Which Series Are You? Part 2

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!)

On Monday, we posted a snapshot of six of our category romance lines. Below is a breakdown of our remaining six series, along with links to more information.

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

HARLEQUIN INTRIGUE

We Are…

  • Focused on crime-solving
  • A race against time, with the hero and heroine working together to figure out a mystery
  • High-stakes situations such as woman in jeopardy, stalkers and kidnappings combined with palpable romantic tension

Keyword: Edge-of-your-seat

We Aren’t…

  • Cozy mysteries
  • Graphically sexual or explicitly violent

 You Have…

  • A terrific plot built around a strong mystery

Read: Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen

Watch: Blue Bloods, The Bodyguard, Scandal

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

We Are…

  • Ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances
  • Romance against a backdrop of suspense
  • Military heroes and heroines, Westerns, law enforcement

Keyword: Romance meets danger

We Aren’t…

  • Procedural mysteries

You Love…

  • Fast paced, exciting romances with an element of danger

Read: Colton Copycat Killer by Marie Ferrarella

Watch: Criminal Minds and the Jason Bourne films

Click here for more information.

LOVE INSPIRED

We Are…

  • Contemporary romance meets faith-based values
  • Relatable, emotionally satisfying and Christian
  • Smart, compassionate heroines and strong, honorable heroes
  • Set against a backdrop of family and community

Keyword: Character

We Aren’t…

  • Sex, drugs (including alcohol) or violence
  • Preachy or didactic

You Love…

  • Hopeful romances where faith can heal the heart

Read: Her Cowboy Reunion by Ruth Logan Herne

Watch: Touched by an Angel

Click here for more information.

LOVE INSPIRED SUSPENSE

We Are…

  • Courageous characters facing challenges to their faith…and their lives
  • Gripping suspense and emotionally compelling romance
  • Aligned with Christian values (no drugs, alcohol, gambling, profanity or premarital sex by Christian characters)
  • Romantic tension rather than sexual desire

Keyword: Protector

We Aren’t…

  • Graphically violent
  • Didactic or preachy

You Love…

  • Dangerous situations, high emotional stakes and loyal characters

Read: Joint Investigation by Terri Reed

Watch: Bones for the solid suspense stories and the romantic tension between the characters

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN HISTORICAL

We Are…

  • Richly textured and incredibly romantic
  • Filled with vivid details that bring the setting to life
  • Sensual or sexy, it’s up to you
  • Rakes, rogues, Highlanders, Vikings…or a powerful hero from your favorite historical era

Keyword: Sweeping

We Aren’t…

  • Paranormal or timeslip

You Love…

  • Being carried away to another era and immersed in a passionate love story

Read: From Ruin to Riches by Louise Allen

Watch: Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Poldark

Click here for more information.

HARLEQUIN MEDICAL ROMANCE

We Are…

  • Hotshot surgeons, passionate midwives, dedicated doctors and other medical professionals
  • Life-affirming stories of learning to love amid the drama of saving lives
  • International settings

Keyword: Life-affirming

We Aren’t…

  • Suspense, revenge, medical drama without the romance
  • Gory or overtly technical

You Love…

  • Medical TV drama and emotional, working-together stories

Read: One Tiny Miracle by Carol Marinelli

Watch: Grey’s Anatomy

Click here for more information.

Don’t forget to check out our Which Series Are You? Part 1 post, and click here for more information on Carina Press. We hope you find this breakdown helpful. As always, happy reading and happy writing!

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