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‘Tis the Season: How to Incorporate the Holidays into Your Story

There’s something so magical about the festive season; twinkly lights strung up everywhere you look, the smell of warming spices […]

Posted on: December 15, 2023
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Trope Spotlight: Forced Proximity

The much-loved forced proximity trope is all about giving two people the chance to fall in love, despite all of […]

Posted on: September 27, 2023
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Trope Spotlight: Enemies to Lovers

Romeo and Juliet. Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven (from one of my favorite romances, The […]

Posted on: August 30, 2023
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What Gen Z Readers Are Looking to Find in Romance Novels

In the past, reading romance books would have been regarded as a guilty pleasure, but the Gen Z generation and […]

Posted on: July 19, 2023
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Heat Levels: How Spicy Is Your Romance?

It’s usually simple to decide where you should place your story with Harlequin. If you’ve written a book about Vikings, […]

Posted on: June 14, 2023
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Pacing in High-Stakes Stories: How to Sustain Suspense without Losing Romance

Every plot needs to move at a good pace to keep readers interested. But in suspenseful stories, pacing is especially […]

Posted on: May 10, 2023
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Spotlight on K9s: Writing about Dogs

As you may have noticed, dogs are a very popular element in many of our Harlequin novels. These furry friends […]

Posted on: April 5, 2023
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Hooks Vs Tropes: What’s the Difference?

This post has been updated from its previously published version “Hooks” and “tropes” are two words that category romance readers […]

Posted on: March 17, 2023

Spotlight on Harlequin Series: Videos from Our Editors!

Are you thinking about writing a category romance but don’t know where to start? Maybe you have a work in […]

Posted on: April 12, 2021

Advice from the Archives: Romance 101 – Writer’s Block

On Tuesday, we posted an Advice from the Archives about writer’s block from Historical author Nicole Locke. In keeping with […]

Posted on: July 2, 2020