Writing contest (July 1 – Sept 12) for the great Canadian hero!

Official name of writing contest: Ooooh…Canada!

Hashtag: #CanadianRomanticHero

 Official launch of announcement: Friday, July 1st

 Submission dates: Friday, July 1st – Monday, September 12th

 Call to action: WRITERS! Are you interested in working with the world’s leading publisher of books for women? Do you love romance and are an advocate of the happily ever after? Are your characters strong & rugged, refined & sophisticated, dark & mysterious, charming & sexy, or brash & bold? Harlequin is on a nationwide mission for the great Canadian romantic hero! You do not have to be a Canadian to submit, but the story and characters should be adapted to tell a great Canadian romance.

Writing tips: Follow the #CanadianRomanticHero hashtag on Twitter for exclusive content, helpful hints and more!

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 List of imprints accepting submissions: Continue reading

Harlequin Launches New Wine Brand

NEW YORK, September 24, 2015 – Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, today announced the launch of Vintages by HarlequinTM,  a new line of three wine varietals, with vintage Harlequin branding.

RedWineBlendVintages by Harlequin wines were developed in close collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates, a small group of vintner families who share a love of wines from the North Coast of California and who have assembled a collection of fine wineries and wine brands from the region. Their award-winning wines are sold in fine restaurants and retailers worldwide.

“We are very excited about this business development and partnership. Harlequin has a deep history of creating experiences for women, and we are thrilled to bring this new opportunity to market,” said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin. “As a company, we strategically seek out partnerships with top quality brands that fit our vision for success. Vintage Wine Estates produces superior products and we’re proud to affix our brand to these carefully selected wines.”

CabernetSauvignon“It’s been great working with Harlequin on this exciting new venture, and we couldn’t be happier to be producing the first range of wines bearing the Harlequin brand,” said Terry Wheatley, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Vintage Wine Estates. “It’s a special experience to sit down with a good book and glass of wine. We look forward to offering Harlequin readers that moment of everyday indulgence.”

Vintages by Harlequin features three varietals: a bright and delicate chardonnay, a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon and a juicy and complex red wine blend. Available exclusively on Amazon.com now, the wines have a retail price of $14.95 and are available to US customers only.

ChardonnayNancy Walker, a winemaker at Vintage Wine Estates, is a master blender who has won Best of Class accolades and gold medals internationally, including 22 golds for Middle Sister Wines. Nancy passionately crafts Vintages by Harlequin wines to showcase their varietals’ individual styles as well as the nuances of the regions they are harvested from.

 

About Harlequin

Harlequin (Harlequin.com) is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 102 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, itself a subsidiary of News Corp and one of the largest English-language publishers in the world. Harlequin has offices in 14 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin on Twitter: @HarlequinBooks.

Carina Press celebrates 5 years!

Happy birthday, Carina Press! Some interesting facts:

  • Sold more than 6 million books
  • At the end of June 2015, 848 titles will have been published
  • Broad range of editorial including romance, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, erotica, gay & lesbian romances, mystery, family sagas, horror, thriller and more!
  • Authors Marie Force and Shannon Stacey have each sold over one million copies of their Carina Press titles

 

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Why do I love writing for Blaze? by Vicki Lewis Thompson @VickiLThompson @HarlequinBooks #BlazeBlitz #HarlequinBlaze

Thompson cover 2 - THUNDERSTRUCKTwo words – hot guys.  No wait, three words – hot accessible guys!  Billionaires are a great fantasy, but I’m not likely to bump into one at the corner Quickie Mart.  Because I live in Arizona, I’m more likely to bump into a cowboy who’ll say Excuse me, ma’am and touch the brim of his Stetson as he gives me a smile.  Yum.

Sure, my Blaze cowboys are a figment of my imagination, but I have role models everywhere I look.  I knew I wasn’t cut out to write about billionaires when a wealthy guy in one of my books pushed back his sleeve to glance at his Rolodex.  Fortunately I caught that screw-up before an editor saw it, but the message from my muse was clear – Dear Vicki, Jet-setters are not your jam.  Write about everyday heroes, aka the yummy cowboy you bumped into at the Quickie Mart.Thompson cover 1 - MIDNIGHT THUNDER

The man-candy aspect of writing about everyday heroes like firefighters, cops, soldiers and cowboys is considerable, but there’s another element that draws me, one that punches up the emotional impact of each story.  They have buddies.   I’ve loved writing about the strong ties among my Sons of Chance cowboys and I’ve continued that trend with Thunder Mountain Brotherhood, a new series beginning in May.  Once foster boys at Thunder Mountain Ranch, these guys are joining forces to save their foster parents’ home.  I’m so excited for everyone to meet them!

And now you know why Blaze is my home base and has been ever since the line began.   What extraordinary everyday heroes do you have in your life?

Want to write for Harlequin Blaze? Check out the post here.

 

About the Author:

vltpublicityA romance writing career has brought Vicki Lewis Thompson many wonderful things –New York Times bestseller status, an appearance on LIVE with Regis and Kelly, the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, thousands of readers, many dear friends, and the cutest little yellow convertible in the world. Her career has also given her work she loves.

Although she’s written more than 100 books, she continues to be fascinated by the many ways that a man and woman fall in love. The age-old story remains a challenging puzzle to be solved anew with each book. That makes her a very lucky person, indeed.

Harlequin Blaze Wants YOU! #BlazeBlitz

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Submission dates: Monday, March 2 – Monday, March 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST (2 weeks)

Call to action: Do your smokin’ hot heroes and strong, sympathetic heroines burn up the page on their way to their happily ever after? We’re on the lookout for new authors—and you could be the next Blaze Babe! We publish 55,000-word super-sexy contemporary romance novels. Along with great sex scenes, we ask our authors to deliver complex plots and subplots, realistic, engaging characters and an unforgettable love story. Blaze novels are fun, flirty and always steamy!

Writing tips: Follow the #BlazeBlitz hashtag on Twitter for exclusive content, writings tips and more!

Blaze writing guidelines: https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/28675

What Harlequin Blaze wants:

  • A query letter that introduces your book and includes any previous publishing credits, writing contest wins, or affiliations.
  • A 4-6 page synopsis. We want to know what happens in your book, even the ending! No cliffhangers, please. Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face on the road to romance.
  • The first chapter of your manuscript (up to 20 pages).thermometer_final_rev

What you get:

  • A fast response! Skip the slush pile and hear back from Harlequin within 45 days after the submission period ends.
  • Editorial feedback for every sexy contemporary romance received.
  • The possibility of having your novel published in Harlequin’s hottest romance line

Where to submit: Visit https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit and click ‘#BlazeBlitz Submission Blitz!’

Questions? Message our editors on Twitter @KScheibling@Dana_Reads@LauraBarth2011 and @AdrienneApple

#NewRelease and #Giveaway : The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (A Cynster Novel)
Release Date: February 24th, 2015

Blurb:

Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Carrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family’s estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside—where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he’s adamant is not for him.

Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers—her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different path? She’s determined to fight for their future, and while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to wield when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22859487-the-tempting-of-thomas-carrick

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!! Continue reading

#ValentinesDay #Giveaway from @HarlequinBooks

$25 Harlequin Valentines Giveaway

 

Harlequin is giving away the following prizepack to one lucky winner

  • 1 finished copy of each:
    • The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London (Feb, HQN)
    • Ace’s Wild by Sarah McCarty (Feb, HQN)
    • Unfaded Glory by Sara Arden (Feb, HQN)
    • Game Play by Lynda Aicher (ebook, Feb, Carina Press)
    • Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl (Feb, HQN)
    • Lone Star Valentine by Cathy Gillen Thacker (American Romance, Feb.3)
    • Hometown Valentine by Lissa Manley (Love Inspired, Jan.20)
  • Limited edition Harlequin notebook
  • $25.00 Victoria Secret gift card

Restrictions: Open to US/Canada address entries only.

Deadline: February 13, 2015. The winner will be announced on February 14, 2015.

Fill out the form below for a chance to win!

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

 

Update: Winner: Karen M.!
Congratulations! Please be on the look out for our email.

Professional Bull Riders and Harlequin Announce Partnership

Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels to be available exclusively at Wal-Mart

NEW YORK, TORONTO, January 28 2015—Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s premier bull riding organization, today announced a book publishing partnership that will debut in May 2015. Under the agreement, Harlequin intends to publish four Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels containing distinctive PBR content and featuring actual PBR bull riders on the covers. Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the United States.

“We are excited to be expanding our publishing portfolio to include books that feature the Professional Bull Riders,” said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin. “Along with being the fastest growing sport in America, the PBR has a large and loyal base of female fans. Our partnership will bring a new reading experience to these fans and the millions of women who return to Harlequin month after month for reading entertainment.”

“Harlequin is a natural fit for the PBR,” said PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth. “Like many of Harlequin’s stories, the PBR’s roots are steeped in the Western culture with the sport enjoying a large family of female fans. This partnership will allow us to give them more of the PBR lifestyle they appreciate and work with a partner who is by far one of the most time-honored leaders in its industry.” Continue reading

#NewRelease: Flirting with Disaster by @VictoriaDahl @HarlequinBooks

ISBN-13: 9780373779116
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 1/27/2015

There’s no hiding from sizzling chemistry…

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs…except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied US marshal threatens to unearth secrets she’s spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.