Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What do you think of all the new lines at Love Inspired?

I'm curious about what readers think of the new lines--Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical. Which is your favorite? What was your favorite book in that line? Why? We writers want to know.

Do you have a favorite kind of hero--the strong silent type or Mr. Charm your socks off?

Do you have a favorite kind of heroine--sweet and shy or Miss Don't Mess with Me?

So what's your opinions?
Lyn Cote


DarcieMarie said...

Good Morning,

I got "hooked" on the Love Inspired books last year and it is about all I read now. I read at least 4 a week. I have a hard time keeping enough of them on hand to have one to read.
I enjoy the ones that are sassy and have a lot going on from the first page to the last page. We already know the man will get the woman so I enjoy the ones that are exciting and funny.... and so far over half of the Love Inspired Suspense books are long drawn out affairs.... come on Authors make them as exciting as the plain romance ones. Lyn you are one of my favorite authors and I guess Debra Clopton is next with her Mule Hollow series.

WK said...

I love the Love Inspired lines. All of them. They offer me the variety I like in my reading. I can read a historical when the mood strikes or a contemporary or a suspense. I love that. Humm my favorites so far are Robin Carolls Bayou series. I adore those books. They are wonderful. And Roxanne Rustrand's books, and oh well my list is long and could go on and on. Marta Perry is a favorite of my............

A great line of books.

squiresj said...

Favorite - yes and no. I have so many favorite Authors I have met while reading Love Inspired Romance - by the way - some of the best their is. My church Secretary and I are sharing our books back and forth. Right now I am reading Seaside Cinderella by Anna Schmidt. I am surprised by it and enjoying it immensely. I will post reviews once I finish it to tempt other to pick it up too.
One of my favorite authors is Mae Nunn. Her books took me through an ankle fusion which was very difficult for me. What I liked was hardship and romance all wrapped up together in a book. Also faith tucked in without preaching it - daily living. Do I have a favorite type. No - I have read your books and love them. I have read Historical and my first Suspense this year. But anything that says "Love Inspired" has been uplifting and encouraging. I have found other Christian Authors not under Love Inspired that have encouraged me to keep moving forward in life too.
I love Gail Martin, Marta Perry, and just way too many to mention. God Bless and keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled with the new Love Inspired Historical line. Ruth Axtell Morren is one of my favorites and it's exciting to see so many of her books lined up.

I think I rather like the hero who's ego needs to be tamed. And for the heroine, I like to see one gaining in God-confidence.

I'd like to see more of a selection available at our Walmart as they only seem to have a few titles on the shelf. It would be great to see a stand featuring SteepleHill only books, unfortuneately I have to sift through a variety of "inappropriate" secular covers to find what I'm looking for. It makes me wonder if others realize that there are actually Christian books there mixed in.

Keep up the good work, and I would love to see more titles published each month.

The site looks fantastic!

Jennifer Y. said...

Love the new look to the site.

And I am THRILLED that there is not a Love Inspired Historical Line. It combines two of my fave things...the Love Inspired and historical romances. I had hoped for this line for a while and was excited to see it become a reality. It would be hard to pick a favorite from the ones I have read so far. I loved Jillian Hart's Homespun Bride and Victoria Bylin's The Bounty Hunter's Bride was just wonderful.

I don't think I have a favorite type of hero or heroine. I like to read about all types. I like variety.

Jennifer Y. said...

That should say "now a Love Inspired line..." I goofed *blushes*

Anita Mae Draper said...

My hubby, teen daughter and I got hooked on LI's 2 yrs ago.

I love the Historicals best although so far my Top 10 list for 2008 have both these:
- Buried Secrets by Margaret Daley LIS
- Frontier Courtship by Valerie Hansen LIH

I have a feeling however, that Vicki Bylin's Bounty Hunter's Bride will be on that list as well but I have to read it first. :-D

My teen favors LI Suspense and anything written by Margaret Daley and Cheryl Wolverton although she'll read most of the others.

Hubby will read anything from Love Inspired.

Ausjenny said...

I have only read a couple of historical and a couple of suspense but I do enjoy both. its harder to get here in australia partly cos i have to pay upfront for 12 months and at present I cant afford to do that. But Im hopeing to get a few books when i go to Canada in Sept.
I love the Historical ones.
I enjoy the others too but I really yearn for historical books at times. I think to get lost in another era where life was different not as fast paced.

Debra Clopton said...

Great question Lyn. Thank you Darcie!I will continue to try and make my books ones you will enjoy!

I love that all the LI, LIS, and LIH have such a variety of authors. I believe that is our strengths.I'm one of the authors but I'm also a fan :)Keep up the good work ladies.

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Squires - Thanks so very much for letting me know you enjoy my books. What would authors be without wonderful, faithful readers like you.


Lyn Cote said...


How wonderful to hear from all you happy readers.

One of the hardest things about writing is that we rarely get to see where our books go and to whom.

Thanks for all the lovely compliments and thanks for being loyal readers.

One thing was mentioned about wanting more Love Inspireds at the Walmart. Believe it or not, you can really make a difference. Just stop by the courtesy desk and say who's in charge of stocking the Love Inspired books? And then say would you tell them that we need more.

The problem is that our publisher sends our books out to "jobbers" who go to the stores and put them on the shelves. They used to go back and restock books that had sold out. They no longer do that. So if you will say, hey, you're not getting enough, the store may ask for more copies to be delivered of each title since that's it until the next month.

They don't listen to authors--just readers!

Thanks again for all your sweet comments.

Marta Perry said...

Wow, thanks so much for all the nice comments about our books.

As a writer, I enjoy the variety, too. It's fun to be able to switch between Love Inspired and Suspense, and it keeps me always looking ahead to the next project.

Marta Perry

Linda Ford said...

Wow. Great to see the comments from readers.

I am entering your names in the contest re the lines. (go the the blog site to see details).


Margaret Daley said...

Thanks, Anita Mae.

I love the range of books being offered by Steeple Hill.

It has been interesting to read the comments.

Margaret Daley

Missy Tippens said...

What great feedback! Thanks for asking the question, Lyn. And thanks to all the readers!

I've loved both the LI and LIS lines. And I have my first LIH but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I really look forward to it since I love historicals (even though I only write contemporary). :)


Ausjenny said...

Sometimes i wish i lived in America to be able to get these books so easily. We can get the other lines of harliquin and I use to order a teen line which came out once a month for a few years.
but the secular bookstores in australia and the supermarkets dont have many if any Christian fiction so it leaves the 2 main christian bookstores which both only carry a limited range of LI books.
also living in a smaller town its hard. I wish international readers could buy the books like Barbour do where they debit a credit card for each shippment rather than paying up front with an international check for 12 months (icant afford the check and to pay 12 months up front)

Valerie Hansen said...

Anita Mae,
Thanks for mentioning my FRONTIER COURTSHIP. It was a labor of love and I was thrilled to place it with Love Inspired Historicals. There's another one coming to stores in August, so watch for WILDERNESS COURTSHIP and you'll see what happened to Charity after she got to California.
Valerie Hansen

Valerie Hansen said...

Why in the world would you have to pay in advance? That makes no sense to me. I'm so sorry to hear that you're having trouble getting our books.

Lenora said...

Hi. Dropping in before I go on a two week vacation to Florida to "dogsit" my daughter's little doggy Sassy. She lives a mile from the beach, so we will have a lot of fun talking long walks and being lazy. But this will also be a working vacation since I'm on deadline as usual (a blessing that I won't complain about!) Writers are never really on vacation, as we all know. Our minds are constantly writing and plotting and we often talk to ourselves. That gets us lots of strange stares in the grocery store. Or in my case, in the shoe department. That is where you can usually find me--even when I'm plotting angst and conflict! Or thinking to myself, do I really need these shoes? Of course I do. I must go pack--bathing suit, sunscreen and shoes, of course! I'll check in to see if y'all are behaving!

Mara said...

I love them all. I prefer LIS and love LI. It is too hard to choose.
Trying to keep them in supply is hard because I read them too quickly.
Thank you,