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!