Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Blonde Samurai speaks Spanish



I had an exciting day recently when my mail lady delivered seven (7) boxes of foreign editions of my Spice novels.

Italian, German, Spanish and Polish.

Amazing how the Harlequin brand is so international!

What I find really interesting is how the titles change with various translations.

Since we're discussing the Spanish editions today, I'll talk about my books that have been translated into Spanish for Spain, Mexico, Chile, Latin America and Argentina:

The Blonde Geisha became "Fantasías escondidas" or Hidden Fantasties.

Naughty Paris became "Placer en París" or Pleasure in Paris.

Cleopatra's Perfume became "El perfume de Cleopatra" or The Perfume of Cleopatra.

And:

The Blonde Samurai has just been released in Spanish as "Placer Orientalor Oriental Pleasure.

So for all my Spanish-speaking readers, here is the blurb from the Harlequin Spain site:

"Encontró el placer en brazos de un samurái Primavera de 1873 Yo, Katie O’Roarke, llegué a Japón en la primavera de 1873 con mi virginidad intacta, mi corazón cargado de nostalgia y mi alma ansiosa por encontrar los placeres que me negaba mi marido, lord Carlton, un hombre frío y egoísta, poseído por una crueldad sin límites.

"El país oriental contrastaba en todos los aspectos con la tediosa vida que llevaba en Londres y me permitía olvidar mi horrible matrimonio. Pero cuando mi marido me atacó en un estado de embriaguez y locura, no pude seguir soportándolo y hui a las montañas. Allí encontré a Akira, un joven samurái que me llevó hasta Shintaro, el jefe del poderoso clan guerrero.

"Al principio recelaba de mi presencia, pero Shintaro empezó a visitarme a diario hasta que el sonido de sus pisadas bastaba para que se me desbocase el corazón. Me enseñó el camino del guerrero, el valor del honor, la lealtad y la dignidad, y también un mundo de infinitas posibilidades eróticas en el que yo iba a descubrir una fuerza insospechada.

"Juntos prenderíamos la pasión prohibida, traspasaríamos las barreras del placer y evocaríamos el peligro en su forma más sensual. Pero mi marido estaba empeñado en encontrarme y hacerme pagar por la humillación sufrida. Y yo no podía seguir ocultándome entre los naranjos del valle cuando una oscura amenaza se cernía sobre mi destino…"

A big “thank you” to the international Harlequin team who puts together the foreign editions and sends them to the authors!

8 comments:

Michelle Polaris said...

Exciting to have so many foreign additions. Fun!

Wynter Daniels said...

That must very exciting! I attended a workshop at the RWA National conference on positioning your books for re-releases in foreign countries. You seem to have mastered that! Congratulations!

Jina Bacarr said...

I really enjoy reading through my stories in another language--trying to pick up the nuances, etc. of what I wrote in Spanish, French, German and Italian. I'm even learning Polish!

Jina Bacarr said...

Wynter, thankz for the compliment, but all the credit goes to Harlequin's foreign rights department in Toronto and New York and the fabulous editors overseas (esp. my good friend Alessandra Bazardi in Milano, Italy). They do a fabulous job!

Naima Simone said...

That cover is just as beautiful in Spanish as it is in English! Congratulations on the multi-lingual (is that a word? LOL!) editions!! That's awesome!

Jina Bacarr said...

Thank you, Naima, for the congrats re: foreign editions. I also want to mention the wonderfully talented translators who take my words and turn them into elegant prose in so many languages. Thank you!

Dalton Diaz said...

It's funny how they have to change certain words that become not-so-innocent in translation. I remember a friend who went to England and couldn't understand why everyone looked at her funny when she mentioned her "fanny pack."

Jina Bacarr said...

You're right, Dalton. It's amazing how we share a common language with England that can be so different!