News From the Desk of Romance Editor Susan Lohrer

Spring 2014

Congratulations to Georgina Penney, who has not one but two novels (including Unforgettable You, starring the fabulous engineer heroine Jo Blaine) published by Penguin Books Australia.



Spring 2013

Congratulations to Nikki Arana. Her debut romantic suspense novel, The Next Target, won the ECPA 2013 Christian Book Award for Fiction.



Summer 2012

Congratulations to C. E. Hilbert for this fabulous review of her inspirational hockey romance (yes, hockey romance, and if you think that doesn't sound romantic, think of Susan Elizabeth Phillips), The Wooing of Jane Grey (edited for Deep River Books): "Something happens to me when I read a really good book. I will actually get a sharp stabbing pain in my heart when the scene really touches me. It happened over and over again as I read this book." You can read the rest of the review on Amazon.

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And I'm a grandma again! :)

Spring 2012

A tremendous congratulations to Nikki Arana for her forthcoming inspirational suspense title, THE NEXT TARGET, which is getting rave reviews like this one from Publishers Weekly: "Arana's vivid imagery is imbued with spiritual force . . . and her pacing is fiercely powerful." I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just suggest you read this one with a box of tissues and perhaps keep a defibrillator on standby, because this darling of women's fiction writes heart-stopping suspense.

Winter 2011/2012

Two of Bernadette Marie's books are in the top 100 contemporary romances in the iTunes Bookstore: Cart Before the Horse and The Executive's Decision. Way to go, Bernadette!

Summer 2011

Susan Craft's The Chamomile was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to be one of their 12 Okra Picks. SIBA invited Susan to be a guest author on a panel about Steel Magnolias in September.

Spring 2011

Publishers come and go, and editors move from house to house. Though I had looked forward to acquiring for a small press I worked with for a while, I'm saying good-bye to that position with a heavy heart, as the publisher isn't the right fit for me.


Winter 2010/2011


Susan Craft's historical romantic suspense, The Chamomile (Ingalls Publishing Group), will be in stores in November.

The novelty still hasn't worn off of being a grandma. I suspect it never will.


Fall 2010

The babies have arrived, and I'm enjoying being a grandma.

Bernadette Marie's second book in the Matchmakers series, Encore Performance, is out.

Lynne Wells Walding has a contract with Sheaf House for her debut novel, A Handful of Demons.

Summer 2010

My schedule will be erratic in the near future, with the imminent arrival of twin granddaughters.

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What better way to kick off the summer than with this review of Bernadette Marie's Matchmakers (review by Detra Fitch of
Huntress Book Reviews):

**** FOUR STARS! If you have a soft heart then you better keep the tissues close by as you read this gem. This is the first in the Matchmaker Trilogy. This title is a stand-alone story, filled with strong characters that deserve a second chance at love. I am not just talking about Sophia and David either. Young Carissa's life has been anything but easy. I found myself coming to care for this brave teen more than any other character. In my opinion, the two elderly schemers do not play large enough roles within the story. I am hoping to see these charming and cunning ladies be more involved next time. I am pleased to be able to recommend this piece of Women's Fiction to all. I look forward to more titles from this author. ****

Spring 2010


Congrats to Bernadette Marie on her debut novel, Matchmakers, first title in her Matchmakers trilogy from Snowy Creek Romance, an imprint of Loucks-Christienson Publishing.


Cellist Sophia Burkhalter thought ten years in Europe performing as a part of an exclusive ensemble would have made it clear she wasn’t a prime candidate for her grandmother’s matchmaking skills. After all, she’d walked away from the man she loved, leaving him back home in Kansas City. David Kendal had fallen in love with Sophia, a match orchestrated by her grandmother and his aunt. However, the unexpected appearance of the daughter he never knew he had—and Sophie’s sudden, subsequent departure for Europe—left him lost and confused. Carissa Kendal has only ever wanted the best for her father. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that the very woman who broke her father’s heart might be the one to make them a real family. Can Carissa—and the women who originally played matchmaker to the duo—convince them that love is worth a second try? Or will careers and past mistakes tear them apart forever before they have a chance to reconcile? 
Snowy Creek Romance, 2010


Winter 2009/2010


Congrats to Laurie Alice Eakes on her three historical novels forthcoming from Revell.

Bride of the Mist:
A young midwife mourns her lack of spouse and children and spends too much time wandering along the seashore imagining a man she can love will step out of the mist. But when one does, he is a better candidate for villain than hero.
Revell, Sept. 2011

New sales:
Bride of the Sea
In 1813, a midwife determines to protect her friend and patient; the expectant mother determines to free her husband from an English prison; two men determine to get revenge for past wrongs.
Revell, Sept. 2012

Bride of the Land
A young woman trained as a midwife to follow family tradition doesn’t want to practice, so takes a position as governess in the Virginia mountains. Instead of the peace she seeks, she finds herself in the middle of a deadly family feud.
Revell, Sept. 2013

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Congrats to Miralee Ferrell for her 4 1/2 star review from RT for Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon!


Fall 2009

Publishers Weekly review of Kelly Irvin's A Deadly Wilderness. In addition to being an amazing author, Kelly is my good friend and critique partner. Way to go, Kelly! You've earned this review.


A Deadly Wilderness: The Ties That Kill Kelly Irvin. Five Star, $25.95 (354p) ISBN 978-1-59414-843-9
At the start of Irvin's solid romantic suspense debut, San Antonio, Tex., homicide detective Ray Johnson (aka “Bible Boy”) is hiking with his girlfriend Susana Acosta's eight-year-old son, when he falls down a ravine and lands near the body of Joey Doyle, the victim of a hired assassin, Lalo Hernandez, who has cut off Doyle's ring finger. When the police discover Joey was the youngest son of a wealthy car dealership owner (apparently unaffected by the auto industry meltdown), they investigate members of Joey's family, starting with his wife, Melody. Aware of her husband's infidelities, Melody had plenty of motive. Ray, a likable Christian cop who's not too holier-than-thou, has to decide whether he stays on the force or studies for the ministry to keep Susana's heart. In contrast stands Hernandez, the aging Latino assassin, whose laconic attitude makes him all too chillingly real. (Jan.)

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Harlequin announces its new electronic division, Carina Press. Submission guidelines here. Angela James is the executive editor, so there's a positive feeling in the e-publishing community about this new venture.



Summer 2009

MaryLu's The Blue Enchantress has been released.



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Laurie Alice's next historical romance with strong suspense elements sold to Baker/Revell.