HQN Books

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 27 titles on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly) for a total of 115 weeks, demonstrating that HQN Books offers something for every romance fan, across all formats.

HQN Books accepts only agented submissions.

Books We're Known For

Daughters of the Bride Daughters of the Bride

#1 New York Times bestselling author

Snowfall on Haven Point Snowfall on Haven Point

Thayne’s books are sold in more than 50 countries and 18 languages.

Defender Defender

Voted one of the top ten romance writers in America.

Don't Tempt Me Don't Tempt Me

Recipient of two RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Awards.

Darkest Torment No Strings Attached

More than eight million copies of author’s titles sold internationally.

Last Chance Rebel Last Chance Rebel

2016 RWA RITA® Award winner

We're Excited About

After The Dark After The Dark

“What romantic suspense is supposed to be—fast, furious, and very sexy.” —NYT bestselling author Karen Rose

The Lady Traveller's Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen The Lady Traveller's Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

#1 New York Times bestselling author

Edge of Truth Edge of Truth

"“Edge of Truth has it all—danger, desire and heartpounding action. Brynn Kelly captures you on page one and doesn’t let go.”—New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin"

On Second Thought On Second Thought

Five-time nominee for the Kirkus Prize for Best Work of Fiction.

Acquiring Editors

Susan Swinwood

Susan Swinwood, Editorial Director

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!

Margo Lipschultz

Margo Lipschultz, Senior Editor

Margo is thrilled to be editing a wide array of paranormal, contemporary and historical romance authors, including several New York Times bestsellers, along with young adult and new adult titles. She is actively looking for contemporary, paranormal and new adult romance for HQN, and young adult titles (particularly contemporary and paranormal) for Harlequin TEEN. Prior to joining HQN, she spent four years at Random House, where she worked on literary fiction.

I’m looking for: Contemporary romance with a fresh voice, paranormal romance with world-building I haven’t seen before, big, layered love stories that can reach a crossover women’s fiction readership and sweeping, epic romances that take place across years rather than weeks.

Allison Carroll

Allison Carroll, Associate Editor

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 Books.

I’m looking for: Contemporary romance with an urban setting featuring working-class heroes instead of billionaires, sports romances with heart and humor, stories with strong secondary romances and 40+ heroes and heroines (gasp!).

Brittany Lavery

Brittany Lavery, Assistant Editor

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 key!

Tahra Seplowin

Tahra Seplowin, Editorial Assistant

Born and raised in New York City, Tahra fell in love with romance novels as a tween and never looked back. She’s worked at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, Entangled Publishing, and is now with Harlequin, where she is happily and very actively looking to acquire fresh new voices.

I’m looking for: High-concept contemporary romance with a fresh premise and/or voice, intense romantic suspense and #ownvoices stories. Make me cry, make me laugh and make me miss my subway stop.

For Publicity and PR queries, please contact:

Michelle Renaud, Director, Publicity


For Subsidiary Rights queries, please contact:

Reka Rubin, Director, Subsidiary Rights and Harlequin Audio


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