Monday, December 31, 2007

Baby!


Paula Kathleen
"Polly"
born at home
December 31, 2007 1:21 AM
8 lbs, 0 oz
born hand first (!), reaching out to explore the world already,
and with a full head of black hair, a first for us.
As usual with newborn pictures, the photo does not do her cuteness justice.
Mother and baby are doing well.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

An Explanation of the Names:
Paula after St. Paula, friend of St. Jerome and collaborator with him on the Vulgate Translation.
Also in honor of the upcoming Year of St. Paul (2008-2009) to be proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI.

"Polly" after Lady Polly Plummer of Narnia :)

Kathleen after her paternal grandmother.

Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Waking Rose reviewed in the Cardinal Newman newsletter (Aussie)

A thanks to fan and avid reader Jacinta and her mom for offering to do the first review of Waking Rose in Australia! The review, by Jacinta's mom, was just published in their homeschool newsletter, Keeping In Touch, on page 5 (it's a pdf so it might take a while for the link to open). Great review, Gai! Thanks so much!

Dumbledore and Narnia...

I was honored today with a front-page post of my article "In Defense of Dumbledore" at Catholic Exchange. Check out the article there if you can. Also HollywoodJesus.com, a Protestant media site run by a friend of mine, is publishing the article on their site next week.

BTW I forgot to mention that I've been contributing to the Narnia movie coverage at HollywoodJesus.com (terrible name, great, very comprehensive site) by doing a series of articles on the seven Chronicles of Narnia. Here are the links to my overview of the series and to the first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thank You All!

uess what? My husband just checked our sales rank at Lulu.com today, and Waking Rose has made the top 200 best sellers! Actually, the Top 150: we're at #136 today!

For a book that's had little publicity outside of Catholic circles and this blog and other small sites, I'm really amazed that we've sold so well. (I wonder what it would take to get us into the top 100?)

Anyhow, thanks to all of you who bought the book!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Working on the New JP2HS website...

For those of you anxious for some more news about John Paul 2 High, you can take a sneak peek at the new site here. I believe they're launching it sometime next week, but I'm not sure. There will be more things to change, but feel free to look around... Book One is coming soon!

In Defense of Dumbledore...

For anyone interested in the ongoing Harry Potter controversey, I wrote an article about it for the Christendom College student paper, The Rambler. You can read it online at www.therambleronline.com if you're so inclined. Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas Rush for Fairy Tale Novels!

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that if you were planning on ordering Waking Rose or one of the other books for Christmas, be sure to place your orders on Lulu BEFORE December 12th. Since the books are print-on-demand, they need to be printed before they're shipped. Lulu is informing our customers that US Media Mail will no longer work for Christmas delivery: but right now, UPS Ground will still get it there in time. So hurry, if you're planning on ordering!

There are some bookstores that are carrying the books for Christmas, namely:

Stella Maris Books
3121 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Adoremus Books
2580 South 90th Street, Omaha, NE 68124

Southwell Books
13 St. John's Road Abingdon OX14 9DR, United Kingdom

Sunrise Marian Centre
RR3 Pictou, NS B0K 1H0, Canada

Exodus Provisions
19146 Molalla Avenue, Ste. A, Oregon City, OR 97045

Holy Family Books & Gifts
2350 Twp. Rd. 505, Loudonville, OH 44842

Bell Tower Gift Shop at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
16908 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Mustard Seed Catholic books
532 N Dodge St. Iowa City, IA 52245

Our Lady's Bower
P.O. Box 7486 Nikiski, AK 99635

If you miss ordering online, and you live near one of the above stores, you might just want to go there!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Doing some Updates...

I am hoping to have the revised edition of Black as Night that has the correct birthdays up on the Lulu.com website tonight. So if any of you were waiting to buy the corrected version, you can get it now.

Also *THANK YOU* to those of you who sent in typos for Waking Rose. I have corrected all of them (including the one someone just posted) plus more that were not caught. I've also changed the font to be the same as the other two books, since we had a few - not many! - complaints. So I've officially changed over to the Second Edition of Waking Rose, which is what is available for sale now.

Also in the works for 2008 is yet another revised edition of The Shadow of the Bear. Mainly it's because I've been wanting to revise the first chapter, and cut out some of the talky parts that don't have much to do with the plot. Thanks mostly to my wonderful husband, I'm preparing to release that by the end of this month. This will make the 2007 10th Anniversary Edition a real collectible, one that won't be available after 2007 is over.

Oh, and JUST when I've finished with revising the first three books, Lulu.com decided to offer a smaller size novel format after all -- one that is remarkably similar to the size of the original books!

(*fumes and stomps around the room*)

Now, it's not EXACTLY the same size - it's about a 1/4" bigger than the original Shadow and Black as Night, but if any of you express interest in having this smaller size, I might just consider trying it out, at least for Waking Rose. I still think the books would look better in smaller sizes, though the hefty 6"x9"'s have grown on me after a while. (BTW the prices would be the same, not cheaper, because a smaller book has more pages, hence costs more...)

So feel free to post your opinion! (deep sigh) I'd like to finish revising and just work on a new book-- soon!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Introducing the FairyTaleNovel Forums!

Thanks to blog reader and book fan Elenatintil, I am now pleased to present the Fairy Tale Novel Forums, which she has set up for us on Proboards. I have a link to the forums on the Fairy Tale Novels.com pages, and I'll post a link on the sidebar here as well.

I had thought you could use a Google account to sign in, but folks are telling me that you can't cross over : so -- you'll have to set up an account to sign up, but they don't require much information to create an account (just the usual birthdate, required by law for minors, etc.). I hope you all can make it over there!

That way, the conversations that you all have started here can continue freely without having to wait for comment moderation by me. :) And you can start your own topics as well. I'll still have a Q&A area to take questions, and I'll probably still post some questions on the blog, but I think this new forum will allow for a more fluid discussion.

BTW some topics currently being discussed are: guessing the names of the "twelve princesses" in The Midnight Dancers, other favorite books and movies, and finding pictures of real dresses that resemble the prom dresses Blanche and Rose wore in The Shadow of the Bear! (I'm amazed at how creative you all are!)

So come on over and check out the new forums!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Send me your typos for Waking Rose!

If I could ask a favor - a select few of you have sent me emails with typos you caught in Waking Rose: right now I'm preparing to reformat the book in a new font. If you would like to help making Waking Rose even better for other readers, email me at regina@reginadoman.com with the page numbers of any typos you catch.

Many thanks in advance!

Questions on Black as Night and Shadow

!!!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! DO NOT READ THIS POST UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY!

I wanted to make another topic for posting questions until we get the message board up (yes, a very kind and energetic fan is making one! More news soon!) for questions about Black as Night and Shadow of the Bear. Please post any questions here (as well as ones you may have sent me before that I forgot to answer).

I'll start with some from Clare:

In Black as Night at one point Bear and Blanche are talking on the phone and he mentions that he was angry about something but he didn't want to talk about it. My friends and I were talking about it and wondering if it was at that point that Bear knew about all the things that had happened to Fish while he was captured by Freet or did he already know before then?

Oooh, very good question! I think that it would be best to say that in this instance, Bear was angry at his father in a general sense, because something in his conversation with Blanche had inadvertently touched on that. But as you can see, Bear had a lot to forgive his father for, including forgiving him for everything that had happened to both brothers simply because their father was *not there* to help or protect them.

Also, Bear knew from the get-go what a nasty person Mr. Freet was and it didn't take long for him to get out of his brother what had happened to him. Both brothers tended to be very careful and protective of what they told the sisters.

Q: In Waking Rose, when Rose first finds out that Blanche is pregnant Blanche mentions that she and Bear were looking into maybe having a homebirth but later when Bear comes to Fish in the hospital and tells Fish that Benedict Michael was born and that they named him after him he never mentions if it was a homebirth or not. So I guess what i am asking is: was it?

A: Another good question. I believe that it was.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Happy Birthday Rose Brier!


Just a quick post in honor of "the most awesome character so far" as one poster put it. :)
It's also the birthday of one of my sisters today: happy birthday Jessy! Like Rose, Jessy is funny, spunky, and adventurous, and although she doesn't have red hair, and her husband reminds me far more of Bear than of Fish, I've always told her she could be the heroine of a novel. She's expecting her first baby right now, so if you think of it, say a prayer for her and little Foo-foo! (as she calls him/her).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Speaking in Steubenville This Weekend!

In case any of you are in town this weekend...

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Public Relations
Contact: Tom Sofio
740-284-5893, tsofio@franciscan.edu
For immediate release

Author, Alumna to Speak on Writing and Getting Published
STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville alumna Regina Doman ’92 returns to her alma mater to speak about her experiences as an author on Monday, November 5, at 11 a.m. at Egan Hall, Room 122.
Doman’s works include The Shadow of the Bear, Black as Night, and the highly popular picture book, Angel in the Waters, which tells the story of a baby growing inside her mother’s womb. She will sign copies of all her books including her latest, Waking Rose, which will be available for purchase at the event.This event is free to the public and is presented by Franciscan University’s Department of Communication Arts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More Information about The Midnight Dancers!

Let me just say that this is in honor of Rose Brier's upcoming birthday. ;)

I've been wanting to start a new topic about The Midnight Dancers, since the old post is so far down the blog now. Then tonight, I just decided to start putting up more information about The Midnight Dancers on the FairyTaleNovels.com page, including a mock version of the cover. (We'll probably change quite a bit about the background, but we love the photo.) Go check out the new site, which includes a short summary of the book, and also check out the Question Area, which hopefully now incorporates all the questions asked so far (and the answers!). Then go ahead with any further questions in the comment boxes! As usual, I'll do my best to answer them. And say a prayer for the book, which I hope to have published this coming summer!


Enjoy!!!!!

The Mysterious Affair Of Rose Brier's Birthday...

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! DO NOT READ THIS POST UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK!!!!

Q: In WR Rose is in the play on her birthday which I read on the BaN page was April 13. But, she is still working on a paper for a class in her first semester, after her birthday, and my understanding of college courses is that they are only 1 semester classes. So, I'm a little confused about that. Also, if Rose's birthday is in April, am I to understand that Rose was in a coma till sometime in the next year?

Q: i'm confused about the timeline of WR, i know her b-day is in the spring but i thought she went into the coma in the fall... am i wrong? please explain :)
confused in nebraska



We do seem to have a conundrum here. How indeed could Rose be in a coma for more than a year when she clearly has a birthday shortly before she goes into the coma and also clearly awakens in the spring?

The solution is ... um... well, I decided to change her birthday.

In 2004, I received the following question about my four main characters:
How old are they and when are their birthdays? - Aubrey, 10/21/04

And I responded:
The Denniston brothers and the Brier sisters are unusual in that they are both a year apart from each other, and consecutively. Thus at the end of Black as Night, Bear is 21, Fish is 20, Blanche is 19, and Rose is 18. If you really want to know their birthdays, they are:
Bear: Jan 31
Fish: Nov 2
Blanche: Feb 22 (president’s day)
Rose: April 13

I admit I pulled the birthdays out of the blue to answer Aubrey's question, without really considering how they would affect the timeline of the story. After all, up until that point, I hadn't ever shown any of them having a birthday.

But when I went to finish Waking Rose this past summer, I decided to pay homage to Tchaichowsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty, whose princess dances at a grand birthday ball with three princes she does not marry, shortly before her enchanted sleep. So I threw a party for Rose, literally, and was quite pleased with how the scene turned out. Only much later did I realize that I had inadvertantly contradicted my answer to Aubrey's question.

So, deciding that everything that was published in book form was canonical, and that everything published on the website was merely apocryphal, as it were, I decided to override what I had written in 2004 and change Rose's birthday to November 2 (I simply switched it with Fish's birthday).

I have yet to figure out if this causes any inconsistences with The Shadow of the Bear (I believe it might) or Black as Night.... but maybe the rest of you can tell you if it does faster than I can? :)

All I can say is, not every writer can boast of having fans who are as sharp, observant, and savvy as I can. Those of you who spotted the error (and so very quickly!) probably deserve to be awarded the Catholic Nancy Drew honorarium. (Shall I make an official award?)

Oh, like any good counterfeiter, I have now covered my tracks by changing the dates on the website to:

Bear: Jan 31
Fish: April 13
Blanche: Feb 22 (president’s day)
Rose: Nov 2

:)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fan Art!














I was so honored by these pieces of fan art by sisters Delaney and Desirae. I've posted these small signature buttons and more at new Fan Art pages at the websites for The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. Thanks for sharing, Delaney and Desirae!

Waking Rose Questions *SPOILER ALERT!*

This is just a post to post some further questions about Waking Rose: SPOILER WARNING: You do NOT want to read this post if you haven't read the books already!!!!!

I'll start with Lady Rose's question -- feel free to ask your own questions in the comments boxes (and if I neglected to answer a question you asked before, repeat it here):

Wow, so that was Dr. Murray at the Christening? It seemed a lot more like Dr. Prosser.
Question, so if it wasn't Dr. Prosser who threatened Mr. Brier, why did she than try to kill Rose? How exactly was she involved than, other than being the main doctor at the hospital? I always thought that it was Dr. Prosser who threatened Mr. Brier, especially after she attempted to poison Rose. Dr. Murray just didn't seem like the kind of person who would threaten someone like that, especially since later she wanted to keep Rose alive.

Answer: Dr. Prosser and Dr. Murray were working together closely especially during the early years. But over the years, a certain estrangement set in, mostly because of Dr. Murray's conscience. I see Dr. Murray as someone who basically became a bad person through failing to act, failing to step in. But during those early heady years when they were two feminist doctors bucking the system together, Murray was more aggressive, and it was her who made the threats at the christening, in her usual veiled style.

Here's something I wrote about Murray earlier I'd like to share:

A reader wrote to me: When Prosser appeals to Murray, and Murray seems, for a moment, to hesitate, we kept thinking Murray was going to be redeemed and help Fish. We were disappointed when he didn't.

You know, it didn't feel right for her to redeem herself. Murray was supposed to be the "principaled" villain in the whole affair: she was the one pursuing a pro-choice agenda but for "higher" ideals; unlike Prosser, who is mostly venal, nasty, and self-deceived. But Murray constantly compromised her conscience in the name of the greater good, and this had the effect of weakening her will and draining her of courage.

Hence, when Rose falls off the barn loft, she makes an attempt to catch her, but then is too scared to call 911 or actually report the accident. She goes back to work and about her business: the coward's way out. Bad for the soul.

Then she is asked to examine Rose, and chooses to put her into a medicated coma and then pretend to offer to "help" the family by admitting Rose to her facility. Not exactly pure malignant villainry, but villainry of the cowardly and pathetic kind. But she *still* can't rest: she wakes Rose up periodically to question her, but even when it's clear Rose knows nothing and is no threat to her, Murray can't ever summon the courage to actually let her come out of the coma naturally and go free. (Fortunately, she's not strong enough to actually murder her either.) So, like Herod Antipas with John the Baptist in chains, Murray just leaves Rose in limbo, and probably would have done so indefinitely until circumstances forced her hand. She's kind of the opposite of Rose, who is overflowing with courage: it's clear that Rose fascinates her just as John the Baptist fascinated Antipas, but like Antipas, Murray can't emulate her, and becomes the pawn of the modern-day Herodias, Prosser and the needle of digoxin.

So -- when Murray has an opportunity to save Fish at the barn -- three times at least -- even though she's horribly torn because now his self-sacrifice is obvious to her, she can't muster up the will to do the good thing: to defy Dr. Prosser and call the police, or even simply refuse to help. And when she colludes in what she thinks is the final act of his murder -- throwing Fish back into the fire, after he's just thanked her for saving Rose's life -- it destroys her, mentally and physically.

I think of her as someone who's destroyed by compromise. And I couldn't see her finding any real courage after so much giving in to evil.

It's actually a very sad story. I also wish it had a happier ending.

Build your own fansite!

I told my husband that some of you were asking about a fansite or a message board, and he said I should tell you all about this link:

http://www.squidoo.com/squidwho/hq

It's a tool for building fansites. You can use it for anyone - even yourself! It's cute - take a look and see what you think.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Because you asked...


...Here is a picture of me in my Marie-Antoinette-inspired wedding dress. I made it myself (and made terrible mistakes making it:I'd do a much better job if I could make it again). Oh, and this is taken under my favorite apple tree from my childhood home.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Advice to a Writing Mom

Dear Regina,
I was just wondering if you have any tips for an aspiring writer who's also a new mom. I've got lots of ideas I'm trying to get on paper, but between house-work, part-time tutoring, and my six-month-old son, I can never seem to find the time. I'd appreciate any feedback you could give me. Thanks! ~K

Hi K,

Thanks for writing!

I'm going to presume in my answer that you're talking about writing fiction, not about simply getting published as a non-fiction author (which is much easier, btw, and a much more attainable and financially rewarding goal. :) ).

What I write below is true for a nonfiction writer of course, but nonfiction writers can usually get paying work writing articles and reviews while plugging away at their memoirs or their great idea for a diet book, while potential novelists usually have to mentally resign themselves to three to five years of hard non-paying work before they see even a dime of payback (if that). It has taken me about ten years apiece to write each of my novels, so I'm serious.

It's true that writing my children's book, Angel in the Waters, took me about a month to write, but it took me ten years to get it published! (Publishing a first picture book, generally speaking, is MUCH harder than publishing a first novel, for two big reasons: 1. picture books are more expensive for publishers to produce, so it's harder to convince them to do one. 2. EVERYONE wants to write a children's picture book, so publishers are flooded with submissions, and the competition is much tougher.)

So, how can you juggle writing a novel with being a wife and mom?

First, writing has to fit with your vocation as a wife and mom, not compete with it. I know I couldn't do anything without the total support of my husband. Honestly. Not only does he make time for me to write, but he reads, critiques, and edits my work (I call him the secret of my success). I know how important this is because it really enables my writing to happen. As a counter-example, he isn't supportive of my other hobbies, like sewing, so now I rarely sew. :)

So that is a definite first thing: consider (and inquire into) your husband's feelings on the matter. If your husband doesn't feel like now is the right time for you to pursue a writing career, then maybe it's not the right time for you to go professional. Don't worry: Beverly Cleary once wrote me a very kind note saying that she found she had better ideas once she got older. Life experience helps you to write more deeply and gives you more things to say.

So if you are just going to be scribbling in private until your little ones are flown, that's fine! Lots of women publish their first book only after their mothering years are over, so be content if that's where God has you now.

But even if you aren't able to be a professional writer, if that's your long-term plan, I'd say it's very important to write something every day, even if it's an email or a prayer journal entry. Make a habit of methodically correcting your email and IM conversations: be a stickler about grammar and try to stretch your vocabulary. It will make it easier for you to write if your mental writing muscles are in shape. If you are working on a novel, as often as possible try to work on it every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.

Please don't fool yourself into thinking that you'll write on vacation or you'll write when you have time: as C.S. Lewis says, most great work happens under unfavorable conditions because favorable conditions never come! There is a real discipline to the writing process that can only come with committment of time and effort. And for moms, this often means wearily staring at the computer when you'd rather be napping or sleeping or surfing the Internet. I've written several books while balancing a nursing infant on my knees (and getting terrible neck cramps in the process).

But being a mom has a way of prioritizing your life. You learn how to seize the quiet moment when it comes, and sometimes you're almost too busy to have writer's block!

If you do decide to make a committment to becoming a professional writer, I'd recommend cutting back on time-wasting entertainments like watching movies, TV, emailing, blogging, and ebaying. We don't own a TV and we watch movies infrequently. For my husband and I, writing adventure novels IS our entertainment. I really think that's the main reason I've been able to produce as much as I have. Over the years, I even cut back on lucrative things like freelance articles so that I could prioritize novel-writing.

And as always, submit everything to God. When I was in college, I made a regular habit of writing my novels in front of the Eucharist. I know that to some, that might seem almost irreverent, but for me, it brought the reality home that everything I write is written before God, and I am responsible before God for everything I write. He has a way of making our weakest efforts blossom. And of course everything we do accomplish happens because of Him anyhow.

God bless your discernment and your writing! As well as your family.
Peace and good
Regina

What Age Level are the Fairy Tale Novels for?

An email from a reader asks me a question I've fielded before, so I thought I'd post the answer here. Blog readers, feel free to give me your response in the comments boxes below:

Hi Regina,

I found out about your books and I'm interested in them for my 12 yr old...
are the elements in your books too adult for her? What would you consider to be the appropriate age level for the books? Are some more mature than others? I was thinking of Waking Rose as
Catholic Faith & Family magazine mentioned that it was like a 'Catholic Nancy Drew' which my daughter loves (ND). Does it "go no further" than the romance of the Barbie or Disney movies? I want to make an informed decision before I purchase them for her.

My response:

Although the books were described by the reviewer as a "Catholic Nancy Drew", I believe that makes the books sound as though they are intended for a younger audience, which they're not. I would say the books are definitely for teenagers, and they definitely do go beyond the romance of the Barbie/Disney movies: not because the main characters behave unchastely (no way!) but because there are darker elements and threats in the stories that make them more "high school" than anything else.

I will say that all of these issues are deliberately dealt with in a very ambiguous manner, so that most of it will go over the heads of readers innocent of these issues. But my teenage heroes and heroines do fight real dragons that are out there in society today. In my books, I don't do the dragons the favor of describing their horrific actions in graphic detail, but some of the manifestations of dragonish thinking and actions are there: the threat of date rape (Book 1), the danger of young men being seduced by immoral older women (Book 2), and sexual violence and brokenness (Book 3). Also, although only one person (a villain) dies in the course of all three books, the threat of death is very near and the suspense can be at quite a high level.

For longer reviews of the books by Catholic moms that you might find helpful, I would check out these sites:

http://www.catholicexchange.com/node/66450

http://lily-maiden.blogspot.com/2007/10/waking-rose.html

http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2007/10/enchantment.html

Given your concern, I would say that Waking Rose is too old for your daughter to start with. I would suggest purchasing The Shadow of the Bear first. Aside from the violent brushes with death at the end, the "difficult" chapter is Chapter 13, where one heroine, Rose, is conned into going into a bedroom with a boy that she's on a date with. Nothing transpires, and she gets out of the situation in a very clever way, but that would be the chapter that I, as the parent of a 12-year-old myself, would be concerned with. I would say, read that chapter, and if you are comfortable with that chapter, the rest of the book will be fine. Some families who have read the book aloud to their entire families have simply skipped that chapter or parts of that chapter.

The Shadow of the Bear is also an audio drama, currently airing on Ave Maria Radio in Michigan at 7 AM on Saturday mornings. Even if you are not in Michigan, you can listen to an episode during the morning hour from their website, http://www.avemariaradio.net/catholic-online-radio.php. I can say that my children *have* listened to the audio drama, and the scene in question pretty much goes over their heads.

You also might want to check out the comments of readers in the comments boxes of my blog, http://www.reginadoman.blogspot.com/, where a lot of readers shared what they liked best about the books.

I hope this helps! Let me know what you decide to do: it will help me in knowing what to tell other moms with similar concerns!

Peace and good
Regina

Waking Rose on Tea at Triannon


Mutual admiration society: Elena Maria Vidal who wrote the historical novels on the family of Marie Antoinette Trianon and Madame Royale has reviewed Waking Rose on her gracious blog, Tea at Trianon. If you haven't had a chance to read her novels, please do so!
I don't think I've ever posted about this, but I'm a fan of Marie Antoinette: I based my wedding dress on one that she herself designed (very similar to the one in this oil painting, incidentally!), and I consider her one of the most maligned figures in conventional history.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Preordering Catholic Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book 1

Although I still don't have a release date for Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book 1, Sophia Press is getting ready to start taking pre-orders. So if you are interested in pre-ordering the book, feel free to email them at orders@sophiainstitute.com or call them at 1800-888-9344. I don't yet know the price or release date, but maybe if folks call and and ask them, that information will come out.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wow.

I am so honored by Claire's review on her lovely blog, http://lily-maiden.blogspot.com/2007/10/waking-rose.html. Here's an excerpt:

It was after reading Waking Rose that I really realized one of the big potentials of these books. Eric Ludy, husband of Leslie Ludy (author of Authentic Beauty), has some excellent "Lessons on Manhood" articles in her book. In one, he explains about a book that heavily impacted his life, and his understanding of masculinity and strength. It was The Scottish Chiefs, a novel based on the true story of Scottish war heroes William Wallace and Sir Robert the Bruce. He testifies that the book left him with a new and powerful vision of manhood. And it was a book written by a lady. Eric says, "It was a woman with a correct vision of manhood that lit the flame of willingness within my heart to become all the God desired for me to be." (Emphasis his)

I'm convinced that Regina's novels have the exact same potential. Her masculine characters are strong, gallant, chivalrous, and yet very real. I know many other girls would join me in confirming that they exemplify exactly the kind of strength and values we hope and pray for in a future husband. I hope many, many young women continue to read these stores and treasure the beauty of pure romance and modern-day femininity that they depict. And I hope many, many young men also pick them up and catch hold of a vision of authentic masculinity fashioned after the ultimate manhood of Jesus Christ.

Claire, I'm truly honored you think the books have that potential. Thanks so much for the review!

Will the Old Covers Ever Return?


Someone asked me this in the comments box below, and this is another question I've occasionally gotten:

I have a question? Will the "old" covers of the Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night ever be available? Just wondering, because I wanted to buy a couple for gifts and I prefer the old covers.

The answer is: very sorry, but no. The old covers (both created by Rose Sharpe, btw) are owned by Bethlehem Books, so I couldn't use them even if I wanted to. I know that some of you preferred the old covers, but I know that many others had complaints about them. We have no plans to go back to the old covers, and we don't even have any of them left to sell in our cache (I *do* have a stash of the original yellow hardcovers, but I'm saving them to give to my grandchildren! They're not for sale!).

So... right now you can still get copies of The Shadow of the Bear from Bethlehem (click here to order). But once they are out of theirs, that means that the Bethlehem covers will be officially collectibles! :)

If you want a copy of the book with the old covers, the good news is that you can find them "new and used" on Amazon.com. I just checked now, and according to Amazon today (click to view and buy):

The Shadow of the Bear is still in stock, with 32 new and used copies available.

Black as Night is out of stock, but there are 3 new and used copies available.

And for real diehards
there are 11 used and new copies available of the original hardcover, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale.

But when I said the Bethlehem Books were collectibles now, I was serious. Even though this is incredible to me, according to Amazon, the highest price for a used hardcover of the original book is $158.60, with the only new copy going for $75.00.

And someone is selling their used copy of Black as Night for $85.80. Yikes! Better grab those other two copies while you can!

Honestly, I have no idea why some copies have shot up in price this way. I guess I just don't understand the used book market!

But before you buy any high-priced copies of Black as Night, first check out Emmanuel Books, which has the very last copies of Black as Night in stock that we know about. We sold the last box of books to them. You can get them for $11.95, the original price. And it looks as as though there are enough nice new copies of The Shadow of the Bear on Amazon.com for about $7-$8 so those of you who are searching for Christmas presents. (And you know, it might be a good investment for your giftee if that $7 copy starts selling for $80 a few years from now...)

Oh, if any booksellers reading this post have new copies of the old books in stock, let me know and I'll be happy to point readers towards you.

To deal with one final question:

Are you planning on having a drawn cover of Waking Rose that matches the Bethelehm Books covers so I can have a matched set?

... again, sadly, the answer is no. Unless another publisher picks up the book and changes the cover, the cover of Waking Rose that is available now is the only cover we plan to have.

We also can't get the book printed in the original sizes either (that was another question). Now Lulu offers a slightly smaller size, but it's not the same as the original covers. Our only choices are the 6x9 Novel size (which we are using), a 5.75 x 8.7" size, and pocket paperback size (which ironically is more expensive because it's more pages!).

But we do plan to publish the upcoming books (The Midnight Dancers, Alex and K's book, Fish's other book) in the same size and with the same format as the first three books. I know this is very important to readers! So, eventually, you *will* have a matching set -- if you start collecting the self-published versions!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Shadow of the Bear on Ave Maria Radio!

Ave Maria Radio is Michigan is airing The Shadow of the Bear in 9 episodes on Saturdays at 7-7:30 AM EST as part of the "Radio Adventures" or "Glory Stories" series (BTW this is just how they have it categorized. We're part of Northern Rain Studios' Radio Adventures Series, not FWM's Glory Stories). My husband and I just got up early to catch the Prom Scene via internet radio.

We had to cheer because after eight years of work, we are finally on Catholic radio! When we first began production, we had no idea it would take this long. (For instance, my second daughter was a newborn when we were recording: she's now eight!) But it shows what you can accomplish in the Catholic arts with almost no money and lots of help from friends. When I say friends, I'm thinking especially of--

-- Joe Miller, whose daughter, singer Marie Miller is a fan. Joe loaned us the studio and equipment for recording, simply out of friendship. (We'd talked about having Marie do an audio track for the drama but it never came to fruition. Still, I think her music is awesome!)

-- Plus Ken and Francis Fast at Northern Rain Studio, who have really pushed this through for us because of their commitment to Catholic audio drama.

--And of course, Alex Fedoryka, lead singer of the Celtic band Scythian, who didn't receive a cent from us for his sterling performance as Bear (plus we used his face on the cover of the CD and now the book). I don't know if we could have found someone else who could capture the character of my favorite character so well. Plus the other Christendom students and friends like Theresa Ford-Fisher (Blanche), Helen Alexander (Rose), Dan Schniebel (Fish), Jason Manak (Rob), and Marie Smith (Mrs. Brier) who also put in their time and talent simply out of love and for the fun of the thing.

--And we have to specially thank Leonardo De Fillippis, who agreed to play Mr. Freet, and who knows all about how hard and long you have to work on productions in the Catholic arts with almost no money and lots of friends. :)

So if you're up early on a Saturday morning, tune in on Ann Arbor's WDEO 990 AM station in Michigan, or click here to listen to internet radio link on Ave Maria Radio's site.

Oh, and today it's the 90th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. God truly does do amazing things.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Waking Rose on Catholic Exchange

Catholic Exchange posted Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur's review of Waking Rose on their home page today. I'm honored! You can read the complete review here. I have to say the lead graphic is really nice too. Thanks, Catholic Exchange!

BTW I saw that someone on the review page was asking about my email. My public email is regina@reginadoman.com. Not sure how I can let them know, but I thought I could post it here, just in case they stop by. :)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Making the Books into Movies?

Note: Since I wrote this post, I've given permission for a student production of The Shadow fo the Bear to be made. Click here to go to the movie blog!

Also the Comments on this post contain many SPOILERS! Don't read them if you haven't finished the book!!!!


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Q: My friend and I love your books so much, we were fantasizing about your making a movie. Have you ever considered it? If not, please do!

Periodically I am asked this question: Would you consider making the books into movies? Are you making the books into movies? When will you make the books into movies? I've been asked this for a long time. The answer is complicated.

On the one hand, my husband and I would LOVE to make the books into movies.

However...

Although we did have the opportunity to make The Shadow of the Bear into an audio drama, it took us quite a lot of our own personal money (as in, THOUSANDS of dollars) plus several years of work. And we've barely made even a fraction of the money we spent on the audio drama. It was truly a work of love, :) but the cost was such that we can't even consider making an audio drama of Black as Night with our existing resources.

Movies costs MILLIONS of dollars to make. Even low-budget, direct-to-video releases are in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. We just don't have that kind of money. We also don't have that kind of time. (We had three kids and mostly free evenings when we started the audio drama: now we're expecting our 7th!)

More to the point, we just don't have enough experience making movies to really take on the complicated and difficult process of creating quality films of the books. And if we were to make the books into movies, we'd want to do a good job. A really good job.

Both my husband and I were radio-tv majors in college: neither of us has studied or has experience with film (though I have been studying scriptwriting). We were able to do the audio drama because we had free professional equipment and free studio space, mostly volunteer actors, and a free sound technician. And my husband had amateur radio drama experience. But movies need far more than that.

Films require business plans, acquring investors, marketing research, distribution channels, and connections in the industry of all kinds as well as the things we usually think of: scriptwriting, hiring actors, expensive cameras, editing equipment, etc. In fact, writing the script for a film of the book would be about the only aspect of filmmaking I'd be qualified to do.

This is why authors generally don't make movies of their own books. So how do books get made into movies? This is an overview of how it works:

Authors, via an agent, offer to sell the film rights of their book to a movie producer or production company. Usually film rights are sold for thousands, sometimes millions of dollars. For a movie company to become interested in aquring the film rights, the book would have to be *very* successful. Right now my books haven't sold enough copies to attract the attention of any of the larger movie companies, so the chance of an agent being willing to take on the job of trying to sell my movie rights is very slim.

And, I should point out, even if I could sell the rights to my books, that's no guarantee that the books would actually get made into movies. Larger movie companies have been notorious for snapping up the rights for any potentially interesting book and then sitting on them for decades and decades before actually filming the movie (this happened with A Wrinkle in Time, for instance, a book far more famous than mine). And some books whose rights have been sold have *never* been made into movies.

By the way, once the rights are sold, I would have no control over what sort of movie would be made from my books. I could ask to have first dibs on writing the script as part of the deal, but theoretically the movie company could change all the characters, change the ending, or do anything they wanted with the story once they own the rights. It's just the way these things work.

So right now, the chance of the books getting made into movies the *conventional* way is very slim.

However, there is another way: if a smaller production company was interested in acquiring the rights to the books, and was willing to work with me, such as by letting me write the script or work as a consultant on the film, I'd definitely be open. My husband and I have our eye on a few such production companies, but really, making a movie is such a complicated, expensive process that involves so many people and is fraught with so many difficulties that I feel safe saying that it would be a long time before movies of my books will be made.

But it sure is fun to think about!

So, if you want to see my books made into movies -- pray. If God wants them made into movies, nothing is impossible for Him.

And if you feel so called, study moviemaking, move to Hollywood, and join the movie business. And if years from now you are working in the industry and still think the books would make great movies, get in touch. :)

Thanks for the question!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"No Matter What Happens, Blessed Be His Name"

This past summer, I gave a talk by this title at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference. It was the first time that I spoke about losing our son, Joshua Michael, in public. It was a hard talk to give, but I'm told that it helped people in the audience who were going through their own bouts with suffering. In the talk, I retell the Biblical story of Job and share how I found that God's story about suffering had real applicability to what our family experienced.

I just found out that the talk is available on CD from St. Joseph Communications for $7.00. To order, call Monica at 1800-526-2151, ext. #413. Or, you can email her at monica@saintjoe.com. The item number for the talk is #MWCFC07-CDM#8.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Good news for bookstores!

We now can give copies of Waking Rose to bookstores in time for Christmas. While we can't give a spectacular discount, if you own a bookstore and your customers have been asking about Waking Rose, check out our Bookstore page at www.fairytalenovels.com. Or email me at regina@reginadoman.com and we might be able to work something out.

Prayers for John Paul 2 High...

Hey, we are having some more delays with Catholic, Reluctantly, the first book of John Paul 2 High. I know you all are so good at praying for my books: could I ask for some special prayers today for this book? Thanks so much!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Review on SpiritualWomanThoughts.blogspot.com


Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has posted a review of Waking Rose on her blog, and I believe it will be appearing on CatholicExchange.com sometime in the near future. Thanks so much Patrice!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Review of Waking Rose on "Flying Stars":


Catholic author and Chestertonian Nancy Brown just posted her review of Waking Rose on her blog, Flying Stars. Check it out and feel free to post a comment!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Responding to Feedback (and Update!) on John Paul 2 High...

Someone just did the (rare) thing: they gave me some negative feedback on the first chapter of John Paul 2 High, and they also left their email address. Now, I'm one of those people who actually is interested in negative feedback. (Not that I don't appreciate the positive feedback!) So I'm interested to hear what sort of criticisms people have. I guess it's not my business to make everyone like John Paul 2 High (it really comes down to a matter of taste!), but I admit I can't resist answering some criticisms.

So I thought I'd share what I wrote to the person. Also, many of you have written to ask me when the books will be out, and the letter contains an update. I did promise you a September release date, and many of you have been wondering: so why aren't we seeing more information on the books? Well, I couldn't answer any questions because I was waiting to find out myself. But now I finally have some information, and I can say that we're looking at an October release date. But hey, since one key moment in the book involves a showdown at a Halloween dance, maybe it's appropriate...

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Feedback Form: 9/17/07
Age: 14-17
School: Catholic school
Rating: Okay

Comments: There's pretty much no Catholic fiction out there, and I'm happy that there are plans to get some out there, but... it wasn't fantastic. I'm always a little weary of books containing instant messages (or emails, websites, etc.) because usually they're not realistic at all... they're just used as an attempt to be "modern" and "cool". In this case, the message itself was pretty realistic, but don't you think a girl would call her friend (boyfriend? I couldn't tell) with news that important? If he's that close to her, I don't think she would tell him over the internet.other than that, I liked it. I would be interested in reading more... I'm afraid I probably wouldn't buy it, not for lack of interest, but because I don't have enough money to spend on extra things like this. If a copy made its way to my public library, I'd definitely read it.

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Dear ****,
I wanted to thank you for your comments on the John Paul 2 High feedback form. Not everyone gives comments (and also leaves an email address!) so I like to respond to those who do send both.

You know, it's funny, but we've gotten more negative feedback on the IM conversations than anything else so far! But usually the criticism is, "Those don't sound like teenagers talking," or "the teenagers sound too dumb." So, on behalf of the actual real teenager who wrote the IM conversation for Christian Frank, I want to thank you for saying it was "realistic."

We tried to make the conversation reflect the personalities of the actual teens doing the writing: because, after all, most teens have widely different IM styles. As for trying to be modern and cool... well... I guess we used IMing because it's a fact of most teens life these days. (At least, my younger teenage sister seems to do nothing else!)

Regarding whether or not Allie would tell her boyfriend a matter of such importance over the internet -- I can only say that it accurately reflects the kind of strange relationship she and Tyler have...

Again, thanks for the feedback. I can't promise you the book is going to get into your local library (unless you request a copy, which I'd definitely encourage you to do!) but hopefully the book will be reasonably priced (under $10) so the average teen can afford it.

We're now looking at an October deadline for the series, due to a recent setback (deep sigh). So if you think of it, say a prayer for smooth sailing from here out. I personally think the book is pretty fantastic, especially now as I'm proofreading the final chapters, but hey, that will be for you and other teens to judge.

Thanks for reading!
Peace and good
Regina Doman
John Paul 2 High Series Editor

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Help Save Oliver Hill Farm!


Asking for help for a fellow Catholic mom-artist-person. Check out my post about this on my blog House Art Journal.com! And if you or your parents feel like donating, please do so!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Waking Rose booksigning at Christendom College this weekend!

This Sunday, I wanted to let you know I'll be doing a booksigning of Waking Rose, Black as Night, and The Shadow of the Bear at Christendom College at St. Lawrence Commons. So if any of you are in the area, feel free to stop by! It's Christendom's 30th Anniversary celebration weekend as well.

I'll also have t-shirts to sell for the books. And if you bring a previously-bought book of mine along, I'll be happy to sign your copy.

What: Booksigning by Regina Doman
Date: September 16th, 2007
Time: 1 o'clock in the afternoon
Place: Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia, St. Lawrence Commons

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Waking Rose reviewed at DanielleBean.com




Catholic mom and author Danielle Bean posted the first official review of Waking Rose on her website today. Check it out at http://www.daniellebean.com/?view=1319.
Thanks Danielle!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Questions About Kateri and Alex's book

... Maybe I should hold off on this one, but I know some of you are asking questions in the other topics, so I thought I'd start a new one here. (What we really need is a message board, I guess!)

Just so we are clear, if and when all these interim books are written/published, the Fairy Tale Novel series will run this way:

1. The Shadow of the Bear
2. Black as Night
3. Interim book about Fish (no title as of yet)
4. Waking Rose
5. The Midnight Dancers
6. (I'm not sure if this book will take place before, after, or concurrent with The Midnight Dancers) Alex and Kateri's book.

... so of course, by this timeline, The Midnight Dancers would no longer be "Book 4." But you can call it that if you want: I know, this is all too confusing!

So fire away with any questions about Kateri and Alex's book. But since this book isn't even written yet (Fish's interim book is partially-written) I will warn you up front that I can't tell you very much. At all. Yet.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Questions about Fish's Other Book

Because some of you on The Midnight Dancers post below are asking about the partially-written book starring Fish, I'm going to post a new topic for this and repeat some of the questions already asked.

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regina doman wrote:

I do have a partially written book about Fish that takes place before Waking Rose begins, but Rose is barely in it. Plus I've used Fish as a minor character in a draft of another unpublished book. But right now, there's no other book in the works with lots of Rose and Fish.

Joanna wrote:

Hi, I had a question, but it's not about Midnight Dancers, but I hope you won't mind answering it. I was just wondering which fairy tale the book about Fish is based on? I can't think of many fairy tales where a prince is the main charecter. Is it the Prince and the Pauper, or is it a fariy tale without royalty as the main charecters? Thanks, Joanna F.

September 3, 2007 3:52 PM
regina doman said...
Hmm, I think I might have to make you guess that. If it helps, Fish does not take the role of a "prince" in this tale. He's just a common servant.

Joanna wrote:

I'm so sorry I didn't clarify what story I was asking about. What I meant to ask was whether Faithful Johannes was the tale that Fish's partially written book is based on. Then if it wasn't, if Fish's story is based on a more well known story. Sorry about the mistake, Joanna F.

regina doman said....

Ah, now I see and understand! No, it's not Faithful Johannes (or The Prince and the Pauper, which is actually a novel by Mark Twain, not a fairy tale). I would say it is a more well-known fairy tale.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

John Paul 2 High Chapters Updated

I finally got around to updating the sample chapters on John Paul 2 High to the new revised chapters. Thanks to some of your feedback, we caught more typos. So the new (and hopefully final!) version of Chapter One is up.

Thanks again to all of you who rated it. If you want to rate the new chapters, go ahead, just add "rated before" in the comments section. Thanks!

And if you want to look around carefully for a link to Chapter Two and maybe even Chapter Three... I put up a new hidden link to each one.

Secret Door Alert! Happy Hunting!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Black As Night is out!


We finally got the license we needed for Claire Hamill's song "You Take My Breath Away" so now I can announce officially that Black as Night is available for sale on Lulu.com. Since the original publisher, Bethlehem Books, has sold their last copies of the first edition, this is now the only place you can buy this title (although a few places might still have it in their catalogs -- I believe Emmanuel Books still has copies of the first edition for those who prefer the old cover).
Also, some of you may remember that Black as Night was only ever printed as a softcover. So I am proud to present the First Hardcover Edition of Black as Night, which you can buy by clicking on the picture of the cover above.
Enjoy!
(Oh, and if you've read the book before and like it, please consider reviewing it at Lulu.com for me!)

Lulu Reviews on Black as Night and Shadow of the Bear

Thanks SO MUCH to those of you who gave the book a review or a quick rating on Lulu.com! Now that the whole trilogy is online at Lulu, I want to beg your kindness yet again, and ask, if you have time, if you could visit those pages for The Shadow of the Bear and as of today, Black as Night, and add a review or rating if you're so inclined.

Just to make it easier, I'll put the links for all the books below:

Shadow of the Bear hardcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/1031476
Shadow of the Bear softcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/1006728

Black As Night hardcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/1149738
Black As Night softcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/1029429

Waking Rose softcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/625889
Waking Rose hardcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/1107938

Again, thanks in advance!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Questions about the Midnight Dancers...

Now that Waking Rose is out, some of you have started to ask me questions about The Midnight Dancers. I'd like to take advantage of this blog to do that. How about you post these questions in this topic under comments and I'll see what I can answer?
As usual, I won't answer general questions like "What is The Midnight Dancers about?" but I will do my best to answer specific questions. (ie: "Is Rose Brier in the book?")

You can read the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" which the book is based on by clicking here.


And click here to read previous questions folks had asked before Waking Rose was published.

So fire away with your questions in the comments box, and I'll post answers there as well.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Anyone want to rate or post a review on Lulu?

I've been hearing from some of you who've finished the book: THANK YOU so much! I'm really, really glad you've enjoyed it!

Could I ask you a favor? When you finish the book, could you go to Lulu and rate it and/or review it? Lulu.com, the only place where you can buy Waking Rose just now, has a space for reviews (like Amazon does). They also have stars for rating. I think giving it a rating (up to five stars) is a one-click type of thing. But if you want to scroll down and leave a review in the "Reviews" section, I'd definitely appreciate it! Say what you liked best about the book - but try not to post any spoilers!

Click here to go to the Waking Rose page on Lulu. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Australian Reviews?

I'm on the lookout for someone who would like to review Waking Rose for an Australian publication (Catholic magazine or homeschool journal, etc.). I know that some of you Snow White and Rose Red fans are Aussies: do you have any tips on whom I could send a book to for review? Please let me know! Thanks so much!

Friday, August 24, 2007

More Comments on Waking Rose

I finished Waking Rose late last nite... it's SOOO good!!!!!! I could point out everything I like in the book, but that would make a book in itself. ...All in all, an amazing book to finish up Rose, Blanche, Bear, and Fish's story.

I just finished Waking Rose about two hours ago, and it was so good! It had the perfect blend of romance (I loved all the conversations between Fish and Rose!), adventure, and especially suspense. Rose is such an amazing character, and my favorite, I'm so glad that this entire book was devoted to her and Fish.
... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing your gift of writing!


Hooray! They liked it! Thanks for sending them, ladies! I posted the full versions of their comment here, and there's also a press release about Waking Rose up on the website now. If you want to pass it on to your local diocesan paper or Catholic group or blog, please feel free!

When more people have read it, I think I might take a favorite character poll...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Comments on Waking Rose

Comments from Delaney, which I edited to omit spoilers for those of you who haven't finished it (thanks Delaney!):

Okey dokey, just finished it. I really really really liked it.

I was very pleased with the romance between Fish & Rose. It was so clean and sweet. I love good old-fashioned romance like that. :P

What was a bit too much for me was the darkness of the book. Despite the heaviness/darkness, it was very spiritually powerful. Fish being willing to die if it was God's will was especially moving. It's so hard to throw oneself completely into God's arms to fulfill His plan.

I LOVED the Cor boys. :D They were just exactly like little boys. "This is a ninja sword." THAT made me laugh!!! They sound a lot like my 3 year old brother. I guess boys don't stop being interested in weapons. ;) I especially enjoyed the dorm fight scene. :D

I asked this in an email, but I never got a reply because of Yahoo, I'm guessing, so I'm wondering: Is Rose slightly based off of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, or is it a coincidence that they remind me of each other? I apologize for asking again if you replied to my email and I never got it. *blushes*

Well done, Regina! Thank you so much for writing these books and putting so much hard work into them. I'm sending you here a ginormous e-hug. ;)

In Christ,
Delaney

Regina responds:

So GLAD you liked it! Sorry I had to cut out part of your explanation in this post, but I enjoyed reading it. I know what you means about Agatha Christie (the part I had to cut out): she leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. A bit too much delight in horror and not enough morality. Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers are better at both. I am glad you feel that the darkness seemed to have a point in the end. I've been saying lately, "My heroes fight real dragons." And some dragons are very dark indeed. But they can still be overcome.

About Rose being influenced by Anne of Green Gables: of course, both girls are creative red-haired talkative heroines with short tempers! And as L.M. Montgomery's book is a true classic, I'd have to admit some influence, since of course I have read it. But it wasn't done deliberately, and I tried hard to make Rose different from Anne in some ways, since I knew there would be comparisons.

Rose is not quite as short-tempered as Anne Shirley. And her character growth is different: in many ways Anne has to learn to leave behind the imaginary fantasy she loves for real life and ordinary things. But Rose's special gift is to see the juxtaposition of the fantastic with real life and in ordinary things. Unlike Anne, she doesn't learn to "get her head out of the clouds." In some ways, by affirming that parts of our heads SHOULD be in the clouds, she's sort of the anti-Anne.

But I didn't (and don't) feel strongly enough that the themes of Anne of Green Gables need special rebuking to make a big deal out of the differences between Anne and Rose. In the end, both themes are valid, of course. I hope this makes some sense.

Thanks again for your feedback!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Waking Rose and Shadow of the Bear in Hardcover!


Happy Feast of the Assumption!

Just wanted to announce the official release of Waking Rose in hardcover. It's available only on Lulu.com, for $35.00. (Whew! Self-published hardcovers are pricey!)
And I'll make an official announcement of the first release of The Shadow of the Bear in hardcover.
As you afficianados might recall, Shadow was the new softcover title of the Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale. So this is the first time there's ever been a hardcover of The Shadow of the Bear. New typesetting, and a lot of errors from the softcover are now fixed, which we are very happy about.

As for Black as Night, I'm still waiting on a license (for Claire Hamill's song, You Take My Breath Away) before I can release it. But hopefully it'll be here within the month.

The hardcovers take a LONG time to print, so be forewarned! But they're nice, classy editions for the diehard fan, and I hope you enjoy them!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

About the Hardbacks....

Allison just sent me this email, and I thought I'd post it, since I'm sure others have the same questions:

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 4:40 PM
To: regina@reginadoman.com
Subject: hardbacks

Dear Mrs. Doman,
I was wondering if Waking Rose is available in hardback. If it is, is it possible for me to buy all three books in the Snow White and Rose Red Trilogy as a set in hardbacks? I really enjoy your books. Thanks!
Allison

Hi Allison,
The hardback for Waking Rose should be available on August 15th. I have a few more tweaks to make to the hardback cover of Shadow of the Bear, but that's available right now.

As for Black as Night, there will be a hardcover and a softcover. Unfortunately, neither is available just now, because I'm still waiting on a license I need before publication. As soon as I get it, I will make both editions available. So say a prayer the license comes through soon, and I'd suggest checking in on August 15th. With luck, the entire trilogy in both editions will be available by then so you can order them all at once.

So glad you like the books!
Peace and good
Regina

Errors in Shadow of the Bear: Missing emails!

I just had a frustrating experience. Someone sent me an email yesterday labeled "Errors in the Shadow of the Bear." It got caught in my Norton AntiSpam folder. Naturally I was anxious to read it: I've posted on the website before asking people to send me any typos in the book, and after all, we just republished The Shadow of the Bear. So I clicked on the email and choose the option "This is Not Spam." And Norton Anti Spam promptly sent it ... into oblivion. Aaah! I checked all over and could find no sign of it. There was another email with the subject "Waking Rose" that vanished at the same time. So I wanted to let whoever it was who sent those emails know ... somehow ... that I never read them. Please, if you sent the email, please re-send it.
PS: Anne Marie, MaryKath, and Monique - I DID get your emails, as you probably know. But if you sent me an additional one I never responded to, chances are I deleted it...! :(

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Waking Rose: It's Here!

Just for those of you who check this site early, I wanted to let you know that we are releasing Waking Rose five days early. So yes, it's true, you can buy it right now, at last! Just click here to go to Lulu.com, or go to Lulu and search for "Waking Rose."

The book is $20.00, plus shipping. Since it's print-on-demand, Lulu will print you a copy (can take from 3-5 days) after you order it. Then they'll ship it (media mail takes about a week but is only $2.96, UPS ground is 6.46... they have quite a few options). So, just know it will take at least a week to get it!

(BTW right now this book is ONLY available on Lulu. It's not going to be available in Catholic bookstores or any bookstores in the foreseeable future. If you're a bookstore interested in ordering it, email me at regina@reginadoman.com and I'll try to work something out.)

Please let me know what you think of it when you read it. I hope you like it! For myself, I'm very happy with it, and so pleased to at last, at last see it in print.

PS: Spread the word! I will be sending out an email announcement to everyone on my list, but just in case, let folks know it's finally out there!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Back from the Conference....



We're back from the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, and I want to thank everyone for their prayers. The conference was really something: I don't think I've ever been a a Catholic conference that was so well-organized and so well-run. I was really, really impressed.


My first talk was to the high school and junior high groups, on "Evangelizing the Imagination." The high school teens surprised me by doing a skit based on scenes from The Shadow of the Bear and Black As Night. First they performed the opening scene where Bear first visits the Briers. Then they recreated the friar's trashcan race from Black as Night. It was wonderful!





On Sunday I spoke to the adults on suffering. This was the first time I shared my son Joshua's story in public. I admit I broke down and cried several times during the talk, but I did manage to get through it. From what I understand, the talk on Joshua was recorded by St. Joseph's Communications. As soon as they have it available, I'll put up a link. I am secretly hoping they recorded my teen talks as well, but I don't know if they did. Will find out.

And we were able to sell the new editions of the first two books plus a special preview edition of Waking Rose to conference participants. Thanks to all of you who visited my table: it was good to see you! And for those of you who might be coming here for the first time as a result of meeting me at the conference: welcome!

I know it's probably making some of you frantic that there were copies of Waking Rose available yet you couldn't be there to buy them.... the good news is that we are definitely making the August 15th publication deadline, and if I can get the book up there any earlier, I will! I promise to send one of my (rare) bulk emails as soon as the book is available on Lulu.

Thanks again for checking in!

Monday, July 30, 2007

The End of a Tale, A Change of Name...

Fans of my old www.snowwhiteandrosered.com site might have noticed that we've changed the domain to www.FairyTaleNovels.com. Why?

The reason is that, with the publication of Waking Rose, I've pretty much (sigh) concluded the stories of Blanche, Rose, Bear, and Fish which came out of the original book, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale. And as some of you know, I have a fourth book, The Midnight Dancers, which deals with another fairy tale and a new set of characters. (You'll understand more after you've read Waking Rose.)

So, even though I won't be writing any more Snow White and Rose Red stories (in the foreseeable future), I definitely have at least three, if not more, novels based on fairy tales that I'd like to publish. Two of them are already written, so in anticipation of publishing these other books (we hope to have The Midnight Dancers in your hands by Summer 2008), we've decided to change our domain name to www.fairytalenovels.com. We still own www.snowwhiteandrosered.com, and it will take you to the same site. But I'm trying to make the adjustment, after about ten years on the web, to writing and referring to www.fairytalenovels.com. I'm sure it will sink in eventually...!

The Notebook is Now a Blog!

Well, as you have probably noticed, we're transitioning over to a new website at www.fairytalenovels.com, and by readers' requests, I made my little notepad containting my updates into a blog, so you can comment, ask questions, and connect with other readers if you like.

Right now I am getting ready for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, August 3-5 in Wichita, Kansas, where I will be speaking. I'll also be bringing along (hopefully!) a special preview edition of Waking Rose. Hope to see some of you there!

When I get back, I'll be preparing to officially release Waking Rose.

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BTW, I've been so busy I haven't had time to announce that the Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Shadow of the Bear is available on Lulu.com. You can order it in paperback for $17.00 or hardback for $25.

Black as Night should be available soon, in softcover for $18.00. You will also be able to order it in hardcover ($28.00) for the first time. I confess I edited this edition down: during the final editing stretch of Black as Night, I added a lot of content that, when I reread the book, seemed wordy and rambling and sometimes (gasp!) preachy. So this is a slimmer, trimmer edition that hopefully reads better. Joan Coppa Drennen, who drew the chapter headers for the original Snow White and Rose Red, created new chapter heads for this edition of Black as Night. I love how they turned out.

The Lulu editions are bigger than I would have wanted: a 6x9 size is all that was available for a cost-effective price, so the books are larger than the Bethlehem editions. I'm considering doing the next size down, which would make it a pocket-sized book, but still about the same price, just because a smaller book might look nicer. But whatever the size, hopefully the new editions will read just as well, and I hope you will enjoy them.

While Lulu has optional Amazon distribution, I choose not to do this at this time, and bookstore distribution is an iffy prospect. However, I am talking to Sophia Institute Press about taking over the series for me. But they warned me at the outset that it might be quite a long time before they could publish the books. That being the case, I decided to self-publish the trilogy as a set this summer because I knew that you all would not want to wait another year to find out what happens to Fish and Rose! And since Sophia Press won't be doing hardcovers, you can always buy the hardcovers from me, if you want them.

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And for those of you who've asked, Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book One will be available in September. Stay tuned!