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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 eHarlequin.com 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 eHarlequin.com 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

Jayne

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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 eHarlequin.com. 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!

Jayne

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Romance Rocking the Recession!

Anyone catch Nightline on ABC News the other night? They ran a piece on Harlequin’s 60th Anniversary and the success of romance novels during the Recession, and featured an interview with paranormal romance author Gena Showalter! Our CEO Donna Hayes is quoted as saying, “in the case of Harlequin, the must-have in the formula is that you must have a happy ending. Trials and tribulations as you date and break up, argue or all those things, but at the end you are going to be together with the love of your life and you are going to feel really good about it. So that’s the key and that’s why people love to read our books.”

So what could be better in tough times than a little romance and the certainty that things will all work out? It’s like comfort food for the soul.

If you missed it, you can watch the video online here and read the accompanying article that includes more quotes from Gena. The Romantic Readings by various celebrities are hilarious, I loved Wolfgang Puck, who was YOUR favorite?

Jayne

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FREE Valentine Book at eHarlequin.com

I have a Valentine’s gift for all of you!

We have created a special eBook, A Valentine for Harlequin’s Anniversary that not only includes a story from RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann, An Evening to Remember, BUT…..here’s the fun part…we’re including bonus content from our blog bash entries from your favorite authors in the eHarlequin.com Community!

Every year, we ask our authors to share their thoughts with us in a special blog event at eHarlequin.com. For 30 days, 30 different authors share their thoughts on a variety of topics, and have included:

1) why I believe in love
2) why I write
3) describe your favorite Harlequin moment (inspired by a book)

To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we have gathered 60 of our favorite entries and compiled them into this special collection that will be available for free through our eBook Store at www.ebooks.eharlequin.com exclusively. You will be inspired, awed, moved and perhaps inspired to remember some special moments of your own!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Happy Anniversary to us!

Jayne

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