Welcome to our #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou pitch event!

From 8am until 8pm GMT today, Friday March 26th, two of our Harlequin Medical Romance editors will be eagerly awaiting pitches for our Medical Romance series from underrepresented authors (underrepresented voices includes, but is not limited to, authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), members of LGBTQ+ communities, marginalized ethnic and religious cultures, and people with disabilities and neurodiversity.

Here’s a reminder of how to submit your pitch:

Hannah Rossiter from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou hashtag on Twitter for your pitches. Follow Hannah Rossiter on Twitter at @Hannah_ER24 for updates.

Megan Haslam from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring pitches on the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event on the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook group. To join the Harlequin Writing Community group on Facebook, select “going” to the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event and post your pitch (500 characters max) to the event “Discussion” area.

Please choose only one social platform, Twitter OR Facebook, to post a pitch on. Please do not pitch your book on both platforms. Don’t worry, Hannah and Megan will be reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, they’ll see it! If Hannah or Megan give your pitch a “like” please submit your first chapter and story synopsis to Harlequin Medical Romance for review here. Be sure to include “Medical Romance Includes You” in the subject line.  Your synopsis should be 1-2 pages, and your first chapter should be about 3000-5000 words.

All submissions will be read and responded to within 60 days.

Need a reminder of what makes a story fit for the Harlequin Medical Romance series? Check out these tips from the editors and find out what they hope to see in your medical reads!

We can’t wait to read your medical romances!

All that’s left to say is…

Good luck!


Chaya’s mother, like many Jewish mothers, always wanted her to marry a doctor but she wanted to be the doctor in the form of a midwife, like her ancestors.
Dr. Ari Roth’s mother always wanted him to be an investment banker, like his father, but he wanted to be a doctor after watching a physician save his younger brother’s life.
Ari is the new department head of OB/GYN at Carlisle Hospital in Brooklyn following a childhood in Israel and medical training at New York Medical College and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
Chaya is well respected in the Brooklyn medical community. With a Master’s in Nursing and a second Masters in Nurse-Midwifery from Colombia, she specializes in working with younger orthodox women wanting to give birth in their homes with their husband present. She has become very popular and demands for her services are high.
Both are talented medical professionals dedicated to their patients, they just utilize different approaches.
The two approaches collide one night when Chaya rushes a patient to the hospital who is having a breach delivery and finds herself in the operating room with Ari who demands to know who the imbecile let a breach pregnancy go to the ninth month.
Chaya admits that she is that imbecile and that the breach presentation had happened within the last month and was undetected because her patient had missed her last appointment and then had delivered early.
Later, after an apology from Ari, she provides the documentation of her care for the patient. He is unable to find a flaw in her records and admits that he wishes the doctors he supervises had her charting skills. But he is more than impressed, he is smitten.
After his heartfelt apology, she is intrigued. But it is his flashing smile that fells her. She is as smitten as he is.
Having a relationship with someone you work with is never easy and Chaya and Ari have their hands filled to the brim as they navigate the nuances of a new relationship amid the politics of high-powered medicine.
Along the way they face several challenges ranging from professional differences to religious hurtles.
In the end love wins out, as they both leave their positions and join together in marriage and a new medical practice.

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