#FREE on Kindle: A World Such as Heaven Intended

AWSAHI 2016RGBToday through Friday, Full Quiver Publishing’s novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, is FREE on Kindle.  This new finalist for the Catholic Arts and Letter Awards can be downloaded all week for #free.

In A World Such as Heaven Intended, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, International Bestselling Author of The Thistle and Rose, Secret Vows and the Highland Treasure Trilogy

“The South of 1864 springs to life in ‘A World Such as Heaven Intended.’ Rich in details of language, setting and social mores, Lauer takes readers on the journey of her protagonist, Amara McKirnan, a strong woman ahead of her time who wrestles with her blended family and the horrors of the Civil War to find the peace and happiness she is convinced awaits her.”
Marni Graff, Author, The Nora Tierney Mysteries

“‘A World Such as Heaven Intended’ is a fast-moving historical romance which will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.”
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book

“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.”
A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy

Download your Kindle copy for FREE at this link.

Unclaimed Virtual Book Tour

Unclaimed CoverI’m happy to be participating in my friend, Erin McCole Cupp’s, virtual book tour for the re-release of her Jane E series.  Unclaimed is Book #1 in the Memoirs of Jane_E Friendless Orphan and it is available through Amazon.com.

FB UNCLAIMED Release Party link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1301691563176042/

Summary: Born not in a past of corsets and bonnets but into a future of cloning and bioterror, could Jane Eyre survive?  This Jane is an “unclaimed embryo,” the living mistake of a reproductive rights center–or so her foster family tells her.  At age ten she is sold into slavery as a data mule, and she must fight for freedom and identity in a world mired between bioscientific progress and the religions that fear it.

A Few Quick Endorsements and more available at this link: http://wp.me/p3dFKH-Z5

“A riveting, heart-wrenching retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Unclaimed packs a punch that brings the timeless truth of the original Jane Eyre to Millenials, Generation Z, and beyond. Bravo! Bring on the next installment…” Antony Barone Kolenc, The Chronicles of Xan Trilogy

“In a style that’s engaging and unputdownable, Erin McCole Cupp grabs readers, sucks them into her world, and makes Jane E a part of our hearts. Be warned: you’ll finish this book and demand the next one.” Sarah Reinhard, Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary

Brilliant and inspiring with a unique blend of genres. This book is for classic and sci-fi fans alike. It will leave the reader anxiously waiting for the next installment.” Tanya Weitzel, Catholicsimplicites.com, Catholicmom.com Contributor

“Whether in Georgian England or the global community of a technocratic future, there will always be orphans who can teach the rest of us how to love, if we will only take the time to learn.  This is the reason we need books like Unclaimed.” Karen UlloJennifer the Damned

“What a great read! Jane E has Hollywood written all over it: strong, complex characters; rich settings, adversity, action and intrigue—it’s all here in this modern updating of Jane Eyre. I couldn’t put it down!”  Rhonda OrtizThe Virtuous Jane Austen

A QUICK INTERVIEW with Erin McCole Cupp, author of Unclaimed: The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan (Book 1)

Q: So what made you think you could get away with rewriting Jane EyreEMCHeadshot

EMC: I never expected to get away with it! I think of it as more of a translation than a rewrite, anyway, and when you’re reading a translation, you must always keep in mind that it is but a pale image of the original.  At any rate, way back in Y2K, I had spent the first part of the year reading a steady diet of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling–the revered trifecta of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction.  When our summer vacation came around, I decided I’d take a vacation from reading for professional development as an aspiring SF writer and bought a bunch of books from the literary classics bargain bin at a boardwalk bookshop.  A few chapters into Jane Eyre, my mind kept throwing up these weird parallels between the character of Helen Burns as Jane’s spirit guide and the character of Molly as Case’s spirit guide in Gibson’s Neuromancer. I remember thinking, “Wow, Jane Eyre would’ve made great cyberpunk.” [beat] “Oh, crap, now I have to write it!”

Q:  That was sixteen years ago, and the first edition of Jane_E dropped a decade ago. What made you decide to revisit your first novel and rerelease it electronically? 

EMC: I just think (“hope” might be a better word) that the audience might be ready for it a bit more now compared to ten years ago.  I’d already been thinking of re-releasing it as a single book and getting a fresh cover, having it available in hard copy as well as electronic format.  However… it’s a long book when taken all in one slice! Jane’s story (mine as well as the Bronte version) also divides itself naturally into three parts: her early years, her developing relationship with her employer, and then everything that happens after that relationship catches fire, for lack of a better term (and those of you who’ve read Jane Eyre know of which I speak).  I figured that by breaking it down into smaller portions, a reader could take a chance on Book 1 (Unclaimed) without the commitment to some giant tome.  Of course if you want the giant tome, that’s still available.

Q: So when do the next two books come out?  

EMC:  I’m looking at October 7 for Nameless (Book 2)  and December 6 for Runaway.

Q: Why make us wait so long?!

EMC: Because I’m mean.  Ha!  Actually, there’s the cover art to take care of, thanks to Fiona Jayde Media.  I also wanted to give the text a little extra polish that may have gotten lost in the initial editing, which was done when I had infant twins.  I’m working with Rebecca Willen over at Our Hearts are Restless, and she’s great–reasonable, thorough, no-nonsense–but I’m also letting those aforementioned twins (now 12 and homeschooled) provide an additional level of copyediting.

Q: What’s that like, letting your children correct your work?

EMC:  You mean, besides the weird factor of letting them read something on the edgy side that came out of my brain before they were even born?  Actually, it’s a lot less stressful than I thought it would be.  It’s a good way to model humility, really.  I mean, I’m the one always correcting their work, and now I’m letting them turn the tables.  I think it’s good for all three of us.

Q: Any other projects in the works?  

EMC:  Always!  Besides the Jane E series, I’m a contributor to The Catholic Mom Prayer Companion, which is available on pre-order for an August 29th release.  I’m also working with Ellen Gable of Full Quiver Publishing on an anthology of Theology of the Body fiction and poetry tentatively titled Image and Likeness.  That’s exciting, working with so many talented authors, and that’s scheduled for a October 22 release.  Finally, I’m still pecking away at the first draft of the sequel to my murder mystery Don’t You Forget About Me.

For more information on Unclaimed, go to Erin’s website here at this link.




An Open Book – July 6

Open Book


I’m joining with Carolyn Astfalk and Catholic Mom for “An Open Book.”

Unclaimed Cover

Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp

Unclaimed by Erin McCole Cupp is an futuristic retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.  It’s extremely well written with well-developed characters and I highly recommend it.  Book 2 (Nameless) will be released in October.  More about Unclaimed on Saturday, July 9th because I will be participating on the Unclaimed Virtual Book Tour.  For more information, check Erin’s website here.


Sunflowers in a Hurricane by Anne Faye

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Faye’s new book, “Sunflowers in a Hurricane.” Single mother Cheryl and her young teen daughter Ruth move next door to elderly widower George Ferguson. George and Ruth forge an unusual bond as all three are forced to confront the past. The writing is polished, the characters are true to life and the story is compelling. This makes an ideal beach read that you won’t want to put down until you’ve reached the last page.  You can purchase it here.


Check out the other posts at Carolyn Astfalk’s website at this link.


Catholic Writers Conference 2016

Check out this wonderful video for the Catholic Writers Guild upcoming conference:

Prominent Catholic Writers to Speak at Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois

Contact: Ann Lewis, 317-755-2693

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 16, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Several prominent Catholic writers will speak at the eighth annual Catholic Writers Conference LIVE taking place July 27-29 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago.) Sponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) and held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE provides Catholic writers with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe. The theme of this year’s conference is “Openness to God’s Will.”

Presenters include keynote speaker Margaret Rose Realy (A CATHOLIC GARDENER’S SPIRITUAL ALMANAC), authors Gary Zimak (FROM FEAR TO FAITH), Karina Fabian (GREATER TREASURES), Lisa Mladinich (TRUE RADIANCE), Lisa Hendey (THE GRACE OF YES), Ellen Gable (STEALING JENNY) and many others.

The conference will give authors an opportunity to meet personally with publishing professionals and pitch their writing projects. Some participating publishers are Ignatius Press, Ave Maria Press, and Servant Books. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a fiction critique workshop with award-wining short fiction writer Arthur Powers (A HERO FOR THE PEOPLE), a non-fiction critique group with Nancy Ward (joyalive.net) and attend writing workshops with novelists John Desjarlais (SPECTER) and Michelle Buckman (RACHEL’S CONTRITION). Michelle Buckman will also be offering one-on-one critique sessions. Information for all these events can be found on the conference website.

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, sponsors this conference in July, an online conference in March, and a writers’ retreat in October to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. CWG President, Joseph Wetterling, says, “The Guild exemplifies the Catholic ‘both/and’ with writers from every part of the world, in every genre, and from every walk of life. We’re diverse in personality and style but united in our loyalty and love of the Catholic faith. The Catholic Writers Conference Live is a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and sharpen each other toward our united mission: a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

Registration costs $80 and $45 for students. CWG Members receive a 10% discount. There’s also a discounted registration combined with a CWG membership. To register or for more information, go to www.catholicwritersconference.com.

Interview with Author Barbara Golder and Giveaway!

Dr. GolderDr. Barbara Golder is the author of FQP’s newest book, Dying for Revenge: The Lady Doc Murders Book One.  Today is the last day of the Virtual Book Tour for her book and also a giveaway.  Leave a comment below (before June 20th) to be entered to win a free PRINT copy of Dying for Revenge?
EGH: As a writer, I would think that having worked in the medical and legal professions would give you a plethora of good writing material.  But what — or who — actually gave you the idea to be a novelist?

BG: I got my start writing as a lark. The Telluride Times Journal, a newspaper that is no longer in publication, had a competition for the best skiing accident story. I had a particularly amusing anecdote which I wrote up and sent into them. When I got the newspaper a couple weeks later I was looking at the winning entry of the contest and didn’t actually realize until I got halfway through it that it was mine.

Because we have a second home in the area, I got the bright idea to write a column about second home ownership. It was a humorous column and I had a lot of fun doing it. After a couple of years of this,my husband and I reconnected with an old friend, Doreen Thistle, who happens to be an editor and literary agent. Steve, my husband, sent her some of my columns and she asked whether I had ever considered writing fiction.

I think everyone who loves books dreams about writing the Great American novel. I never had any illusions that I could write the Great American Novel. But I thought I might be able to spin a reasonably good dime-novel murder mystery.  I suppose I have always been something of the storyteller, particularly when my children were little. And I have always been a teacher and had a knack for bringing in concepts that don’t seem to be terribly similar and making them work together. I suppose that’s a kind of storytelling as well.

And I have always enjoyed murder mysteries from the time I first read Sherlock Holmes. I had actually had an idea knocking about my head for probably 10 years and decided to give it a try. Doreen, now my literary agent, asked me to send a first chapter. I did, she liked it, and she coaxed the rest of the book right out of me.  I wrote nights and weekends for a year or so getting Jane’s story down on paper. Doreen was very much the midwife.

Part of the reason I wanted to write this book the way I did is that I got very tired of reading murder mysteries that had absolutely no mention of faith. I spent a lot of time in forensic pathology, dealing with people who have just been confronted with sudden and unexpected death. I can tell you from my experience that they do not ignore God. They might rail against Him or they might run to Him but they don’t –by and large–ignore Him. I wanted to write something that was a little closer to my own experience. Not a book that is centering on faith, but a book in which faith is quietly central to the characters and just part of their ordinary struggle in life.
EGH: As an author myself, I know that some of my own idiosyncrasies, personality traits and habits show up in my characters and more specifically, my protagonists. How close to the character Jane are you? What are the similarities and what are the differences between you and Jane? 

BG: This will give you an idea of how incredibly clueless I am. When I first had a friend read the earliest drafts of Dying for Revenge, he commented on how much of me there was in Jane and I was dumbfounded. Jane is something of a smart alec, as I am. Certainly many of her expressions are mine. And there was something of a spiritual journey involved in writing the book. It started out one way and ended quite another and I worked through a lot of my own thoughts, ideas, and I suppose my own injuries as I wrote about them through Jane’s eyes. But she is a totally different woman. Really. She’s smarter, she has more faith, she has more children, and she’s a lot braver than I am. But of course, we share a background in medicine and law, and apparently she talks a lot like I do.

EGH: The characters in your novel are so well-developed that I feel like I know them. How do you go about developing your characters?  Do you write character studies or base your characters on people you know?
BG: I suppose I do a little bit of both. Instead of writing the book in a linear fashion, I tend to write the scenes that I see most clearly and visually first and then go back and work in the connecting bits.  The characters come alive as part of the story and they really do take on a life of their own. They aren’t, for the most part, consciously based on anyone I know (including myself). I have always been an observer of people, and part of being a pathologist, like part of being a writer, is noticing the details of situations and people. I suppose that comes through in my writing. I do try to keep track of the details of the characters life so that I don’t make timing mistakes or continuity mistakes. My character studies tend to be brief little sketches but I have found them to be very helpful
I do have to admit that my son gave me the inspiration for no less than four characters in the book. There is a wealth of material in Nathan’s life to work with. (Thanks, son!). And I have to say it one more time that my husband is not –repeat not– Dead John.
EGH: I learned from your author bio that you are an avid reader.  What are three novels that you’ve read recently that you recommend?

BG: This is going to sound odd, but I haven’t read any novels recently apart from all the work I’ve been doing on my own! Most of my leisure reading tends to be philosophy, theology, bioethics, or cosmology these days. I would recommend “The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos” by Brian Schwimme. It isn’t a novel but it is wonderful. One of my longtime favorites is “Grandmother and the Priests” by Taylor Caldwell–I love her detailed and visual style and her leisurely and entirely Celtic way of telling stories.  And like any good Southerner, I love anything by Flannery O’Connor.  Ian Rankin’s “Knots and Crosses” I liked very much; his character development is splendid, and I love his use of language.  And the story is something more than just the mystery, which I appreciate in a good novel. His books tend to be, at least for me, about relationships as much as they are about situations.

EGH: Most of the setting of the novel is Telluride, Colorado.  Why did you choose this setting for the first book in the series?  Will the other books take place in Colorado or will there be other settings?

BG: I chose Telluride because it seemed to work. I suppose it was because I was working for the paper there at the time. Anyway it’s a lovely town, we have enjoyed being second homeowners there for many years. It is a quirky community that provided the right kind of infrastructure for the story.  The next books in the series will take place in different places. Jane has children scattered throughout the world, Eoin is Irish, and it seems like a good idea to move the stories around. Telluride, like Cabot Cove, is too small to sustain too many murder mysteries! Even Jessica Fletcher had to go out and about.

Dying for Revenge Final Front

To enter to win a print copy of Dr. Golder’s new novel, please leave a comment below (before June 20th).
Dying for Revenge is available both on Kindle and in paperback.
Check this link to read reviews, see a book trailer, read an excerpt and click on links to the other bloggers’ posts on the Virtual Book Tour!

Dying for Revenge – Day One of Virtual Book Tour

DyingForRevengeToday is Day One of the Virtual Book Tour for Dying for Revenge – The Lady Doc Murders Book One!  The paperback edition is now availableThe Kindle edition has been available for two weeks.

“Barbara Golder joins the ranks of Chesterton’s bloodthirsty heirs as she spins a tale that will delight mystery fans. With Dying for Revenge in hand, your beach experience is now complete!” Mark P. Shea, Author of Mercy Works

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life — imperfectly but vibrantly — even if she won’t survive.

To view the book trailer, click below:

Other Social Media Links for author Dr. Barbara Golder:

Novel Page: http://ladydocmurders.com   (Full Quiver Publishing)

Author’s website: http://ladydocmurders.weebly.com/

Book Series Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lady-Doc-Murders-1171887676163049

Instagram: @ladydocmurders

Twitter: @ladydocmurders

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Golder-Author-1764757320425828

Email: ladydocmurders@gmail.com

To read an excerpt, click on the novel page.


Please visit these other blogs during the Virtual Book Tour.

Thursday, June 2, Sarah Reinhard at Snoring Scholar http://snoringscholar.com/

Friday, June 3, Patrice McArthur  http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 4, A.K. Frailey https://akfrailey.com/

and Barb Szyszkiewicz http://franciscanmom.com

Sunday, June 5, Erin McCole Cupp   erinmccolecupp.com

Monday, June 6   Carolyn Astfalk, Review  http://www.carolynastfalk.com/category/my-scribblers-heart-blog/

Tuesday, June 7  Theresa Linden Things Visible & Invisible https://catholicbooksblog.wordpress.com/

and Jean Heimann  http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 8   Virginia Lieto http://virginialieto.com/

Thursday, June 9  Christopher Blunt  https://christophercblunt.wordpress.com/

Michael Seagriff  http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.ca/

Friday, June 10 Therese Heckenkamp http://www.thereseheckenkamp.com/

Saturday, June 11 Plot Line and Sinker, Interview https://ellengable.wordpress.com/