Category: romance novels

Adding Emotion to Daring, Sexy Scenes

by Patience Bloom You may not think that emotion is crucial to a sex scene. There is the cliché that sometimes, “It’s just sex.” But is this really true? Think about it: two complex individuals coming together for this intimate act, which will be different from any other coupling. How is that “just sex?” In…

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Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel!

Every now and then, we like to revisit some of our classic blog posts, which are still helpful (we hope). This week in our Advice from the Archives… Dear Editor, I don’t know where to start my romance novel! Help! Leah Dear Leah, Never fear! You’re not alone in this quandary. Sometimes, a writer will…

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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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Five Tips for Writing an Office Romance

By Katie Gowrie Harlequin headquarters is moving! That’s right, we’ve packed our bags and closed the door on one legendary office building (we’ve been there since the ’80s!). We’ve left our cozy spot in the northern end of Toronto for a trendy new space in the heart of downtown—the land of expensive coffees, bankers, pumps…

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Editor Recommendations for Writing–Updated!

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent longer list of craft related books for you to peruse. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado… Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg…

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The Harlequin Romance Blitz: A Round Up!

It’s been a week since we responded to the last Harlequin Romance Blitz submission and we’re still buzzing from the incredible response we received to our submissions call. The final count was a whopping 563 submissions!  This is an unprecedented amount for this type of submissions call and a new record for our blitzes. So,…

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5 Reasons to Watch Adaptations

by Connolly Bottum Upon hearing that the film or television rights for a book I love have been acquired, I always simultaneously feel excited and wary. Will the production company capture what I love about the story? Will they do it justice? Could they possibly help me realize new things about the book or will…

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5 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

by Connolly Bottum, Subsidiary Rights and Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Intrigue–and the newest member of the SYTYCW Team Before last year, I never listened to audiobooks. I worried that I would miss important details if something distracted me while I was listening. I feared the narrator would read too slowly – which would irritate me…

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How to Avoid Info-Dumping Your Awesome Research

by Katie Gowrie I’ve always thought one of the best things about reading a Harlequin romance is the cool facts you pick up along the way. Action, emotion, the chance to learn something new—all tied up with that feel-good HEA. We editors love a story that’s cradled by good research, be it settings, careers and…

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