres. It adds layers!

Take your standard twenty-something girl, a girl who struggles with her place in society as a woman, on her own, building a life outside her childhood and the safety of her family (if her family is indeed safe), and twist that trope, meld it, heat it like molten glass and blow it into something beautiful and unexpected.

Now, this girl not only has to find her way to happiness, but the obstacles compound the issue and make it that much more difficult. Conflict! What’s not to love about that?

New Adult is the perfect playing ground for such trope manipulation. But since the category is still so new, and the readership is still growing, the difficulty is exposing readers to other types of New Adult that go beyond the college campus, and explore those same issues, and still get the attention of those tried and true tropes that readers love so much.

The good news is that publishers like Carina Press understand the need for New Adult variety. They seek to push the limits, and for this, I rejoice.

I hope the growth of New Adult continues to flourish. I pray NA readers find diversity and embrace it. Because without that, there are so many incredible trope manipulations possible – and only good things can come from that.

Three New Adult Books You Should Be Reading

The Line Book Two: Walled by Anne Tibbets

walledFreedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever. 

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this. 

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren

agraveSelah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats—and breaks—the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London’s most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way—even another goddess born.

But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?

With these doubts threatening her impending marriage and the very last of Brigid’s fire draining from her soul, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength—or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.

Dreams of a Wild Heart by Danube Adele

wildheartI dance, rock climb, and have mastered MMA, because just being a twenty-six-year-old doctor isn’t enough. It doesn’t keep me from remembering the terrifying night my life changed, the night my true love died. I was nearly seventeen.

Life goes on, but the secret I keep is that I still talk to him in my dreams. That was getting me by until Tabron showed up—or, more specifically, until the six-foot-two brute of a Viking whisked me off to another planet because his leader is dying. And the joy didn’t end there. I’m being forced to choose a mate. The Brausa are facing extinction.

Tabron has no need for a mate, himself, and he’s told me as much. Multiple times. What he does have are hands and wicked lips that stir feelings I thought lost forever. Choosing him (just to play along until I can find a way home) seems to irk him and I find this surprisingly fun. But surviving a hidden conspiracy and the dangers of this alien place might be more difficult than I could ever imagine…

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What We Want—Romantic Suspense!

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In the mood for some suspense with your romance? So are we! We have some truly thrilling romantic suspense books available—see above for a sample—and we just can’t get enough. What makes a good romantic suspense? Fast-paced, exciting stories full of action and tension—sexual and otherwise! :P

Here is what our editors are eager to acquire in the romantic suspense genre:

Angela James, Editorial Director, would like to see:

  • A romantic suspense series that features mercenaries who are anti-heroes and anti-heroines. Something a little dark, with heroes/heroines who take you to the edge, don’t see things in black & white, and who have delicious sexual tension and dirty sex. Work hard, play hard!
  • I’m still looking for that one cracktastic project to really pull me in and it fits here because something that has suspense elements can help up that cracktastic feel!

Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, would like to see:

  • A super sexy romantic suspense series in which an assassin or a spy falls for his/her mark
  • Romantic suspense stories set against an Eastern European backdrop
  • A Mr. & Mrs. Smith-style setup, with dual betrayal and non-stop action that takes h/h across the globe

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • A fab, action-packed New Adult romantic suspense. Ramp up that angst!
  • Any M/M romantic suspense? I so want to see it, please!

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • A sexy romantic suspense with a female mercenary heroine and her team tasked with liberating an imprisoned hero.
  • A super sexy m/m romantic suspense series, either historical or contemporar

Deb Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • You name it, I want it all: mercenaries, assassins, crime bosses, capers, secret baby rom suspense, m/m rom suspense, stalkers, serial killers, cartels, political intrigue/conspiracies and coverups
  • Military romantic suspense with plenty of action/adventure played out across dramatic landscapes such as snowclad mountains or windswept deserts
  • Gritty, tautly paced crime investigation romances with savvy investigators facing high-stakes situations
  • New Adult romantic suspense featuring a con artist or cat burglar protagonist
  • Espionage romance featuring a female—or gay—spy who falls for their target

Submit your romantic suspense to Carina Press now, right here!


Genre Spotlight: Romantic Suspense

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The exciting genre of Romantic Suspense is all about combining some mystery with the romance genre we all know and love. Get your sleuthing skills ready, because with a new book by Edie Harries and the help of Carina Press fans, we’re investigating what makes Romantic Suspense such a fun read.

Blamed: A Blood Money Novel by Edie Harris

blamedBorn into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgivable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business.

But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies–MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

Book one of the Blood Money series


Why Readers Love Our Romantic Suspense…


midnightThe suspense of Midnight Vengeance is very intriguing and Lisa Marie Rice expertly blends it with the relationship of Jacko and Lauren.” –Goodreads review, Midnight Vengeance

darkdeeds…the author always does a fabulous job of interweaving them and keeping you on your toes on what’s going to happen next…” –Amazon review, Dark Deeds

I really enjoyed this series and For Her Eyes Only is filled with plot twists and suspects, as well as some steamy scenes.” –Amazon review, For Her Eyes Only

forhereyesonlyFar from the average romance, Ruesch’s second novel defied my expectations and swept me into a whirlwind of wit, romance and intrigue.” –Goodreads review, Cloaked in Danger

cloakedindangerHer book was a refreshing new romance for me, just how I like them. Well-written, set in a historical place, and if they have a little mystery, or a woman who is figuring out what deals men are hiding, then I’m reading with delight.” –Amazon review, Cloaked in Danger


Do you have a favorite Romantic Suspense book? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to visit Carina Press for more from this genre.

What We Want: Dark, Contemporary Romance

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At Carina Press, we’re always looking to acquire contemporary romance but this month we dare you to step over the line into darker territory…

We want searing stories and risky editorial; books with high emotional tension and lots of dramatic conflict. We want sexy or erotic manuscripts with troubled characters and mysterious backstories. More specifically, if you’re writing any of the following, we’d like to see it:

  • Dark, erotic and/or psychological thrillers
  • Stories of adultery and betrayal
  • Capture fantasies and encounters of questionable consent
  • Gritty, graphic and explicit stories about organized crime and hit men
  • Mercenaries on a mission
  • Conflicts involving non-traditional h/h pairings
  • Anti-heroes and anti-heroines. Real, unredeemable bad boys and bad girls
  • Heavily atmospheric, gothic-inspired sexy contemporary romance
  • Super sexy (but not necessarily erotic) contemporary romance with sexually charged dialogue, off-the-charts sexual tension and/or a dirty-talking hero/heroine

HEAs not required, but please appease us—and your readers—with a HFN (Happily for Now).

Please note that submissions featuring the following will not be considered:

  • Rape for titillation
  • Bestiality
  • Incest
  • Characters under the age of 18 engaging in sex or illegal activity