Category: romance novels

5 Reasons Why You Need a Setting

by Patience Bloom When you are writing a romance, it can be easy to forget about setting. Your hero and heroine are wrapped up in a love cocoon, grappling with their conflicts. Classic romance hooks abound with a baby, maybe a cowboy, a wedding, a stuck-in-an-elevator night of passion, a pregnancy, a misunderstanding, and at…

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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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Harlequin Presents Blitz: The Final Countdown

It’s almost time! We only have ONE day to go until the Harlequin Presents Blitz is open for submissions! We’ll be accepting your submissions from May 15th – June 2nd, so don’t delay – get writing! But, if you’re still struggling to get started, here’s the Harlequin Presents team’s guide to… How to Make Your…

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Harlequin Presents Is Having a Blitz!

The Harlequin Presents team is always looking for new authors. We’re committed to finding and nurturing brilliantly emotional, passionate and dramatic new voices – and now is YOUR chance to get your submission in front of the editors, because we’re running a Harlequin Presents Blitz! What you need to know: The Harlequin Presents Blitz will…

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Interview with Brenda Harlen!

We are delighted to welcome author Brenda Harlen to the SYTYCW blog and congratulate her on writing 50 books for Harlequin! Read on for some enlightening Q&A… Sixteen years ago, your first book was published by Harlequin. This month, you’ve just hit your 50-book milestone with Double Duty for the Cowboy! Can you tell us…

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Advice from the Archives: How to Spot Problem Areas in Your Story

By Patience Bloom (from her blog) It happens to every romance writer. You have a polished piece of work in front of you, but you feel something isn’t quite right. Maybe you should go over it one more time. Maybe the editor will love it even though you kind of don’t. Does love matter if…

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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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