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T. M. Gaouette is proud to be a part of a fantastic promotional opportunity hosted by Chrism Press called “Stock the Shelves.” It’s a new joint effort to promote the inclusion of Catholic fiction in public libraries.

Did you know you can suggest titles for your public library’s permanent collection? As a writer of Catholic fiction for tweens and up, and as a member of Catholic Teen Books and the Catholic Writers Guild (along with several Catholic fiction organizations and dozens of authors), I want to flood our local libraries with fiction by Catholic and Orthodox Christian writers. What an amazing way to bring our unique sacramental perspective to a wider audience! Wouldn’t you like to see that? Well, you can certainly help us get there.

How can you help?
Simple! If you are a fan of Catholic and Orthodox fiction, want to read more, and want to share them with others, you can suggest titles for your public library’s permanent collection? Just fill out a request form at the library or via your library’s website. It costs nothing except a few minutes of your time.

If you’re a fan of my work, find all the information you need for all my titles below.

In addition, visit the Stock the Shelves campaign homepage at chrismpress.com and check out some other great Catholic and Orthodox authors.

As always, thank you for your support and God bless you!


The following are my contemporary novels. You can click on each one to learn more about them:

STANDALONE NOVELS

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch
(grade 6+)
ISBN: 978-1470011024
Publication Date: March 5, 2012
Relays the personal journeys of the Credence foster children and their struggles to overcome past and present pain and adversity. In this novel, the confidence of the devoted is challenged, but an even deeper understanding of God and His love are revealed.
Themes: includes overcoming past adversity, grief, loss, foster care, the power of prayer, friendship, faith, forgiveness, courage.
Appropriate for students studying Christian morality.

For Eden’s Sake (grade 9+)
ISBN: 979-8752515255
Publication Date: November 16, 2021

Barely out of college, Isaac trades the quiet of his family ranch for the excitement of the big city with his dream job at an up-and-coming advertising agency. Until his perfect new world is shattered by bad choices, a pretty girl, a moment’s temptation—and a late-night walk that quickly spirals out of control.
Themes: includes living in the world, relationships/dating, broken families, emotional and physical abuse in relationships, premarital chastity, pro-life.
Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

Shadow Stalker (grade 10+)
ISBN: 979-8752515255
Publication Date: November 16, 2021
It all happened one morning. It was as if the world had gone mad. People were waking up as if possessed. For investigative reporter Elijah, this news story was way bigger than a scoop. Unless he could unmask the truth behind the madness, how could he keep it from happening to him?
Themes: includes sin, redemption, child abuse, God’s mercy, forgiveness, end times and the care of one’s soul.

FAITH & KUNG FU SERIES

Freeing Tanner Rose (grade 7+)
ISBN: 978-1494305062
Publication Date: January 5, 2014

What happens when a superficial starlet, addicted to Hollywood is forced to live in the world of a boring, kung fu-loving, Christian boy? Will Gabriel’s faith encourage Tanner to change her partying ways or will her wild undertakings and addicting vices tempt him to do things he’d never, ever considered before?
Themes: includes fame, temptation, addiction, drug use, grief, loss, fame, premarital chastity, dating, modesty, power of prayer, strength in faith.
Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

Saving Faith (grade 7+)
ISBN: 978-1542834735
Publication Date: February 23, 2017

When Gabriel’s best friend’s sister, Faith, has decided that a life for the Lord is just way too confining, she focuses her interests on a handsome, but worldly, boy from her school, who has major self-control issues in and out of the kung fu arena. Can Gabriel save Faith from self-created destruction or is he just too lost in his own worldly struggles to lend a hand?
Themes: includes living in the world, relationships/dating, friendship, broken families, emotional and physical abuse in relationships, premarital chastity, power of prayer, overcoming adversity.
Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

Guarding Aaron (grade 7+)
ISBN: 978-1729434949
Publication Date: December 4, 2018

The world continues to press in on Gabriel Livingstone’s quiet life when fifteen-year-old Aaron Buckley enters Yeung’s Martial Arts Studio. Gabriel knows there’s a desperate secret behind the boy’s bruises. And when Tanner Rose pressures him for strength and direction, and Faith’s rebellion send him and his friends to the hospital, jeopardizing Tanner’s career, Gabriel is forced to reexamine his decisions.
Themes: includes bullying, fame, friendship, forgiveness, living in the world, broken families, vocations, premarital chastity, power of prayer, overcoming adversity.
Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

Loving Gabriel (grade 7+)
ISBN: 979-8752515255
Publication Date: November 16, 2021

Truth comes to light and love is revealed after Tanner confesses her devotion to Gabriel. But when a former fling and co-star offers his assistance on her debut movie, he’s a constant reminder of all the ways Tanner has messed up. Add a crazed kung fu rival, paparazzi on the prowl, and a controlling stage mom, and things get ugly fast. Can Gabriel and Tanner find truth in the chaos? Or is their newly-found romance doomed before it’s even begun?
Themes: includes fame, friendship, forgiveness, living in the world, broken families, vocations, conversion, love, marriage, premarital chastity, power of prayer.
Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

CATHOLIC TEEN BOOKS ANTHOLOGIES

Secrets: Visible & Invisible
ISBN: 978-0997971828
Publication Date: July 2, 2018
by Corinna Turner, Cynthia T. Toney, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, T.M. Gaouette, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk, Leslea D. Wahl

CatholicTeenBooks.com’s first anthology: In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly! Elijah knows nothing of the elderly stranger’s secret past–until her disappearance changes everything. A mysterious, ever-changing painting alarms a group of teens. The cannonball took Dario’s legs . . . Will he lose his soul too? The arrival of a mysterious girl challenges everything about Jason’s life. An unlicensed driver. His dad’s truck. What could possibly go wrong? An old tale of murder and forbidden love leads to a modern day treasure hunt.
Themes: faith, family, conversion, charity, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts.

Gifts: Visible & Invisible
ISBN: 978-0997971859
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
by Susan Peek, Katy Huth Jones, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk, Theresa Linden, Leslea D. Wahl, Cynthia T. Toney, T.M. Gaouette, CorinnaTurner.

CatholicTeenBooks.com’s second anthology:  Leaving the warmth of family for the cold unknown…on Christmas Eve. ​What can an ancient Christmas carol possibly have to do with one’s life? ​Will Christmas come at all to Marigold’s topsy-turvy home? ​Risking capture on a crazy mission in a dystopian future…all for Christmas. ​Four simple words challenge her idea of a perfect Christmas. A new friend’s circumstances have her rethinking the value of a gift. ​A mysterious wood carving and a new kid shed new light on Christmas. ​Christmas Eve is upended by the plight of a starving dino family.
Themes: Christmas, faith, family, conversion, charity, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts.

Treasures: Visible & Invisible
ISBN: 978-0997971873
Publication Date: February 24, 2021
by Susan Peek, Katy Huth Jones, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk, Theresa Linden, Leslea D. Wahl, Amanda Lauer, T.M. Gaouette, Corinna Turner.

CatholicTeenBooks.com’s third anthology: A teen boy sets out to save a friend from pagan druids, but maybe he’s the one who needs saving…Between an unearthed treasure and a visit from Heaven, a young monk is in for the surprise of his life!…A young girl seeks a mysterious treasure that holds the key to granting a nun’s dying wish…Honora is desperate—then a peculiar clover and a mysterious young man change everything…William’s weekend job is a little gift from heaven, but now his family needs a real miracle…When threatened by mobsters, Grace receives help from a surprising source…Alone and afraid, a young girl finds friendship in a stranger. But could this boy be trouble?…Kyle was determined to save the precious relic–but now his whole family is in danger.
Themes: Saint Patrick’s Day, faith, family, conversion, charity, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts.

Discussing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch with Young Readers!

This week, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mrs. Abramson’s 6th grade students!

As some of you may know, my novel The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is part of their Language Arts curriculum. As a bonus, I’m invited to visit the class and discuss the many elements of the story and writing process. This is my third visit in as many years and every visit is just fantastic!

The students have a long list of questions prepared, and they’re always so extremely thought out and insightful. What a gift for an author to not only meet readers who enjoyed her novel, but to discuss the story and characters in depth!

I always enjoy my visits and pray that the students get as much out of them as I do!
Thank you again, Mrs. Abramson!

Check out the slideshow below for candid shots during our discussions!

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More on The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch

Read more about my school visits.

Review: “Freeing Tanner Rose”- “Great Book with Wonderful Messages for Teens”

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Freeing Tanner Rose is the story of young actress Tanner Rose. Her fame is overwhelming, she’s been making dangerous decisions, and her life is spiraling out of control. She is sent to live in the country with her mother’s friend Miss Ruth and son Gabriel to get away from the Hollywood lifestyle. The stark contrast between Tanner’s world and Gabriel’s life was stunning and Tanner’s growth and struggles were believable. The story highlights the destruction that fame can cause at a young age as well as the dangers of drugs and alcohol – which is an important message for all teens. There were a few aspects of the story that were unexpected. I thought I knew where the story was headed but was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. I especially loved the ending of this book. Throughout the story I kept wondering how it would conclude. I usually love a happy ending, all tied up in a pretty little bow, but wasn’t sure how that could be accomplished here and thought the author did a wonderful job. Great book with wonderful messages for teens.

Read more reviews at LesleaWahl.com

If you loved this, then you’re sure to like…

 

Catholicmom.com: Sharing Christ’s Way in a Sexualized Culture, One Novel at a Time

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Check out the following guest post at Catholicmom.com

Sex sells! And we live in a culture that has embraced that truth with relish. It promotes it in every possible way: the media, fashion, movies, books, magazines, television shows, and commercials. Sex isn’t a private thing anymore, it’s far from the act that God created specifically for a husband and wife. Now it’s for anyone wishing to partake.

Of course, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce don’t help the cause. Performing simulated sexual acts on stage is what the former supports with indifference and the latter describes as feminism. These are performances akin to those that used to be kept secret behind the doors of a strip club. If only they would keep them in these more appropriate venues, instead of in a public forum with thousands of our children watching in awe and taking notes. No. Sex sells. And such behavior is no longer taboo.

But do you know what is taboo? Purity. Modesty. Chastity. These are just a few virtues shunned these days. They are criticized and ridiculed, as if it’s shameful to be dignified. Read more.

If you loved this, then you’re sure to like…

Are You Aware of This Sad and Naked Truth?

Leah Darrow Talks Fashion, Modesty, Chastity, and Mr. Right!

Can Innocence, Purity, and God Prevail in a Highly Sexualized Era?

Bebo Norman’s “Come and Worship,” Featuring “Nativity Story” –Merry Christmas!

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:10-12)

Merry Christmas to you all!

If you loved this, then you’re sure to like…

Matthew West’s “Last Christmas” Should Be Remembered Every Year

Christmas Special on “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch”

Carrie Underwood Sings “How Great Thou Art” With Vince Gill. Amazing!!!

We say it everyday, but do we take it’s meaning literally? I wanted to share this with you and prompt you to check out the rest of the posts on this inspirational blog. They’ll make you laugh, cry, and likely pray. Thanks, Khamneithang

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I cannot say…..

Our” – if I live only for myself.
Father” – if I do not endeavor each day to act like his child.
Who art in heaven” – if I am laying up no treasure there.
Hallowed be thy name” – if I am not striving for holiness.
Thy Kingdom come” – if I am not doing all in my power to hasten that wonderful event.
Thy will be done” – if I am disobedient to his Word.
On earth as it is in heaven” – if I do not serve him here and now.
Give us this day our daily bread” – if I am dishonest or am seeking things by subterfuge.
Forgive us our debts” – if I harbor a grudge against anyone.
Lead us not into temptation” –…

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Soooo excited! Received TWO awards from Holly Michael: The One Lovely Blog Award & A Reader’s Appreciate Award- So honored- thanks Holly.

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And speaking of sweet… SR at To Have Her Heart is so sweet. Gotta love her and her blog. She gave me the One Lovely Blog Award. Awww! I love hearts. I used to collect hearts as a kid. Put heart stickers all over my letters and papers. Often signed a little heart after my name. And look! A heart! Cute, isn’t it? I’m so honored.

Also got nominated for the Reader’s Appreciation Award by Virginia at  Poetaofficium.

Who wouldn’t appreciate a beautiful sunflower award! Yellow and bright. Nice! Thanks Ladies! Now, go and visit SR and Virginia’s blogs, if you haven’t done so already. Both are lovely blogs that inspire, give advice and motivate!

Well, as always with these awards there are a few rules. Firstly, you have to provide a link to the blogger/s who nominated you (done that – check above). Secondly, you need to…

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