Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

Harangued by a distrustful elder and under suspicion by the police, Angie must fight to clear her good name

Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Tigers
Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!)
by
Mary K Savarese
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
Angie
Pantera thought she had the perfect life: a loving, devoted husband
of twenty-five years, two wonderful, grown children, and an impending
wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family.
 
But
the celebration is ruined by a cheating husband, and Angie’s life
devolves into a living nightmare—until serendipity brings her to
Birdsong, Maine, as recreation director at the Home of the Little
Flower. 
A
church-run nursing home that is slowly wasting away with its
nonagenarian inhabitants, the Home could use a miracle . . . or maybe
a facsimile of one. A bit of creative advertising prompts Angie to
buy a bouquet of “magical” dandelions, and in a flash of
inspiration, she knows exactly how to bring light to these dark days.
After all, no one is ever too old for wishes.
But
then people start dying, and the only thing they have in common is
Angie. Harangued by a distrustful elder and under suspicion by the
police, Angie must fight to clear her good name as she seeks out the
truth: Is this a miracle or murder?
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I
was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, going on to earn a
business degree in accounting from City University, NY. Soon after I
found myself working in insurance and financing and went on to marry
my wonderful husband. We moved to New England. 

 

 

I
have spent thirteen years as a religious education teacher and have
lived and worked in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. For the
past decade, I have served as a Eucharistic minister at my local
Catholic church, bringing the Eucharist to community nursing homes.
After raising a family in CT, my husband and I became Florida
Residents though continue to spend time in CT where I continue in my
ministry

 

 

My debut novel is a
contemporary Spiritual Mystery that transcends three genres: Mystery,
Spirituality, and Romance. I love to write imaginative stories for
all ages! I hope you enjoy this story and look out for more to
follow!

 

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The Origins of Benjamin Hackett and the family secret

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett
by
Gerald M. O’Connor
Genre:
Coming Of Age
 
All
families have secrets. Most go untold…

 

 


In the summer of
‘96, Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the
midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from
under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret
with him; he’s adopted.
At the age of 18, the boy still has
some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious
consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put
to bed a lifetime of lies.
Over the course of five days, they
find themselves caught up in the darker side of Cork. But when they
sweep through the misfits blocking their way and finally discover the
truth of it…now that’s the greatest shock of all.

 

The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett

is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and
courageous voice. Set in Ireland, it’s a timely reminder that the
world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this
emotionally charged story, Gerald M. O’Connor explores conditioned
guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of
its past.

 

 

O’Connor’s
book draws on a time when the Catholic Church in Ireland would
quietly take children from mothers in convents and Magdalene
Laundries and deposit them into new homes, making it nearly
impossible for these kids to find their real parents. Attempts by
children to find their birth parents were often blocked by a dark web
of secrecy and bureaucracy that, in many ways, still continues to
haunt the country today.
Brimming
with unfathomable escapades, a motley crew of characters and a
healthy serving of Irish humor, O’Connor’s book is steeped in
Irish culture told in the inimitable Corkman’s brogue. Set in a
time before the chaos of modern digital culture,
The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett

takes a step back, allowing space for readers to escape and think
about the realities of growing up in a family founded on a lie. In
his stylish debut, O’Connor shows an amazing ability to paint
heartbreak and longing that will keep readers thinking about
The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett

long after they finish the story.
 
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Advance
Praise For
The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett
“‘The
Origins of Benjamin Hackett’ by Gerald O’Connor is a raucous and
riotous coming-of-age story that is brutal, tender and hilarious.”
–
Paul
D. Brazill, author of A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton

“O’Connor
doles out killer dialogue that adds oodles of character to this
hero’s journey. Told with the lilt and panache of Joseph O’Connor
and Dermot Bolger in their novels of the ‘90s, Gerald O’Connor is
the new and improved voice we’ve been waiting for.”
–
Gerard
Brennan, author of Undercover and Wee Rockets

“Visceral
writing that inherits a long Irish tradition. O’Connor’s
narrative contains sharp characterization, and has an assured voice,
while dramatizing conditioned guilt with humor and style.”
–
Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost
Summer and others
“If
you’re expecting the usual coming-of-age tale, you’re in for a
big shock. This is a tale big on heart and one which the author,
Gerald O’Connor, has hied religiously to the advice of Harry Crews
for writers, to ‘leave out the parts readers skip.’ None of those
parts remain in these pages. An auspicious debut!”

–
Les Edgerton, author of The Death of Tarpons, The Bitch, The Genuine,
Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, Bomb and others

 
 
 
GERALD
M. O’CONNOR is a native Corkonian, currently living in Dublin with
his long-term partner, Rosemarie, along with their three children. He
writes character-driven novels of various genres by night and is a
dentist by day. When he isn’t glued to the keyboard, he enjoys
sci-fi films, spending time with his family and being anywhere in
sight of the sea. He is currently working on his second novel, The
Tanist.
 
 
 
 
 
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