New Contemporary Christian Novel: All in Good Time

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I highly recommend this story as an enjoyable, clean romance novel with three-dimensional characters and important themes.

Theresa Linden
Just came out October 22, on the Feast of Pope St. John Paul II

STORY SUMMARY

All in Good Time – With three rambunctious, young children, Melanie Lombardi can’t see beyond the day-to-day struggle to maintain her home and her sanity since her husband’s sudden death. A second chance at romance isn’t on her radar.

Brian Perella is done with dating, resigned to being the fun uncle and never the dad. Until he meets Melanie and her brood of lively kids on the sidelines of a Little League game.

But when Brian uncovers a co-worker’s secret, it re-ignites a temptation that Melanie can’t know about. It’s his secret to keep until an unexpected diagnosis brings everything to the surface, jeopardizing his future with Melanie and her children, who, when threatened by an unknown stalker, may need him now more than ever.


MY REVIEW

The characters in this story feel so real. So three-dimensional. They have strengths and weaknesses, hopes and dreams, and face trials and challenges that many can relate to, especially in our contemporary culture.

Brian Perella loves kids and has wanted to be a husband and father, but he has yet to find “the one” and he’s almost given up. Then one day, it seems God has dropped the woman of his dreams—Melanie Lombardi—into his lap! He’s a solid character and he’s great with kids, but he’s not sure he wants to start dating. I really enjoyed the tension between the two main characters before they decided to see each other. As the story progresses, we find that his past failings affect his ability to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with Melanie. This theme is so well done and helped me really consider the temptations and effects of pornography even after a person has given it up.

Melanie Lombardi is one tough woman. At least on the outside. Her husband recently passed away, leaving her with three young children. My heart really ached for her at times. She is an extremely likeable character, a good mom who tries to be responsible—but one person can’t keep track of everything, and this leads to some chaotic and humorous incidents in the story as she deals with the trials and joys of life with three children. I both admired and, at times, could relate to this character and her challenges.

As the story develops, a mystery (a threat) begins to appear. I admired how the author did this—so subtle and yet relevant, as you discover in the end.

This fictional story is not only enjoyable because of the characters and storyline; it carries relevant themes—tough themes that aren’t often dealt with in fiction but should be. We can read articles and studies about the challenges of single parenthood and of losing a spouse and of the long-term effects of giving into temptation and pornography, but reading a novel that deals with these issues takes it to a deeper level. We get to see the thoughts and experience the feelings these characters have throughout their challenges, failures, and victories.


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Visit Carolyn Astfalk’s BLOG post to read why she writes romance that tackles tough sexual morality issues that people don’t want to talk about.

In the days since All in Good Time‘s release, a few people have commented about my “bravery” in tackling the pornography issue in this novel.

~ Carolyn Astfalk, Relevant Fiction for Body and Soul

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Virtual Book Tour: Ella’s Promise (Great War-Great Love series)

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Ella’s Promise (Great War Great Love #3) by Ellen Gable

Story Summary:  When she joins the war effort during the Great War, American nurse Ella Neumann doesn’t see allies or enemies. The daughter of German immigrants, Ella sees only human beings in need of care. A promise to herself and a promise made to her by an enemy officer become the catalyst for the life she plans to lead after the war. But a handsome Canadian soldier may complicate her plans. In this third installment of the Great War – Great Love series, join Ella in a tale of promises, betrayal and unconditional love.


Visit Full Quiver Publishing to learn more:  https://www.fullquiverpublishing.com/our-publications/great-war-great-love-series-julias-gifts-by-ellen-gable/

Buy Link Kindle:   https://www.amazon.com/Ellas-Promise-Great-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B07Z5G6GT6/

Print:  https://www.amazon.com/Ellas-Promise-Great-War-Love/dp/1987970055/

Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48493901-ella-s-promise

Book 1 of the Great War Great Love Series: Julia’s Gifts: Available on Amazon

Book 2 of the Great War Great Love Series: Charlotte’s Honor: Available on Amazon

Excerpt

Ella’s head snapped up. She turned and saw that the lavatory door was still open.  Where is Major Schmidt?

 She stood up, then took mental attendance of the cots. The occupied cots all seemed occupied, even the major’s cot.  But that couldn’t be.  He couldn’t have finished his business in the lavatory and covered himself up and gone to sleep that quickly.

No, someone had left the barrack.  A feeling of dread came over her, and she raced across the barrack to the back door.  It was unlocked!

Ella pulled the door open and stepped outside into the warm spring evening air. She could just make out the silhouette of a soldier creeping along the side wall of the barrack.

“Excuse me, sir?” she called out loudly in German, her heart pounding.  “Please step into the light.”

The man didn’t move.

“Sir?  Step into the light so I may see who you are.”

Still no movement.

Instead of waiting for him to comply, she straightened, took a breath and walked toward him. It was only then that the man inched forward, a shadow on his face. She couldn’t see him, but she was certain it was Major Schmidt.

“I…uh…was…uh… just stepping out for some… fresh air,” he said in German, waving his hands.

Ella scowled.  I don’t think so.  She continued in German, “I don’t remember you asking for permission to come outside. You asked permission to go to the lavatory.”

“Oh, I’m sorry.”

“Well, I will remain with you while you finish breathing in the fresh air, then I will accompany you back into the barrack. You must understand that I will be reprimanded if I allow a POW soldier to be outside.”  She paused. “Why did you unlock the door?”

The man smiled, but it seemed forced. Then he replied, this time in English, “I don’t remember unlocking it. I suppose I should just go with you back inside. I’ve had enough fresh air for the evening.”

“I should say so.”

This man had no German accent when he spoke English and certainly no English accent when he spoke German.  His smooth voice sounded kind and gentle.  Ah, yes, she remembered him: this was the man with the large birthmark on his shoulder.

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Now what? He could run, but she would call the nearby guards to apprehend him.  He tried to appear nonchalant, but he balled his fists in frustration.  He’d have to wait until a future date and try again.

Garrett considered reaching for the gun tucked in his waistband.  Collins had given it to him. He could use it to threaten her so he could escape.

The girl folded her arms across her chest, smiled, her foot tapping, waiting for him to comply. She was brave, but he was twice her size and could easily overpower her.  He could knock her unconscious, leave her in the shadows and take off.  She’d be reprimanded for letting him escape.  She—the sweetest and most intelligent girl he’d ever met – would get in trouble because of him.

Strange that he’d never considered the repercussions for the person in charge when he had escaped the other POW camp.  Truthfully, he’d never cared.  Even so, this camp was one with little security.  He should have known that this nurse would be so aware of everything going on around her.

He would have to contact Collins in the morning to inform him that it was not going to be as easy to escape this time. Until then, he would bide his time and do nothing.


Author Biography: 

Ellen Gable is an award-winning author of ten books, editor, self-publishing book coach, speaker, publisher, NFP teacher, book reviewer, transcriptionist, and instructor in the Theology of the Body for Teens. Her books have been collectively downloaded 750,000 times on Kindle. Some of her books have been translated into Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and French. The mother of five adult sons and grandmother to one cherished grandson, Ellen (originally from New Jersey) now lives with her husband of 37 years, James Hrkach, in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada.


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The Other Books in the Series:

Julia’s Gifts (Book #1 Great War Great Love) 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 Julia’s 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.  Julia’s Gifts is now available in Italian and French and will soon be available in Portuguese and Spanish.

Charlotte’s Honor (Book #2 Great War Great Love) After receiving notification that her brother –and only relative – 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. 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 the war is coming to a close, Charlotte is surprised by two events that are destined to change her life forever.

Translations:

Stealing Jenny is currently available in Portuguese, French, Italian and Spanish.

Julia’s Gifts is available in Portuguese, French, Italian and Spanish.

Charlotte’s Honor is available in Portuguese and Spanish.

In Name Only is available in Portuguese and (soon will be) in Italian.

A Subtle Grace will soon be available in Spanish.

Audible:

Stealing Jenny and Charlotte’s Honor are available on Audible.  Julia’s Gifts will soon be on Audible, and In Name Only will be available on Audible before Christmas.

Virtual Book Tour Stops/Links

November 3  Carolyn Astfalk My Scribbler’s Heart Blog

November 4  Steven McEvoy Book Reviews and More

November 5  Theresa Linden

November 6  Therese Heckenkamp

November 7 Patrice MacArthur

November 8  Amanda Lauer

November 9  Sarah Reinhard

November 10 Jean Egolf

November 11  Lisa Mladinich

November 12 Leslea Wahl

November 13  Trisha Potter

November 14   The Yeoman Farmer, Christopher Blunt

November 15 Michael Seagriff

Advanced Reviews:

As with the other books in the series, Ella’s Promise gives readers a feel for what life was like during WWI—the prejudices, suffering, and the ugliness of war—while also showing the power of love through inspirational and courageous main characters. Throughout this story, Ella finds herself taking risks and making sacrifices to save lives—and also doing things she never imagined herself doing. An enjoyable read that fans of historical fiction are sure to love.

Theresa Linden, author of contemporary romance Anyone But Him

Ella‘s Promise is a story of love tested through war-time confusion and pain, enduring into a new hope for a better future. 

A.K. Frailey, author of historical and science fiction novels

Readers will love this third installment of the Great War Great Love series with espionage, romance, faith and determination all set amidst the backdrop of wartime France.

Carolyn Astfalk, author of Ornamental Graces

All Souls Day Reading

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Do you think often enough about the four last things? Do you remember to pray for the Holy Souls in purgatory? I would like to recommend three books to aid your devotion to the Holy Souls and to help keep you focused on the reality that no one lives in this world forever.


First, I’d like to recommend Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory. This beautiful devotion for the Souls in Purgatory dates back to the 17th century. The purpose of this Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory is to obtain relief and deliverance from Purgatory for the Holy Souls. Its secondary aim is to attain personal holiness, convert sinners, and acquire necessary spiritual and temporal graces.

“In union with the divine Heart of Jesus, make a short pilgrimage to Purgatory at night. Offer Him all your activities of the day and ask Him to apply His merits to the suffering souls. At the same time, implore them to obtain for you the grace to liveand die in the love and friendship of this divine Heart. May He never find in you any resistance to His holy will, or any wish to thwart His designs in your regard. Fortunate will you be, if you succeed in obtaining deliverance for some of these imprisoned souls, for you will gain as many friends in heaven.”

~ Saint Margaret Mary

This pious practice, which Saint Margaret Mary recommended to her novices for the octave of All Souls, was introduced to the members of the Arch-confraternity of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the year 1885. Since then, many of the faithful have made this pilgrimage daily.In 1884, his Eminence, Cardinal Monaco la Valette, Vicar General of His Holiness, sanctioned the propagation of the Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory. May it please the divine Heart of Jesus to use this booklet as a means of spreading this work of sympathetic love for all the Holy Souls. May this most benevolent of hearts extend the fullness of His graces and blessings to all who, in any way, assist in its circulation.


Next, I recommend Susan Tassone’s Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. This book includes prayers, teachings about purgatory, real-life stories, Susan’s own wisdom, meditations, quotes from the saints, and more. You can use this book however you like – as a daily devotional, as a year round novena, to follow the liturgical seasons – or, just pick it up and read as the Spirit leads you. God has given us the duty, power and privilege of praying for the release of the holy souls. Now Susan Tassone has given you a powerful way to accomplish that mission.

“If we, by our prayers and sacrifices, freed a soul from purgatory, we would then have another intercessor for us in heaven.”

~ Venerable Solanus Casey

Every day we have another opportunity to pray for the holy souls in purgatory – author, speaker, and purgatory expert Susan Tassone gives you a unique tool to do just that.


Finally, I’d like to recommend my own book Tortured Soul, a supernatural thriller set in modern times but inspired by the apparitions of souls in purgatory to modern-day mystic Eugenie von der Leyen (1867-1929).

A single woman thrown out of her family home. A terrifying specter that only she sees. A dark connection between his past and hers…
After her father’s tragic death and her mother’s more recent passing, loss leaves an emptiness she can’t fill. But now thirty-two-year-old Jeannie Lyons must leave her family home, the one place that lets her keep alive the memory of her parents. She moves into an old house on the edge of town, one too big for just her and her three-legged cat, but she soon gets the impression she’s not alone. Her brother thinks she has an overactive imagination. Her sister-in-law thinks she needs counseling. The man her brother’s been trying to set her up with is the only one who seems to believe her, but can she trust him? Having nowhere else to turn, she must face her inner demons and confront this soul from beyond the grave…

“Theresa Linden brings devotion to the Holy Souls to a new audience with Tortured Soul. Not everyone will read the historical books or pray with devotional texts, but many will read novels. A wonderful reminder to pray for our beloved dead.”

~ Fr Edward Looney, author of A Heart Like Mary’s

Happy All Souls Day!

New Catholic Children’s Picture Book by Dessi Jackson

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On the road to San Damiano, Grandma Nonna shares with her grandson Antonio a once-upon-a-time story about Saint Clare. Full-color illustrations and a delightful tale capture the beauty and faith of Saint Clare as she pursues her vocation and embraces the joyful and simple Franciscan spirituality. Ever appreciative of the little things, Clare’s happiness blossoms even more with her wonderful discovery of a tiny kitten.


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Review

“Which child doesn’t love animal stories? In this magnificently illustrated picture book, bestselling author Dessi Jackson weaves an unforgettable tale of friendship and loyalty between a mischievous kitten and the young Saint Clare of Assisi. With delightful full-color artwork by the talented artist Martina Parnelli on every page, this book is sure to become a favorite in every Catholic household. Franciscan joy radiates from every page!

— Susan Peek, author of Animals of God series

About the Author

Dessi Jackson is the author of five popular picture books about saints, including Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Saint Felix and the Spider, Nikola and the Monk, and The Saint and his Bees. Her faith-filled children’s stories come from the depths of her motherly heart. A writer for Seton Magazine and a Byzantine Catholic, she lives in Croatia, where she is always thinking up new stories that will give glory to God and touch the hearts of little children.

Look up Dessi Jackson’s other books HERE.


About the Illustrator

Author, poet and illustrator Martina Parnelli draws on multicultural and multinational influences in her work. In addition to writing and illustrating her own books—including the Little Runty trilogy—she has illustrated books for popular Catholic children’s author Susan Peek. She currently resides in western Michigan, where she enjoys teaching chickadees to eat from her hand.

Learn more about Martina Parnelli and her books HERE.


About the Publisher

Books that inspire trust in the Divine Refiner, who is at work in each of our lives.

Silver Fire Publishing gets its name from Scriptures. “For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap, he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and sliver” (Malachi 3:3).

This is a beautiful analogy of God’s refining fire in our lives. He is the refiner and His Word is the fire. We are the silver. And the more we immerse ourselves in Him, the purer we become. And even though the purification process might hurt a bit, He is with us through it all. And like the saints, we come to reflect His image.

We publish children’s, teen, and adult faith-filled fiction. It is our hope that the books published by Silver Fire Publishing will inspire greater faith and trust in the Divine Refiner, who is always at work in our lives. 

http://www.SilverFirePublishing.com

A New Romantic Comedy

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Style and Substance. Fire and Ice. It’s a Roman Hell-iday when Janetta Orlando and Bob White clash in romantic Rome.

Story Summary

Janetta Orlando’s life has been bouncing along the gutter like a Brunswick bowling ball after a series of disastrous relationships. When her girl’s getaway with her best friend is abruptly cancelled, she is left with nothing to look forward to. No vacation. No wine. No men.

Bob White is headed to Rome with his girlfriend, who is fluent in Italian, to sell his invention to an Italian businessman. When she dumps him, he is left without a translator.

After Bob learns that Janetta, his hairdresser, has two weeks off and speaks Italian, he presents her with a deal: He will pay her to accompany him to Rome to serve as his translator. A lover of the Eternal City, Janetta agrees to the deal, but soon learns that the devil is in the details as their trip turns into a Roman Hell-iday when she and Bob clash over nearly everything from fashion to food to faith.

Laughter, tears, and love flow like the Trevi Fountain as Janetta, with the help an unlikely aide, finds her true herself, her true faith, and her true love in Rome.

Buy Links for Our Lady of the Roses

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XSR56JJ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Barnes & Noblehttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/our-lady-of-the-roses-janice-lane-palko/1133717181?ean=9781734086706

Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/958961

Apple Books:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1480797060

Kobohttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/our-lady-of-the-roses

Draft2Digital:  https://www.draft2digital.com/book/483142


More books by Janice Lane Palko


Janice Lane Palko has been a writer for more than 20 years working as an editor, columnist, freelance writer, teacher, lecturer, and novelist.

She is currently the executive editor for both Northern Connection and Pittsburgh Fifty-Five Plus magazinesand the lead writer for the website PopularPittsburgh.com. She has had numerous articles published in publications such as The Reader’s Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman’s World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and St. Anthony Messenger. Her work has also been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul.

Our Lady of the Roses is a spinoff from her first novel, St. Anne’s Day, a romantic comedy. She has also written the Christmas novel, A Shepherd’s Song, and the romantic suspense novels, Cape Cursed and the award-winning Most Highly Favored Daughter. Currently, she is working on another romantic suspense called Mother of Sorrows.

Prisoners of War by Sarah Gracia

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This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Sarah Gracia’s book, “Prisoners of War. It is a 2019 Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval recipient! 

Join Tara, Matt, and Age on the journey of a lifetime!

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Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Matt wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of his past. When he meets his parents and twin sister Tara, he learns a shocking revelation: he was kidnapped at birth, and they had not seen him since that day. Soon after, he gains a single memory of another hostage, his friend Age. With Tara’s help, Matt tries to recover his memories to stop the criminal group and save his best friend. But Matt’s not the only one dealing with a waking nightmare. Tara has severe OCD and struggles daily just to function.

Age is looking for every opportunity to escape and return to his parents, and hopefully, the girl he sacrificed everything for, even his freedom. If that’s not daunting enough, his kidnappers start to speak of their final plan coming together. Even if Age gets out, he can’t let the remaining hostages be left for whatever nefarious purposes are laid out for them.

Will Matt and Tara uncover the secrets of the captors against the clock while dealing with Tara’s OCD spike? Can Age manage to slip away and alert the authorities before it’s too late, or are they doomed to live in the dark forever?


Excerpt:
I woke up with a feeling of fear. I didn’t recognize my surroundings—ghost white walls, a green chair with an ugly polka dot print, and dull lights blinking above me. There was a woman, a stranger, in the room on a computer. “Where am I?” Then it dawned on me that I didn’t know anything about myself. “Who am I?” She peered at me. “You have amnesia?” Amnesia. The definition of the word flashed in my head: loss of memory.


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Author Bio: Sarah Gracia always had OCD and ASD, but was diagnosed with the former when she was nine and the latter when she was eighteen. If that isn’t enough, she was diagnosed with depression when she was nineteen.

She daydreamed the events of Prisoners of War her high school freshman year while suffering the six-month panic attack Tara goes through in the book and finished writing the novel right before the start of her high school junior year.

Sarah decided to publish the Prisoners of War trilogy under her real name to let people know that no one should be ashamed for having OCD.

Currently, she is attending college to (keyword: attempting to!!) earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans to become an OCD researcher to cure it once and for all, despite everyone telling her it can’t be done. When Sarah isn’t writing books or studying, she can be found cuddling with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rosa McLean Gracia.


Buy Link – Paperback:
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Buy Link – Kindle:
http://amzn.com/dp/B07L8L65NM

Cover Reveal: All in Good Time

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All in Good Time – With three rambunctious, young children, Melanie Lombardi can’t see beyond the day-to-day struggle to maintain her home and her sanity since her husband’s sudden death. A second chance at romance isn’t on her radar.

Brian Perella is done with dating, resigned to being the fun uncle and never the dad. Until he meets Melanie and her brood of lively kids on the sidelines of a Little League game.

But when Brian uncovers a co-worker’s secret, it re-ignites a temptation that Melanie can’t know about. It’s his secret to keep until an unexpected diagnosis brings everything to the surface, jeopardizing his future with Melanie and her children, who, when threatened by an unknown stalker, may need him now more than ever.


BOOK RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019, feast of Pope St. John Paul II.


Let me begin by saying that I can’t stop looking at this gorgeous cover! The colors, fonts and image have me transfixed! It works well with the story too. I was able to read an Advanced Readers Copy of this inspirational Christian romance, and I’ll share my review in the days ahead.


Get to know inspirational romance writer Carolyn Astfalk HERE.


Carolyn Astalk is my favorite author of Christian romance because of the way her characters feel so real–they’ve got appeal and flaws that readers can relate to–but also because her stories open up true love in a unique way. I’ll share more about that in my review but for now, please check out her other books too:

Rightfully Ours – Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep. Paul’s new home with the Muellers provides solace, especially in the form of Rachel, his friend and confidante. Their abiding friendship deepens as they work side by side to uncover what could be lost treasure. Will they acquire the strength of character and virtue to take only what rightfully belongs to them or are they in way over their heads, with more than a few lost artifacts at stake?

Ornamental Graces – After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend. Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of–sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.  Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there? An inspirational Christmas romance that spans every season.

Stay With Me – With her sister Abby’s encouragement, Rebecca has moved out of their overbearing father’s home. When a chance encounter with Chris ends with an invitation, Rebecca says yes. The authentic way Chris lives his life attracts Rebecca and garners her affection. Chris loves Rebecca and her innocence, but he’s confounded by the emotional scars she bears from her parents and an attempted assault. Her father’s disdain for Chris’s faith and career only make matters worse. With the counsel of their friend Father John, can Rebecca and Chris overcome every obstacle and bridge the deepening gulf between them and her dad? Or will a crucial lapse in judgment and its repercussion end their relationship?


Carolyn also has a short story in each of the Catholic Teen Books anthologies, including the new release Gifts: Visible & Invisible.