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Romance authors talk with readers about Harlequin Online Reads

bff'sEver wonder what you’d say to an author if you had the chance to discuss each chapter of her story with her WHILE you’re reading her work? Wonder no longer! In the Community we have a tradition of inviting our Online Read authors to visit while the chapters of their stories are published in our Daily, Weekly and Special Event program on the Online Read section of the website.

These discussions have not only provided our readers with a great opportunity to learn how to craft a serialized story in a shorter format, they’ve given our authors a wonderful forum to discuss motivation, characterization and plotting…not to mention hot heroes, crafty villains and feisty heroines! In fact on a couple of occasions our Community’s love of a secondary character in an online read, has resulted in a spin off story dedicated to them!

So if you love talking books and think that reading AND talking with other fiction fans awith the author would be something you’d enjoy, why not drop in and visit? Here’s the list of discussions we are currently running in the community based on this month’s online reads, including our 60th Anniversary Spotlight story for Harlequin American Romance:

Single Doctor, Single Dad! by Janice Lynn

Returning to her hometown to care for her ailing mother has Dr. Jennifer Castillo reliving tragic memories—she can’t wait for her mother to recover so she can leave town, throw herself back into her private practice and forget the past. The last thing she needs is the complication of an intense attraction to her mother’s doctor!

Share your thoughts with Janice…

Hot and Wild by Jodi Lynn Copeland

Karen and Brian have a sex life to put the Kama Sutra to shame, and Karen has no doubt that their mutual passion will live on long after their Vegas nuptials. But on the eve of her wedding, she can’t help but think Brian is keeping something from her, something dark…

Join Jodi Lynn’s discussion on our message boards!

What Happens in Texas by Cathy Gillen Thacker

The morning after her sister’s Vegas bachelorette party, Jen Baxter wakes up with a splitting headache, wearing a gown she doesn’t recognize—and in the arms of a man she most definitely does! Will the ring on her finger jog her memory?

Join the fun with author Cathy Gillen Thacker



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Harlequin celebrates 60th Anniversary with Art Exhibition in New York!

To celebrate 60 years of “Pure Reading Pleasure”, internationally recognized publisher Harlequin, (and my employer 🙂 ) is sponsoring an exhibition of original cover art that will focus not only on the changing shape of women’s desire and fantasy but also on the social meaning and context of these images. Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009 is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, head curator of a major museum in Toronto. The retrospective show will look at the expanse of 60 years of artwork offering a unique insight into the profound changes that have occurred in women’s lives over the past six decades – from shifts in private desires to shifts in the politics of gender. The exhibition will also highlight some of the notable artists who created these stirring cover images, how the artistic process itself has changed over the decades and features an Interactive Wall where you can see yourself on a Harlequin cover!

Heart of a Woman

Opening in New York City at the Openhouse Gallery the exhibit will be on view from May 29th, 2009 to June 12th, 2009, with more than a hundred original works of art and will include cover art from 1949 to 2009.  Semmelhack has curated exhibits at the Museum of Sex in New York and the St. Louis Art Museum and was consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the author of Heights of Fashion.

I served as an Art Director at Harlequin for a number of years before I assumed the role of Community manager at I’ve seen so many changes through the years in cover treatments and I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate our 60th Anniversary and be able to showcase some of the truly wonderful examples, innovations and styles of art that have graced Harlequin covers through the decades.

Cheers, and enjoy this sneak peek!



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It’s Getting HOT in Here!

Harlequin Blaze has been heating up women’s lives since it launched in 2001. Sexy and sensuous, red-hot and highly romantic, this series is known and loved for the variety of story lines it offers, its true-to-life characters and extremely talented author base. And of course, the fact that Harlequin Blaze always guarantees a high level of sensuality doesn’t hurt either…

Harlequin Blaze is our spotlight series this month, which means that in addition to a wonderful lineup of reads, you’ll find the authors of this month’s books blogging in character, as their heroes, in an exclusive event we’re calling My Favorite Hero. You’ll meet undercover agent (and total hotness) Drew Miller and other featured fellows, in these fun, behind the scenes interviews.

And don’t forget to download Slow Hands, our FREE BLAZE download from author Leslie Kelly as part of our 60th Anniversary program to give a book to every woman in America.

Our spotlight online read for March is Fast and Furious by Lori Borrill and as usual we have a companion discussion in the Community where you can read along chapter by chapter with Lori and the gang in the discussion and share your views. If you enjoy stories that capture what it’s like to be young and single today, then the Blaze series is for you!

Happy March!


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Pretty in Pink, the Harlequin Sony Reader

sony-readerFirst up, have you seen the Harlequin 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Sony Reader? Not only is it the pretty red model, but it also comes with a special pink cover embossed with the Harlequin logo, includes a free eBook download of Secret Fantasy by Carly Phillips and the 16 Anniversary eBooks (also available all year at our special Anniversary Hub at Also, people who purchase this special package will receive a coupon for 20% off a Harlequin title, each month, for the next five months!

Or if audiobooks are your thing, then snap up a FREE download of Stranded! by Lori Foster over at

Sweet deal, no? If you were holding off on purchasing an eBook reader, this would be a pretty good time to take the plunge…just sayin’


Free Harlequin eBook anniversary titles available in February 2009

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A FREE book for every woman!

60th-anniversaryTo thank our many readers for taking us into their hearts and homes for 60 years and making us the world’s leading publisher of romantic fiction, Harlequin is giving every woman in America a free book.

In fact, we’re giving away 16 free Books that readers can download by visiting our special Anniversary Hub at and there’s a wide variety of books to choose from:
• Tender romances
• Suspenseful adventures
• Heartwarming stories
• Tales of passion
• and many more…

Download, read and share your favorites now! Plus, learn more about all of our 60th anniversary celebrations.

Some folks in the digital space have been surprised at how innovative and fully engaged we are in this arena (we publish 100% of our frontlist titles as eBooks along with original digital publishing; and then there’s our rocking online community; where we have acquired 54 debut authors via online initiatives. We are also actively engaged with social media tools like Twitter [], Facebook, Myspace, podcasts and blogs) but then Harlequin has a long standing tradition of always being wherever women are. So I hope you’ll help romance novels become the viral story of the year by downloading and enjoying the books.

Here’s the list of free books available for download:

Harlequin American Romance, Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren
Harlequin Blaze, Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
Harlequin Historical, His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls
Harlequin Intrigue, Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
Harlequin Presents, Price of Passion by Susan Napier
Harlequin Romance, The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding
Harlequin Superromance, Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson

Silhouette Desire, Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child
Silhouette Nocturne, Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Stranded with a Spy by Merline Lovelace
Silhouette Special Edition, Dancing in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne

Love Inspired, A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight
Love Inspired Historical, Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart
Love Inspired Suspense, Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

Kimani Romance, Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson

Nascar, Speed Dating by Nancy Warren

You have to admit that is one compelling line up of great books! You can download the books as a PDF or as an eBook. Moreover, in a couple of weeks you will be able to download a version for your iPhone from Stanza.

And we have lots more celebrating planned throughout the year for our 60th anniversary including:

  • The Harlequin Famous Firsts Collection – In March, June and September, look for reissues of some of the very first series books written by current New York Times bestselling writers
  • The Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009 – We’re sponsoring and exhibition of original cover art at the Openhouse Gallery, May 29 to June 12 in New York City.
  • Series Spotlight – Every month a different series is in the spotlight. Look for diamond-themed miniseries, series stars and more from all the Harlequin and Silhouette lines.

Little did Richard and Mary Bonnycastle know what they were starting 60 years ago when they founded Harlequin, but we’ve been satisfying women’s desire for romance, speaking to their hearts and transporting them beyond themselves ever since.

We hope to spread this joy of reading far and wide – please feel free to contact me if you would like further information.

Happy Reading!

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