Sunday, June 5, 2011

Happy Birthday

 I’ve seen more birthdays than I want to admit besides, at my age one is much like the last. Now I watch the children get excited about their special day. But this past week I’ve been excited about one particular birthday. On June 7, Carina Press will celebrate its first birthday.

Smart Bitches had a wonderful blog when Carina Press launched.

“Carina is a constellation in the Southern sky, and is Latin for “keel” - as in, the fins and structures operating below the surface of the water unseen yet keeping the ship balanced, and on its course. Here’s an interesting bit of physics I didn’t know: the keel’s job is to convert a sideways force to a forward force, sort of like trying to figure out how to convert a changing tide or market to keep your industry moving forward. 

Nice name. 

It’s even more awesome when applied to Harlequin, who launched Carina Press today, a digital-only publishing house. It is a division of Harlequin Enterprises LTD but because it is digital only, as in, no print, it operates separately.”
Angela James, the Executive Editor of Carina Press, called me February 3 to tell me Carina Press wanted to publish my book. The call was exciting for many reasons. I would be part of a forward thinking, major publisher. Many of us have our dream publisher, Carina Press was mine.

Carina Press, a division of Harlequin Enterprises the largest publisher of romance books, publishes books weekly across many genres, not just romance. There are currently over one hundred Carina authors and the number keeps growing.

 I lift my virtual glass and salute Angela, her team, her authors, and Denise Nielsen (my editor extraordinaire).


  1. I bow to these geniuses who have to ability to see the great "what's next" coming before it arrives. Carina Press took an ever evolving Harlequin to another level, keeping them forefront in the publishing industry. They're lucky to have you Ruth! Happy Birthday Carina Press.

  2. Ruth: I'm going to try this again. This is your 3rd for 4th post that I have read and tried to leave a comment for, but WP is having problem with their Open ID and being new to this whole blog thing, when I get booted off, I don't know where to go from there. I find myself clicking on your site whenever you post, like I said for at least 4 post back. It's a certain type of writer that piques your curiosity, and you piqued mine. I like your style of writing. Let me also lift a glass to Carina. I am a member of LSFW from a far. Maybe you've seen me - Ronnie in Va. Long lost friend of some members. But, great blogs, you keep me coming back. And, since I can't add this link properly - I am @

    Ronnie in Virginia

  3. Happy Birthday Carina Press! And many more :)

  4. Very cool. Happy Birthday to Carina Press (early)! Congratulations on your book! I'm so glad you got your dream editor.

  5. @J. Coleman

    I agree with you that Harlequin in general, Carina specifically have been on the cutting edge of the developing publishing industry. As an author, it's a tumultuous time but I have always found that with great changes come great opportunities.

    Thanks for your good wishes.

  6. @ Veronica Truesdale

    Ronni, the fourth time must be the charm! I'm glad you didn't give up and that you're enjoying my blog. I have lots planned so stay tuned for more.

    I enjoy LSFW, have you seen their new Twitter newsletter? It's awesome.

    Thank you for your kind support.

  7. @ Maria Andreas

    Thank you Maria! One more virtual toast.

  8. @Marne

    Thanks for the good wishes and joining me in my toast to Carina.

    I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

  9. I'm sorry. I read this email several times and still forgot to pop in for a glass of bubbly. Still tossing out my birthday wishes to Carina!

  10. @Calisa Rhose

    There is always a glass for you Calisa. The celebration continues!

    Thanks for stopping by