Chicago, IL—July 15, 2013—Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, and Xcite Books, the UK’s largest publisher of erotic romance, are excited to announce a partnership to bring Xcite’s line of award-winning erotic romance to the U.S. market.
Starting in November, the Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint will release one title each month. The novels range in style from simmering sexual tension (as popularized by Fifty Shades of Grey) to the more adventurous side of the genre (in the style of Maya Banks or Megan Hart).
“Erotic romance is the fastest growing category in the industry,” says Leah Hultenschmidt, the editorial manager who brokered the deal for Sourcebooks. “This partnership allows us to bring established and award-winning authors with fantastic stories to the U.S. in a very large way.”
“We’ve seen how Sourcebooks has expanded in the romance category, and we’re excited to partner in their success,” says Hazel Cushion, managing director of Xcite Books.
A division of Accent Press, an award-winning UK-based publisher, Xcite has gleaned many accolades, including a two-time Erotic Trade Only win for Best Erotic Book Brand and a two-time JADE’s Erotic Award win for Best Erotic Publisher. The Awakening, the first U.S. release under the Casablanca imprint, won the New Writing Competition at the 2011 Festival of Romance. Known for its enticing plot hook and the steamy BDSM relationship between the protagonists, Elene Sallinger’s erotic novel will be released in November 2013.
Titles to be released include:
- The Awakening by Elene Sallinger (November 2014)
- Restless Spirit by Sommer Marsden (December 2014)
- Control by Charlotte Stein (January 2014)
- The Initiation of Ms. Holly by K D Grace (February 2014)
- Telling Tales by Charlotte Stein (March 2014)
- The Education of Victoria by Angela Meadows (April 2014)
All titles will be available in both trade paperback and eBook through Sourcebooks Casablanca, and will be fully distributed in the U.S. and Canada.
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About Xcite Books
Xcite Books produces a fabulous range of erotic fiction in print and as ebooks that has gained international recognition for their quality, diversity, and positive attitude toward relationships and sexuality. The company is based in the UK but now has distribution in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.xcitebooks.com/.