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Dear Author Takes Up Harlequin’s Reading Challenge. Who’s With Us?

Last week, Harlequin sent bloggers an email letting us know about the Harlequin reading challenge. If readers read and blog about 100,000 books in 2008, Harlequin will donate 100,000 books to the National Center for Family Literacy, a donation valued at approximately $700,000.00 US.

In the comments, many expressed a desire to participate. Here are the rules:

  1. You must sign up for an account at Harlequin.
  2. One half of the books you read/blog about must be Harlequin books.
  3. The books, both the Harlequin books and books by other publishers, can be of any publication date.
  4. You can review/blog about a book no matter the format: e-format, audio format, printed format.

I am going to do this and Robin aka Janet has agreed. I am sure that Jayne won’t mind me re-posting her reviews (she does alot of NEXT reviews). We can blog as a team merely by putting the team name in the “tags” area.

I also will open a special page here at Dear Author that will republish all the reviews that are posted under the team name. It will be updated on a weekly basis.

So all we need to do is a) pick a name and b) start reading and blogging. Drop your name suggestion in the comments. We thought it would be fun to pick something that would be a riff on the Harlequin Presents’ title. The poster who suggests the winning title as picked by the DA group will win a $10 Fictionwise gift certificate and we will also give away a $10 Fictionwise GC to a random commenter who pledges to participate in this challenge.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Gina
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 07:23:45

    I joined the challenge last week and put up a couple of reveiws already but I can edit those tags to include a group name. I read about 5 books a week, so count me in! :) As for a name, I was looking at the some of those presents titles and I give up on mirroring one of those. But I like “Romantic Reading Renegades” or the RRR for short!

  2. Maggie Robinson
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 07:53:01

    Presents? For Me?

  3. Jennifer Estep
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 09:49:57

    Name suggestions? Hmmm … how about these (some of which are admittedly lame):

    Read, Review, Repeat
    Dear Harlequin
    Reading for Pleasure
    Rising to the Challenge
    The Harlequin Affair

  4. Jackie L.
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:05:16

    Well somebody’s got step up where the shrub fell down. Count me in.

  5. Ann Bruce
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:08:40

    What happens if–more like, when–two or more people read the same book?

  6. Jayne
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:11:04

    I am sure that Jayne won't mind me re-posting her reviews (she does alot of NEXT reviews).

    Don’t forget my Harlequin Historicals too. And I’ve done some Blazes and Intrigues and Bombshells and Superromances…..

    Come on people! It’s free books to teach the joy of reading.

  7. Jill Myles
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:45:27

    I like ‘Dear Harlequin’ like Jennifer suggested. :)

  8. Sarah Frantz
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 10:58:09

    I like “The Harlequin Affair,” or “Dear Harlequin.” I think we can add Teach Me Tonight to the list–I’ve got one Harlequin commentary in Drafts that I just haven’t finished.

  9. Meljean
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 11:09:50

    I signed up.

    The Billionaire’s Virgin Bloggers
    The Tycoon’s Defiant Readers
    Blackmailed Into His Books

  10. Robin
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 11:37:29

    I’m going to re-enter my totally cheesy title suggestions:

    The Billionaire’s Secret Babes.

    At least I think that’s what it was, lol.

  11. Janine
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 11:56:08

    Maybe Jane could re-post my reviews of Megan Hart’s Spice books and Anne Stuart’s books if MIRA counts too. Oh, and my review of Seidel’s Don’t Forget to Smile. That was published by a Harlequin imprint too, though it’s an older book. Are reviews of older books accepted?

  12. Meljean
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 11:59:16

    The Billionaire's Secret Babes

    lol! I love that.

  13. Ann Aguirre
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 11:59:53

    I like Dear Harlequin. And I signed up. I read so much; I may as well do some good with it.

  14. Nicole
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:06:18

    How about

    The DA Reader’s Literary Love Affair
    Blackmailed Reviews

    Bah, this is hard.

    But I’ll play.

  15. Ann Aguirre
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:11:16

    Do HQN single titles count? I glommed a bunch of Mallery titles in a bundle a while back — the Buchanans I believe the series was called. I never reviewed any of them, while I enjoyed them a lot, so that’s four books right there.

  16. Nicole
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:15:57

    Ann, looks like HQNs count since they’re in the drop-down menu.

  17. Alison Kent
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:25:23

    I’ve already got my blog there and have reviewed one whole book for the year, LOL, so I’m in.

  18. Janine
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:41:29

    I like “The Billionaire’s Secret Babes” too.

  19. Teddypig
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:44:29

    Sure, when they have a Gay Romance category I will support them.

    Till then, they do not want my business… fuck em.

  20. lilitu93
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 12:47:11

    I’m a lurker, but I’d like to participate. I’ve just signed up on eHarlequin.

  21. bam
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 13:23:31

    Hmm… that’s odd. I already have a Harlequin account.


  22. Sunita
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 13:53:21

    I’m in. I’ve been reading a ton of Harlequins these days, so I may as well put that to good use! I’ll go sign up …

    I like Dear Harlequin.

  23. Marie
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 14:02:51

    How about Harley Quinn Dears

  24. Katie
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 14:34:14

    I am a lurker, too, and not the most fervent reviewer, but I sure would like to contribute some reviews now and then. Meljean, I absolutely LOVE your suggestions, especially Blackmailed Into His Books.

    Here are my brainstorming results_

    The Billionaire’s Reading Mistresses
    The Sheikh’s Avid Readers
    The Billionaire’s Forbidden Readers
    The Sicilian’s Virgin Readers
    Pregnant With His Books (ROFL)
    Bedded For Books

  25. Chasity
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 14:42:23

    I’m in. I’ve read at least 30 Harlequins since the beginning of the year (I’m anally retentive about keeping a list of all the books I’ve read). I’ll start writing those reviews and will pos them when we have a team name.

    My suggestion for a team name: The Billionaire Sheikh’s Secretaries

  26. Wendy
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 15:23:56

    Assuming I can ever wrap up the “homework” reading I have to do (long story – I’m moderating a romance novel panel in April), I’m in. And for a name – I still like The Virgin Secretaries although Janine’s Billionaire’s Secret Babes is pretty darn good…..

  27. roslynholcomb
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 15:29:41

    I haven’t read a Harlequin, other than Brenda Jackson in a coon’s age. I suppose I can pick some up at the UBS, I’ve got plenty of credit there. If non-fiction counts, sign me up.

  28. whey
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 15:35:09

    Sure, when they have a Gay Romance category I will support them.

    Nooooooooo! My wallet (and bookshelves) would collapse. I spend more on books each month than I do on groceries. I’m tired of yakisoba.

    Even though I won’t be participating in this challenge, I think Jennifer’s team name suggestion of Dear Harlequin is perfect.

  29. Jill Sorenson
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 17:11:35

    Bought by Harlequin
    Bought for her Brain
    Harlequin’s 100,000 Babes

    We sign up/post reviews as individuals, or as a group? I feel dumb because I don’t get it.

  30. Larissa Ione
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 17:45:00

    I’m in! I suck at names and titles, though.

  31. azteclady
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 18:07:39

    I’m with Jill Sorenson… each of us has go get an eHarlequin ‘blog’ account, and post reviews to it, but can ‘tag’ the reviews for the team? Or do we simply give Jane permission to repost our reviews to the team blog?

    (I refuse to feel dumb)

  32. Jane
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 18:14:57

    Let me email Harlequin and find out if it is okay to post reviews for others. i would think that as long as we maintain the 1:1 ratio of Harlequin to other reviews, we would be okay.

  33. Meriam
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 18:41:06

    Although I’m not entirely sure how this works (I’m with Jill and azteclady), I can offer some reviews.

  34. Jane
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 20:59:46

    According to Harlequin, if I give out my username and password for my account, you all can use it but otherwise you should open your own account. The link is in the blog post.

    If you do sign up, though, you’ll get a 10% MONTHLY discount.

  35. whey
    Feb 17, 2008 @ 23:40:20

    It would be great if Harlequin could allow users to assign their accounts to “teams.” Part of their promotion could include graphs on team stats (think Folding@Home).

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