Category: Harlequin Heartwarming

Top Ten Reasons to Write a Holiday Romance

By Kayla King, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue 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 season for but spreading…

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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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Getting the Call: Meet LeAnne Bristow!

New Harlequin Heartwarming author LeAnne Bristow shares her story about getting The Call from Harlequin!   “What’s in this box?” my husband asked me while we were cleaning out an old storage shed. Little did I know the contents would forever change my life. It was all the stories I had written in high school…

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Heartwarming Blitz: The Authors Have Their Say

  It’s full-speed ahead with the Heartwarming Blitz, but we thought we’d take a moment to check in with our authors and get their unique take on the clean, contemporary series! Carol Ross @_CarolRoss  “Heartfelt, heart stirring, hearts breaking but always mending – that’s Heartwarming. With the emphasis on feelings and emotion, Heartwarming takes the…

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How do you raise the stakes in romance?

Looking to raise the stakes in your romance? Get advice from Victoria Curran @victoriacurran2, Senior Editor for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance!   I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the…

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A Heartwarming #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, At Heartwarming, we’re always on the lookout for stories with high stakes, where the characters must risk giving up what they want most in order to love each other. The strongest books weave together both internal and external conflicts to ramp up the action, emotion and romantic tension. This weekend’s challenge is: Show…

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#HWBlitz: Editor Wish List

And the survey says… I surveyed some of the editors who acquire for the Heartwarming series and asked them the key questions.  What are they looking for?  What have they seen too much of? Here’s what they told me: Claire Caldwell @cpmcaldwell “I’d love to see more diversity in Heartwarming, especially characters with diverse ethnic/cultural/racial…

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Announcing the Harlequin Heartwarming Blitz!

We Want Your Book! Do you have a clean, emotionally satisfying contemporary romance that celebrates community, family connections and true love?  If so—we would love to see it!  We publish romance novels that are 70,000 words, but do not have sex scenes.  Romantic sparks—yes.  Chemistry and attraction—a must!  We also ask our authors to deliver…

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I Sold My Book! Meet T.R. McClure

Meet the newest author on the Heartwarming team, So You Think You Can Write alumnus T.R. McClure! How does an aspiring romance writer get The Call from Harlequin? I’ll answer by paraphrasing an old joke. A pedestrian in New York City asks a stranger, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician replies, “Practice,…

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I Sold My Book! Meet Sophia Sasson

Congratulations to Sophia Sasson, our newest Harlequin Heartwarming author! I couldn’t believe it when I finally got “the call.” I still remember sneaking my mom’s Harlequin romances to read under the covers with a flashlight as a teenager. My mother (still an avid Harlequin reader) described my sister and I coming of age as “two…

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