The Big Three #TOB #HV50CCL

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of being able to reconnect and take a photo with three of the most influential speakers/authors of the Theology of the Body, all in the same room, at the recent Humanae Vitae 50 CCL Convention in Sharonville, Ohio: L to R: Dr. Janet Smith, Damon Owens and Christopher West!

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Summer Reads from FQP

Let’s talk summer! There’s nothing I like better than to sit under a tree on a warm summer’s day and read a story that will sweep me away. Full Quiver Publishing books make ideal summer/beach reads!!  (In no particular order!)

1.  Julia’s Gifts: Great War Great Love #1

As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her “beloved.”

Soon after the United States enters the Great War, Julia impulsively volunteers as a medical aid worker, with no experience or training. Disheartened by the realities of war, will Julia abandon the pursuit of her beloved? Will her naïve ‘gift scheme’ distract her from recognizing her true “Great Love?”

From Philadelphia to war-torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer.  Available here on Kindle or print. Book 2 in the Great War Great Love series, Charlotte’s Honor, will be released in November.

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2. The Lion’s Heart
2016 CALA-award winner, The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt, is currently available on Kindle and in softcover. This beautiful book encompasses the Catholic Church’s teachings on this topic. Of The Lion’s Heart, Joseph Pearce, well-known Catholic author, says, “Dena Hunt is a consummate storyteller who does not shirk or shy away from the difficult questions about life and love that her story raises. The Lion’s Heart contains not only the loves of lovers, spouses, parents, and children but also the demons and dragons that selfishness unleashes. The Lion’s Heart is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for the hard-hearted. It pulsates with a passion that will bring true hearts to their knees.”
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3. In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
In Name Only is the first in the O’Donovan Family series (although both this and its sequel can be read independently of the other). It has been downloaded over 160,000 times on Kindle and won the Gold medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards. Check out the profile page on Amazon.In name only much smaller

4. A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)
A Subtle Grace is available both on Kindle and in paperback. In her review, Trisha Niermeyer Potter, blogger at Prints of Grace, says this:
“This is one of my favorite contemporary works of Catholic fiction. The storytelling is masterful, the characters fascinating, and the writing is of high literary quality.  A Subtle Grace has all of the elements that good Catholic fiction should.”A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

5. Stealing Jenny
This is my biggest seller and most popular book as evidenced by the over 600 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle with over 280,000 downloads). It’s a quick and easy read. Check out the Amazon profile page here. Stealing Jenny

6. Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp
Funny, quirky and great writing! Also referred to as a Theology of the Body mystery! Check out the Amazon page here.

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7. Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon
A beautiful Theology of the Body romance with over 250 reviews on Amazon! AS Front Cover Final9-19

8. A World Such as Heaven Intended and A Life Such as Heaven Intended
A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer is an ideal beach read! It is available on Kindle and in print.

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9. Emily’s Hope
My first book is based on the true stories of myself and my great-grandmother. Check out the website here to read an excerpt and reviews.Emily's Hope

10. Discovery by Karina Fabian

Do you like science fiction?  Then you’ll love Discovery by Karina Fabian!

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11. Stay With Me and Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk

Stay With Me is a contemporary romance and Rightfully Ours is a teen contemporary romance/mystery

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12. The Lady Doc Murders

Dying for Revenge and Dying for Compassion

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.

DYING FOR COMPASSION deals with the topic of euthanasia.

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Open Book – July 2018

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

Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s what I’ve been reading (or listening to) during the past month!

Secrets

Secrets Visible and Invisible by Catholic Teen Authors

Synopsis: Seven Stories. One Theme.
♦ In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly!
♦ Elijah knows nothing of an elderly stranger’s secret past
—until her disappearance changes everything.
♦ A mysterious, ever-changing painting alarms a group of teens.
♦ A cannonball took Dario’s legs . . . Will he lose his soul too?
♦ The arrival of a mysterious girl challenges everything about Jason’s life.
♦ An unlicensed driver. His dad’s truck. What could possibly go wrong?
♦ An old tale of murder and forbidden love leads to a modern-day treasure hunt

My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology with a story for every kind of reader.  The seven stories are entertaining and relevant for today’s teens.  Highly recommend!

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Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino

Amazon Synopsis:   Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as much as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the “second sister” means she’ll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia’s only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father’s quest for nobility. First, though, she must win over her music tutor, who disdains her simply for being a girl. But before she can carry out her plan, a tragedy sends the family into mourning. In her sorrow, Emilia composes a heartrending sonata that causes the maestro to finally recognize her talent. He begins teaching her music theory alongside Antonio Bellini, the arrogant great-nephew of a wealthy marquis. Emilia’s feelings toward her rival gradually change as she strives to outdo him. But just when her dreams seem within reach, Emilia learns that her success could destroy not only her future but her sister’s very life.

My review: Beautifully written, wonderful story.  Highly recommend!

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time (formerly Bid Time Return) by Richard Matheson

Amazon Synopsis: Matheson’s classic novel tells the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met draws him back in time to a luxury hotel in San Diego in 1896, where he finds his soul mate in the form of a celebrated actress of the previous century. Somewhere in Time won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and the 1979 movie version, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, remains a cult classic whose fans continue to hold yearly conventions to this day.

My review: Before the movie came the book.  I absolutely love Somewhere in Time (it’s one of my favorite all time movies!). I remember back in the early 80’s watching the movie, then wanting to read the book.  The book has a different setting but it also has so much that the movie doesn’t. Rich imagery, beautiful writing. I like to read this every few years.  Highly recommend!

The Chamber

The Chamber by John Grisham (Audiobook)

Amazon Synopsis: Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison:  Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances — except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather and the TV cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes to save his client. For between the two men is a chasm of shame, family lies, and secrets — including the one secret that could save Sam Cayhall’s life…or cost Adam his.

My review:  Coming

FQP News!

New Logo smallMore FQP projects are on the horizon!

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Julia’s Gifts is being narrated as an audio-book and should be completed by the end of summer.

Julia’s Gifts is also being translated into Italian and should be available in paperback and ebook by the middle of July.

Stealing Jenny

Stealing Jenny is being translated into Spanish and will be available via paperback and ebook by the end of the summer.  (It’s already available in English and Portuguese. Special thanks to the remarkable and easy-to-work-with translator,  Ramon Vitor da Costa)

Stealing Jenny is also being translated into Italian and will be available via paperback and ebook by the end of the summer.

 

 

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Coming in November!  Charlotte’s Honor: Great War Great Love #2

Synopsis: After her brother is killed in action during the Great War, 21-year-old Charlotte Zielinski enlists as a medical volunteer. She eventually begins working in the death ward of the field hospital near Soissons, France, holding dying men’s hands and singing them into eternity.

Dr. Paul Kilgallen is a Canadian surgeon working at the field hospital. During a siege by the enemy, everyone evacuates except for Paul and Charlotte, who volunteer to remain in the basement of the chateau to care for the critically ill soldiers.

During those three days, Charlotte sees a side of Paul that very few have seen and finds herself falling in love with him. Just before Paul leaves for the front, he abruptly tells her that he cannot love her, and it would be best to “forget him.”

Just when Charlotte seems to be losing hope, the war is coming to a close, and two astonishing events will change her life forever.