by Assistant Editor Dana Grimaldi
I have to admit, as I was writing this blog post, I was tempted to start with an April Fools' joke. I was this close to announcing that Heartwarming was changing formats: only clean paranormal romance from now on! Books like The Vampire’s Second Chance or Hometown Werewolf. But why joke around when there’s so much real news?
First of all, I’m thrilled to announce the Heartwarming Submission Blitz! From Monday, April 4–Friday, April 22, you can submit your clean romance proposal to Harlequin Heartwarming and receive quick feedback—within 20 business days after the submission period ends. If you’ve got a clean, emotionally satisfying contemporary romance, we’d love to see it! You can find out more about the blitz here: http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2016/03/announcing-the-harlequin-heartwarming-blitz/ You can also follow #HWBLITZ on Twitter. Any of the Heartwarming editors are happy to answer your questions about the contest, but if you’re curious about what it’s like to be a Heartwarming author, you’re already in the right place. The Heartwarming authors are such a warm, welcoming community, and I’m so impressed by how supportive they are of each other and any writer who’s interested in writing for Harlequin.
Which brings me to the giveaway! Heartwarming books are now in select U.S. Walmart stores, and until April 4, you can enter to win a Walmart gift card: http://prismbooktours.blogspot.ca/2016/03/celebrating-harlequin-heartwarming.html Good luck!
And, in Dana news, I’ll be starting with a new editorial team on April 4. I’m moving from the Heartwarming/Superromance group to the Western Romance/Blaze team. It’s exciting to work with a new team on new editorial, but I’m going to miss my Heartwarming authors! It’s been a real pleasure to work with so many creative, talented and witty writers. I will be a guest editor for Heartwarming, working with a couple of Heartwarming authors, so you’ll still see me around. J
Finally, happy book birthday to the April Heartwarming authors, Melinda Curtis, Cynthia Reese, Leigh Riker and Liz Flaherty! I can’t wait for readers to discover your books!!