Category: Archive

Writing Challenge: Create a Cliffhanger!

We posted some great advice on creating suspense from Harlequin authors this week, including this tip from New York Times Bestselling Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Elle James:  “I like to keep my readers guessing at the end of a chapter. Will the hero save the day? Will the heroine fight her way…

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Romantic suspense authors confess: tips to maintaining suspense!

It can be hard to keep the pacing tight in any novel, but imagine the pressure when writing suspense! This week, we interviewed Love Inspired Suspense author Kathleen Tailer. Today, we bring you a post from our archives on writing high-stakes, suspenseful romance. We asked some of our wonderful Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Intrigue…

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Interview with… Kathleen Tailer!

We are thrilled to have Kathleen Tailer with us today. She’s here to tell us about her new Love Inspired Suspense book and her writing process. Can you describe your writing process? When I first started writing, I wrote straight through the book from start to finish. Now that I’ve been doing this a bit…

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Spot the Conflict in Romance Movies

We pulled a post from our archives to review the ins and outs of internal and external conflicts, along with the top three pitfalls we see in romance submissions. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out this post! But don’t stop there, why not study these concepts in action? We’ve taken a…

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Last Call for submissions:

The Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz closes TODAY! This is your last chance to submit your contemporary Harlequin Medical Romance submission to get a response, including editorial feedback, by April 12th! Here’s a quick reminder of what we’re looking for: A cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first…

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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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Getting the Call: Meet Tanya Agler!

The week we’re pleased to introduce Harlequin Heartwarming‘s newest author, Tanya Agler. Read her call story below! Before I received the call, someone asked me if my dream publisher were to call and offer me a book contract, who would that dream publisher be? Without even taking a breath, I answered Harlequin Heartwarming. I’ve always…

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Writing Challenge: Create a scene with tension!

We love secret babies in romance! But what if the hero isn’t the father? Welcome to this week’s writing challenge! In a youthful misstep, Arianna gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Charlie, a sexy and charming college classmate. She knows Charlie can’t be the father her baby needs, so she quietly leaves town to…

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The Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz opens TODAY!

Submit your contemporary Harlequin Medical Romance submission between NOW and March 29th. Get a response, including editorial feedback, by April 12th! A cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first chapter and complete synopsis only – no need to have the full manuscript written! If we love the voice, we’ll…

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Submitting to the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz: What we’re looking for…

What is the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz? Harlequin Medical Romance is always seeking new author to write for our line. We’re committed to finding and growing talent…and the Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz is your chance to become one of our authors! Send us your contemporary Harlequin Medical Romance submission between March 15th and March 29th,…

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