My Celebrity Crush: Chris Evans

by Megan Broderick I know I’m not alone in this one but I have to say I am completely in love with Chris Evans. Don’t tell him that, though, it would be awkward. But, I bet he would still be super nice about it! Honestly, it all started a few years ago when I read…

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Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue There are a lot of strong heroines in the romance game these days, and in fact, romance as a genre has become known for subverting dated ideas of how ladies are meant to think and feel. But that doesn’t mean we’re ever done paving the way! 1.…

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Getting the Call: Meet M. K. Stelmack!

Nothing turns out the way I think it will. Considering how my mind tracks, that is probably a good thing. Take, for example, the story that prompted “The Call”. A man stands on the roof of his latest shingling project and surveys the small, growing town he has lived in all his born days. A…

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#WritingChallenge: April’s Day Off

by Deirdre Spring has arrived here in Toronto, and we couldn’t be happier. While we don’t have daffodils yet (Hello, London office! *waves*), Torontonians do like to take advantage of the spring weather. I was looking at a list of movies to watch in springtime, and one of the suggestions was “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.…

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Keep Your Readers Coming Back: Create a Series

by Patience Bloom There is a good reason why many of us binge watch shows: the comforting anchor of family or community within the series. Whether it’s Blue Bloods or Homeland, viewers become invested in the characters inhabiting a certain world. While stand-alone books are perfectly fine and even necessary, your readers might want to…

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Advice from the Archives: Writing an Effective Query Letter

So you think you can write? That’s great! But before an editor even lays eyes on your manuscript, she (or he!) needs to see your query letter. We’ve seen query letters run the gamut from perfectly professional to downright disastrous. Below, we’ve included some tips that will help make sure you’ve given your book the…

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Getting the Call: Meet Laurel Greer!

We’re so thrilled to introduce Laurel Greer to the Harlequin Special Edition Team! In her own words… Having to sit down before you fall over—it’s a reaction we see on many a page, and I’d always classified it as melodramatic except for cases of death or extreme illness. But hearing the words “It’s Carly Silver…

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Top Five Reasons We Love Second Chance Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue This trope almost always chokes me up and makes me super sentimental.  What is it about second chances that make for such a sweet Happily Ever After?  I’ll try to break it down. 1. The mysterious shared history, and all the tension that comes with it.  What…

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#WritingChallenge: The Forced Proximity Romance

by Deirdre Earlier in the month we featured Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance. As Harlequin Intrigue Editorial Assistant Kayla King said in her post, the forced proximity trope provides, “the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.”     One of the great things about the forced proximity trope is the…

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