Ladies, start your engines.
"Harlequin Enterprises is ready to get you all revved up.
The romance novel publisher has hooked up with NASCAR to put out a line of truly racy romances.
In the pole position, due next month, is "In the Groove" by Pamela Britton. It's the story of a former teacher named Sarah Tingle — yes, Tingle — who is forced to take a job driving the team bus for a fictional driver.
"He's upset 'cause she doesn't know who he is, and sparks fly," Harlequin spokeswoman Katherine Orr said.
It was Britton's idea to stage the unlikely wedding of NASCAR and Harlequin. She wrote a racing romance last year titled "Dangerous Curves" and wooed Harlequin with the series. The publisher popped the question, and the two embraced wildly in a feverish clinch, also known as a licensing agreement.
It might seem a star-crossed affair. But NASCAR claims that it has 30 million women in its fan base.
Harlequin, which sold 130 million books in 2004, offers a spectrum of sexuality in its various series. The NASCAR books will have "a very low level of sensuality," by romance novel standards, Orr said. "It's a family-oriented sport."
But one that, nevertheless, makes Sarah tingle."
Harlequin Romance Writer's are one of the most widely read Author's that there are. I have never quite figured that out personally, but then I am not into romance novel's. I don't believe I have ever even read one and I know I have not ever read one of the Harlequin's.
I think I'll go to the thrift store and buy (ugh) a couple for a quarter and (ugh) read them. The thought makes the nausea start churning in my gut.
I am as worthy of writing garbage and getting rich person who wrote all that garbage and got rich. They have just been smarter than I, and targeted the right market.
If your interested in the submission guidelines they are at the Harlequin Website along with a lot of actually, very good "Learn to write and get published information."
Maybe we should have a little "Who can write the best NASCAR oriented Romance Novel" Writer's Group. Like real novelist's do.
Some possible titles:
Humpin at Humpy's
Love at Lowes
Sittin on the Pole **teehee**
I couldn't help that one.
Rae Monet has written one that probably will give you an idea of the content. You can check it out here