Thursday, February 4, 2010

Love is in the Air

Yes, I know you are now humming the 1978 song by John Paul Young and that is fantastic! Mission accomplished! Love is definitely in the air amongst the Casablanca authors. Turn up the volume, click play, and enjoy the show while you read on…..



Aah, l’amour!

Sourcebooks has ushered in 2010 with a burst of enthusiasm for their ever-expanding romance and fiction line. Here at the Casablanca blogspot we plan to embrace that enthusiasm fully. And what better way to begin than talking about LOVE!

February is the month of love and we plan to celebrate the emotion in our unique voices as the days unfold. This single four-letter word encompasses a vast array of sentiments and experiences. We love love! We love to write about love! We love to share that love of love with our readers, whom we love! LOL!

We love our blog! In May of 2008 this fine blog was begun by Linda Wisdom, Terry Spear, Marie Force, Loucinda McGary, Mary Margret Daughtridge, Cheryl Brooks, Robin Kaye, Michele Ann Young, and Christina Harlin, with publicist Danielle Jackson and editor Deb Werksman frequently guest blogging. Nearly every day without fail a post has appeared with the express purpose to share our talents, joy of writing, and sense of fun. Our list of followers has grown and we have every reason to hope that more satisfied fans will make Casablanca Authors THE blog to visit each day!

In an effort to perfect what is already a fantastic blog, there are some changes acomin’! As always, the initial days of each month will be devoted to Launch Parties for new releases. You never want to miss the party! In the remaining days we will have monthly themes to focus our essays on, such as February being about love.
Notice the awesome sidebar? Did you watch the uber-cool slideshow of our stunning covers? How about the gorgeous faces of our talented authors? Did you click on one of those smiling beauties to magically pop over and peruse their website? Well, why not? Go for it and have a blast!

We love our authors! There has been some flux in the nearly 2 years with a few novelists moving on and many more joining in. Most of our authors are now multi-published! We continue to grow stronger as a group and now number at 18 distinctive writers who will be lending their voice and style to daily essays. The Casablanca line includes contemporary and historical, young adult, suspense, paranormal, chick-lit, fantasy, Irishmen, Italians, Englishmen, cowboys, shapeshifters galore, cats, mermen – and that is just the tip of the iceberg! That diversity will join with our passion, taking Sourcebooks and the Casablanca Authors blog to wonderful places. Aren’t you curious to see what paths our love will take in the year to come? We sure hope so!

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on a great blog although I don't always comment I do drop by on a daily basis. I have read many of the source books and loved them all and the ones I haven't read as yet are on my must have list and I look forward to getting them and reading them.

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. Thanks for fixing up the blog, Sharon. It's gonna be a great month and a great year!

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  3. What Sharon didn't say, is that those great sidebars and links are her handiwork. Take a bow, Sharon.

    She used her time to do it because she thought the blog would look prettier and cooler and be a better showcase for all.

    Talent, brains, and generosity. That's Sharon.

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  4. Oh, I love your pictures on your blog, Sharon. Tried to comment earlier, but we're having violent storms and it knocked out my internet. You've done a great job on the bar and everything else... Beautiful job, my lady! :)

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  5. I love this blog. I have found new authors to read, and new books from authors I've read before. It's fun reading! Keep up the good work...;)

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  6. Great blog post--everything looks awesome!

    Here's to a great year full of love :)

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  7. This is a wonderful blog and I can't wait to see what else is added to it. Since I first found this blog, I've learned of so many new and wonderful authors and their books. My TBR pile just keeps growing. The variety of genres is wonderful. The blog just keeps getting better and better.

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  8. Can't wait to see all the great changes!

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  9. Sharon,
    You are a beautiful lady of many talents! Wow! I am so impressed! I hope you do more blogs like this one.

    Amelia

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  10. Good morning everyone! Still bouncing and tapping toes from watching the video? I love that song, cheesy as it is, I have to admit. Hopefully it brought smiles!

    Thanks for the kind words, but it was really no big deal. We each have such gorgeous faces that it was only right to show our mugs to the world! And for me this blog and this group of amazingly talented and warm women has been a lifeline at times, and always fun! I am happy to give back and share our collective awesomeness with the world!

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  11. Hi Helen! A regular! We like that idea. Thanks for stepping out of the shadows and shouting howdy. We are delighted to have you aboard.

    Good morning Cheryl. It was my pleasure to make the blog a big prettier. Any other suggestions are welcome.

    Aah, MM, you are too kind! But you did forget to add "stunningly gorgeous" to the list of my attributes. ;-)

    Terry, No internet?!?!? OMG! How did you LIVE?! I think I would go mad. Hope all is well now. I like living in a place where "violent" and "storm" would never be used in the same sentence. :)

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  12. Jessica, I honestly can say that all the books offered by our writers are terrific. Well, I have to be truthful in that I haven't read ALL of them yet - dang never having enough time to read! - but I have read a goodly number of them. Excellent, truly excellent.

    Hi Danielle! And thanks, but it was you who gave me the idea to revamp.

    Hi Mason, owner of another great blog (Thoughts in Progress). I know what you mean by the TBR pile as mine is sky high. On the bright side of that is the knowledge that we will never run out of great books to read. :)

    Shana, YOU are part of our great changes!! Thanks for joining the group.

    Amelia, I just love you! Thanks so much. I will do my best to continue searching for zany pop songs from the 70s if that is your wish. LOL!

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  13. Great blog post to put me in a happy mood for the morning!

    I'll join the chorus of people singing praises for the new author photos in the sidebar. It's so fun to see what everyone looks like!

    Tawna

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  14. Thanks for revamping the blog, Sharon! It looks fabulous. It's going to be an exciting year for all of us.

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  15. Let me add one more voice to the chorus singing your praises, Sharon!

    You did a GREAT job revamping our sidebar! Can't thank you enough. And I'm also very appreciative of our regular visitors like Helen, Mason, Jessica and Tawna. You make this writing gig worthwhile!

    AC

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  16. Hi Linda. Love, love love... so true :)

    Tawna, thanks for stopping be. I am very happy to have brightened your mood! That song will do it every time, right?

    Thanks Robin! We have sooooo many wonderful books coming out this year! It will be a challenge for me to keep the awesome Sourcebooks covers properly rotated on the sidebar!

    Cindy singing? I would Lurve to hear that!! LOL!

    And I will chime in on the appreciation to our regular visitors. We love you ladies!

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  17. Hi Sharon!

    The blog looks divine! And your post with all the reds and pinks was perfect. :) Loved the song, too.

    I'm a new follower, but enjoy reading the posts. I look forward to getting to know each author's voice.

    Smile!,
    Sarah
    ps- I'm gonna have to sweet talk you into showing me how to make a slide show for my blog. *wink wink*

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  18. No sweet talk necessary, Sarah, although I may let you pay me in chocolate. :) The slideshow is very easy. Let's consider it a date! Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. I forgot to say how much I love JPY's song and always have here in Australia John Paul Young is affectionately known as Sqeak LOL I have no idea why but it has stuck with him since he started singing in the 70's.

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  20. I've loved everything I've read from your writers. Can't wait for more! And congratulations - I always love reading the blog too. And the comments. Like hanging out at a cafe where a really nice bunch of friends are meeting.

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  21. The blog looks fabulous, Sharon, and we are so appreciative! Thanks a million for helping to make for an exciting new year!

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