By Danielle Jackson
I don’t know about all of you, but I know that once Halloween is over, my mind goes straight into Christmas mode, and I basically forget about Thanksgiving until the night before when I’m up to my elbows in flour and sprinkles for various baked goods. But seriously, how could I overlook a day of good food, family and most importantly, giving thanks for the wonderful things that have happened during the past year. And let me tell you—there have been a lot of things for all of the Casablanca Authors to celebrate!
This year, we had MULITPLE romance and women’s fiction bestsellers on both the New York Times and USA Today lists. What an incredible accomplishment on the part of our authors—I know how hard all of you work, and it is so gratifying to see all of it come to fruition by that lovely bestseller status:
Grace Burrowes: New York Times and USA Today for The Heir and The Soldier
Carolyn Brown: New York Times and USA Today for Love Drunk Cowboy
Anita Clenney: New York Times and USA Today for Awaken the Highland Warrior
Georgette Heyer: New York Times for The Grand Sophy
Susanna Kearsley: New York Times and USA Today for The Winter Sea
Jill Mansell: New York Times and USA Today for Miranda’s Big Mistake and Perfect Timing
RECENT AWARD NOMINATIONS
Around this time of year, a lot of “best of” lists and award nominations are announced—and of course we have many to share, and I know there are many more to come!
Booklist Top 10 Romance of 2011—TWO SOURCEBOOKS CASA AUTHORS!
Kathryne Kennedy: The Lady of the Storm
Elaine Coffman: The Return of Black Douglas
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year—TWO SOURCEBOOKS AUTHORS in the Romance Category!
Isabel Cooper: No Proper Lady
Heather Lynn Rigaud: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star
RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards—SIX SOURCEBOOKS AUTHORS are nominated!
Jennifer Blake: Career Achievement Award Nominee (a Casablanca Classics Author)
Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes: Historical Romance of the Year
No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper: Seal of Excellence Nominee AND First Historical Romance Nominee
The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter by Mary Ellen Dennis: First Historical Romance
Making Waves by Tawna Fenske: Contemporary Romance Nominee
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley: Historical/Fantasy-Paranormal
Between eBooks and self-publishing, the publishing world as we know it is ever-changing, and in the coming months, Sourcebooks Casablanca has some VERY exciting new “things” in the works. Deb and Leah launched our Fall 2012 list last month, and there are some really good books. Additionally, there's something I can’t tell you much about just yet, but there will be an announcement made soon—something we are all VERY excited about—so get ready!
AND… ANOTHER CASABLANCA PUBLICIST!
Many of you know this already, but this Fall, we welcomed my fabulous colleague, Beth Pehlke, to the Casablanca family! She’s been working on our historical and women’s fiction, but as the romance list has grown, we’ve moved her over to romance. I’m so excited to work with Beth, and I know between her and all of us, we’ll make great strides as we continue to grow and develop and thrive. We’ll do a joint post next month, so everyone can get to know her better! In the meantime, you can follow her on our fiction imprint Twitter account: @sbkslandmark.
I know there’s a lot of things to celebrate that aren’t on my list above, so share them in the comments! What’s happened this year that you are thankful for, and want to give a shout out about?
And just for funsies, I’ll giveaway two Casablanca Surprise Packs—one historical and one paranormal, both with a bunch of books by Casa authors. Because if there’s one thing we should all be thankful for, it’s books!! US and Canada only, and leave an email address so I can contact you. I’ll announce winners in the comments on Monday.