Harlequin in August (otherwise known as the month after RWA)By Senior Editor Victoria Curran
First of all, this:
This picture is courtesy of brand new full-time Editorial Coordinator for Mira and HQN, Keely Kundell, who officially starts work for Harlequin on Monday. Congrats to her and Jube-Jube, who now knows where her next meal is coming from! (Look at that exotic wee face…)
Second of all, this:
The picture above was snapped in San Diego at the end of July at the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference… And what can I say about RWA that hasn’t been said? It’s such a fantastic time to meet with authors and fans of authors, catching up with old friends, like HW authors Rula Sinara, Anna J. Stewart and Catherine Lanigan (pictured here at the Harlequin signing)…
And making new friends (pictured below, the Heartwarming Open House, which the published authors support in droves, yay, and make it such a fun event):
Editor Kathryn Lye is busy wrapping up book three of The Daughters of Dancing Falls just as author Cynthia Thomason’s second book, The Bridesmaid Wore Sneakers lands in readers’ hands. Book two features the quiet daughter who’s trying to make a difference in the world but ends up meeting a hero who is about as opposite to her as a hero can get! Kathryn has a beloved six-year-old nephew and the child in this story really stood out to her as smart, charming and still believably kid-like.
Editor Dana Grimaldi had the pleasure of editing two of the August books. She says that Amie Denman’s Carousel Nights, the second in the Starlight Point Stories, is the perfect summer read about the previous hero Jack’s middle sister and the single dad with a really cute kid that turns her head. (Plus, Dana reminds me, there’s a coupon available on harlequin.com (STARPOINT30) discounting the first book in the series, Under the Boardwalk.)
“Marion Ekholm’s Forget Me Not is a lovely second-chance romance,” says Dana. The hero and heroine were really good friends when they were little and now the hero is the dream handy-man and he doesn’t want her to leave…because, you guessed it, he loves her! Cutest backstory: the hero proposed to the heroine a bunch of times when they were kids. Will the next proposal be the charm?
Editor Piya Campana has read all three of Tara Taylor Quinn’s Family Secrets stories (Tara, you write so fast!) and is really excited about the concept of the miniseries as well as the first book out this month, For Love or Money. Each story is set at a reality cooking competition show where contestants rely on family secret recipes…and each story also reveals a real family secret that complicates the hero and heroine’s search to find happiness. In this case, two single parents become a family during this stressful TV competition, each driven by different but compelling reasons to win. Piya and Tara know who wins, but the rest of us will have to read to find out…
I hope you enjoy the August Heartwarming books as much as you do the rest of your summer!