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So Many Things to Be Thankful For + A Giveaway!

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

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 aboutso get ready!
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.


  1. Danielle, thanks for the snapshot of our successes this past year! Really great to see so many Sourcebooks' authors soaring in their careers.

  2. It's trite, or maybe a sign of my time in life, but I continue to be grateful for good health. Without that... nada. I'm grateful for basic freedoms--association, speech, mobility, thought, a good night's sleep, the list is enormous.

    And then there's the unbelievable turn in my road that has seen four books on the shelves in a year. Who would have ever, ever thought... Gratitude just isn't a big enough word to describe what I feel when I dwell on that marvel.

  3. I am grateful to have a job merchandising books. I love books and reading, so it is another way to be exposed to new books and authors, as well as being able to help others discover the same things.

  4. I am grateful for finding a home at I Smell Sheep! My review blog :) and for my family's health. Some were not so fortunate this year. And I can't forget The movie Thor! ;) have you seen that man's hammer?

  5. Thanks, Danielle, for being such a great publicist! I'm thrilled to be part of the Sourcebooks family and looking forward to another release in Dec, March, and two at the end of the year!

  6. I'm thankful that my children will get to see three sets of grandparents and two great-grandparents this year. It's going to be great, seeing everyone's faces at Thanksgiving!

    Now, if I can just finish this first draft before next week, I might be able to relax. =)

  7. I am so Grateful for my husband of 23 years!, he is an awesome guy!I am grateful that I love to read and have been blessed to be able to spend time reading and that I live where I can read anything I like without persecution!

  8. Congratulations to all the authors. This is very exciting news.

    I'm thankful for my family, my health and my friends. I'm thankful that I still have plenty of stories left to write and an editor and agent that believe in me. I'm thankful to be a woman in the 21st century, though there are days I wonder.

    My birthday is tomorrow and I'm thankful I've made it this far. :-)

    Awesome year Sourcebooks. Keep it up!

  9. I am thankful for everyday and if it brings a smile or giggle snort all the better. If that day should include family and friends then it is just abut perfect. Loved the post and all of the success especially in these changing times. Poofbooks [@] gmail [com]

  10. Congratulations everyone on all the great accomplishments.
    I am thankful for my loving family, my good health, and having a job.

  11. I love Sourcebooks and would like to congratulate all the authors who have had a successful year! I'm especially grateful this year for my loving family and for the daily blessings that I receive, both large and small.

  12. Congratulations on all the wonderful things that are happening to you guys and your authors this year! It's good to be thankful indeed.

    As for me, I'm personally thankful for this year of fun in New York City, my family and friends and all the books that have made me laugh, cry and sigh.

  13. Congratulations to all the Authors.
    I'm greatful for my 7 kids our health and continued good health for my youngest daughter;s complete remission from Osteo-sarcoma-Bone Cancer. It just doesn't get any better then that.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Wow look at all of these great comments--thanks very much everyone! I love reading all of the things you are thankful for this year :) And congrats again to all of our authors!

  15. Today I'm grateful for Danielle Jackson!

  16. Congratulations everyone! So many things to celebrate!!! I'm daily grateful to be part of the Casablanca family!

  17. I'm grateful for my terrific husband and family. And I'm grateful that Danielle has a helper now in the romance promotions department! You've never, ever slipped, but I've always wondered how you manage to do all you do.

  18. I am grateful for my family, my job, and books. My husband and kids are fairly self-sufficient and it means that I can work. My job is to coordinate health care for residents of an assisted living. It is challenging and I love it. Books help me relax at the end of my day so I can take my mind off of difficulties and start the next day feeling like I had a real break. Books are my mini-vacations.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  19. I am thankful for the people in my life. Especially my family. They love me unconditionally, support me and encourage me. My positive attitude has been shaped largely by the values they taught me. We all have ups and downs but they are the one that stand by me. It doesn't hurt that my mom can cook up at storm!

    I am thankful for books and authors who create such amazing stories. Characters become like real friends and some worlds I want to keep visiting over and over. It's opened my eyes to so many new things and I've embarked on many adventures. Thank you as well to the editors and publishers who let these stories come out into the world.


  20. I'm thankful for the strength and love of my family, which has gotten me through many a difficult time in the past eight years. And I'm thankful for all of the amazing books that come out year after year to feed my reading obsession!


  21. Danielle,
    You always make me smile. Thanks for being so upbeat and happy all the time.

  22. I'm looking forward to all the new books coming out. It's been a hard year but one of the highlights was my mom turning 89 and is still in good heath and another is that my youngest graduated from college. I'm looking forward to next year with the chance of wonderful possibilities.

  23. I am really thankful for my family they are there when I need them. Also very thankful for my books they are what keeps me going from day to day and you lovely authors that make my day.


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  25. Wow! Seeing all the successful author/book accomplishments is amazing. I love so many authors from Sourcebooks and enjoy seeing you rewarded for your great books.

    I am thankful for so many things. I look about me and cannot decide how to narrow it down (I can't)- my loving husband, my faith, my family, my financial security, my health, my little pleasures.

    Thank you all for the giveaway opportunity.

  26. I'm thankful for my awesome husband and his infinite patience with my writing career. I'm also thankful for my cat's purr. It's the most soothing sound in the world.

    annarkie 12 @ gmail . com

  27. I'm thankful for my family and books that let me escape from the real world!!

  28. I am grateful for my family and friends. For the nice people I've met this year through my love of reading. It's been a year with many blessings.

  29. I love the LOVE that's going on in these comments. Thanks to everyone sharing what they are thankful for :) I'm going to make the surprise packs tomorrow morning--get excited! I will choose two lucky winners on Monday.

  30. I am thankful that all my kids will be home this Thanksgiving though we will be missing my son-in-law as he is still deployed in Afganistan. :(

    Love to read Historial.

  31. I'm thankful that the Casa Babes are so dedicated to writing; seeing as I looove their novels.

    I'm equally thankful for: libraries, book stores, coffee shops, my family, especially my children's ability to make me laugh, Saturdays/Sundays, friends, education, and OUR MILITARY. `Course, there's always an infinite amount of things to add, but those sprang to mind quicker.

  32. I'm grateful I got to travel with my mom to visit my grandmother and staying healthy. I also got to spend some time with my cousin during road trip to Toronto.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  33. I have to say my family, because this has not been an easy month, and they all were just *there*, you know? There is something extremely special to be said about someone who is there.


  34. I'm so thankful for my family, especially my mother. I've had an interesting last few months and they were awesome and there for me through it all.


  35. I'm always thankful for having the people that I do in my life, whether it's family, close friends and even acquaintances!


  36. Congratulations to Jennifer Rogers and Alexa--winners of the Casa Surprise Packs! I'll be emailing you shortly.

    And thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate, and shared what they are thankful for this year!

  37. Thanks Danielle! I know I am really going to enjoy the reads!

  38. Congrats to all my fellow Casa authors on their achievements! Bravo!


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