I had to go into town this morning to the farmer’s market for vegetables for today’s soup canning expedition, and while I was there, I swung by the church to see what they had for Steeple Hill romances in the church library. (I’ve always ignored them before!) But because I’ve gotten a fixation the last few days on romances and trying to write one myself, I figured I’d be smart to see what’s out there.
Steeple Hill is a division of Harlequin, and here’s what they say about their novels: “Heartwarming, inspirational Love Inspired stories feature a commitment to strong family values and high moral standards.” They have four divisions, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, Cafe, and Women’s Fiction. My church library seems only to have heard of Steeple Hill Love Inspired, though. I read two of them today, sitting at the kitchen table keeping half an eye on the pressure canner gauge. (Yes, I DID get some work done too!)
What have I learned? What can I summarize from two books? Both heroines were mid-twenties career girls sworn off of love for different reasons. One of the heroes was a widower with a child…can you say ‘nanny’? Both stories are contemporary, which I already knew from reading the guidelines. That’s my biggest problem with genre romance, I think. I prefer fantasy or sf settings. My last three books have had a romance as central to the plot, but don’t quite fit genre romance on account of the setting.
Anyone have any recommendations of Steeple Hill novels from the ‘other’ sub-genres? I’ll read a few more Love Inspired from the church library because they’re handy, and I’m sure I’ll find more common threads to help me shape my own story, but I have a feeling that mine might be more ‘mature’. I need to find some of their Women’s Fic to read I think, see if that’s where the story I’m starting to dream up may fit better. Tips would be welcome.