Tag Archives: Carmela Martino

Additions to Playing by Heart Cover

Because of its many award wins and achievements, we’ve updated the cover of Carmela Martino’s young adult novel, Playing by Heart.  So future orders will have all six seals on the back cover!

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Meet the Author: Carmela Martino

April offers two chances to meet Carmela Martino, the author of the award-winning novel, Playing by Heart!

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Carmela will be presenting her popular Turning Life into Fiction workshop at the Fremont Library in Mundelein, IL on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 7-8:30 pm. The workshop is free but registration is required. See: https://fremont.libnet.info/event/1650785

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At 1:30 pm Saturday, April 27, Carmela will be participating in an author panel at the Wheaton, Il Library Author Fest, a fun event for writers and readers of all ages. Details at http://wheatonlibrary.org/events/2019-04-27-130000-2019-04-27-160000/local-author-fest

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Playing By Heart Earns More Rave Reviews!

Playing by Heart, a young adult historical novel by Carmela Martino, is no stranger to rave reviews. Since its release in September 2017, the book has maintained a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, has received the Catholic Guild’s Seal of Approval, and has won several awards. Now, YA Books Central Review gave the book another thumbs-up with a review that calls it “a pleasure to read.”

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The novel was also reviewed in the February issue of  the Italian Catholic
Federation Bollettino. [Page 7] The reviewer, Vince Piro, said that Martino “[fills] her novel with a page turning plot, relatable and engaging characters, and descriptions of Italy and court life that fill the reader’s imagination.”

Congratulations to Carmela Martino for penning this extraordinary novel!

 

Two Authors Speaking At Upcoming One-Day Conference

Two of our authors, Susan Miura, who wrote Healer, and Carmela Martino, who wrote Playing by Heart, will be speaking at the ACFW Chicago Write-to-Success one-day conference on November 3, and both authors will offer their books for sale afterward.

Susan’s talk will cover how to talk to editors and agents which will include preparing for, conducting, and following-up an in-person pitch while Carmela will share techniques for creating composite characters, researching setting details, and mining memories for story ideas.

For full details, including times and other guest speakers, go to the ACFW Chicago site.

 

We Could Be Sweeping The CALA Awards

For the first time ever, we have three books up for CALA Awards in the only two categories. In case you aren’t familiar with them, the CALA Awards are the Catholic Arts and Letters Awards presented by the Catholic Writers Guild. The winners will be announced on August 1st, and we’re so proud of our authors who are finalists!

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A Summer Reading Offer For Teachers

Summer offer 2018Carmela Martino, author of the award-winning novels, Playing by Heart and Rosa, Sola is offering a FREE ebook copy of either of Rosa, Sola or Playing by Heart to any teachers interested in previewing the books for possible classroom use.

Plus, she will schedule a FREE 20-minute virtual visit (via Skype or Google Hangouts) with any class that reads either book as a result of this offer. Get all the details, and don’t miss out on your chance to bring high-quality fiction to your classroom!