Candlelight Romance is the inspirational contemporary romance line of LPC Books (LPC). LPC releases one contemporary title each quarter.

At Candlelight we agree that a romance novel should first entertain. In doing so the story should have a strong action plot, emotional plot, and faith plot. These novels will be among the best the publishing industry has to offer, written by seasoned authors or beginning writers who exhibit creativity and a knowledge of the craft.

Candlelight envisions romance as a novel incorporating depth of character as relationships develop. Romance can be exhibited in the worst of trials and circumstances, or encased in a lovely evening of moonlight and roses.

Candlelight stories may focus on a soft glow, an illumination of heart and soul, a flame of emotion, and/or a light to one’s spiritual journey. Our realistic love stories are designed to entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

Key Elements

Contemporary Candlelight Romance Novel

  • The story should entertain and engage the reader
  • These novels are written by Christian authors, conform to a biblical worldview, and present wholesome values
  • Writers exhibit a knowledge of writing craft and creative talent
  • Hero and heroine are introduced early into the story, either by meeting or with alternating scenes or chapters
  • Romantic relationship emphasizes realistic intimacy rather than sensual focus
  • Faith element is a part of the story without didactic, preachy, or doctrinal tone
  • Stories may be set after WWII in the US or abroad
  • Word count of 55,000 to 60,000 words

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must include a theme, or take-away value, explicitly stated (1 sentence), a back cover blurb suggestion (1-2 short paragraphs), synopsis (1-2 pages single spaced), first three chapters, marketing plan, endorsers, and author bio.

Submit proposals in a single Word document and e-mail as an attachment to:

Acquisitions and Managing Editor
Candlelight Romance, Imprint of LPC

At this time we are considering submissions only from respected CBA literary agencies and requests made to authors we meet at Christian writers conferences.