Amish #Vampires? PLAIN FEAR by Leanna Ellis & G*veaway

First, my apologies today to Lexi George, who was supposed to be my interview guest today…and I cannot find her Q&A. I swear, Lexi, I never do that. And she’s out of town for the weekend. So I promise, I’ll get her on here next week to talk about her faboo new book, Demon Hunting in the Deep South. (I hope she doesn’t send any demons after me. Thankfully, she’s like the nicest person you’d ever want to meet.)
So today, we’re going to look at a book that’s caught my interest because, well, it’s about Amish people and vampires. And how fascinating is that? I lived in Illinois for a while, and there was a large Amish community nearby; I used to drive over and visit one of the farms and it would be so fascinating to find the “plain” folk living the way they wanted to and as their beliefs dictated within the larger community–in it but not of it.
Today’s featured book is an  August 1 release by Leanna Ellis called Plain Fear: Forbidden. Want to get a copy to try for yourself? 

ABOUT PLAIN FEAR: FORBIDDEN: Rachel Schmidt Nussbaum, a young widow, is now seven and a half months pregnant with her first child. She blames herself for her husband Josef’s death and she believes that 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. Thus begins a journey that will lead Rachel 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 can honestly say I’ve never read a book that combined Amish and vampires. Have you? What’s the most unusual vampire setting you’ve ever read? You know the drill to win: one entry for a comment, plus extras if you’re a blog follower, a Twitter follower @Suzanne_Johnson, and Tweet the contest. Here’s a handy tweet for you to cut and paste: 
Amish and #vampires? Win PLAIN FEAR: FORBIDDEN by Leanna Ellis http://bit.ly/aaxxf3 
And there you go!
(Sorry, Lexi!!)
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

33 thoughts on “Amish #Vampires? PLAIN FEAR by Leanna Ellis & G*veaway

  1. That sure is different! Not sure it will be my kind of book though. I’ve some Amish stories by Annette Blair on my TBR.

  2. Yeah, you know I’ve had this one in my “read next” pile for awhile but just haven’t had time to read it yet. I’m both really interested–and a little fearful–of the whole blend of vampires and amish. I think it must be done in a way not too disrespectful of the Amish–a group I greatly respect–or it wouldn’t have gotten picked up by Sourcebooks to publish. So I do intend to read it soon.

  3. I have to admit I have been sitting here looking a little silly with my mouth hanging open LOL I cannot think of a single unusual place I have read about a vampire. I did read one story quite a while ago where they were in the Revolutionary War, but they generally turn up in places I can just automatically imagine, but now with an Amish twist, this is fascinating and I really want to know more I hopped over from twitter and had to read the post and really appreciate your sharing this unique read with us. I have signed up to follow (GFC Denise Zaky and email)
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  4. This is the second book about Amish vampires by Ellis. The first is Plain Fear: Forsaken. That one was FABULOUS; moody and brooding with wonderful characters. I had not heard that Ellis was revisiting this world, and will be searching out Forbidden pronto.

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  5. Ooh, Riva–good to know. I didn’t realize she’d written an earlier one but am so glad to hear it was great. I love the idea, and knew it either had to be brilliant or a train wreck. Glad to hear it’s brilliant! Going to look for the earlier one now 🙂

  6. Laura Bickle will have a YA out next month THe Hallowed Ones which alss combines the Amish and vampiric beings. I’m really looking forward to that one and must say this one makes me curious enough to want to read it as well.

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  7. okay that just sounds while amish and vampire. I could read that, Carin
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  8. Hi, Suzanne and all! Thanks for featuring my book here today! Riva, you’re right. This is the 2nd book in the Plain Fear series, and it just came out this week! The first book is Forsaken. And Suzanne, I totally understand your concerns. It was one of my concerns too. I highly respect the Amish for the choices and sacrifices they make. If you’d like, I’d be happy to share with you and your readers how I came up with this book series. Anyway, thanks for y’alls interest! Blessings, Leanna

    • Suzanne, in my warped little brain it was a perfect juxtaposition. In so many ways, the Amish live what seems like an idyllic life, at least to those of us on the outside. And so to place something evil in that setting made it even more frightening. Of course, the Amish have problems and difficulties just like us. They’re normal people with normal problems. But it was the perception that made it so interesting to me, sort of like in Witness when John Book brings danger to that Amish community. As I said, I respect the Amish and would never want to bring harm to them by my book. Again, thanks for profiling my book today!

  9. Amish and vampires ? this will be a first combination for me in a book..i’m in for the giveaways 🙂

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  10. I live in Missouri and we also have some Amish communities living near us. I have not read any of the Amish romance but i would like to read this story. It sounds interesting. Thanks!

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  11. I hereby proclaim this an immediate hit! Pack it up Fifty Shades, your time is over!
    The most unusual vampire setting I’ve ever read? Who cares?! This is AMISH VAMPIRES!!

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    I follow on twitter as well, in case there is further breaking news: @carlrscott

    I tweeted this amazing news to my several followers: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/231253384097841152

    Thanks, let the plain and tall bloodsucking commence!

  12. I’ve never read this combination either. It sounds fascinating.

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  13. I love it when authors go totally out of the box when writing a story, and I can’t think of anything further from the box than vampires and Amish!! I can’t wait to read it! I just finished Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and would have to say that that is probably the most unusual combination I’ve read to date, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks so much for bringing this awesome sounding book to my attention 🙂 I’m going to head over to Amazon right now to get the first book in the series!

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