5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

by Connolly Bottum, Subsidiary Rights and Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue–and the newest member of the SYTYCW Team Before last year, I never listened to audiobooks. I worried that I would miss important details if something distracted me while I was listening. I feared the narrator would read too slowly – which would irritate me…

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#WritingChallenge: The First Kiss

The Harlequin Romance Blitz opens next week! If you haven’t been reading Harlequin Romance, author Therese Beharrie can tell you why you should be. Near the top of her list of reasons is the setting. In her words, “A first kiss is so much more romantic when it’s on the hero’s yacht on the Amalfi…

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Harlequin Romance: What We’re Looking For

  What is the Harlequin Romance Blitz? Harlequin Romance is always seeking new authors to write for our line. We’re committed to finding and growing talent…and the Harlequin Romance Blitz is your chance to become one of our authors! Send us your contemporary Romance submission between February 1st and Valentine’s Day, and you’ll get a…

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Write for Harlequin Romance!

Could you be our next Harlequin Romance author? Harlequin Romance is always looking for new authors! We’re committed to finding and nurturing brilliant, contemporary new voices—and now is your chance to be one of them! We’re hosting a Harlequin Romance Blitz, a big opportunity for your Harlequin Romance submission to get fast-tracked. Submit your contemporary…

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How to Avoid Info-Dumping Your Awesome Research

by Katie Gowrie I’ve always thought one of the best things about reading a Harlequin romance is the cool facts you pick up along the way. Action, emotion, the chance to learn something new—all tied up with that feel-good HEA. We editors love a story that’s cradled by good research, be it settings, careers and…

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A Quick Review on Writing a Great First Chapter

Can you guess the opening lines of these great novels? “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…

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#WritingChallenge: Snowed In!

Happy January! The month that introduces you to fun terms like polar vortex, thundersnow, bombogenesis and  bomb cyclone. So how about embracing the cold (in your imagination, anyway) and writing a romantic winter forced-proximity scene? Your heroine has booked a flight from Boston to Hawaii for an important pitch with a new client. Your hero,…

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Advice from the Archives: The Unpredictable Route to Happy Ever After

By Flo Nicoll, Senior Editor, Harlequin Presents and Dare In Romance HQ, unpredictability has become \\the\\ buzzword – we’re constantly discussing and promoting ways to ensure our authors are producing the most exciting stories possible. Our long-term emphasis on innovative emotional conflict means this has been on our editorial radar for a while. So, here’s the lowdown……

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5 Reasons to Love Romantic Conflict!

We editors strive to relay the importance of romantic conflict. After reading umpteenthousand books, we just know that the key to long-lasting romance novel love is the delicious brewing of angst between your hero and heroine. I mean, things are never perfect in romance, are they? To make this point more clearly, here are some…

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My Editor Crush: Taika Waititi

By Kathleen Scheibling, Executive Editor I have a crush on this man. His name is Taika Waititi and he’s from New Zealand. I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand because it looks beautiful. Taika is also beautiful. He also has qualities I admire in a man – primarily a sense of humour that showcases…

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