Five reasons this priest writes racy vampire romance.

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.

Number Five:

I know some people think that vampires are evil, and reading about them might leave us open to demonic forces.

Vampire Mouth

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).


Number Four:

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.


Number Three:

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.

Number Two:

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.

A chicken

Number One:

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:


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About amber.belldene

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days. Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco


Five reasons this priest writes racy vampire romance. — 6 Comments

  1. Did you think this day would ever come? At least I now have a Nook, so if it’s available for that, I’ll be able to purchase one!

    By the way, I’ve had Blood Vine on my Goodreads list for awhile now.

  2. Well said, Emily. & Stacy, thanks for putting it on your shelf–I saw it there ages ago and it made me smile. Did I think this day would come?–the answer to that feels like the same roller coaster I’m riding–elation and anxiety. My daughter recently went on a carousel and loved it. Now she takes a toy and lifts it then lowers it, saying “uppy, down, uppy down.” That is how I feel constantly!

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