Wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate traditional values, strong communities, family connections and true love.

 

Heartwarming Key Elements

  • Clean, emotional, satisfying romances that readers can feel comfortable sharing with their friends and family of all ages.
  • Romance, family and community are strong features of these stories.
  • Characters demonstrate traditional values, but exhibit flaws and overcome hurdles similar to those in other contemporary series romances. We welcome characters and themes with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and challenges
  • Conflict between the main characters should be an emotional one, arising naturally from the story
  • Plots unfold in a wholesome style and voice that excludes explicit sex or nudity, pre-marital sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence: references to violent incidents or pre-marital sex      in the past are acceptable if they contribute to character development
  • Physical interactions (i.e. kissing/hugging) should emphasize emotional tenderness rather than sexual desire or sensuality: low level of sexual tension; characters should not make love unless they are married
  • No paranormal
  • No explicit religious or Christian content
  • Word count of 70,000 to 75,000 allows for breadth and complexity of story, and development of compelling sub-plots.


Harlequin Heartwarming is…

Similar in tone and feel to movies and TV shows like Sleepless in Seattle, Parenthood and Enough Said. 

 Read what we're publishing.

Recommended:

 The Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara

Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink

Soldier's Rescue by Betina Krahn

Deal of a Lifetime by T. R. McClure

The Better Man by Amy Vastine

 Did You Know?

  • Harlequin is one of the first publishers to recognize the growing clean romance market, publishing four original Heartwarming books each month. 
  • The editors are looking for both new authors and veteran writers.
  • Heartwarming books are available digitally and in mass market paperback through Harlequin.com and membership in our book club.


 

Executive Editor: Kathleen Scheibling @KScheibling
Editor: Kathryn Lye @Lye1892
Editor: Adrienne Macintosh @AdrienneApple
Administrative Coordinator: Deirdre McCluskey @Deirdre33

Editorial Office: Toronto, Canada