Thursday, August 15, 2013


Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, and Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s magazine, have formed a book publishing partnership to bring Cosmopolitan’s fun, fearless female sensibility to fiction readers everywhere. Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin will present independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings and feature fast-paced plots, great dialogue and compelling romance.

We asked Malle Vallik, Editorial Director of Harlequin’s Digital Editorial Initiatives, who heads this new line, how they planned to marry “Happily Ever After” and “Happy Right Now”?

MALLE: Great question! Most of our heroines will be in their twenties so I think Happy Right Now may lead to Happily Ever After. While I am a fan of the happily ever after story and read them all the time, I think these shorter (30,000) word stories featuring women living and loving and figuring out their lives and how to achieve the happily ever after can mean finding the great guy who may be the forever guy, but these books can also include plot lines where she realizes she is better off kicking him to the curb and considering his friend who didn’t lie or isn’t afraid of commitment. These stories will be truly current romances. Cosmo readers and romance novel readers will enjoy the HEA but I believe they will also be more than accepting of the heroine having a slightly untraditional HEA.

Sylvia Day, New York Times’ bestselling author and Romance Writers of America President, signed a seven-figure, two-book deal to launch the new series. AFTERBURN, will be released on August 15. The sequel, AFTERSHOCK, will follow on November 15. “I’m excited to share these sizzling new romances with readers, and to do so hand in hand with Harlequin and Cosmopolitan, beloved brands known for giving women exactly what they want,” commented Sylvia in a press release.

Congratulations to Harlequin, Cosmopolitan, Malle and Sylvia!♥

For the full interview, visit


No comments:

Post a Comment