Harlequin Offers Mad Shopping

A few pieces of shopping opportunity from Harlequin ahoy!

First, do you have a massive yen for Harlequin classic covers on paper goods? Oh, yes, me too. Helloooooooo holiday gifting!  Harlequin put the news out on Twitter yesterday, and I’m already shopping for Hanukkah.

They’re offering notebooks, address books, and composition-style notebooks. I have a special love for the matchbook notepads, as I have one, and it’s awesome. And small. And unique, and SO AWESOME.

ETA: thanks to Laura Vivanco for the heads up – for international orders, you can also find the products at the Amazon.com Harlequin Notables Store, which is run by Flowerpot Press.

Second, today only, Harlequin is holding a Buy-One-Get-One sale and spreading the word online through romance blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else online they can reach.

The offer is good on a collection of featured books, one from just about every line, I think. They’re all paperbacks, though – no digital.

Use the coupon code TWOFORONE today until 11:59pm EDT, and you’ll get a title free for every featured book you buy. The featured book collection is pretty kicking – including Jill Monroe’s SEALed and Delivered, which Jane at Dear Author recommended to me and many others on Twitter recently. I hope future buy-one-get-one offers from Harlequin include the digital books, because I’d be all over that.

I found out about the BOGO sale from Harlequin and from their newsletter, which often has deals and coupons. You can sign up at their site, if you’re interested, and choose from ebook news, members-only deals (like this one), and – oh, ho, so smart – newsletters about new releases, your favorite authors, or your favorite plot themes. Plot themes? Men in Uniform! Royalty! Young adult! Different Worlds! (Young adult princes in uniforms going to different worlds?!)

In an unrelated corollary, I’m kind of fascinated by newsletters, as I really like getting them, especially if it’s predictable in length and frequency. And especially if there’s coupons in there. I used to get a newsletter from my local sushi restaurant, just for that reason alone. Do you like newsletters? Do you subscribe to them or are they too bothersome in your inbox?



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  1. 1

    On Harlequin’s page about shipping, they state that “We do not ship outside of North America. We invite you to visit one of our many international sites to serve your local needs.” Mills & Boon in the UK certainly isn’t serving a local need for Harlequin branded stationery. So I checked Amazon.com and the same items are also available for sale there (although without the discount that’s available on the Harlequin website). They do ship some things internationally, but I don’t know if they’d ship these.

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    LOL, I blogged about the vintage Harlequin cover stationary today, too. It’s irresistible! Especially since I almost cried when the tote Harlequin provided for last year’s RWA conference split at the seam. Guess I used it too much…

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    mamaphoenix says:

    I like newsletters as long as they are not too frequent ( weekly or monthly) or if there is a surprise newsletter – it better have some great coupons or really interesting info to share.

    I receive newsletters from several book publishers to keep up with new releases in genres or by authors I like.

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    Jill says:

    I don’t see how to get to a place to buy the books that are featured in this sale.

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    SB Sarah says:


    WHOOPS. My bad. I fixed the link.


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    AndiLeigh says:

    Since I am addicted to etsy and romance, I thought this would be a sweet idea for gifts either for yourself or others.


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    DS says:

    I’m disappointed that there are no lesbian covers.  Lesbian paperbacks were a staple of the 50’s.  Of course rarely a happy ending for the lesbians—but the covers were fun.

    The closest Harlequin seems to get is The Widow Gay who looks like she needs to improve her aim.

    Uhoh, spamblocker word is hell87.  Someone may be upset with me.

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    I want to see totebags and bookcovers!

    I actually would’ve preferred more early romances rather than the mystery and suspense line.  But I’ll consider this simply the start.
    I also checked out the reprint classics that were listed in the upper right hand corner.  The titles were definitely strange, but the artwork was magnificent.

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    I actually would’ve preferred more early romances rather than the mystery and suspense line.  But I’ll consider this simply the start.

    On the Harlequin blog there’s an explanation of why they chose to reprint some of the books which featured some of these covers.

    I’m disappointed that there are no lesbian covers.  Lesbian paperbacks were a staple of the 50’s.

    DS, did Harlequin print any of them, though? I haven’t seen it mentioned in any of the books about Harlequin’s history, but as far as I can remember, in what I read the details about what Harlequin printed in its earliest years were a bit vague. They were publishing reprints, and they didn’t start reprinting Mills & Boon romances until 1957, but they did print some romances earlier:

    Richard Bonnycastle, from a well-to-do Winnipeg family, launched Harlequin
    Books as a paperback reprint operation in May 1949 with Nancy Bruƒ’s long
    since forgotten The Manatee. However, better known authors such as Agatha
    Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, James Hadley Chase, and Somerset Maugham,
    were part of the company’s list during the ?rst years – all selling for the price
    of twenty-?ve cents.1 While not expressly specializing in either gothics or
    romances, Harlequin experienced huge success with the British writer Eleanor
    Hibbert (more known under her pseudonyms Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and
    Philippa Carr) and Paul Grescoe notes that in 1951 Jean Plaidy’s “Beyond the
    Blue Mountain had only 48 copies returned on sales of 30.000.”2
    In 1953, as romantic ?ction had increasingly proven its popularity, Harlequin
    began to publish medical romances. (Wirten 63)

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    Anne says:

    Those notebooks are so full of cretaceous win!  Oh the fun I’ll have at Christmas.  Especially with my SIL who is a nurse!

    spamword:  eye81 as in those covers are an eyefull

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