Spotlight on…Harlequin Western Romance

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling introduces us to a classic Harlequin series with a new name.

Harlequin American Romance is now Harlequin Western Romance!

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The name has changed but the stories remain the same. American Romance has published family oriented, western-themed stories for years now – so we thought we’d just make it that much easier for readers to figure out what we’re all about. And we’re all about cowboys! And ranchers. And sheriffs. And rodeo riders. And more!

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Western Romance Key Elements

  • Central romance is driven by the hero’s or heroine’s (or both) desire to be a part of a family or community
  • Stories are set in western locales, including ranches and small towns, or in places that showcase a western sensibilityHer Texas Ranger Hero
  • Hero and/or heroine must have a western profession (cowboy, rancher, rodeo rider) or live in a western setting (i.e., Texas Ranger, sheriff of a small Colorado town)
  • Heroes are rugged and strong; heroines intelligent and complex
  • 9780373756254All stories must feature strong family elements such as pregnancy, young  children, blended families, etc. We love stories about babies—particularly multiples!
  • Warmhearted stories offer a range of tones, from light humor to drama
  • Stories are contemporary – no historicals, please!
  • Level of sensuality is low to moderate
  • Word count of 55,000 means stories must be fast-paced and plot-driven

Western Romance is…

The city vs. country storyline and bull rider hero of The Longest Ride. The TV show Heartland for its extended family drama and ranch setting.

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So if the image of a rugged cowboy hero holding an adorable baby makes your heart melt, maybe you should be reading—and writing!—Western Romance.


Meet the Harlequin Western Romance Team on Twitter!

Senior Editor Kathleen Scheibling @KScheibling

Editor Johanna Raisanen @jo_raisanen

Editor Adrienne MacIntosh @adrienneapple

Associate Editor Laura Barth @LauraBarth2011

Assistant Editor Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi

Administrative Assistant Deirdre McCluskey @Deirdre33


Find the latest Harlequin Western Romance titles at


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5 replies on “Spotlight on…Harlequin Western Romance”

I am working on a historical western where the hero is a cowboy/gold prospector and the heroine is a southern belle. The word count will fall between these guidelines. Would this be a possible fit? Thanks.

Hi Elle,
Harlequin Western Romance is a contemporary romance line, so we don’t publish historical westerns. You might be interested in checking out the guidelines for Harlequin Historical!

Thank you for your quick reply, Diedre. Also, would your line accept previously published works?

Hi Elle,
Sorry for the very slow reply this time! We do look at previously published works, but our preference is for original material specifically targeted to our needs! Happy writing!

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