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My First Sale by the Debut Carina Press Authors

Welcome to the My First Sale series. Each Monday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between. Today we have a special compilation of the Carina Press debut authors.   These are a group of authors who sold for the very first time to Carina Press, the brand new digital first arm of Harlequin.


On Her Trail, by Marcelle Dubé (release date 6/21/2010)

I wrote Laura’s story well over ten years ago. Over the years, I sent it out to publisher after publisher only to get rejection after rejection. Most of the rejections were encouraging, along the lines of “good story, but too short for our line.” I would then look over the story to see if I could lengthen it, but it always felt right as it was. Finally, I put it away. There were lots of other stories to write. Then a friend sent me a link to the news release announcing Carina Press’s launch and I saw that they were looking for shorter works, too. I crossed my fingers and sent my baby out. What do you know? They liked her! I think I can safely say that Laura is glad to finally be home. You can read the first chapter of On Her Trail at


Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell (release date 06/14/2010).

I've had enough rejections to paper the walls of the New York Public Library! Looking back – hindsight's a wonderful thing – I realize it was because I kept flitting between genres. Historical, fantasy, category romance. You name it, I wrote it. Trouble with that is – none of those genres were really me. What  is me – is quirky, fun, paranormal mysteries. Just likeAllegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator. The manuscript was written with the Bombshell line in mind and completed just as Bombshell folded. Great timing eh? But I wasn't going to give up. A round of submissions to agents followed. There was plenty of interest and requests for more material but ultimately no offer of representation. But I wasn't going to give up. Maybe the universe was trying to tell me something. Digital publishing. Hello. I was doing research into digital publishers when I learned about Harlequin's new venture. Carina Press seemed like the perfect fit. But would they have me? After giving  Allegra a final polish I sent it off and crossed my fingers. After an anxious wait, I got the email that every unpublished writer dreams of. Carina Press made me an offer.  Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator will be released on 14th June 2010.

You can visit my website and check out my blog at

Liberty Starr by Rebecca Grant (release date 06/14, 2010).

There are a lot of things in a romance novel that you want to be stiff-‘but voice is not one of them!  A year ago, after twenty years of wanting to, I finally decided to try my hand at writing romances. I spent every spare moment I could find, writing, taking classes and learning about the romance industry. But I was a stiff writer! When at last I found a technique that seemed to work, I produced my first contemporary romance, LIBERTY STARR and submitted it to Carina Press last Thanksgiving weekend. Fast forward-It was the week of Valentine's Day  when Angela James from Carina Press called to say they wanted to offer me a contract. My feet didn't touch the ground for at least a week after her call! A friend of mine asked me why I chose Carina- Frankly, it's because they chose me. And I am so glad they did because I can't say enough great things about what a positive experience it is to work with them!  As a romance author, every day I write about both the human body and the human heart-‘how they respond to love, to desire, to joy, to pleasure, to sadness, to hope. And each day I believe more firmly that  love is unstoppable!

Rebecca E. Grant (LIBERTY STARR — June 14th release)Love is Unstoppable! www.RebeccaEGrant.com


Coin Operated by Ginny Glass (release date 06/07, 2010)

My experience with Carina has been amazing. The staff is not only a professional and efficient, but also happen to be some of the nicest and most fun folks I've ever had the opportunity to work with.  Coin Operated is the first part of the "Dirty Laundry" themed series. Carina Press will be publishing two more titles in the series in the near future – next a smart, steamy co-write written in cahoots with my dear friend  Inez Kelley (called  Talk Dirty To Me!) and a solo book written by Inez titled  Coming Clean (almost too hot for the page!)

Coin Operated goes on sale June 7th and I hope you'll enjoy it. While you're waiting, please feel free to check out my website, follow me on and enjoy this  excerpt from the book!


Scene Stealer by  Elise  Warner (release date 06/28/2010).

I began working on Broadway as a singer, actress and stage manager. Realizing there weren't enough roles written for women, I began writing plays then the lure of travel produced articles about cities, towns and countries I fell in love with, found fascinating or completely different from anyplace I had ever experienced before. An overheard phrase, an interesting comment, a person's life that touched me, led to short stories and my memories of actors, actresses and shows finally took over and I wrote Scene Stealer, a cozy mystery about Miss Augusta Weidenmaier, a retired schoolteacher who, after a chance encounter on the subway, is determined to help the police in the search for missing 9-year-old child actor Kevin Corcoran. On the Carina Press website a notice stated that submissions of books that include mysteries will be accepted. I e-mailed them a copy of Scene Stealer and a few weeks later Angela James the Executive Editor of Carina Press informed me Carina was interested in publishing my cozy as an e-book. It was a dream come true for me.

Excerpt may be read on my blog:

For more about me visit-

Beginning June 28, Scene Stealer may be purchased at or any book store where e-books are sold.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


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  2. Barb Wallace
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 08:20:37

    I’ve heard so many terrific things about Carinna Press lately. They certainly seem committed to helping their authors succeed. All of these first sale stories were inspiring. Good luck ladies!

  3. Toni Anderson
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 09:06:50

    Congratulations to all the First Sale authors at Carina Press. Inspiring stories.

  4. Shannon Stacey
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 09:51:07

    Congratulations to all the debut Carina Press authors! I hope it’s everything you dreamed of and that you bask in the excitement!

  5. Bonnie Dee
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 10:35:53

    Congratulations, ladies. I enjoyed all your tales of finding your way to Carina as the right home for your stories. I have to say, I’m particularly excited for Elise’s release, Scene Stealer because I’m a big fan of theater/movie related stories. Sounds intriguing.

  6. Mary Zienty
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 11:42:42

    Congrats to the debut authors at Carina. I’m impressed with all that Carina is doing and offering. I am especially fond of historical fiction and look forward to reading Captive Spirit.

  7. Tia Nevitt
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 19:21:41

    This was especially great for me to read because I too, made my first sale to Carina Press, and they are going to publish my fairy tale retelling this fall!

  8. Keziah Hill
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 19:47:28

    Yay for Janni Nell! Buy her book everyone! :-)

  9. EC Sheedy
    Jun 07, 2010 @ 22:46:01

    This was a great post. I didn’t know exactly who was debuting with Carina Press, and now thanks to Dear Author, I do. Congratulations to all!

    There’s nothing like your first ice cream, your first kiss, your first… Well, you get the picture. :-) Enjoy the thrill. I’ll look forward to reading your books.

  10. Pam Rosenthal
    Jun 10, 2010 @ 00:50:51

    All this happiness. What a pleasure. Wishing all of you congrats and many more (even if they can’t be the first anymore).

  11. ArtispswirM
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 04:23:06

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