Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Vampires in Christian fiction

I have a confession. Vampires entertain me. But I'm not a horror fan. I prefer my vamps cute and campy as opposed to dark and creepy- more Edward than Anne Rice. And if there's a little romance thrown in, all the better.

Most of the Christian fiction I read falls into the realm of realistic fiction (and you may think romance is debatable), but I'm not opposed to seeing fantasy elements in the genre.

So whenever I hear about an inspy vampire book, it catches my attention. I haven't tried any of them yet, but they are definitely on my radar. Especially this new one by Leanna Ellis (thanks to Rel for the heads up).

Forsaken is an Amish vampire novel set to release in August from Sourcebooks. Leanna Ellis is a popular CBA author, but Sourcebooks is a general market publisher.

I haven't read a bonnet book in about a decade (a fact that makes me feel slightly guilty since I blog about inspy romance, but that's a confession for another day). Forsaken just might be the book that breaks the dry streak.

Want to know more? Here's the book blurb:

Hannah Schmidt pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life. But Jacob is gone, buried. Levi Fisher loves Hannah. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives.

So when a stranger named Akiva comes into their community, he carries with him two secrets: he is, in fact, Jacob. And he is now a vampire.

When secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love-a decision that will decide the fate of her soul.

And have you seen these?

Vampire Lit seems to be the red headed step-child of the CBA. But if you search a little, you'll find other titles out there. FaithWords has a book called Kiss of Night, the first in a Christian vampire series by Debbie ViguiƩ, coming this fall (thanks to Amy and Deborah for the heads up on this one).

Below are a few covers of a some more books in this sub-genre. Have you read any of them? Which ones would you recommend to a high romance/low horror vampire fan? I'm okay if the romance doesn't actually include the vampire.


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