On September 12, 2016, we entered into a contract with eLectio Publishing for our new book The Hidden Saint: The 16th Century Church in Crisis. The motto of eLecio Publishing is First century principles, A twenty-first century approach. I spent an hour and a half on the phone with both its Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Dixon, and my literary agent, Natalie Hanemann, discussing the agreement. As the motto suggests, this is a Christian publisher who initially intended to publish world-wide solely through electronic media. After about a decade in business, they realized that paper format books were not going the way of the usual old technology. Changing course, eLectio decided to publish their author’s manuscripts so that they could be read either as an ebook in digital format or in a print version. They now publish over fifty books a year and distribute them world-wide. The release date for The Hidden Saint is scheduled for March 7, 2017.
We are excited that the true story of the Roman Catholic Church and the problems it faced in the 16th century can now be told from an Italian perspective. The Church faced four major challenges: a Muslim invasion; dissent over forcible conversions in the Americas; clashes with the new Protestant movement; and immoral behavior from members of the clergy. The Council of Trent countered these threats by laying out the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church and listing punishments up to and including excommunication for inappropriate behavior.
Roberto Vecchi narrates the story as the bodyguard to Carlo Borromeo, nephew to Pope Pius IV, and son of the Count of Arona. Carlo wishes to follow a religious career and has been assigned responsibility for implementing the decisions of the council. Roberto prefers a comfortable future to labors in an apathetic church, assuming he lives long enough to have a future. Roberto’s devastating skill with a sword causes him to find a ready partner in Ernesto Mancini of the Orsini clan only to be restrained from dueling by Carlo with the threat of excommunication.
Our story takes place primarily in Rome and Milan, but we find an unwilling Roberto off to the famous Colegio de San Gregorio in Spain which had such a great influence on the encomenderos of Latin America, and to Lepanto where the deciding sea battle takes place between the Catholic Fleet and the Muslim Fleet. When the restraining influence of Carlos over Roberto begins to lose its power, the lovely maid, Celia Bartolini, enters the scene and reminds Roberto that his soul is not the only thing he might lose should he unsheathe his sword.
Watch for the release of this historical fiction novel about another critical time in the life of the Catholic Church and how it affected not only its followers, but the entire Christian community.
A couple of years ago, my wife Carmen and I went to New York to see and enjoy the musical Jersey Boys. It was terrific. We danced all night long to this type of music when we were younger. Imagine my surprise when I saw this UTube video of a Navy band offering a free concert only forty miles from my home with selections from Jersey Boys. It was even better for the joy and the pleasure in both the performers and the audience were very real. I hope you love this ten minute video as much as we do.
Natalie Hanemann as been selected as the editor for two of my new books: Rock of the Apostles: A Brief History of Catholic Tradition and The Schiavona, a novel on the life of St. Charles Borromeo and the Council of Trent. Rock of the Apostles is intended as a text book for high school students, while Schiavona is a story of the turbulent times of the 16th century. Natalie was the former chief acquisitions editor for the largest Christian publisher in the world (Thomas Nelson Publishers) and the lead editor for Tuscany Press, a Catholic Publisher. Currently, in addition to editing books, she teaches CCD in her parish in Tennessee. We look forward to working with Natalie and sending our new books on to a publisher later this spring. An imprimatur is currently being sought for the textbook from the Archdiocese of Baltimore with the aid of the Chancellor there.
A full year after I met with Vice President Biden in the White House, he sent me the attached photo. Of course, I goofed and congratulated him for being born in one state when he was actually born in another. He quickly corrected me and added that his wife was born in the state I mentioned. Oh, well. The national commander of the Catholic War Veterans is also shown. I’ve lost thirty pounds since that picture was taken.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, I was interviewed by WMET (1160 AM) in Washington DC. The radio station thought that its listeners might enjoy hearing about the experiences of a Catholic who served in our country’s military. In particular it wanted to know how the experiences of military life affect one after discharge. Does it make one more successful or less successful? Does one retain his Catholic beliefs or reject them? In my case, I found military service focused my attention on developing goals in life and then working to achieve them. It was most definitely a valuable life experience and one I heartily recommend to all young men. Aim High!
On July 21 through July 24, the Catholic Marketing Network held its 19th Annual International Trade Show at the Garden State Exhibition Center in New Jersey. Over 150 exhibitors displayed religious medals, statues, publications, art works, jewelry, etc. designed and manufactured around the world. Hundreds of religious stores in the United States sent purchasers to view and order the available items wholesale so that they might resell them at retail.
The Catholic Writers Guild held its convention in conjunction with the CMN trade show. Published authors from around the United States met to discuss writing techniques and marketing possibilities. As a member of the CWG, I was able to take advantage not only of the common 40% discounts offered by the CMN, but also to promote my books. In addition, I met such Catholic luminaries as Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and other well-known members of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The photographer who took the picture on the left of Fr. Pavone and myself thought he saw a halo around our heads, but it was just wall lights–unfortunately.
The first three persons who subscribe to this blog after reading this post will receive a bookstub which may be used to download a free copy of my historical novel Eugenios: Servant of Kings. Read how a Jewish family perceived the Roman occupation of the Emperor Augustus, the domination of Herod the Great, and the dangers of Israeli life whose only relief appeared to lie in the anticipation of a Jewish Savior.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by Muslim fanatics. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the water’s edge in Manhattan. There was no way out. Could the Americans respond with a life-saving evacuation as the British did at Dunkirk? The Coast Guard sent out a distress call and the result was unbelievable.
Under an arrangement with PayPal, readers are now able to obtain an autographed copy of my novels with a dedication of their choice. In the right hand column (if using a desktop) of this website one may select a novel and indicate the dedication you prefer (e.g. To Sarah with best wishes). PayPal allows the purchaser to use either his usual credit card or to use his PayPal account. Either way, I will sign the book as you wish and send it on to you within seven days. If you do not indicate a preference for the dedication, I will autograph it “Best Wishes, Julian Bauer” and add the date. PayPal also allows the purchaser to render special instructions should the need arise. Of course, other book sellers will offer our novels, without an autograph, at fantastic prices; the Amazon site is easily obtained by clicking their buttons in the right column. Whichever you choose, I thank you for buying my books.