This review was one of the first real signs that I’d tapped into a market I didn’t even know existed. Eric Wilson writes for CBA affiliated Thomas Nelson. When he refers to Christian fiction he’s referring to the work put out by CBA affiliated publishers. Other than that, there are no boundaries to be pushed. Christians have been writing for the general market forever and appealing to other Christians. And learning that CBA targets a narrow market of Christians and restricts normal writing conventions to protect that market, I’d hardly call myself circling the camp. LOL More like running from it as fast as I can (I don’t write like that.) Overall however, the review shows that a Christian writing for the general market can actually appeal to this audience . . . even when said author didn’t know this audience existed. 🙂
Review of Never Ceese – Paperback
Author of Fireproof
Sue Dent has done the unthinkable. She’s pushed the boundaries of Christian fiction, circling the camp with a small publisher, howling for someone to take notice. And it’s working.
“Never Ceese” is a blend of traditional vampire themes and modern smart-mouthed characters. Ceese is a werewolf on her way to a British castle, where she will rendezvous with Richard the vampire. Ceese is in a constant struggle with “the wolf” inside, while Richard is trying to maintain a modicum of control over his fang-toothed desires. This unlikely pair, united by an old woman named Penny, discover they have mutual childhood links. As they travel to meet a young college-age researcher, their pasts come to light. Romance flits about in unexpected places. And a self-seeking professor angles to take their immortality for himself.
The standbys are in play–garlic, crucifixes, wolfsbane, etc–but Dent adds a few of her own elements to this classic battle between the old ways and new. There are few surprises, but the story moves at a quick pace, leavened with humorous dialogue and clever insights. Dent’s characters struggle with their cursed sinful natures, seeking release–if such a thing is possible.
In the end, all is resolved–if not a bit suddenly on some levels–and possibilities are left open for the sequel, “Forever Richard.” I guess I know what book to add to my Christmas list. With Dent circling the camp, someone’s bound to wake up to this genre’s possibilities.