Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy Heartwarming Year! by Karen Rock

As I counted down the last seconds of 2015, I couldn't help but smile, imagining the incredible year ahead for Harlequin Heartwarming. There is so much good news, I can hardly take it all in. Because I know you'll be as excited as I am, I thought I'd try to organize and share it all here with you. We're dubbing this the Year of the Heartwarming and here's why:

1. Harlequin Heartwarming novels are now for sale in print on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com! It's wonderful that our readership will now have access to more formats in even bigger markets than ever before.





2. Harlequin Heartwarming novels will be on sale in select Walmart stores around the country through April 2016. Even better, they're 35% off for the month of January! CLICK HERE to find a store near you and grab a copy.



3. Our Thanksgiving Short Reads are still free and listed with each author on WattPad. If you've never heard of WattPad before, don't despair. I hadn't either until our wonderful marketing team and authors mentioned that we could continue to offer these uplifting romances with our fans. It's easy to join WattPad and have access to free stories like ours. To read my second chance love story, THANKFUL FOR YOU, CLICK HERE. Also, I've added all of my fellow Harlequin Heartwarming author's Thanksgiving Short Read novels in my library. Click on them and you'll have access to even more stories.


4. Heartwarming is one of the categories featured in the Try Harlequin promotion this year where one novel from each category is offered as a free download. I'm so honored that my award-winning novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, was selected and you can grab your free copy HERE.

     

5. We have great contests and giveaways going on this month with our PRISM BLOG TOUR to celebrate our first novels in retail stores.Ten Heartwarming authors are sharing their own selfies and messages at each stop of the tour and are asking you to do the same! Stop by each day to check them out... CLICK HERE to find the tour stops, enter and win !

6 Big congratulations to all our our January authors who received review scores of 4 on RT reviews and even a Top Pick!



We've dubbed this the year of the Heartwarming and we're thrilled to start it off in style :) Happy New Year! What are you excited about this year?

35 comments:

  1. It's going to be an exciting year for Heartwarming readers and writers!

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    1. It's so nice to see everyone's hard work come together to create such great opportunities this year. It's wonderful for authors and readers alike!

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  2. I'm thrilled that readers get a chance to buy our books in the store. I'm an avid reader myself, so going to the store to buy the books is lots of fun. I got so excited when I went to the Walmart near me to see the Heartwarming books on the shelf.

    I'm looking forward to a year filled with writing projects. I truly count the work as a blessing!

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    1. That's beautiful, Tara :) We are so blessed to write for Heartwarming and I'm doubly blessed to have you as a critique partner- so I get the first peek and Tara Randel's award-winning books xo

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  3. How exciting to have a "heartwarming" year. Couldn't ask for anything better. The more readers who read our books, the more they like them. Great post, Karen.

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    1. Thanks, Roz! An agreed, the feedback we are is so encouraging. I'm seeing such a great year ahead xo

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  4. Big year indeed, Karen. Congratulations to all! I loved, loved Wish Me Tomorrow. If it weren't free, I'd urge people to open up their wallets.
    I plan to do some investigating at Walmart and Barnes and Noble over the weekend.

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    1. Awww! Thank you so much, Jill :-) You are so kind and exactly why I love being a part of the Heartwarmimg author and reader community xo

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  5. I'm so excited that Heartwarming will be in the stores! Now if they'll just extend the time beyond April!!

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    1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that, two, Patricia :-) I think our fans will demand it!

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  6. Such great news for the line and our authors. Excited to see what happens next! :) I'm with Patricia...fingers crossed this goes beyond April!

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    1. Maybe we should cross toes, too- just to be sure? Lol. I'm really proud of everyone's talent and hard work. It's such an honor to write with all if you!

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  7. Karen, I love how you spelled all the wonderful Heartwarming news out here! Congratulations on all your success, too. Your hard work is such an inspiration! Happy Heartwarming Year!! (Now, if we could just make that writing retreat happen....)

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    1. Happy New Year, Carol and congratulations to you, too! I adore your novels and Heartwarming so fortunate to have you in their line up :) We need to make the retreat happen! I have some ideas for sure xo

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    2. Thank you, Karen! I shared this post on my FB page because it's like a Heartwarming newsletter. Hope people will take a look. Seriously, how much fun would that be?

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    3. Thanks so much for sharing, Carol! I wanted it to be like a newsletter since we have such great news to share :) I think a retreat will be fun and really productive. It'd be great to do breakout groups. There is a property up here on Lake Champlain where my friend, a MG and picture book author holds retreats and I love going to them!

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  8. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that, two, Patricia :-) I think our fans will demand it!

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  9. Thanks for nailing down all the wonderful events for Heartwarming in 2016. I'm so pleased to be part of the excitement. And I'm raising my glass in hopes of big sales for this terrific line!
    Cynthia

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    1. I'm raising a glass with you, Cynthia :-) And congratulations on your amazing review!!

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  10. Congratulations to all our January authors, and to all of you who've been such champions of the line. Hail Heartwarming!

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  11. It's about time! Now even more readers can enjoy your excellent, heartfelt stories, Karen! xoxo

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    1. We have been eagerly awaiting this, Dale and it's great to hear that our Heattwarming friend are, too <3

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  12. While I mostly read on an ereader, I am glad my friends and family can finally get Heartwarming romances at Walmart!

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    1. That's such a sweet comment, Billie! Thank you :) We're thrilled to give our readers more formats for sure.

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  13. Happy New Year! Thank you so much for both books to enjoy :)

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    1. Happy New Year, Suzanne! It's my pleasure :):)

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  14. I am thrilled to see the Heartwarming line evolving this way. I've been a fan since discovering these beautiful books, and I'm so happy to see all of the wonderful authors getting the credit they deserve. All of this great news is so exciting. Thank you for writing these sweet romances that I love. ( :

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    1. Laurie!! Melt** Thank you so much. It means a lot to all of us to know that our stories are connecting with amazing people like you xo

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  15. Awesome time for Heartwarming! Thanks for putting all this together for us and the readers :)

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    1. You're welcome, Amy! It was fun to see all of the great things happening, all in one place :)

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  16. Thank you for the perfect post that recaps just how wonderful and exciting 2016 is promising to be for Heartwarming!!!

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    1. It was my pleasure, Rula :) Seeing it all in one place made me appreciate- even more- just how lucky we are here at Heartwarming!

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