Welcome Harlequin Sr. Editor Tina James!

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Historical offerings from two books a month to four books a month, there is major opportunity for both published and unpublished historical romance writers to join our ranks.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.

Tina James

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29 thoughts on “Welcome Harlequin Sr. Editor Tina James!”

  1. This is really exciting, Tina, for those of us seeking publication! And LIH is such a great line–of course that goes without saying with the great books you’ve pictured.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


  2. We have a family member tracing part of our family tree. She was amazed by the census reports that showed a woman listed as, ‘nanny’, only to find a few years later that that same woman was listed as, ‘wife.’

    And I thought to myself: You should read more romance books!

    (Love the books pictured!)

  3. Hi Tina! It’s a delight to have you at P&P today! LIH and westerns go together like potatoes and gravy…Hard to believe “Marrying the Major” is my seventh book for the line. It’s been a true joy!

  4. Hi Tina! Welcome to the Junction. We’re excited at having you. I’ve read LIH for quite a while and I love the variety of plots. I write western historicals and have been fortunate to have published them. Recently I’ve turned to the inspirational market hoping to find a home for a project I’m working on. I love the freedom to write a clean story that young or old can read. In fact, you may have my proposal.

    Have a great day and come back to see us.

  5. Good morning, Tina! Great to see you at Petticoats and Pistols. I’d encourage historical writers to submit to Love Inspired Historical. Opportunities abound, covers are gorgeous and they’ll find you and the other editors are terrific to work with! I’m proud to write for the line.

    For readers, if you haven’t read a Love Inspired Historical, I hope you’ll try one of our books.


  6. Thanks for joinging us today, Tina. I love the fact that LI is expanding their historical line. Hooray for historicals!! 🙂

    I hope you find many compelling prospects so that I can enjoy reading them in future years!

  7. Hi Tina,
    I enjoy reading the Love Inspired Historical books! I usually buy the historical western books but the covers are so beautiful it makes me want to buy all four of them every month.

  8. Good morning, Tina. I’m a big LIH fan. A lot of my best writing buddies are working for you and loving it. You’re doing great stuff there.
    I think it’s so fantastic that you’re expanding into so many eras. I love the wider historical reach, the different settings.
    It’s a great and bold move!!!

  9. hi Tina, welcome to Wildflower Junction! Thank you for providing us readers with such wonderful books. Quite a few of my “filly sisters” here at Petticoats and Pistols write for LIH and I love their books. After my husband’s cancer battle, I knew inspirational romance was the place I wanted to be…right now I’m finishing a contemporary Western series for a small inspirational house. Since my first love is historical , I hope someday my dream to be to be in the LIH stable comes true. Please visit us again!

  10. Hi Tina,
    If a published author has an idea for a series for LIH, is it all right to sent a proposal reflecting that?
    And would turn of the century New York City be a setting that would be possible as long as one could get the small town/ small community feel in the story? Thanks for any insight you can give on what you are looking for!

  11. Hello everyone,

    Thanks for having me at Petticoats & Pistols today–and thank you all for your lovely comments. I’ll do my best to answer any questions.

    Janet Let Barton, if a published author has an idea for a series for LIH, you can certainly mention that in your proposal. Since LIH is open to many different settings and time periods, I would be happy to take a look at a story with a turn of the century New York City setting if it has the overall feeling of having a tight-knit community.
    –Tina James

  12. Good Morning Tina,

    So happy to see you here. I’m reading Abby Gaines’ The Earl’s Mistaken Bride and enjoying it a great deal. I love being in the book club and having the books delivered right to my door.

    I’m also looking forward to seeing my first LIH come out in May, as you know this is a dream come true for me.

    I would encourage authors and readers alike to join the LIH book club because I love getting my books a few weeks early.

    Thanks Tina for being here! Warmly, Rhonda

  13. No worries, Tina. I meant to type send instead of sent in my post. And I answer to just about any way my name is spelled or pronounced. 🙂 I hope to have a proposal to you soon.

  14. Oh yay, it’s Tina James!
    I’m working on an LI historical right now, Tina – or at least I’m hoping to target LI historical 🙂 I have a tendency to ‘go long’ in my novels (100K), but I like the outline/plotting I have for this novel.
    One question: I read a lot of contemp LI and the romance is warm, but not steamy. I’ve just started reading a few historical LI novels – does the same rule apply? I’m all for reading a good kiss 🙂

  15. Thank you for coming to be our guest in Wildflower Junction today, Tina! Hope you enjoy the festivities. There are jars of lemonade or cups of hot cocoa, whichever you prefer. (We have snow flurries in Nebraska today!)

    And later, I do believe the musicians will be here for a square dance, so I hope everyone sticks around!


  16. Pepper,

    Love Inspired Historical books should be heartwarming and wholesome, rather than steamy. Our heroes and heroines should be attracted to each other and they can kiss, but things should be more emotional, less sensual (in a sexual way).
    –Tina James

  17. Tina, I see where you’re skipping the partials and asking for the full manuscripts right at the start. And then with the LI editors hitting so many of my favorite blogs, it shows the big push for new material. So why not allow email queries? It would seem valuable time and money is wasted mailing the manuscripts.
    -Anita Mae

  18. What a great opportunity for authors who are trying to break into the market. Even if you write in a slightly different profile, changing up for the opportunity to get published should be well worth it.

    Tina, I hope you get lots of inquiries from good new authors that deserve a chance. It is always nice to have more to choose from and add to our must buy list. Thanks for the informative post.

  19. Thanks so much for letting me be a guest in Wildflower Junction today and for those of you who have stopped by to comment. I’ve enjoyed visiting with you all today.
    –Tina James

  20. I love LIH I have read many of them and have enjoyed them all. I like all the authors and especially enjoy when a new one comes along to spark my interest! Thanks Tina for being good at your job so those of us readers keep coming back for more!

  21. Looks like I’m too late and missed Tina, but I wanted to say thank you anyway. I love that the LIH editors are out here looking for our stories. I hope to have something to submit to you at the beginning of the year.

  22. Tina,
    I’m late, too, in joining my filly sisters to welcome you here to Wildflower Junction today. We’ve been without power a good part of the day today, so I’m just able to get back on the computer. I think the LIH line is awesome. I’m a published author but most of my writing is a lot steamier than probably what LIH would be able to use. Still…your post makes me think I might want to give this a try. You may be hearing from me, as well, in the near future. Thanks so much for being with us today and letting us all know what you’re looking for.
    Cheryl P.

  23. Tina,

    Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for sharing.I know I am a little late but I just recently lost my husband and sometimes I do not think straight for forgive me..

    I am currently working on one that I will submit to you.

    Thanks for the great advice


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