Friday, August 19, 2011

Edgy Christian Fiction Summer Blog Tour

It's exciting these days to see various styles in Christian fiction. While there are lots of great books out there that fit all parameters of Christian fiction, there is a new wave growing, called Edgy Christian Fiction. It's not for everyone, as the stories sometimes deal with difficult issues. But in all cases the stories point back to the need for a redemptive relationship with Christ.

Here are my four "5 star" pics for a great summer Edgy Christian Fiction read.

Dance of the Dandelion by Dina Sleiman.

In Medieval times, almost the Renaissance, is a rare jewel of a story. As a child the main character, Dandy, kept her gnawing hunger away by poaching. In adulthood she is as wild and spirited as a child, but with the mind and desires of a grown woman. Dandy doesn't even trust herself to do the right thing, especially when her decisions are influenced by raw memories of famine.

Wanting more than what her simple cotter family has, and more than what the young farmer, William, can ever give her, she recklessly turns her back on true love to marry a nobleman from the nearby castle. Only to find there are other types of hunger--hunger of the soul, Dandy escapes. This character is a strong, vivacious heroine who learns by failing morally before she grasps the truth about Christ.
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A Midsummer's Eve Nightmare by Donna Fletcher Crow
This is traditional cozy murder mystery from a Christian point of view. With snappy modern-day dialogue, amateur sleuths are newlyweds Elizabeth and Richard Spenser. Shady goings-on pull them away from their romantic honeymoon. In the silent and darkened local theater someone is out to injure Elizabeth’s sister, Tori, ... or worse.

Amidst delightful snippets of Shakespearean speeches is a hilarious maze of misconstructed dialogue and mayhem of action. Donna Crow combines a lighthearted romance with the murderous world behind the curtain.
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Seasons in the Mist by Deborah Kinnard
A Christian author finally wrote what I'd been looking for, for years---a Christian time-travel novel. If you like the secular novels by Diana Gabaldon but don't like her illicit scenes then you'll love Seasons in the Mist. It's a clean, Christian romance that whisks the heroine, Bethany Lindstrom, a graduate student in medieval history, through a time portal to King Edward’s court.

While Bethany adjusts to wearing--not jeans and t-shirt--but surcoat and veil, and doing without coffee, Aspirin, and a million other conveniences, she falls in love with a Christian man from that long-ago era. Does the God of all time want them together?
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And last but not least my own novel Shadowed in Silk. Click here on Shadowed in Silk Book Trailer to get an idea.

So I don't have to blow my own horn, this is what Michelle Sutton had to say about my novel.

Shadowed in Silk has a lot to offer...exceptional writing, rich detail, heart-pounding action, and breath-stealing romance. This novel not only had it all, but the story was done right. And you might even shed a tear or two as you enjoy this heart-warming tale of intrigue, faith, and second chances. I absolutely loved it.

Shadowed in Silk sort of reminded me of a Christian version of The English Patient. (Christian because it was clean and nothing immoral happened between characters, but with similar dynamics.) But this story was unique in it's own right. I learned quite a bit about Ghandi and how he influenced the people of India after the Great War.

With great pacing, plenty of mystery and intrigue, the romance was like the icing on the proverbial cake.

13 comments:

Dina Sleiman said...

Thanks so much, Christine!!! I wanted to let everyone know that Dance of the Dandelion is super cheap for ebooks right now. I'm talking $3-$4 dollars. It's available for pre-order in print on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Also...I'm doing a giveaway of two print copies on goodreads. That will be going on for two more weeks.

And everyone please visit me on facebook, goodreads, Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers, and at my website/blog http://dinasleiman.com :)

Christine Lindsay said...

Thanks Dina for stopping by. It's been a fun ride for you and I with WhiteFire. Amazing how both our books in E-format are tremendous bargains at that price range. Less than a couple of cups of coffee. But don't let the low price fool you---these are high quality stories.

Dina Sleiman said...

Yes, WhiteFire only has four books out so far, but they're all top notch. People in the industry are starting to take notice, which is very cool.

Tracy Krauss said...

I've heard lots about Dance of the Dandelion -its the featured book on ECFL, and your take sounds intriguing. I also think I would really enjoy the time travel book. Thanks for some great suggestions!

Christine Lindsay said...

I have to admit Tracy, that I loved all 4 of these books. Naturally the 4th one I'm biased on. But for their individual genres they are all excellent.

Michelle Sutton said...

Nice post! Since I have read Dina's book and your book I have to agree that they are perfect summer reads.

Joy N. Malik said...

sounds like great titles, Christine. I'm looking forward to reading yours!

-Joy

Joy N. Malik said...

Sounds like great titles, Christine. I look forward to reading yours when it's out in print.

--Joy

Dora Hiers said...

Hunger of the soul, cozy murder mystery, time travel, breath-stealing romance...wow! These four books look like awesome choices, Christine. Great post!

Christine Lindsay said...

And I, Joy, am looking forward to reading yours.

Susan said...

Thanks for the titles, Christine! Your book looks interesting... how cool that it is finally coming out.

Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Christine, what a delight to return home from 2 weeks visiting familyin Canada and find A MIDSUMMER EVE'S NIGHTMARE one of your summer blog tour picks! I am so honoured. Especially since SHADOWED IN SILK is such a fine book! Bless you.

Casds said...

Looking forward for your posts.