The CONCILIAR SERIES will consist of six connected but stand-alone stories. The themes of the ‘Goddess’, neo-paganism, the occult and Gnosticism are threads running through the stories. The Second Vatican Council and the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s (1965-1975) form the background to the series. The Second book, FEELINGS DIE NOT IN SILENCE was released September 2021. DESCENT INTO HADES: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, book 3 in the series, is due for release 27 September 2021, COUNTERCULTURE DREAMS, book 4 (tentative title), is due April 2022.
DUE JULY 2021
It is January 1957. Without warning, Virginia Pearson breaks her engagement to academic Philip Stevenson to enter the convent of the Suffering Saviour. She says she has an irresistible calling. Philip is devastated. Though living up to the responsibilities of his academic position, he slides into depression, too much drink, and a series of short-term relationships.
Virginia makes friends with the beautiful self-effacing Aine O’Riordan who enters the convent at the same time. Strange inexplicable happenings torment the sensitive and withdrawn Aine. Virginia tries to comfort her, but Aine’s anxiety forces her out of the convent. She leaves Virginia behind to deal with an atmosphere of foreboding that seems to infect the life of the convent. (Descent into Hades: A Spiritual Journey, Book 3 of the Conciliar series relates what happens to Aine.)
Virginia, now Sister Agnes, is suspicious of fellow postulant Margaret McGuigan, now Sister Catherine, and her manipulative ways. She wonders about her role in the communal infection. Agnes barely suppresses her suspicion and antagonism toward Catherine through their religious training to their university course in 1962.
But the privilege of attending university brings fresh problems for Sister Agnes. Philosophy lecturer Phil Stevenson leads her tutorial group. It does not take long for them to realize their relationship has not ended, despite Agnes’s supreme efforts to keep Philip at bay.
The dark events in the convent, the leftist bullying on campus, the conflict with furtive, manipulative Sister Catherine, and her love for Philip have her rushing toward a crisis in which she acts out of character.
FEELINGS DIE NOT IN SILENCE is Book 2 of the Conciliar Series.
The themes of the ‘Goddess’, neo-paganism, the occult and Gnosticism are a thread through the story. The Second Vatican Council and the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s (1965-1975) are the background to the Conciliar series.
Series title: The Conciliar Series.
I have spent the last six months revising and reassessing my writing activities. That included examining covers (replacing them if required), writing, text formatting, and the outlets I use for my books. It has been a gruelling process revising the text of published titles and writing the two new titles, TIMES OF DISTRESS and EDITING CONSTANCY (which has just received its first 5-star rating on Amazon). One can view the new covers on my books page.
Until now I have relied on Amazon to sell and distribute my books – a period on an exclusive basis. I have now decided to go ‘wide’, that is, distribute my books through a select group of online retailers and bookshops. In addition to Amazon, my books will be uploaded to Kobo, and D2D. With these online platforms my books will be available through associated outlets around the world. They include the Dutch online retailer bol.com. In Australia, my books are available through Angus & Robinsons, Bookworld and Booktopia.
My fiction writing, which is my focus, fits into two genres. First, there are my ‘Catholic’ novels, in the style of Evelyn Waugh, Grahame Greene, and Morris West. I deal with similar issues as these Catholic writers. (See The Catholic Novel page.)
I am presently rewriting and reorganizing my first two Catholic novels to add to a new series of six titles. The first title in the new CONCILIAR series, TIMES OF DISTRESS was released on 31 October 2020, in paperback and ebook formats. The second book in the series FEELINGS DIE NOT IN SILENCE is due for release July 2021.
Second, I plan a series of titles in the romance genre under the pen name AINSLEY WILSON. This is to distinguish my romance titles from my books in the Catholic novel genre.
Love relationships are a way of exploring the human person. I like Jane Austen’s stories because of the satire and social commentary she weaves through her entertaining romantic stories with their engaging tensions. EDITING CONSTANCY (pub. 2021) is the first in a Jane Austen romance series. A second Jane Austen story is planned for 2022.
TIMES OF DISTRESS: A STORY OF UNSWERVING FAITH AND COMMITMENT, Book 1 in my new Conciliar Series, has been released on Amazon in ebook and paperbook formats. To read a sample click below:
Several years ago, I signed up for the author program on Goodreads. Unfortunately, I could not understand how it worked. It seems I am not the only one. After struggling for some time, and getting nowhere, I deleted my account.
Last week, I came across an FB posting by NYT bestselling author Alessandra Torre offering a webinar for authors on how to use Goodreads effectively. I watched the webinar several times. It was something of an eye-opener. She showed how to make the best of what (on her saying) is a confusing website for authors. So I am now back on Goodreads, confident I can use it, and intending to be more active than the last time.
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Those who continue to look down their noses at ebooks risk being left behind. I admit there is nothing like a bundle of pages sewn or pasted together, encased in a stunning cover. I love leaning back at my desk and staring at my bookshelves choc-a-block with books to the ceiling. But it would a self-defeating indulgence if I let those ethereal feelings hide the real advantages of the ebook.
I now buy many of my books in ebook format which I read on my Kindle device. There are several reasons for this. An ebook reader is very portable compared with a 600-page book; it shelve many books; the books are usually well below the hard copy price, especially with specialist books; and, finally, I can adjust the font size.
This last is a real advantage to me. As I get older I find it increasingly difficult to focus on the print size of many books. Novels are not often a problem, but many books on philosophy, politics and religion (my interests) have smaller than usual font sizes to keep the bulk of the book, and thus the price, down.
Take my advice. Get an ebook reader for ease and savings.
I recently completed an update of TONY ABBOTT AND THE TIMES OF REVOLUTION. I did a bit of polishing and added an index of names. An index of names was an important upgrade. I should perhaps have done that in the beginning. The book also has a new and more attractive cover. The photo is of the entrance to Sydney University where all the action took place.
This year, 2020, has been a big writing year for me. By the time the year closes, I will have completed and posted 4 books on Amazon, smashwords and D2D. That does not mean I have written four books in a year. It means that I have completed four books, one started as far back as five years ago.
I have also come to a decision about where I am heading with my writing. The question was whether I would pursue the route of traditional publishing with all the risk and frustration that incurs. Or would I commit myself to the self-publishing route – no looking back? There are some great youtube channels that explore this option.
One of the best is Joanna Penn’s THE CREATIVE PENN. I have found her videos extremely helpful in making the choice. She has gone the self-publishing route and, on her saying, earns a six-figure income annually. Not that big earnings is what I am looking for. I am looking for a particular readership. There are others like Penn. They function as mini-publishing enterprises.
Another important consideration in making the choice is that my novels are in the genre of the ‘Catholic Novel’. Book agents, who are the gatekeepers of what gets published, are not looking for my sort of book, nor have they shown the slightest bit of interest. The message comes abundantly clear when you read what sort of books they are looking for. So, it’s now the self-publishing route. What that involves I propose looking at in following posts.
You will find Joanna Penn’s website HERE.
I have begun a series of novels that has as its background the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s (1965-1975). The Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council was part of this cultural revolution. The bishops in St Peter’s of Rome (1962-1965) had imbibed from the same cup of radical anti-Catholic, anti-Christian civilization philosophies driving the mob in Paris in 1968.
The location of the stories in the Conciliar Series will mostly be in Holland and Australia. The first book in the series TIMES OF DISTRESS plays out in Holland, Australia, and New Guinea.
I have devoted most of this year to my novel writing (my first love) with interruptions by the Pell Affair and the Amazon Synod. I wrote comments and provided many links to the shocking miscarriage of justice Cardinal Pell suffered. On the quashing of his sentence and release from jail, I gave my full attention to my novel writing, namely to TIMES OF TIMES.
I had reached about 110,000 words with TIMES OF DISTRESS when I saw I was going to make the same mistake as with CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS and IN THIS VALE OF TEARS. If I kept to the plan the book would be too long. As with my other novels, I had two major plot lines. I decided to remove the second plot (33,000 words) which would be the basis of a new book, book 4 in the new CONCILIAR SERIES. It is yet to have a title. I finished the first draft of TIMES OF DISTRESS in early May (87,000 words). It’s now in an advanced stage. I am looking for a publisher.
A second decision was to finish EDITING CONSTANCY. EDITING CONSTANCY had been sitting idly for a couple of years at 45,000 words. I have been working hard and at this point have written 65,000 words with an aim of 80,000. I hope to have the first draft completed in July.