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The Product Funnel

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Start a sales funnel for your books. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com)

Why do readers buy books? Someone who picks up your book, after all, is agreeing to invest hours of time in your universe, your language, and your vision. Most of us are short on time, not even to mention money, and there are millions of books. How to bring readers to your work?

I’ve been reading Write. Publish. Repeat. (which, by the way, I’m enthralled with. I love their approach) and the authors have an interesting proposition: the product funnel.

Most of us have heard of “loss leaders.” In retail, that’s when your local grocery store drops the price of milk below cost so they can lure you in the doors to buy overpriced hamburger meat and overpriced butter. The loss leader is commonplace in retail because it works: people will travel to get a perceived bargain, and then while they’re in the store, they pick up a few extra things to save time. The store is happy because it has your money; you’re happy because you saved a few dollars; you’re also happy because you saved a trip to another store.

A product funnel is similar to a loss leader in that you the author put it out there to get your reader in the door. Then once you’ve gotten the reader to look at your work, you’ve got a chance to convince the reader via your stellar writing and excellent storytelling to stick around and buy your other products.

First book free

The way this seems to work in publishing is for a writer to produce multiple books, usually books in a series but sometimes books linked by subject matter (category romances, for example.) The author then lists the first book in the series as a free book and promotes the heck out of the freebie.

Readers who have never heard of you might be willing to take a chance on a free book. Ideally, though, they’ll love your free book enough that at the end, when you show a picture of your next cover and a brief description, they’ll head over to their favorite retailer and pick up a copy of the next one.

Or, as the Write. Publish. Repeat. guys suggest, you could link them to a bundle of your entire series, available at a discount. See, you liked one volume. How about getting the next five books?

They also advocate running your first novel at $.99, since that’s cheap enough for an impulse buy but also is going to self-limit potential readers to people who are already okay with spending money on books.

I’ve begun trying to leverage this style of marketing for my own books. For example, my publisher for The Boys Upstairs has published a short story about the main character and made it free. (We also have a nifty cover and a cool title, which helps.) Every so often I drop by the forums for freebies and promote it there. I’m still releasing my Seven Archangels novels, but once every few months I try to make one of those titles cheap or free to attract new readers.

(Please note: I haven’t been doing this long enough to see an impact on sales. If you have been, let me know in the comments.)

The product funnel is, in effect, the free sample plus coupon combination you’d get at your local wholesale club. You’re giving a reader a risk-free chance to sample your work, and in return, the recipient may be giving you a longtime reader.

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headshot smallJane 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.

It’s Still Christmas Sale

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Welcome to the Indie Catholic Authors It’s Still Christmas Sale! 16 authors’ books are $.99 or free. If you’re looking to fill up your new Kindle, Nook, or iPad with good Catholic content, you’ve come to the right place!

Scroll down for descriptions and buy links for all our books that are $.99 or free December 26-28.

The following books are $.99 each:

 

JPs BookIn Church Triumphant by John Paul Wohlscheid, you can read the lives of 25 men and women who dedicated their lives to God and the Catholic Church. These men and women are heroes of virtue and prayer who helped change the world for Christ. The biographies are written concisely with the goal of giving you the chance to learn about great saints in a short amount of time.

John Paul was born and raised in West Michigan. He attends daily Mass with his parents and brother, Michael. John Paul and his brother have served English, Latin and Polish Masses for over 17 years. John Paul has always loved to read about the saints and about the Roman Catholic Faith in general. He hopes someday to become a priest.

Get it at:
Amazon (note: this link was originally incorrect)
Smashwords

 

Ellens Book

In Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable, a mentally unstable infertile woman kidnaps a pregnant mother of five.

Ellen Gable (Hrkach) is a bestselling, award-winning author of five books. She is also a freelance writer, publisher, editor and book coach. When she’s not writing, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband and five sons, watching classic movies, playing trivia games and reading on her Kindle. Originally born in New Jersey, USA, the author now calls Canada her home.

Awards:

  • # 1 Bestseller Religious Drama (February 2012 to April 2012 and June-July 2012) on Amazon Kindle
  • # 1 Bestseller Religious and Inspirational Mystery/Suspense (February 2012 to April 2012 and June-July 2012) on Amazon Kindle
  • # 44 (Paid in Amazon Kindle) February 17, 2012 (Top 100 on all Paid books on Amazon Kindle Feb 17-26, 2012)

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Theresas Book

Set in the not-so-distant future, Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden is a dystopian story about a young woman desperate for freedom in a society where faith, family, and freedom do not exist. The all-controlling government has elevated the earth above man. Science ensures that every baby born is healthy. The government ensures that every baby born is needed. All are cared for, taught, and given a specific duty to perform, their unique contribution to society. Liberty is slated to be a Breeder.

The sequel Testing Liberty came out November 7th. Theresa Linden is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and a local writers’ group, where she both hones her writing skills and helps other writers. She resides with her husband and three boys in northeast Ohio.

Get it at:
Smashwords

 

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Affairs of the Heart by J.I. Willett:  Join Amazon International #1 Best-Selling author, Janice Willett, as she journeys into God’s arms and receives 72 Messages at St.Veronica Church. In this God-inspired book, she shares the courage to change and God’s desire to know every one of us in a deeper and more personal way. Experience your personal transformation Improve your relationships and friendships. Find faith, hope and healing in this Bishop-approved book. Be inspired daily with the full color inspirations.

J.I. Willett is a parishioner at St. Veronica Church, Howell, NJ. Labeled by clergy as an intercessor, she is blessed to have open communication with God to relay His Divine messages to the troubled, sick and dying.

(Please note: Indie Catholic Authors takes no position on the authenticity of Janice Willett’s revelations.)

Awards:

  • #1 International Bestseller Amazon (Christian Spiritual)
  • The 2015 International Book Awards Finalist

Get it at:
YourGodSpeaks.com

 

Melanies 2nd bookLove Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood by Melanie Jean Juneau and Others is an anthology that aspires to encourage today’s moms in their vocation. From beautiful poetry to practical tips, essays that capture the small moments of motherhood and reflections on mothering in today’s world, this slender anthology brings together a wealth of wisdom from five ordinary yet inspiring moms.

Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid’s university term papers for over a decade. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. She serves as a Managing Editor at Catholic Stand.

Get it at:
Amazon
Smashwords

 

Mariannes BookBlue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco.
A nursing facility is everyone’s solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can’t bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their dreams, and operated it as a Cape Cod bed and breakfast named Blue Hydrangeas. Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings.

Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author, but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She brings her two passions together in this book.

Awards:

  • #1 Kindle bestseller
  • Winner IndieRecon Best Novel, 2014
  • 5-star Readers Favorite Library Journal Self-e Selection
  • IndieReader Approved
  • 4-stars BookWorks Book of the Week

Get it at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

 

Final-Front-Cover-RGB-ThumbnailTrusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini. Are your fears, weaknesses, doubts, and anger keeping you from intimacy with Christ? Do you struggle with despair? Let St. Therese teach you perfect trust. Learn how Therese of Lisieux trusted God through tragedy, scruples, spiritual darkness, and physical suffering. Connie Rossini pairs episodic stories from the saint’s life with memories of her own quest to trust. Practical and accessible, Trusting God with St. Therese includes questions for reflection that make it perfect for book clubs and faith-sharing groups.

Connie Rossini gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. She and her husband Dan have four young sons.

Awards:

  • #2 Bestseller in Catholicism on Amazon Kindle
  • Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Get it at:
Amazon (It’s working now!)

 

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Navigating Deep Waters by Jeannie Ewing Grief afflicts everyone’s lives, including caregivers who provide long-term care for one who requires special needs. Yet caregivers are so often left feeling burnt out, aggrieved, and simply lost or emotionally drained. Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers is a unique resource for busy caregivers who are physically and emotionally spent at the end of a long day. Divided into short, meditative chapters, each with  journaling prompts and a prayer.

Jeannie Ewing is the  mom of children with unique special needs. She leads a comprehensive grief recovery ministry that includes coaching, webinars, and retreats.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Erins bookWorking Mother by Erin McCole Cupp. With her husband disabled and out of work and her child in mortal danger, a mother must leave her family and find work so they can all survive. The husband’s name is Joseph. The child’s name is Jesus. The working mother is Mary. A fictional twist on the story of the Holy Family.

Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who writes and lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania.

Awards:
Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Get it at:
Amazon

 

johnblood_A_Battle_for_the_FaithA Battle for the Faith contains two short stories, one by Theresa Linden, the other by John Paul Wohlscheid.  In A Matter of Silence and A Matter of Action, the Emperor Kadzrick has decided that the Tribe of the Fathers must change their faith to suit him. The Tribe of the Fathers have held true to their Faith for centuries and will not change now. They are a peaceful tribe, but they will be forced to take up arms to defend what they hold dear: their faith.

Theresa Linden is also the author of Chasing Liberty. John Paul Wohlscheid is the author of Church Triumphant.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Gil BookDaddy, Come & Get Me: a dad’s adventure through a Guatemalan adoption tells two stories about one girl. Author Gil Michelini tells how he led his family through the process of adopting a daughter of Guatemala. Using the official Guatemalan adoption documents with the assistance of those familiar with the Guatemalan culture, Michelini includes a plausible story of his daughter’s life in Guatemala and how her birthmother came to the decision to relinquish her for adoption. This story illustrates and honors the sacrifice one woman endured for the sake of her daughter.

By day, Gil Michelinin is in instructional design. By early mornings and weekends, he is an award-winning speaker, blogger, podcaster, and author. His current project is helping lay Catholic adults learn how to live lives worthy of their calling using the wisdom of Vatican II.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Inos LoveIno’s Love by Marianne Sciucco. Ino prepares a Christmas feast for her successful, CEO son, but when he’s too busy to spend the holiday with his mother she shares her dinner and gifts with her home health aid. Sometimes the people who love us best are not family.

Marianne Sciucco, also the author of blue Hydrangeas, studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. To avoid poverty, she later became a nurse and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. A native Bostonian who loves Cape Cod, she makes her home in upstate New York.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

The following books are free during the sale:

 

Tims bookIn Return to Paradise by Tim Speer,  a detour and a freak accident bring David to the small farming community of Spring River. Is his arrival purely happenstance, or is there a reason for him to be there? As he learns more about the corrupt practices of the local bank, he must decide what role he will play in trying to stop the foreclosures. Complicating his decision is Sarah, a local waitress. With plans to only be in town a couple of days, David knows that Sarah will likely be just a passing acquaintance. But is that all she really is to him?

Tim Speer lives in Midland, Texas, with his beautiful wife. They have two grown children. He enjoys all God’s creation, from crystals that come from deep inside the earth, to celestial objects in the deepest regions of outer space.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Glorias bookIn Tears,  Gloria Winn shares her story of excruciating pain that eventually blocked her from God and all her other relationships. After 18 years, grace from God and her response began a healing of this pain. She is free. The memory is there, but the pain is gone, like a thorn being removed from her heart.

Gloria Winn is a wife, mother, grandmother and healed by the goodness of God.

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Johns BookEyewitness by John C. Connell. Around 33 A.D. Jesus the Christ chooses a blind beggar out of a crowd, and performs a very public, miraculous healing. We are introduced to the Man-Born-Blind in John’s Gospel, chapter nine. We see him, but we do not see what he saw…until now. Peek back in time with this fictionalized version of the story to see the Gospel come into focus, like never before!

John C. Connell, in addition to Eyewitness, is the author of Catholics Mean Business: 30 Days to Managing Your Work Week, God’s Way, and the follow-up, Catholics Have Courage: 40 Days to Beating Stress, God’s Way. He lives, works and writes in Houston, TX., where he is crafting other works of non-fiction to “help the soul at work”, and more fiction that will bring history alive like never before!

Get it at:
Amazon

 

Jackies BookWhether you have just discovered the beauty of the Rosary or you’ve been praying it for a long time, Walking Through the Rosary for the Childless by Jacqueline Vick will help you to delve more deeply into the Mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. After reading a Bible passage that supports the mystery, contemplate the prompts and questions that follow. Use your prayer journal to record your thoughts and any actions you want to take. The book includes instructions on how to pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows.

Jacqueline Vick is the author of over twenty short stories, novelettes and mystery novels including the Frankie Chandler Pet Psychic mysteries. Her love of our Blessed Mother led to this Rosary meditation book.

Get it at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

 

Please note: individual authors are responsible for making sure their ebooks are marked down as advertised.

 

Get ready for Indie Catholic Authors’ Christmas Sale!

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Giving your loved one a Kindle, Nook, or iPad for Christmas? Help them fill it with great Catholic books!

Join Indie Catholic Authors December 26-28 for our It’s Still Christmas Sale. 16 Catholic ebooks will be $.99 or free. That’s besides our permanently free ebooks!

Participating authors

  • John C. Connell
  • Jeanie Ewing
  • Ellen Gable
  • Melanie Jean Juneau
  • Theresa Linden
  • Gil Michelini
  • Erin McCole Cupp
  • Connie Rossini
  • Marianne Sciucco
  • Tim Speer
  • Thomas Tan
  • Jacqueline Vick
  • J.I. Willett
  • Gloria Winn
  • John Paul Wohlschied

On Saturday, December 26, here on our blog, we’ll have links to all the retailers where you can buy the books at sale prices. Plus, look for detailed descriptions of each title. You can get a whole library for about $10!

Please note: individual authors are responsible for making sure their books are discounted.

See you on the 26th!

Beyond the Bestsellers: 3-day ebook sale!

Welcome to Indie Catholic Authors first ebook-only joint sale! Grab 17 ebooks from 16 different Catholic authors for $.99 or less each!

Join us on Facebook to chat with the authors throughout the day on Wednesday, June 24.

For details on all the books, their authors, and buy links, read on!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter our giveaway of Catholic books!

Please note that each author is responsible for setting up the sale on his or her own book. Other authors or the Indie Catholic Author community as a whole cannot guarantee that every author has done so.

Default 1Echoes of the Divine by Melanie Jean Juneau

Although babies are pre-verbal, they are perceptive and remember, even their time in the womb. Since infants come from God, they are more spiritual than adults ever imagined. Melanie offers insights through slice-of-life stories which will surprise you and make you laugh. Her writing is humorous and heartwarming, thoughtful and thought provoking, with a current of spirituality running through it.

Melanie Jean Juneau is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

#1 Rated Nonfiction-Religion&Spirituality-Christian Life/Family on Smashwords
Price: Free
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Smashwords          Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Blue Hydrangeas: an Alzheimer’s love story by Marianne Sciucco

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What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn’t remember your name?  Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, complicated by her progressing Alzheimer’s and his own failing heart, he finally admits he can no longer care for her.

Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. Her debut novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, is rated 4.7 stars on Amazon and has more than 60 5-star reviews. A native Bostonian, she lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and, when not writing, works as a campus nurse at a community college. She loves books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoys the three of them together.

#1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller: Medical Fiction

Price: $.99 (regularly $2.99)

Genre: Medical Fiction

Get it at: Smashwords          Barnes & Noble          Amazon          iTunes

 Default 1Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

Are your fears, weaknesses, doubts, and anger keeping you from intimacy with Christ? Do you struggle with despair? Learn how Therese of Lisieux trusted God through tragedy, scruples, spiritual darkness, and physical suffering. Connie Rossini pairs episodic stories from the saint’s life with memories of her own quest to trust. With Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and insights from psychology, Rossini leads readers to surrender their lives completely to Jesus.

Connie Rossini gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. She is the author of Trusting God with St. Therese, A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child, and the free ebook Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life. She writes a spirituality column for The Prairie Catholic of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, and blogs at Contemplative Homeschool. She is also a columnist for SpiritualDirection.com and owns the Google+ Community Indie Catholic Authors. Connie and her husband Dan have four young sons.

#2 Amazon Kindle Bestseller: Catholicism (2014)
Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $4.99)
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Amazon

Default 1Eyewitness: a Novella by John C. Connell

Around 33 A.D. Jesus the Christ chooses a blind beggar out of a crowd, and performs a very public, miraculous healing. We are introduced to the Man-Born-Blind in John’s Gospel, chapter nine. We see him, but we do not see what he saw… until now. Peek back in time to see the Gospel come into focus, like never before!

John C. Connell, in addition to Eyewitness, is the author of Catholics Mean Business: 30 Days to Managing Your Work Week, God’s Way, and the follow-up, Catholics Have Courage: 40 Days to Beating Stress, God’s Way. He lives, works, and writes in Houston, TX., where he is crafting other works of nonfiction to “nurture the soul at work,” and more fiction that will bring history alive like never before!

Price: Free(regularly $2.99)
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Get it at: Amazon


Tales of the Magical Rocking Chair by MaryAnn D’Amico

Grandmother Mamonona wants to give her grandaughter Kylee a special gift for her first birthday. Mamonona creates a Magical Rocking Chair from an old rocking chair that was her daughter’s chair growing up. The familiy heirloom becomes a window into the world of creativity, art, virtue, and prayer. Kylee learns about creativity and imagination. This is book one in a series.

Author Maryann D’Amico has been writing children’s books for the children in her life for seven years. They were created as gifts to her grandchildren for their birthdays and Christmas.

Price: $.99 (regularly $2.99)
Genre: Children’s Book
Get it at: Amazon

Default 2100 Best Free Online Learning Links by Dawn Witzke

Pendragon Academy’s 100 Best Free Online Learning Links for Teachers, Parents and Students is filled with the best free educational sites on the internet. With fun learning games, lesson plans, resource sites, interactive lessons and virtual programs, there is something for everyone. The learning links are indexed alphabetically, by grade level and by subject for easy navigation.

Dawn Witzke is a published writer of diverse styles and genres, with an emphasis on law and education. She has a love of learning that she shares with everyone, including her son whom she homeschooled for a time. She holds three degrees, including a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Sociology and is a NALA Certified Paralegal.Dawn is currently working on a series of educational reference books as well as a Catholic YA trilogy.

Price: $.99 (regularly $2.99)
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Amazon        dawnwitzke.com

I Thirst for Your Love by Michael Seagriff

Our Lord thirsts for our love. He is waiting for us to love Him! Why have so many of us been unwilling to quench His thirst? If we really believed Jesus Christ was truly here with us, we would visit Him. Nothing would prevent us from doing so. We would not permit anyone or anything to take precedence over Him. But we do not come as we ought because not enough of us believe He is here! It is the author’s hope that after reading this book you will quench His thirst, and Love! Reverence! and Visit Him!

Michael Seagriff practiced law for 30 years, as a general practitioner, prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and Administrative Law Judge. His vocation as a Lay Dominican created an insatiable desire to learn, study, live and share the Faith. For more than ten years he led a Prison Ministry program and has spent the past decade promoting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Now retired, he aspires to promote zeal for the salvation of souls, awe and amazement for the Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration, and fidelity to the Truths of our Catholic Faith.

See Michael’s other book on sale below.

Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Nonfiction

Get it at: Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Seven Archangels: Annihilation by Jane Lebak

Seven Archangels: Annihilation

Angels have always known they’ll live forever, but now Satan has figured out how to annihilate an angel. He starts with Gabriel. Who’s next?

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. Enjoy!

Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Religious Fiction
Get it at: Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Daddy, Come & Get Me: a dad's adventure through a Guatemalan adoptionDaddy, Come & Get Me by Gil Michelini

Daddy, Come & Get Me: a dad’s adventure through a Guatemalan adoption tells two stories about one girl. Author Gil Michelini tells how he led his family through the process of adopting a daughter of Guatemala.

Using the official Guatemalan adoption documents, along with assistance of those familiar with the Guatemalan culture, Michelini includes a plausible story of his daughter’s life in Guatemala and how her birthmother came to the decision to relinquish her for adoption. This story is included to illustrate and honor the sacrifice one woman endured for the sake of her daughter.

Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Memoir
Get it at: Amazon

Stealing JennyStealing Jenny by Ellen Gable

Mentally unstable woman kidnaps pregnant mother of five.

Ellen Gable (Hrkach) is a bestselling, award-winning author of five books. She is also a freelance writer, publisher, editor, speaker, book coach, NFP teacher and President of Catholic Writers Guild. When she’s not writing, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband and five sons, watching old movies, playing trivia games and reading on her Kindle. She and her family reside in rural Pakenham, Ontario, Canada.

#1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller: Christian Fiction, Mystery and Suspense (2012, 2013, 2014)
#1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller: Religious Drama (2012-2013)
Top Ten Religious Drama (2012-2014)

Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Mystery and Suspense
Get it at: Amazon

Who is Jesus? Study Edition: 1st Century Eyewitnesses Tell Their StoriesWho is Jesus? (Study Edition) by Cheryl Wills

What might it have felt like to meet Jesus when he walked the earth? What would it be like to witness miracles by him? What changes would follow? The short stories in this book are told by people who met Jesus in the Gospels, as imagined by the author. Discover the difference an encounter with Jesus made in their lives. As historical fiction, the stories accurately reflect the era’s culture and historical context. It is designed to make people consider their own life events differently for the purpose of personal growth. The reflections are divided into six sections and are intended for use by individuals at their own pace or in groups.

Cheryl Ann Wills is an author and entrepreneur. From childhood through college and the workplace, she has been a writer. Her writing varies from non-fiction to children’s stories. This is her first published work of historical fiction. Her passion is to give back to society by making a difference. She and her husband, Ed, have three fabulous daughters and two happy dogs.

Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $7.95)
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Get it at: Amazon

Forgotten Truths to Set Faith Afire! by Michael Product DetailsSeagriff

Many Catholics do not hear, know or live the Truths of their Faith. Retired attorney and Lay Dominican Michael Seagriff has done something about this tragic situation by compiling more than 1200 quotations from Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Popes, Church Doctors, saints, bishops, priests, sinners and regular folk. The power of these words changed the author’s life and can do the same for all who read and reflect upon them.

Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Learning to Pray with St. JosemariaLearning to Pray with St. Josemaria by Tom McDonough (Editor)

To pray is to talk to God, but how? With this book we learn from a master, St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Part I takes selections from his published works in which he speaks directly with God. Part II is his collection of New Testament passages assembled in 1933 for his own prayer. Together they accent the simple, confident, childlike way he talked with his divine Father. St. Josemaría’s message was and is that God calls everyone to holiness, most of us in the midst of the mundane things of every day.

Tom McDonough has been learning to pray with St. Josemaria for 45 years.

Price: $.99 (regularly $5.99)
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Barnes & Noble          Amazon

The Priest and the PeachesThe Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

Yimey knew the secret to life. He made sure his family and friends did too. Even when his beloved wife, Elizabeth, died, he kept the faith. But the booze dulled the pain and he used too much. Then he died and left his five children to fend for themselves. They did not understand why people were calling their dad a “great man”. How could that be? Alcohol had killed him and he had left them alone. Who was this man they called “Pops” but everyone else called “Yimey”?

Larry Peterson, Sr. is a published author and Catholic/Christian blogger. Larry’s first wife died of cancer (Melanoma) in 2003. He married again in 2006. The writer has three grown kids and six grandchildren and they all live within three miles of each other. His books include the children’s book, Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes.

Awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Price: $.99 (regularly $4.99)
Genre: Religious Fiction

Get it at: Smashwords          Barnes & Noble          Amazon

Church Triumphant: 25 Men and Women who Gave Their Lives to ChristChurch Triumphant by John Paul Wohlscheid

In Church Triumphant, you can read about 25 men and women who dedicated their lives to God and the Catholic Church. These men and women are heroes of virtue and prayer who helped change the world for Christ. The biographies are written concisely with the goal of giving you the chance to learn about great saints in a short amount of time.

John Paul was born and raised in West Michigan. He attends daily Mass with his parents and brother, Michael. John Paul and his brother have served English, Latin, and Polish Masses for over 17 years. John Paul has always loved to read about the saints and about the Roman Catholic Faith in general. He hopes to become a priest someday.

Price: $.99 (regularly $2.99)
Genre: Nonfiction
Get it at: Smashwords
          Amazon

Return To ParadiseReturn to Paradise by Tim Speer

David had planned to go to his college homecoming and then spend a week with his parents. However, an accident on the highway sends him on a detour that will ultimately result in him spending the weekend in Spring River, a small farming community where many of the local farmers are facing foreclosure. Is David’s arrival in Spring River purely happenstance, or is there a reason for him to be there? As David learns more about the corrupt practices of the local bank he must decide what role, if any, he will play in trying to stop the foreclosures. Complicating his decision is Sarah, a local waitress. With plans to only be in town a couple of days, David knows that Sarah will likely be just a passing acquaintance. But is that all she really is to 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.

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Price: $.99 (regularly $3.99)
Genre: Inspirational Romance
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Product DetailsNavigating Deep Waters by Jeannie Ewing and Eileen Benthal

Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers offers caregivers a contemplative basis for understanding their unique circumstances. Each chapter focuses on the metaphoric theme of water, and the reader can interpret its meaning through prayer and reflection. Journaling prompts and a prayer are offered at the end of each chapter, as well as lined pages for the reader to jot down thoughts and emotions. Intended to supplement other available resources for caregivers, Navigating Deep Waters acknowledges the deep, spiritual and psychological aspects of caregiving that will enrich every caregiver’s journey toward healing, peace, and joy.

Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach.  Jeannie was featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and Tony Agnesi’s radio show Finding God’s Grace. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a variety of topics, including grief, spirituality, and parenting children with special needs. Jeannie resides in northern Indiana with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs.

Price: Free (regularly $2.99)
Genre: Nonfiction

Get it at: Amazon

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Major Catholic ebook sale next week!

Inspirational Summer Reading

Fifteen members of Indie Catholic Authors are hosting a sale of their ebooks from June 24-26.  All books are sale priced at $0.99 or less. You can buy a whole new library for less than $15!

Participating authors include:

  • John C. Connell
  • Mary Ann D’Amico
  • Jeannie Ewing
  • Ellen Gable
  • Melanie Jean Juneau
  • Jane Lebak
  • Tom McDonough
  • Gil Michelini
  • Larry Peterson
  • Connie Rossini
  • Marianne Sciucco
  • Michael Seagriff
  • Cheryl Ann Wills
  • Dawn Witzke
  • John Paul Wohlscheid

Among the titles, readers will find spirituality, memoir, fiction, a children’s book, and a collection of short stories. The books are available for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Some are also available in paperback and audiobook (although those formats are not discounted at this time).

See our new blog header for individual titles.

On Wednesday, June 24, we’ll post all the details about each book here, including buy links.

This is our first joint sale that focuses exclusively on ebooks. Could you help us spread the word by joining our Thunderclap campaign? Sign up to have an automatic tweet, Facebook or Tumbler post on the 24th at noon. We need at least 100 participants to blast social media with our message. Click here to help. Thanks!

Join us on Facebook to chat with authors throughout the day. We’ll also have giveaways (on both Facebook and here at our blog) from authors Connie Rossini, Marianne Sciucco, Ellen Gable, Jeannie Ewing, and John Paul Wohlscheid. We can’t wait to see you there!

Welcome to Indie Catholic Authors Christmas Party and Sale!

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Today only you can download a Catholic ebook for $.99, or order a paperback for 20% off retail.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter our giveaway!

These paperbacks are 20% off (or more) at CreateSpace.

 

Stealing Jenny  and A Subtle Grace by Ellen Gable

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. Their neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

Coupon Code: 9X7VGYD8

Purchase here.

 

 

A Subtle Grace continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century.  At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? Although A Subtle Grace is the sequel to In Name Only, each book can be read independently of the other.

Coupon Code: GQUTKRGR
Purchase Here.

 

Fatal Rhythm by R. B. O’Gorman

In the pre-dawn hours of the graveyard shift, the ICU at the Houston Heart Institute is quiet, and quietly, patients are dying. Surgery resident Joe Morales must survive a two-month stint in an ICU rife with land mines—unexplained patient deaths, rival faculty, fellow-resident saboteurs, a cost-slashing administrator, a ruthless insurance executive, a seductive head nurse, a jealous wife, a critically ill son, an overprotective mother and an orderly distraught over his daughter’s death. Joe knows that an outstanding performance will secure a coveted cardiovascular fellowship. He must determine the cause of the suspicious deaths to salvage the career he’s always wanted.

Coupon Code: UYRT9SKU
Purchase here.

 

Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth (Simply Smarter Living)

Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth by L. A. Nicholas

You, your home, and your pets can be healthier using Diatomaceous Earth, Mother Earth’s best kept secret.

  • Want a “greener” home?
  • Tired of buying expensive, toxic cleaners and polishes?
  • Wish there was a cheap, safe, and effective way to rid your home of six-legged pests?
  • Prefer natural remedies to potentially dangerous pharmaceutical treatments?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book was written for you. This little book provides a concise overview of the many household uses of diatomaceous earth (DE). It will pay for itself if you adopt just one of the many suggestions for using DE around your home.

Coupon Code: MTUGG7TB
Purchase here.

 

Link to Amazon.com

Daddy, Come & Get Me by Gil Michelini

Daddy, Come & Get Me: a dad’s adventure through a Guatemalan adoption tells two stories about one girl.
Author Gil Michelini tells how he led his family through the process of adopting a daughter of Guatemala.

Using the official Guatemalan adoption documents, along with assistance of those familiar with the Guatemalan culture, Michelini includes a plausible story of his daughter’s life in Guatemala and how her birth mother came to the decision to relinquish her for adoption. This story is included to illustrate and honor the sacrifice one woman endured for the sake of her daughter.

This is not a how-to book. It is a story of a man facing fears to accomplish a dream and answer a calling. It is a story to give insight to how much a mother would sacrifice for her child. It is a story to encourage others to consider opening their lives to an orphan.

Coupon Code: MDUBJ7E3
Purchase here.

 

TrustingGodwithSt.Therese

Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

Are your fears, weaknesses, doubts, and anger keeping you from intimacy with Christ? Do you struggle with despair? Let St. Therese teach you perfect trust. Learn how Therese of Lisieux trusted God through tragedy, scruples, spiritual darkness, and physical suffering.

Connie Rossini pairs episodic stories from the saint’s life with memories of her own quest to trust. With Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and insights from psychology, Rossini leads readers to surrender their lives completely to Jesus.

Practical and accessible, Trusting God with St. Therese includes questions for reflection that make it perfect for book clubs and faith-sharing groups.

Coupon Code: 4P2M8SUG
Purchase here.

 

22896316Blood Chain by J. J. Francesco

They say life imitates art, but sometimes death imitates it better. When 9-year-old Eric Holden discovers a murdered boy at a New Jersey beach, Detective Julie Martel is as moved to bring him motherly comfort as she is driven to find the culprit. Having survived their family being torn in half by death, Julie and her son Patrick know full well how grief can tear a heart apart. More than anything, Julie wants to bring healing to Eric and promises to bring this killer down.

Then Eric and his family are discovered murdered the very next day. Reeling from failing Eric, Julie uncovers the killer’s depraved pattern: whoever finds his murders will be his next victims, along with their entire family. His victims’ dead bodies are the sculptures in his brutal artistic fantasies, amplifying his torture.

Coupon Code: DW6THT8Q
Purchase here.

 

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That Flame in Your heart? Turn it into a Blowtorch! by David Leis

Do you desire greater peace and joy in your hurried, chaotic, and even painful everyday life?

Award winning author David Leis provides an inspiring guide to something we all want: more peace, serenity, and joy in our lives. But changing our life requires authentic proof it can be achieved by anyone. David leads by example, openly sharing his interior journey, revealing his intimate dialogue with Jesus, and trusting it will guide yours. Let it propel you to a new, more enduring and energizing inner joy than you ever imagined!

“That Flame in your Heart? Turn it into a Blowtorch!” introduces the reader to a deeper, more intimate dialogue with the Person of Jesus Christ beyond what they previously known.

Coupon Code: MZCHFJEJ
Purchase here.

 

 These ebooks are $.99 on Amazon from 6 AM Central today (December 11 to 6 AM Central tomorrow (December 12):

 

FollyA boxed set of the Jesus on Folly Series plus short story Angel Folly by Missy Fillion.

Retreat to Folly (Jesus on Folly book #1)

What if you met Jesus on the beach? Susan, an exhausted mother of three, wonders if sleep deprivation has finally made her crazy after a beach walk turns into an encounter with Jesus.

Angel Folly (a Jesus on Folly short story)

Two years later, Susan comes under attack from demons who want to dim the light of Christ which shines within her.

Return to Folly (Jesus on Folly book #2)

Susan is feeling the pain of an over-scheduled family and a husband always at work. When she is tempted by a friendly smile, she needs time on the beach with Jesus more than ever.

Joy on Folly (Jesus on Folly book #3)

Susan and her family take the first steps to redesign their lives. Encounters with Jesus, her friends, and a few strangers lead her closer to joy than she’s ever been before.

 

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Blood Chain  by J. J. Francesco

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Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth (Simply Smarter Living)

 

Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth by L. A. Nicholas

See description above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TrustingGodwithSt.Therese

 

Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

See the description above.

 

 

 

 

 

Join our party on Facebook

The party begins December 11 at 4 AM Pacific (7 AM Eastern) and lasts 24 only hours.

Bring your hot cocoa or eggnog and join Indie Catholic Authors Christmas Sale on Facebook.  Throughout the day, you’ll be able to ask questions of our authors and chat with other fans.

Enter our giveaway to win one of three paperback books by Indie Catholic Authors!


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One-Day Christmas Sale on 8 Catholic Authors’ Books

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 11. Indie Catholic Authors is sponsoring a one-day book sale.

For one day only you can download a Catholic ebook for $.99, or order a paperback for 20% off retail.

These paperbacks will be 20% off (or more) at CreateSpace.

We will post links and coupon codes on December 11.

Stealing Jenny  and A Subtle Grace by Ellen Gable

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. Their neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

 

 

 

A Subtle Grace continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century.  At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? Although A Subtle Grace is the sequel to In Name Only, each book can be read independently of the other.

 

Fatal Rhythm by R. B. O’Gorman

In the pre-dawn hours of the graveyard shift, the ICU at the Houston Heart Institute is quiet, and quietly, patients are dying. Surgery resident Joe Morales must survive a two-month stint in an ICU rife with land mines—unexplained patient deaths, rival faculty, fellow-resident saboteurs, a cost-slashing administrator, a ruthless insurance executive, a seductive head nurse, a jealous wife, a critically ill son, an overprotective mother and an orderly distraught over his daughter’s death. Joe knows that an outstanding performance will secure a coveted cardiovascular fellowship. He must determine the cause of the suspicious deaths to salvage the career he’s always wanted.

 

Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth (Simply Smarter Living)

Naturally Healthy Living with Diatomaceous Earth by L. A. Nicholas

You, your home, and your pets can be healthier using Diatomaceous Earth, Mother Earth’s best kept secret.

  • Want a “greener” home?
  • Tired of buying expensive, toxic cleaners and polishes?
  • Wish there was a cheap, safe, and effective way to rid your home of six-legged pests?
  • Prefer natural remedies to potentially dangerous pharmaceutical treatments?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book was written for you. This little book provides a concise overview of the many household uses of diatomaceous earth (DE). It will pay for itself if you adopt just one of the many suggestions for using DE around your home.

 

Link to Amazon.com

Daddy, Come & Get Me by Gil Michelini

Daddy, Come & Get Me: a dad’s adventure through a Guatemalan adoption tells two stories about one girl.
Author Gil Michelini tells how he led his family through the process of adopting a daughter of Guatemala.

Using the official Guatemalan adoption documents, along with assistance of those familiar with the Guatemalan culture, Michelini includes a plausible story of his daughter’s life in Guatemala and how her birth mother came to the decision to relinquish her for adoption. This story is included to illustrate and honor the sacrifice one woman endured for the sake of her daughter.

This is not a how-to book. It is a story of a man facing fears to accomplish a dream and answer a calling. It is a story to give insight to how much a mother would sacrifice for her child. It is a story to encourage others to consider opening their lives to an orphan.

 

TrustingGodwithSt.Therese

Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

Are your fears, weaknesses, doubts, and anger keeping you from intimacy with Christ? Do you struggle with despair? Let St. Therese teach you perfect trust. Learn how Therese of Lisieux trusted God through tragedy, scruples, spiritual darkness, and physical suffering.

Connie Rossini pairs episodic stories from the saint’s life with memories of her own quest to trust. With Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and insights from psychology, Rossini leads readers to surrender their lives completely to Jesus.

Practical and accessible, Trusting God with St. Therese includes questions for reflection that make it perfect for book clubs and faith-sharing groups.

 

22896316Blood Chain by J. J. Francesco

They say life imitates art, but sometimes death imitates it better. When 9-year-old Eric Holden discovers a murdered boy at a New Jersey beach, Detective Julie Martel is as moved to bring him motherly comfort as she is driven to find the culprit. Having survived their family being torn in half by death, Julie and her son Patrick know full well how grief can tear a heart apart. More than anything, Julie wants to bring healing to Eric and promises to bring this killer down.

Then Eric and his family are discovered murdered the very next day. Reeling from failing Eric, Julie uncovers the killer’s depraved pattern: whoever finds his murders will be his next victims, along with their entire family. His victims’ dead bodies are the sculptures in his brutal artistic fantasies, amplifying his torture.

 

22812936

That Flame in Your heart? Turn it into a Blowtorch! by David Leis

Do you desire greater peace and joy in your hurried, chaotic, and even painful everyday life?

Award winning author David Leis provides an inspiring guide to something we all want: more peace, serenity, and joy in our lives. But changing our life requires authentic proof it can be achieved by anyone. David leads by example, openly sharing his interior journey, revealing his intimate dialogue with Jesus, and trusting it will guide yours. Let it propel you to a new, more enduring and energizing inner joy than you ever imagined!

“That Flame in your Heart? Turn it into a Blowtorch!” introduces the reader to a deeper, more intimate dialogue with the Person of Jesus Christ beyond what they previously known.

 These ebooks will be $.99 on Amazon:

 

FollyA boxed set of the Jesus on Folly Series plus short story Angel Folly by Missy Fillion.

Retreat to Folly (Jesus on Folly book #1)

What if you met Jesus on the beach? Susan, an exhausted mother of three, wonders if sleep deprivation has finally made her crazy after a beach walk turns into an encounter with Jesus.

Angel Folly (a Jesus on Folly short story)

Two years later, Susan comes under attack from demons who want to dim the light of Christ which shines within her.

Return to Folly (Jesus on Folly book #2)

Susan is feeling the pain of an over-scheduled family and a husband always at work. When she is tempted by a friendly smile, she needs time on the beach with Jesus more than ever.

Joy on Folly (Jesus on Folly book #3)

Susan and her family take the first steps to redesign their lives. Encounters with Jesus, her friends, and a few strangers lead her closer to joy than she’s ever been before.

 

22896316

Blood Chain  by J. J. Francesco

See the description above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TrustingGodwithSt.Therese

Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

See the description above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join our party on Facebook

The sale begins December 11 at 4 AM Pacific (7 AM Eastern) and lasts 24 only hours.

Bring your hot cocoa or eggnog and join Indie Catholic Authors Christmas Sale on Facebook.  Throughout the day, you’ll be able to ask questions of our authors and enter giveaways to win paperback books.

Don’t miss out!

An Indie Book Deal for National Adoption Day

Daddy, Come & Get Me, by Gil Michelini

Please support Indie Catholic Author Gil Michelini. Gil’s book about the adoption of his daughter has earned 4.6 stars on Amazon.com

Gil  is using Daddy, Come & Get Me as a platform to raise awareness of the Christian obligation of caring for orphans. He blogs and speaks on topics concerning orphan care, foster care, and adoption.

Gil and his wife Fran have been married since 1988. God has blessed them with four daughters; the youngest of whom is adopted from Guatemala. The Michelinis live outside Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gil’s book is only $.99 on Kindle for one week (regular price $3.99). This would be a great Christmas gift for anyone in your life who has adopted or is thinking about adopting a child!