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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Twitter: @TheSarahGracia


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:
http://amzn.com/dp/1635220041/

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.