devilishly handsome guy next door. The rugged fireman who shops at the corner
store. The bartender with the amazing dimples... Ahh. Romance is in the air at
Bliss with fun, fresh, flirty stories of modern women and every-day men finding
their happily ever after in sweetest of places.
Specifically, we want:
• Proven category tropes such as mistaken identity, revenge,
fake relationship, older brother’s best friend, enemies-to-lovers, best
friends-to-lovers, bait and switch, marriage of convenience, opposites
• Sexy, every-day heroes like firemen, cowboys, bartenders,
military men, cops, etc. The kind of men from small towns you wish you could
find closer to home. Beta heroes are just as welcome as Alpha heroes.
• Romance as the primary plot— secondary
characters such as parents, friends, siblings, or children can, and should,
reinforce the hero and heroine’s journey, but shouldn’t overshadow their story.
Bliss stories should include side characters such as family members, if the
story calls for it. And a vibrant cast of townspeople is always appreciated as
• POV should be split 50/50 between the hero and heroine.
3rd person POV is preferred, but we will consider 1st person POV.
• Small-town setting—whether it’s a vineyard in
California, a ranch in Montana, or a pub in England, the setting should be
somewhere outside of a city. The community/setting should be a part of the
story. Think the town of Bluebell in Hart of Dixie or Stars Hollow in Gilmore
• Clean heat
level. Bliss books
have lots of sexual tension, but closed-door (or no) sex scenes.
• Unique voices in the vein of Catherine Bybee, Susan Mallery,
Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips, Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis.
• Movies that inspire us: Sweet Home
Alabama, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, The Proposal
Having trouble deciding
which imprint to submit your story?
differences between Lovestruck and Bliss are: tone and setting. Bliss romances
take place in small towns, include family and friends, and a flirty tone.
Lovestruck stories are focused on finding love in more urban settings, the tone
is edgier, and the heat level is higher.
difference between Indulgence and Bliss is the hero. Indulgence heroes are
fantasy men who have wealth and power and know how to wield it. Bliss heroes
are the guys you meet in real life. Indulgence heroes are always alpha—Bliss
heroes can be alpha, but beta is great, too!
difference between Brazen and Bliss is heat! In Brazen, the sexual interaction
is the gravitational force that brings the characters to true love. In a Bliss,
the sexual attraction is not the focus, but rather a result. Bliss has closed-door
The fine print:
• Manuscripts should be between 45k-65K words in length. Unless you are an established category romance author
querying on proposal, manuscripts must be complete prior to submission. Proposals should include at least the first two chapters.
• Novellas 15-40k are accepted.
• Revised backlist titles will be
considered on a case by case basis.
• We accept both agented and unagented
submissions at this time.