Hi everyone! I’m Tina James, Senior Editor of Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense. I want to thank all the Fillies for providing me this opportunity to blog about the Love Inspired Historical line.
I love historicals. There’s just something about a romance set in the past that stirs my imagination. One day I can be transported to the prairie with a farmer and his convenient bride and the next I can be on a wagon train with a handsome plainsman.
Love Inspired Historical is an inspirational historical romance line that features Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in a variety of historical time periods, when life was simpler and faith played a major role in everyday lives. Readers will get a glimpse of what it’s like to live in 1880sMontana,Depression-eraSouth Dakota, Regency England, and so forth. And they’ll get the chance to read about two people overcoming hardships and falling in love.
Love Inspired Historical books are 70,000-75,000 words and are set in a wide range of historical periods, from ancient civilizations up to and including the First and Second World Wars. Western stories remain ever-popular and cover the range from stories about mail order brides seeking husbands, to sisters journeying across the frontier, to ranchers needing nannies for their motherless young children. However all time periods and fresh themes and storylines are welcome.
Since we’ve expanded our Love Inspired Historical offerings from two books a month to four books a month, there is major opportunity for both published and unpublished historical romance writers to join our ranks. I’m actively seeking new authors, and would be interesting in seeing your submission. The stories should be well-researched and give a feeling for the time in which they are set. Beyond creating a vivid sense of the time period, these stories should also have a captivating story, likeable and believable characters, and gripping emotional conflicts. The romance between the hero and heroine is the key driving force. The books should be heartwarming and wholesome, and should emphasize tenderness and emotional intimacy between the characters, rather than more passionate feelings. Want to learn more about Love Inspired Historical? Please see our writing guidelines at www.Harlequin.com.
If your author voice, characters and plot fit Love Inspired Historical, I hope I’ve encouraged you to try to write a Love Inspired Historical and submit it to me. If you’re a published author, we only require a synopsis and three sample chapters. For unpublished authors, we ask that you submit a synopsis and complete manuscript. You can mail your submission to my attention at 233 Broadway,Suite1001,New York,NY10279or have your agent get in touch with me.
I hope to see your project soon.