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OUT SOON: The Jeweler’s Polish by Marie Ann Dean of Iowa

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Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 2

cover the jewelers polish-page-001Below is another early review of the Catholic historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish, written by the American writer, poet, teacher, homeschooler Marie Ann Dean. The Jeweler’s Polish is scheduled to be released in paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life Press within the next few weeks.

Malta is a fascinating yet somewhat mysterious island nation,  known throughout history as the home of the famous, but somehow also mysterious, Knights. In The Jeweler’s Polish, accomplished author Marie Ann Dean brings us on one fascinating woman’s voyage of self-discovery to Malta. Dean adroitly weaves together the tale of that woman’s journey with events in the lives of historical figures connected with the Knights, in Malta and elsewhere. As her prose portrays transformations in her characters, the reader is also brought to contemplate profound, yet very simple, truths. You will enjoy The Jeweler’s Polish.

Monsignor Richard Soseman, J.C.L.,
Official of the Congregation for the Clergy
Vatican City State

 

Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 2

Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 1

cover the jewelers polish-page-001Below is an early review of the Catholic historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish, written by the American writer, poet, teacher, homeschooler Marie Ann Dean. The Jeweler’s Polish is scheduled to be released in paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life Press within the next few weeks.

The Jeweler’s Polish interweaves the stories of two young women. One is the gifted history graduate, the Englishwoman Emerald Rohan Grady. The other is Grady’s ancestor, Emerald Esther Maria de Rohan, a Maltese noblewoman caught up in the turbulent revolutionary movements of the late 18th century. Grady, unable to find motivation after graduating with high honors, travels to Malta to use her academic skills to find out as much as she can about the career of her namesake, the niece of the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, the kindly but corrupt Emmanuel de Rohan.

As the plot unfolds, the destinies of the two Emeralds, and of their associates, become increasingly intertwined on an island where families and their histories are intricately entangled. Marie Ann Dean’s familiarity with the isle of Malta, and her literary skills, are put to good use in constructing a near-gothic narrative that includes knightly orders, Masons, Illuminati, conspiracies, curses, mysterious jewels, apparitions of spirits in Purgatory, poisoners, gender dysphoria, the evil eye and incest. These plot devices are combined with an intriguing apocalyptic storyline involving the identity of the Antichrist and the timing of the Second Coming. The result is a highly entertaining read, reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code (which is cleverly referenced in the story), but of higher literary quality—and more complex.  Continue reading “Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 1”

Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 1

Preview video of The Jeweler’s Polish

Preview video of The Jeweler’s Polish

NEWS: Hope and Life Press presents Marie Ann Dean

Marie Ann DeanHope and Life Press are proud to present Marie Ann Dean, another of our latest authors, with The Jeweller’s Polish, a Catholic historical fiction novel and the first fiction book to be published by our press. The Jeweller’s Polish will be released in paperback and ebook editions in early 2016.

Marie Ann Dean is an American writer and poet with a particular interest in Catholic contemplative spiritualities in the Latin Rite tradition. A teacher by profession and former Montessori homeschooler, Dean helped set up various classical education schools and Montessori homeschools across the United States (US). She also lectured on English Literature at the University of Notre Dame (US), and on both Theology and Literature at Bristol University, United Kingdom (UK). As a practicing Catholic and pastoral counselor, Dean was lecturer to diocesan teachers in the US and Canada, also teaching catechesis and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes as RCIA director. She was additionally a lay chaplain with the Westminster Diocese, United Kingdom (UK).

Dean has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy/Theology from Marycrest College, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She was also Downside Scholar Fellow in Theology at Bristol University. Dean holds a Master Teacher’s Certificate from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), and Kaplan instructor certification. An international Catholic blogger since 2007, Dean writes regularly on matters of the Catholic faith and spirituality at Etheldreda‘s Place and The Courtyard. She is also twice winner and Grand Prize-winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest with her poems. Dean enjoys painting in watercolors, acrylics, and oils.

NEWS: Hope and Life Press presents Marie Ann Dean

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Hadel S. Ma’ayeh

Hadel S. Ma'ayeh
Hadel S. Ma’ayeh

Below is an interview we just had with one of our female authors, the Jordanian-American poet and Huffington Post Passionista Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. Ma’ayeh is the author of From the Heart: A Journey of Love (2014, Hope & Life Press), a book of poems, haikus, and sayings available in paperback and ebook editions from major booksellers worldwide and directly from ourselves at Hope and Life Press.

Q: Hadel, when did you first start writing?

I started to write poems at the age of nine. I was reading assorted works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Khalil Gibran, David Frost and many more. I was intrigued so much by their emotional effects and descriptive words that it influenced me to write my own poems. I have been writing ever since.

Q: What is the story behind your book From the Heart: A Journey of Love?

In all honesty, this book of poems and haikus is a collection from my journals for 20+ years. I am inspired by my surroundings as well as my family and friends. I jot down in my journal a particular event or moment in life that emotionally touched my heart and soul, whether happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, or humor.

Q: What motivated you to become an author?

I was lucky enough to receive encouragement by family and friends, and by visitors online. I shared my personal poems online for the love of poetry and writing in general, and the outpouring of positive words pushed me more to become an author, but mainly a writer/poet.

Q: What is the greatest joy for you in writing?

If I could inspire even one person to affect their lives in some way or another, then I accomplished my goal in writing my poems. This, in return, gives me enjoyment to continue to write poems and other assorted works.

Q: Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? What was it like for you?

My first poems Life and Souls were published in the local paper after having been submitted by my then high-school English teacher, Richard McNally (God rest his soul). That was the backbone of my motivation and encouragement to write poems. It was an amazing feeling and a positive support that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Q: Where did you grow up? How did that influence your writing?

I was fortunate to be raised in Madaba, Jordan until the age of four, then again at the age of six. Most of my childhood and adult life, I was raised, educated, and worked in the United States. Of course, having both cultures influenced my writing to a great degree. I am capable of expressing my memories through my senses from a particular moment in life that might have been dramatic, such as wars or celebrations.

Q: How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

My first love in life is dancing so I continue to dance, to keep myself motivated and fit. I also enjoy reading books, fiction and non-fiction. I must confess that I am a Sci-Fi geek, so the weekends are for catching up on my favorite Sci-Fi shows and/or movies.

Q: What do you read for pleasure?

Similar to my musical taste, I have an eclectic taste in books. I enjoy reading mysteries, thrillers, and supernatural as far as fiction books. Non-fiction, I like to read biographies, historical events, religion, politics, and poetry.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

To travel more and see more places for inspiration through cultures and wonderful, diverse group of people.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Hadel S. Ma’ayeh

Sacred Relics of the Church book to be released later this year

We are pleased to announce that the full color, illustrated book on Sacred Relics of the Church by our world-renowned iconography author Fr. Richard Cannuli, O.S.A., and co-author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, is going to be released by Hope & Life Press later this year. Here is a brief preview of some of the relics that will be featured.

Sacred Relics of the Church book to be released later this year

Hadel Ma’ayeh interviewed by Arab Women Magazine

FROMTHEHEARTEarlier this month, our Jordanian-American poetry author Hadel Ma’ayeh was also interviewed and featured in Arab Women Magazine. Titled Hadel S. Ma’ayeh – A Woman of Many Talents, please click of the aforementioned link to read Hadel’s interview.

Hadel Ma’ayeh interviewed by Arab Women Magazine

Hadel S. Ma’ayeh featured in Chicago’s Mundelein Review

Hadel GOODHadel S. Ma’ayeh, our Huffington Post Passionista and Jordanian-American author of the book of poetry, haikus and sayings From the Heart – A Journey of Love, has been featured in the Mundelein ReviewFrom the Heart made Amazon’s list of Hot Releases in Middle Eastern Literature. It was released in paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life in October 2014.

Hadel S. Ma’ayeh featured in Chicago’s Mundelein Review