From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so you,…

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New Season, New Chance to Write that Book!

By Katie Gowrie Summer’s winding down, and while dropping temperatures are a bummer, I’ll be gearing up for all the things September brings (read: going wild with the anticipation of fun cable knits, pumpkin spiced lattes, and stargazing—if you’re a Torontonian, September means annual celebrity invasion for the Toronto International Film Festival). A change in season…

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Writing Challenge: A celebrity encounter

We are in the middle of film festival fever in Toronto. The city is teeming with famous and not-so-famous visitors for the Toronto International Film Festival. One of the unique things about TIFF is that it’s not just an industry event – celebrity fans and movie lovers are a big part of the festival. And…

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Which Series Are You? Part 2

Are you an aspiring romance writer from an underrepresented community interested in the #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship — or are you planning to submit your story to Harlequin through our regular channels this fall? Then we can’t wait to see your stories! You might be curious about what we publish at Harlequin or where your story fits. We publish…

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Which Series Are You? Part 1

Are you an aspiring romance writer from an underrepresented community interested in the #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship — or are you planning to submit your story to Harlequin through our regular channels this fall? Then we can’t wait to see your stories! You might be curious about what we publish at Harlequin or where your story fits.…

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Interview with… Naima Simone

We’re pleased to have USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone with us today. She’s here to tell us about her writing process and her September 2019 release! Can you describe your writing process? Coffee. LOL! I’m only half-kidding, because coffee is a vital part of the process. When I begin a book, I always start…

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The Romance Includes You Mentorship is open for submissions!

Are you an aspiring romance author from a community that’s been underrepresented in publishing? Then we want to see your stories! The Romance Includes You Mentorship is officially open for submissions between now and October 15, 2019. Read on for an overview of what we’re looking for, but be sure to check out our official…

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Three Reasons to Love Vacation Romances

Labour Day is around the corner and summer is winding down for many of us, but we can still celebrate vacation romances! Check out this listicle from our Archives on why we love ’em, and why those of you in North America should enjoy your last long weekend of summer curled up with one! By…

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Getting the Call: Meet Eva Shepherd!

Today we are pleased to introduce our newest Harlequin Historical author, Eva Shepherd, as she shares her Harlequin “Call Story”! Like so many other Harlequin authors before me, I’d been waiting for “the call” for years, and yet when it came it took me completely by surprise. Previously I’d submitted seven manuscripts to Harlequin. I…

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Writing Challenge: The Black Moment

At So You Think You Can Write this week we talked about two elements of your novel, Character and Plot. But you can’t really separate these elements. Plot is driven by your characters’ actions and choices. And your characters’ motivations for their actions are what give the story its emotional heart. Everything comes together in…

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