Which Series Are You? Part 1

Are you an aspiring romance writer from an underrepresented community interested in the #RomanceIncludesYou Mentorship — or are you planning to submit your story to Harlequin through our regular channels this fall? Then we can’t wait to see your stories!

You might be curious about what we publish at Harlequin or where your story fits. We publish twelve different category romance series, with 4-8 books per month within each series, as well as a range of genres in our digital-first imprint, Carina Press. It never hurts to give a refresher on our series, so we’ve updated this post from our archives to do just that.

Remember, when submitting your proposal to the mentorship program, you are not required to submit to or target any specific Harlequin category. (If submitting through our regular channels, please do target the category you want to write for!)

Below is a breakdown of six of our category romance series, along with links to more information. We’ll post snapshots of the next six series on Wednesday.

If you’re interested in a particular series, you can also visit the TryHarlequin website, which offers free ebooks from each of our categories.

HARLEQUIN DARE

We Are…

  • Harlequin’s most explicit romance series.
  • Ultra-alpha heroes, from billionaires to bikers, plus empowered, fun, fearless heroines
  • Modern, memorable and all about fantasies

Keyword: Bold

We Aren’t…

  • Erotica, paranormal, western, military or historical
  • Small towns or sweet

 You Have…

  • A distinct, contemporary voice
  • The ability to write scorching hot sex scenes

Read: Make Me Crave by Katee Robert

Watch: Fifty Shades of Grey

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

We Are…

  • The ultimate escape: passion meets glamour
  • Irresistible, powerful heroes and the heroines who aren’t afraid to challenge them
  • High stakes emotional conflict and connection
  • International settings and classic romance themes: think marriage of convenience, secret babies, billionaires, with your own unique twist

Keyword: Intense

We Aren’t…

  • Family sagas
  • Americana

You Have…

  • A passion for passion
  • An intense voice that reflects the relationship between the hero and heroine

Read:The Perfect Cazorla Wife by Michelle Smart

Watch: Harlequin Presents is Fifty Shades of Grey for the powerful, wealthy hero, and the intensity of their attraction. It’s the James Bond films (or, Crazy Rich Asians) for the international, luxurious settings!

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN DESIRE

We Are…

  • Sexy, dramatic and set in a world of wealth and opulence
  • Larger than life stories: blackmail, secret babies and long-hidden skeletons in the closet
  • More than just the hero and heroine’s relationship: think shocking plot twists and family sagas

Keyword: Dramatic

We Aren’t…

  • International
  • Introverted

 You Love…

  • Classic soap opera stories and tropes
  • Making a “larger than life” story believable

Read: On Temporary Terms by Janice Maynard

Watch: Dynasty reboot

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN SPECIAL EDITION

We Are…

  • Heartfelt, down-home romance
  • Subtle or sizzling, as long as it’s all about the couple!
  • Babies, brides and cowboys
  • Real-life conflicts and complex characters

Keyword: Meaningful

We Aren’t…

  • International glamor
  • Alpha males

 You Have…

  • A story that immerses readers into the emotional lives of the hero and heroine

Read: Home to Wickham Falls by Rochelle Alers

Watch: Parenthood

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

We Are…

  • Relatable, ‘whisk me away’ romances
  • All about the heroine! You want to be in her shoes as she experiences the rush of falling in love.
  • Glamorous and aspirational
  • Sensual, emotional, uplifting with low sensuality.

Keyword: Emotional

We Aren’t…

  • Cowboys or westerns
  • Small town or family focused
  • Sexually explicit

 You Have…

  • A fresh voice that brings the feeling of falling in love to life
  • An ability to write feel-good, entertaining and fresh-paced romances

Read: Falling for His Convenient Queen by Therese Beharrie

Watch: The Holiday

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING

We Are…

  • Wholesome, complex and emotionally satisfying romances you can share with your daughter or grandmother
  • Traditional but contemporary
  • Available in print through Harlequin’s Book Club subscription service or in ebook at all major retailers

Keyword: Tender

We Aren’t…

  • Explicit in any way
  • Religious
  • Historical

 You Have…

  • A talent for bringing complicated, realistic characters to life

Read: The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross

Watch: Sleepless in Seattle

Click here for more information.

Check back Wednesday for an overview of the next six romance series and click here for more information on Carina Press. Happy reading and writing!

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