Thursday, January 14, 2010

News and Updates for Our Blog


Good Morning!

2010 is going to be a big year for Sourcebooks Casablanca. As with every season since the this imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. started publishing romance fiction in 2007, our list continues to grow in diversity and length, our authors come into their own voices more and more, and we find ourselves going against type and trend and making an impact. Dominique Raccah, our CEO publisher, regularly reminds us that “Books Change Lives,” and I think the authors of this blog and the many others that aren’t regular contributors do just that.

In the midst of a horrible and unstable economy, romance novels continue to sell—really well! People are looking for an escape, for romance, for happy endings, and as we all know and remind everyone, romance novels offer just that! Looking for a sweet heartfelt tale of redemption or loves lost? We have that. How about a suspenseful murder mystery? Yup, that too. Or a sweeping historical epic? You bet! Want to visit creatures you never knew existed? Gotcha covered.

With the ever-changing landscape of publishing, we’re going to have a little bit of a blog re-vamp! Nothing too drastic or over-the-top, but a few things I wanted to share with you as we begin 2010.

NEW AUTHORS. Sourcebooks Casablanca is excited to welcome debut and new authors to the line this Spring season. A few will be releasing books for the very first time, and others are names you might recognize, who have now found a new home with us! Be on the look out for some introductory posts starting in February, where you’ll get to meet them, find out about their new releases. They are very eager to join in the fun! From hot hot Highlanders to Cute Cowboys to Regency Werewolves, I’m sure you will be pleased with who will be joining us on the blog!

MONTHLY THEMES. Beginning in February, we’ll have an overarching theme for our posts. This won’t be anything too specific (at least to begin with!), and we’ll still talk about those fun, off-topic things everyone loves to discuss, as well as new releases. For February, we’ll be celebrating anything and everything that has to do with love, which is convenient, right? A group of romance authors talking about the very thing they know best! Look for the monthly theme to be announced on our sidebar in the News & Announcement Section.

MORE GUEST BLOGGERS. One of my personal goals for the blog is to bring to your attention some of the other romance fiction and women’s fiction authors we have on board that aren’t regular contributors. We’ve got a diverse group of authors, all with something special to share, and I want to make sure you are aware of them. Additionally, the regular Casa bloggers will be inviting some of their author friends to join in the fun, so we’re all in the know about what’s going on in the industry.

I’d love to hear from everyone on what they’d like to see as well—is there a theme you’d like to hear everyone’s perspective on? Or specific blogs you liked reading the most? Let me know if the comments!

Finally, one BIG announcement! I’m sure by now most of you have heard that award-winning, RITA nominated and New York Times Bestselling author LAURA KINSALE has a new release, Lessons in French, coming out in February 2010 (January 26th is her actual street date). Laura will be joining us on February 3 to chat about her latest release. Be sure to come back for that!

So like I said, let me know what you want to see more of on this blog in 2010. It was created to connect with the readers of Sourcebooks Casablanca Romance, and we hope to make this year a great one!

Danielle
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19 comments:

  1. I'm fairly new to the blogging scene. I have always enjoyed reading the blogs here. Informative, fun, interestering, just a few of the words that come to mind. Keep up the good work and bring in new people. It's always fun to read what they have to say, then go out and find their books to read. Thanks guys!

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  2. Thanks, Jessica!

    Danielle, great theme for next month! What better way to discover that "Love is in the Air" than with a hunky hero and a love to die for in a romance book...well, no one has to die exactly--that sounds rather vampiric, but...you know what I mean! Right??? :)

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  3. May I suggest a theme for April -- how about "foolishness," since April Fool's Day starts off the month? (And, btw, it would be a perfect theme for those of us who write humorous women's fiction, especially those of us who, cough cough, have a book coming out in April!)

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  4. Bring it on, Danielle! I'm looking forward to hearing from the new Casababes.

    I'm already on board with the love theme. In February, I'll be blogging about the pair of reluctant lovers in SEALed With A Ring, my March release.

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  5. AH, February. The month of LOVE.

    And it just so happens I have a book coming out Feb. 1 :) What perfect timing, and what a great "theme."

    Must get to writing my post...

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  6. Hi Jessica--welcome to the blogging scene and we're happy to hear you love what we're doing. Glad to see you in the comments.

    Danielle

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  7. Terry--It just makes sense, doesn't it? Romance authors talking about love :)

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  8. Libby--Humor is a great topic! Thank you for the suggestion!

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  9. Judi--we have some great releases in February! I'm sad to see the mers go... but glad to read about genies soon!

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  10. MM--I love your reluctant lovers! And such a great thing to discuss, so many authors have different takes on this subject.

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  11. Hi Danielle,

    It's me, the reluctant blogger! :-)I think you have some great ideas for the blog and it is exciting to have new talent onboard to help carry the load for the faithful. I think Libby's idea for April is great. I promise I'll be a better blogger this year, but maybe I promised that last year too! I guess it went the way of my other new year's resolutions that didn't come to pass. I must try harder this year!
    Amelia

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  12. Oh, I dunno if they're "gone." As I said to Deb, "It's a big ocean out there." And Mariana is chatting away incessantly in my head. As is Jace, her hero.

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  13. I am looking forward to where we can take this already awesome blog in the future. Adding even more fabulous Sourcebooks authors to the group is a brilliant idea. And I KNOW they must be fabulous because all the rest of us are! Having themes is great too. So much to look forward to as Sourcebooks continues to pave the way in innovation and stellar books!

    Keep rockin' Danielle. :)

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  14. Hi Amelia!

    One of these days you will blog more--I just know it :)

    Looking forward to your April release,
    Danielle

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  15. Sharon-Get ready for some fellow historical authors! They're romances, but you'll have some welcome company with those who write about past!

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  16. I'm looking forward to the themes this year and meeting and greeting new authors and fellow Casa babes. The more the merrier!

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  17. Sounds like we're going to have a lot of fun this year! Thanks, Danielle!

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  18. The more, the merrier. Bring 'em on!

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