Category: Victoria Curran

Getting the Call: Meet Kim Findlay!

This week we welcome debut Harlequin Heartwarming author Kim Findlay, with her story on Getting the Call! I was sitting at my desk, doing my regular job, when I got an email from Victoria Curran asking for my phone number.  I’d submitted a revised manuscript from the Harlequin Heartwarming Submission Blitz about two months previously,…

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Getting the Call: Meet M. K. Stelmack!

Nothing turns out the way I think it will. Considering how my mind tracks, that is probably a good thing. Take, for example, the story that prompted “The Call”. A man stands on the roof of his latest shingling project and surveys the small, growing town he has lived in all his born days. A…

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Why I hate La La Land

by Victoria Curran Senior Editor Victoria Curran’s pre-Oscars rant…with lots and lots of spoilers! Yeah, yeah, yeah: It swept the Golden Globes. It’s stylish, entertaining and romantic. Emma Stone is adorable. It’s an “homage” to the classic age of the Hollywood musical. I get it. How could anyone not love the romantic musical “La La…

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Getting the Call: Meet Seana Kelly!

by Deirdre Meet Seana Kelly, our newest author with Harlequin Superromance! My call story is a little different than some of the others here. My manuscript was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category in RWA’s 2016 Golden Heart® contest. On the Wednesday before RWA’s national convention, I was told that a Golden Heart® judge had requested…

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Spotlight on Harlequin Heartwarming

What we, the editors, love about our stories! Senior Editor Victoria Curran: If you’re new to Harlequin Heartwarming, we’re the “clean” line of contemporary romances. Our team of editors (who also edit Harlequin Superromance) send four “HW” books a month through to production. The stories are quite long for category romance at 70,000 words, but…

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Getting the Call: Meet LeAnne Bristow!

New Harlequin Heartwarming author LeAnne Bristow shares her story about getting The Call from Harlequin!   “What’s in this box?” my husband asked me while we were cleaning out an old storage shed. Little did I know the contents would forever change my life. It was all the stories I had written in high school…

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How do you raise the stakes in romance?

Looking to raise the stakes in your romance? Get advice from Victoria Curran @victoriacurran2, Senior Editor for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance!   I think it’s pretty clear that readers are divided on the strength of the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. But I get why it became one of the…

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#HWBlitz: Editor Wish List

And the survey says… I surveyed some of the editors who acquire for the Heartwarming series and asked them the key questions.  What are they looking for?  What have they seen too much of? Here’s what they told me: Claire Caldwell @cpmcaldwell “I’d love to see more diversity in Heartwarming, especially characters with diverse ethnic/cultural/racial…

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I Sold My Book! Meet Jo McNally

Our newest Superromance author, Jo McNally, on getting The Call!   It was a miserable Friday morning at my 9-5 job. In our five-person office, three people were on vacation, and the fourth was at a property hours away. So I was alone, trying to keep up with phones and emails and customers—it was not pretty. While I was on one…

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