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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.


“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.


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!)

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing blog hop is a giant game of tag to help readers discover authors who are new to them. For this hop, authors are answering questions about what we’re working on now. This week, I’m “it” thanks to my amazing friend Lynne Gentry. Visit her blog to see what she’s up to and to follow the bunny trail back and also hop forward to find other authors. Follow the hop long enough and you’re bound to find books you’ll love!

Here is my Next Big Thang!

1. What is the working title of your book?
Plain Fear: FORGIVEN is my next book releasing from Sourcebooks in August. It is the 3rd book in my Plain Fear series, which is an Amish/vampire tale. I am busy doing the line edits this week.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea of an Amish/vampire story came to me and I laughed it off and put it aside. But it kept coming back to me, so I began to pray about it. I didn’t want to simply write an edgy story to be edgy or attempt to hit a market of two very popular genres. With trepidation, I ventured into this project. But once I felt like I understood the heart of my book—that this was a good versus evil story and very much about spiritual warfare—my enthusiasm skyrocketed. Praying about it gave me peace that God wanted me to write it. There is a battle being waged in this world, whether we realize it or not, and hopefully my book gives a glimpse into that battle.

3. What genre does your book come under?
This book doesn’t fit easily into a genre. It more easily fits into the vampire genre than the Amish genre, but I tend to think of it more in general fiction or romance.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh boy. This is a really tough question as these characters live in my head so clearly. But it’s also a fun question to think about. Plain Fear: Forgiven tells the story of the youngest Fisher brother, Samuel. Liam Hemsworth would make a wonderful Samuel, who is a conflicted and driven young man. Emma Stone would make a great Andi, who is romantically involved with Samuel. But to complete the love triangle, we need an actress to play a strong and devout young woman who encourages and pushes Samuel to make a hard decision. AnnaSophia Robb would make a beautiful and courageous Naomi.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your 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.

Sorry, that wasn’t one sentence, was it? Close enough.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It’s published by Sourcebooks.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about six or seven months to write the rough draft of FORGIVEN but then I spent another few months revising and polishing the manuscript before turning it into my publisher.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure there is anything out there like the Plain Fear series.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, which I’m a huge fan of both the book and musical. Christine is naïve and young and she opens her mind to a dark force. There’s a line in the musical that resonates in me: “I gave my mind blindly.” And that is exactly what Hannah, the heroine in the first book, did. For this series, I wanted to show how alluring evil really is. Evil doesn’t look scary at first. It’s appealing. Satan doesn’t appear to us with a forked tongue or horns and pitchfork. He was the most beautiful angel, the worship leader in the heavenly realms. But he fell. He became the father of lies. He distorts the truth and draws us toward evil and sin with promises and appealing whispers. It’s why my story needed someone innocent of this world, like an Amish girl, so I could show how easily we are deceived.

Below you will find 2 authors who will be joining the blog hop next Wednesday. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

You don’t want to miss my BFF, Dorothy Love, who is a fabulous writer and who has some great inspirational fiction to offer.

And, a very dear friend of mine, Jennifer Archer, is an amazing writer. I love her women’s fiction but also you will love her young adult fiction.