Saturday, June 1, 2019

Why Mashups Deserve All Their Bad Press by Latayne Scott and #giveaway!!!

I don’t know about you, but I never liked the idea of Abraham Lincoln with vampires, or any other famous and beloved characters running around with the undead. And if I didn’t like the idea of it, the movies gave me the creeps.

So when a fellow author flippantly said in a group discussion, “What’s next, Amish zombies?” Well, of course not, we all agreed. The theology of “plain” people wouldn’t allow for interaction with the dead.

Or would it?

I think one of the attractions of Amish fiction is that it depicts a simpler way of life and a direct dependence on the Bible. So I wondered, how might such a culture view our current cultural fascination with the undead?

In my book What Will Be Made Plain (TSU Press) a teenaged girl, the victim of a traumatic experience, explores the same issues. I try to help the reader see them through her eyes, and hope that it will provoke a sincere reader to encounter what she finds in her reading of the Bible.

Even more than that, I want to depict the love of a mother and a daughter – a love that, whatever your brand of Christian theology—endures beyond the grave.

So – does the idea of an Amish ghost story intrigue you, or drive you away?

Giveaway!  Latayne is very graciously giving away one copy of What Will be Made Plain to a reader. Ebook only and open to the world.  Be sure to leave contact information.

About the book:   

From the multiple award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Breath, Latayne C. Scott, comes the unforgettable story of a love that transcends time and space -- and even death.

In What Will Be Made Plain, Leah Mohn’s charismatic Amish father moves a whole community two counties away to make a fresh start with his version of the simple life, and Leah finds much that is comforting and secure. But her dead mother appears to her in dreams, urging her to some sort of action, and no one can help Leah get answers about what her heritage says about the supernatural. Handsome visitor Matthaus Lescher is Amish, too—but his input about the undead, and his own involvement with the Goth culture—leave her with even more questions, and an inevitable head-on collision with her faith and her sanity.

Dr.  Latayne C. Scott (Distinguished Christian Service Award, Pepperdine University) writes controversial books. 

Her newest is What Will Be Made Plain, which is described as "an Amish ghost story."

Her award-winning and critically-acclaimed novel, A Conspiracy of Breath, is based on the scholarly theory that a woman wrote part of the Bible. Her first book, The Mormon Mirage--also controversial-- has stayed in print almost continuously for almost 40 years. She has two dozen other published books.

One notable recent book is about the discovery of the ancient Biblical city of Sodom (Discovering the City of Sodom.) Her first novel is a murder mystery revolving around a code developed by the early Mormon church. Both are.... controversial.

She's also won a national award for humor. Her kids say she's not so funny, but she just holds up the prize check.

Latayne blogs at Latayn She’s @Latayne on Twitter, and Author Latayne C Scott on Facebook.


Lisa Lickel said...

It's a crazy world!
Thanks for sharing about your work.

Stephanie Pafford said...

I'm very interested to read this one! I've not been disappointed by anything you've written!

Tiffany Hall said...

I love reading Amish fiction, and while this is apparently different, I would love to give it a try! Would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

Carol Hill said...

I just read a Jodi Picoult book, Plain Truth. It also featured the Amish and ghosts. Looking forward to reading yours.

Anonymous said...

I’ve never read any book about the Amish. Family closeness is something I’ve taken for granted until recently. My mother was the glue that kept us together, since her passing, I find it challenging to even keep the family together.

Tara said...

I'm very intrigued! taralynee (at) gmail (dot) com

Kay Garrett said...

I am greatly intrigued by the concept of an Amish ghost story. I would love to be able to explore how it's handled and how it relates to an Amish story with the opportunity to read "What Will Be Made Plain".

I very much enjoyed reading the excerpt which had me placing this book on my TBR list. Latayne Scott is a new to me author, but I don't plan on her staying that way. I will be checking out her other books as well.

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "What Will Be Made Plain"!
Kay Garrett
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Leta Hawk said...

This looks like an amazing book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


Latayne C Scott said...

It warms my heart to see such interest! Bless you all.

Latayne C Scott said...

Tara, you're the winner! I hope you enjoy the book! And if you'd be so kind, please post a review?

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