No, not always and only. I’m a Christian writer, and the author of many Christian romances, but I have a new series of books coming out with HQN books (the first one released yesterday) They are not Christian books.
They’re not not Christian, either, nor are they racy or full of bad language. They’re sweet and wholesome books that include characters of faith and references to God. However, unlike my Love Inspired, Sacred Bond, and Arcadia Valley books, the Safe Haven series doesn’t include a significant faith journey for any of the main characters. In fact, the editor of the first book asked me to remove some Christian references so that the books would have a broader appeal, and I did so.
I have always gotten along well with seekers, disillusioned Christians, people of different faiths, agnostics, and atheists. I have a lot of experience with those folks. Not only have I spent my working life in the diverse world of academia, but my mother became disillusioned with Christians and religion after some negative experiences in the church. She left the faith and, sadly to me, never came back. I’m sure many of you know how heartbreaking it is to watch someone you love go through something terrible (in Mom’s case, pancreatic cancer) without faith in God or belief in an afterlife.
Talking with Mom about faith was like approaching a terrified feral cat: you had to be careful, and delicate, and slow, and pretend you weren’t even all that interested… and sometimes she’d still attack back. If some guy bounded up like a cheery Labrador Retriever, sharing what Jesus was doing in his life, forget it–a figurative claws-out bat to the nose and Mom was out of there.
When I was given the opportunity to write books that someone like Mom would willingly read, I seized it. The Safe Haven books start out with a bare minimum of faith (Low Country Hero), then a little more (Low Country Dreams), and then actual church visits and prayer (Low Country Christmas). My hope is that readers on all types of faith journeys–or none–will read their way through the books and find them uplifting. And hey… if they like my style enough to turn to my Love Inspired books (I’m still writing two per year)–that would be a terrific bonus.
I’m not trying directly to bring readers to Christ with these books or with any of my books–evangelism isn’t my spiritual gift. But if I can show readers some really appealing doorways, maybe they’ll come close enough for God to usher them through. That would be a beautiful thing.
I’d love to know what Inspy readers think of the Safe Haven series. And so, I’m giving away three Amazon gift cards, $10 each, that I hope you’ll use to purchase Low Country Hero, with a little left over to buy something else. For a chance to win a gift card, just write a comment below–today, February 27th. And if you win… please let me know what you think of this new series via an email or an Amazon review.
What’s Low Country Hero about? A heroine with her five-year-old special-needs twins, starting over in a South Carolina beach town to escape domestic abuse… A hero who’s a wounded veteran with a chip on his shoulder and a vow not to love again… a fifty-something waitress with amnesia who ends up with a romance of her own… stuff like that.
I hope you’ll check it out! And you can always sign up for my newsletter to stay updated on this series or on my Love Inspired books.