Books We're Known For

SHADOW AND ICE

A brand-new paranormal series from one of the premier authors in the genre

“The Gods of War is my new obsession! I love this world—this is Gena Showalter at her best!” —J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sexy paranormal romance at its hottest!” —Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

UNLEASHED

Author of more than 100 books and voted one of the Top Ten romance writers in America

A pioneer of the Western Romance genre, with multiple New York Times bestsellers to her name

“You just can’t do better than a Diana Palmer story to make your heart lighter and smile brighter.” —Fresh Fiction

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

“Alexander celebrates the spirit of adventure… and advocates for the yielding of judgment and practicality to hedonism and happiness. Readers will savor every page. —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“For love, laughter, and lots of fun, read Victoria Alexander.” —Stephanie Laurens, New York Times bestselling author

THE WISH

USA TODAY bestselling author Patricia Davids is one of the preeminent names in inspirational romance

This beautiful trade debut marks the first in her Amish of Cedar Grove trilogy

SUMMER ON MIRROR LAKE

Multiple New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Honeymoon Harbor series

Winner of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Career Achievement Award

“Vivid, detailed descriptions, real-life issues that resonate… Verdict: An excellent start to a promising community series with a stunning Olympic Coast setting.” —Library Journal

DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with more than 10 million books sold worldwide

“No one writes alpha heroes and sexy, swoon-worthy romance like Lori Foster.” —Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

We're Excited About

THE CLIFF HOUSE

Marks the author’s first hardcover, following incredible sales growth in mass market and trade paperback formats

“…The heart of this sweet contemporary story is in the women’s relationships with each other, and it will suit readers on both sides of the romance/women’s fiction divide.” —Publishers Weekly

THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT

Powerhouse Susan Mallery is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and writes across three formats

Her titles have spent more than 500 combined weeks on the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists

“Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations.” —Library Journal

ONE SUMMER IN PARIS

The hotly anticipated novel following on the heels of the bestselling The Christmas Sisters, about the power of friendship, love, and what happens when an ending is just the beginning…all set against the charm and magic of Paris

“Morgan brings her elegant blend of deep-felt emotion and witty dialogue to yet another title.” —Entertainment Weekly

THE CONSPIRACY

Best known for her action-packed romantic suspense, Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels

17 million copies of her books in print in 20 countries

“Martin keeps the twists and turns coming in the sensuous and spirited first Maximum Security romantic thriller.… Readers will find it hard to wait for the next book in this tantalizing series about detectives, bodyguards, and bounty hunters.” —Publishers Weekly


Acquiring Editors

Susan Swinwood

Susan Swinwood Editorial Director

Susan has been with Harlequin since 1999 and has worked on everything from Series romance to commercial literary fiction. In between manuscripts, she likes to relax with her husband at their farmhouse northwest of Toronto, and sometimes even reads for fun.

I’m looking for: Moody romance with a gothic flavor, contemporary stories told with a sense of humor and a modern voice, a fresh take on small-town romance—surprise me!

Michele Bidelspach

Michele Bidelspach Executive Editor, HQN and Graydon House

Born and raised in Virginia, Michele began her publishing career at Grand Central Publishing (then Warner Books) where she acquired women’s fiction and romance for 15+ years. She joined Harlequin Books in 2018. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with amazing authors, both bestselling and debut alike.

My weaknesses are a strong voice, unique hook, and unforgettable characters and I gravitate towards them like a moth to a flame. I’m particularly interested in mainstream fiction about the complicated bonds of family and friendship and the complexities of marriage, especially when told with wit and emotional depth. Heartwrenching love stories and feel-good romantic comedies are my soft spot and for me, there’s nothing better than getting swept up in lush historical novels, particularly those featuring strong female characters with a unique twist. As for my wish list, I’d love to find a big, beautiful, heartfelt book about the struggles that immigrant families face in the modern world.

I’d love to find the next: Kristin Hannah, Celeste Ng, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Kate Quinn, Elin Hilderbrand.

Allison Carroll

Allison Carroll Editor

Allison Carroll is a Montana transplant who once upon a time packed all her belongings in a U-Haul and drove cross-country to NYC. Her introduction to publishing began at Dorchester Publishing in 2009 and continued at Macmillan’s Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 as part of the editorial teams for Desire and Romantic Suspense, before transitioning to HQN, and counts several New York Times bestselling authors among the writers she works with. Allison is actively acquiring for HQN and Graydon House Books.

I’m looking for: Diverse stories with humor and heart; stories with strong secondary romances and a great sense of place; edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense; paranormal romance that feels fresh and has fantastic world building. Strong hooks and a commercial voice are a must.

Brittany Lavery

Brittany Lavery Associate Editor

Brittany has a diverse publishing background: having begun her career as an intern at the Cooke Agency, she has held both editorial and foreign rights positions at Penguin Random House Canada and the University of Toronto Press prior to joining the HQN team. She holds an MA in English Literature from York University, where she focused her research on the work of Ray Bradbury. Brittany is always on the lookout for fresh, engaging voices for HQN—she has a bias towards speculative love stories like The Time Traveler’s Wife, for big, sprawling family epics, and for page-turning contemporary stories like The Hating Game. Brittany reads widely and voraciously, and when she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, you can find her on the soccer field or watching baseball.

I’m looking for: Smartly written romantic suspense or fresh, edgy contemporary romance—either small town or urban—speculative and gothic fiction, and contemporary comedy/rom-com. In any case, strong world building and great chemistry are key!