Shannon Stacey

They seriously need to change the name

I get the play on words…Spice Briefs, Nocturne Bites. I get it. Really I do.

But snow bites. American Chop Suey bites. Taxes bite.

Intriguing market op, but seriously…are they going to put up banner ads stating NOCTURNE BITES all over the place?

Nocturne Bites

Length: 10,000 – 15,000 words
Editorial Director: Tara Gavin
Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz

Silhouette Nocturne is looking to acquire paranormal editorial with strong sexual, fantasy and danger elements for its new eBook program, Nocturne Bites.

We’re looking for fast-paced novellas that hook the reader early by establishing a paranormal world and its conflicts. We are looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times.

Many of the elements that make a successful Silhouette Nocturne remain true for Nocturne Bites. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life to an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life and death issues. A strong alpha hero is of the utmost importantance—he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine.

While action-packed and mission-oriented, the scope of these stories should be more contained, with more focus turned to character development. All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.

For published authors, this line is a great way to build their miniseries at Harlequin and Silhouette. Unpublished authors are welcome as well.

Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines—double-spaced and written in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Nocturne Bites

6 comments to “They seriously need to change the name”

  1. vanessa jaye
      · February 7th, 2008 at 11:11 pm · Link

    LOL! Yeah, looked at *that* way, the name ‘bites’. ::snorts::

  2. Lynn
      · February 8th, 2008 at 9:44 am · Link

    Good Lord. Might as well call it Nocturne Sucks.

    Ah, Harlequin, that was not a serious suggestion.

  3. Shannon
      · February 8th, 2008 at 10:06 am · Link


    I told the husband about this and he asked me if it was a Canadian thing. Several years ago something was said to me that just about blew my head off until I found out Canadians as a rule don’t use the expression in the same context.

    I mean, I assume that Canadians would say “that bites” in the same context we do, but maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe they just found the “bites’ to be a great play on words, which it really is, and nobody said it out loud.


  4. vanessa jaye
      · February 8th, 2008 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Speakings as a chck from “Tawrana” (Toronto. *g*) I can confirm we do indeed say “that bites”.

  5. vanessa jaye
      · February 8th, 2008 at 8:38 pm · Link

    In my other life, I’m also ‘a chick’. :oops:

  6. Shannon
      · February 10th, 2008 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Chuck would be funnier. :tomato:

    The name aside, it’ll be interesting to see how these go. Good worldbuilding in 10-15k is a challenge, and I’m wondering how many authors will invest that kind of effort into something that can’t be a series.

    Interesting opportunity, though.

  • Get my latest news straight to your inbox!

    I'll only be sending newsletters when I have news to share, and I'll never share your information. You'll receive an email asking you confirm your subscription (so please check your spam box if you don't receive that). You can unsubscribe at anytime.


  • Affiliation

    Shannon Stacey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of

    If you purchase a book listed on the site from, she’ll earn a small commission. Thank you!