Category: Top Ten Lists

Top 5 Bridal Tropes to Make You Hear Wedding Bells

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue It’s June, which is still the luckiest month of the year to get married according to ancient Roman traditions. To get married in June was to receive the blessing of Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Nowadays it’s more about great weather and floral selections, but summer…

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Top 5 Reasons to Feature Food in Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Maybe the most straightforward list we’ve done to date. 1. Writing an international setting?  Make sure food is part of the focus.  Pasta making in Italy sounds like a true love story to me! 2.  Or maybe you’re writing something a little closer to home.  Tell us…

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Top 5 Tips for Fairy Tale Retellings

By Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Nocturne I’ve always loved fairy tales, but it’s no secret that some of them haven’t exactly aged well. And while there are a lot of fairy tale retellings out there, some of them make the mistake of just running over the same old ground.  Here are my top…

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Top 5 Reasons to Write a Smart and Savvy Heroine

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue There are a lot of strong heroines in the romance game these days, and in fact, romance as a genre has become known for subverting dated ideas of how ladies are meant to think and feel. But that doesn’t mean we’re ever done paving the way! 1.…

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Top Five Reasons We Love Second Chance Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue This trope almost always chokes me up and makes me super sentimental.  What is it about second chances that make for such a sweet Happily Ever After?  I’ll try to break it down. 1. The mysterious shared history, and all the tension that comes with it.  What…

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Top Five Reasons We Love Highlander Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Popular long before the fabulous Outlander series’ TV adaptation created a resurgence in the subgenre, Scottish Highlander romances have always been a staple of historical romance.  Let’s try to pin down some of that ineffable Scottish charm, shall we? 1. Major crossover appeal—I know a number of…

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Top Tips for Writing a Forced Proximity Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue Just like enemies-to-lovers, I feel like I can’t get enough of this trope!  It’s the perfect opportunity for lots of conflict and tension.  See my top five tips below to spice things up during your next writing session. 1. Remember that it’s all about trust.  A huge point of…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance

By Megan Broderick, editorial assistant to Harlequin Special Edition and Harlequin Romantic Suspense As the editorial assistant for Special Edition, I see a lot of amazing small town romances chock full of quirky characters, cute bakeries and, of course, eligible bachelors. But every once in a while, a girl gets a hankering for something a…

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Top 10 Reasons to Feature Pets in Romance

by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense If you know me, you know I love pets. Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend; cats are loyal, if occasionally incomprehensible, companions; and who doesn’t love an unusual tale of a rabbit becoming a human’s BFF? Pets make great additions to romance novels, as well – but…

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Top Ten Reasons to (Still) Love Paranormal Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant to Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne Discussions around paranormal romance tend to be a bit polarized—but while these may not be the glory days, I still find myself a staunch defender of this category. Whether you still think it’s hot or not, there’s a reason paranormal romance once took the…

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