Dear Editor, Is it bad that my characters love to fight?

Dear Editor, My characters love to fight. From the first page, they just have this witty repartee that turns into romance. My critique partner thinks this bickering is a little unbelievable and I don’t agree. Some people just fight, right? –Vera Vera, I agree with both you and your critique partner. There’s nothing wrong with a little bickering in…

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Getting the Call: Meet Heidi McCahan!

This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Heidi McCahan to Love Inspired! In her own words: Stories and the beauty of fictional characters coming to life on the page have always captivated me. My parents bought a lodge in Alaska when I was a baby, and my grandparents lived with us half the year. My…

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Advice from the Archives: What Is a Satisfying Ending?

So we’ve shown you how to start and how to tackle writing your first chapter, but here’s the big question that we’re sure is on everyone’s lips: How do you write a powerful ending that stays with your readers for a long time? Well, never fear, here are our few sneaky tips to achieving those happily-ever-afters…

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Top 10 Reasons to Feature Pets in Romance

by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense If you know me, you know I love pets. Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend; cats are loyal, if occasionally incomprehensible, companions; and who doesn’t love an unusual tale of a rabbit becoming a human’s BFF? Pets make great additions to romance novels, as well – but…

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#Writing Challenge! Create a Western anti-hero

by Deirdre and  Western Romance editor Megan Long We all have an image of the classic Western romance hero. That law-abiding, straight-shooting, white-hat-wearing rancher or sheriff who sweeps the heroine off her feet, saves the family ranch and rides with her into the sunset. But what would happen if he weren’t quite so admirable? What…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Write a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening line? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm…” “New Year’s Resolutions           I Will Not…” There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and catch an…

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My Secret Crush: Luke Cage

by Deirdre The superhero genre is one I’ve found perfectly resistible in the past. Then Netflix came out with the darkly compelling Jessica Jones, and I was introduced to Luke Cage. Swoon. After binge-watching Marvel’s Luke Cage from beginning to end, I was convinced Luke was the perfect contemporary alpha hero. Here are five reasons…

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#WritingChallenge! Update the Marriage of Convenience

by Deirdre When I asked a group of Harlequin editors for romance tropes they’d love to see refreshed, one favourite was the marriage of convenience. Although the MoC is most often associated with historical romance, contemporary romance readers love it too. But making the marriage of convenience trope work in a modern romance – and…

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Getting the Call: Meet Liz Shoaf!

This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Liz Shoaf to Love Inspired Suspense! Here is her story… I’ve loved reading romance and suspense since high school—I even won a writing contest during my junior year—but the idea to actually write a book took root when I lost three fingers in an accident. I stayed with…

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Top Ten Reasons to (Still) Love Paranormal Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Discussions around paranormal romance tend to be a bit polarized—but while these may not be the glory days, I still find myself a staunch defender of this category. Whether you still think it’s hot or not, there’s a reason paranormal romance once took the…

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