Friday, October 14, 2011

Now taking pre-orders from Book 3!!!

The day is close at hand! I've just received this email from Chesterton Press:

Toward the end of September, Chesterton Press, publisher of Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels, obtained the rights to publish the John Paul 2 High series. We are working like crazy to put new covers on the books and release Book 2: Summer of My Dissent by November 1.
All three books are available for PRE-ORDER at
We plan to release Book 4 by Easter 2012. 

So there you have it! Told ya Book III would be out soon! Pre-order now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We're baaack! With now covers and lots of other cool stuff

Man! It's been a long time since we posted anything here, hasn't it? As usual, we have a good excuse, but as usual, we should have just ditched the excuse and posted more, right? Right. Moving on.

Okay, here's what's going on: Book 3 has a title now: "Summer of My Dissent". And it has a cover:

If you're wondering why this book cover looks so different than the previous two book covers...well....the first two books are getting new covers as well! 

And that's not all - we're working on getting E-Book versions of all three books as well - that means you'll be able to get the books on your iPhone or Kindle or whatnot; purchasing right from the iBookstore or Amazon (or whatnot). 

So...when is all this cool stuff going to happen? 

We're working on it. Night and day. Trust me. We're working really hard to get all three books out to you for Christmas. Book I is already done, and the other two are close behind. 

Keep praying for us! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Book 3 rewrite is done (phew)!

Hey guys,

Sorry about the long dearth of posts. I had a good reason for it though (I ALWAYS have good reasons, don't I?) -- I was undertaking a massive rewrite of Book 3. Which is now...phew...complete.

So what happens next? Well, first the editor of the John Paul 2 High team, Regina Doman, will be reviewing the book and doing a final edit. Then she will submit it to the guys at Sophia Institute Press for final approval. Hopefully, I got it done just in time for a summer release.

I will post more once we have any news on a release date (not to mention a title, a sample first chapter, etc....)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Some Tidbits to hold y'all over: Meet Athan Courchraine

I know what you're all thinking: "You said Book 3 was done! So where is it? What's it gonna be called? What's it about? Can we get the first chapter? Or some more feast day stuff? Or SOMETHING?" is done. But we're still working on it! I know you're probably tired of hearing that. Heck, I'm tired of saying it. But it's true. Just be patient a little while longer...darn, I'm tired of saying that too. Oh what the heck, I'll throw you some more stuff your way. You ready?

You're gonna see a lot of new stuff in Book III; more characters, more adventures, more lessons learned. Some mysteries will be solved. Maybe. But new mysteries will arise.
Book III will be from the viewpoints of Allie Weaver and Brian Burke, and you'll learn a lot more about these two. A lot more. Plus, like I said, you'll meet a lot of new brand new characters. Let's just say that the student body of John Paul 2 High is going to get a bit...larger.

So when I can spare time from rewrites, spell checks and editor's meetings, I will attempt to introduce some of the new characters you'll meet. Today we'll focus on a young freshman called Athanasius Courchraine -- or Athan for short.

Athan looks like this:

But this is what he looks like in his own head: 

Athan is an artist. He's Byzantine Catholic. Plus he likes football. And bazookas. 

One thing he doesn't like is St. Francis. We don't agree with him, of course. Apparently he thinks St. Francis is too wimpy. He'd like him better if he looked like this: 

The views of Athan do not reflect the views of the JP2 High team, Sophia Institute Press, or anyone else besides the dancing monkeys inside his own head. 

Athan's best friend is Joey Simonelli: 

And who is Joey? Why, he's the younger brother of Liz Simonelli, whom you've already met. Oh, by the'll learn some more about her too. You've been warned :) 

Learn more about Athan, Joey and a multitude of other things in JP2 High Book III! Coming soon! And not in the biblical sense! 

CREDITS: Drawings by Christian Frank 2.5 (Ryan Corrigan). See more of his stuff here. Photos by Craig Spiering (see his work here). Inane scribbling by me; see more inane scribbling here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Chair Day!

My name is Daryl. 
And I am the Chair of St. Peter. 
I am here because today, February 22nd, is an ancient and mighty feast day in honor
I, the Chair of St. Peter. 
Now I shall recite an epic poem that tells of the heroic deeds 
Oh Great! Oh Glorious Daryl!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy C&M day!

Hi there! I'm Methodius!

Um...and I'm his brother Cyril.

And today is-

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy St. Scholastica day!

Today is the feast of St. Scholastica, and I think we should celebrate it, for three reasons:

  1. She's got the coolest name ever. I mean, you know she was smart if that's what her mom and dad named her.
  2. We don't know much about her, aside from her famous twin brother. She needs a little more love.
  3. Because of this story:
Her brother was accustomed to visit her every year, for "she could not be sated or wearied with the words of grace which flowed from his lips." On his last visit, after a day passed in spiritual converse, the Saint, knowing that her end was near, said, "My brother, leave me not, I pray you, this night, but discourse with me till dawn on the bliss of those who see God in heaven." St. Benedict would not break his rule at the bidding of natural affection; and then the Saint bowed her head on her hands and prayed; and there arose a storm so violent that St. Benedict could not return to his monastery, and they passed the night in heavenly conversation.


I just think it's kind of cool. And I wonder how it played out…

St. Brother, I am at the brink of death. Will you keep me company? 

Sorry. Gonna be late for Vespers. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

More website updates: Memes!

Even more updates to the character webpages! Now each of the students has a little quote about them from the books. More intriguing, though, is this: each character has a meme! Check them out here. These memes were originally written by our very own Ryan Corrigan, the co-author of Book 2, and posted on this very blog last year - so this isn't exactly a new update, but it makes it much easier to find them.
For more of Ryan's...unique...brand of humor, check out here...or here...or especially here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Character Pics! Check them out!

Hey guys, since we're done book 3 we have time to give the website a much-overdue makeover! Lots of new stuff will be added.. but for now, check out the character pages! There's several new pics of each of the students at JP2High, along with some...interesting...commentary by the students themselves! My personal favorite is James.

You can see all the rest here.
Stay tuned for more!

Friday, January 7, 2011

So the Book is done... what now? Well, lots. First of all, this book is awesome. That's what everyone who has read it tells me. However, there's still a lot of post-production work to be done. Editing...cutting...thinking of a cool title (NOT "Protestant for the Summer") and promotion and such. So it looks like y'all have to wait just a little bit longer for the final product. All of this delay is just standard for publishing, by the way. But rest assured that all of us on the team are working as quick as we can to get the book out to you.

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