Here are just a few of the new releases from Indie Catholic Authors!
Who are we? We are Catholics who have self-published or are considering self-publishing. Our fiction and non-fiction books are written with a Catholic worldview.
And now, for a sampling of our member’s new releases!
From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph
“Grief touches all of our lives, but it does not have to paralyze us with fear or inaction. God allows suffering because He knows how powerful it can be to our spiritual lives and to helping us fully embrace His love and mercy. In this insightful and practical book, you’ll learn how to live a life of redemptive suffering that will draw you through grief into a state of tenacity, meaning, holiness, and joy.”
Author Jeannie Ewing is no stranger to suffering. Her family has long struggled with bipolar disorder and depression, and her baby daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder that caused her bones to prematurely fuse together. Despite the many layers of sadness, loss, confusion, and anger, Jeannie responded to God’s calling and transformed her life into one with profound purpose and joy.
Available from Sophia Institute Press
See Jeannie’s recent appearance on EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Rosa Bernardi, an only child living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, often feels alone, or SOLA, as her parents would say. But after she holds her best friend AnnaMaria’s baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will send her a brother of her own. When Rosa’s prayers for a sibling are answered, she is overjoyed—until tragedy strikes. Rosa is left feeling more SOLA than ever, and wondering if her broken family will ever be whole again.
ROSA SOLA is a novel for ages 9 and up, 2015 recipient of the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval, and was named a BOOKLIST “Top Ten First Novel for Youth”.
Other acknowledgements include:
• Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005
• Baltimore County Public Library Great Books for Kids, 2005
• Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2006
• Chicago Tribune Read & Write 100 Great Books for Summertime or Anytime, 2006
• Chicago Public Schools 2007 Summer Reading List
• Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, 2015
Links to buy this and other books by Carmela A. Martino are here.
Carmela is a published author and a writing teacher. She writes short stories, poetry, picture books, nonfiction, and novels for children and teens. Her first children’s novel, Rosa, Sola, is published by Candlewick Press. She teaches at College of DuPage and Mayslake Peabody Estate (and will soon offer writing classes through Waubonsee Community College) and blogs at Teaching Authors.
It’s twenty years after the Resurrection, and rumors coming out of Hell are that Satan’s got a new weapon in development, only no one knows what it is. When the archangels Remiel and Zadkiel infiltrate Hell to learn the truth, they discover that new weapon only to unwittingly set it off. The weapon maims Belior, one of Satan’s highest-ranking demons, but also leaves Zadkiel blind and Remiel disabled.
The angels have a limited time to reverse the effects of the weapon, assuming it can be done at all, but that means sneaking back into Hell and confronting old enemies…old enemies who were once even older friends.
Remiel and Zadkiel seek refuge on Earth among the early Christian community and must at the same time avoid or disarm Belior, one of their deadliest enemies. Because like any predator, a wounded demon is twice as dangerous. And Belior knows they hold his only chance to save himself.
In the newest novel of the Seven Archangels saga, Jane Lebak packs action and heart into every page as the angels struggle to save their comrades, even at great personal cost.
This is book three in the Seven Archangel series and is available here.
Playing viola in her string quartet is the only joy in Joey’s life. It’s the reason she can tolerate her toxic family and her day job as a tollbooth operator. But the only reason Joey isn’t a “starving musician” is that peanut butter is cheap, and you can buy day-old bread for a dollar. Her quartet needs to start making money, and soon.
When a bride gets so drunk she forgets she hired a classical string quartet, Shreya stuns everyone by ripping off a guitar riff on her violin. Suddenly Harrison sees dollar signs in the air: they can fuse rock music with classical quartets, even if it means changing their entire repertoire.
But changing their playlist starts twisting the friendships the quartet members have formed with one another. Harrison promised that no matter what, they’d always have their music. But as the relationships begin cracking under the strain, it’s going to take a lot more than promises and a new repertoire to save the quartet.
In her newest novel, Jane Lebak explores the forces that keep a sensitive person silent and how the voices around you can help unleash the song of your heart.
Jane Lebak talks to angels, cats, and her kids. Only the angels listen to her, but the kids talk back. She lives in the Swamp, writing books and knitting socks, with the occasional foray into violin-playing. You’ll also find her blogging at QueryTracker.net,a resource for writers seeking agents and small publishers.
Pickup Notes is available here.
Seventy Times Seven
After first playing a hero and rescuing Amy from imminent danger in the wilderness, Michael agrees to help her again. This time providing legal help to try to save the Life Center that Amy manages. However, it may be Michael who is the one most in need of help. And however daunting his rescue of Amy may have been, Amy now faces an even more challenging task. She soon finds that Michael is haunted by a troubled past. And that he has undertaken a mission that she knows can only lead to darkness. While Michael saved her life, Amy must now try to help save Michael’s soul. To do so she will have to get him to face his past, to find and accept the forgiveness that not even he is willing to give himself, and more importantly, to forgive those who are the objects of the hatred he holds deep within him.
Tim Speer lives in Midland, Texas, with his beautiful wife. They have two grown children. His hobbies include hiking, photography, mineral collecting, and astronomy – essentially enjoying all of God’s creation from crystals that come from deep inside the earth, to celestial objects in the deepest regions of outer space.
Available for purchase here.