Monday, July 12, 2010

Regina speaking at Catholic Writer's Conference at Valley Forge in August!

Catholic Writers to Hold Conference in Valley Forge, PA
Press Release: please re-post and pass this on!

The second annual Catholic Writers’ Conference LIVE will be held August 4-6, 2010, at the Scanticon Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. Sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild and the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN), and held in conjunction with CMN’s annual retailer trade show, the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE provides Catholic authors with a prime opportunity to meet and share their faith with editors, publishers, fellow writers, and bookstore owners from across the globe.

This year's conference will feature presentations on such topics as market tips and time management for busy writers, poetry, creating evil characters, working with an editor, creating winning proposals, journaling and much more.

Speakers include Catholic publishing representatives Claudia Volkman - General Manager of Circle Press, Regina Doman - acquisitions editor for Sophia Institute Press, and Tom Wehner - Managing Editor of the National Catholic Register, all of whom will also hear pitches from writers.

Among the other speakers are Mark Shea (Mary, Mother of the Son), Michelle Buckman (My Beautiful Disaster), Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (Mother Teresa and Me), Susie Lloyd (Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water), and Publicist Lisa Wheeler from the Maximus Group.

Regina Doman (author of Alex O'Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves) will speak on "How to Create Evil Characters if You're a Good Catholic," "Working with an Editor," and will be participating in the Fiction Writing and Publisher Panels.

Additionally, the Catholic Writers Guild will present its first-ever achievement award for excellence in Catholic Arts and Letters to Rick Hinshaw, editor of the Long Island Catholic.

“Attending this conference has been the best thing I have done for myself professionally,” Carol Bannon, author of the children’s book Handshake from Heaven, said of the 2009 conference. Her fellow writer Melanie Cameron agreed, saying she left the last conference re-energized. “I recommend [this] conference as a resource for any author (or wannabe) at any stage. You will walk away empowered!”

The Catholic Writers Guild, a religious non-profit organization, sponsors both this live conference in August and an online conference in February to further its mission of promoting Catholic literature. “Our conferences are totally focused on encouraging faithful Catholics to share genuine Catholic culture and faith in their writing no matter what genre,” says CWG President Ann Margaret Lewis. “These events are integral to our mission of ‘creating a rebirth of Catholic arts and letters.”

To register go to

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Alex O`Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves!

Alex O'Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves - a fairy tale retold by Regina Doman
Remember this guy?  He was first introduced in Waking Rose, but even first-time readers will quickly warm up to the sword-wielding Alex O'Donnell and his adventures with his nearly technophobic girlfriend Kateri Kovach, and yes, forty cyberthieves in this high tech thriller. 

Alex returns from college to find that his dad, a hacker-turned-software programmer, has developed the Mouse Catcher; tracking software with a cute Super-Cat interface.

But more ominously, his dad has discovered a mysterious website which leads to sudden wealth. But at what cost? Read the Prologue to find out more.

Samurai Security Cat  
Mouse Catcher
Other computerized cats are featured in the book, including the most unusual override computer protection program ever invented: an animated samurai security cat who prevents other people from using the internet until they have defeated him in a virtual swordfight.
Kateri Kovach 
Practical, hard-working Kateri Kovach is suspicious of all this high-tech hoopla and tries desperately to keep the O`Donnell family running smoothly, mainly by cleaning up after them. One of her biggest worries is finding a job and figuring out how to break up with Alex. Yet, she finds herself evermore immersed in the O'Donnell family activities - playing video games with Alex and his younger brothers Sam and David, caring for their mother suffering from MS, and battling the samurai security cat. Mayhem, martial arts, and murder ensue even as Alex pursues marriage with Kateri who wonders why she's letting herself be a part of the madness. But in the end, it might just be the anti-technological Kateri who saves the day... 
Curiosity Killed the Cat... Open Sesame



To coincide with the release of Alex, we're having our first Fairy Tale Novel Online Contest to find out: who's the biggest fan of the Fairy Tale Novels?  If you think you're it, prove it by entering this contest! Get points by posting reviews, wearing fan t-shirts, getting your school or library to buy the books, and any other creative ideas you can come up with! Win prizes including a hardcover edition of Alex and lots more!  The contest takes place through August 31st.  Enroll and see the progress of the other competitors by clicking here. Hope you have fun!

My Cup of Tea...

I had the chance to do a new kind of event my friends had dreamed up: a Fairy Tale Novel Tea Party! It was my friend Theresa's idea: she said to me, come to my house, bring your books, and I'll invite my friends to meet for tea and cake and we'll chat and have fun! We held the first ever FTN Tea Party at her house in Alexandria, VA, this past March, and we all enjoyed ourselves so much that we did another one at the Findley's house in Williamsburg, VA two months later!

So I've decided that, if you live within a couple hours driving distance of me (I live in northwest Virginia), let me know if you'd like to host a Tea Party of your own.  Hostesses can earn free copies of the Fairy Tale Novels or other thank-you gifts.  And if you see that I'm speaking at another event in your area, email me if you'd like to host a tea party of your own around the same time.

Fairy Tale Novel Fan Gathering (aka ReginaCon) - in Minnesota?

In June we held what some are calling ReginaCon 2010, but which I still prefer to call the Fairy Tale Novel Fan Gathering at our house (the Black Cat Inn) and on our property (Shirefeld) near Front Royal, Virginia. 

This year Elizabeth Hausladen took over the organization and brought our activities to a whole new level of creativity!  This year we had:
We met new friends, were reunited with old ones, and had a wonderful time!  Thanks to all of you who joined us, and to the parents who worked to make this event happen!

Fairy Tale Gathering 2011?
We're hoping to do the Fairy Tale Novel Fan Gathering 2011 in Minnesota, possibly in early June.
Right now we're searching in earnest for a family or group willing to host us for the weekend.

Got any ideas?

Email us now and let us know!

Thanks so much!

Summer Events & Recent Conferences and Talks

April 16 & 17, 2010 - I gave two talks at the Mad Anthony Writers' Conference in Hamilton, Ohio (near Cincinnati) on "Decoding Fiction Submission Guidelines" and "Writing Evil Characters." It was great to meet Ohio writers!

 May 21 & 22, 2010 - I and my husband, Andrew, spoke at the Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference in Dayton, Ohio about imagination, suffering, men & women, marriage, and fatherhood. We also SOLD OUT of 40 preview editions of Alex O'Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves
Talks from this conference are available for FREE DOWNLOAD by clicking here.

Summer Events
Eastern Pan Handle Homeschool Conference in Shepherdstown, WV has been POSTPONED until March 2011.


WHAT: CMN & Catholic Writers Conference

WHEN: August 3-6, 2010

WHERE: Valley Forge, PA

WHY: I will participating in these events and will be available to sell and sign her books.


WHAT: Chesterton Conference

WHEN: August 5-7, 2010

WHERE: Mt. St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD

WHY: I will be speaking about The Evangelization of the Imagination on Saturday morning, August 7.

WHAT: Midwest Catholic Family Conference

WHEN: August 6-8, 2010

WHERE: Wichita, KS. Century II Convention Center

WHY: To get your copy of the official released edition of Alex O'Donnell and the 40 CyberThieves!
The Jeff & Jo Hauge Family will be managing a vendor table for the Fairy Tale Novels.