Why You Should Check Out The Catholic Homeschool Conference This Year, Besides the Fact that I’ll Be Speaking!

Covid has become the topic of conversation for months now, causing fear, stress, and disruption to so many people’s lives. Along with health and economic concerns, a lot of parents outside of the homeschooling community are now dealing with a whole new world of educating their own children.

In some instances, I’ve heard parents sharing their new love for educating their children. Even though remote learning through their children’s schools have not been ideal, their quarantine-schooling experience has them seriously contemplating fully homeschooling their children. In other scenarios, the prospect of sending children into a “new normal” world of schooling with masks and social distancing—among other concerning Covid guidelines—have encouraged parents to choose the homeschooling route also.

Are you one of these parents?

Regardless of why you may have decided to home-school, you’re probably looking for some guidance. After-all, September will soon be upon us, and decisions must be made.

There is an untold number of resources online, so many homeschooling parents offering advice, and so many curriculum to choose from. And while homeschooling can be rewarding and enriching, the prospect can be extremely overwhelming. It can also feel isolating as you try to determine which direction to go in.

But you don’t have to fret! You’re not alone! In fact, there is such a thing as a home-school community that is welcoming and excited to share ideas and tips and advice on how to navigate the homeschooling world. And the beauty of it all is that there is no one way to home-school.  Which is cool, because there is no one kinda kid!

Any other year, homeschooling conferences would be offered in a city near you, with speakers and vendors eager to assist—well, maybe not every city—but Covid has caused all conferences to cancel their events or go online, such as The Catholic Homeschool Conference. Whether you’re a novice homeschooling parent, a veteran, or someone just looking for information on homeschooling in general, this conference is for you.

The Catholic Homeschool Conference is a 3-day online event June 25 – 27, offering 30+ speakers, curriculum ideas, and an Exhibitor Hall where you will find more information on vendors and resources such as Catholic Teen Books. I’m excited to add that  fellow Catholic Teen Books author Corinna Turner and I will both be speaking. My topic will be on “Using Fiction to Instill Character and Virtue,” a subject I feel strongly about, not just as an author of fiction for teens and young adults, but also as a homeschooling parent of four children.


The awesome part about this online event is that you can access the conference and talks from June 25 – 27 completely free!!

Or,  for the earlybird price of $47, you can purchase an all-access pass to the conference talks and resources for a full year after the conference!!

Let’s be honest, consuming all that info in three days can be overwhelming in itself, so having this access for a WHOLE YEAR is awesome. You can check out all the speakers at your own pace, even re-listen to your favorite, plus have access to the exhibitor hall for a year. The price for this access does go up after the 3 day conference, so check out the different pricing and accessibility here.


GIVEAWAY NEWS!

As I mentioned above, Catholic Teen Books will be part of the Exhibitor Hall, so look out for us there and check out our page, learn more about who we are and our mission, and sign up for our giveaway!

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

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!