Series Spotlight: Harlequin Romantic Suspense!

Today, we have Harlequin Romantic Suspense in the spotlight! Romantic Suspense is all about big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings with the romance and emotional story driving the plot. Now, here are the editors with a list of the tropes, hooks, and other story elements they’d love to see in their submission box!…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

It happens to everyone. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if your book has great potential to sell? That’s…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will pen several chapters before realizing that the story really begins on p. 23. This is what crafting and rewriting is all about! The more you write, the more…

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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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