Guest Posts: CatholicTeenBooks.com and Rightfully Ours

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Rightfully Ours: A Theology of the Body Coming of Age Story (March 30, 2017)

“If ever there would be an opportune time for me to attempt writing 50,000 words of a novel, that was it. With a news story printed from a Pennsylvania newspaper for inspiration and not a clue as to the theme of my novel-to-be, I wrote.”

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Catholic Teen Books Help Parents, Teachers Find Good Books for Catholic Teens (March 17, 2017)

“As a parent of a young teen, I’m grateful for this new resource that will help to ensure that the books my children read and enjoy are not antithetical to our faith, but help to strengthen it instead.”

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Ornamental Graces Awarded Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Ornamental Graces coverOrnamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk, published on October 6, 2016, has been awarded the Seal of Approval by the Catholic Writers Guild. Books are evaluated by the Guild for both their Catholicity and editorial integrity.

The purpose of the Seal of Approval is to help Catholic bookstores and venues by determining the Catholicity of a work. Members of the Catholic Writers Guild are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Writers Guild is an organization of Catholic writers, artists, editors, and illustrators. Its purpose is “to help build a vibrant Catholic literary culture by offering educational programs that encourage Catholic spiritual growth, teach Catholic writers about their craft as well as how to sell and market their work.”

Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

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Valentines Day Audiobook Giveaway

In honor of Valentines Day, I’m giving away an audiobook copy of my edgy inspirational romance Stay With Me. If you like your romance real without being explicit, this one’s for you. Bonus if you like Catholic characters in your Christian fiction.

Read the blurb or peruse the reviews, and if you want to read more about Chris & Rebecca, enter to win by commenting below. (Contest open through midnight EST, February 15, 2017. Winner will be chosen using random.org.)

Stay With Me audiobook cover

What is the best or worst Valentines gift you’ve received?

The first and best Valentine gift I received from a boyfriend was from my now-husband. He bought me an adorable guinea pig, whom I named Valentine, who was my little buddy through dating, engagement, and the early years of our marriage.

 

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Guest Posts: Savory Soups for Cold Nights

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Meatless Friday: Butternut Squash and Cider Bisque (January 6, 2017)

“Delicious and very pretty with its rich orange color, I served a bowl of this soup with some artisan bread and butter. And while there’s some chopping involved, it’s so easy to make.”

Meatless Friday: Potato Leek Soup (December 16, 2016)

“The fact that the potatoes do not need to be peeled makes makes preparation of this soup quick and easy. Chop your vegetables, throw them in the Dutch oven or soup pot and take care of something else while your soup simmers.”

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Guest Posts: Vocations Chalice, Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club

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Praying for Priests with a Vocations Chalice (November 7, 2016)

“In truth, I spent the week half afraid I would discover my youngest children playing with the chalice. And not pious ‘let’s play Mass’ playing. I’m thinking glubbing orange juice or slurping pasta as if we’d brought home a miniature version of the Stanley Cup.”

Divine Mercy for Moms Book Club: Chapter 6 (October 22, 2016)

“And isn’t that part of what endears our mothers to us? No matter the number of siblings who share the same mother, the relationship is unique – it’s special and exclusive from the first loving gaze exchanged at the mother’s breast.”

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Philadelphia Archdiocesan Women’s Conference: October 29

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, I’ll be attending the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Women’s Conference, Mother of Mercy: Make Our Hearts Like Yours, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. For more information, visit the archdiocesan event page.

Along with other Catholic authors, I will be on hand selling and signing copies of my books – Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces.

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Women's Conference

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Harrisburg Diocesan Women’s Conference: October 15

I’m looking forward to the Harrisburg Diocesan Women’s Conference, Wrapped in God’s Merciful Love, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA. I had the pleasure of meeting so many gracious and Spirit-filled women last  year. This year’s keynote speaker is Kimberly Hahn. For more information, visit the diocesan event page.

Along with other Catholic authors, I will be on hand selling and signing copies of my books – Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces.

Harrisburg Diocesan Women's Conference

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