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Annunciation

Available now at Westbow Press: http://goo.gl/oydZQP
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“At the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”

- Mark 10:6-9

In Bucharest during the mid 1990s, a secret radical group, the Piagnoni, prepare a surrogate to assassinate Pope John Paul II. In Florence, Italy, a group of religious students from Detroit have joined an Art Restoration Fellowship at San Marco convent to study and assist in the restoration of frescos by the famous painter Fra Angelico. Two young students in the fellowship, seminarian Finn McNelis and Felician sister Olivia Gianetti, fall in love, testing the commitment they made to their Catholic faith. Meanwhile, their most-liked professor worries about new evidence linking Leonardo da Vinci to the discredited Savaronola, a fanatical fifteenth century friar revered by the Piagnoni. When Pope John Paul ll visits the San Marco convent to view the newly restored Fra Angelico frescos, Finn heroically thwarts the assassination attempt. The Vatican rewards him with an attractive position, forcing him to make life-altering decisions.

“Good novels move, entertain, and teach us something about ourselves and the world. Ron Teachworth’s The Annunciation gives us all that in spades.” - Kimberly Kafka, author

Beyond

Beyond’s young adult short stories cross cultures and take place in settings from North America to Europe. A metaphysical / religious motif binds the collection, and stories are set in times dating back to 1932—when swing dancing in Detroit was the rage—to a recent state science competition in New Mexico. “Play” deals with a girl’s attempt to mitigate her feelings about violence in the home; in “Callanish Stones”, a young boy is found on a remote beach in Scotland, barely alive; “Finding Edith Allen” centers on a young woman in search of her birth mother; and “Mont. St. Michel” tells the story of a child raised by a Bishop in France. The short stories are traditional storytelling with a focus on character, setting, and an event. In “Mind Over Maelstrom” Clare has a gift she keeps secret from birth until a violent storm overcomes her neighborhood; and “Marker at Yellowknife” takes the reader to one of the most remote locations in North America along the shores of the Great Slave Lake. The stories mix male and female protagonists with families and friends, often in school settings, and allow each reader to discover something new.