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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Fisherman's Bride Blog Tour + Giveaway

The Fisherman's Bride by Catherine Magia

Publication Date: November 2, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC, CreateSpace
Kindle & Paperback; 240 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biblical Fiction/Christian Literature
She has no name. She is not even a footnote. Her tale is hidden behind the well-told fable of her husband, the man who would become Simon Peter, the first Apostle. Cast off by her family after shunning a wealthy suitor to marry a humble fisherman, her life is fraught with hardship. She endures her husband’s growing restlessness, fish shortages from the Sea of Galilee, and the oppression of an all-powerful Roman Empire over her people. Then her life is forever changed when her dying mother is saved by a miracle performed by a young carpenter—a man who speaks with understanding and acts with compassion. A man who can inspire the extraordinary. Simon Peter lives on in history as the undaunted martyr of the carpenter. This is the untold story of his young bride. Her journey traverses villages and deserts, love and tradition, and a brewing revolution, to an awakening of faith that challenges everything she has ever known.

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Praise

"Catherine Magia has penned a moving Christian story that transcends religious boundaries--a novel that occupies the rare space between the historical and the Biblical realms. At once speculative and interpretive, Magia's vigorous first-person narrative of St. Peter's wife makes a compelling case for the life, motivation and spirituality of a minor, nameless Biblical character. An ambitious and impressive debut." -Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala and The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars "Right from the start, the evocative and compelling tone of The Fishman's Bride casts its line and draws in readers with a deftness that borders on enchantment. Perhaps this is because Catherine Magia uses an uncommon perspective and outsider's view of events. And, by 'outsider,' this means observations that come from beyond Jesus' inner circle, yet are closely connected by love and association. Also included in the saga are stories of fortunes made and lost, faith thwarted and regained, fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the impact of social and political change upon entire communities. Catherine Magia's attention to embracing the extent of daily living in Biblical times, from different methods of preserving fish to different attitudes encountered during their travels, brings the story to life. Readers of Christian literature and Biblical retellings will find this story a powerfully written, compelling account of the impact of Jesus on all layers of society, narrated from the eyes of an outsider to his central group of believers who uses the ordinary life experiences of an unnamed wife to chronicle an extraordinary journey of love, faith, and miracles." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

Interview: 

1.) What inspired you to write The Fisherman's Bride? 
 
My own spiritual journey inspired the Fisherman’s Bride, the journey from brokenness to healing.  Eight years ago, I hit the lowest point in my life personally and professionally. I had post-surgical complications at the same time that I was laid off from my job and ended a long term relationship.  I was utterly lost.  I traveled and wandered for about a year, searching for my path.  Along the way, I learned lessons of authenticity, courage, and humility.   In midst of a retreat in the Shenandoah Valley, being chased by cows with a Bible in hand, I discovered a new inspiration.  I imagined the story of a woman who was abandoned by her husband, a man who left without a word to follow Jesus, a man we know as Simon Peter.  
 
I spent the next 7 years researching and writing this novel.  
 
2.) What was your favorite part in writing The Fisherman's Bride? 
 
In the writing process, my favorite part was the spontaneity of inspiration.  This happens when the story becomes alive and it evolves as if it had a life of its own and I become merely a spectator along for the ride. In these moments, the writing becomes effortless and the words flow naturally, as if I am a conduit more than a creator.
 
In the novel, my favorite part was imagining the journey of the protagonist from an abandoned wife to becoming a determined woman who is authentic to the call of her own heart.
 
3.) Who is your favorite character? 
 
It is Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, the mother of the main character.  She possesses an unconditional love for her daughter, and despite the convictions of her husband and pressures of society, she encourages her daughter to pursue love.  This was quite rare in ancient times, when women were expected to be obedient.   Later in the novel, she insists that Simon’s wife seek her path instead of hiding in Capernaum.  She is a visionary, a woman ahead of her time, even though she may seem more subdued than most feminist characters of the modern age.  She embodies true courage.
 
4.) Why should we read The Fisherman's Bride? 
 
It’s a good story.  I believe the best stories are discovered, not created. There is something so intrinsic, so true to life, so familiar we cannot believe that it was just the work of imagination.  We can see ourselves in the trials, tribulations, and flaws of the characters, and they seem human in the most profound sense.
 
 
5.) Do you have any new projects coming up and if so can you tell us about it? 
 
I am currently working on the sequel to the Fisherman’s Bride.  In the continuation of the story, I am exploring the relationships between the disciples in the midst of a brewing revolution, and the prejudices of geographic and gender differences. Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Jesus will become more prominent characters. 
 
I am aiming for a December 2017 release.
  

About the Author

Catherine Magia was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to New Jersey as a teenager. Although her formal education was in the hard sciences, Catherine has always maintained a passion for the written word, publishing her poetry in several literary journals including the Michigan Quarterly Review. She discovered the voice of Simon Peter's wife on a soul-searching journey, a trek through the biblical lands of Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. She spent seven years researching and writing her debut novel, traveling as far as Ephesus, Turkey. She is working on her second book - the conclusion to The Fisherman's Bride. By day, she works as an associate director of marketing research in the development of new cancer medications. She is currently based in Boston. For more information please visit Catherine Magia's website and blog.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 17 Kick Off at Passages to the Past Tuesday, April 18 Review at History From a Woman's Perspective Wednesday, April 19 Excerpt at Broken Teepee Thursday, April 20 Review at A Chick Who Reads Friday, April 21 Spotlight at The Paperback Princess Saturday, April 22 Review at Rainy Day Reviews Monday, April 24 Guest Post at Let Them Read Books Tuesday, April 25 Interview at Books, Dreams, Life Wednesday, April 26 Spotlight at A Literary Vacation Thursday, April 27 Review at Pursuing Stacie Friday, April 28 Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog Interview at Dianne Ascroft's Blog Monday, May 1 Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing Tuesday, May 2 Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews Wednesday, May 3 Review at WS Momma Readers Nook Thursday, May 4 Review at Just One More Chapter Friday, May 5 Review at Unabridged Chick

Giveaway

To win a copy of The Fisherman's Bride by Catherine Magia, please enter via the Gleam form below. Two copies are up for grabs! Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on May 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open internationally. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. The Fisherman's Bride

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