Category: romance novels

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission?

Dear Editor, What is an editor’s normal response time to a submission? I sent in my manuscript ten months ago and haven’t heard back. My critique partner received a response within a month. Just curious how this all works. –Vicki Dear Vicki, First of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been waiting ten months for a…

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Advice from the Archives: I Can Relate to That!

by Birgit Davis-Todd, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin I can relate to that….  It’s a familiar phrase to many of us and something critical for authors to keep in mind when writing a book and hoping to land a contract.  Consider your audience—the reader.  Sure, you want her to read and enjoy your story but more importantly…

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My Editor Crush: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

by Patience Bloom I am officially outing myself as an obsessive follower of the Shefani relationship. I enjoy Gwen and Blake separately but together, they are editor crush magic! I can’t get enough of their sweet Tweets and Snapchats, trips to Disneyland, the zoo, glitzy events, concerts, the White House, music videos, and updates from their…

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Advice from the Archives: Secondary Characters, Get Outta Here!

Ever read a book that felt like it was fighting a battle called the Invasion of the Secondary Characters? Where the main characters couldn’t get a word in edgewise, let alone live their lives or fall in love or accomplish anything exciting due to being overshadowed by other, less-important characters who think they’re running the…

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Interview with…Yvonne Lindsay!

We’re delighted to interview this talented Harlequin Desire author whose book One Heir…or Two? is out in November. So without further ado, meet Yvonne Lindsay! In her own words, as a typical Piscean, USA Today best-selling author, Yvonne has always preferred the stories in her head to the real world (which makes sense since she…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write a Small Town Romance

Fresh off the desk of Kayla King, editorial assistant for Harlequin Intrigue and Harlequin Nocturne (@KJReadsRomance). It’s no surprise that small town romances have more or less become their own subgenre. From contemporary to romantic suspense to paranormal romance, the setting of a small town brings a set of special qualities to a novel. 1.…

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Interview with…Jenna Kernan!

So a cowboy, a werewolf and a FBI agent walk into a bar… What lines do you write for? I started in Harlequin Historicals and my sixteenth story, THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE, released in September.  Then I moved to Harlequin Nocturne, writing six paranormal romances and recently, began writing romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue. Why…

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Romance Writing 101: Give Your Characters Conflict!

This week, Grace Thiele gives you some excellent advice on how to intensify conflict! Good afternoon, turtle doves! Today I am feeling decidedly conflicted about London weather – relieved that it is no longer hot enough to fry bacon and eggs on the concrete (not that I would actually do that… anybody got a muffin?), but…

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