“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller

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Avon Impulse is Avon Romance’s digital-first publishing program. The editors at Impulse are currently seeking 15,000 to 20,000 word novellas for the following themed collections:

Home for the Holidays — these sweet, romantic stories should center around the theme of being home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Stories must include at least one Thanksgiving-appropriate recipe. Quirky secondary characters, small town settings and a feeling of warmth, community and romance are welcome. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012.

Five Golden Rings — these historical Christmas novellas will center around a ring. This can be a family heirloom, a fairy ring — any kind of ring. Any historical time period. These should be moderately sensual to sexy. Submit by August 1, 2012

New Year’s Eve and Other Disasters — submit your romantic story centered around surprising things happening on New Year’s Eve. These can be historical or contemporary and may be moderately to super-sexy. Submit your story by September 15.

Submit using Avon’s online form.

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Author and editor Lisabet Sarai is soliciting submissions for a charity anthology to benefit Doctors Without Borders. The collection of erotic vampire stories, Coming Together: In Vein, will be published in December 2012, with all proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders. Send your 2,000 to 7,000 word story, in any erotica sub-genre, by August 1, 2012. Find all the details here.

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At BEA, Harlequin announced it’s increasing word counts for some of its lines. Superromance is moving from 70,000 words  to 85,000 words; Nocturne is increasing from 70,000 to 80,000 to 85,000 words.

In February 2013, Harlequin will launch Harlequin Kiss, a new imprint that will be the North American version of the Riva imprint already popular overseas. Stories will feature various levels of sensuality. They’re described as “fun, flirty and contemporary,” featuring a “modern Alpha hero.” Senior Editor Bryony Green in Harlequin’s London office will be overseeing the line.

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Beginning this Saturday, June 16 , The Woman Who Loved Jesse James will be part of Amazon.com’s “Big Deal”. From June 16 through June 24, the Kindle version will be on sale for a reduced price (from $1.99 to 3.99 — sorry I don’t know which yet.) The book usually sells for $8.99, so if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, take advantage of this great deal. If you have a Nook or other e-reader, watch those sites for a price change as well – -they’ll often match the Amazon price.

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