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New Biography of Marie-Antoinette

Mayapple Books  and I are happy to announce the publication of Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars: Her Life, Her Times, Her Legacy, available internationally from Amazon. It is my first non-fiction book. Whenever possible I have let the historical persons speak for themselves out of memoirs and letters. I try not repeat too many of […]

From the Midwest Book Review

According to D. Donovan, the eBook Reviewer for the Midwest Book Review: The Paradise Tree opens in 1887 Ontario, where a clan mourns the death of family patriarch Daniel O’Connor, an Irish immigrant who has lead a tough life peppered with illness, battle and many struggles. Through it all Daniel and his wife have kept […]

A New Look at TRIANON

Author and historian Gareth Russell sinks his teeth into the third edition of Trianon. “Before long, they were driving through the black, golden-tipped gate of the Little Trianon. The carriages were reined in in front of the classical simple, square house, brownish-beige in color, with large, rectangular windows, a flat roof, and welcoming verandas on […]

For Immediate Release

Catholic Writers to Hold Conference in Valley Forge, PA World Wide Web–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 […]

News and Events for Spring and Summer 2010

On May 16, 2010 at 2 pm in Gardiner Social Hall of the Activities Center of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College, PA. I will be giving a talk about being a Catholic novelist in contemporary society. The discussion will be accompanied by a reading and book signing. Coffee will be served. […]

An Interview of Elena Maria Vidal by Catherine Delors

Acclaimed historical novelist Catherine Delors recently interviewed Elena about The Night’s Dark Shade, her research and the joys of self-publishing. Here is the interview: Elena, welcome to Versailles and more! It is an honor to have you here upon the release of your third novel, The Night’s Dark Shade. It takes place during the Albigensian […]

Catholic Writers Conference Online 2010

Registration for the Catholic Writers Conference Online (February 26- March 5), is in full swing! Wherever you are in your literary journey, the online conference is a great way to meet other writers, known and unknown, famous and infamous. There will also be publishers, literary agents and editors present, with pitch sessions in which to […]

Historical Novels Review Online

The Night’s Dark Shade has been reviewed by the Historical Novel Society. To quote: The Night’s Dark Shade explores the passions of the human soul, the danger of heresy and religious fervor, and the heady enchantment of courtly love. In the wake of the untimely deaths of her family and her betrothed, Lady Raphaëlle, Vicomtesse […]

Now on Kindle

The Night’s Dark Shade has been made into an e-book and is available from Amazon’s Kindle. People kept asking me if there was going to be a digital edition; Amazon made it very easy to convert the printed book into an e-book. Apparently a whole library can be kept on one e-reader and taken everywhere. […]

The Faithful Wounded Heart: A Review by Heidi Hess-Saxton

It’s an unfortunate fact that each generation must uncover for itself: Love is a battlefield. Except for those who marry their first love, and early in life, most of us carry on our hearts the scars of broken, often ill-advised, romantic entanglements.  Each friendship leaves its mark; those characterized by authentic Christian charity and fidelity […]

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