Write for Harlequin

Harlequin is always on the lookout for talented writers—from established authors to those just starting their writing careers. We publish a wide range of stories and welcome writers from all backgrounds, cultures and communities to submit to the romance line best suited to their unique voice and story.

We want all readers to see themselves reflected in the books we publish and we’re committed to publishing diverse and inclusive voices and stories. As such, we are actively looking for more story submissions from authors in underrepresented communities and invite you to add #RomanceIncludesYou with your manuscript title when you submit.

Get to know our various imprints and editorial lines to find out where you might fit into Harlequin's extensive publishing program. You can download free books from all of our series at Try Harlequin.

Harlequin Series (sometimes known as "Category Romance") and Carina Press accept unagented submissions from authors. To submit to a romance series, click on the links below. Please submit to only one series at a time, with only one submission at a time. We accept submissions in English only.

Carina Press, our digital-first imprint, acquires across a broad range of romance subgenres. We welcome all pairings/groupings, including LGBTQ+, for publication in our general Carina Press imprint. Additionally, we have a specific line for trope-based LGBTQ+ contemporary romances called Carina Adores. Visit carinapress.com to submit or go to the Carina Press Submittable page for more information about submission requirements.

For writing tips and advice from our editorial team, visit writeforharlequin.com.

Read a step-by-step guide on how to submit your story.

For general inquiries, please email submissions@harlequin.com

We do not accept submissions by email. Any unsolicited email submissions will be deleted.

To submit to one of our series romance imprints, please click on the links below.

Wealth, status and determination: these heroes have everything…except the right woman! Enter their world, where bold encounters, sizzling chemistry--and secrets--keep the pages turning! Their stories are passionate and intensely emotional. 

Harlequin Desire Key Elements: 

• A strong, yet vulnerable hero who is wealthy, ambitious, hardworking and sexy as sin. The Desire alpha hero always has a heart of gold, no matter how flawed he may seem. 

• A Desire heroine is independent and smart. She has her own goals and dreams, which may not include looking for Mr. Right. Falling in love might complicate everything. 

• The Desire couple lives in a world of family, friends and colleagues. Secondary characters never steal the spotlight from the couple, but are integral to the plot, the conflict and the hero’s and heroine’s romance.  

• High-stakes conflicts, situations and set-ups bring a unique quality to every Desire novel.   

• Whether sleekly urban, high-end rustic or somewhere in between, these stories are believable fantasies set in North America and they always convey the luxurious details that let readers feel like they are there.  

• The chemistry pops! High sexual and emotional tension pushes the reader through the twists and turns of the story. The anticipation sizzles, and the sex is hot but not graphic. 

• The tone should be dramatic, sizzling and affluent with a touch of down-to-earth familiarity. 

• No paranormal, romantic suspense or historical elements, and no sheikhs or royalty at this time.   

Featured in Harlequin Desire: Harlequin Desire novels are intensely emotional from start to finish. Fast-paced, with just enough detail to sweep the reader into a believable fantasy of wealth, passion and high stakes conflict. Classic romantic themes are the backdrop for the sensual tension that pushes the reader through the story. The world of the hero and heroine feels relatable and real as they navigate the interference of family, friends and colleagues—sometimes well-meaning and sometimes not! Loyalties, motives, ambitions—desires!—affect the hero’s and heroine’s emotions and how their romance develops.    

Harlequin Desire is…  

• A window into a luxurious world

• High-stakes conflicts and situations that make every book unique 

• Intensely sensual—from the romantic conflict to the world-building details 

• A cast of sympathetic, relatable characters who bring this world to life   

We’re actively seeking books from authors of underrepresented backgrounds – if you feel that’s you, and you’re ready to create a sensual world of luxury, passion and drama, we’d love to hear from you!   

Find out more about Harlequin Desire before you submit by: 

• Interacting with authors, editors and readers on the Desire Authors Facebook Page

• Read what we’re publishing. Here are some recently published recommendations: 

  • SECRETS OF A ONE NIGHT STAND by USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone 
  • RANCHER'S FORGOTTEN RIVAL by New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates 
  • ONE WEEK TO CLAIM IT ALL by Adriana Herrera
  • JUST A LITTLE MARRIED by Reese Ryan  

Our editorial office is located in New York, NY: 

• Senior Editor: Stacy Boyd 

• Associate Editor: John Jacobson 

• Assistant Editor: Errin Toma

Wholesome, fun and feel-good contemporary romances set in close-knit communities where the reader can escape to a world of love and belonging. Fall in love with small towns, friendly neighborhoods and romances that always end with happily ever after!


Heartwarming Key Elements

  • Clean, sweet, feel-good stories that readers can share with friends and family of all ages.
  • Contemporary romances with a focus on family and community. Popular themes include: small towns, coming home, becoming a family (single parents, children and secret babies), holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving), western elements (cowboys and ranchers), traditional romance themes such as marriage of convenience and fake relationship, and pets or animals.
  • Characters are everyday men and women with traditional values facing the challenges of modern life and relationships with courage and hope. Heroes are dependable, loyal and honest, with jobs such as firefighter, sheriff, small-town cop, rancher or vet. Heroines are optimistic, empathetic and independent, with strong ties to the people and world around her. We welcome characters with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and challenges.
  • Settings are North American small towns or close-knit communities within cities. 
  • Although the developing romance between the hero and heroine is always the focus, Heartwarming’s longer word count allows the author to show the family and friends around the central couple. Subplots featuring best friends, siblings, coworkers and neighbors are welcome and help create a community that readers will want to escape to again and again.
  • Heartwarming romances feature a low sensuality level. Hugs and kisses only. Still, lots of romantic attraction and tension is required!
  • No explicit or behind-closed-doors sex, nudity, pre-marital sex, profanity or graphic depictions of violence. 
  • No explicit religious or Christian content. No paranormal. No heavy suspense.

Harlequin Heartwarming is…

Similar in tone and feel to movies and TV shows like Sleepless in Seattle, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, The Vow.

 Read what we're publishing.


Rocky Mountain Baby by Patricia Johns

A Marriage of Inconvenience by Amy Vastine

Rescuing the Rancher by Claire McEwen

The Rebel Cowboy's Baby by Sasha Summers

Caught by the Cowboy Dad by Melinda Curtis

An Alaskan Homecoming by Beth Carpenter

 Did You Know?


Executive Editor: Kathleen Scheibling @KScheibling 

Editor: Kathryn Lye @Lye1892 

Editor: Adrienne Macintosh @AdrienneApple

Editor: Johanna Raisanen @jo_raisanen

Editor: Dana Grimaldi @DanaGrimaldi

Editorial Assistant: Katie Gowrie @kmgowrie

Editorial Office: Toronto, Canada


Richly textured, emotionally intense novels set across a wide range of historical periods—from ancient civilisations up to and including the 1950s. 

We are committed to publishing for our diverse global readership, and are actively seeking to acquire underrepresented authors, as well as stories which explore underrepresented perspectives on popular time periods.

As with all Harlequin series, we read all submissions and you do not need to have an agent to submit. 

Harlequin Historical Key Elements

  • Strong and dynamic characters with believable, relatable conflicts, appropriate for the time in which they are set.
  • Central relationship as the driving force of the story.
  • We are happy to consider LGBTQ+ protagonists for the central romance.
  • Historical research and accuracy are essential to bring the world to life! But remember to focus on the romance.
  • All levels of sensuality are considered—from the tingling sensation you experience when a wet-shirted Mr. Darcy rises from the lake, to the explicit bedroom romps of Tudor times, whatever the level of sensuality, chemistry and sexual tension are vital. 
  • This series does not feature paranormal or timeslip elements.
  • Regency, Victorian, Highlanders, Vikings, and Medieval are most popular amongst our readers globally. However there’s also room for variety – we're happy to publish stories from ancient civilisations all the way through to the 1950s, although we have ceased publication of Westerns as of January 2019.
  • Word count: 70,000 - 75,000 words

Featured in Harlequin Historical

The main characters in the Harlequin Historical series bring the period to life and drive an entertaining, dramatic and emotional romance!

Examples of characters you’ll find in the series are a Regency rake with a wicked glint in his eye, a muscled warrior brandishing a sword, or a gorgeous kilted Highlander. Perhaps a spirited Viking shield-maiden, a scarred reclusive spinster, or a capable penniless governess. We have had spies in royal courts, Roman gladiators, and an Egyptian servant trapped in a pyramid!

Harlequin Historical is…

Outlander (without the time travel), the gritty drama of Vikings, the sizzling sensuality of The Tudors and Bridgerton, and the scandalous society drama of Downton Abbey!

Did You Know?

· We’re always looking for new stories. In particular, we want to see submissions from underrepresented romance authors, a sexy Regency, or a new perspective on any time period…

· Some of our most recent acquisitions include a Medieval marriage of convenience, a Georgian Highlander, a blues singer who meets her mobster hero in a 1920s speakeasy, and a Viking warrior who steals himself a princess on the eve of her wedding!

· There are six new Harlequin Historical books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Executive Editor: Bryony Green

Editor: Carly Byrne

Editorial Assistant: Awo Ibrahim

Editorial Office: London, UK

You can find the Historical team on Twitter! Follow @BryonyGreenHqn and @CarlyMbyrne, and check out #HarlequinHistorical. And see what our current authors are up to on the Harlequin Historical Books Facebook Page.


N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

Harlequin Intrigue books are for fans of novels by Sandra Brown, James Patterson and Iris Johansen. They are high-stakes thrillers and procedurals where determined characters go through a spectrum of tensions as they work to solve a crime. 

Harlequin Intrigue Key Elements:

  •   Nail-biting thrillers that feature crime stories with complex plots that keep the reader guessing. Your manuscript should make the reader use her analytical skills to solve the crime. A page-turning edge-of-your-seat read is what we are looking for in a Harlequin Intrigue book.
  • Tone is tense, dramatic, serious and exciting.
  • Well motivated characters must work together in a high-stakes, fast-paced plot to resolve the crime.
  • The level of sensuality in a Harlequin Intrigue book is low to moderate. However, the hero and heroine must share a palpable physical and emotional attraction and have a meaningful connection to the crime.
  •   Unexpected “a-ha” moments should be seeded throughout the text. 
  • The crime drama must be resolved and there should always be a satisfying conclusion to the romance by the end of every Harlequin Intrigue.
  • Mainly North American settings (urban and small town) with some international travel.
  • No graphic sexual details, explicit language or gratuitous violence in text.
  • Word count of 55,000-60,000 words.
  • Subplots should be kept to a minimum.

Featured in Harlequin Intrigue

Taut, edge-of-the-seat contemporary crime stories. Homicide investigations, kidnappings, stalkings are among the plots we offer coupled with a bestselling romance between two strong, equally matched protagonists. The Harlequin Intrigue hero is a determined detective, a special forces soldier, a relentless federal agent and willing to put everything on the line for justice and love. Strong, protective and capable, he is not afraid to break the rules in order to see justice done and to protect the innocent. And he is any enemy’s worst nightmare. The Harlequin Intrigue heroine is the hero’s equal. She is no-nonsense, resilient, confident, determined and empowered. From stories of psychological suspense to police procedures and exciting thrillers, Harlequin Intrigue books cover a wide range of intense crime drama.

Harlequin Intrigue is… 

 Bourne for pacing—fast and dangerous and exciting. Justified for the composition of the understated yet intense hero we like to see in a Harlequin Intrigue.  CSI/SWAT for the kind of complex mystery and crime story that can lend itself to a solid and exciting romantic suspense novel. 

Did You Know?

  •  Several New York Times bestselling authors have launched their careers with Harlequin Intrigue!
  • There are six new Harlequin Intrigue books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Denise Zaza
Editor: Allison Lyons

Assistant Editor: Connolly Bottum

Editorial Office: NY, NY

Intense, uplifting and relatable romances set in the medical world. Experience the rollercoaster of emotions, ambitions and desires of today's medical professionals.


We are committed to publishing for our diverse global readership, and are actively seeking to acquire authors from underrepresented backgrounds. If you feel that’s you, and you have a story to tell that features the key elements below, then we would love to read it! 

As with all Harlequin series, we read all submissions and you do not need to have an agent to submit. 

Harlequin Medical Romance Key Elements

Contemporary romance novels set in the medical world.

  • Focus of the story must be on the development of the central romantic relationship against the backdrop of a contemporary medical setting.
  • Dynamic and dedicated medical professional protagonists at the top of their game with hearts of gold.
  • Main characters who work together in a medical setting – their working relationship, medical dramas etc. help to drive the romantic relationship.
  • Contemporary, international medical settings are, however, integral to the story, and the central relationship should rise out of them.
  • A range of sensuality from intensely passionate to warm and tender.
  • An emotionally intense read, ranging from the traditional to the ground breaking.
  • Innovative emotional conflicts and traditional emotional themes developed in a unique way are all welcome.
  • Word count of 50,000.


Featured in Harlequin Medical Romance

A strong focus on the central romantic relationship. Relatable main characters in a medical setting – pulse-racing medical drama that throws them together is crucial. Dedicated top-notch docs, hot-shot surgeons, fearless first responders and even some vets. Engaging medical settings and situations around the world from cozy GP practices and maternity to intense ER and first response, all with a strong sense of community. We find them everywhere – heart and transplant surgeries, city hospitals, pediatrics, IVF clinics, jungle or outback settings and humanitarian missions. Doctors to the stars, royalty or presidents, etc. The characters, their romance, the settings and the drama must be appealing and accessible to a global readership. We are looking for stories with a diverse range of characters, and are happy to see romances between LGBTQ+ characters.

Harlequin Medical Romance is…

House, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, The Night Shift, The Good Karma Hospital and Doctors for their tone, medical settings and scenarios, complex characters with strong romantic themes, great dialogue and lives and hearts on the edge. However, the key difference is that the focus of each Medical Romance story is first and foremost a heart-racing romance. The novels offer a wealth of experiences: from the high-octane excitement of the ER to the warmth of family GP practice. 

Did You Know?

  • …Carol Marinelli, Sarah Morgan, Sharon Kendrick, Melanie Milburne, Amy Andrews & Marion Lennox (amongst others!) all began their published writing careers in Harlequin Medical Romance. 
  • …In Harlequin Medical we encourage a wide diversity of settings, nationalities, physicalities and boundary-pushing themes. 
  • ...Our Medical Romance writers regularly win national awards, including the RoNA Rose Award, the Romance Writers of Australia Book of the Year Award (RUBY) and the Romance Writers of New Zealand Koru Romance Book of the Year Award.
  • ...There are 6 new Harlequin Medical Romance books available each month in both print and eBook format from www.Harlequin.com.

Senior Editor: Sheila Hodgson 

Commissioning Editor: Victoria Britton 

Editor: Megan Haslam 

Assistant Editor: Hannah Rossiter

Editorial Assistant: Emma Marnell

Editorial Office: London, UK 


N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

These stories are all about passion and escape—glamorous international settings, captivating emotional drama and high-stakes seduction.

Harlequin Presents Key Elements

  • A hero who will command and seduce. There's nothing in the world his powerful authority and money can't buy…except the love of a woman strong enough to tame him!
  • A Harlequin Presents heroine isn't afraid to stand up to the hero in her own way, whether she's at home in his opulent world or not. She can be shy and innocent, feisty and daring or anywhere in between.
  • These stories are pure romantic fantasy with glitzy, glamorous, international settings to upstage even the swankiest of red-carpet premieres!
  • High sensuality and sky-rocketing sexual tension to quicken your pulse
  • Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over the course of 50,000 words.
  • Tone should be contemporary but with a strong intensity, delivering an instant hit of powerful emotion
  • Give classic themes a fresh 21st century twist - tease, surprise and delight.

Featured in Presents

Harlequin Presents has classic themes, but we're looking for innovative takes. What would you say if a billionaire demanded you agree to a marriage of convenience? Does a secret baby have to mean a shot-gun wedding? Our heroes are 100% alpha but that doesn't mean they're perfect. The Mediterranean, Latin America, South East Asia, Africa…wherever he's from, it's certain that he turns the heads of every woman he passes! We love to see characters from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – it’s all part of the international flavour of our books!

Harlequin Presents is…

  • The home of the alpha male.
  • A whirlwind of intensely emotional highs and lows.
  • International settings from your every fantasy!

We’re actively seeking to acquire romance authors from underrepresented backgrounds – if you feel that’s you, and you’re ready to immerse yourself in the world of billionaires, glamour and sensuality, we’d love to hear from you!

Did You Know?

  • There are 8 new Harlequin Presents books available each month.
  • It has been scientifically proven that romance readers have more sex!

Fun Facts about the Presents editorial team:

Flo: as an identical twin, Flo has a major weakness for twin characters…especially if they’re gorgeous heroes!

Nic: Nic can’t resist a bad boy hero! Provided they’re suitably redeemed of course…

Charlotte: can’t get enough of a sexy accent…so if you have a delicious hero from a striking, exotic location, send them her way!

Hannah: has been in love with reading about love for as long she can remember…and can’t wait to fall in love with your story next!

Bobbi-Lee: grew up travelling across the world so she loves losing herself in glittering locations…especially when there’s a gorgeous heartthrob there!

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Flo Nicoll (currently on parental leave)

Acting Senior Editor: Nic Caws

Editor: Charlotte Ellis

Associate Editor: Hannah Rossiter

Editorial Assistant: Bobbi-Lee Wright

Editorial Office: London, UK

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.


Harlequin Romance stories are all about real, relatable and strong, deeply desirable characters experiencing the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love. Get swept away by these emotional, glamorous and uplifting romances!

Key Elements

  • A Harlequin Romance novel focuses on the romantic journey of the couple, where the reader feels they are walking in their shoes and experiencing the highs and lows towards the happy ever after.
  • The key to a Harlequin Romance heroine is that she's real and down to earth. She's one the reader can believe in, relate to and root for!
  • We need a hero we can immediately trust, who is worthy of the heroine. Not all our heroes are super rich international tycoons (although some might be!) but they’re successful in their own right and should be a strong man our heroine would aspire to be with. 
  • We are also happy to see LGBTQ+ romances  that deliver the same feel of sweep you away romances in wonderful locations around the world. Glamorous, international settings are encouraged and work well to add the aspirational element to our romances.
  • We welcome protagonists from all backgrounds and nationalities.
  • NEW Level of Sensuality: High sensual tension, matched with high emotional connection. While these stories do not have graphic sexual detail, we welcome scenes that go beyond the bedroom door to explore the emotional fulfillment that comes with sexual intimacy.
  • Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over the course of 50,000 words.
  • Couple-focused with minimal secondary characters to generate emotional depth and intensity.
  • Delivers contemporary, fresh takes on classic romance themes.
  • This is the home of feel-good, entertaining and fresh paced romance.
  • While these romances are tender stories, it doesn’t mean they can’t be edge-of-the-seat exciting! Throw your reader straight into the story!

Featured in Harlequin Romance

Some of our most popular storylines include: Cinderella (rags-to-riches), convenient marriages, runaway brides, weddings, pregnancy, secret babies, billionaires & millionaires, royalty, aristocracy, working together, falling for the boss, couples reunited, friends to lovers, amnesia, single dads, seasonal (e.g. Christmas and summer). Harlequin Romance no longer features small town and Western settings or cowboy and military protagonists.

Harlequin Romance is…

One Fine Day for its warmth and tear jerking properties, The Notebook for its emotional depth, The Vow for its emotional conflicts, Dear John for its focus on the central relationship, Life as We Know It, The Proposal and The Back-Up Plan for their fresh storylines.

We are actively seeking to acquire authors from underrepresented backgrounds and nationalities to reflect our diverse global readership. If you feel that’s you, and you have a story to tell that features the key elements above, then we would love to read it! 

The Editorial Team

Senior Editor: Sheila Hodgson

Editor: Megan Haslam

Commissioning Editor: Victoria Britton 

Assistant Editor: Hannah Rossiter

Editorial Assistant: Emma Marnell

Editorial Office: London, UK

Follow us on Twitter! @SheilaHodgsonMR @HaslamMegan @Hannah_ER24 @MarnellEmma

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

As with all Harlequin series, we read all submissions and you do not need to have an agent to submit.

These novels are romance-focused stories with a suspense element. Powerful romances are at the heart of each story, and the additional elements of excitement, adventure and suspense play out between complex characters.

Harlequin Romantic Suspense Key Elements

  • Harlequin Romantic Suspense novels are fueled by the romance and not the suspense.
  • Big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings.
  • Word count of 70,000 means a wider breadth of story and potential for subplots that speak to the conflicts.
  • Strong, compelling romance drives the stories but is matched by dramatic and layered plots.
  • Classic themes include revenge, women in jeopardy, espionage, family, Westerns, military and law enforcement.
  • Vivid conflicts, and stories can be set throughout the world.
  • A range of sensuality from high to low, as well as romantic and sexual tension.
  • Emotional payoff fits with the larger-than-life stories.
  • No paranormal elements.

Featured in Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Relatable heroines in extraordinary circumstances—swept into the arms of powerful heroes. Harlequin Romantic Suspense concentrates on the developing love story not the suspense. The hero should be a force to contend with, and the heroines are equally complex, strong and smart.

Harlequin Romantic Suspense is…

Criminal Minds or Scandal or Quantico for their solid levels of story, three-dimensional characters and varying levels of suspense with strong romantic themes, witty dialogue and lives and hearts on the line.

Did You Know?

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Patience Bloom

Assistant Editor: Carly Silver

Editorial Assistant: Megan Broderick

Editorial Office: NY, NY

Special Edition is not currently accepting submissions.

Harlequin Special Edition features contemporary, real-life characters and situations—men and women who are relatable, with friends, family and careers, as they experience the twists and turns on the journey to true love.

Popular storylines include second chances; friends to lovers; city vs. country; and pregnancy and baby stories. We welcome military elements, as long as they don’t take over the whole story; pets; multiples; and of course, western settings remain very popular. 

Harlequin Special Edition is…

  • Characters from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences
  • Stories that leave you feeling optimistic, empowered and connected
  • We want to see not just the main characters but where they come from--their parents, perhaps their siblings, their children if they have them, their friends and co-workers. 
  • Fresh twists on classic plot elements
  • A range of sensuality, from subtle to sizzling
  • Emotional depth of both story and character is paramount
  • Strong internal and external conflicts
  • Word count of 60,000

If you love TV shows such as THIS IS US and BLACKISH, movies such as THE BIG SICK or ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE and authors like RaeAnne Thayne, Robyn Carr and early Kristin Higgins, then you might be a great fit for Special Edition! 

Did You Know?

  • New York Times bestselling authors such as Diana Palmer, Susan Mallery, and RaeAnne Thayne have written for Harlequin Special Edition, and still do!
  • Harlequin Special Edition is always looking for the stars of tomorrow, and will publish five new authors in 2020-2022, including four new diverse voices! 
  • There are 6 new Harlequin Special Edition books available each month.

 Find out more about Harlequin Special Edition before you submit by:

  • Interacting with authors, editors, and readers on Twitter and the Facebook Harlequin Writing Community.
  • Read what we’re publishing. Here are some recently published recommendations:

                    – THE SOLDIER’S RETURN by New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne

                    – THEIR SECRET SUMMER FAMILY by New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer

                    – STARTING OVER IN WICKHAM FALLS by Rochelle Alers

                    – HER SECOND FOREVER by Joanna Sims

Senior Editor: Gail Chasan
Editor: Susan Litman  @susan_litman  
Assistant Editor: Megan Broderick  @megbrod12
Editorial Office: New York, NY

Contemporary inspirational romances that feature Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in today's world.

Love Inspired Key Elements

Contemporary inspirational romance novel

  • Strong contemporary romances with a Christian worldview and wholesome values.
  • Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire.
  • Each story should focus on an emotional and satisfying romance, with a sustained conflict.
  • Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language.
  • Family and community are strong features of this line
  • Stories can be set in small town USA or close knit communities in urban settings.
  • Hero and heroine should meet early in book, preferably by end of chapter one.
  • No drugs or alcohol consumption, gambling, or profanity by Christian characters.
  • No graphic violence or pre-marital sex within the course of the story.
  • Word count of 55,000 to 60,000 words

Featured in Love Inspired

Relatable heroines in everyday life finding love in the arms of a strong, honorable man. Love Inspired heroes should be strong and smart, with a core of tenderness, and the heroines should be their equals.

Love Inspired is…

Touched by an Angel or Gilmore Girls or Hallmark movies, for their solid stories and characters, sense of family and community, with tender romance and a level of faith at its core.

Did You Know?

  • Western settings and cowboy/rancher heroes continue to be very popular with our readers. 
  • Amish romances are still very appealing to Love Inspired readers. We are seeking new authors and stories set in Amish communities across the US.
  • Love Inspired has a strong social media presence. Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LoveInspiredBooks or follow us on Twitter at @LoveInspiredBks.
  • Follow the Love Inspired editors on Twitter--@TinaCJames, @MelissaEndlich, @EmilyRodmell, and @Shana_Asaro.
  • There are 6 new Love Inspired books available each month.

Read what we're publishing.

Senior Editor: Melissa Endlich

Editor: Shana Asaro

Editorial Office: NY, NY

Edge-of-the-seat, contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and romance featuring Christian characters facing challenges to their faith…and to their lives.

Love Inspired Suspense Key Elements

Contemporary inspirational romantic suspense novel

  • Riveting romantic suspense stories with a Christian worldview and wholesome values
  • Stories focused equally on gripping suspense and strong compelling romance
  • Heroes and heroines who work together to solve the mystery or overcome the shared danger
  • Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire
  • Stories can      be set in small town North America or close knit communities in urban      settings
  • Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language
  • Hero and heroine should meet early in book, preferably by end of chapter one. And the suspense element should be introduced in chapter one
  • No drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, profanity or pre-marital sex by Christian characters within the course of the story. No graphic violence
  • Stories should contain both hero and heroine Point of View only. No secondary character POV
  • Word count of 55,000 to 60,000 words

Featured in Love Inspired Suspense

Heroic, courageous, relatable characters faced with dangerous situations who'll triumph and find love. The hero is a man bound by loyalty and love. He is a fierce protector. The heroine is no damsel in distress. She is an equal partner.

Love Inspired Suspense is…

Castle or Bones for their solid suspense stories and their romantic tension between the characters.

Did You Know?

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Executive Editor: Tina James
Editor: Emily Rodmell

Editorial Office: NY, NY