Category: Archive

Critique Partners: Working a Two-Way Street

From our Advice from the Archives: We editors often hear about writers getting feedback from their critique partners. Generally, we love that this relationship exists because writing needs critiquing. The “just finished” manuscript isn’t at the stage where we step in (unless it’s pure genius—and then, even we would be jealous). Sure, some people write…

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5 Reasons to Love Meet Cutes

by Connolly Bottum Regardless of whether I am reading a book or watching a movie or a television show, I always find myself intrigued by meet cutes. For those of you who may not be familiar with this phrase, a meet cute is a scene in which a hero and a heroine meet in a…

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Interview with… Barb Han!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin Intrigue author Barb Han joining us. Sudden Setup, the first book in Crisis: Cattle Barge, her new mini-series, is available now. Read on as this USA TODAY bestselling author gives us the scoop on her new mini-series, her writing process and her advice for aspiring authors! How did you get…

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Five Reasons Why Negan Is a Great Villain

by Dina Davis The Walking Dead has had many villains over the past eight seasons, but none have been quite as intriguing and polarizing as Negan. He’s the man the fans love to hate, and though I want to see a certain widow take him down after he killed off my favorite character, I can’t…

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The Harlequin Dare Blitz Closes Today!

This is your last day to submit your contemporary sexy romance to the Harlequin Dare Blitz and get editorial feedback by May 4th!   All submissions must be in by Friday, April 20th at midnight EDT. Here’s a quick reminder of what we need from you: A cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous…

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Dare Blitz Check-In

There are only a few days left of our Dare Blitz, and the heat is still on! If you’ve been reading our editor posts on the blog or joined one of our Editor Q&A’s, you know all about what we want to see in your proposals. So, polish those submissions and send them to us…

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How to Write an Alpha Hero

by Dana Grimaldi If you’ve been following the Dare Blitz, you already know how to write a Dare heroine. But what about the hero? Harlequin Dare is all about alpha males! And I’ve got some advice for creating the perfect alpha hero—someone so confident, complex and sexy that our editors will be fighting for the…

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Adding Emotion to Daring, Sexy Scenes

by Patience Bloom You may not think that emotion is crucial to a sex scene. There is the cliché that sometimes, “It’s just sex.” But is this really true? Think about it: two complex individuals coming together for this intimate act, which will be different from any other coupling. How is that “just sex?” In…

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Interview with…Katee Robert!

We’re thrilled to have Harlequin Dare author Katee Robert joining us. Her Dare debut, Make Me Want, released last month. Read on as this New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author gives us the scoop on herself, her steamy editorial, and her take on Dare hooks and her latest books! Tell us about yourself!…

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Writing challenge: Let’s use the five senses!

By Deirdre McCluskey, Administrative Coordinator, Harlequin Series Many of you are preparing your submission for the Harlequin Dare Blitz which opens next Monday. Harlequin Dare is our sexiest series, featuring stories that focus on how the romance develops through the couple’s physical relationship. As we said in our post, “The Key to Writing Red-Hot Romance”,…

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