Category: Archive

Advice from the Archives–Make Them Suffer: Why Conflict Is Necessary

This week, Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin Special Edition, shows us why we should make our characters suffer! “They met. They fell in love. They lived happily ever after. The end.” Sounds…pleasant, doesn’t it? Nice…but not very exciting. When I see a pitch like this, I always ask the same question: “Where’s the beef?” In other…

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#WritingChallenge: Single Dads!

by Deirdre The single dad hero is a romance trope we love! Strong, caring, and self-reliant, single dads are heroes. So heroic in fact, it might be hard to motivate your heroine to not fall in love right away. Maybe your heroine’s just out of a relationship and is relishing the freedom of single life.…

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Getting the Call: Meet Tanya Stowe

We’re thrilled to welcome Tanya Stowe to Love Inspired Suspense! Read her inspiring story below: When my lovely editor, Shana Asaro, asked me if I would like to write a blog about THE CALL, I had to chuckle. You see, I think I’m pretty well-rounded with lots of challenging life experiences. I married my high school…

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#WritingChallenge: Here Comes the Bride!

It’s June, and wedding season is upon us! Few things are more romantic and heartfelt than the perfect wedding day. But what happens when it’s not so perfect? Harlequin editor Karen Reid knows all about that:   “In the car on the way to the wedding, my dad and I (and my friend behind us…

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Interview with…Kerri Carpenter!

Let’s give a big welcome to Kerri Carpenter, our newest visitor to the SYTYCW blog! We’re delighted to have her and chat about her writing. Don’t miss her new book from Harlequin Special Edition, Falling for the Right Brother, available now. Without further do, here’s Kerri! How did you get into writing? Looking back now, I think…

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Getting the Call: Meet Allison B. Collins

We’re thrilled to welcome Allison B. Collins to Harlequin Western Romance! Read her inspiring story below! It all started with a dream I had a couple of years ago about five ranching brothers who lived in Montana.  They were all there: the wounded soldier returning to the family’s dude ranch, the veterinarian, the bad boy cowboy,…

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#WritingChallenge: An Elevator Encounter

by Deirdre Happy Friday, Authors! It’s the end of the work week for many, including your hero and heroine in this week’s #WritingChallenge: These condo neighbours have always hated each other. She plays her music too loud and he lets his Chihuahua run up and down the halls. She’s on her way home with a…

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Advice from the Archives: Pitch & Synopsis

Pitch & Synopsis: How Can You Nail Them All? by Susan Litman Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript.  Now you’re getting ready to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis. But how do you nail a pitch in order to leave the editor wanting more? What’s the most effective…

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Share your inspiration! Why do you write?

This year Harlequin’s parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, celebrates their 200th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, they are encouraging book lovers everywhere to share what reading means to them, using the hashtag #WhyIRead.  Many of our Harlequin authors have also shared their thoughts on why they read, why they write, and books that have…

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