Romance Writing 101: Hooks and Themes

Another in our crash course series of instructive posts, this one by former colleague Grace Thiele, who revs up our enthusiasm with some info on hooks and themes… Hello, dearest authors! This week in an extremely wind-swept London, I’ll be writing about how to blow editors away with thrilling new takes on … bestselling themes…

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Let’s Talk about Plot

During our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz, we wanted to talk a little about plot and found this useful blog post from one of our past contributors. Here are some basics… What is a plot? Plot in its most basic form is a series of linked events that take place. It is the stuff that stories are made of.  Without it your…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Naima Simone!

USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone will have her Desire debut in June 2019, when her series The Blackout Billionaires launches. Desire Assistant Editor Tahra Seplowin recently caught up with Naima to find out about what inspired her new series, and how pop culture influences her writing and her penchant for high-drama storytelling. Tahra Seplowin:…

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The Black Moment: How to raise the romantic stakes before the HEA

By Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin Romantic Suspense What is a black moment? In a romance novel, the black moment occurs when the hero and heroine lose all hope in love. Their lives might be in danger, too, or another crisis might wrench them apart. But the main issue is that their happily-ever-after may not…

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Make a Date with Desire: Partnering Up

Longtime critique partners USA TODAY bestselling author Cathy Mann and Joanne Rock met up at the RWA national conference in Denver to discuss how the arrangement has worked for them, particularly as their Desire stories have evolved with more complex subplots. Check out this adorable video!

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Advice from the Archives: Creating Backstory

Today’s Advice from the Archives post, for Harlequin editor Grace Thiele, who offers tips on working backstory into your romance without the dreaded “Info-dump!” Harlequin editors are used to working out the use of backstory with authors. What they want is exciting on-page interaction between the hero and heroine and for that excitement to be focused…

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Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, we wanted to bring out one of our former colleagues Grace Thiele’s posts, one which gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Perfect especially for those who are contemplating submitting to our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is…

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The Who 101: Creating Memorable Characters

If the clothes make the man, then characters make the story. If you don’t have fleshed-out, fully-realized, believable characters, you don’t have much of a book, no matter how earth-shatteringly great the prose may be. Just think of your favorite book from childhood or adolescence. Perhaps you were (still are) a great devourer of anything written by Jane…

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Make a Date with Desire: Jessica Lemmon Talks about Rejection

Rooting for Rejection by Jessica Lemmon No matter what stage of your writing career you’re in, no one likes to hear the word “no.” From newbies to seasoned, every author gets rejected on projects. As much as it stings, especially in the early stages, I encourage you to celebrate each and every “no” you hear.…

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#RomanceIncludesYou: Submit to Harlequin!

Harlequin is the home of romance, and no matter your background or community, we want to hear your love stories! If you’re a writer from a community you feel is under-represented when you browse the bookshelves for romance, and think you could write for us, we want to hear from you. Whether you write an…

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