If you love small towns and cowboys,
you'll love Harlequin Western Romance. We publish contemporary stories of
everyday women finding love, becoming part of a family or community, or maybe
starting a family of her own—all within an American western setting.
Western Romance Key Elements
- Central romance is driven by the hero's or heroine's (or
both) desire to be a part of a family or community
- Stories are set in western locales, including ranches and
small towns, or in places that showcase a western sensibility
- Hero and/or heroine must have a western profession (cowboy,
rancher, rodeo rider) or live in a western setting (i.e., Texas Ranger, sheriff
of a small Colorado town)
- All stories must feature strong family elements such as
pregnancy, young children, blended families, etc. We love stories about babies—particularly
- Warmhearted stories offer a range of tones, from light humor
- Stories are contemporary – no historicals, please!
- Level of sensuality is low to moderate
- Word count of 55,000 means stories must be fast-paced and
Featured in Western Romance
Relatable characters searching for
love and the security of family in a western locale. Heroes are rugged and
strong; heroines intelligent and complex.
Western Romance is…
The city vs. country storyline and
bull rider hero of The Longest Ride.
The TV show Heartland for its
extended family drama and ranch setting.
Did You Know?
- You can follow @KScheibling, @Jo_Raisanen, @AdrienneApple and
@LauraBarth2011 on Twitter
- The cowboy is the quintessential American hero! The fourth Saturday of July is the National Day of the American Cowboy
- There are 4 new Harlequin Western Romance books available each month.
Read what we are publishing.
Senior Editor: Kathleen Scheibling
Editor: Johanna Raisanen
Editor: Adrienne Macintosh
Associate Editor: Dana Grimaldi
Administrative Assistant: Deirdre McCluskey
Office: Toronto, Canada