Harlequin Teen

As the library world already knows, (SLJ announced it in February), Harlequin is launching a teen romance series. USA Today features it in the current issue; Harlequin takes aim at teen readers.

Natashya Wilson, senior editor for Harlequin Teen describes the wide range of books she is looking for in the writing guidelines;

Stories with the unforgettable romance, characters and atmosphere of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, the witty humor of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries novels, the edgy emotion of Jay Asher’s Th1rteen R3asons Why, the thrilling danger of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games, Uglies, and the power of Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief…”

The first titles to be released under the imprint, however, all fall into the paranormal category:

My Soul to Take (Harlequin Teen)
Rachel Vincent
Retail Price: $9.99
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin – (2009-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0373210035 / 9780373210039
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent, July 28. The novel features a girl who can sense when people will die. Vincent’s adult paranormal novel, Stray, made USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list last year.
•Intertwined by Gina Showalter, Aug. 25. The book stars a teenage boy who has four souls living inside him and who is irresistibly drawn to a vampire princess. Seven of Showalter’s adult novels have made USA TODAY’s list, including two in her Lords of the Underworld series.
In October, Harlequin will add a backlist title to the imprint: Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast, who with daughter Kristin writes the hugely popular House of Night vampire series.

Vincent is the author of the adult paranormal series, Werecat, published by Harlequin’s MIRA imprint. According to WorldCat, only L.A. Public has ordered My Soul to Take. The Harlequin Teen web site describes the plot;

When someone near her is about to die, a force beyond Kaylee Cavanaugh’s control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally. She’s caught the attention of the hottest guy in school, but dating is hard to do when classmates are suddenly dropping dead for no apparent reason. Only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

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Intertwined (Harlequin Teen)
Gena Showalter
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0373210027 / 9780373210022

Gina Showalter has written several adult series, including Lords of the Underworld, published by HQN.

From the Harlequin Teen Web site:

Aden Stone is like most sixteen-year-olds, except for having four human souls living inside of him.  Once manageable, they’re now causing him all kinds of trouble and he’s so over it. If all he wants is peace, Aden must embark on a dangerous journey for forbidden love.

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Elphame's choice
Elphame’s Choice
P.C. Cast
Retail Price: $9.99
Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Harlequin – (2009-09-29)
ISBN / EAN: 0373210159 / 9780373210152

This is the re-release of a backlist title by P.C. Cast, originally published in 2004 by Harlequin imprint, Luna and now out of print. With her daughter Kristin, Cast writes the best-selling Y.A. House of Night series. According to WorldCat, 136 libraries own the previous edition of this title.

Harlequin describes it this way:

Elphame has always had a restless nature. But now she’s drawn to a far-off castle and a sense of destiny. Once there, she finds the remnants of a great evil, and she must fight for the safety of her people.

Harlequin also has a Teen Panel, for teens 13 to 17, which offers free books and prizes.

UPDATE: One of our readers points out that this is not Harlequin’s first foray into teen lit. The Kimani TRU line, aimed at African-American teens, was launched in 2007. Thanks, Laurie.

3 Responses to “Harlequin Teen”

  1. Laurie Says:

    I am surprised that neither SLJ, USA Today, nor this post mentions another Harlequin imprint for teens/young adults: Kimani TRU, which Harlequin/Kimani Press bills as, “Groundbreaking young-adult fiction, Kimani TRU focuses on the triumphs and obstacles of today’s African-American youth with wit and realism!” http://www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=590
    Great for teens looking for realistic novels.

  2. Josefa Says:

    I think this is wonderful. I just hope that they publish YA romances that do not always involve the paranormal. I have two teenage daughters that absolutely love reading, but are tired of having to read about vampires, werewolves, immortals, etc. It was fine reading one or two books that revolved around that, but enough is enough. It’s so difficult to find romances that involve only humans that are suitable for teenagers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against them reading about teenagers having sex. I just prefer that they not get all the graphic detail that is found in adult romance novels. I’m sure that there are many authors out there that would love to have there books published, but because they opt not to include the paranormal in it, the manuscripts are being bypassed. Agents and Editors, please note: Young Adults want romance. Realistic romance. Don’t forget that these teen romance readers are the future adult romance readers of tomorrow. Let’s get them started on the right path!

  3. Brittney Ryan Says:

    I was so happy to read Josefa comment because it is so true. Teenagers need to read and be inspired by love, young romance, and great adventures…..fascination journeys…
    Something magical, for love and young romance is MAGICAL…
    Paranormal and magical are different. The magic happens inside readers when something is really believable and true.
    I am passionate about showing young adults and adults love through magical stories…
    Believe and let the magic happen…
    I will continue to write with my heart so all my readers can dream…of love and magic.