HARLEQUIN TO PUBLISH ITS MOST EXPLICIT ROMANCE LINE YET

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Harlequin DARE will feature emotionally powerful, sexually graphic storytelling

Toronto, March 15, 2017Harlequin announced today, at the London Book Fair, the official launch of Harlequin DARE, a new romance series featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes. With its first title to be released in January 2018, Harlequin DARE will deliver riveting, irresistible romance stories featuring highly explicit sexual encounters, making it the publisher’s sexiest series ever.

“Harlequin is for readers who are looking for intense, sexually charged reading experiences,” said Dianne Moggy, Vice President of Editorial for Harlequin. “These stories will capture the imagination by balancing graphic sex scenes with relatable dilemmas and challenges faced by the characters. They are the perfect quick, escapist romance fix for 21st-century women.”

“It’s the searing sexual relationships between incredibly alluring characters that really set Harlequin Dare apart,” said Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor. “The heroes are the ultimate embodiment of women’s sexual fantasies. There are bad boys and gritty antiheroes, as well as billionaires and other powerful men. The heroines are empowered, independent, fearless women who don’t need a man in their lives—but when they choose one, it’s on their own terms.”

Harlequin DARE titles play out in an array of international settings, from glamorous urban centers (Paris, London, New York, Rome) to sensually exotic locations (the Amalfi Coast, Hawaii, the Caribbean). The global backdrop reflects the international makeup of DARE’s editorial team, which is actively acquiring manuscripts for the new line from its offices in London, New York and Toronto.

Four Harlequin DARE titles will be published each month in print and ebook formats in the UK and Australia and digitally in North America. Each fast-paced, plot-driven title will be approximately 50,000 words in length.

Guidelines and details on how to submit are available at harlequin.submittable.com.

About Harlequin

Harlequin (Harlequin.com) is a global publisher of commercial fiction and a worldwide leader in romance fiction, with titles issued worldwide in as many as 32 languages and sold in up to 93 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second largest consumer book publisher in the world with operations in 18 countries. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin on Twitter: @HarlequinBooks.

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  1. Chrissie

    How I would love to write for this line. I’m doing research on the Caribbean and see what inspires me. Even though this is an extremely sexy line, will light suspense along with a lot of sexy situations be okay? Or does this need to be upbeat and romantic only?

  2. Diana Sobolewski

    I was thrilled to learn about Harlequin DARE. I write sophisticated sexy romance novels with alluring independent female characters and wealthy powerful men that take them to new heights of sexual fulfillment. Luxury lifestyles and explicit sexual scenarios are set against the back drop of Montreal, Bordeaux, Rome, London, Edinburgh … locations I am familiar with through personal experience (including the glamorous venues I write about). My first book self-published (professionally edited and produced) book was released in 2016 and Book 2 will be shortly. I am working on Book 2 and 4 to complete the series of stand-alone novels.
    I look forward to working on projects that will be an even better fit for Harlequin DARE in the future. In the meantime, I look forward to reading the work of your fabulous DARE authors.