Category: heroes

Harlequin Editors’ Top 10 Romance Heroes of 2019

For 70 years, the Harlequin Editors have been on the lookout for unforgettable heroes who embody romance.  As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at the men who inspired us, made us smile, and made us swoon in 2019.   Whether between the pages of an amazing romance, on screen or in real…

Read More »


#WritingChallenge: Single Dads!

by Deirdre The single dad hero is a romance trope we love! Strong, caring, and self-reliant, single dads are heroes. So heroic in fact, it might be hard to motivate your heroine to not fall in love right away. Maybe your heroine’s just out of a relationship and is relishing the freedom of single life.…

Read More »


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…

Read More »


Advice Swap: Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes?

Hi everyone, After all of your amazing, insightful responses to our last Advice Swap on dealing with writer’s block, we’re back with our second topic… Where do you find the inspiration for your heroes? We know everyone has their own experiences of writing romance – so share your unique tips, stories and solutions in the comments section below!

Read More »


10 Ways to Write a Sexy Sheikh!

Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of one of our favorite alpha heroes… The Sheikh is as high-fantasy as a romance hero can get, so embrace this freedom and feel that you can really push those limits! That said, the reader still needs to be able to understand your hero’s actions–…

Read More »


Advice from the Archives: Can Heroes Ever Be Too Bad?

Do you love writing heroes with edge? Ever wondered how much edge is too much? Then this blog from last year’s SYTYCW competition is for you! How bad is too bad? Can a hero ever behave so badly that even the love of a good woman can’t redeem him? Now these are big – HUGE!…

Read More »


Advice From The Archives: Be Seduced by the Alpha Male

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today’s Advice from the Archives is from the 2010 New Voices competition and is sure to help you create the perfect Alpha Male! Enjoy!  We editors like to consider ourselves highly trained experts on men – fictional men that is! We can (and do) spend hours debating the eternal Romance HQ editorial…

Read More »


How To Create Characters Everyone Will Love

This week, the very lovely @LauraMcCallen, Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor on the Harlequin Presents team, gives you her top tip on how to write characters that everyone will fall in love with! Enjoy, and happy writing! The SOLD team x

Read More »


My Ultimate Crush: Khal Drogo

Harlequin Presents author Michelle Smart (@chellebellwrite) has us wondering how on earth we missed this devilishly handsome star in this week’s Ultimate Crush!  Khal Drogo. Is the name familiar to you? I’m guessing it’s only familiar if you happen to be a fan of Game of Thrones. Which I am. Massively. If you don’t know who he is, do…

Read More »


My Ultimate Crush: Richard Castle

This week’s Ultimate Crush is from Carina Press author Shannon Stacey (@shannonstacey) – and we have to say, she makes a pretty convincing case…! I’m going to go with a fictional crush and say right now it’s Richard Castle (of the television show Castle, which I hope everybody has seen), who is outstandingly portrayed by…

Read More »