Category: romance novels

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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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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Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. Please help!

Dear Editor, The heroine of my story is annoying. She has a good job, she’s nice to others, but I don’t really like her. Please help! –Cynthia Dear Cynthia, The annoying heroine can be a difficult issue for the romance writer—and reader. Perhaps your heroine is too perfect or you don’t know her well enough.…

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Dear Editor: What makes a writer’s “voice” strong?

Dear Editor, What makes a writer’s “voice” strong? Editors are always saying that the voice is crucial. Why? –Anne Dear Anne, A writer’s voice is probably the most important element of the book (aside from the romance, of course). A reader could be underwhelmed by a premise but love the writer’s voice so much that…

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Romance 101: Putting the Romance in Romance Novels

Read on, and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #sytycw. Associate Editor Rachel Burkot talks about the necessary elements of a romance novel. For many, Harlequin is synonymous with “romance.” We talk a lot about the series promise, but what does that really mean? It’s the million dollar question:…

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In Your Corner: Meet the Team of Experts Who Want Your Book to Succeed

by Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Harlequin Heartwarming When Vicki Essex sat down to write her first book, Her Son's Hero, she was alone. Sure, Smartikus the cat was providing moral support, but Vicki was writing the way everyone writes, by herself, with her imagination and determination the driving force behind getting her story…

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