Category: Harlequin Editors

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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Harlequin Refresh: Romance plot clichés

(We loved this post so much, we’re re-posting from our archives. Enjoy!) Harlequin editors read a lot of romance books. Sometimes a scene idea or plot twist that seems fresh to a new author is actually one we’ve read many times. And that’s not surprising. When starting a new creative venture, it’s natural to emulate…

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Warriors Wanted Blitz: Tips from the Harlequin Historical Editors

Whether you’re polishing up your entry for the Warriors Wanted blitz or looking for some general historical romance writing advice, the Harlequin/Mills & Boon UK editors share their top tips to make your story stand out from the crowd… Commissioning Editor Vic Britton says… “For me, the opening few lines to a story can make…

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Harlequin Editors’ Inspiring Women

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Harlequin Editors are celebrating the women who have inspired them to dream big and work hard to achieve excellence.  From science to sports to the arts, these women stood out for their career accomplishments, their unique perspectives and the distinct voices they bring to their fields. Listed in…

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Harlequin Editors’ Top 10 Feel-Good Romance Movies

Originally posted on the Harlequin Blog Flowers, chocolates, candy—people either love the official day of romance or love to hate it.  But no matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, everyone can get behind celebrating true love by binge-watching some feel-good romance movies. To help you plan your Valentine’s viewing, the Harlequin Editors have put…

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What the Harlequin Historical Team Want

by Hannah Rossiter When you put the words ‘historical’ and ‘romance’ together, the first thing that usually springs to mind is Regency. But what if you’re interested in historical romance that isn’t set in the years between 1811 and 1820? And what if you are? Here at Harlequin we’re open and eager to publish an…

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Advice from the Archives: Keep It Fresh!

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor (from a 2014 post on this blog) So you’ve written a secret-baby story and you’re debating submitting to us. Well, you should! But perhaps you’ve been told that secret-baby stories are so cliché! I recently read an article about “the worst romance-novel clichés,” where the author lists a lot of tropes…

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Harlequin Editors’ Top 10 Romance Heroes of 2019

For 70 years, the Harlequin Editors have been on the lookout for unforgettable heroes who embody romance.  As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at the men who inspired us, made us smile, and made us swoon in 2019.   Whether between the pages of an amazing romance, on screen or in real…

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Do You Love Love, Actually?

It’s officially December, which means it’s that time of year when many of us indulge in our favourite Chrismas movies! Including the popular and polarizing film, Love Actually. Enjoy this post from our Archives, in which Harlequin Editors discuss what we love and hate (and love to hate) about it! Ah, it’s that time of…

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Advice from the Archives: Line Editing with Carly Silver

Today, we bring you a post from our Archives. Harlequin editor Carly Silver offers a breakdown on what happens at the line editing stage of a book. By this point, the book has had a substantive edit, to work out the big-picture kinks with characterization and plot development. Now, the editor will give it a…

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