Category: Harlequin editors

Getting the Call: Meet M. K. Stelmack!

Nothing turns out the way I think it will. Considering how my mind tracks, that is probably a good thing. Take, for example, the story that prompted “The Call”. A man stands on the roof of his latest shingling project and surveys the small, growing town he has lived in all his born days. A…

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Why I hate La La Land

by Victoria Curran Senior Editor Victoria Curran’s pre-Oscars rant…with lots and lots of spoilers! Yeah, yeah, yeah: It swept the Golden Globes. It’s stylish, entertaining and romantic. Emma Stone is adorable. It’s an “homage” to the classic age of the Hollywood musical. I get it. How could anyone not love the romantic musical “La La…

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My Secret Crush: Luke Cage

by Deirdre The superhero genre is one I’ve found perfectly resistible in the past. Then Netflix came out with the darkly compelling Jessica Jones, and I was introduced to Luke Cage. Swoon. After binge-watching Marvel’s Luke Cage from beginning to end, I was convinced Luke was the perfect contemporary alpha hero. Here are five reasons…

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Romance Writing 101: Location, location, location!

Harlequin insider Grace talks you through finding the perfect setting for your story – and bringing it to life! Hello, dear writers! On this very atmospheric London evening, with grey clouds hovering over a murky blue sky and buildings glittering out the window in the descending night sky, I’m going to write about… settings! Location,…

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Getting the Call: Meet Seana Kelly!

by Deirdre Meet Seana Kelly, our newest author with Harlequin Superromance! My call story is a little different than some of the others here. My manuscript was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category in RWA’s 2016 Golden Heart® contest. On the Wednesday before RWA’s national convention, I was told that a Golden Heart® judge had requested…

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Spotlight on Harlequin Heartwarming

What we, the editors, love about our stories! Senior Editor Victoria Curran: If you’re new to Harlequin Heartwarming, we’re the “clean” line of contemporary romances. Our team of editors (who also edit Harlequin Superromance) send four “HW” books a month through to production. The stories are quite long for category romance at 70,000 words, but…

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#WritingChallenge! The Alpha Hero

by Deirdre This week some of our editors got into the Halloween spirit and participated in the Toronto Harlequin office’s annual Halloween costume contest. Taking a cue from Harlequin’s “Romance When You Need It” ad campaign, several of the editors dressed as Harlequin Heartthrobs. You can spot some of our favourite heroes (and maybe your…

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My Secret Crush: Justin Trudeau

by Margot Mallinson, Editorial Coordinator, Trade Publishing   (This post is a very personal opinion and is not a reflection of the political opinions, or an endorsement of such, by my employer. Though they probably agree he’s handsome.)   In my heart, there’s only one Justin from Canada who matters, and I share that crush…

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#WritingChallenge! Secret Babies

by Deirdre Did everyone get a chance to read our interview with Harlequin Nocturne Senior Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle? If not, go ahead and read it now – I’ll wait. Ann Leslie has some great advice on romance writing, and the importance of marketable hooks: “First and foremost, I’m seeking a romance with an engaging…

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Getting the Call: Meet Kathy Douglass!

This week we welcome author Kathy Douglass to Harlequin Special Edition! I love reading. For as long as I can remember I was reading something.  That changed when I married and gave birth to two sons nineteen months apart. Then my reading became limited to children’s books and the ingredients on food labels. When my…

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