Shana Asaro

Shana Asaro

Harlequin/Love Inspired

My Manuscript Wish List

I am actively seeking category-length inspirational (Christian) romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired (contemporary romance) and Love Inspired Suspense (romantic suspense) series lines. These are sweet, clean romances with an integrated faith element set against a backdrop of family and community.We want both hero and heroine points of view, strong conflicts and compelling emotional relationships.

Some things I’d love to see in submissions:

  • Amish romance (contemporary or suspense)
  • Stories with kids (including babies) and/or dogs
  • Secret babies
  • Action-adventure suspense plots
  • Black ops or spy heroes in suspense
  • Western settings
  • Reunion romances
  • Amnesia stories
  • A suspense story that includes a weather disaster (but it needs a real villain, too)
  • A “back from the dead” hero (not zombies)–a character everyone thought was dead but who turns out to have been alive all along. Juicy!
  • A little bit of quirkiness or light humor. It doesn’t always work, but if you think this describes your writing, I’m your go-to editor at Love Inspired. 🙂

Some things I don’t want to see in submissions:

  • Conversion stories
  • Cozy mysteries or whodunits
  • Anything sexy or sensual–our books focus on the emotional romance, not the physical
  • Characters who are in love from the beginning
  • Love triangles (one hero and one heroine only, please)

Some books I’ve acquired and edited that will give you a feel for the kinds of stories and voices I love include:

Love Inspired: Unexpected Family by Jill Kemerer, Engaged to the Single Mom by Lee Tobin McClain, The Fireman’s Secret by Jessica Keller, Falling for the Mom-to-Be by Jenna Mindel, Her Texas Family by Jill Lynn

Love Inspired Suspense: Fatal Reunion by Jessica R. Patch, Yuletide Abduction by Virginia Vaughan, Broken Silence by Annslee Urban


Fun facts about me:

I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan (originally from Pennsylvania), I love cupcakes, my favorite animal is a monkey and I have the cutest dog on the planet. 🙂

Submission Guidelines

I accept both agented and unagented submissions. Authors, please submit through Submittable and address your submission to me. Agents may submit by email. Please send Word documents, not pdfs.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Religious, Romance

Favorite sub-genres: Christian romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, inspirational romance
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My favorite new TV show is This is Us–great writing, deep emotions and strong characters. Write me something that captures that same feeling!

Some of my other favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls, Friends, Life in Pieces, Lost, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, just about anything on HGTV but especially Fixer Upper and Property Brothers.

Favorite movies include When Harry Met Sally…, Moulin Rouge, Top Gun, The Day After Tomorrow, Crazy Stupid Love, Notting Hill, The Wedding Singer

Favorite books, as we all know, are so hard to pin down! However, I love the Harry Potter series and books by Alice Hoffman, Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner just to name a few.

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