Top Ten Reasons to Write a Small Town Romance

Fresh off the desk of Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne (@KJReadsRomance). It’s no surprise that small town romances have more or less become their own subgenre. From contemporary to romantic suspense to paranormal romance, the setting of a small town brings a set of special qualities to a novel. 1.…

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My (Not-So-Secret) Crush: Poussey Washington

by Assistant Editor Brittany Lavery Attention: There will be no spoilers, I promise! Anyone who talks to me about t.v. will know that I love Orange Is the New Black because of its complex characters with varied backstories and for its focus on the lives of women, people of colour, queer people, and trans people.…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor, Western Romance So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating about entering next year’s So You Think You Can Write contest? Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a…

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Interview with…Jenna Kernan!

So a cowboy, a werewolf and a FBI agent walk into a bar… What lines do you write for? I started in Harlequin Historicals and my sixteenth story, THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE, released in September.  Then I moved to Harlequin Nocturne, writing six paranormal romances and recently, began writing romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue. Why…

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#WritingChallenge! Weave backstory into your scene

By Deirdre As Editorial Assistant Grace Thiele says in her blog post on creating backstory, “emotional conflict is the true beating heart of romance, and characters cannot be conflicted without having actually lived. Without a real emotional journey, and complex, rounded characters that we believe will be genuinely changed by love, the reader cannot be…

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Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, Grace Thiele gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is no longer hot enough to fry bacon and eggs on the concrete (not that I would actually do that… anybody got a muffin?), but…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love a Cowboy

This just in, from the desk of Carly Silver, assistant editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (on Twitter at @carlyasilver)! Whether they’re sexy rancher-CEOs who know how to ride a bull as well as they can command a boardroom or sweet single dads who are just looking for a lady to lasso their hearts, here are…

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Getting the Call: Meet Julie Anne Lindsey!

Julie Anne Lindsey is familiar to Carina Press readers for her popular Geek Girl Mysteries. We’re excited to welcome her to Harlequin Intrigue!   I’ve dreamed of seeing my name on a Harlequin cover. Somehow, being associated with that trademark diamond would mean that I’d officially “made it.” So, when I discovered So You Think…

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Series Spotlight: Harlequin Intrigue

This month’s series spotlight is on one of Harlequin’s top-selling category lines: Harlequin Intrigue.      From serial killers to domestic terrorism to small town conspiracies, Harlequin Intrigue novels are complex and compelling, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats with gripping romantic suspense. Danger lurks around every corner, and tracking down the perp is…

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Romance Writing Checklist

by Patience Bloom Before you celebrate with some chocolate cake and chilled wine, you have a romance novel to complete. Have you mastered the basics? Here are ten items for you to check before you submit your manuscript to a publisher: Are your characters complex and interesting? We editors have seen it all. What we…

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