Writing for Harlequin Superromance

Writing for Harlequin Superromance

by Harlequin Author Rachel Brimble

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited

2013 has been a banner year for me and we’re only halfway through! In August, my fourth and final book of the year will be published and then I can take a little breather…I have been writing romance since 2005, steadily chipping away and learning my craft over the last eight years. Each book I’ve had published and each editor I’ve worked with has taught me something to take forward into the next project. I have had no formal education or tuition for my writing, but have enrolled in many online courses and made lots of invaluable friends to help me on my journey.

All the rejections (there have been MANY!) and disappointments, frustrations and tears were all made worthwhile during 2012 when my dream of writing for Harlequin came true. I wrote Finding Justice from the heart and of course, hoped and prayed an editor would love it as much as I did. However, nobody could have prepared me for the shock of receiving an email from my agent saying Harlequin loved the book but would I consider some minor revisions?

Would I?? Hot damn, yes! I set to work and made the relevant changes that I immediately accepted and understood made the book stronger. These done, I sent them back and three weeks later, I was offered a contract. Woohoo!

Since sending Finding Justice out into the big, wide world, the setting became very dear to me and I soon realized I wasn’t ready to let Templeton Cove belong to just one book. Would Harlequin consider more books set in the same fictional UK seaside town? There was only one way to find out. I feverishly wrote a sequel and A Man Like Him was accepted by my Harlequin editor six months later.

The cast of characters continues to grow and with each book I write in the series, more and more potential stories evolve from the secondary characters that leap into my imagination. I am thrilled to say in May this year, Harlequin offered me a further three-book contract, which means Templeton Cove will continue to flourish. Book three in the series, What Belongs To Her will be published in March 2014.

I often get asked what the secret is to breaking into Harlequin and as I struggle (and serious struggle!) with book four right now, I sometimes wonder myself how I did it, lol! The only aspect I am one hundred percent sure of is the Harlequin brand thrives on emotion. Emotion, emotion, emotion! Make sure the reader can feel what’s going on inside every character on every page and I’m pretty confident you’ll hook an editor. Good luck!

Rachel’s latest release is Finding Justice. Here is the blurb and buy links:

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Old friends, new secrets

Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat’s world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he’s innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?

The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can’t let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

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About Rachel:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013.

She has just recently signed a further three-book contract with Harlequin Superromance, continuing her ongoing series set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


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5 comments to Writing for Harlequin Superromance

  • Hey Rach,

    Finding Justice was great. Now,I’m waiting for that first Harl. Historical to come to life. I know you’ve got it in ya ;) Donna

  • Rachel! I am just so darn proud to call you my friend and fellow agency mate I can’t even find the right words — which, as you know, is saying something for me. :-) Congrats to you on your outstanding success, darlin! I’m so, so happy I was able to get to know you better this year! XO

  • Good morning, ladies!

    Apologies for not replying sooner – this darn time difference is so frustrating when I’m guest blogging, lol :)

    So glad you enjoyed Finding Justice, Donna! The pic you sent me of the book in your shopping cart was just fabulous and had so many likes on my FB page :D Kensington have asked me for the outline for my next historical so I’m not sure whether you’ll see an historical with HQ but never say never!

    AJ…my lovely, AJ! You have been more of a support to me over the last 12 months than I can tell you. You have made me a better writer, have more confidence in myself and made me laugh more times than I can count. Let’s hope we get to meet in person one day, lovely!! :)

    Rachel xx

  • I am so happy for you, Rachel. Proud–I’m proud to say I knew you ‘when!’ And I hope your HQN relationship lives a long and prosperous life. Congrats my friend!

  • Thank you SO much, Calisa!! I cherish the friendships I’ve made along my ten year writing journey and the WRP writers are among the best of them :) I am hoping and praying to make it to the RWA 2014 conference so I can meet as many of my US friends as possible. I bet we’ll be chattering non-stop, lol!

    Rachel x

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