So last week, when I posted about Amish Vampires in Space, I didn’t realize what a hot mess of controversy I’d stumbled into! If you would like a crash course in Inspy publishing drama, this story will give you a great idea of what is driving some of the hot button issues in Christian Publishing.
Turns out Amish Vampires in Space, originally published by Marcher Lord Press, was not part of the deal when owner Jeff Gerke recently sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing agent who has stong ties to CBA publishing, which means the Big Bad CBA is trying to destroy Christian Speculative fiction!
…Ok, that was an exaggeration. For real this time.
Jeff Gerke started Marcher Lord Press 5 years ago because he was frustrated by mainstream CBA’s (Christian Booksellers Association) lack of interest in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. As “the premier publisher of Christian Speculative Fiction” MLP has been sucessful, producing award-winning titles and introducing new authors such as Jill Williamson. Gerke has sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing veteran and agent with strong ties to the CBA publishing industry. Some fans worry that MLP has “sold out,” while others believe Laube is an excellent choice. Karen Hancock, Kathy Tyers, Bryan Davis, Tosca Lee, and Donita K. Paul are just a few of the authors Laube has worked with in the past, all of whom are major pioneers in the Christian Spec-Fic genre.
And you thought Inspirational publishing was all smooth sailing across the prairie!
Click through the links below for more.
Blog post from speculativefaith.com with lots of fun comments from some of the big names.
Laube’s official press release with a Q&A
Kerry Nietz talks about Amish Vampires in Space being dropped
Another blog post with more great links on the subject
Inspirational historical title The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki is garnering a lot of great buzz. It’s exciting to see an inspirational title get this much attention! It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List on Wednesday and was mentioned on the TODAY show on Monday.
So you’ve missed hearing about Amish Vampire fiction from me right? C’mon, you know you have! Well you’re in luck because I ran across this delightful title from Kerry Nietz today.
Priceless. I don’t really like Amish fiction, but I might check this one out. Click here for more Christian fiction about vampires. You know you want to!
Kerry Nietz is the author of the Dark Trench saga, Christian sci-fi from Marcher Lord Press. I just finished book 1, A Star Curiously Singing, and while it took some time for me to figure out what was going on, I don’t typically enjoy sci-fi as much as fantasy, so that may have been just me. I did enjoy it enough to want to read the rest of the series, so that’s a good sign.
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is free today! It’s romance. I loved this one. Girl rehabs a house and a washed up hockey player at the same time. Don’t miss out on this deal! Also, check out these other specials from Bethany House! I’ve listed my personal favorites for your convenience below.
If you haven’t read anything by Julie Lessman and are wondering why you should download Love at Any Cost, well, first of all it’s free, second, it’s excellent, and it’s the first book in a new series, with #2, Dare to Love Again, coming out January 2nd. In my (somewhat) humble opinion, Julie Lessman is THE author of Inspirational Romance. Give Love at Any Cost a try. If you’re not a fan you will be.
Catch up with the illustrious Jill Williamson over on blinkyabooks where she’s talking about Dystopian fiction. (Blink is Zondervan’s YA imprint.) Outcasts, book 2 in Williamson’s dystopian Safe Lands series, comes out January 7th!
Apparently I’ve been hiding under a rock since I didn’t know that FRANCINE RIVERS HAS A NEW BOOK COMING OUT!!!
Bridge to Haven is about a small town girl turned 1950′s Hollywood starlet. Sadly we’ll have to wait until April 22nd, 2014 to read it. Maybe the synopsis below will tide you over. Maybe….To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home. In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.
So I’ve been reviewing a lot of dystopian fiction recently. Dystopian fiction is pretty new to Christian fiction, but Apocalyptic or “end-times” fiction has been around for a while. (Think the Left Behind series.) I noticed last year that thanks to The Harbinger, apocalyptic and biblically-based end-times fiction was enjoying a resurgence in popularity. I had predicted (ok fine hoped) that it might die down a bit if we survived the end of the Mayan calendar,* but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Now, personally, I’m kind of over dystopian fiction. I mean, The Hunger Games was great and all, but the genre as a whole is kind of, well…depressing. But my opinion hasn’t changed the fact that dystopian fiction doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Sigh. I really hate it when I’m right.** The good news is that the dystopian setting seems to work well for Christian Fiction. As far as adult fiction goes, I’m not seeing a lot of dystopian themes, but it’s really starting to catch on in the teen segment.
If you’re looking to try Christian dystopian fiction on for size, start with Anomaly (teen) by Krista McGee or Forbidden (adult) by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. Captives by Jill Williamson and Swipe by Evan Angler are both great teen titles, and Fatherless by James Dobson and Kurt Bruner is written for adults. Older titles that also qualify are Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer and Last Light by Terri Blackstock.
Here’s hoping you disappear when the rapture happens, but if you’re unlucky enough to be left behind, may the odds be ever in your favor! (And for goodness sake, don’t let anyone embed a microchip into your forehead or right hand!) –Happy Reading!*Plus the Christian community never really bought into the whole Mayan calendar thing anyway.
**Actually I love being right, my boredom with dystopian fiction notwithstanding.