Thursday, August 3, 2017

Falling For You

Have you heard? This October, ten of the Superromance authors will be releasing an anthology of small-town novellas!

We've been talking about doing this for ages, so we're incredibly excited to tell you about it. We'll have more info as we get closer to the release. But right now, we want to share one important piece with all of you, and that's the dedication. You see, we're dedicating the entire anthology to our wonderful Superromance editors, and we want everyone to know just how special they are to us. Here's what we said:
This anthology could not and would not have happened without the encouragement and support of the amazing Superromance editorial team – Victoria Curran, Karen Reid, Megan Long, Claire Caldwell, Piya Campana, and Deirdre McCluskey. They were not part of its development but they went above and beyond to smooth the path for us, both directly (legalities!) and indirectly (making our in-person meetings possible). There is a rumor that wine may have been involved in the process, but our lips are sealed.

The editor-author relationship is a unique one, built on trust, honesty, wisdom, and vulnerability. Authors pour their hearts onto the page and hand the result over to editors, who have the responsibility of guiding the author toward a stronger story without losing either the heart of the book or the spirit of the author. The Superromance editors excel at this delicate balance. Each author in this anthology will tell you that she is a better writer because of her editor, and each time, it will be truth.

We, the authors, dedicate this anthology to our editors – the women who have taken our words and dreams and hearts and turned them into something so much more than we could have ever imagined.  The days of Superromance are drawing to a close, but our memories and appreciation and good wishes will live on. Never stop being amazing, ladies. 



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 New Releases from #HarlequinSuperromance

For Joy's Sake
Where Secrets Are Safe
by Tara Taylor Quinn

There's something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can't stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.


Ethan's Daughter
Templeton Cove Stories
by Rachel Brimble

There's safety in solitude…isn't there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!


About That Kiss
The Malone Brothers
By Cindy Miles

A love worth fighting for 

Once a dedicated Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Nathan Malone lost more than his confidence the day he couldn't save his fiancée. He lost his faith in love. Nathan's come home to Cassabaw Station and put his life on hold. That changes, though, when Sean Jacobs and her five-year-old daughter move in next door.


Sean is unpacked and unsettled, and the fear in her eyes tells Nathan she's running from something. Yet despite his better judgment, Nathan can't ignore the tug at his heart. He'd do anything to protect Sean and her adorable daughter, because Nathan's not letting love slip through his fingers again…


Undercover with the Heiress
Fitzgerald House
by Nan Dixon

What's behind her beautiful mask? 

FBI agent Kaden Farrell is on a mission. He's undercover at Fitzgerald House in Savannah, where a little girl is the key to his investigation. And that's what he needs to focus on, not a down-and-out heiress whose jeweled eyes haunt his dreams.


Courtney Smythe might be spoiled, but when Kaden notices her ease with the children at the B and B, he sees the beauty beyond her looks. Getting close to Courtney will help his case, and giving in to attraction is the right thing to do. Even if it means perpetuating a lie…



August 2017 Boxed Set 

Harlequin® Superromance brings you a collection of four new novels, available now! Experience powerful relationships that deliver a strong emotional punch and a guaranteed happily ever after.

This Superromance box set includes:

FOR JOY’S SAKE
Where Secrets are Safe
By Tara Taylor Quinn

When Julie Fairbanks is brought in to help a little girl at The Lemonade Stand shelter, she does not expect to have to work with Hunter Rafferty. While he is charming, he is also persistent, and Julie does not—will not—let anyone get close.

ABOUT THAT KISS
The Malone Brothers
By Cindy Miles

Once a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Nathan Malone lost more than his confidence the day he failed to save his fiancée from her sinking fishing boat. Back home in Cassabaw Station, he’s trying to pick up the pieces as captain of his family’s shrimping business. And then he meets his shy, keeps-to-herself new neighbor, Sean, and her outspoken and adorable five-year-old daughter… Can he find love again with a mom he discovers is desperate and on the run?

ETHAN’S DAUGHTER
Templeton Cove Stories
By Rachel Brimble
All Ethan James wants is a quiet life for himself and his daughter. But as threats escalate against them both, Leah Dixon will stop at nothing to help—no matter how much the single dad tries to keep her at arm’s length.

UNDERCOVER WITH THE HEIRESS
Fitzgerald House
By Nan Dixon

FBI agent Kaden Farrell is undercover at a Savannah B and B. A child there is connected to his drug case, so it only makes sense to get close to the kid’s nanny…down-and-out heiress Courtney Smythe!

Look for 4 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Superromance!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tell Orlando Hello For Me

By Angel Smits
           This year I’m not hastily packing to climb on board a plane to fly off to the Romance Writers of America conference.  I’m still here at home.  Pretending I’m not just a bit disappointed. 
But as I look at all the Facebook posts, and see all the photos of everyone setting out to have a good time, I am a little bit sad.  I love conference.  I learn so much, and the time I get to spend with all my writer friends—many of whom I only see when I go to those conferences—is precious.  But this year it just wasn’t meant to be. 
              I started going to conference way back in the dark ages, and it’s been the primary way I’ve been able to travel and see some amazing cities.  The other day I was thinking of all the places I’d have never seen if I hadn’t gone to conference.  Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Reno, Orlando, New York City—and all the places I’ve had a layover or caught a flight, too.  Such fun!  Such experiences. 
            Several years ago I had a co-worker who used the phrase that someone was being a Gumby when they did something that wasn’t exactly what they intended.  (You remember the little green character, with the orange horse named Pokey?)  Over time it grew, and on one of my trips to RWA, I found a Gumby statue and bought it for her. 
            After that Gumby started appearing on desks when they did something--memorable.  And it wasn’t usually in a good way.  Yeah, he became the symbol for everyone when they did something that, well, wasn’t the brightest.   No one really wanted Gumby at first, but then after awhile people began to come in and say, “Give me Gumby.  You’ll never believe what I did--”  The stories got better and better. 
            At one point, however, Gumby needed to get out of the office.  I was heading out on another RWA trip, so I slipped him into my suitcase...

Ready to go!
...and away we went.  His picture started showing up in lots of place.  At meals.  On sight-seeing trips.  In restaurants (and even a few bars.)  He had some dates, and even attended the Harlequin Party.  My editor has cozied up to him...


 and a few authors may have even discussed his leading role in their novels…  Okay, maybe the last one had more to do with the bars than reality—but hey, we do write fiction…






            When life got crazy this past year, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go to conference, I was almost as disappointed that I wouldn’t be taking Gumby any place exciting, as I was that I was staying home. 
            To cheer myself up, I dug out my Gumby pictures.  We reminisced a bit, as the last Orlando conference, we were there, posing by the fountains and having a wonderful time learning and seeing friends. 
            So for those of us who are staying home this year, I pulled up some Gumby pics from years past, maybe I can add a couple of us relaxing here at home. typing on my book that’s due in a few weeks and planning our trip for next year.  We will be there!



            Have fun everyone!  Think of us!  We'll be thinking of you.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It Happens

Kris Fletcher

For the first time I can ever recall, I didn't get my blog posted on time. Not because it's my kids' summer break, which means I got, got, got, got no time (to quote the Guess Who). Not because it was the Tsarina's night to cook dinner, which means I was up to my elbows in egg yuck as I helped her make homemade baked mozzarella sticks. Not even because it was time for my couples massage with Ryan Reynolds, though you know, it would have been rude to make him wait.

No, this time, the problem truly was beyond my control. Our power went out. Some pretty bad storms went through and while we didn't feel the brunt of the wind or rain, we still spent well over an hour in the semi-dark. (Work with me. It was five in the afternoon.)

Sometimes, life just happens, and all we can do is roll with it.

In 1998, a couple of months after we moved in our old (then new) house, we went to Maine for Labor Day weekend to visit my husband's family. While we were gone, we got a call from our new neighbors, letting us know that a possible tornado had ripped through our neighborhood the night before. It turned out to be a derecho (straight-line winds), not a tornado, but the damage left behind was pretty terrifying. We had trees down all over our back yard and no power for 10 days, but we were lucky. Two people who were staying at the state fairgrounds were killed. In fact, if the storm had hit about  an hour earlier, the fair would have still been going and the midway would have been teeming with people. A week+ of no power feels a little insignificant after an event like that.

Life happens whether we're ready or not. The best we can do is tuck our heads down, pull our elbows in, and bend our knees, because baby, it's time to roll.

Or, possibly, to fly. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Guest Editor Post by Claire Caldwell

Good morning, Supers authors!

I’m here with your guest editor post this month, AKA a dispatch from the pre-RWA trenches. Don’t get me wrong, I’m SUPER excited to jet off to the conference. But with under a week to go, it’s getting a bit frenzied around here. My Outlook calendar is bursting at the seams, and the halls are abuzz with last-minute dinner reservations and Orlando humidity hair tips.  

And last night, I had to go shoe shopping. Between rehearsing our Series Spotlight presentation and booking author appointments, I realized the turquoise Keds I can get away with at the office and my weekend hiking sandals aren’t going to earn me any professionalism points at Nationals. I managed to find a cute pair of sandals pretty quickly, but I was determined to hunt down something a bit fancier for the Harlequin party, too. How hard could that be?

Oh, sweet summer child. My mission was doomed from the beginning. Apparently it’s clearance time, and every store seemed to be out of my size—even when I managed to find something appealing among the season’s castoffs, piled haphazardly on tables and crammed into racks. 

Hot, disheveled and hungry, I went into yet another store, hoping it would be my last stop. “Huh,” I thought, turning over a wedge to check the price. “I wonder what the code ‘495’ means.” It took me two more shoe-flips to realize that was, in fact, the price tag, and I was out of there faster than you can say, “I’ll try these in a 9.”

Eventually, I was forced to admit defeat. For now. Or maybe I’ll just skip straight to dancing in my socks at the Harlequin party.

The series editors have lots of great events planned at RWA this year, but even if you can’t make it to the conference, there are lots of ways to get involved. In fact, that Series Spotlight I mentioned? Today, we’re having a Twitter event to drum up excitement for the presentation. From 10am to 12pm EST, tweet using the hashtag #MakeADateWithHarlequin to tell us how you spend quality time with series books. We’d love to hear from you!

Yours in footwear dilemmas,

Claire 
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