Those Amazing Harlequins

I just heard back from my new editor in London that she loves my tweaks to my Christmas story set in Venice and that’s a huge relief because 1) I loved this story and was worried it was a little too “out there”, and 2) this is the first time the wonderful Sheila Hodgson has edited me and I wanted her happy with my work.  But now that she’s happy and I’m relaxed I can celebrate this fun new story that will be out in the UK end of this year and in the US the following.

This seems to be the week of the Harlequin as on Thursday afternoon I learned that my December Harlequin Presents, Duty, Desire and The Desert King finaled in the Rita’s for Best Series Romance. The Rita Award is Romance Writers of America’s annual contest and ceremony recognizing the best books of the year. Of course it’s subjective but still so very gratifying to have one’s peers appreciate your work. Thank you to the judges who enjoyed Rou and Zayed’s story and thank you to all my readers for your support. Harlequin wouldn’t be buying new books from me if it weren’t for you!!

And since I’m feeling love for all things Harlequin, I thought I’d share some of my Harlequin foreign language editions at North Kingstown Library in Rhode Island! The library has a truly fabulous collection of foreign editions and I’m so proud to be on the shelves, too.

Featured in these photos are some of the Lithuanian, Polish, and Portuguese editions of my books. I’ve just received another large shipment of foreign editions, so libraries if you’d like some foreign language editions for one of your branches, shoot me an email and they’re yours!

And since we’re celebrating Harlequin–I’m giving away a bundle of my Harlequin Presents novels, plus chocolate, plus Starbucks drink card, plus Kona coffee and more. To win this sexy, decadent prize package just let me know if you’ve ever read one of my Harlequins, and if you have, do you have a favorite? I’ll be choosing one comment at random Tuesday morning. Good luck!


  1. Hi Jane,

    Of course I have read your Harlequin line. I don’t have a favorite. They are all good! I love all of your characters and story lines! Congratulations on your Rita final! That’s wonderful news!



  2. I have never read one of your Harlequin books! I am in the need of some new reading material so this would be wonderful!

  3. I read lots of your Harlequin books and since it’s so hard to find your other books where I live (Israel) I only read them so far- I can’t even buy the e book version of some of your books for some reason 🙁

    My favorite Harlequin Presents book is-The Sultan’s Bought Bride and I also enjoyed the other 2 books in the Princess Brides series.

  4. Now that I’ve been introduced to your writing, and have pretty much kept up with it, I’m intrigued by your Harlequin selections.(Former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger stated in an interview that he would read Harlequin novels on his flights overseas on his way to meetings/conferences with world leaders!)

  5. Hmmm, I wouldn’t call it a favorite (b/c I don’t pick favorites), but the one that really sticks out in my mind was In Dante’s Debt. Couldn’t put it down and surprises all the way to the end.
    Congrats to you on the nomination!

  6. Jane,

    Of course!! I have a couple of them. They are kind of hard to find sometimes here in Jersey for some reason but when I do, I buy it immediately. I loved the Duty Desire and Desert King. It was very good. Congrats on the Rita Award!! How exciting! See you in a month!!

  7. congrats to you on your terrific news!! i love all your books, but the only harlequin of yours that i have read is “duty,desire,and the desert king”. i had to end up ordering it, because i couldn’t find it on the shelves anywhere. it was worth the wait. loved it. thanks again for your writings!!

  8. Congratulations Jane! I have read your Harlequins. One of my favorites is The Secretary’s Seduction.

  9. I am a longtime Jane Porter fan, and a lover of all things “Harlequin”. My favorite “Jane” Harlequin is “The Secretary’s Seduction”. I loved the characters and their evolving relationship. A story that warms the heart and stays with you. I kept the book to reread : )

  10. Well of course she liked your book!

    Oh, and congratulations on the Rita nod. 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve read any of your Harlequins yet but I do have a few in my TBR pile! 🙂

    Happy Monday.

  11. I am shocked! I still haven’t read one of your books! I gave THE FROG PRINCE to a good friend. When she is done reading it, then I will finally get to read it. (One can’t rush her!)

    In the meantime, I really do need to get some more of your books. Winning this would be a good start (hint, hint)!!!

    Congrats on finaling with the Rita Awards, plus getting those revisions just right for your new editor. What great reasons to celebrate!

    I DEFINITELY celebrate Harlequin! I have been reading Harlequins for over 35 years now and just love them!

  12. Congratulations on the Rita award. All the Desert Kings brothers had individual well-written (hot), charismatic (hot), and intelligent personalities…not to mention they were hot.

  13. Sadly, I have not read your Harlequins (Gasp!). I know, bad reader loyalty there. It’s not a personal thing (hopefully that’s obvious),I’m just not a series romance woman.

    In my teen years, I did gobbled up those M&B novels with the heroine who is a secretary and the hero (at least 15 years her senior) a tycoon of one sort or another who tells her she’s in love with him and all that jazz. Those books were on my grandmother’s shelves in the room where I’d sleep when we were visiting and I’d stay up late reading them, loving every minute.

    Congrats on the new Harlequin and I’m thrilled that your new editor was delighted with it. I know how it is to want to please your editor with something new.

    Have a great week!

  14. Not only have I not read one of yours, but I have never read one…

    Regardless, I’m still a huge fan of yours!

  15. I haven’t read any of your Harlequin novels, but I have been wanting to check them out!

    By the way, Baby Mac is a cutie!! I can’t believe he’s almost 11 months either. It seems like just yesterday you were announcing his birth!!

  16. Jane,
    I hate to admit I have not read your Harlequin books, but have read all your other books. I loved all those.
    I recently bought my first Harlequin by Caitlin Crews. I really like it and made me want to read more.
    Congrats again on the RITA nomination!
    Hope you have a great week.

  17. Hi Jane! Congrats on the news! Unfortunately I have not had the chance to read one of your Harlequin books. I really need to since I enjoy your books so much! I would love to curl up on the couch with a good book today. The weather is so nasty here in Portland, I don’t even want to step outside! 🙂

  18. I look for your books at all of our stores, but have mostly read your trade paperbacks.

    What a wonderful feeling it must be to know that your peers voted for you. Congrats!

  19. Congratulations Jane! I have read your recent novels which I love but not any of the Harlequins. Best wishes.

  20. I have yet to read one of your Harlequin Presents but to read one is on my To Do List in life. I used to read Harlequins all the time and I remember my favorite authors were Carole Mortimer and Anne Mather (these are probably old school!). I would love to read one of your Harlequins and so I hope I win!

  21. I have a hard time finding them as I am new to the romance series you write but I ordered To The highest bidder. I liked it I need to go on the hunt for more of your romance novels. I liked the setting of her old school/home when he tracked her down. So sensual. It made me want to be there.

  22. I am in love with all of your books Jane, and cannot WAIT to meet you in May at the Montana meeting!! I am bringing all my books for you to sign! Keep writing cuz I love it!

  23. I haven’t read one of your novels yet but I do have your name on the list of authors to buy books of the next time I am in the city to get books! Congrats on RITA!

  24. Honestly, before following your blog, reading a Harlequin hadn’t even crossed my mind. But, knowing you’ve written some of them, I’d put them on my list.

  25. I have only read one of the Harlequin, King of the Desert,
    Captive Bride, but I loved it and want to read more of them. I’m having a hard time finding them in the bookstores in my area. I have read The Frog Price, Flirting with Forty, Odd Mom Out and have recently purchased Mrs. Perfect and Easy on the Eyes. I absolutly love the way you write, as I am not a big reader but can’t seem to put your books down. Thanks for making me want to read so I can set an example for my kids!

  26. Jane,
    I received a few of your Harelquin books for a gift but haven’t read them all yet. Loved the couple I have read so far. Love all your books.

  27. Comgratulations! It’s such an acknowledgment of all the hard work you put into your books. I read recently on a blog that Presents are the hardest books to write. You have to hit all those notes just perfectly.

    I’ve read a bunch (presents are my favorites!) and it’s hard to pick just some, but Taken by the Highest Bidder, The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen, and King of the Desert, Captive Bride Bride stand out for me.
    I mean really, how can one pick favorites!?!

    Congrats again…it’s such an honor.

  28. Congratulations on all your wonderful accomplishments. I truly don’t know how you manage it all, but you are just amazing. I have not read any of your Harlequin books, but would like to. Ty is a lucky surfer to have you behind the board and his new venture will only thrive with your help…what a great life you two have! I am so happy for you…Ruth

  29. I actually have not yet read any of your Harlequins, but do intend to! I have recently picked up Taken by the Highest Bidder, The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen, The Sheikh’s of the Desert, Captive Bride!

    My favorite of your books that I have read is still Flirting With Forty, the first one I read!

  30. I hate to say that I have not read any of your Harlequin books… I did read a lot of Harlequins many (25+) years ago, and love them then, but have been on hiatus from Harlequin for at least 15 years. I really should get back to them because I did love them long ago. I do love the MIRA imprint now.

    I have read all your other books with the exception of Mrs. Perfect and am anxiously awaiting She’s Gone Country.

    Congratulations on your RITA nomination… great news and good luck!

  31. I’ve never read any of your Harlequin books but I’ll be adding them to my reading list now! Congratulations on the nomination!

  32. Happy Monday, Jane! I’m sorry to say that I have never read one of your Harlequin books. I am always open to reading new stuff and I’m sure if you wrote it, it will be awesome!!!

  33. Jane, Congratulations again! I’m so thrilled for you about the RITA nomination and have my fingers crossed for the July results.

    The Desert Kings series was fantastic. Sharif, Khalid and Zayed are all top-notch alphas — and so yummy.

    I can’t choose just one of your Presents books as a favorite but I will say I loved these the most:

    Christos’ Promise
    Marco’s Pride
    The Sicilian’s Defiant Mistress
    The Sheikh’s Disobedient Bride
    The Latin Lover’s Secret Child

    You’re awesome. 🙂

  34. Love, love, love all of your books Jane! When are you coming back down to SoCal? Can’t wait to see you again!!!

  35. Hey Jane, I was wondering when you were going to announce you were a finalist for the RITA!! I was so excited when I saw your name on the list.

    Don’t count me in the drawing for your contest. I just wanted to show some love for you.CONGRATS again on making the finals.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  36. I am sorry to say I have never read your Harlequin books before but I do love your books! I just don’t buy that many Harlequin books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. I have not read any of your Harlequins, but would like to. I love your other books, so I’d probably like these too.

  38. I have not read your Harlequins, but I have read your other books and I love them. I hope you have a great week!

  39. Hi Jane, Yes i have read one of your Harlequins, The Italian groom, but I still love your other books more. But is could be fun to read more of your Harlequins.
    Have a great week.

  40. I’m thrilled for you about your RITA nomination, I loved the book! No need to enter me as I have all of your books.

    I think it’s wonderful you’re sharing your foreign editions with the library.

    I just dropped some of mine off to a woman’s shelter.

  41. I haven’t read any Harlequin books as they are small and I like big books but having a big stack of them would make it worthwhile – of course reading any Jane Porter book is worthwhile and how cool to have people all over the world reading your books!

  42. Jane, Jane, Jane!! 1st: Congrat on your Rita nomination! I am so happy for you. I love that you have so many of your books translated into different languages; especially Polish which I am one half of. No, I haven’t read any of your Harlequin novel although I wish I had.
    Thank you for a chance to win! Wish me Luck!!!

  43. I have never read a Harlequin book… I have thought about it, but…I would love to read the ones you have written though 🙂

  44. I have never read one of your Harlequins:( But I would! Please enter me so I have the chance!
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  45. Aloha Jane! :0) Duty hasn’t kept me from desiring to read about the Desert King but it has kept me from reading!! Lol… well, that and Physics (thank God that’s over with). But I am in the middle of it – okay that is actually a lie because I just looked and I bookmarked it at page 38. So I’m thinking I need to start over. And Physics IS over so it’s on tonight’s agenda (with some popcorn)! I loved what I did read though, so do not hesitate… or feel skeptical about sending another my way, ha ha (hint, hint). Have a great one & enjoy the friendly skies ~

  46. I have to say I have yet to read any of your Harlequin books, I know, I suck! It’s just that I am such a huge fan of Marta and her friends that I feel like I would be cheating on them. SORRY! As my 7 yrs says, “do you forgive me?”

  47. The Sicilian’s Defiant Mistress is one that comes to mind when I think about my favorites.

    Congratulations on the RITA nomination! Wish I could be in Tennessee when they hand them out.

  48. Congrats Jane!!!
    That is fabulous!!! And it is a great honor!

    I really haven’t read that many Harlequins in my life but I do still plan to read yours since they are sure to be amazing! And how cool to have your books in different languages!


  49. I haven’t read any of your Harlequin novels, but I am country thru and thru. When my Husband was alive we danced on Club Dance in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1999 and enjoyed every minute. I would sure love to read She’s Gone Country.

  50. I’ve read a few of your Harlequin books, but my favorite is “King of the Desert, Captive Bride”. Hope all is going well for you – thanks!

  51. Once again it wonderful to hear such news! It is nice to see people all over the world get to enjoy your talents. Now, I can not say I have ever read your Harelquin books. Amazing but true. Perhaps this will be my big chance!

  52. I love your Harlequins! King of the Desert, was one of my favorites, it was romantic and had alot of suspense and action. The characters were very vivid.
    My late Grandmother started me on Harlequins when I was young. My Mom and I still hare these, and love to talk about what we have read as if we know the Characters!

  53. I love your harlequin novels! My 2 favorites are the Italian’s Virgin Princess and the Sheikh’s Chosen Queen.

    And congratulations on the RITA nomination!

  54. Good morning, all!

    I am here to announce the winner of the blog prize for Those Amazing Harlequins–a prize that includes chocolate, a Starbucks drink card, Kona coffee and a stack of my signed Harlequins to read. And the winner is…

    #2 Sue M

    Sue, please shoot me a private email with your address and I’ll make sure the prize gets out in the mail before I leave for Hawaii Thursday.

    BUT that’s not all. I’ve decided to send everyone who posted a signed Harlequin from my Desert Kings trilogy, a JP bookmark, and one of my new SHE’S GONE COUNTRY pens. To claim your prize, send your name, address and blog # to lee @ janeporter (dot) com and she’ll get your prize to you in the next week or so. (I know some of you have already read the series and might not need another Desert King book. In that case, send a couple title ideas that you’d like instead. I don’t have a lot of my backlist left anymore as I’ve been giving them away to romance reader luncheons, but we’ll see what we can do.) And–very important!–if you’re going to send Lee your info, please please do it by Saturday so we can get all your goodies out in the mail by early next week.

    Thanks to everyone for posting. So glad so many of you enjoy my Harlequins. It’s fantastic to have so much support!


  55. OMG! My mouth is hanging open. (Not a pretty sight.)


    And thanks too to Lee for handling the disbursements!

    Have a great day! You’ve certainly made all of ours!

  56. The Secretary’s Seduction! I think it was my very first one. I remember giggling hysterically to myself because I felt like I just opened a guilty pleasure for the first time! PS: I’ll definitely stop by the shop on April 8!

  57. thank you so much jane. you are very generous. that is why you receive so much personal wealth. you are always a giver! many blessings to you!

  58. Jane!
    Thanks sooooo much! You are the best and such an inspiration! I got one of my friends hooked on your books and we were just talking about how fabulous you are today!!!!!


  59. How generous and kind. Thank you so much. Aloha…and wonderful times in Hawaii. Enjoy a chi-chi and chocolate covered macadamia nuts…I can only dream…

  60. Hi Jane I know I missed the drawing my husbands father died Monday and we have been busy.
    I just had to tell you that I have always enjoyed your Harlequins all the way back to the Italian Groom and The Sheikh’s Wife. Also, I loved the Mill’s and Boon The Secretaries Seduction. I really like the tone of the Mills and Boon stories. Hope that made sense.

  61. Jane,
    You are soooooo generous with your gifts! Today I received my copy of A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents that I won from a previous posting. You do an awesome job with goodie boxes! I kept pulling one great thing after another out of the box! Thank you for everything. The Moose Munch looks yummy as does the Cadbury Chocolate Bar they will go well with the Starbucks! I appreciate the new She’s Gone Country pen as my Flirting with Forty pen recently ran out of ink. You made my day! Thank you so much.

  62. I don’t recall that the ones I read were any of yours Jane. I second and third the others’ opinions of you being a wonderful person who gives and gives. I know that from personal experience.

  63. Someone should change the name of this blog post to “The Amazing Jane Porter”! Thank you very much for the book & goodies – you are a most generous lady.

  64. Just wanted to say thanks- my book and bookmark arrived in the mail today and I was so happy to see the envelope when I came back from work – I can’t believe how fast it got all the way to Israel.
    Thanks again 🙂

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