Summer & Books: Someday

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

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Another dystopian by Corinna Turner. Someday is the prequel to the Yesterday & Tomorrow series. All proceeds from the sale of SOMEDAY go to “Aid to the Church in Need.”

“I hope that reading SOMEDAY will help people living in a different culture, in a security most Christians, and indeed Muslims, in north-eastern Nigeria can scarcely imagine, to better understand what people are suffering here.” ~Ignatius A. Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria.

About the Book:

A retelling of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria.

“IF YOU WANT TO DIE, SIT DOWN HERE.
WE WILL KILL YOU.
IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DIE, YOU WILL ENTER THE TRUCK.”

Ruth and Gemma have a Physics exam in the morning.
Becky and Alleluia are revising for college entrance tests. So it’s an absolute nightmare to be woken by the fire alarm in dead of the night.

But for them, and for 272 other girls from Chisbrook Hall girls boarding school, the real nightmare is just beginning.

Because ‘al-Qabda’ are taking them all away.
Whether they want to go or not.

Author Corinna Turner shares a bit about what went into writing Someday.

I did very little research for this book about anything other than the actual events concerning the real kidnapping of the Chibok girls, which I follow extremely closely. No research no doubt sounds like a very strange, even lazy, thing for an author to say, but it was a very deliberate decision. Anything ‘non-real life’ to do with the seizure or transportation of the girls, I made up 100%. I wanted it to sound plausible as one read it, but in no way be accurate.

In other words, I had no wish to write a ‘How to Kidnap Schoolgirls’ guide.

That is totally understandable, Corinna! And I am sure this was a hard book to write.

Amazon reviews:

“I love Corinna’s style of writing. Her novel about (fictional) abducted Christian girls by Muslim terrorists is based on real situations. She has me praying for real-life abducted Christian girls and looking forward to more in this series.

Cannot recommend this book enough. Read it aloud to my teens. Life changing.”

“This was not an easy book to read. It was not a fun book to read. But it was a very important book to read! It takes the events from the news of the Boko Haram Chibok school girls’ kidnappings and recasts it set in England.”

While this is a very relevant and important read, please note that the disturbing nature of what happened to these girls makes this a story that is not for the faint at heart.

This book has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.
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Learn more about Corinna Turner and her books:

Website: http://www.IAmMargaret.co.uk

Review Blog: https://faithfullfilms.wordpress.com/

Face Book Author Page

Amazon.co.uk Author Page

Amazon.com Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

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Summer & Books: Bane’s Eyes

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

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The final book in your next fast-paced, mind-blowing dystopian! You won’t want the series to end. Corinna Turner finishes off this series with the final conflicts in the exciting, thought-provoking story of Bane’s Eyes.

About the Book:

“Bane, I know it’s risky, but I think I should do this speech. We’ve got to win… If we don’t, we’re all dead…”

A HUSBAND IN DESPAIR… AN ENEMY IN NEED… A LIFE AND DEATH VOTE…

In three months, the citizens of the EuroGov will decide whether or not to abolish Sorting, the grim annual harvesting of “imperfect” teenagers for their organs.
If they vote the wrong way, then Margo and everyone she cares about will die.

While her beloved Bane struggles to cope with the loss of his eyes, the lives of millions of young people and Believers are at stake as Margo embarks on increasingly risky media missions out of the Vatican. Every step she takes is steeped with political consequences.

Author Corinna Turner shares how she researched for Bane’s Eyes. 

A certain amount of the Vatican State description in Bane’s Eyes and elsewhere in the series is 100% authentic (though some has been altered because, after all, it’s set in the future, you know…).

How is this? Well, I was super lucky to visit Rome for a holiday/retreat run by an order of Religious Sisters, and some of the Sisters worked in the Vatican. I was doubly lucky because it was back in 2010, before security became such a huge issue. This meant that the Sisters thought nothing of slipping us into some of the less secure areas for a little behind-the-scenes tour (places like the Campo Santo Teutonico (Swiss Guard Graveyard), Square of the Roman Proto-Martyrs, Via di Belvedere, and Belvedere Courtyard).

We got even further into the State during a quick car tour, but when we reached the Vatican Gardens they said we would have to turn back there, since the Holy Father could be walking there at any time and the Swiss Guards wouldn’t let us pass. It was all totally awesome!

To see a few present day behind-the-scenes shots, click HERE. NB; please do not try to wander into these places yourself! We were with people with official Vatican passes, and anyway, sadly, times have changed.

And here’s my review!

I am a fan of dystopian fiction. But when the story contains elements of faith, it is so much more powerful to me! This dystopian series rocks! Bane’s Eyes is packed with adventure, challenges, trials, and authentic human emotions. I particularly loved how the underground Catholic Church is shown.

Turner’s writing is incredibly strong and visual, perfect for a dystopian story. And the characters are all so well developed, three-dimensional with strengths and flaws, and they each continue to grow.

Highly recommend this series to older teens adults!

If you fall in love with the series and want a little bit more, Corinna Turner has provided it. Check out Margo’s Diary! It is filled with fun stuff from the series, including Margo’s Underground Latin Primer, her favorite Psalms and Prayers, a few Maps, and a diagram of a ProCamera Mass kit that a priest used in the stories.

This book has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.
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Learn more about Corinna Turner and her books:

Website: http://www.IAmMargaret.co.uk

Review Blog: https://faithfullfilms.wordpress.com/

Face Book Author Page

Amazon.co.uk Author Page

Amazon.com Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

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Summer & Books: Liberation

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

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Book three in your next fast-paced, mind-blowing dystopian! The tension is mounting! Corinna Turner gives us another exciting, thought-provoking story with Liberation.

About the Book:

“Seriously, Bane, should I sit around and pat myself on the back for resisting the EuroGov for six months of my life? Or should I go out and try to make a world in which you and I can raise children without being afraid that one day, they’ll be taken from us and murdered?”

THE EUROBLOC GENETICS FACILITY WHERE MARGO WAS IMPRISONED STANDS EMPTY. EVERY OTHER FACILITY IS FULL. TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

In the Vatican’s hidden place of exile, Margo and her fiance, Bane, hatch a daring plan: use Vatican strike teams to liberate teenagers destined for human ‘recycling’—to start a public outcry against Sorting. But if they succeed, the EuroGov’s vengeance will be swift and merciless. If a revolution happens, will it be too late for Margo—and Bane?

Author Corinna Turner shares some super fascinating details that went into writing this story:

The Citadel of Rabat in Liberation is a real place! Pretty much all the details are accurate, including the fake dome on the cathedral. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Malta and Gozo before writing Liberation, and I was going around sussing out all the old cities, trying to find the best hideout for my characters.

In the end it was a toss-up between two extraordinary walled cities, one in Malta – Rabat, also known as Victoria – and one on Gozo – Victoria, also known as Rabat (confusing, huh?). Gozo’s Victoria/Rabat (with its incredible Citadel) won the ‘extraordinary’ stakes by a hair – I really do mean it when I describe it as a ‘perfect city in miniature’. It also won on small size and isolation, both things that made it the more likely choice for a hide-out in Liberation.

You can see photos of the present day Citadel HERE.

I hope you checked out the Citadel! And here’s my review:

I thoroughly enjoyed Liberation, the third book in this series. This entire series is action-packed and fun to read, but also so thought-provoking. Turner’s clean, quick, and descriptive writing style is so fitting for this type of story.

It’s easy to see the similarities in attitudes and ideologies between the future conveyed in this story and today. I love how Margo, Bane, and Jon stir things up a bit, and I love the message that the books in this series give: we can’t just sit around and watch our world fall apart, even if we are safe and comfortable for the moment. We have to think about our children and their children, along with everyone else. We are all in this together and we must do our part to make things better.

Though they each struggle with different trials, Margo, Bane, and Jon do their part, take the risks, and give all they’ve got. And while the Church has had to go underground, it remains a very important part of the solution.

Highly recommend this series to older teens (there is a bit of language and violence) and to adults!

This book has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.
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Learn more about Corinna Turner and her books:

Website: http://www.IAmMargaret.co.uk

Review Blog: https://faithfullfilms.wordpress.com/

Face Book Author Page

Amazon.co.uk Author Page

Amazon.com Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

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Summer & Books: The Three Most Wanted

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

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Book two in your next fast-paced, mind-blowing dystopian! The chase is on! Corinna Turner gives us another exciting, fast-paced story with The Three Most Wanted.

About the Book:

“Bane? Take Margo and go. You’ve done everything that you can. Just leave me here. I’ll be fine.”
“No, you won’t,” said Bane.
“Fine. I won’t. Doesn’t make any difference now. Go.”

2000 KILOMETERS. THREE YOUNG ADULTS.A CONTINENT-WIDE MANHUNT.
CHANCE OF SURVIVAL? NO CHANCE.

Having outwitted the EuroGov by rescuing an entire facility of teens destined for recycling, Margo is on the run. Together with Jon and Bane, she’s posing
as a summer backpacker. Their only hope is to keep ahead of the government trackers and somehow cross the continent to the last free state in Europe: The Vatican.

But just how long will that state remain free if the Three Most Wanted Fugitives
in Europe find refuge there?

Author Corinna Turner shares some “behind the scenes” that went into writing the second book in this series.

In the Three Most Wanted the main characters go on a very long trip across Europe, a lot of it by foot, but also by other means of transport. I would’ve loved to make the trip myself – for research purposes, of course! – but I lacked the time and resources. Since the book is set in the future, this was even less important than it might have been. So I have to confess that most of the French trip was based on a large road atlas that included terrain (which now sports a long pencil line marking their route), and good old Google Earth – with which one can now visit almost anywhere. Vatican State and Malta were a different matter – see the upcoming posts about ‘Liberation’ and ‘Bane’s Eyes’!

I did sample nettles whilst this book was underway! They can be safely eaten raw (if you know how to pick them) and they do taste like beans. But the wolf body language was something I already knew about, after researching for a previous novel from a different series in which one of the characters is… a werewolf! That book’s not yet published, but may be soon. Watch this space!

My review:

This is the first book in the series that I read, even though it’s book two, and I loved it! The EuroGov has taken control of everything and implemented unethical programs that all must live by. Margo has become a top rebel, standing up for what is right, good, and true, and many look to her for guidance. But now she, Jon, and Bane are on the run!

This is a gritty, action-packed adventure full of twists. Older teens and adults, especially fans of dystopian, will love it!

Margo and Jon became my favorite characters right away. I loved that a blind man was a main character and such a strong, selfless, capable character at that. I also liked the character Bane a lot. He struggles with a bit more than the others, in a sense, and he has a bit of growth to come (yes, I read the next two books in this series already).

Every character in this series is well-developed and I wanted to keep reading more about them after I finished the book. Highly recommend!

This book has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.
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Learn more about Corinna Turner and her books:

Website: http://www.IAmMargaret.co.uk

Review Blog: https://faithfullfilms.wordpress.com/

Face Book Author Page

Amazon.co.uk Author Page

Amazon.com Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

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Summer & Books: I Am Margaret

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

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Your next fast-paced, mind-blowing dystopian is here! Carnegie Medal Award nominated author Corinna Turner gives us a dystopian series with strong protagonists who have plenty of integrity. I Am Margaret is the first in this series. This book was one of two runners-up for the “Teen and Children’s” Catholic Arts Letters Award.

About the Book:

IN MARGO’S WORLD, IF YOU DON’T PASS YOUR SORTING AT 18 YOU ARE RECYCLED. LITERALLY.

“Look, if you don’t pass…” said Bane, “I’ll have to see what I can do about it. Because… well… I’ve been counting on marrying you for a very long time, now, and I’ve no intention of letting anything stop me!”

Margaret Verrall dreams of marrying the boy she loves and spending her life with him. But she’s part of the underground network of Believers – and that carries the death penalty. And there’s just one other problem. She’s going to fail her Sorting.
But a chance to take on the system ups the stakes beyond mere survival. Now she has to break out of the Facility – or face the worst punishment of all.
Conscious Dismantlement.

I asked author Corinna Turner to share some “behind the scenes” that went into the writing of this book:

When writing I Am Margaret, first I had to create this ultra-secure fortress – the Facility where Margaret and her companions are locked up. I applied myself to this with enthusiasm, because let’s face it, these supposedly secure lock-ups with glaring and obvious weaknesses (air ducts, anyone?) are really annoying to read about and smack of laziness on the part of authors and scriptwriters.

But then… Uh oh. My characters needed to plan an escape. This was a serious problem! I’d deliberately avoided any glaring weaknesses! How could they do it? I sat around for ages on end, waving my hands and talking to myself: So they could do that, then that, and then… yes! I’ve got it! Finally! Oh! Oh no! No, I forgot about the… No, it won’t work, it just won’t… Oh no, I can’t get them out. They’re all dooooooomed…

Eventually the Holy Spirit took pity on me and their plan took shape. But does it succeed? Well, that would be telling!

 Here are a few reviews:

“Great style—very good characters and pace.
Definitely a book worth reading, like The Hunger Games.” ~EOIN COLFER, author of the ARTEMIS FOWL books

“An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from
a young writer with a bright future.” ~STEWART ROSS, author of THE SOTERION MISSION

“This book invaded my dreams.” ~SR MARY CATHERINE B. OP

“Probably one of the best Christian fiction books I have read.” ~CAT CAIRD, blogger, “Sunshine Lenses”

“This book is not for the faint of heart… I found myself emotionally worn out by the time I finished the book, after a rollercoaster ride of feelings … Without the faith element, I would probably have merely liked this book. With it, however, I loved it.” ~FR PAUL COLEMAN OFM Cap, blogger, ‘A Certain Hope’

“The beginning was a punch in the gut … The ending went by in a flash, and I paced the room reading the penultimate chapter. Everything in between was alternatively moving, exciting, and sad in turns.” ~JOSEPH WETTERLING, Goodreads Librarian

This book has the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.
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Learn more about Corinna Turner and her books:

Website: http://www.IAmMargaret.co.uk

Review Blog: https://faithfullfilms.wordpress.com/

Face Book Author Page

Amazon.co.uk Author Page

Amazon.com Author Page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

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Summer & Books: The King’s Prey

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

 

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Can’t afford a vacation this year? You are in luck! With Susan Peek’s latest release, The King’s Prey, you can take a trip back in time to the 7th century, and to Ireland! In addition to the heart-pounding action and lovable characters in this book, you will find beautiful setting details that will transport you into the story. Be prepared to hit the ground running!

About the Book:

An insane king. His fleeing daughter. Estranged brothers, with a scarred past, risking everything to save her from a fate worse than death. Toss in a holy priest and a lovable wolfhound, and get ready for a wild race across Ireland. Will Dymphna escape her deranged father and his sinful desires?

For the first time ever, the story of Saint Dymphna is brought to life in this dramatic novel for adults and older teens. With raw adventure, gripping action, and even humor in the midst of dark mental turmoil, Susan Peek’s newest novel will introduce you to a saint you will love forever! Teenage girls will see that Dymphna was just like them, a real girl, while young men will thrill at the heart-stopping danger and meet heroes they can easily relate to. If ever a Heavenly friend was needed in these times of widespread depression and emotional instability, this forgotten Irish saint is it!


I asked author Susan Peek why she chose this saint to write about:

 I first heard of Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of the emotionally disturbed, thirty years ago, long before I was a published author. The few known facts of this seventh-century teenage Irish princess who fled from her insane father took three measly pages in a tiny staple-bound pamphlet to tell. Apparently, almost nothing was known about her, apart from the fact that her evil, psychopathic dad desired her hand in marriage, forcing Dymphna to escape the castle and flee with three trusted friends. The king’s soldiers pursued them relentlessly across Ireland, and eventually beyond the sea. Although the tiny pamphlet didn’t tell any details of their desperate journey, I knew there must have been many wild adventures and near-death escapades for Dymphna and her companions along the way. Even three decades ago I possessed an author’s imagination and instantly recognized the potential this story had for one heckuva cool novel.

I searched high and low for more information about Saint Dymphna, but all I could find were those same few facts over and over again. By this time, my first two teen novels had been published, so my mind naturally turned to the story of Saint Dymphna as a potential third book. I realized that in order to write her story, I would be forced to fill in the huge gaps with fictional characters and events. In a sense, THE KING’S PREY would be my first stab at “fiction” which worried me. I put the challenge off and wrote SAINT MAGNUS THE LAST VIKING instead. But the idea of Saint Dymphna continued to haunt me. After fifteen years of procrastinating and experimenting, I finally wrote it . . . and admit I had a blast.

For some reason my writing gravitates more towards stories for boys rather than for girls. Don’t ask me why; perhaps it has something to do with having six wild and rowdy (and totally awesome) sons, who turn my hair a shade grayer each passing day (as opposed to my equally awesome but calm five daughters.) THE KING’S PREY is my first female saint story, but actually Dymphna shares the spotlight with the character of Turlough, one of her father’s soldiers who is pursuing them, but for reasons at odds with the rest of the troops. Turlough is the story’s hero as much as Dymphna is the heroine. Many readers have told me that because of this, it appeals equally to boys and girls.

My Review:

I discovered this saint years ago when praying for someone with mental illness, and I am so glad to be able to get to know her better through Susan Peek’s story. THE KING’S PREY is filled with emotionally-charged moments, humor, and high action; never a dull moment. Dymphna’s story is a difficult one. Her mother was a Christian and taught her the faith, but her father was a powerful pagan king with evil Druid advisors. Once Dymphna’s mother died, her father’s mental health deteriorated. He wanted his wife back and his confused mind saw her in his daughter. The teenage Dymphna, wanting nothing to do with a sinful arrangement—though it would provide all the comforts of life a king could offer—fled with the saintly Father Gerebran and others that you will meet in this story.

This story brings the ugliness of evil and sin (in the King’s actions and his Druid advisors) up against the beauty of faithfulness, self-sacrifice, and bearing all for the kingdom of God.

I am a fan of Susan Peek’s saint stories. And so are my boys. Every one of them touches my heart and increases my devotion to the saints. I am thankful that she has dedicated herself to bringing these little-known saints to life for us. St. Dymphna is so needed today as a role model for purity and an intercessor for all those who suffer from mental illness. Privileged to read an advanced copy of this book, I highly recommend it to teens and adults.

Visit Susan Peek and learn more about her and her books:

Website: http://www.susanpeekauthor.com

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Summer & Books: St. Magnus, The Last Viking

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Inspired by the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, I have decided to blog about books for the month of June. I will be sharing tidbits about my own books and the other books on the Catholic Teen Books website.

 

finalStMagnusFrontCoverSt. Magnus Erlendson was the Earl of Orkney, and he lived from 1106 to about 1115. He is sometimes known as Magnus the Martyr.

His grandparents were Earl Thorfinn and Ingibiorg Finnsdottir. They had two sons, twins: Erlend and Paul. Erlend was Magnus’s father. Other relatives include the Norwegian Kings Olav II and Harald II. You can do an online search and find plenty of interesting historical facts—which I enjoy doing—but nothing compares to stepping into Susan Peek’s novel: St. Magnus, the Last Viking.

About the Book:

Come back in time 900 years, to the fierce and desolate Northern lands, where Norsemen ruled with ax and sword. A dying king, a shocking death-wish, his heirs divided with an oath of blood . . . In this fast-paced new novel by the highly popular Susan Peek, the conflict unfolds between Magnus Erlendson, a heroic young prince aflame with the love of God, and his outlawed cousin Hakon, who blames Magnus for his banishment from their kingdom. What follows is a tale of betrayal and revenge, bravery and forgiveness, as Magnus seeks to restore his father’s vanquished kingdom to its rightful hands. Entertaining and inspiring from start to finish, a must-read for all those who thrill to learn the life of a saint we never knew existed!


And now we have author Susan Peek’s answer as to why she chose to write about Saint Magnus!

After my first two novels, A Soldier Surrenders and Crusader King, were swiped up by big-name Catholic publishers (Ignatius Press and TAN Books) and incorporated into language arts programs in Catholic high schools and homeschool programs across the globe, I knew I had finally arrived as an author. My childhood dream was a reality. By now I had established a fan base (mostly teens, but surprisingly many adults as well), and my vision was crystal clear: I wanted to write fast-paced novels of obscure saints whose lives were filled with adventure and action, and in a style that would appeal to today’s modern youth. It was at this point that I decided to launch an actual series, which I thought I could call “God’s Forgotten Friends: Lives of Little-known Saints.” Armed with a pen and a stack of lined paper, I sat down to write a brand new book. (Back then I didn’t even own a computer. Yeah, pen and paper . . . insane, I know.)

But after the blinding flashes of inspiration that had determined my earlier two heroes, I found myself painfully stuck. Who should I write about next? There were thousands upon thousands of saints out there, yet I had no clue whose story to tell. I went into a slump, spending a few years (yes, years) researching unusual and random saints. I experimented with outlines and wrote corny first chapters of countless holy people – everyone from St. Thomas Beckett’s parents, to King Sebastian of Portugal, to St. Gabriel Possenti, to St. Anthony of Padua, who isn’t obscure at all and shows how desperate I was getting. I wrote hundreds of ridiculous pages of Saint Dymphna, which ended up in the trash like everything else. Nothing worked. My writing career was over. With a heavy heart, I admitted defeat and gave up.

In the meantime, I went back to writing for a Catholic company that produced audio plays, which my husband and I had been involved with back in the 1990’s. While I never enjoyed writing plays in the same way I loved writing novels, it was still a creative way to pass a boring afternoon and earn a bit of extra spending money as well. At the time, all the rage in bookstores and movies seemed to be Vikings. Everywhere I looked were Vikings, Vikings, Vikings. Horned helmets, axes, and hammers of Thor stared at me from every video store and shop window. So, like everyone else in the world, I decided to cash in on the fad. (Awful, I know, but hey, business is business.) So I began an epic quest to find a Viking saint.

Easier said than done.

I discovered two. Only two. Saint Olaf of Norway, and Saint Magnus of Orkney, who isn’t TECHNICALLY a Viking, as he lived at the very tail end of the period. But he was close enough and less complicated than Saint Olaf, and besides, if ever a saint’s life held excitement and conflict, it had to be his. So I chose Saint Magnus. Or maybe he chose me. Either way, I whacked out an audio play and was stunned when I started receiving letters after its production. So many people wrote to tell me they loved the story, and requests poured in to adapt it into a novel. I didn’t take it seriously for a few more years, because I had gone back, yet again, to my idea of a book about Saint Dymphna (which still wasn’t working).

Eventually I did an author presentation at a school, where I learned that several of the boys had taken Saint Magnus as their confirmation patron after hearing the radio play, and one family even named their son after him. The students begged me to put Saint Magnus into a book, and that was the turning point, when I finally took it seriously. For the next several months I researched Saint Magnus in earnest, discovering to my horror that some of the facts in the audio play were way off the mark. I tweaked and changed and developed the characters fully, added more, loaded the story with battle scenes and adventure, and somehow ended up a year later with my third published book. It became a #1 new release on Amazon and I knew I had to keep going and write a fourth.

Again, easier said than done.

How I finally resurrected Saint Dymphna after years of failed attempts will be my last post in Theresa Linden’s wonderful blog. I hope you stay tuned. 🙂

Wow, I love to hear the reasons for all of Susan Peek’s stories! I can’t wait to hear about St. Dymphna!

My Review:

This story begins with the last will and testament of an 11th-century Norseman warrior, Thorfinn the Mighty. The opening scene sets the stage for the novel as the dying ruler makes a startling decision for the sake of the kingdom. The conflict begins here and never lets up. Peek pulls the reader from one tense moment to another. We go back in time and become witness to the dramatic trials Magnus endured and the sacrifices he made.

As the mother of three boys, ages twelve to fifteen, I can’t say enough about this book. My boys love to read and they enjoy saint stories, but Saint Magnus, The Last Viking appeals to them in ways no other saint books have. This is not a sterile retelling of the saint’s life. The characters leap off the page with energy my boys can relate to, keeping them completely engaged as the story of this saint unfolds.

With all the battles, fighting, and conflict, it’s obvious why this story appeals to boys, but I love it, too. As a writer, I thoroughly enjoy Peek’s powerful writing style and vivid descriptions. I marvel at her ability to develop every character in the story. Some lines and sections moved me so much that I found myself re-reading them for pure enjoyment.

Susan Peek’s inspired account of the life of Saint Magnus stirs up the desire to live as he did, with courage, perseverance, and brotherly love, faithful to God to the end. Peek has taken the life of this little-known saint whom time may have forgotten and whose story could’ve remained hidden, and she’s re-presented it to the modern Christian.

This book is not to be missed. I walk away from it knowing I will go back. The message of Saint Magnus’s life is a message for today and it remains with me even now. I can’t wait to step into my next Susan Peek book.

Visit Susan Peek and learn more about her and her books:

Website: http://www.susanpeekauthor.com

Goodreads author page

Amazon author page

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