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End Game. Goddess with a Blade. Wind River Lawman. Blade on the Hunt. Burn for Me. Wrangler's Challenge. Deep Blue. Playing to Win. Rock Wedding. Shadow Reaper. What keeps me coming back for more Harlequin despite all the shiny out there, are authors like Sarah M. The heroine is half Native American, a young woman trying to make her way in the world, while at the same time reaching back to help her family and community on the reservation where she grew up.
I think a smart step in the right direction would be the disbanding of the Kimani line and the inclusion of those books in preexisting lines. This way those fabulous Kimani books are sold to everyone, not just targeted towards an African-American demographic. That type of racially targeted marketing is now becoming old fashioned, not what twenty-first century readers are wanting.
Harlequins are like an old blanket I like to curl up in, the sameness is comforting, but I also enjoy keeping up to date with the latest fabrics and colors. No pesky sub plots, villages of secondary characters, prologues and epilogues. Sometimes you want a quick story you can potentially finish in a day. No surprises.
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They provide every trope under the sun. Secret baby trope? You want a friends to lovers trope combined with marriage of convenience, he knocks her up and she suffers from amnesia? Harlequin has you covered.
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How cool is that? So tell me, what is your Harlequin discovery story? Which lines do you read? What authors are your favorites? Are you disappointed with Scribd too, or is it just me? And…How do you get your Harlequin? The library? By mail? Mainly ebook now? Michele Mills teaches High School English to unruly teenagers and enjoys cooking for her husband and two sons. Die for You , the first book in her new post-apocalyptic series from Samhain, is available now. I love the angst, the alpha badass heroes and the virgin heroines who tame the heroes.
Sadly the most recent HPs have been a disappointment. The heroes are no longer badass alphas, the heroines are less likely to be virgins, the heroines have become unlikeable versions of Sex in the City characters and the stories are more likely to be the hero and heroine naval gazing spennding pages self analyzing themselves. In spite of my criticisms I still read HPs but first I wait for others to spoil them to avoid triggers. This I totally understand. Yeah, I have to say I love those HPs with the growly alphas.
I eat them up like candy.
Yep, I love the vintage HPs. Robyn Donald for instance wrote some really memorable ones like Smoke in the Wind. I hated that hero but loved the angst and the heroine. I doubt HP would even publish it today unfortunately due to the hero being so over the top.
O Harlequin, Where Art Thou? asks Michele Mills
My all-time favorite category line was Silhouette Intimate Moments especially from the mid 80s to the early 00s because it had a wide range of stories and you never knew exactly what you were going to get. There were books of international intrigue and books of small town romance in the same month. Mystery, drama, comedy, the line had a bit of everything.
I also liked Silhouette Desire before they became all about millionaires and billionaires , Harlequin Temptation, and Loveswept all in the late 80s through mids. I used to write used bookstores around the country tracking down backlists for new-to-me authors in the pre-internet days. Category romance titles had a much wider range of settings and plots during the late 80s and 90s. Wordcounts seemed to get shorter and the variery of settings have dwindled.
My Target stopped carrying the Harlequin series all together and Wal-mart only has some of the lines. Plus they have a great rewards program. Harlequin was the first publisher who made their entire front-list available in digital. And they also offer the various series subscription in digital. I just wish they would figure out who owns the digital rights to many of the early 90s book them or the authors so we could get them in digital.
Though many of my favorites apparently are either no longer involved in published or have passed on and the heirs are unaware of the fact many of us would pay money to get these older books in digital format. My next post on harlequin will include an interview with an author who no longer pubs with harlequin and has instead moved to Tule and just received her rights back to her 26 book backlist.
That will be interesting to hear about…. I have to comment because a Barbara Cartland! I devoured those stories as a young teenager. I loved the formula in them — always an experienced man in his early 30s and a virginal year old woman. I was 13 or 14 at the time, so the idea of being swept off my feet by a richer older man was very attractive. My earliest recollection of a plot is actually a step-brother story which amuses me, because I tend to steer clear of them now — one where the woman in attracted to the son of a man her mother marries all adults already.
It was so lusty! I was hooked! I discovered Stephanie James through Silhouette Desire, went on to read Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz, and lo and behold , discovered they were all the same author! I read all of the Harlequin lines on offer at that time too late 80s, early 90s but mostly the Presents line is what sticks out in my memory. Now, I read mostly Harlequin Blaze sad to see the line going away and an occasional Presents and Desire.
I definitely like knowing that the plot will contain minimal surprises — I get exactly what I expect from it. I missed so many years of good reading! Thank you for this, I really enjoyed reading about your journey. Kindred spirit! Like Erika, I love the Harlequin Presents line and have been a subscriber for around 25 years. Favorite authors in the HP line: Helen Bianchin when will that next book be published?
The early ones were the best, and favorite authors are almost a repeat of hers. I read the Super Romance line mostly following favorite authors, Judith Duncan in particular. I devoured the Harlequin Romance line when I first started reading romance and fell in love with Betty Neels. I read a few Harlequin Intrigue books, following favorite authors, such as Gayle Wilson.
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I read Kismets only for one author — Lacey Dancer. O Harlequin where art thou? In my opinion they are MIA in terms of looking after author interests or providing service to readers. Most of my purchases of Harlequin books are digital because very few are carried by Target or other big box stores and they disappear so quickly that rarely can I find an author I am seeking.
I am disappointed in Harlequin because for authors I buy, like Janice Kay Johnson, they only make their books available digitally in Australia and when I went on the US website which lists both ebook and print I was flicked back to the Australian site which only offers ebooks. Try writing an email requesting help and you get a reply that tells you nothing and helps not at all. As I said, poor service to readers. Does this matter I can hear people saying since you can buy the ebook?
Plus how many readers have found a new favourite author by reading the blurb in a bookstore, bought the book, loved the author and then sought out all their backlist and eagerly awaited their new releases. Many of these authors I no longer read because some stopped writing, some have died, some I no longer enjoy.
My tastes have changed. If I reread some of these authors I think what was I thinking when I first read this? I cannot comment on the categories with confidence as I have never subscribed. No wonder Harlequin is going digital. What woman would want to be seen reading a book with that title on the train on her way to work?