HQN Books has redefined romance by publishing the best in mainstream bestseller romance by the finest authors in the field—from rising stars to romance royalty. In 2016, HQN placed 42 titles on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly), demonstrating that HQN Books offers something for every romance fan, across all formats.
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
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
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 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 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
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 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