How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if…

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Advice from the Archives–Make Them Suffer: Why Conflict Is Necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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Top 5 Bridal Tropes to Make You Hear Wedding Bells

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue It’s June, which is still the luckiest month of the year to get married according to ancient Roman traditions. To get married in June was to receive the blessing of Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Nowadays it’s more about great weather and floral selections, but summer…

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#WritingChallenge: Single Dads!

by Deirdre The single dad hero is a romance trope we love! Strong, caring, and self-reliant, single dads are heroes. So heroic in fact, it might be hard to motivate your heroine to not fall in love right away. Maybe your heroine’s just out of a relationship and is relishing the freedom of single life.…

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Getting the Call: Meet Tanya Stowe

We’re thrilled to welcome Tanya Stowe to Love Inspired Suspense! Read her inspiring story below: When my lovely editor, Shana Asaro, asked me if I would like to write a blog about THE CALL, I had to chuckle. You see, I think I’m pretty well-rounded with lots of challenging life experiences. I married my high school…

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Romance Writing Pet Peeves

by Patience Bloom (from her blog) Please bear in mind that this is just one editor’s pet peeves, compiled over many years of reading. And I’ll include some good with the peeve: I love reunion romances. We’ve all had a romance that we’ve fantasized about revisiting. In Romanceland, you can! I also love cranky Alpha heroes,…

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Advice from the Archives: Mainstream vs. Series Romance

Series refers to a publishing approach that, these days, is pretty much unique to Harlequin. As you’re no doubt aware, our series books fall into the romance category or genre. Of course, the majority of books published as genre fiction are single or stand-alone titles (and “author-driven” series like those of Sue Grafton and Laura Lippman—to take…

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Top 5 Reasons to Feature Food in Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Maybe the most straightforward list we’ve done to date. 1. Writing an international setting?  Make sure food is part of the focus.  Pasta making in Italy sounds like a true love story to me! 2.  Or maybe you’re writing something a little closer to home.  Tell us…

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#WritingChallenge: Here Comes the Bride!

It’s June, and wedding season is upon us! Few things are more romantic and heartfelt than the perfect wedding day. But what happens when it’s not so perfect? Harlequin editor Karen Reid knows all about that:   “In the car on the way to the wedding, my dad and I (and my friend behind us…

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