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New Releases from Indie Catholic Authors!

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!

NON-FICTION

From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph

From Grief to Grace“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 SOLA

ROSA SOLARosa 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.

Shattered Walls

Shattered WallsIt’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.

Pickup Notes

Pickup NotesPlaying 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.

ADULT FICTION

Seventy Times Seven

Seventy Times SevenAfter 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.

 

A Review of An Eye for Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist 1916-1917

The timing for An Eye for Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist 1916-1917 couldn’t be better.

On April 19, 2016, the Archdiocese of New York announced a canonical inquiry into Dorothy Day’s life. Currently a Servant of God, she is on the next step in the formal process of Sainthood. There are many ordinary people whose names we will never know who lived as saints, but Saint with a capital “S” would lift Dorothy to the role of an acknowledged example of how to live as a disciple of Christ. This inquiry will include a theological examination of her writings with an eye for doctrine and morals, and An Eye for Others is a good place for the curious layperson to start.

The book, written by Tom McDonough, covers Dorothy’s articles for The New York Call  and The Masses from 1916-1917. McDonough puts the articles in context by reporting on what Dorothy and New York were going through during the year leading up to World War I, sometimes in Dorothy’s own words from her later writings. This gives the reader a unique and personal perspective of an important moment in history.

A dedicated advocate of the poor, Dorothy lived a bohemian life with a string of lovers, an attempted suicide, and an abortion before she converted to Catholicism. Through her writings, the reader can understand the basis for her attraction to Socialism and similar ideologies as well as the disillusionment that caused her to later abandon them.

For one who is unfamiliar with her writings (and too familiar with the vitriolic rantings of many activists today) one of the most surprising characteristics found in her “voice” is the humor and wit with which she attacks her subject, often through a “Silly me, I should have known better” viewpoint that borders on comedy. One such example arises out of her time spent on the The Call’s Diet Squad, when she tried to live on $5 per week (about $100 in current money) in sympathy with the poor. She despairs of having spent $2.40 on weekly groceries — $0.58 more than the amount recommended by the Organized Charities:

“You are too extravagant,” said the Organized Charities…”You should not eat so much fruit, you should not eat so many potatoes, and you should eat butterine instead of butter…you have been gormandizing as much as four rolls at a time.”…

I left the office chastened. Yes, such reckless extravagance must cease.   

(from “Call’s Diet Squad is Accused of Gluttony by Experts” by Dorothy Day,  Friday, December 16, 1915)

The articles also bring to light some shocking reflections of the time, such as the amount of money the wealthy Astor family spent on their baby, while children all around New York were starving: $75 per day for baby Astor (almost $1,800 by today’s standards) as compared to $0.33 per day for the poor.

The poor were struggling to find work and to eat, while controlling corporations focused on price-gouging for profits, especially as the U.S. geared up for war. Dorothy passionately called out the hypocrisy embedded in the responses of politicians and the wealthy.

It was disheartening to find that some things never change. Workers were being left without jobs, having been replaced by machines. Today, those jobs go to computers or overseas. The left was committed to abortion as a solution to the poor, as if eradicating them would make their lives better. Mainstream media channels weren’t trusted, though, ironically, it was the left that feared they were controlled by the right. The media’s agenda for the most part has flipped from right to left these days, but the root fear that corporations controlled the message remains the same.

In the end, Dorothy realized that the various ideologies that first attracted her were in love with their way of thinking – without any real love for the person.

“I either want to retire from the world and study for the sake of acquiring wisdom or else I want to do something simple and useful.”

           (from The Eleventh Virgin by Dorothy Day)

Fortunately for us, she chose the latter and went on to join forces with Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a charity dedicated to the Works of Mercy and the God-given dignity of every human person.

Reading An Eye for Others won’t give you a full picture of Dorothy Day’s life, but it’s a great start to understanding the woman Pope Francis recently praised as an example of “a great American.” By the end of the Church’s investigation, I think we’ll find she was much more than that.

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HeadshotJackie began her writing career in Illinois at a single-digit age when her favorite dog died in an accident. Though her focus is mystery novels, she also writes children’s books, short stories, the occasional non-fiction piece, and screenplays. She’s even turned a short story into a play, “Streetcar Named Death”, which she secretly hopes to see produced by community theaters around the world. She blogs at jacquelinevick.com.

Second Quarter Releases from Indie Catholic Authors

Here are the new books released by members of Indie Catholic Authors in April through June.

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A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child is the first of four books by Connie Rossini on the temperaments. Right now the ebook is on sale for just $.99 until 8 AM Pacific Tuesday.

Does your child burst with energy, self-confidence, and determination? Does he struggle with pride, anger, and a desire to control everything and everyone around him? A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child explains the temperamental roots of your child’s behavior. Designed to help Catholic parents raise virtuous children, it offers parenting tips, templates, and a handful of lesson plans.

Learn how to work with your child, building on his God-given strengths and minimizing his weaknesses. Teach him to pray mental prayer from a young age. Use the book list to encourage him to imitate the virtues of characters he will love. Create a spiritual growth plan for the calendar year or school year. Whether your child attends school outside the home or is homeschooled, this book will support you in being his primary teacher on living the Christian life.

Connie plans to publish the volume on the phlegmatic child by the end of this year, with the remaining two books being released some time next year.

A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child is available as an ebook and a paperback.

JPs BookChurch Triumphant: 25 Men and Women Who Gave their Lives to Christ is author John Paul Wohlscheid’s first venture into non-fiction.

In Church Triumphant, 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.

This book includes the following saints: St. Gonsalo Garcia, St. Andreas Wouters, Blessed
Charles I of Austria, Blessed Charles de Foucauld, St. Clement Maria Hofbauer, St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Gerard Majella, St. Gianna Molla, Blessed John Henry Newman, St. Maria Goretti, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Nicholas, St Peter Julian Eymard, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Pope St. Pius X, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, St. Charbel Makhluf, Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Marianne Cope, Blessed Miguel Pro, and Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton.

Church Triumphant is exclusive to ebook format and sells for only $2.99.

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Also published this spring was author Tim Speer’s novel Return to Paradise.

A place where prayer, faith, hope, love, and little miracles come together. Return To Paradise is the story of a physical detour that turns in to a spiritual journey. A detour and a freak accident result in David finding himself in the small farming community of Spring River. 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? Through prayer and faith, the town of Spring River is given new hope. Through prayer and learning to surrender to God’s will, David is shown the path that God has for him.

Return to Paradise has 4.8 stars with 14 reviews on Amazon. It is available both in ebook and paperback formats.

WellspringAward-winning Tasmanian author Mishka Gora released her fantasy novel Wellspring in June.

Verys is Priestess of Fraerigh in dark times. Her king is embattled on all fronts and another city has fallen to the usurper. The colonial kingdom’s survival depends on a legendary stone somewhere in an icy wasteland at the end of the world… as well as the wiles of her brother Gwilym, a dauntless seafarer.

Three ships traverse the wildest seas to find the lost continent while three naval fleets converge in a battle for supremacy. In the midst of this turmoil, Verys’s greatest challenge is to discern friend from foe and faith from folly. Betrayed by her protege and plagued by doubts, Verys must ascend to the pinnacle of her calling even if it means sacrificing her hopes for the future.

Wellspring is available as an ebook and a paperback.

From author Benita J. Prins comes Starscape.

A legend that tells of a star… more beautiful than any other… even before the sun… thousands of years ago… wiser than the wisest of men… a song of unearthly beauty…

It was no more than idle talk in the marketplace that began it.

When Pluriel is accidentally reminded of an old prophecy, he and three companions begin the long journey to Nevarra Swamp. Their mission? A nearly hopeless attempt to recapture the Sword of the Star, stolen centuries ago by Jalavak. This Sword is the only weapon which can defeat the Dark Lord, for he was wounded by it in the war of the Valintari at the dawn of time. But what can Pluriel, Ringard, Galdore and Tristal do alone? For if the prophecy is to be fulfilled, the Star itself must fall from the sky – and how could such a thing come to pass?

Starscape is available as an ebook or a paperback from many online retailers. Please see Benita’s website for all buying options.

Already in the third quarter. Melanie Jean Juneau has published a short story in an anthology with other Catholic women. Authors Virginia Lieto and Connie Rossini both have books due out in the next few weeks.

If you would like a review copy of any books by Indie Catholic Authors, please leave a comment below and we will contact you.

Thank you!

New indie Catholic releases for first quarter 2015

Time for the quarterly new release report from Indie Catholic Authors!

Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for CaregiversJeannie Ewing released her first book in February, along with co-author Eileen Benthal.

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. Not a typical book, Navigating Deep Waters is divided into short, page-long chapters that act as meditations for the reader. At the end of each chapter, a few reflection questions intended to serve as journaling prompts and a short prayer are offered to close up the concept. We know caregivers are busy, because we are caregivers.

Jeannie has two daughters with special needs, one with a rare genetic condition. And Eileen has been a caregiver to her adult daughter, who also has a rare genetic condition, for eighteen years. We know caregivers don’t have a lot of time. And the time we do have is precious. We must be selective with how we use what little time we have to ourselves. Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers is your oasis in the midst of a long, dusty desert. It is refreshment for your mind and food for your soul. It will aid you on your unique journey and call as a caregiver and ultimately lead you to self-discovery, hope, and healing.

“I see Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers in the hands of Grief Counselors, Parish Crisis programs, for parents of children with Special Needs, or the parents of teens in drug programs, and even in Prison Ministry. See what I mean? The ways to benefit from it are too numerous to list.”

~Kaye Park Hinkley, writer of Southern fiction

Learning to Pray with St. JosemariaAuthor Tom McDonough published Learning to Pray with St. Josemaria in March.

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

Tom McDonough has been learning to pray with St. Josemaría for 45 years. He is working on an historical novel of Dorothy Day’s years in Greenwich Village and a biography of Ernesto Cofiño. The causes of canonization for both of these people has begun.

Collection: A Daisy Hunter Story is a new release by author Mariann Sciucco. In this short story, a young girl and her family accompany their housepainter father on a trip to collect his wages from a slow-paying customer, and encounter surprising consequences.

Marianne’s debut novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and winner of IndieReCon’s Best Indie Novel Award, 2014. She is working on a young adult novel to be released later this year.

If you would like a free review copy of any of these new releases, please leave a comment below and the author will contact you. Happy reading!

New Books from Indie Catholic Authors

Beginning this month I plan to post new releases from our group once a quarter. We have three new books out, with many more expected in the coming months.  If you would like a review copy of any of these books, please post a comment and the author with contact you.

This quarter we have two new books based on characters in the Bible. Cheryl Ann Wills released Who is Jesus? Dennis P. McGeehan published The Diaries of Joseph and Mary. We also have a new 1940’s-style detective story by John Paul Wohlscheid.

Use the link in this book picture to get your copy!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to meet Jesus face-to-face? Author Cheryl Ann Wills uses imaginative prayer and a meditation technique developed by her husband Ed Wills to help us see, hear, and feel the experience of people in the Gospels. Cheryl researched first-century culture, while Ed translated the biblical passages from the Greek.

Who is Jesus? is historical fiction. It is not private revelation, nor is it meant to replace reading the Gospel itself. Instead, Cheryl hopes to draw us more fully into others’ encounters with Jesus, so that we may decide for ourselves who Jesus truly was.

Here is what others are saying about Cheryl’s new book:

“Cheryl Wills has  a wonderful way to express the faith of biblical people as that faith arises in response to being with Jesus. I felt like I was there. “

~Nancy H. C. Ward, JoyAlive.net
, Catholic author and speaker

 

“Cheryl Wills has written a beautiful, compelling book – a collection of ‘you are there’ stories. It’s especially rich in human descriptive language that speaks to every emotion. It will confirm your faith, affirm your hope, and draw you into a closer relationship with a God that loves you. A ‘must have’ at your bedside or prayer group. The book is a tribute to a writer that really ‘gets it.’”

~Patricia L. Mitchell, Teacher (retired)
Who is Jesus? is available in paperback and digital formats at Amazon.  You can also read it on your Nook.

 

 

The Diaries of Joseph and Mary by Dennis P. McGeehan presents the beliefs of the Early Church Fathers on the Nativity in the form of a diary that Joseph and Mary may have kept. It illuminates the events and answers questions like, “Where was Joseph when Mary visited Elizabeth?” In addition the book offers an appendix, 101 Questions and Answers About Saint Joseph that provides the reader with additional details. The questions delve deeper into who Joesph was, indeed who he had to be as the man chosen by God the Father to be the foster-father of His Son on Earth. The reader of this book will find in Joseph a man who all men should try to emulate, no matter their vocation in life.

Dennis writes:

“Writing this book my faith has been deepened. My celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons are more vibrant and alive for me. My hope is that you, the reader, have the same experience.”
The Diaries of Joseph and Mary is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon.  It is also available in paperback at BarnesandNoble.com.

 

Trouble is My Client

 

Benny Cahill, the hard-boiled private eye of Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, is back! Trouble is My Client is a collection of four new short stories, inspired by old-time radio shows: Where There’s a Will, Now Hear This, Reach for It, and To the Moon. Theresa Linden, author of Chasing Liberty wrote the forward. Fans of this genre say they can’t put John Paul’s books down.

John Paul Wohlscheid is an admirer of such varied authors as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Loren D. Estleman, Dashiell Hammett, Hilaire Belloc, G. K. Chesterton, H. Beem Piper, and Jules Verne.  Watch for more stories in the near future.