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message 1: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments I'm wondering how many of you miss the general Harlequin romance line (the one that used to be sweet)? It was Silhouette Romance for the USA. I write for Harlequins inspirational line, but was saddened to see some of the general sweet lines close in the last couple of years. I understand there are possibilities Harlequin may revive a line such as Silhouette Romance and am interested in your thoughts.


message 2: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 31 comments I'm always interested in a sweet, clean romance! I write sweet romances too, so that would be good news for me. Very few people publish clean things and I would prefer not to have to skip pages. :)


message 3: by JanetTronstad (last edited Aug 25, 2010 09:24AM) (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Rachel -- I wrote a little for the old Silhouette Romance, too, and would love to see another place to publish stories like that. For me the problem is that it seems stories now aren't just a little sexy around the edges, they seem to go further and further. What publishers have your found for your books?


message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 31 comments I currently only have one published through Cedar Fort, Inc. I'm currently looking for a new publisher, as I wasn't thrilled. But things take time. I don't write in conventional genres and its clean. That cuts me off, a lot! I'd love it if Silhouette Romance were to open back up! That would be great for me. But I know lots of women who would really enjoy reading clean romances too.


message 5: by JanetTronstad (last edited Aug 25, 2010 03:11PM) (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Rachel -- unfortunately, that does cut you off from a lot of publishers. I know Mills and Boon (in London) has a clean romance line in their medical books. Those books are not sold in the USA though, except for the book club and on the eharlequin site. And they are pretty conventional, I think. But I hope that there will be some new opportunities for writers like you -- things always swing back and forth so it's time for a clean romance market to emerge again.


message 6: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
Janet Tronstad wrote: "Rachel -- unfortunately, that does cut you off from a lot of publishers. I know Mills and Boon (in London) has a clean romance line in their medical books. Those books are not sold in the USA tho..."

There are a lot of us clean romance authors who would certainly welcome that!


message 7: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (mokismom) | 8 comments my friend is getting published through Covenant Communications. I don't know much about them, but I have read some of their stuff, and it's all clean from what I've found!


message 8: by Joyce, Group Creator (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
Yes, Covenant Communications, Walnut Springs Press (my publisher), and Cedar Fort all publish clean romances.


message 9: by Jaimey, Co-Mod (new)

Jaimey (jaimeygrant) | 409 comments Mod
Cerridwen Press publishes traditional Regencies under their Cotillion line.


message 10: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Joyce -- can you tell me more about those publishers? I haven't heard anything about them.


message 11: by Joyce, Group Creator (last edited Aug 26, 2010 04:08PM) (new)

Joyce | 592 comments Mod
Covenant, Walnut Springs Press, and Cedar Fort are all small publishers out of Utah. I don't know about the others because I'm not published with them, but Walnut Springs Press publishes both LDS and non-LDS fiction and non-fiction, as long as it's clean. (Mine is non-LDS.) You can read more about Walnut Springs Press on their blog at http://walnutspringspress.blogspot.com


message 12: by Teryn (new)

Teryn | 84 comments Janet Tronstad wrote: "I'm wondering how many of you miss the general Harlequin romance line (the one that used to be sweet)? It was Silhouette Romance for the USA. I write for Harlequins inspirational line, but was sadd..."

I have never read any in that line. But I would love more sweet or clean romances!


message 13: by Marguerite (new)

Marguerite Butler (margueritebutler) | 6 comments Aspen Mountain Press has a new line of historicals. They publish traditional clean regencies under the Aurora Regency line and other historical eras under Aurora Historicals. The AR line is clean romances only. The historicals are not all clean, but they show a rating for sexual content so you know what you are getting. No eyebrow raising surprises.

Here is their blog. The new imprint doesn't formally launch until October, but they have a few out as "sneak peaks."


message 14: by Marguerite (new)

Marguerite Butler (margueritebutler) | 6 comments Oops. Forgot to put a link to the blog in my above post. http://auroraregency.blogspot.com/

Clearly I need more coffee. :)


message 15: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Marguerite -- thanks for all of the info. I was curious as to who is operating Aspen Mountain Press. Is it a couple of writers?


message 16: by Julianna (new)

Julianna (authorjuliannad) | 15 comments The Wild Rose Press offers clean reads. They have a rating system: Sweet, Sensual, and Spicy. From what I've seen the books rated Sweet and Sensual are clean as far as sensual content. Sweet basically has none and Sensual may have sexual tension and/or closed door scenes but nothing explicit.


message 17: by Marguerite (new)

Marguerite Butler (margueritebutler) | 6 comments @Janet Aspen Mountain Press has a single owner. They've been in business for four years, but just recently moved into historicals and clean romances.


message 18: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Wonderful! I love to hear about people setting up as publishers. I think we'll see more of that in the future.


message 19: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 4 comments Yes, I miss the old Silhouette Romance line! They were so good.


message 20: by Becki (new)

Becki | 29 comments I have just stayed away from Harlequin in general after I read one once. I didn't know there was a sweet line. I don't think I've ever read any of them!


message 21: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Becki -- there was a sweet line. Now there are the inspirational lines (Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical). There is talk of bringing back a sweet line that is non-inspirational as well. And their medical books are generally sweet (they are out of the London office though and hard to find in the states -- distributed mainly in Europe).


message 22: by Sherry (new)

Sherry | 6 comments Julie (Mom2lnb) wrote: "The Wild Rose Press offers clean reads. They have a rating system: Sweet, Sensual, and Spicy. From what I've seen the books rated Sweet and Sensual are clean as far as sensual content. Sweet basica..."

Hi, I'm new here and was browsing through this thread. The Wild Rose Press do publish sweet romances under their *Sweetheart* line. to find out more go here -> http://thewildrosepress.com/publisher...

I have a book coming out with their chapaigne line and am so pleased they published my debut novel. They are a deight to work with.


message 23: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I am glad to hear their was a sweet Harlequin line, Iam going to look into it. I just always avoid it. I hope they do come out with it again. And I wish publishers would come out with a rateing system for romance books. would it do any good to e-mail them and sugest it?


message 24: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 11 comments Cindy -- I do know Harlequin listens to readers so I'd email and make your suggestion. If others do the same, you might see results. Let us know what you hear.


message 25: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Belmont (lindsaybelmont) | 6 comments I've actually found that Harlequin's Romance line (not Super Romance or American Romance; just Harlequin Romance) is fairly clean. They're steamy but no explicit details or naming of body parts. If there is sex, it generally doesn't describe it. The authors are mostly British or Australian (Liz Fielding, Raye Morgan, Ally Blake, Marion Lennox, just to name a few). I've really been enjoying this line and was pleasantly surprised by the relative cleanliness.


message 26: by Tifferz (new)

Tifferz | 81 comments Lindsay wrote: "I've actually found that Harlequin's Romance line (not Super Romance or American Romance; just Harlequin Romance) is fairly clean. They're steamy but no explicit details or naming of body parts. If..."

Thanks for the info!


message 27: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Thanks thats great!


message 28: by Amy (new)

Amy Keeley (safire_blue) | 89 comments Julie (Mom2lnb) wrote: "The Wild Rose Press offers clean reads. They have a rating system: Sweet, Sensual, and Spicy. From what I've seen the books rated Sweet and Sensual are clean as far as sensual content. Sweet basica..."

Congratulations on the novel, Sherry! Great news!

I've downloaded a sweet fantasy novel from them. Though I didn't care much for the plot by the end, it was definitely clean. Their rating system makes it easy to find non-graphic romance. Plus they have some wonderful articles if you're a writer.


message 29: by Sherry (new)

Sherry | 6 comments Astraea Press specialise in 'sweet' romance but list several other genres to but their logo is *Pure. Fiction. ie no swearing, no 'pink part' :-) take a gander at their site. You may like it.


message 30: by Kim (new)

Kim Hathorn | 3 comments Avalon also has clean reads. They offer several genres such as romance, mysteries, and westerns, and I've enjoyed every one that I've read. I haven't found the books in stores (I've read that they're geared more toward the library market), but they could probably be ordered off of the website.


message 31: by Jules (new)

Jules | 3 comments Yeah, that was a really great line! I miss it too.

I'll second what Kim said about Avalon books. They're very wholesome and good reads.


message 32: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Hi all! I write for the Harlequin Romance line and it is indeed sweeter and still keeps the door shut. In fact many former Silhouette romance writers such as Susan Meier and Myrna MacKenzie write for the line. I definitely urge you to check some of these books out.


message 33: by Kim (new)

Kim Hathorn | 3 comments Thanks, Barbara


message 34: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Yay!!Barbara thanks. I will seek them out. Love the clean romances:D


message 35: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Brooks | 1 comments for years that was all I read.. but I have so much more to read. but I wouldn't mind reading one every once in a while..


message 36: by Darcy (new)

Darcy Flynn (darcyflynn) | 59 comments Becki wrote: "I have just stayed away from Harlequin in general after I read one once. I didn't know there was a sweet line. I don't think I've ever read any of them!"

The Harlequin Romance line is the sweet line. As far as I know it's the only one. I have a friend who's written 50 books for that line.

Darcy


message 37: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Thanks Darcy!


message 38: by Alyson (new)

Alyson Reuben (alysonreuben) | 10 comments I have a couple of friends who write for the Harlequin Romance line — Donna Alward and Liz Fielding. Their romances are sweet. Any sex that happens in their books takes place behind bedroom doors, and sometimes premarital sex isn't even hinted at. They are both terrific authors and I highly recommend their books.


message 39: by Alyson (new)

Alyson Reuben (alysonreuben) | 10 comments Also, I believe someone already mentioned The Wild Rose Press (my publisher). And, yes, there is a sweet line. It's called the Sweetheart Rose line. We have several awesome authors who write for it.

Here is some info that's included in the official guidelines: "These stories will make a reader sigh, cry, and everything in between. The relationship between the hero and heroine is the centerpiece of the story. This is the type of romance that we consider an old-fashioned sweet romance."

Also...

"Sexual tension should exist between the couple, they can even make love without being married, but it needs to be implied not shown to the reader. Keep the bedroom door firmly closed. However, love scenes are not required."


message 40: by Nell (new)

Nell (nell829) | 21 comments Astraea Press is a specialist clean reads publisher. They have some fabulous authors and a variety from Contemporary like mine to historical, YA, mystery, crime etc. They have a fabulous regency coming out soon. Called A Bright Particular Star by Elizabeth Hanbury. I've been lucky enough to read a preview copy and it's gorgeous.


message 41: by Darcy (new)

Darcy Flynn (darcyflynn) | 59 comments I seldom read the other lines unless the book is written by someone I know. Even then, I find myself skimming certain sections! lol

Darcy


message 42: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Nelson (jessicanelson) | 6 comments I've heard the sweet line will be coming back too. :-)


message 43: by Amy (new)

Amy Keeley (safire_blue) | 89 comments Jessica wrote: "I've heard the sweet line will be coming back too. :-)"

Awesome. :)


message 44: by Terri Lynn (last edited Mar 20, 2012 09:55PM) (new)

Terri Lynn (terrilynnmerritts) | 4 comments Harlequin has a sweet line called Harlequin Heartwarming and it is not inspirational or religious (I am an Atheist and don't want religion in my romances). Their editorial info likens it to movies like You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Hope Floats, and Sweet Home Alabama. There is no sex at all in these and they are not filled with lust and panting. They develop a real relationship and love between characters instead of the hots.

I get Harlequin Heartwarming delivered directly to me through their reader service at a 27% discount with only $1.50 shipping and no sales tax. You can get it or any of their lines at www.ReaderService.com They will let you read previews of each line to see which suits you best. There are a bunch of lines to choose from but I love the new sweet line called Harlequin Heartwarming the best.

These are true sweet books. In the one I just finished, the hero is so wonderful and supportive to the heroine who had been taken away from her family by her mom who wanted to go into the entertainment business when she was 2 and had just discovered she had family who wanted to see her (her Mom said there were none). They fell in love and didn't even have their first kiss till the last page but the book was just filled with romance, caring, and love. Sweet is the word for it!


message 45: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Terri Lynn, Thanks I am so excited going to go check it out. Just what I have been looking for:D!


message 46: by Cindy (last edited Mar 21, 2012 05:19AM) (new)

Cindy Just ordered my 2 free books!!! Thanks again Terri Lynn!!!


message 47: by Terri Lynn (new)

Terri Lynn (terrilynnmerritts) | 4 comments You are welcome Cindy!!! Yes, I forgot to mention that you can sample any of the series for FREE. They will send 2 free books at no charge with no shipping or cost at all and no obligation.

In the Harlequin Heartwarming series, I get three books at a time as a subscriber and pay no sales tax and only 50 cents shipping each for a total of $1.50 shipping. With each book discounted by 27%, this is a real deal.

I loved it that you can read an excerpt right at the site to see if it is the kind of book you'll like. You also can return any book you receive as a subscriber that you don't like for a refund. I am sure you will love this series too Cindy.


message 48: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I am glad to hear I can sample some of the other ones too. I like some of the love inspired, historical inspirational as well. I will have to sign up for them too lol:) Thanks again!


message 49: by Englishrose (new)

Englishrose | 33 comments The Heartwarming series is up and running - with all totally clean books. I've reviewed several of them. www.cleanromancereviews.com


message 50: by Terri Lynn (new)

Terri Lynn (terrilynnmerritts) | 4 comments I have read several of them too Englishrose which is why I recommended them above. They are very clean! I'll read your reviews. Maybe we have read some of the same books. Kudos to Harlequin for remembering that some of us like a little romance in life that still has real romance in it before the sex!


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