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First Chapter Needs from Harlequin Editors

A few years ago Harlequin editors created  a little checklist about effective first chapters. We don’t literally fill them out […]

Posted on: August 3, 2018

Harlequin Editors Know Conflicts!

Not the in-the-office stuff, of course, but how to spot a great one for a novel. Here are three tips… […]

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Harlequin Editors Give Some Plotting Advice!

Many years ago Harlequin’s UK office–aka Mills & Boon headquarters–ran the fabulous “New Voices” competition. The editors gave a lot […]

Posted on: May 4, 2018

How to Create Leap-Off-The-Page Characters – Stefanie London

  It takes a skilled author to balance all the needs of creating a great book. You’ve got to combine story, […]

Posted on: October 8, 2014

First Page Feedback – Written

Though the (in)famous Bulwer-Lytton (stolen by Snoopy!) line is cliched, starting on a dark and stormy night does work well […]

Posted on: October 2, 2014

First Page Feedback – Second Chance

Second Chance is a popular theme–but may be a bit overdone as a title! 🙂 Still, @VikkiHolstein has crafted an […]

Posted on: October 1, 2014

First Page Feedback – A Shot At Forever

A Single Title Contemporary–so HQN!–from @AvaQuinnWrites. This heroine has some interesting rules…   Rules. Sheridan Ward lived her life by […]

Posted on: September 30, 2014

First Page Feedback – The Keys of the Music Box Witch

Ooh, time travel can be great–and oh, so tricky… @ARCook_writes has a wonderful imagination… Chapter One: Gunslinger The last one […]

Posted on: September 26, 2014

First Page Feedback – Desperate

First person is unusual in our series titles, but has worked. However, it doesn’t let the reader get insight into […]

Posted on: September 25, 2014

First Page Feedback – Without a Doubt

Sandra P has a Harlequin Special Edition opening! If Mason Gray were to summon up a favorite female fantasy his […]

Posted on: September 24, 2014