Getting the Call: Meet Carrie Lighte!

This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Carrie Lighte to Love Inspired! In her own words: I always wanted to be a writer. As a girl, I used to make up poems about my older sister, her friends and the boys they liked. The “poems” were actually just very melodramatic and predictable rhymes, but my sister…

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#WritingChallenge: LISTEN to create stronger dialogue

By Deirdre Strong dialogue will draw readers into your book and catch an editor’s ear. There are a few things that make your dialogue stand out in the slush pile and feel fresh and contemporary: The dialogue sounds natural: The speech isn’t overly formal, and doesn’t read like a Wikipedia entry explaining the characters’ feelings.…

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Advice from the Archives–The First Draft: Just Scratching the Surface

You’ve completed a manuscript. Hooray! Bust out the champagne, pat yourself on the back, share the happy news with your best friend, parents, mailman, dog, fourth-grade teacher… Then get back to work. That’s right, back to work. Because you’re not actually finished. Not even close. Writing a book is hard enough, but there’s more to…

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Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Just like enemies-to-lovers, I feel like I can’t get enough of this trope!  It’s the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.  See my top five tips below to spice things up during your next writing session. 1. Remember that it’s all about trust.  A huge point of…

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Getting the Call: Meet Reese Ryan!

This week we welcome Reese Ryan to Harlequin Kimani Romance! When I moved to North Carolina nearly eight years ago, I quickly discovered that the roads are full of bends and twists, hills and valleys. Characteristics I didn’t much appreciate when I first took to those roads on my bicycle. The road to publication for…

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Pancakes and Writer’s Block

Harlequin Historical author Nicole Locke admits writer’s block is like taming wild animals and making pancakes. My family loves fluffy pancakes. Not me. The sheer amount of patience it takes to make them, and the mere seconds it takes for my family to devour them is not the kind of cooking:love ratio I relish. So…

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Why I hate La La Land

by Victoria Curran Senior Editor Victoria Curran’s pre-Oscars rant…with lots and lots of spoilers! Yeah, yeah, yeah: It swept the Golden Globes. It’s stylish, entertaining and romantic. Emma Stone is adorable. It’s an “homage” to the classic age of the Hollywood musical. I get it. How could anyone not love the romantic musical “La La…

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Advice from the Archives: 8 Tips to Stand Out from the Slush Pile

Every year here at Romance HQ we’re lucky enough to receive hundreds of submissions from aspiring writers, but we only buy a fraction of these new authors every year. Editors often work with aspiring authors for months, sometimes even years, to help them reach publication standard. But in order for them to invest that time,…

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#WritingChallenge: Pitch your big city romance!

Last Monday Editorial Assistant Megan Broderick wrote a great post on Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance. Small-town romances are something we see a lot, especially in our Home and Family categories such as Special Edition, Western Romance, and Heartwarming. But as much as editors love to see tried and true hooks,…

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Getting the Call: Meet Nadine Seide!

This week we welcome Nadine Seide to Kimani Romance! I’ve been writing fiction, without success, since the early 2000s. One Sunday morning in October 2015, I had what one may call an epiphany: Write romance, you big dummy! And isn’t that what we’re told in workshops? To write what we know? Well, I know that when…

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