Book 1: Chosen
Jael is just an average teenage girl with over-protective parents, an unrequited crush on the hottest guy at school, and a best friend she shares everything with. Until her parents let her in on the secret they’ve kept for nearly sixteen years…
Jael is the Chosen One. Born to be a vampire slayer, her destiny was written in the Book of the Shunned. She’s been chosen by God to set the Minnesota Loon Lake Amish community free from the grip of the Bishop, an ancient and powerful vampire who has been using the Amish people for his own personal Jamba Juice.
Will she willingly leave her friends and all she knows to follow her destiny to Minnesota or will the Bishop bring destiny down on her in Sunburn, Nevada?
Soon Jael is turning sweet sixteen, and all heck will break loose.
“Funny and surprisingly light hearted for such a dark subject.”
“After trying to read the Twilight series I was done with Vampire stories. But Barbara Brink made me love them again.”
“The mix of suspense and humor kept me turning the pages.”
Book 2: Shunned
Leaving Nevada and her friends behind, Jael travels to the Loon Lake Amish community where she moves in with her grandparents and learns to live the plain and simple life… at least as plain and simple as she can handle. She may learn to milk a goat, but she’s definitely NOT giving up her cell phone or crossbow! And at Loon Lake High, she’s found the man of her dreams – an altar boy with access to holy water.
But to destroy the Bishop, she must first find out what his diabolical plans are for the teenagers of the community, and put a stop to him and his undead followers before it’s too late.
“I flew through this book. It was highly entertaining.”
“Barbara does it again! This is a cleverly crafted book with more vampires, more suspense, and more humor! My boys, ages ten and twelve, were very interested in reading this series after hearing my laughter.”
“I found myself thirsty for more on each page.”
The Bishop is growing his vampire army by leaps and bounds, feeding on the naturally rebellious teenage population. Jael tries to keep one step ahead of the undead and their schemes and maintain a semi-normal life in Loon Lake, but living Amish while still being considered an outsider is beginning to wear on her.
With old friends in town for the summer and a boyfriend as loyal as Captain America, Jael is never short of help. The problem is, slaying vamps and having people around that you love can be a dangerous combination. Experience tells her to distance herself from them, but sometimes destiny weaves certain people together and there’s no separation from love.
Jael has some hard decisions to make this summer and she’s afraid not everyone will be on board. Will she fulfill her destiny or fall into the Bishop’s trap?
“I’ve gotten attached to the people and setting of this series, so finishing this last book in the trilogy about Jael, the teenage Amish vampire slayer, was almost as sad as it was satisfying.”
“This is a great wrap up to this series! I’m sad it’s over. Who knows, Jael is young, maybe we’ll hear from her again! (Wink) Five drops of blood for Reckoning!”
“Everything in the story leaves you hungry for the next sentence!”
CIR: What gave you the idea or inspiration for this series?
BRINK: You might say I was compelled to write The Amish Bloodsuckers. First of all, with all the recent vampire stories, I was simply tired of good versus evil being played in shades of gray. Vampires are the very essence of evil. I fail to see how their pale, toothy faces – even if they sparkle in sunlight – arouse romantic feelings in any young woman with a pulse. At the same time, I was amazed and perplexed by the popularity of Amish fiction. Can romance really thrive without indoor plumbing, electricity, or dare I say it… cell phone coverage? The idea hit me like an Oak stake to the head. I would combine these two genres and capture the magical world that would happen if Beverly Lewis wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
CIR: So is this like Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
BRINK: It definitely has that flavor. Humor, sarcasm, and teenage angst go hand-in-hand with family, friends, and fight scenes. The big difference is that my vampires are not going to gain their soul or kiss the girl. Jael prefers kissing a guy with a heartbeat and no aftertaste of B positive blood.
CIR: With combining such different genres, what was the writing process like for this series?
BRINK: The process started with discussion. My daughter and I talked and laughed about all the crazy things that could happen if a vampire slayer was thrown into an Amish community. First I had to get her there. In Chosen, Jael discovers her destiny and learns of her ancestry. I thought it would be fun to use a Bible character as the first slayer, so I used a woman in the book of Judges who drove a tent peg into the head of an evil general. The first Jael gives the contemporary Jael purpose and stability. I didn’t know anything about hand-to-hand combat so I had to do research on different techniques for fight scenes. Before I continued writing Shunned and Reckoning, I visited a Minnesota Amish community to soak up the atmosphere and customs. Other research was done on the way they live and relate to people outside their community. Each book took between two to three months to complete. And then the editing began.
CIR: Can you tell us a little more about Jael?
BRINK: I wrote Jael with a sense of innocence, but an ability to laugh at herself when things get a might too serious. She is just shy of sixteen when she learns she is the Chosen One. She has a strong connection of love and loyalty to her parents and uncle, the only family she’s ever known, and to her small circle of friends who she will protect with her life if need be. In spite of Jael’s awesome fighting abilities, she was raised in a protected and sheltered environment, given that her parents come from an Amish upbringing. Jael knows how important her destiny is and despite her qualms at being thrown into a fight begun hundreds of years earlier, she is ready to do whatever it takes… as long as she still gets to attend the prom with the guy of her dreams.