Thursday, April 12, 2012

What Do You Love About Spring?

I LOVE Spring. I was born at the end of March, which in Chicago can be an iffy time of year—sometimes it’s still snowing, other times it is gorgeous! We’ve been given an early Spring in Chicagoland this year, and it has been wonderful. Here are some of my favorite Spring things:
  1. Everything is in Bloom! Trees start to bud and open up, flowers begin to come out of the ground, grass is green… now, my sinuses and allergies don’t always love this part, but it’s nice to look out the window near my desk and see everything looking pretty.
  2. Cabin Fever is OVER. I don’t know about you, but after so many months of dreary cold weather, it is such a relief to be able to do things outside. I get to walk around to run errands, or meet up with friends at a coffee shop. Even driving with the windows down seems like a new experience!
  3. Holidays! Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Graduations… Spring is a great time for holidays, all of which are a little less intense than those during the Fall and Winter. I love giving fresh flowers as gifts, and these are great occasions to do so. And I’m not going to lie, I’ll be going to the grocery story this week to get all of that Easter candy that’s on sale this week :) But I do think Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs should be available year-round!

  4.  Spring is a great time for “new” things, and Sourcebooks is launching a new online readers club called Discover a New Love. A great place to bring authors and readers together, and helping reading discover great books at a great price. Barbara Vey of Beyond Her Book will be blogging regularly, and hosting parties and chats with our featured authors. Please take a look if you haven’t already! You can see our official press release at this link:
  5. CONFERENCE SEASON BEGINS! So many great conferences happen in the Spring, celebrating the entire publishing industry.
  • This week, there’s the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago (where I am right now!)—run by RT Book Reviews, and so much fun! Sourcebooks’ home office is outside of Chicago, and we like to call ourselves Chicago’s Sexiest Publisher. We have a spotlight, a bookseller party and some of our authors will be coming out to see the Naperville office in person! I hope to see many of you there.
  • I’ll also be at the Chicago-North RWA Spring Fling Conference at the end of the month. A great local chapter in the Chicago area, and a lovely conference all around. I’ll be giving a spotlight presentation and mingling with a bunch of great authors.
  • In early June there is Book Expo America, the awesome publishing conference in New York City, celebrating all kinds of books! It’s a great showcase of what publishers have coming out later in the year, and emphasizing new trends and ideas in the industry. Sourcebooks will have a booth, and a lot of great things in store.
  • In July, we have the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Anaheim, CA, a fabulous time devoted to all things romance—from aspiring authors to international bestsellers, this conference impresses me every year with the devotion and drive of romance writers from across the world.
What are some of your favorite things about Spring? Leave a comment and I’ll choose a random winner who will receive a signed copy of Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell. Please leave an email address I can reach you easily if you’re chosen as the winner, who I’ll pick on Monday, April 16!


  1. Love the flowers, Danielle! It was great to see you yesterday...if only in passing on the escalator in the hotel. :)

    I'm looking forward to the tour of Sourcebooks...and agree they are Chicago's Sexiest Publisher!

    Great news about Discover a New Love and Barbara Vey blogging! She is a huge supporter of Romance and we're lucky to have her.

    I love the flowers, the rain, and the changeable weather...and having a cup of tea on the patio watching our flowers grow.

  2. Wish I could be there for RT! I love the flowers, and the rain--after the spring is gone, like in short order, it'll be summer here way too early. Then the constant heat and drought and, well, I love spring! :)

  3. Great blog, Danielle. We've been enjoying an unusual spring in Oklahoma that's producing some fantastic roses in our back yard. Looking forward to seeing you at RWA and wishing I was there at RT!

  4. Lovely to hear from you, Danielle!And always good to hear about exciting publishing opportunities.

  5. I love the tiny seedlings that have such great potential! It always lifts my heart to watch the bulbs and seedlings grow to produce their beautiful flowers...and I'm anxiously waiting for my iris to bloom!

  6. Spring has always been my favorite season. All that green and the gorgeous flowers after winter. I planned both my children for spring so my one daughgter, Alysa, is April 20th and my oldest daughter, April, is May 3rd. Yeah, if I had only known I was going to have another daughter born in April lol. I should have named my youngest May to really confuse things.

  7. My favorite thing about Spring is fishing!

    annarkie 12 @

  8. Hi Danielle~

    Oh how I wish I was at RT with you this week. It looks as if everyone is having a marvelous time! I love spring, the flowers, the warm weather, the end of winter, but the pollen--not so much. Spring doesn't love me half as much as I love it!

  9. Hi Danielle~

    Oh how I wish I was at RT with you this week. It looks as if everyone is having a marvelous time! I love spring, the flowers, the warm weather, the end of winter, but the pollen--not so much. Spring doesn't love me half as much as I love it!

  10. CH-I'll see you tomorrow!! :)

    Terry-we wish you were here too, but we'll see you at RWA!

    Carolyn-We've had a crazy spring in Chicago,too. It's a little chilly this week, but two weeks ago it was in the 80s!

    Amelia-thank you! :)

    Elf2060-I love watching things grow, too!!

    catslady-What pretty names for your daughters :) thanks for the comment.

    Brooklyn Ann-I must admit I've NEVER been fishing... perhaps that will change this year!

    Robin-we wish you were here too! Agree about pollen-my allergies have been horrible this year. But it's worth it to see all of the flowers.

  11. I just moved away from Naperville, IL. I would pass the Sourcebooks building several times a week. I wish I was at the RT convention this year. I loved the RT in LA last year. I hope everyone has fun!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  12. I love spring and look forward to daffodils since they seem to mark the season so well and have that undauntedly cheerful aspect to them. Some day I would dearly love to experience RT or other reader and author conference. It sounds like such great fun and all of those books!

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  13. I like the flowers and nicer weather.


  14. Thanks to everyone who commented! Our winner is StacieD. Enjoy!