Contest! Confessions of a Fourth Floor Book Dork

by Amy Wilkins, Assistant Manager Digital Content and Social Media

I confess: I am a dork. A book dork. A big one.

That shouldn’t be surprising considering I chose to work in publishing, but sometimes even I am shocked by my own nerdiness. For example, just the fact that I work on the fourth floor at Harlequin HQ fills me with happiness. Why? Because that’s where the employee books are delivered once a month to our back hallway.

As you can imagine, there are books all over the Harlequin offices: lining cubicle shelves, displayed in meeting rooms, in racks in the hallway. But even though we’re surrounded by novels, the monthly delivery of new titles still causes quite the stir. Just take a look at the photo below—a crush for books to rival any Black Friday sale!

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(I’m the blond in purple, by the way)

But working on the fourth floor means sometimes we get lucky. Lucky enough to spot the books being delivered before anyone else in company. And lucky enough to get first dibs on the new arrivals (insert maniacal laughter here)! (Don’t worry, there is plenty for everyone…even after I’ve had a crack at them πŸ™‚ )

But like I said, sometimes my own dorkiness over books takes even me by surprise. Like what happened last week…

I visited the back hall looking for a particular November book, but instead of the usual mostly-empty boxes, there were freshly opened boxes…where the MIRA and HQNs go…which are usually picked clean in a couple days. In fact, the first set of boxes was stacked three high and were filled right to the top. What was going on? It was too early for the December books to come in…

I tentatively reached out and turned over the top book. It was VEIL OF SHADOWS, the third book in Jennifer Armintrout‘s Lightworld/Darkworld trilogy, a series I am loving…but book three doesn’t come out until December. It was true! December books were in! And it was still cold! Fresh off the truck! My dorky heart was filled with glee—I had gotten to the December books first!

I rushed back to my desk to share the news (including the fact they were still cold and fresh) with my coworkers, thereby revealing the extent of my dorkiness to all. (Not that I cared. Books!!!!)

And that night, I stayed late at work on purpose so I could see what other books came in. Being on time to dinner with my parents vs. new books? Well, you can guess what was sacrificed there… (Sorry Mom and Dad!)

So there you have it. The confession of a book dork.

To give you a little taste of our fourth floor goodies, I have picked two goodie bags of books from our hallway. Leave a comment by midnight on Sunday Nov. 29 telling me what the dorkiest thing you have done—or would do—for free books! A random commenter will be chosen to win one of two selections of December (and one November) books. One entry per person (so if you comment twice, your name is still entered one) and only US and Canada residents are eligible to win, sorry. Please see our full contest rules here.

Please indicate in your comment which batch of books you’d like to receive:

Feeling Nice
Fairy Tale Weddings by Debbie Macomber
His Christmas Bride by Dana Corbit
A Nanny Under the Mistletoe by Teresa Southwick
A Christmas Wish by Betty Neels

A Little Bit Naughty
At the Boss’s Beck and Call by Anna Cleary
Christmas Male by Cara Summers
Holiday with a Vampire III by Linda Winstead Jones, Lisa Childs, and Bonnie Vanak
The Cavanaugh Code by Marie Ferrarella

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Comments ( 57 )
  1. Liz
    November 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm
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    When I was leaving university (not that long ago), I was trying to decide what to do with a B.A. in English and Film. As I saw it, I had two options, become a private investigator or go into publishing…go on stakeouts or get free books (obviously there’s more to it than that…but when it comes down to it)…

    So I enrolled in a publishing course, not private investigation, and got more free books in that program than I had shelves! Still, even after moving and getting more bookshelves, I don’t have one single shelving unit that holds all my books (they’re scattered all over my bedroom)! I’m well on my way to fulfilling my dream of having a library just like the one in the Disney Beauty and the Beast movie!

    I suppose now I can become a private investigator also, I’ll have some books to keep me occupied on those late night stakeouts!

    I’m feeling naughty today!

  2. PaulaP
    November 28, 2009 at 11:49 am
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    For a chance to win the “Feeling Nice” collection, I would be happy to sing you some Christmas carols! πŸ™‚

  3. Elizabeth Petry
    November 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm
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    I like the ‘FEELING NICE’ category…(yet I enjoy both sets equally!)

    Let’s see…I could get my hubby and I to do our recreation of when we both did Charles Dicken’s ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’. He’s been EBENEZER SCROOGE for over 5 years now! And, I was (one year) “The Ghost of Christmas Past”.

    It is hoot working with your spouse, esp. with a show like this!!

  4. Audri
    November 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm
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    Nice….

    Let’s see, I look at freecycle and craig’s list daily for free books. I donate by old reads to a used book store in hopes of a generous book store worker who will give me free ones. I enter all kinds of contests monthly in hopes to get new reads. I have joined readers panels to get free books. And let us not forget the newest way to get new reads, download kindle for my i-touch and look for all the free titles they offer.

  5. Carolyn Davidson
    November 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm
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    What fun reading all your mail! I’m a fanatic when it comes to OLD HP books. I’d give my right arm, well maybe not, but close to it, for some of the old Charlotte Lamb titles. I own ALL the Emma Darcy book ever created, I think. Also love others of her ilk. My writing is historical so I read contempory stuff. Lisa Kleypas is my author of choice when I’m not writing. I’ve probably reread her stuff six times over. Hi to the HH ladies.

  6. Karen B
    November 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm
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    Dorkiest thing? Really, now. Nothing is dorky about setting appropriate priorities for free books…Pri-or-it-ies, girls. There’s nothing dorky about trading books, or going to book signings and buying more than you can read to support writers, or going bananas over a free cart in front of a used bookstore, or a goodie bag free with purchase. Nope. Nothing I’ve read in anyone’s post qualifies as dorky. Nope. It’s all just as sensible as can be! NAUGHTY NAUGHTY NAUGHTY, please. :O)

  7. Cheryl St.John
    November 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm
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    I have worked on the clean up crew after luncheons to get free books.
    I have worked at the literacy feistival to get free books.
    I have stood in line at the publishers’ signings to get free books.
    This dorkiness started way back when I was in junior high, and my home ec teacher used to let us take home leftover books and magazines if we stayed late on the last day of school and helped her clean cupboards. I then walked home, hauling my gigantic bag of leftover free books, smiling like the Chestshire cat, because I had books for the summer.

  8. MarthaE
    November 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm
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    I’m not sure if dorky is the right phrase but this past May I drove 5 hours each way to go to the Bookfair at the RT Convention in Orlando. And actually – that wasn’t for FREE books! So – maybe dorky is going an hour to my favorite Book Exchange store where they always have two tables of free books to look through!
    I would like the “feeling nice” set! Thanks!

  9. Teresa P.
    November 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm
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    Wishing I had a job on the fourth floor!! Sounds like a fun time. I had a job as a librian and loved being surrounded by books. As far as the naughty or nice books…..gotta be naughty sometime!!!

  10. Maria Tota
    November 29, 2009 at 2:11 am
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    Going back to the 70’s, the dorkiest thing had to be when I was in Jr. High school and my friends all wanted to go to the mall. I fibbed and said that I had to babysit, when in reality, I wanted to stay home to read the Super Romance that I was into. Uh, Naughty! No contest!

  11. Amy G.
    November 29, 2009 at 8:33 am
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    If I worked on the 4th floor and saw the boxes of new books first, I’d probably be like the mouse Gus Gus from Cinderella and have a pile of books up to my forehead. I’d do all kinds of dorky things for free books- just tell me what to do :). Thanks for having a great giveaway filled with free books and if I won I would love to have the Feeling Nice batch :).

  12. Ellen
    November 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm
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    I work at a library. When books are being discarded, the boxes have to go through my department before going to the dumpster. My friends and I are always looking through the discards to see if there is anything we want, or looks too good to be discarded. Neat giveaway, I think I’ll go with the naughty batch, I’ve already read some of the nice ones.

  13. Jesi O'Connell
    November 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm
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    Oh my gosh…total dork here. Would do almost anything (legal) for books! Dork factor…hmm. Ah, I probably have no shame, lol. Tell me what dorkiness you’d like to see and I’d probably do it for books!

    I’m all about the naughty set. Fun contest!

  14. Susie Kerner
    November 29, 2009 at 7:41 pm
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    They haven’t actually been free. But when our library has a book sale, on the last day, it is all you can pack in a paper sack for $2 (it used to be $1–inflation.) I’d stand in line with my sack and once inside, it was like one of the wedding dress basement sales. Anyway, if you shake the bag and pack them just right, I one time got 65 books in one bag.

  15. Susie Kerner
    November 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm
    Reply

    Forgot to pick. Either one is fine, but if I have to pick: I’ll go for nice.

  16. Amy Wilkins
    December 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm
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    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories πŸ™‚ Olga and I will be randomly picking the winners soon!
    ~Amy

  17. Amy
    December 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm
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    Hello again! Our winners (randomly drawn) were Sally for the nice batch and Teresa P. won the naughty set.

    Sally, your books are already in the mail! Teresa, please check your email for a message from me πŸ™‚

    Thanks again everyone! And psst…we may have another giveaway very soon with a really cool prize. But you didn’t hear it from me πŸ˜‰
    ~Amy

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