Welcome to Carina Adores, Carina Press’s new trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line, launching in June 2020.
Each of these highly romantic stories features LGBTQ+ main characters and has a strong central trope. From marriages of convenience, royalty, and secret babies to friends to lovers, single parents and more, Carina Adores is publishing feel-good romances where gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, aromantic and nonbinary protagonists get their happily ever afters.
We welcome and encourage submissions from members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as diverse characters and #ownvoices stories.
In order to be considered for Carina Adores, submissions must:
We want books that are highly romantic, with great scenes of characters getting to know each other, falling in love, overcoming conflict and giving us that warm, mushy feeling of romance well-done.
We welcome submissions of full manuscripts or proposals.
Proposals should include:
Recommended Trope List
We encourage authors to be creative in their use of tropes, to use multiple tropes, and to think of new ways to use old classics!
**Please note that while some of the language below is gendered (cowboys, prince) we actively want to see a multitude of genders with those tropes.**
Protector and person in peril (bodyguard, law enforcement)
Marriages of convenience
Enemies to lovers
Fake relationship/fake fiancé
Lovers reunited/second chance
Virgin /playboy main character
In love with best friend’s sibling/sibling’s best friend
In love with sibling’s ex
Cinderella/rags to riches
Babies/toddlers/instant family premises
Nanny/childcare worker and parent/guardian
Surprise pregnancies, or pregnancies with other dramas (can include IVF storylines)
Two people after the same job/business location/etc.
May/December romance—age difference
Forced proximity/trapped in a cabin/airport, etc.
**If you’re not writing a specifically trope-based romance, or your story falls outside of contemporary romance, consider submitting to Carina Press via our open general submissions. We are acquiring LGBTQ+ romance across all subgenres.**
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org