10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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#WritingFail: Because Nobody Said Writing a Book Was Easy

USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin DARE author Cara Lockwood is joining us today to discuss the difficulty of writing when doubts—and photos of adorable animals—get in the way. Cara’s newest Harlequin DARE book, Double Dare You, is available now! I know I should be writing that next chapter. My manuscript is open on my computer, cursor…

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7 Spooky Romances to Watch This Halloween

Here’s a timely post by Katie Gowrie, brought to you from our Archives! Halloween is just around the corner, and along the thrills and chills we can all expect from fright night, it’s a great time of year to cozy up with a romance—of the horrific kind, that is. Here’s a roundup of some of…

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Writing Challenge: Show Me the Money!

By some counts there are roughly two thousand billionaires in the world, and a surprising number end up as the heroes in our books! Long before Nick Young of Crazy Rich Asians fame we’ve been swept off our feet by dashing men with daunting net worths. What can we say? It’s easy to get caught…

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Advice from the Archives: What Are the Best Ingredients for a Fresh Story?

Today’s post is a 2016 gem from our Archives! Special Edition Editor Susan Litman walks us through the key elements for keeping a story fresh. Everyone knows the basic must-haves for a good story. Character. Conflict. Dialogue. Pacing. Plot. An emotional romance. Put together the right way, these elements can engage the reader and give…

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What We’re Reading

Autumn is in full swing for the SYTYCW team, and we’re agreed that this is a wonderful time of year to curl up with warm blanket and a good book. Nothing like a crisp October breeze and the smell of pumpkin spice and dried leaves to put you in a relaxed state. We thought we’d…

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A Romance Includes You Update

Update: RIY Mentorship Submission Window Closes Thank you to all aspiring romance writers who made a submission to the Romance Includes You Mentorship. Harlequin received over 160 submissions and we’re thrilled with the response from writers! All eligible submissions will be reviewed by Harlequin editors based on the writing quality of the submission, creativity of…

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Final Call for the Romance Includes You Mentorship!

This is the final day to send in your submission to the Romance Includes You Mentorship! We’ll be accepting submissions until midnight (ET). If you’ve not submitted yet, there’s still time! And we can’t wait to see your stories. Here’s a quick recap of everything you need to know: What is it? An opportunity for…

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