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Forgiven

Exciting News for FORGIVEN!

This week, I was informed that PLAIN FEAR: FORGIVEN had been chosen for a special promotion by Barnes and Noble. It goes on sale today as a NOOK book.

Samuel Fisher committed a sin of biblical proportions—he killed his own brother, Jacob. Samuel’s guilt overwhelms him as he struggles to understand the choices Jacob made which led to his death. Haunted by doubts and questions, Samuel starts down the same dark path of destruction. In the gripping final battle between hunters and vampires, Samuel must choose where his loyalties lie. The decisions he makes not only threaten the lives of those he loves, but determine if he will ultimately be forgiven.

You can read a preview here.

Reviews:

“An unlikely, yet fresh idea that completely works, thanks to her ability to blend the genres in a tasteful manner.” – RT Book Reviews –

“A richly detailed and atmospheric tale of suspense.” – Library Journal –

I hope you’ll help me make PLAIN FEAR: FORGIVEN a big success during this special promotion! Thanks for all your support!

Giveaway: To celebrate this promotion, leave a comment below and I’ll draw a name of a winner to receive the paperback copy of PLAIN FEAR: FORSAKEN and PLAIN FEAR: FORBIDDEN, the first two books in the series. I’ll draw a name on Monday, April 7th.

Forgiven

Blown away!

Some new reviews have been coming in and have blown my socks off. Thankfully, it’s summer! Here’s one of the latest reviews of Plain Fear: Forgiven.

Inspirational fiction author Leanna Ellis was thinking a long way out of the box when she created the Plain Fear series. A paranormal series based on the simplistic lifestyle of the Amish, combined with the haunting elegance of vampires. Her vision resounded with both paranormal romance and inspirational readers with this ultimate tale of good vs. evil. The final book in the series, Plain Fear: Forgiven concludes this ground breaking series and blends the two genres so masterfully that it is hard to tell which one the book actually fits into. An amazing finale to a very charismatic and suspenseful series!

Leanna Ellis has long been a favorite of mine in the inspirational fiction genre. Being a fan of paranormal writing as well, I was extremely excited to see where Ellis would take this Amish/Vampire romance. I was certainly not disappointed. Plain Fear is a series that redefines what readers might consider inspirational. Even though some of the characters are “undead” these books still have the same underlying issues that any inspirational novel might have: good vs. evil, faith vs. unbelief, love vs. hate and even redemption vs. eternal loss. Ellis has done something many readers may not have thought possible. She has used characters and ideas that many in the inspirational community would consider taboo, to show the power of love and of God. Well done!

Plain Fear: Forgiven is the final book in the Plain Fear series. It wraps up the complete circle of the series, going from being utterly forsaken to being forgiven. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they watch the hero, Samuel struggle against the dark side of his nature, which would lead him down the same path his brother Jacob succumbed to. But they will also see his determination to live up to the tenets of his faith. This book not only has the elements of good and evil but it is also filled with suspense and romance, giving the reader a very complex story that will stick with them for a long time.

Ellis’ portrayal of the Amish is done with a deft hand. She does not make the simple lifestyle of the Amish people into something evil by adding the vampire element. She still shows these people as people of faith and understanding. Who often stand in the gap between the materialistic world and the a world of simple pleasures and meaning that has fallen by the wayside. She shows the faith and love of this remarkable group of people with grace, while showing the dark, seductive side of life through the eyes of her vampire characters. The stark contrast is amazing to see brought out in the pages of this book and the others in the series.

I can honestly say that after reading this series I have reflected more about my own life and faith. Samuel shows that even those who believe they are on a righteous path have to make tough decisions and must live with the consequences of each decision they make. Even though this series may not be in the inspirational market, I think it holds true value in that arena as well as the paranormal market. If you haven’t read this series… What are you waiting for?

I’m giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag! That’s the highest praise I can give…

Deb’s Bookbag

Release day and giveaway!

An interesting day to say the least. First, I noticed that this is my 666th post. Kind of weird when you think about the release of my third book in the Plain Fear series is about the battle of good versus evil.

Then when I was having my quiet time, it was no coincidence that my reading for the day in Deuteronomy 15 was about the year for canceling debts, which is what God does in our lives when we give our hearts to Christ. He cancels our debts! And we have many, for who is not a sinner? And isn’t that what Forgiveness truly is?

Which brings me back to my book. Happy release day to Plain Fear: FORGIVEN, the 3rd book in my Plain Fear series. Very excited and nervous about this book, but happy it’s finally out. Also, kind of sad to say goodbye to this series. It was such a blessing to write it. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s my best friend’s blog today, mentioning Plain Fear: Forgiven. And another wonderful writer friend’s blog talking about Plain Fear: Forgiven today.

Time to order that copy! Hope you will and hope it blesses you!

GIVEAWAY: If you mention Plain Fear: Forgiven on your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or blog, I will put your name into a drawing for a free book (US residents only!) of Plain Fear: Forgiven! (Be sure and let me know!)

Release day!

It’s release day for my book Plain Fear: Forbidden! This is book #2 of my series.

Rachel Schmidt Nussbaum, a young Amish widow, is now seven-and-a-half months pregnant with her first child. She blames herself for her husband Josef’s death, and believes she is being punished by God for her past sins.
So when a stranger arrives claiming to be an old friend from her wilder years, saying only she can fix things for him, for Josef, and for herself, she makes an impulsive decision to follow him. It is a decision that will send Rachel on a dangerous journey—one that will lead her to the depths of ultimate danger, the potential for new love, and a battle that will decide both the fate of her soul and the life of her unborn child.

I loved one review, which said Rachel had a heart of a lioness. And she does!

Also I’m visiting another blog today where I’m telling 10 things you may not know about me. Hope you’ll drop by for a chance to win a copy of Forbidden.

WOW! An Awesome Christmas Deal!


Have you been as busy as I have been getting ready for Christmas? Between all of my kids’ activities and shopping, I’ve been running like crazy. I’ve also been working on a few new things for the coming year, so stay tuned to learn more about those in the coming months.

But here’s something immediately that is pretty awesome!

Starting Dec. 17th through the 23rd, Amazon is offering Plain Fear: Forsaken for the Kindle at only $2.99. This is a great time to get the book if you haven’t had time to read it yet or would like to let your friends know about it! So spread the Christmas cheer!

And if you didn’t think THAT deal was good enough, then you’ll be very happy with this one! For only ONE day, Dec. 17th, Plain Fear: Forsaken is the Deal of the Day at Barnes and Noble’s Nook. For that one day, it will be only $1.99!

So let your friends know about this great deal! And most importantly, Merry Christmas! I wish you and yours a very joyous Christmas and a bright New Year!

Blessings,

Leanna

Great Deal!


Because of the approaching Halloween season, Sourcebooks has lowered the price of PLAIN FEAR: FORSAKEN, ebook edition (Kindle and Nook), for one week! A great deal if you haven’t read it yet! Spread the news!!!

In fact, I think this deserves a contest! I’ll give away a mix for making soft pretzels, which I have to say are delicious. How to win: send the link to folks you know. I’ll post a blurb of the book and link below. Then post a comment on my blog and tell me how many folks you sent the link to. You’ll then be entered in the drawing. I’ll draw a name November 4th!

Blurb for PLAIN FEAR: FORSAKEN

Hannah Schmidt, a young Amish woman mourning the mysterious death of her beloved Jacob, must decide between two brothers, between good and evil. When she learns her first love is now the vampire Akiva, she must forsake him and cling to a new love, a lasting love, one that will save her soul.

http://www.amazon.com/Plain-Fear-Forsaken-Novel-ebook/dp/B0057H76GM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319559162&sr=8-2

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/plain-fear-leanna-ellis/1102174612?ean=9781402255403&itm=1&usri=plain%2bfear3a%2bforsaken

Happy Thanksgiving Blessings!



There are so many blessings to be grateful for and two have really kept me busy lately. One, my daughter has been starring in Annie as Annie. It’s been a wonderful experience, chock full of learning, and we’ve met so many wonderful new friends at the theater. Starting in September, when she got the part, which was totally unexpected since it was only her 2nd audition and we were just hoping for a callback, she began rehearsals that were every week night and most of Saturdays. And now we’ve been in 3 weeks of performances and have four more to go. She performs three times a week. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the folks she has met! Two, my book Forsaken, is due Dec. 1st, so I’ve been very busy working on it and am polishing it like crazy this week before I turn it in. And so, I hope that explains a little why I haven’t been here much. I will try to blog more in the coming year leading up to the launch of my Amish/vampire book in August 2011. However, I am looking forward to just enjoying the holidays with my family throughout the month of December and reading book after book after book.

Blessings to you all,

Leanna