Writing Challenge: Set Them Up

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series My favourite romantic comedy of 2018, bar none, was the Netflix movie, Set It Up. It’s clever, funny, sweet and romantic, and the chemistry between leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell is absolutely wonderful. If you haven’t watched Set It Up (and even if you have), I urge…

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Top Three Reasons to Love a Snowbound Romance

By Katie Gowrie The SYTYCW team is in the thick of winter. February is a tough month, fraught with what feels like eternal cold and darkness. If you were in Toronto last week, you would’ve been slammed with a record-breaking snowfall and a harsh windchill. Now’s the time to hibernate with a romance—and while you’re…

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Interview with… Danica Favorite!

We are thrilled to have Danica Favorite with us today. She’s here to tell us about her new Love Inspired series and the experience of writing her first contemporary stories for Harlequin. Can you describe your writing process? My process has evolved a lot over time. Generally, it starts with the gem of an idea, and…

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Harlequin Refresh: What makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd?

We hope you enjoyed our month-long focus on author voice in romantic fiction and found it helpful! To round off the month, we asked our editors to let us know what makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd. What makes a romance submission unique and fresh? (And we included key tips from our guest…

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Harlequin REFRESH! Talking “voice” with RaeAnne Thayne

We are thrilled to have New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne with us today to discuss how she keeps her stories fresh. How do you ensure your writing stays fresh? It really all comes down to the characters, making sure their conflicts are genuine and their personalities are unique and multi-faceted. If a writer…

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Harlequin Refresh! Bringing Scenes to Life!

By Patience Bloom Once you’ve reached the end of your first (or twelfth) draft, you might think you’re ready to submit your fabulous romance novel. But are you? And how do you know if you’re really ready? One answer is that, on a gut level, you feel ready and that’s just how it is. Excellent!…

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#RomanceIncludesYou Supports Diversity and Inclusion

Harlequin/Mills & Boon is the home of romance and we want to read your love stories! We’re always looking for new authors across the 12 Harlequin series for which we are acquiring, and we encourage all writers to submit to the series best suited to their unique voice and style. We are actively working to…

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Harlequin REFRESH! Talking “voice” with Maisey Yates

Today, we have an exciting post from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates! Maisey has written an astounding 100 books, and writes a real range of books – and it all began with Harlequin Presents. In this post Maisey talks about how to keep your writing fresh, and how she flexes…

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Harlequin Refresh: Romance plot cliches

Harlequin editors read a lot of romance books. Sometimes a scene idea or plot twist that seems fresh to a new author is actually one we’ve read many times. And that’s not surprising. When starting a new creative venture, it’s natural to emulate artists whom you admire, including aspects of their “voice” – word choice,…

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Harlequin REFRESH: Perk Up Point of View!

by Patience Bloom If you write anything, you have to deal with point of view (POV). POV is how one shares the opinions, observations, and emotions of a storyteller, instructor, or character. Even in nonfiction, there is a point of view. In a romance novel, you may encounter several points of view: that of your…

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