Shannon Stacey

Eleanor’s here, everybody, and Carina’s got goodies!

(Note from Shannon: It’s me! Introducing Angela! Who’s introducing Eleanor! It’s like Inception…only a blog post, so not really. Anyway, I can’t believe it’s been a year since the shiny new launch titles went live and what a year it’s been! I hope there are many, many more to come. So here’s me…introducing Angela…who’s introducing Eleanor… See? Inceptionblog!)

In celebration of our one year anniversary, I asked as many of our Harlequin team members and Carina Press freelance editors as possible to write a short blog post, talking about what the past year or so has been like for them, working on Carina Press. I deliberately didn’t provide any direction other than that, because I wanted to see what people came up with, in the spirit of Carina’s 1st anniversary. I was so pleased when I saw what they’d all come up with, and had to say (and some of these posts made me just a little teary)! I hope you enjoy the post, and look for your opportunity to win a Carina Press book at the bottom of this post. ~Angela James

Eleanor Elliott is the Director of Digital Properties and Social Media for Harlequin and Carina Press. As part of the Carina Press management team, she oversees and is a member of the acquisitions team, where she’s given the ‘thumbs up’ to almost 60 manuscripts. She’s an avid reader, television watcher, and sci-fi geek. You can follow her on Twitter.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been acutely aware of the duality of time – how things can seem to be both new and old at the same time. How, when I look at my toddler playing in the yard, I can’t believe that almost 3 years have gone by since his birth, while simultaneously feeling like it’s hard to imagine or remember what things were like without him.

As Carina Press celebrates its first anniversary, I am filled with those exact same emotions. The year since our official launch date seems to have flown by, but it also feels like I’ve always been working on Carina Press.

When Angela James asked all of us on the team to write a blog post as part of our anniversary celebration, I remembered the moment not when we launched, in June 2010 – but a moment about 9 months earlier, when Malle Vallik told me that our proposal for this new venture had been approved by the Harlequin Leadership team….I actually danced in her cubicle I was so excited. Back then, Carina Press was just an idea, an idea that a few of us were dangerously passionate about. To be here, on the 1 year anniversary of the existence of this business, well, to say it feels a little unreal is an understatement.

Carina Press is often the highlight of my work week. To be able to work with talented, creative, and enthusiastic people is a blessing. The word ringing through my head as I reflect upon the last year is gratitude.

So, I think it’s appropriate to say thank you.

Thank you, to the Harlequin Leadership team for letting us run with Carina Press.

Thank you, Malle and Aideen – my co-conspirators in this exciting idea.

Thank you, Angela James, for joining us at exactly the right time. Before you, Carina Press was a proposal – with you, it became a reality, and it wouldn’t be what it is today without you. You have become its heart and soul.

Thank you, to the wonderful, talented, and creative authors who have trusted us with something so dear to their hearts: their amazing stories.

Thank you, to the team of amazing editors, copy-editors, and cover artists who bring our vision for Carina Press books to life.

Thank you, to the amazing book blogger community who embraced Carina Press from the beginning. Your support has been invaluable.

But mostly, thank you to those of you who have purchased and read our books – for taking a chance on us, for writing reviews, for giving us feedback, for talking to us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. You are helping to shape Carina Press as we go.

From the beginning, we said that it was our job to connect authors with a story to tell to readers who want to read it. I hope we’ve done just that.

To celebrate Carina’s one year anniversary of publishing books, we’re giving away some prizes. Today, on each of the nineteen blogs our team members are featured on, we’re giving away a download of a Carina Press book to one random winner (that’s nineteen total winners!) All you need to do to be entered to win is comment on this post. You can enter to win on all nineteen posts. In addition, on the Carina Press blog, we’re giving away a grand prize of a Kobo ereader and 12 Carina Press books of the winner’s choice. Visit the Carina Press blog to enter to win, and to see links to all 19 of today’s blog posts.

And a sincere thank you from all of us, to our readers and authors, for making Carina Press’s first year a success!

59 comments to “Eleanor’s here, everybody, and Carina’s got goodies!”

  1. Lisa J
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:04 am · Link

    Thank you for giving us a lot of great books to read and talk about.

  2. Limecello
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:15 am · Link

    Happy birthday to Carina press! There have been so many great books from it. Eleanor, this was such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing!
    (And of course, hello Shannon and Angela ;))

  3. blodeuedd
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    Here is to many more years! *cheers*

  4. Chele Blades
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:40 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary to Carina Press and the great authors!!

  5. Danielle West
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:47 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary to Carina!

  6. Nicole
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:51 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary!!

  7. Eleanor Elliott
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:54 am · Link

    Thanks, Shannon, for hosting my blog post :) I have to admit, I got a little sniffly writing it :*)

    That’s me, thanking you for hosting my blog post, in which you introduced Angela, who introduced me. Definitely Inceptionblog!

  8. Lisa (Lisa's World of Books)
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:57 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  9. Carol Stephenson
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:06 am · Link

    Loved the Inceptionblog! Shannon, thank you bringing out such great stories and wishing you even greater success in the next year!

  10. StacieDM
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:25 am · Link

    Hello Eleanor!
    Congratulations on a successful first year at Carina Press!

    I think it is wonderful when a person loves the work they do. Your post really shows how much you enjoy your job. I wish you many more successful years at Carina Press.

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  11. CrystalGB
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:41 am · Link

    Happy one year anniversary. Wishing you many more successful years.

  12. tammy ramey
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:53 am · Link

    happy 1st anniversay!

  13. Amy S.
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link

    Thanks for all the great books Carina has. Thanks to the wonderful editors and authors too! Happy Anniversary!

  14. Maria D.
      · June 7th, 2011 at 11:22 am · Link

    Happy Anniversary Carina! Great post Eleanor (btw- love the name). I’ve really enjoyed the Carina Press ebooks that I’ve read – especially Shannons- over the last year. Lol@inception tie in…Here’s to an even better year for Carina and all of you.

  15. Fedora
      · June 7th, 2011 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Eleanor, thank YOU and Carina Press for a wonderful first year for us readers! I’m looking forward to so many more great titles in this coming year–what a groundbreaking year it’s been!

  16. Renee Rearden
      · June 7th, 2011 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Thank YOU for all your hard work! I love to read, and I appreciate the fantastic stories I find at Carina Press!


  17. Carin
      · June 7th, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I’m so glad you all started Carina Press! I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

  18. Julie
      · June 7th, 2011 at 12:56 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary, and here’s to many more anniversaries. I’m looking forward to even more wonderful hours of reading from Carina Press!

  19. Sherie
      · June 7th, 2011 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Congrats on a year! I know I love my digital books!

  20. Susan Laura
      · June 7th, 2011 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary Carina Press! A lot of hard work goes into creating these books and I thank you for it!

  21. Corinne Bridges
      · June 7th, 2011 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Congrats to Carina Press & your authors!! Together all of you create & produce GREAT books!! :)

  22. Jess @ Gone with the Words
      · June 7th, 2011 at 2:00 pm · Link

    Yay!! Happy Anniversary!!

  23. Regina Shiderly
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary! Carina has had some awesome books this past year, glad I got to read a few!

  24. Ju Dimello
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Hi Eleanor! Thanks for sharing such a profound story with us :)

    Happy anniversary to Carina Press!!!

  25. Valerie
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary! And Congrats on a great first year :)

  26. Katey G
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary to Carina Press!!

    My mom & I would like to thank all the people behind the amazing books you produced this year. Looking forward for more of it for the years to come. yay!

  27. Cathy M
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:45 pm · Link

    What a nice blog post, Eleanor. The Carina Press family did an amazing job their first year. Hope this coming year is just as successful.

    Congrats on your new release, Shannon

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  28. jayhjay
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Shannon, yours was the first Carina press title I bought! Congratulations to everyone on the one year anniversary!

  29. Lisa B
      · June 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm · Link

    So exciting to hear about people who are loving their jobs. I think it shows in the end product too!

    congrats! Happy Anniversary!

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  30. library addict
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Happy anniversary,Carina Press.

    I can’t believe it’s only been a year. Seems much longer (in a good way).

  31. ms bookjunkie
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Thank you for a year’s worth of wonderful books. Keep up the good work! :)

  32. Karen C
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Congratulations on Carina’s first year anniversary!! Thank you to those of you who had the creative idea for digitial publishing and who ran with it. Thank you to the authors for giving me, and other readers, new worlds to explore. Wishing you continued success!

  33. Diana Neal
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Go Carina!!!!!!Happy Anniversary! Keep up the good work.

  34. E.D. Walker
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Yay Carina! Happy anniversay! :)

  35. Jane
      · June 7th, 2011 at 4:29 pm · Link

    Happy First Anniversary to Carina.

  36. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · June 7th, 2011 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Thank you, Eleanor, for your role in the inception (hee) of Carina Press! :)

  37. Tracey D
      · June 7th, 2011 at 5:29 pm · Link

    Congratulations for such a grand and successful year.

    Thanks to Carina Press, I’ve discovered many new authors.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  38. AllisonH
      · June 7th, 2011 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Congrats Carina, happy 1st birthday! Looking forward to many more celebrations for you.

  39. Julie Witt
      · June 7th, 2011 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Happy, happy anniversary, Carina Press! I wish you many wonderful years to come:)

  40. June M.
      · June 7th, 2011 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Happy anniversary Carina Press! Hope the next year is even better!

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  41. peggy h
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Carina Press! Thank you for the many books I’ve enjoyed in the last year, and looking forward to many more to come! And for introducing me to new favorite authors such as Shannon Stacey! :)

  42. Julia Broadbooks
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:04 pm · Link

    And thank you, Eleanor, for putting out so many wonderful books.

  43. Carla
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Thank you for the wonderful books Eleanor and congratulations to Carina Press for the first year!

  44. Shelley DiTommaso
      · June 7th, 2011 at 9:52 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary! I truly enjoy reading Carina Press books. I only read e-books and your formatting is always done really well. Wishing you many more years to come.

  45. Emily Oakley
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:11 pm · Link

    YAY!!! One year down and many many happy readers later! I’d like to say I love the books that have come out and am excited for each new release! Congratulations again and what a wonderful post! :)

  46. Julie Destry
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:29 pm · Link

    thank YOU for the amazing job you’ve done! great year :D

  47. PhyllisC
      · June 7th, 2011 at 10:56 pm · Link

    Congrats on an amazing first year and I hope you have many, many more to come.

  48. Katherine
      · June 7th, 2011 at 11:05 pm · Link

    Congrats on one year, Eleanor and the Carina team!
    I am really enjoying this blog tour.

  49. Jen B.
      · June 7th, 2011 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Inceptionblog! Sorry, I got hung up on that. Happy Anniversary Carina Press!

  50. Lindsey Ekland
      · June 7th, 2011 at 11:37 pm · Link

    I have enjoyed getting to know all the people at Carina thorugh all these posts.

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