Category: Archive

Get Ready! #SuspenseIncludesYou Twitter Pitch Day on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Time to submit your exciting, suspenseful project to one of our suspense lines! Tomorrow is the day.  Whether it’s a nail-biting thriller, a faith-filled suspenseful romance, or a passionate love story during a crisis, we are looking for suspenseful books from underrepresented authors to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The romance writing…

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Advice from the Archives: Pitch & Synopsis

We have for you some valuable advice from our archives. Ways of pitching have changed with time and social media, but the crux of these suggestions hold true today. Please enjoy…and pitch! Pitch & Synopsis: How Can You Nail Them All? by Susan Litman Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript.  Now you’re getting ready to submit…

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What Type of Harlequin Villain Are You?

Take our quiz and see which beloved Harlequin villain you could be. We’ve played up some of our reader’s favorite villainous storylines, and while they’re favorites to us, too, now we’re looking for how they might be twisted and subverted to create something fresh and new! So after you take the quiz, let us know…

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Romantic Suspense Most Wanted: An Editor Wish List

Romance readers just can’t seem to get enough stories with high-stakes action and a big dose of suspense. Harlequin publishes three series featuring love in the face of danger: Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Intrigue, and Love Inspired Suspense. Find out what’s on our editors’ most-wanted list for this hot romance genre! Patience Bloom, Senior Editor…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Small Town Romance

It’s no surprise that small town romances are so popular! From contemporary to romantic suspense to paranormal romance, the setting of a small town brings a set of special qualities to a novel. In this post from our Archives, written by Kayla King, we break down why we love ’em! 1. A small town often…

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Writing Challenge: Say That You Love Me

by Evan Yeong So as it so turns out, almost a year ago today we here at So You Think You Can Write challenged you all to come up with submissions describing “the black moment” (the emotional low point of a romance). While that’s obviously a key component to any heartbreaking tale of love and…

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From Alpha Hero to HEA: A Harlequin Romance Glossary

We all know the romance genre has conventions and guidelines that set it apart from other types of stories. And with those guidelines comes a vocabulary. Here at Romance HQ, we use that vocabulary every day, and sometimes we take it for granted. So we came up with a partial list of definitions so you,…

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Announcing #SuspenseIncludesYou Twitter Pitch Day on Sept. 23, 2020

Whether it’s a nail-biting thriller, a faith-filled suspenseful romance, or a passionate love story during a crisis, we are looking for suspenseful books from underrepresented authors to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories…

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Ready, Set, Write!—A SYTYCW Advice Round-Up

As our loyal readers know, we’ve been doing this for a very long time. This blog contains years of posts (and incredible comments), but with so much good stuff it can be tricky to search through our entire backlog. We thought now would be the perfect time to create this resource for hopeful writers everywhere!…

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