Because Faith-Filled Fiction Changes Lives!

Fiction can have a huge influence in a person’s life, but much more so in a child’s.

Teens deal with a multitude of struggles, from fitting in to dealing with bullying, from friendships to relationships, and so many others in between. Teen years are one of the most difficult, especially in the current state of our society. And when it comes to Catholic teens, there’s the added concern of dealing with all these issues while remaining true to the faith. With so much pressure from society, parents, and peers, it’s hardly surprising that teens get lost in the world.

Fiction can make or break a teen in such situations, especially if they can relate to a character or admire one. We’ve seen it ourselves with stories that have had a negative impact on teens, encouraging them to be more violent or promiscuous, or to follow the world or lose hope altogether. And with the literary offerings focused more and more on spreading worldly views and lifestyles, we at Catholic Teen Books feel it necessary to write more stories with characters that radiate God’s Word, inspiring good morals and virtues. In a variety of genres, these stories provide real life situations that teens can relate to, characters that, although flawed, find hope in a dark world.  Read more…

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My Review of Corinna Turner’s “The Siege of Reginald Hill”

The Siege of Reginald Hill

by Corinna Turner

An odd surge filled my heart as I looked at him, sitting there in that chair: so old; so evil; so broken; so… alone. A warmth. A caring. A… love. I loved him. Just another poor sinner who need my care…

SAFETY IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF DANGER, BUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

Fr Kyle Verrall is living a quiet life as a parish priest in Africa when he’s snatched from his church one night by armed assailants. He’s in big trouble—his sister’s worst enemy is hell-bent on taking revenge on the famous Margaret Verrall by killing her brother, just as slowly and horribly as he can.

What could possibly save him? The humble young priest is defenseless—or so Reginald Hill believes.

But Kyle has a powerful weapon Hill knows nothing about. And he’s not afraid to use it.

Is Reginald Hill really the hunter?
Or is he the hunted?

MY REVIEW

In this new I Am Margaret installment, Margaret’s brother, Kyle, is a priest in Africa. But after being kidnapped by the notorious—and heartless—Reginald Hill, he’s pushed to his limit. Will he betray God in the midst of his suffering?
It’s not often that a story remains in my mind. There are a few that I’ll never forget even though it’s been years since I read them. Henry James’ “The Beast in the Jungle” and C. S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce,” and now Corinna Turner’s The Siege of Reginald Hill. An extremely powerful example of what it really means to love our enemies, this novel provokes a whirlwind of emotions. Turner is an amazing storyteller who really delves into the souls of her characters and then relays their every emotion so that we too can connect with them and empathize with their plight.
Sharing God’s love and amazing forgiveness, Turner reminds all Catholics about the depths we must all go to sacrifice in order to really love. I highly recommend this story to young adults!

Check it out below: Buy Now, Blog Tour Schedule, About the Author, and find Corinna Turner on the the web and social media.

Buy Now

As a paperback or eBook

Blog Tour Schedule

Dec 1 – Stop 1 – Corinna Turner – Author of the I Am Margaret series including new release The Siege of Reginald Hill – www.IAmMargaret.com

Dec 3 – Stop 2 – Steven R. McEvoy – Blogger and Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer Steven R. McEvoy on “Book Reviews & More” – www.bookreviewsandmore.ca

Dec 4 – Stop 3 – Erin McCole Cupp – Blogger, Contributor to Catholic Mom and Author (Jane E. Friendless Orphan series, etc.) – http://catholicmom.com/

Dec 5 – Stop 4 – Regina Doman – Award-winning Catholic teen fiction Author (The Fairy Tale novels, The Angel in the Waters, etc.) – http://reginadoman.blogspot.com/

Dec 6 – Stop 5 – Theresa Linden – Award-winning Catholic teen fiction Author (Liberty series, West Brothers series, etc.) – www.theresalinden.com/

Dec 7 – Stop 6 – Sarah de Nordwall – The Catholic Bard! – http://sarahdenordwall.blogspot.com/

Dec 8 – Stop 7 – T.M. Gaouette – Writer, Blogger, and Author of Catholic Fiction (Faith and Kung Fu series) – https://tmgaouette.com/

Dec 10 – Stop 8 – Carolyn Astfalk – Author of coming-of-age romance Rightfully Ours, etc. – www.carolynastfalk.com/

Dec 11 – Stop 9 – Leslea Wahl – Award-winning Catholic teen fiction Author (The Perfect BlindsideAn Unexpected Role, etc.) – http://lesleawahl.com/

Dec 12 – Stop 10 – Elizabeth Amy Hajek – Blogger and Author of The Mermaid and the Unicorn – https://elenatintil.blogspot.com

About the Author

CORINNA TURNER has been writing since she was fourteen and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She has an MA in English from Oxford University, but has foolishly gone on to work with both children and animals! Juggling work with the disabled and being a midwife to sheep, she spends as much time as she can in a little hut at the bottom of the garden, writing.

She is a Catholic Christian with roots in the Methodist and Anglican churches. A keen cinema-goer, she lives in the UK with her classic campervan ‘Toby’ (short for Tobias!), her larger and more expensive substitute for her lovely Giant African Land Snail, Peter, who sadly passed away in October 2016.

Social Media

Connect with Corinna Turner:

​website: www.iammargaret.co.uk

Facebook author page

Twitter: @CorinnaTAuthor

Guarding Aaron: My New Release in the Faith & Kung Fu Series

Guarding Aaron

by T. M. Gaouette

The world continues to press in on Gabriel Livingstone’s quiet life when fifteen-year-old Aaron Buckley enters Yeung’s Martial Arts Studio looking to learn kung-fu. Gabriel knows there’s a desperate secret behind the boy’s bruises, and secretly vows to be his guard, with the help of his friend Christian. But when Tanner Rose pressures him for strength and direction, and Faith’s continued rebellion send him and his friends to the hospital, jeopardizing Tanner’s career, Gabriel is forced to reexamine his decisions. Is he called to the priesthood or is life behind the monastery walls merely an escape?

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
(Ephesians 6:10-11 RSVCE)

Buy Now

As an ebook:
Kindle

Social Media

Connect with T. M. Gaouette:

Facebook author page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TMGaouette

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037114.T_M_Gaouette

Instagram: @t.m.gaouette

 

Roland West, Outcast: My Review and Some Mad Lib Fun!

ROLAND WEST, OUTCAST

by Theresa Linden

He’s searching for the truth but is he ready to proclaim it?

For shy Roland West, speech class is synonymous with humiliation. The last thing he wants is more attention from the gossips and troublemakers of River Run High School. But when an outcast’s house is viciously vandalized, Roland needs to find the perpetrators—before they strike again. Yet nothing is as straightforward as it seems. Suspected by the police and ridiculed for his beliefs, Roland draws closer to the sinister truth. When the perpetrators threaten a good friend, can Roland overcome his fear of speaking out and expose them?

MY REVIEW

Theresa Linden has done it again with Roland West, Outcast. We meet the characters we’ve come to know and love, Roland, Peter, Caitlyn and others.
When a new girl in town—and school—is the target of a hateful act, the Fire Starters are quick to help clean up the mess. Peter and Roland also try to find out who did it, but a shy Roland and a smitten Peter have to confront their fears along the way.

In this story, Linden touches upon issues that are prevalent in our society, and she captures them with God’s truth and compassion. Struggling as Christians in a world that is so focused on selfish desires, Outcast reminds us that we should always stand up for what’s right, regardless of what the mass tries to push us to believe. Outcast is fun, emotional roller-coaster, with realistic characters and a lot of suspense.

Jump ahead: Mad Lib FunBuy NowBlog Tour ScheduleAbout the Author, and find Theresa Linden on the the web and social media.

Mad Lib Fun

Although there is a BONUS stop tomorrow (check schedule below), this is the last day of the Virtual Book Tour for Roland West, Outcast! If you’ve stopped by all 7 blog stops, you’ve read the Author Interview, the article “Why We Need Catholic Fiction,” and the article “Embarrassing Moments.” You’ve entered the first GIVEAWAY on Tumblar House’s website, played the “Saints Contest” for several entries to the second GIVEAWAY, and commented on all the other blog stops for more entries. You’ve watched the Book Trailer, and you’ve had an opportunity to begin reading the Prologue of the story.

This is the final blog stop, and we end this tour with a Mad Lib game just for fun!  The Mad Lib is called “Roland Gives a Speech.” Play the game here and answer this question in the comments of this blog to be entered into the second GIVEAWAY: Did you ever give a speech in high school? How did it go?

Since today is the last day of the Blog Tour, the winner will be chosen using an online “winner picker.” Winner will receive a paperback of Roland West, Outcast if they live within the continental US and an ebook (mobi, EPUB, or PDF) for everywhere else (unless the author feels that the shipping cost is not too bad). Winner will be announced here: http://www.theresalinden.com/outcast-blog-stops

Buy Now

As an ebook:
Kindle

In paperback:
Tumblar House

Blog Tour Schedule

If you’ve missed any of the tour, you can still check out some of the stops!

Saturday, November 17 – our first blog stop will be Tumblar House Catholic Bookstore’s blog “The Lounge”.Check out the Author Interview and look for the 1st GIVEAWAY! You’ll be able to enter all week long! A winner will be chosen on the last day of the Blog Tour. While you are there, check out the other great books and content on Tumblar House’s website!

Saturday, November 17 – visit Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine for my article “Why We Need Catholic Fiction.”  Share the link to my article in Catholic Teacher anywhere to enter the second GIVEAWAY. Simply message me or email me the link.

Sunday, November 18 – blogger Barb Grady Szyszkiewicz shares her review of Roland West, Outcast on Franciscan Mom.

Monday, November 19 – stop by Unseen Books, home of the books by Corinna Turner, fantasy and dystopian author.

Monday, November 19 – blogger Steven R. McEvoy on “Book Reviews & More” Read his review and my article “Embarrassing Moments.” Share your own embarrassing moment in the comments to enter the second GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, November 20 – award-winning Catholic teen fiction author Leslea Wahl shares her review of Roland West, Outcast on her “Monthly Book Review” blog. Play the “Saint Game” for several chances to enter the second GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, November 21 – visit blogger Christina Weigand on “Faith, Inspiration, and a Cup of Tea” to read her review and to see the entire Prologue to the Roland West, Outcast! Copy any line of the prologue into the comments to enter the second GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, November 22 – Carolyn Astfalk, author of coming-of-age romance Rightfully Ours, has posted the book trailer and her review of Roland West, Outcast on her “My Scribbler’s Heart Blog.” In the comments, share which West Brother books you have read, if any, to enter the second GIVEAWAY!  (It’s okay if you are new to the series. Just say so and you are still entered to win)

Friday, November 23 – T.M. Gauoette, Writer, Blogger, and Author of Catholic Fiction, shares her review and points you to a Mad Lib game! Play the game and answer this question in the comments to be entered into the second GIVEAWAY: Did you ever give a speech in high school? How did it go?

***BONUS STOP***

Saturday, November 24 – blogger Steven R. McEvoy on “Book Reviews & More”shares his interview of the characters: Roland, Keefe, and Jarret West, and Peter Brandt! Check out the character interviews today!

About the Author

THERESA LINDEN is the author of award-winning faith-filled fiction that weaves the natural with the supernatural. She has eight published novels, including a dystopian trilogy, contemporary young adult fiction, a short story in the anthology Secrets: Visible & Invisible and two short stories in Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body. She holds a Catechetical Diploma from Catholic Distance University and is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. Her books are featured on CatholicTeenBooks.com, Catholic Reads, and Virtue Works Media. A wife, homeschooling mom, and Secular Franciscan, she resides in Elyria with her husband and three teenage boys.

Social Media

Connect with Theresa Linden:

​website: www.theresalinden.com

blog: Things Visible & Invisible

Facebook author page

Twitter: @LindenTheresa

2018 Christmas Gift Ideas From the Authors at CatholicTeenBooks.com

With Christmas hot on our heels, we’re all scrambling for gift ideas for our tweens and teens. Picking a gift for a child this age can be a struggle. They’re usually not into toys,  clothes are considered boring —for boys, anyway—and devices and electronics? Well, research is proving those to be an unhealthy option. So then what?

Well, we at CatholicTeenBooks.com offer some exciting alternatives. How about a good book? Sure, to some that sounds boring. But we’re not suggesting boring books! We’re suggesting exciting adventures, fun mysteries, and heart-pounding fantasies. In fact, there’s a genre for every taste! And these stories don’t end on the last page, because with each comes hope, inspiration, encouragement, morality, and just plain goodness—virtues your children can take into the world and help make it godlier.

Strengthen your teens’ faith, one book at a time…check out the author gift ideas here!

“Where You Lead” by Leslea Wahl: A Great Addition to Your Home-School History Curriculum

Sixteen-year-old Eve Donahue’s lonely existence changes in an instant when visions of a mysterious stranger haunt her. Certain God is calling her for a mission, she bravely says yes and begins her quest to meet this young man.

Thousands of miles away, Nick Hammond has been dealing with his own unusual experience, an unwavering certainness to convince his father to run for political office.

When these two unlikely teens finally meet, their belief that God has called them to work together sets them on a journey of faith to untangle a web of deception involving international trade agreements, lost confederate gold, and a blossoming romance. As they follow century old clues, they realize God can call us all in big and small ways. We just need to listen and say “Yes Lord, I will go where You lead.”

MY REVIEW:

Leslea Wahl’s newest release Where You Lead is a fun adventure that takes the reader on an exciting journey through American history. With colorful characters, witty dialogue, and a search for lost treasure, Wahl knows how to keep the reader on the edge of his seat. My favorite character was the grumpy elderly neighbor, and the interaction between her and the main character Eve was very entertaining.

A suspenseful mystery with tons of twists and turns and a dollop of romance, Where You Lead is a wonderful reminder that God has a plan, and if you follow His will, He will lead you to where you are needed most. What a great addition this book would be to a home-school history curriculum.

WHERE YOU LEAD for HOME-SCHOOL HISTORY

Where You Lead is a fun, adventurous YA novel filled with mystery, Christian values, and could be a great book to add to lesson plans about American history. The story is set in Washington DC and is full of ideas for students to explore. Here are a few to consider.

1 – In the book, the main characters set out on a treasure hunt for lost confederate gold. Students could investigate the different aspects of the civil war.

2 – Eve and Nick become involved with someone who lives in one of the embassies along Embassy Row. Students could explore the rich history of these grand manors in Washington DC and how they became embassies. They could even choose a country to research.

3 – One of the prominent buildings in the story is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Students could study President Kennedy and even why this theater was dedicated to his memory.

4 – There are many locations that Nick and Eve visit that are named after famous people from our past. Students could choose one to research: The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The Francis Scott Key Bridge, Roosevelt Island, Jefferson Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum.

Giveaway

Where You Lead treasure hunt
Buy Now

On Kindle or in paperback on Amazon

Book Trailer

About the Author

Leslea Wahl
I’m Leslea Wahl. For as long as I can remember I have been a creator of stories with ideas swirling through my head. I am thrilled now to be able to share some of them with others. For many years I have been driven by a belief that our purpose in life is to use our gifts to glorify God and lead others to Him. I am blessed to have found a way to intertwine my two passions by creating adventurous stories with positive Christian messages for today’s youth. Not only do I hope to entertain with my writing, but also to inspire others to find their gifts as well.

Twitter: LesleaWahl

What 6th Graders Are Saying About “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch”!


After my visit to Miss Abramson’s sixth grade class to talk about their assigned book, The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, I received some awesome letters from the students. Wow! I wish I could share them all with you. I loved every single one and really appreciate the time the children took to write to me. I feel so blessed because, as a writer, I seldom hear back from my readers. I write for the Lord, sharing His word, with the hope that I inspire my readers and really strengthen their faith. I don’t always know whether I’m doing that. But in the case of these letters, I feel so humbled and blessed that God was able to speak to many of these readers through this story. It’s really the reason why I write.

The reason why I want to share these letters with you is because I feel that as parents, we often make book choices for our children based on other parents’ suggestions. But a child’s feedback, I feel, is so much more valuable. Here are just snippets of the letters!

God is good!

Enjoy!

Dear T. M. Gaouette

“Your book is one of my favorite books and the whole class is waiting for a second book.” (Ben)

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is one of the best books I have ever read. If there is a sequel, I would read it in a heartbeat.” (Aidan)

“Thank you for letting us ask as many questions as we could in the short time we had. I learned a lot from you and your book. Your book had a very strong effect on me and m classmates. I absolutely fell in love with your writing, it was unlike any of the other books I have read.” (Hayley)

“Thank you so much for answering all my questions. I’m so glad you came in! It made me so happy.” (Adam)

Your book was very fun to read and kept us all on the edge of our seats! Without Mrs. A, I would’ve never thought to read that book because I’m mostly interested in fantasy books, but reading that book helped expand my interest.” (Jagger)

“Thank you for visiting us! I enjoyed your time here, your questions to us, and answers to our questions! The blog post…I loved it!!! You were very understanding, and very outgoing! Not a lot of people take time out of their day to talk to 6th graders. I found that very awesome!” (Audrey)

“I want to read some of your other books in the future!” (Dani)

“I learned so much about your thought process and other authors’ thought processes in general. The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch taught me so much about  love, trust, and above all, God…The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is hands down amazing.” (Susan)

“I loved your enthusiasm while you talked about the book. It really made me want to talk about it more.” (Sam)

The way you spoke about God, faith, and trust really inspires me. The novel was a page-turner, for I never wanted to put the book down! I believe that God has blessed you with an amazing talent in literature.” (Aimee)

“Thank you for coming into 6A. It was a very amazing experience, and enjoyable time as well. This book was one that no one could put down. It was very kind of you to come  and answer our questions.” (Alivia)

My visit to Miss Abramson’s 6th grade class in 2017

Click here to learn more about The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch