First off: Below this post are links to add Blood Vine to your Goodreads shelf and enter the giveaway.
And now for the list: I enjoy the little expressions of surprise people have when they discover that I am a priest who writes paranormal romance. But I thought I’d take a stab at clarifying some common misconceptions about priests, vampires, and sex, so no one is shocked or confused when they read Blood Vine.
I know some people think that vampires are evil, and reading about them might leave us open to demonic forces.
But usually the poor blood suckers in books don’t want to be evil—they just want to be loved. And besides, my vampires aren’t evil, or cursed by God, or anything like that. They are just an evolutionary fluke (oops, another can of worms).
If you’ve never read it, you might not realize that the Bible is full of sex—there’s the Song of Songs, Ruth, David, and the list goes on.
Therefore, in my humble opinion, other books about sex are okay too.
Sex isn’t sinful, but it is primal and animal.
Sexuality is also potent—that secret arena where we work out our emotional issues. It can be dark and dangerous, shameful, blissful, transcendent, and sometimes all of the above at once. It can also be staid and boring– but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Even if I didn’t like them.
Romance novels happen to follow the same formula as my wedding sermons, and trust me, people always like those—you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, then you’ll do the chicken dance.
When we surrender to pleasure and intimacy, we lose ourselves to something bigger than just our puny little egos, and that is holy.
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I love the genre of romance, and its best authors capture everything I’ve just said—the passionate, animal, emotional, conflicted truth about human sexuality. So I wrote a romance novel. Blood Vine is a paranormal romance novel like many others. It’s not spiritual, and you’d never know I’m a priest from reading the book. But I stand by it. And as a person with deep spiritual convictions, I’m proud to have written it.
It releases January 8th, and if you’re interested in reading it, you can add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads.
You can also enter the giveaway to win a copy on Goodreads.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is the trailer, with amazing music by Kitka: