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OOOOH…CANADA! A HARLEQUIN WRITING CONTEST!

OOOOH…CANADA! A HARLEQUIN WRITING CONTEST!

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 Romance Writers! Give us your Great Canadian Heroes and Skip the Slush Pile!

Hashtag: #CanadianRomanticHero

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

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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!

 

List of imprints accepting submissions:

–              Harlequin Desire

–              Harlequin Heartwarming

–              Harlequin Historical

–              Harlequin Intrigue

–              Harlequin Kimani Romance

–              Harlequin Medical Romance

–              Harlequin Nocturne

–              Harlequin Presents

–              Harlequin Romance

–              Harlequin Romantic Suspense

–              Harlequin Special Edition

–              Harlequin Superromance

–              Harlequin Western Romance

–              Love Inspired

–              Love Inspired Historical

–              Love Inspired Suspense

 

What Harlequin needs to receive:

–              Word count, manuscript title and any details about your publishing history (debut’s are welcome!)

–              A cover letter that introduces your book and includes any previous publishing credits, writing contest wins, or affiliations.

–              A 4 – 6 page synopsis.  What happens in your book: tell us the key moments, the crucial twists and turns, and how it ends!  Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face to get to their happily ever after.

–              The first chapter of your manuscript (up to 25 pages).

 

What you get after submitting:

–              Skip the slush pile and hear back from Harlequin by December 1, 2016.

–              Editorial feedback for every appropriate story received.

–              The possibility of having your novel published in Harlequin, the world’s leading publisher of books for women.

 

Where to submit: Visit http://Harlequin.submittable.com.

 

Questions?

  • Visit the submissions page and find out what series genre fits for your story.

It may be cold in Canada, but our men are hot.

Picture a cold, snowy night, with a howling wind outside and a roaring fire inside. You pick up a romance novel, but you think something is wrong. What’s missing? I know! A sexy Canadian hero! At Harlequin, we’re on the hunt for more stories featuring Canadian heroes because the editors in Toronto know how great Canadian men are! So we’ve come up with the Ooooh…Canada! Blitz, a submission blitz and the chance for aspiring authors to submit to any of the Harlequin series we publish—as long as the story features a Canadian hero.
Whether he’s the sweet guy next door, a sophisticated billionaire, an RCMP officer or a hockey player, the editors want heroes like him. Here are five sexy Canadian men who could easily serve as inspiration:

  • Who doesn’t love Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid Love? Remember the way he was so sexy but vulnerable when the right woman came along? Never mind those abs!
  • Or Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal? Hmm. Another sweet Canadian guy with rock-hard abs!
  • Oh, what about Nathan Fillion in Firefly? He plays a disillusioned soldier with a heart of gold. Or Nathan Fillion in Castle. His charm just shines through.
  • Then there’s Paul Gross in Due South, showing how polite and gentlemanly a Mountie can be. And I don’t know how much more Canadian you can get!
  • Finally, because no list of Canadian men would be complete without a hockey player, check out P.K. Subban, newly acquired defenseman for the Nashville Predators. He’s an intense competitor on the ice and a hot stud off it!

So, authors, picture any of these guys as the hero for your next book and send it to the editors at Harlequin.
We have a lot of opportunities to showcase hunky Canucks across 17 series, such as Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Nocturne, to name a few. Check out our series guidelines at Harlequin.com for all the details.
Authors can submit the first chapter plus a 3–7 page synopsis to the Ooooh…Canada! Blitz at Harlequin.submittable.com. Every entry will be reviewed by the editors and each author will be given feedback on their submission.
We want to show the world what we in the Toronto office have always known: Canadian heroes are the perfect men to keep you warm at night!

Giveaway! SPIN by Sherilee Gray

Giveaway! SPIN by Sherilee Gray

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by Sherilee Gray
Boosted Hearts #2
Publication Date: July 22, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance

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Synopsis: He never planned on falling for the enemy…

Indebted to a local crime boss thanks to their father’s gambling debts, mechanic Joe Colton and his brother have been forced to steal cars for three soul-killing years. But when Joe saves the man’s niece from police – the same deliciously hot-blooded woman sabotaging their efforts to clear the debt – it’s time to negotiate new terms. And discover why, that one night, she burned him with a kiss then ran…

Darcey Connors will do anything to get her baby brother away from the criminals in her family – even screw up a good man’s life. Yet in the midst of tailing Joe, she somehow falls hard for the sexy tattooed car thief. Nothing can happen between them, but she owes him big time, and if he’s going it alone, she is going to help. As long as no one ever finds out – not Joe, her family, the police – or she could lose everything.

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Giveaway! FORBIDDEN FLING by Skye Jordan

Giveaway! FORBIDDEN FLING by Skye Jordan

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Title: Forbidden Fling

Author: Skye Jordan

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Category: Hot Contemporary Romance

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1ROM2Ih

 

Book Summary:

 

Forbidden Fling, Book 1 in the Wildwood Series by Skye Jordan

Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.

When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.

The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreakContinue Reading

Giveaway! SIX MONTH RULE by A. J. Pine

Giveaway! SIX MONTH RULE by A. J. Pine

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Six Month Rule

by A.J. Pine
Kingston Ale House #2
Publication Date: July 18, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled, Select Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis: She created the game, but the rules are about to change.
Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.
Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.

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Guest Post & GIVEAWAY! TO WIN A SCOUNDREL’S HEART by Kristen McLean

Guest Post & GIVEAWAY!
TO WIN A SCOUNDREL’S HEART by Kristen McLean

 
Enter to Win a $25.00 Amazon eGift Card

 

TO WIN A SCOUNDREL’S HEART
The Lords of Whitehall #2
Kristen McLean
Releasing July 19th, 2016
Young Ink Press

 

When her husband’s death is ruled a suicide, Lady Dumonte suspects foul play. However, finding the truth seems impossible after every investigator in Paris turns up empty-handed. Now she is forced to seek help from Lord Pembridge, a feckless libertine.
 
Although the pain of loss is a constant reminder of why she must hide her heart, this carefree scoundrel threatens to break past her defenses. He could uncover the truth regarding her husband’s death, but is learning the truth worth risking her heart?
Lord Pembridge has wealth, angelic good looks, and a sunny disposition. None would guess the dark secret blackening his past or the grudge controlling his future. It was the reason he could never have a family of his own, a fate he had accepted until he was forced to play detective for the one woman who could tempt him.
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Giveaway! SECRET DREAM by Lindsay McKenna

Giveaway! SECRET DREAM by Lindsay McKenna

Lia just wants him to meet her parents.  Why does this feel like the fight of his life?   SECRET DREAM DELOS Series 1B Lindsay McKenna Releasing July 25th, 2016 Blue Turtle Publishing   Ex-Navy SEAL Cav Jordan faces danger daily in his job as a security expert. He even faced down a gang of SouthContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! FOOL FOR YOU by Rina Gray

Giveaway! FOOL FOR YOU by Rina Gray

Can she go from BFF TO MRS? Find out in FOOL FOR YOU (Crush on You Book 1) from debut author Rina Gray… About FOOL FOR YOU  Sports journalist Melanie Foster has achieved most of her goals: Bomb.com job—check. Tomboy-to-smoking-hottie makeover—check. Convince her best friend, Damien Richards, to slide a ring on her finger and father herContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview! UNBREAKABLE HOPE by Sami Lee

Interview! UNBREAKABLE HOPE by Sami Lee

When you’re caught in the impact zone, the only choice is surrender. Wild Crush, Book 5 After a monster wave almost kills him, Dylan realizes it was a mistake to put his pro-surfing career ahead of the girl he left behind. Now that he’s finally able to give Hope everything she ever wanted, he’s stunnedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview! THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL by Marie Treanor

Interview! THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL
by Marie Treanor

Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter. Darke of Night, Book 1 After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard. Once settled at Haggard Hall,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! NO FALLING ALLOWED by Melissa West

Giveaway! NO FALLING ALLOWED by Melissa West

  No Falling Allowed by Melissa West Publication Date: July, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled Embrace, New Adult, Romance BUY: Amazon: http://amzn.to/29L5SfH Paperback: http://amzn.to/29CZKVb Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29Ppwp8 Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/29XhZEe B&N: http://bit.ly/2a6wGq0 Kobo: http://bit.ly/29YoBRM iBooks: http://apple.co/29McLu4 Synopsis: My life just went South… Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down. WakeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! RIGHT THROUGH ME by Shannon McKenna

Giveaway! RIGHT THROUGH ME
by Shannon McKenna

Celebrate the release of Right Through Me by Shannon McKenna! NYTimes and USA Today bestselling author Shannon McKenna launches The Obsidian Files with RIGHT THROUGH ME, a pulse-pounding tale of thrilling suspense and searing passion. A beautiful fugitive and a biotech tycoon with strange powers must face the lethal rage of a vicious enemy bentContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! CLOSER by Emerald O’Brien

Giveaway! CLOSER by Emerald O’Brien

Closer by Emerald O’Brien Publication Date: July 22, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense Purchase: Amazon Chloe Forrester has planned her life out perfectly. Newly engaged to her adoring boyfriend, Harrison Scott, she finally feels as if the pieces of her life are coming together. But when Paxton Potter, a man with a grudge againstContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Excerpt Reveal! REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde

Excerpt Reveal! REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde

Are you ready for Gage and Tinker’s story? Reaper’s Fire releases on August 9th! Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/1mD6Sma Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1IOuRJI iBooks: http://apple.co/1JUbzxl Nook: http://bit.ly/1mzrJaD Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Uu6bXu Google Play:  http://bit.ly/1SxRDaQContinue Reading

Giveaway! WANDERLUST by Roni Loren

Giveaway! WANDERLUST by Roni Loren

Meet Roni: Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! FOR HER PROTECTION by Amber Bardan

GIVEAWAY! FOR HER PROTECTION by Amber Bardan

You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.   FOR HER PROTECTION An Alpha Romance Amber Bardan Released July 15th, 2016   You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize’s mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she’s more than a pretty faceContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Lauren Layne

Giveaway! TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Lauren Layne

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles!   TO HAVE AND TO HOLD The Wedding Belles #1 Lauren Layne Releasing July 26th, 2016 Pocket Books   Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream comeContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Exclusive Excerpt! HIATUS by L. A. Witt

Exclusive Excerpt! HIATUS by L. A. Witt

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled. Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong. But thenContinue ReadingContinue Reading

EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK! GOING DOWN EASY by Carly Phillips

EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK! GOING DOWN EASY
by Carly Phillips

**Coming July 19th** Billionaire Bad Boys #1 Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell. Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way. Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s alsoContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview! THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S TRUTH by Ralph Josiah Bardsley

Interview! THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S TRUTH
by Ralph Josiah Bardsley

Ian seems to have it all – a career as a hotshot software programmer in Silicon Valley; a beautiful wife and family; a nice house in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood; and a past that he’s mostly managed to forget. But life takes an unexpected turn for Ian when he finds himself in Paris forContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Giveaway! FILTHY ENGLISH by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Giveaway! FILTHY ENGLISH by Ilsa Madden-Mills

A smokin’ hot British player… A jilted girl… One night of mistaken identity… ★★ NOW LIVE★★ Amazon: http://amzn.to/29BzcT8 Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29tOO7q *A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*Continue Reading

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