Former LM contributor Valerie Weaver-Zercher is giving away one copy of her newly-released book, Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels.
From the press release:
Over the past twelve years, Amish fiction has become a cottage industry, with the novels known by many as “bonnet rippers.” In 2012, on average, there was one Amish romance published every four days. Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels by Valerie Weaver-Zercher is the first book to analyze this growing trend in romance fiction and to place it into the context of contemporary literature, religion, and popular culture.
Romance novels with Amish protagonists, such as the best-selling trailblazer The Shunning by Beverly Lewis, have become increasingly popular with a largely evangelical female audience. Valerie WeaverZercher combines research and interviews with devoted readers, publishers, and authors to produce a lively and provocative examination of the Amish romance novel. She discusses strategies that literary agents and booksellers use to drive the genre's popularity. By asking questions about authenticity, cultural appropriation, and commodification, Thrill of the Chaste also considers Amish fiction's effects on Amish and non-Amish audiences alike.
Leave a comment and your email address at the end of this post, and you'll be entered in her random drawing. Or, if you prefer, send your comment via email to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com.
Entry deadline: April 10th.