HQN has defined the romance genre by publishing the best in mainstream romance and women’s fiction by the finest authors in the field. Originally a mass market paperback imprint, HQN still dominates in that format with a mix of romance royalty and diverse new voices but also publishes a wide array of romantic women’s fiction in Trade Paperback and Hardcover by the likes of Sarah Morgan, Susan Mallery, Gena Showalter, Adriana Herrera and Audrey Carlan.
Since 2004, HQN has helped build the careers of such romance luminaries as RaeAnne Thayne, Julia London, Maisey Yates, Linda Lael Miller, Lori Foster, Brenda Jackson and Diana Palmer. And, in 2019, HQN placed 42 titles on major industry bestseller lists, and continues to offer the most entertaining reading experience for readers across all romance sub-genres.
From the #1 bestselling author of the beloved Calendar Girl books comes the first in a witty, wise and emotionally compelling new series, where coming home is just the beginning
“Audrey Carlan has created a gem of a story about sisterhood, love, second chances, and the kind of wanderlust that won't be silenced, reminding us that sometimes the most important journey is the one we take home.” —New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan
A Publishers Weekly Buzz Books 2020 Romance Selection!
“Emotions, relationships and business are tangled in this soap opera-esque tale, and readers will find themselves unable to look away from Williams’ well-drawn and larger-than-life characters. It’s impossible not to enjoy this entertaining glimpse into a world of wealth, political ambition and familial loyalties.”—Bookpage on Forbidden Promises
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: Diverse and contemporary stories told with edgy humor and a modern voice; a fresh take on small-town romance with a strong sense of community. Big hooks and a commercial voice are a must.
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’m looking for: A strong voice, unforgettable characters and an irresistible hook, especially emotional contemporary romances; fresh, vibrant romantic comedies; fast-paced romantic suspense; and lush historicals.
Cat Clyne joined Harlequin in the fall of 2019 and works with both bestselling and debut authors. Cat acquires romance for HQN Books, and commercial and book club fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and thrillers for Graydon House. Prior to Harlequin, Cat worked at Sourcebooks, where she built a dynamic list of romance authors. Born in Germany to diplomat parents, Cat has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Brooklyn.
I’m looking for: Stories I haven’t heard before with a slam-dunk hook; punchy banter, or a surprising take on evergreen tropes, smart rom-coms, fresh historicals with a modern feel, and twisty psychological thrillers. Particularly interested in diverse or marginalized voices, swoon-worthy heroes who upset toxic masculinity, and unforgettable characters.
Brittany has a diverse publishing background: having begun her career as an intern at a literary agency in 2009, 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.
I’m looking for: Fresh, edgy contemporary romance and rom-com with an original concept. I’m especially looking for #OwnVoices stories. I’m a sucker for smart, snappy dialogue, high stakes, strong world-building, and fantastic chemistry.