by Laura McCallen, Editorial Assistant
It’s that time of year again…but not the time you might have expected. While others bundle up against the impending cold and the faint sound of festive music starts to invade life from every angle, the Presents team are thinking beyond Christmas and even 2015! Why, you may ask? Because it’s time to start planning the (destined-to-be-amazing) 2016 continuity!
Our 8-book continuities are a staple of our Presents schedule every year and so over the past few weeks the team has been busy brainstorming ideas and narrowing the options down as we try to find the concept that captivates, inspires and excites us! It’s one of our favourite parts of the job and so I thought I’d let you in on how we’ve kicked things off this time…
This year our continuity planning began with a pop culture questionnaire so take a peek at some of our answers below to find out what’s been capturing our interest this year. Spoiler alert: there’s nothing we love more than stories of weddings and royal babies!
What was your favourite song this year and why?
Carly: Happy by Pharell – remember hearing him say in an interview that he wrote it to ‘keep us all going’, which is what I also think our books do for people!
Laura: I’ve really enjoyed everything Sam Smith has put out – he’s the male Adele and you can’t help but be caught up in the emotion of his songs.
Izzy: Say Something I’m Giving up on You – it’s sad, but just lovely.
Pippa: Wonder by Emeli Sande because ‘we are full of wonder’ always reminds me of our fabulous Presents authors.
Jo: All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor – unbelievably catchy, uplifting and you can’t help but dance around when you hear it!
What was your favourite non-Harlequin book this year and why?
Carly: Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding – pleasingly familiar, like being wrapped in a safe warm blanket, and hilarious!
Laura: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– powerfully emotional and witty all at the same time. It made me laugh out loud and ugly cry but it was the best book I’ve read outside work in the past five years!
Izzy: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – it’s engaging even though the storyline isn’t the kind that I would usually be very captivated by, but it’s so beautifully written you can’t help but get sucked into it.
Pippa: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – the feisty heroine is fun and the incredible sexual tension with the brooding Russian hero reminds me of our own Presents!!
Jo: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King – this author is the master of characterisation and I loved the incidental romance the retired detective protagonist has – just don’t expect a happy ending!
What was your favourite news story this year and why?
Everyone: The second baby Cambridge and George Clooney’s wedding! No explanation needed!
So, now that you know what we’ve been reading and listening to we want to know what’s captivated you this year? We’re always looking for more inspiration!