Harlequin 101: Which Series Is It, Anyway?

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So you want to write a romance novel! But just what kind of romance do you want to share with the world? Sweet or sexy, suspenseful or funny, paranormal, historical….the world of romance is a pretty big place. Just look at all the series we have (click the image for the full-size graphic):


But don’t worry! We’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs of all our series. Join us at the Harlequin Community forums from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST today to chat with editors and authors about individual series. Not sure which series is best for you, or have questions about just what we’re looking for? Come join the fun! (You need to be registered to join the chat. Sign up here.)

We have six different conversations you can join to help you figure out where your novel best fits. Click one of the links below to chat with editors live!

Genre romance: Have a setting in mind that’s truly unique? Learn all about Medical, Historical, inspirational Love Inspired Historical and paranormal Nocturne romances.

Genre - George    Genre - Gibson  Genre - Justiss  Genre - Hauf

Sexy romance: From hardworking cowboys to enigmatic billionaires, boys next door to sheikhs from another continent, crank up the heat with Blaze,  Kimani, Desire and Presents.

Sexy - Weber  Sexy - Green  Sexy - McKay  Sexy - Smart

Sweet romance: Want to write a romance that makes you feel warm and safe? Check out Heartwarming, Romance and inspirational Love Inspired.

 Sweet - Snow  Sweet - Colter  Sweet - Minton

Contemporary romance: Want to write about every day people finding romance in the real world? Try American Romance, Superromance and Special Edition.

  Contemp - Alward  Contemp - Fletcher  Contemp - Carson

Romantic Suspense: Do you like a healthy dash of tension and danger with your romance? Discover Intrigue, Romantic Suspense and inspirational Love Inspired Suspense.

Two-Souls-Hollow  Cowboy-of-Interest  Trail of Evidence

Carina Press: Does your writing explore dark, dangerous contemporary romance? Do you want to write male/male or fast-paced, risk-taking romantic suspense? Have an amazing shifter-based paranormal romance? Welcome to Carina.

One-Cut-Deeper Time-Served Midnight-Secrets Getting it Right

15 replies on “Harlequin 101: Which Series Is It, Anyway?”

I am interested in Blaze.And I am noticing more larger than life heroes in the line and less every day men. What do you prefer?

Hi Kristy! Click on the Sexy Romance link to chat live with our editors on Community. If you’re not registered yet, there’s a link above where it says “sign up here.”

I really like L I Historical but the number of pages/words is daunting to this beginning writer. How flexible is that number? Also I seem to be thread illiterate. I’ve registered but when I try to comment the log in doesn’t carry over to the comment page. Any help?


We’re checking it out and hopefully will have an answer for you in a moment. Did you register through the link on the blog post above?

@Yvette Check out the Contemporary and Sweet threads 🙂

Hi folks.
I am writing a MS specifically to appeal to Harlequin. I’m still unsure which line fits. Small town cowboy romance focus is on family, but here is moderate heat. Any input is appreciated. Elle.

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