Saturday, July 18, 2009

Harelquin Teen: The Next Big Thing--Launching August 2009

I wanted to update you and share information about the launch of Harlequin Teen. You can click on the Harlequin Teen link & see the information about the line, with text and pictures. I've also have included the text and links below.

And you can check out as well. There's information there on the Harlequin Teen Panel as well as their Twitter address. Additionally, there's an article in on the program in USA Today and another one in the Shreveport Times, FYI.

Here's the info:

Introducing Harlequin Teen, the home of exciting, authentic fiction for every young reader who loves to escape beneath the covers of a great read.

The current market for teen fiction is incredibly exciting — Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series being the tip of a huge iceberg. With its selection of heart-pounding, edgy stories from established authors and fresh new voices, Harlequin Teen is poised to capture a significant portion of that growing audience. Our range of genres will include everything today's young readers embrace — contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and historical.

by Rachel Vincent
On sale Aug. '09
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Praise for My Soul to Take:

“Harlequin Teen's debut series, Soul Screamers, starts off with a bang. Plenty of paranormal thrills, mystery and sexy first-base-only romance. Twilight fans will love it.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Folklore, mystery, and romance swirl together in a story unlike any other out there. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A wonderful treat!”
—Melissa Marr, NYT bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

My Soul To Take is yet another fine young adult novel with tremendous appeal, intelligence, engaging characters and a good premise a little off the beaten path. I think readers of all ages will enjoy this series.”

“The twists and turns are intriguing, and form an engrossing read. A truly outstanding novel, it’ll be a hard act to follow but one to watch.”
—Tez Says, at

by Gena Showalter
On sale Sept. '09
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Praise for Intertwined:

“I couldn’t put it down!”
—P.C. Cast, #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series

“Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop. Amazing!”
—Kristen Cast, #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series

“Each and every one of us hides bits and pieces of ourselves away and Intertwined dives into these inner workings and pains that teens go through. It is a story that any teen can relate to. I know I did.”
—Publishers Weekly teen review, Bekah age 17

“I cannot wait until the next book comes out, and not just because of the cliffhanger last page. I hope it turns out just as intense, unputdownable, and unpredictable as Intertwined was.”

There! Now you know....


Anonymous said...

That's great news.

Will Harlequin team take multicultural works? (Inter-racial teen romance is what I write.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, my question should read;

"Will the Harlequin team take multicultural works from unagented authors?"

I'd like to submit a teen paranormal that has an inter-racial romance.

Isabel Swift said...

Anonymous, thanks for your interest.

I contacted Natashya Wilson, the Senior Editor of the line, and she said Harlequin Teen will accept multicultural works. The process is to mail a query, synopsis and first chapter to her at Harlequin's New York address (Harlequin, Suite 1001, 233 Broadway, New York, NY 10279).

Interest in the line has been very strong--which is great--but Natashya noted that has meant she's had to ask for submitter's patience in terms of turnaround time on a response!

When you're checking out the eHarlequin website for any other specifics on this, take a look at Kimani Tru. I'm not up on what and how they are looking for material, but believe it's a multicultural young adult line that might be of interest to you as well.



Penn said...

(My apologies to Isabel for butting in on her discussion . . .)

Anonymous, I host the alternative format discussions over at (eBooks, audiobooks, and podcasts) and I can tell you (and others interested) that there are "Meet The Editors" podcasts at iTunes and (same podcasts) that include one with Natashya Wilson discussing Teen and one with the Kimani editors (but I don't remember that one discussing the TRU line, but it's been a couple of months since I listened to it).

Best regards,
Penn (aka Hosty-Penn aka Penn eHarlequin)

Isabel Swift said...

Penn please butt in anytime! And thank you so much for giving readers great additional information.

I am a big fan of podcasts--I load them on my iPod and then have a hands-free, eye-free listening and learning experience. Walking. Even (gasp!) exercising!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Swift and Penn,

Thank you both so much for responding. I will spread the word about Harlequin Teen at, where many writers and readers hang out.

Beth Gray said...

Do you see teens reading books or obtaining the stories electronically as in iphones for example?

Isabel Swift said...

Anonymous: thank you for spreading the word (and thanks again Penn, for adding great info).

Beth: yes, I do think teens will want to experience the stories in different formats, eBooks included. Harlequin is quite forward in delivering their stories in electronic format--available on as well as on the Sony Reader, the Kindle, and at various etailers. Perhaps some of those teens' mothers will give them a helping hand in getting familiar with eBooks!

New technologies offer us new choices. Preferences can be based on what we're "used to," so for many teens, they're pretty used to and comfortable with digital content. And then one can become used to new things by using them. I believe it is never too late to learn new tricks, no matter how old a dog I am!