Have I Got A Deal For You!

Hello Blog Reader People!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve graced your inboxes. So, as a token of my remorse, I’m sending you the inside scoop on a great deal on an even greater book.  Believe me.  After this, you won’t even remember that you’re annoyed with me. (I hope.)

Don’t You Forget About Me

by Erin McCole Cupp, author extraordinaire, is on sale through Amazon Kindle until May 1st for –wait for it—

99 measly cents!

People, you can’t even buy a cup of coffee for that anymore!  (Unless you know something you’re not telling me….)



Here’s a little about the book

here

. And, here’s a little about Erin here:

Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mom, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, Parents, The Catholic Standard and Times, and The Philadelphia City Paper, and she is a regular contributor to

CatholicMom.com

. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables.

Her influences include Neal Stephenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Jane Austen.

Her weaknesses include iceberg lettuce, frozen drinks, and anything labeled “Visitor Center.”

Erin is the author of Jane_E, Friendless Orphan:

A Memoir (Broken Wheel Media, 2006), Don’t You Forget About Me (Full Quiver Publishing, 2013), and Working Mother (Full Quiver Publishing, 2013), all available on Amazon.

You can find more about Erin at

erinmccolecupp.com

.

Did I mention that she’s funny too? 

Seriously though, I’ve read the book and I really enjoyed it.  It’s a murder mystery dealing with environmental destruction and infertility with a heroine that’s struggling to get past her past while she’s contemplating a mystery and falling in love all at the same time. 

Just. Go. Buy. The. Book.  You won’t regret it.

Oh, did you know that you don’t have to have a Kindle to read Kindle books?  You can download the Kindle app for your smart phone or for your computer and read your book while you’re pretending to work.  I won’t give you away.  It’ll be our little secret… Shhhh…

Blessings,

Laura

Who Doesn’t Like A Bargain?

There are few things that bring me as much pleasure as a really good deal.  I’m not talking about the “I’ve-got-to-buy-it-because-it’s-on-sale,” kind of deals. Oh no!  I’m talking about the “oh-my-goodness-this-is-the-best-______-I’ve ever seen-AND-it’s on clearance-AND-I have a coupon!” kind of deal.

The “want” or “need” has to come first.  THEN the discounted price pushes it over the edge into “really good deal” land.  In other words, I have high standards for what I call a good deal.

Soooo, when I say something’s a good deal, you can trust me that it really is.

Which brings me to a REALLY GOOD DEAL that you have to hear about.  Author (& friend) Erin McCole-Cupp’s latest novel, Don’t You Forget About Me, is FREE on Amazon Kindle now through June 12th. 

This is a great book at a great price.  I’ve read it. I’ve reviewed it. I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve even interviewed the author!

At this point, the only reason you should still be reading this is because you don’t have a Kindle and are weeping into your keyboard.  Well, dry those tears people!  You can read Kindle books on your computer, your phone, or your tablet.  Just download the app and read away.  (There might be a few more steps involved but it’s really easy.  I promise!)

So, why are you still here?  Go!  Get the book!  You won’t regret it!  Seriously.  Get the book.

Blessings,
Laura

Interview with author Erin McCole Cupp

I’m thrilled again to host author, Erin McCole Cupp here at G4G to talk about her newest book-Don’t You Forget About Me which is free on Kindle through Thursday, November 21st!  Did you hear what I said?  Free, people!  FREE!

P.S. Sorry for the weird white background thing going on.  Don’t know why it’s there and can’t seem to get rid of it.  Oh well.  The content is still amazing. 🙂

Hi Erin!  Thanks so much for joining me here at Green
4 God to discuss your new book, Don’t You Forget About Me.  I have to say, I really enjoyed your
book.  The plot itself was gripping and I
found that I really cared about the characters and what happened to them.  I have to ask, is there any autobiographical
element to it?

Thanks so much for having me, Laura!  Don’t You Forget About Me is completely autobiographical… it’s the autobiography of a
fictional character named Mary Catherine Whelihan!  Oh, you’re asking if I was bullied as a child at a Catholic grade school!  Well, as I said over at
Kathleen Basi’s blog… I certainly had a less-than-pleasant experience myself, but I
also own that I was a less-than-pleasant child. 
We all survive our childhoods, and whether we come out victim or victor
is really up to each of us.    

 Besides sharing a history
of rough peer experiences with my character Cate Whelihan, she also “inherited”
her endometriosis from me.  While she and
I took very different paths to treatment, it was still the same path.  As the saying goes, “Write what you
know.”  Sometimes our whole lives can
serve as research—or at least the jumping off point.   

Speaking of autobiographical information, I
understand that you are a lay Dominican. 
Would you mind explaining what that is and, perhaps, how you became one?

Over a decade ago, a friend invited me to a weekend at a
Dominican retreat house.  At the time, I
didn’t even know what a Dominican is, much less that there are Dominican
laypeople!  On the first night of that
retreat, I remember coming down the staircase of the house, and I saw
emblazoned across a ceiling beam was the Dominican motto, “To Praise, To Bless,
To Preach.”  It was as if something
literally fell into place inside my heart, and I could hear a voice say,
“That’s what you’re supposed to be doing.” 
It took about five more years for me to figure out what Dominican life
would mean and to find a chapter to join. 
The Dominican layperson promises to live a life of
prayer, study, community and apostolate.  Dominicans of all kinds—priests, brothers,
nuns, sisters and laypeople—all participate in some kind of preaching
apostolate.  As a writer, a reader, and a
Catholic, the Dominican life has been a great fit that has really guided my
path deeper into the heart of Jesus.  You
can find more information about Dominican life at
Lay
Dominicans:  Fraternities of St. Dominic
. 

Back to the
book!  I loved all the 80s
references!  What made you use the 1980s
as a backdrop for the history of your characters?

Because I just love big hair?  No, seriously, in Don’t You Forget About Me, the main character, Cate, is facing down
so many of the demons of her childhood. 
Using the 80s songs as titles felt like a fun way to harken the reader back
to the culture of that decade without overburdening the story with
flashbacks.  Another thing the 80s song
titles did for me as a writer was to keep me focused and motivated.  The mood or connotations in my mind that go
along with each title song sometimes guided where the story would go next, what
the characters would feel, or the direction of a space of dialogue.  It was a lot of fun!

 I have to admit that
I learned a lot about endometriosis from your book.  I didn’t realize that there are now better
choices for women who suffer from the disease than there once were.  Why did you choose to bring this issue into
the book?

I like to say that the story itself was born from a
serendipitous collision of scars. I was reconnecting with people from my
childhood just as I was seeking treatment for endometriosis myself.  As someone who came to Catholicism in part
because of its holistic approach to the treatment of women’s health, I felt so
much frustration with how the secular medical establishment just wanted to
cover up my pain and not heal me, when
there
are healing treatments to be found
. 
However, it seems like because those treatments have been found as a
direct result of the Catholic approach to women’s health, the more secular
practices want to turn a blind eye. After all, who wants to be shown up by the
backward, ignorant Catholics, right?  I
realize that I’m venting, so please take that into consideration.  Anyway, if there is a “message” to be found
in Don’t You Forget About Me, perhaps
this is it:  that there’s hope and
healing out there for whatever sickness we have, if we’ll just hang on and keep
looking long enough to find it. 

Finally, I love the
way you integrate your faith into your fiction. 
When you approach a new project, do you decide on the plot and fit in
the faith?  Or, do you think about what
issues you’d like to include and then write the plot to support it? I hope that
question made sense.  Anyway, however you
approach it, you do a lovely job.  I look
forward to reading more of your work!
 

Aw, thank you so much for your kind words!  I always put story first and don’t worry
about the faith.  The longer I write, the
more I’m confident that if I’m writing the story out of a heart aimed toward
God, He’ll season the whole pot with the faith part.  All I have to do is stir it up and
serve! 

Thank you, Laura! 
This was a blast—like, totally rad!

“You’re not writing about those transgender frogs, are you?”

Author Erin McCole Cupp

Today I have the pleasure of hosting author

Erin McCole-Cupp


here at Green 4 God.

Erin is not only a
friend and an inspiring Catholic, she is also  the author of several books
including her newest release-

Don’t You Forget About Me

, which I really,
REALLY enjoyed.

I hope you all buy 5
copies of it and hand it out to people on street corners.

Yes.

It is

that

good.

Take it away
Erin!

“You’re not writing about those transgender frogs, are you?”

I ha

d to laugh out loud when I heard that coming out of my
phone.

I was talking with an old youth
ministry acquaintance who had, in the many intervening years, become an expert
in Catholic women’s health care.

“No,” I said when I’d recovered enough to reply.

“I’m not writing about

the
transgender frogs

.”

I’d called him telling him that I had a novel written and

a publisher

on the hook for it.

The publisher wanted me to double-check my
science and report back, which I was more than happy to do.

So I rang my expert and told him that the
novel was an ecological suspense thriller that dealt with issues of women’s
health and included a Catholic perspective.

That’s when he asked about the frogs.

Nobody knows for sure why so many suburban frogs are coming
up with both male and female gametes.

Some say
it’s because of pesticides

.

Other
say it’s from

hormonal
birth control-based estrogen compounds, erm,

passing

into the water table

.

Still others, like my medical consultant, say that they’re frogs and not
humans, and let’s not sensationalize this, mkay?

It’s a tricky subject, our fertility, whether we think it’s
a disease to be covered up, medicated, or surgically removed; or we consider it
a precious gift under crazed, blind attack from within and without.

In a way, environmental stewardship is a
tricky subject for

exactly the same
reasons

.

Are we to use our human
ingenuity to tame the earth to our services and to hell with the consequences?

Or are we to let it grow wild and free and
leave as few footprints as we can, clutching our chests with guilt any time we
bend a blade of grass the wrong way?

And the answer is… Ha!

You thought I had one, didn’t you?

Silly, I just have a book, and a fiction one at that.

I’m not an environmental scientist.

I’m not a Bible scholar.

I’m just a novelist.

With a novel like

Don’t You Forget About Me

, I had the opportunity to hold a mirror
up to how we are treating the environment and ourselves—and aren’t those two
things one in the same anyway?

Here’s what I do know.

There were

two
jobs God gave humans when He created us

:

“Be fertile and multiply,” and “fill the earth and subdue it.”

He blessed us to do these jobs.

He even drew us from the earth and from each
other in order to give the earth—and each other—to us as gift.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to
Christians, especially Catholics, that when we hurt the earth, we hurt
ourselves… and vice versa.

Is “the Pill” hurting the frogs?

Is
it hurting us?

What
about those pesticides

?

Do we serve
either the earth or ourselves if we plug our ears when asked such questions?

While you won’t meet any transgender frogs in

Don’t You Forget About Me

, you will meet
some characters asking themselves and each other these questions.

Are we doing the two jobs that God gave
us?

What sacrifices are required of us
if we desire to fulfill those two jobs in good faith?

What sacrifices will be made of us if we
don’t?

Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She has been a guest blogger for the

Catholic Writers Guild

, and she blogs about year-round meatless Fridays at

Mrs. Mackerelsnapper, OP

. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. She has been voted “Best Speaker” for her chastity talks at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Newman Center. She is the founder of

Warriors of Lourdes

, an organization that unites people in prayer against child abuse. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, or gardening in spite of herself.

Both of

Erin’s books are available on Amazon

.