7QT: Nameless Friends in Heaven, and is this really 14QT?

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Who’s who in Catholic blogging?  Find out with 7QT, hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Conversion Diary.

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One year ago today, perhaps at this very hour, I was in the shower, aka “The Chapel of St. Splashy,” praying over my 2012 National Novel Writing Month project.  I wanted to write a novel about St. Catherine of Alexandria.  Now part of her story is that Emperor Maxentius tried pressuring her to turn from her faith by murdering other Christians.  “If you don’t marry me, your divine emperor, then these people will die.  You don’t want them to die, do you?”  That sort of thing.  In preparing to write that novel, on All Saints Day no less, I realized for the first time that all those people Maxentius killed in trying to “woo” an Egyptian princess named Aikaterina… they all had names.  Their names have been lost to our world because of one obsessed murderer, but that doesn’t change the fact that those philosophers and soldiers and other random Christians had names and families and lives… that they all surrendered because they had faith, hope and love in Christ.

Wow.

So last year’s All Saints Day was a real celebration in my heart, perhaps for the first time.  I celebrated all those who found out there was a heaven worth dying for because of one smart, pretty, obstinately faithful teenage girl.  I dedicated that novel, not to her, but to all those nameless Saints I consciously celebrated for the first time on November 1, 2012.  Then I got to work.  Thirty days later, I got one of these:

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That novel is under consideration now at one of the larger Catholic publishers (meaning they liked my proposal enough to ask for the full manuscript, for those of you who don’t speak “writer”).  If you have a moment, please send up a prayer that Catherine, Princess of Alexandria finds an audience there.  Also, with me, thank those unnamed heavenly friends for their intercession as I sought and still seek to share the story of their friend and ours, that Egyptian princess.

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Another note on those nameless saints:  when I got my contract with Full Quiver Publishing for Don’t You Forget About Me, I was floored to see that the projected release date would be All Saints Day 2013.  I really felt like Catherine’s unnamed accomplices, if you will, had sent me a thank you note.  Whether their story gets told in a public forum by me or not didn’t even matter to them.  I am humbled and honored by their kindness on my behalf at the foot of God’s throne.

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So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, today is the official release of Don’t You Forget About Me.  If you don’t have a copy yet, please head over to my Amazon page to order one.  If you already have a copy, please post a review.

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We’ll be having a Kindle giveaway in the coming weeks, and the more reviews a book has, the more help a giveaway is to me, your humble author.

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Oh, in the meantime in between time, don’t forget the DYFAM Goodreads giveaway.  Enter by November 15 for a chance to win a hard copy.  Already have a copy?  A review on Goodreads would be helpful as well.  Thanks!

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I’m in the middle of my “virtual book tour.”  It’s really called a “blog tour” these days, but I find the latter less poetic, don’t you?  Thanks to FranciscanMom.com, and Lisa Delay for hosting me so far.  Next week I’ll be visiting Green4God, JoyofNine9, 8KidsandaBusiness, and SnoringScholar.com.

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But TODAY, my friends, I’ll be over at my publisher’s blog providing her with 7 Quick Takes, interview style.  Head on over there a little later today and find out the answers to all the burning questions you’ve wanted to know about little old moi.

That’s it!  Happy All Saints Day!  Remember, it’s a solemnity, so join me in spirit as we head out to a steakhouse… on a Friday!

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