Saturday, March 20, 2021

Awesome Author Power Zooms

Been busy, busy, BUSY with homework from our Awesome Author Power Zoom. What a power-packed 30 minutes!

Our "take-away" (code for homework) from yesterday's topic of "Platform & Brand," was getting our platforms updated. And in process of updating our platforms, some found we weren't getting maximum leverage from them. You don't want to miss next week's PZ! The topic is, "Leveraging Our Platforms."

The Power Zooms are a weekly event and exclusive to subscribers, so make sure you receive your invitation to the PZ's by subscribing to Awesome Author Writing News & Tips.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Guide to Genres we Publish

Regardless of genre, all manuscripts acquired by Forever Love Books and Novelist Press fall into the Inspirational, Christian Fiction, and Biblical Fiction categories. All of our novels are written from a Christian worldview. We do not accept paranormal or horror. 
Biblical Fiction: The term Bible fiction refers to works of fiction which use characters, settings, and events taken from the Bible. The degree of fictionalization in these works varies. And although they are often written by Christians or Jews, this is not always the case.

Inspirational/Christian fiction: Characters in an inspirational novel are driven by their faith, whether the character is finding their faith, or the writer is using faith as a plot device. .

Mainstream fiction: Stories that can't be slotted into a particular genre. Mainstream fiction can cover any topic, in any time period, be any length, etc. Like genre fiction, mainstream fiction tends to focus on story, though usually with greater depth of characterization.
Fantasy and Time Travel: We will consider manuscripts in these genres if the plot can be strongly under-girded with scripture (Shane Johnson and MaryLu Tyndall are examples of authors who succeed in this).


  • Crime Fiction: Includes detective fiction (such as the whodunit), courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction, and legal thrillers. Most crime drama focuses on crime investigation and does not feature the court room. Suspense and mystery are key elements that are woven throughout all parts of the genre.
  • Detective Fiction: A subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective—either professional, amateur or retired—investigates a crime, often murder.
  • Mystery: A genre of fiction that usually (but not always) follows a crime from the moment it is committed to the moment it is solved. Mystery novels are often called “whodunits” because they turn the reader into a detective trying to figure out the who, what, when, and how of a particular crime. Mysteries that do not involve crimes are of particular interest to us.

  • Amish Romance: A literary subgenre of Christian fiction featuring Amish characters, but written and read mostly by evangelical Christian women.
  • Cold case Romance: The focus of these stories is about reopening cold cases. The characters are working to solve crimes. While there may be dangerous situations, the plots don’t necessarily revolve around suspense--villains coming after the hero/heroine.
  • Contemporary Romance:  Subgenre of romance novels, generally set contemporaneously with the time of its writing. The largest of the romance novel subgenres, contemporary romance novels are set in the time when they were written, and usually reflect the mores of their time.
  • Historical Romance (also historical novels): A broad category of fiction in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
  • Inspirational Romance: Characters in an inspirational romance are driven by their faith, whether the character is finding their faith, or the writer is using faith as a plot device.
  • Romantic Suspense: Any genre romance that features a prominent mystery, suspense, or thriller plot. There needs to be a balance of both romance and suspense, so one aspect of the story does not overpower the other.
  • Sweet Romance:  Uncomplicated story about two people finding each other. They do have conflict and obstacles, however, that does not change how the characters [the hero and heroine] feel about one another (usually no sub-plots and only one-two main character POV[s]).
  • Western Romance: Any genre romance set in the American West. Plots generally center around traditionally Western activities such as ranching and rodeo. A western romance can be either contemporary or historically set. 

Southern Fiction: Southern fiction can be a part of any genre but substantially recognizable as contingent upon southern identifiers: geographic, social, cultural, as well as historical and linguistic contingencies that constitute "the South."

Speculative Fiction | Science Fiction: Speculative elements based on "what if's" that change the laws of what's real or possible as we know it in our current society, and then speculate on the outcome.

Thriller: A genre of fiction, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation, and anxiety. 

Women's Fiction: An umbrella term for books that are marketed to female readers, and includes many mainstream novels, romantic fiction, "chick lit," and other sub genres. It is distinct from Women's writing, which refers to literature written by (rather than promoted to) women.

Young Adult Fiction (YA): A category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age (but approximately half of YA readers are adults!). The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity. Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming-of-age novels

Read our submission guidelines carefully.

Happy plotting, planning, writing...and get published!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Out-of-the-Box Christian Romance Novels

Forever Love® Books
 Not your everyday Christian Fiction!

Are you having trouble getting published because you write "Out-of-the-Box" inspirational romance? What do we mean by out-of-the-box? We mean believable non-stereotypical characters that real-life people can relate to, characters with flaws and problems that don't make it into mainstream Christian fiction.

 Would your characters "clutter up" a nice little church? That's what we are looking for! Don't give us trite. Don't give us "churchy." Don't give us perfect!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review: Writing From the Trenches

Review by Jocelyn Andersen: I love it! 

  I ordered the paperback because I love to highlight, take notes, and re-read. And I am doing just that. I have been looking for a resource like this for AGES. Non-fiction flows fairly easily from my pen, but I have struggled with finishing my novel. Some of my questions have been so basic, yet books I have read purporting to answer them have fallen short. NOT ANY MORE! Writing from the trenches is a joint effort of ten best-selling authors. Yes, I said TEN. I love that I'm getting ten different takes on different methods of getting that novel started and finished. Not only are my novel-writing questions getting answered, but I find myself inspired, motivated, and moving forward with new confidence that I CAN DO THIS! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review of Lydia's Song: A Child Lost A Woman Found

I did not want to read this book. I cringed at the subject matter. But I am so glad I overcame my initial reluctance and read it anyway. Katherine Blessan does not pull any punches. She dealt with the horror and tragedy of child sex trafficking head-on, yet somehow managed to craft a compelling story, that is ultimately a story of hope.

I loved it.

The book is about a tiny girl named "Song," who was kidnapped from her adoptive mother, Lydia, and sold into the sex trade at age ten. The story is told from both Song's point of view and Lydia's. It is a well written and sensitive depiction of a dark underbelly that exists in most societies, what is being done to little girls like Song, and also about the people who risk and dedicate their lives to rescuing these precious children, and, after that, spend years helping them to recover from their experiences and reintegrate back into society.

The novel is a bit graphic in places, but I believe no more than necessary, and my hat is off to Blessan for having the courage to write faithfully. I strongly recommend this book. Everyone needs to read it. I pray Lydia's Song will be read and shared and read and shared and read and...

And that eyes and hearts will be opened to the plight of girls who desperately need us to care enough to step out of our comfort zones and at least read about them. And after that, to hopefully become voices against their enslavement and for their rescue.