Category: Top Ten Lists

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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5 Reasons to Love Romantic Conflict!

We editors strive to relay the importance of romantic conflict. After reading umpteenthousand books, we just know that the key to long-lasting romance novel love is the delicious brewing of angst between your hero and heroine. I mean, things are never perfect in romance, are they? To make this point more clearly, here are some…

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Reject a Project

By Patience Bloom Do you live in fear of the rejection letter? Maybe you’ve received a few and spend days trying to decipher the strange editor language. Just between us, we don’t really like writing these letters. In fact, we’d rather be buying new authors and showing off your amazing stories! But to be helpful,…

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Top Ten Reasons to Love a Fake Married (Or Engaged or Dating…) Romance

This top ten list is off the desk of Megan Broderick, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Special Edition. Fake Relationship is one of my favorite tropes of all time. It probably started with all those procedurals I watched as a kid where they would have to go undercover as a married couple and…

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

Here’s a post by Kayla King, brought to you from our archives! I confess, I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in September, but now that we’re firmly in December I’m all too happy to lose myself in holly boughs and twinkle lights without a lick of guilt! And what’s the…

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7 Spooky Romances to Watch This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and along the thrills and chills we can all expect from fright night, it’s a great time of year to cozy up with a romance—of the horrific kind, that is. Here’s a roundup of some of some wonderfully creepy romances you should treat yourself to this Halloween! Crimson Peak…

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10 Romance Clichés: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Patience Bloom, adapted from her blog Every genre has its clichés and I sort of love them because they can be like chicken soup or The Brady Bunch, i.e. comforting old friends. At the same time, when you’re a voracious reader, these clichés get tired and seem like a quick exit. Here are some offenses…

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5 Reasons to Join an Online Writing Community

By: Kayla King Brought to you from our Archives. In the spirit of buckling down to write as summer draws to a close, here are our top five reasons to join a writing community, here–or anywhere on the great wide web. Don’t forget to check out the Harlequin Writing Community on Facebook! 1. Online comment…

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10 Tips for Writing the Perfect Cinderella Story

We’ve all known and adored the classic Cinderella tale from the moment we started to read (or listen to bedtime stories!) It’s the ultimate escapist fantasy and one we challenge you not to get caught up in! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at creating your own, read on for my top 10 tips to…

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