Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by gifted novelist Antony Barone Kolenc, creator of The Harwood Mysteries series from Loyola Press. While these engaging books are aimed at a middle-school audience, I guarantee that if you love a good story … [Read more...] about The Harwood Mysteries: In Conversation with Antony Barone Kolenc
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by Gorick Ng, author of the new book The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right. Newly available from Harvard Business Review Press, Gorick's Wall Street Journal Bestseller is the perfect … [Read more...] about The Unspoken Rules: In Conversation with Gorick Ng
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D., author of the inspirational new book Model of Faith: Reflecting on the Litany of Saint Joseph. Newly available from Our Sunday Visitor, Dr. DeLorenzo's book is the perfect … [Read more...] about Model of Faith: In Conversation with Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D.
Launching a book at any time is challenging, but doing so during a pandemic can be especially trepidatious. When we released I'm a Saint in the Making in October, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I knew that I was personally in love with this book. With a message that is very close to my heart, … [Read more...] about “I’m a Saint in the Making” Earns “Seal of Approval”
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as I’m joined by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the bestselling new Penguin Press title The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, congratulations on the publication of … [Read more...] about The Daughters of Kobani: In Conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
I have the blessing of seeing lots of new books cross my desk. It's rare that something surprises me as much as the delightful new work God Saw That It Was Good: A Safari Through Salvation History by Brant Law and coming soon from Paraclete Press. Today, I'm happy to share my recent email … [Read more...] about God Saw That It Was Good
I've decided to do something a little different with my reading in 2021 to help me be more intentional. As a gift to myself, I purchased some simple bookplate stickers at a local stationery store. I'm going to carefully choose what books I read and keep this year and really try to share great books … [Read more...] about The Art of Spiritual Writing
As a mother, some of my favorite family traditions and memories revolve around snuggling under the covers with my boys and sharing a beautiful book. This year, I'm delighted to share two recent releases from Sophia Institute Press that fall into my "instant classic" library of children's … [Read more...] about Two New Books That Look Like Christmas Classics
Somehow, we are just days away from the beginning of a new liturgical year! On Sunday, November 29, we celebrate the start of Advent. For many of us who have struggled mightily with challenges in 2020, this season of light and hope hangs before us like a beacon. We desire change not only in dealing … [Read more...] about Ready for Advent? Try “O Radiant Dawn”
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as we’re joined by Robert M. Hamma, author of the newly released book Bless Us, O Lord: A Family Treasury of Mealtime Prayers. LMH Bob, congratulations on the publication of Bless Us, O Lord. Would you please briefly … [Read more...] about Bless Us, O Lord: 3 Minutes with Robert M. Hamma
Today, I continue my ongoing series of conversations with published authors as we're joined by Kari Kampakis, author of the newly released book Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter. LMH Kari, congratulations on the publication of Love Her Well: 10 Ways to … [Read more...] about Love Her Well: 3 Minutes with Kari Kampakis
I'll admit it: I'm hopelessly devoted to planners. After several years of fiddling with my system, I've concocted a melange of both digital and paper tools that serves me well at this stage in my life. But I also love taking a look at new things and considering how advances in planning might help me … [Read more...] about Can You “Plan a Happy Life”?
I should have learned this lesson years ago: be careful when you decide to write a book about living your faith. God will expect you to "walk your talk". My first experience with this came with the writing of my very first book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and … [Read more...] about It’s a Book: Update from the Ball Chair for 09/10/20
Today, I'm delighted to invite you to a fancy red carpet premiere! Go ahead and don your fancy dress or suit. Touch up your lipstick and get your best selfie smile worked out. Here's a virtual box of popcorn and some Red Vines (my theater treat of choice!) But seriously, I'm super psyched to give … [Read more...] about I’m a Saint in the Making: Book Trailer Premiere!
One beneficial side effect of our sequestration during the pandemic is the fact that I've found more time to read each day. I've been working my way through a few novels with my parents during our daily read-aloud time on Alexa. At the moment, we're mid-way through Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry … [Read more...] about Your Gifts Matter: Five Loaves and Two Fish
As we flip the calendar to May, many of us are thinking about how we normally celebrate Mother's Day and how this year will be different. The normal masses, brunches, and backyard gatherings will be replaced by zoom calls and facetime chats. To help you celebrate the special women in your life, … [Read more...] about Give Your Loved Ones a “Virtual Gathering Gift” this Mother’s Day!