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!