Category: romance novels

Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, we wanted to bring out one of our former colleagues Grace Thiele’s posts, one which gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Perfect especially for those who are contemplating submitting to our #RomanceIncludesYou blitz! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is…

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The Who 101: Creating Memorable Characters

If the clothes make the man, then characters make the story. If you don’t have fleshed-out, fully-realized, believable characters, you don’t have much of a book, no matter how earth-shatteringly great the prose may be. Just think of your favorite book from childhood or adolescence. Perhaps you were (still are) a great devourer of anything written by Jane…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Joanne Rock!

Written Consent: In this Q&A, Desire author Joanne Rock shares her tips on depicting power dynamics in love scenes. SYTYCW: You have written for different Harlequin series, including Blaze and most recently Desire. These are sexy books with lots of intimacy. Do you find particular challenges in depicting consensual relations? Joanne Rock: I am drawn…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet Desire Author Charlene Sands!

USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands shares her tips on writing a wealthy Western. In her own words… They say write what you know, so what does a city girl know about cowboys and ranches and horses?  Well, when I started out my love of the American West included both historical and modern day cowboys…

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Make a Date with Desire: Writing the Desire Hero, Then and Now

USA TODAY bestselling author Katherine Garbera wrote her first book for Desire in 1997. More than twenty years later, she talks about how her heroes have evolved up until this month’s Craving His Best Friend’s Ex. In her own words… My first book came out in 1997 and the world has definitely changed since then.…

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Make a Date with Desire: Meet August Desire debut author Kimberley Troutte

SYTYCW caught up with the New York Times bestselling author as her first Desire, Forbidden Lovers, hits the bookshelves… SYTYCW: You’ve written for other publishers besides Desire. What was the road to getting your first book published? Kimberley Troutte: I’m not an overnight success. I worked on my first novel for twenty years because I was…

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Getting the Call: Meet Traci Douglass!

We are so delighted to introduce Traci Douglass, new author for Harlequin Medical Romance. Join me in welcoming her to the Harlequin family! Here is her Call story, in her own words… I’m so thrilled and excited to join the wonderful team of authors for the Medicals line. My Call Story has been a while…

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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). From 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 pen several…

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Romance Writing 101: Planning Your Story

This post is republished from the So You Think You Can Write archives from 2016, written by former Presents Editorial Assistant, Grace Thiele. Well hello there! Today I’m writing to you all with rare London sunshine streaming through the windows, so I hope that wherever you’re reading this, you’re enjoying beautiful springtime weather! This time…

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Editor Profile: Meet Connolly Bottum!

You might have seen Connolly’s name on the SYTYCW blog before since she is one of our contributors. Today, we are asking her a few questions so that you can get to know her a little better. How did you get started at Harlequin? Did you always know you wanted to be an editor? As…

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