Monday, December 31, 2007


Paula Kathleen
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, 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 (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 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 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!