The Annunciation was a Finalist in the Religious Fiction category for The Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2015. The novel was a winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience."Our awards program is known as the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world," says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.
Mr. Teachworth full writing credentials are at Publishers Marketplace: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/ronaldst
In Bucharest during the mid 1990s, a secret radical group, the Piagnoni, prepare a surrogate to assassinate Pope John Paul II. In Florence, Italy, a group of religious students from Detroit have joined an Art Restoration Fellowship at San Marco convent to study and assist in the restoration of frescos by the famous painter Fra Angelico. Two young students in the fellowship, seminarian Finn McNelis and Felician sister Olivia Gianetti, fall in love, testing the commitment they made to their Catholic faith. Meanwhile, their most-liked professor worries about new evidence linking Leonardo da Vinci to the discredited Savaronola, a fanatical fifteenth century friar revered by the Piagnoni. When Pope John Paul ll visits the San Marco convent to view the newly restored Fra Angelico frescos, Finn heroically thwarts the assassination attempt. The Vatican rewards him with an attractive position, forcing him to make life-altering decisions.
“Good novels move, entertain, and teach us something about ourselves and the world. Ron Teachworth’s The Annunciation gives us all that in spades.”
- Kimberly Kafka, author
The short story collection, Beyond: A Collection of Metaphysical Short Stories, was recognized as notable in 2015 in the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition the young adult category. http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2015
Beyond’s Young Adult short stories cross cultures and take place in settings from North America to Europe. A metaphysical / religious motif binds the collection, and stories are set in times dating back to 1932—when swing dancing was the rage—to a recent state science competition in New Mexico. “Play” deals with a girl’s attempt to mitigate her feelings about violence in the home; in “Callanish Stones”, a young boy is found on a remote beach in Scotland, barely alive; “Finding Edith Allen” centers on a young woman in search of her birth mother; and “Mont. St. Michel” tells the story of a child raised by a Bishop in France. The stories mix male and female protagonists with families and friends, often in school or religious settings. Follow this link to read Finding Edith Allen short story.
North of Taos New Mexico, corridors of high-tension wires cause the small community of Chimayo to be alarmed. In the small middle school, Tamia and her friend Miko compete in a state science competition and do well against all odds. The young Navajo pair takes on the science behind the phenomenon of the firefly.
Set on Prince Edward Island, the date is 1938 and art students from all parts of the world come to this prestigious arts camp for the summer to perform, write, and create visual art. Jamie and Anne Marie meet and become immersed in friendship and the culture of Camp Montague. The airplane trip home gets caught in a violent storm and they find themselves abandoned on a remote island. Their only salvation is an object that produces a strange wavelength signal.
This story is set in New York City's lower east side, in a time before technology was widespread. Grace and Nicho are Hispanic seventh graders at St. Vincent DePaul Middle School. Nicho's experience with prayer weighs in on helping his friend's fight with influenza. The power of the church crucifix overcomes all odds.
Nicho walked forward, turned around to face the crucifix, crossed himself, and knelt down to pray. He whispered softly to himself, “God bless my family…but I need some help for Grace.” A voice replied inside his head, “Take your hand and touch my feet…then visit the one you love and place that same hand on her arm.”
Set in a Catholic K-8 school setting, the reader learns much about the inter workings of the Catholic faith.
Finding Edith Allen
Raised in Detroit by supportive parents, Helen grows up in an integrated culture. Adopted at birth, and with the support of her family, she decides to take a trip to Tennessee in search of her birth mother.
All The Right Moves
Set in the automotive cultural of Detroit during the depression, the story is about a family heirloom that gets passed on from father to son. Vern was born with a natural ability to dance, and when he meets Roxanne his world changes. The story is about a family headed up by two musicians, Harry and Ada who support their young son’s challenges in a dance competition.
In "Philomen," writer Ron Teachworth returns again to the depths, this time to the ocean. His characters are young people who tend to prefer their own company and pursue their own paths, and in "Philomen" we meet young Kes, drawn inexorably to the sea, who saves the life of a young girl caught in the dangerous offshore undertow. In his stories, Teachworth explores themes of psychological development and growth, and in this story Kes receives the blessing of his father, even though his father drowned in a tragic accident even before Kes himself was born. Trying to explain the events of a strange day in terms of the ordinary world of cause and effect and relationship, Kes and his mother encounter a young woman named Victoria—who was saved from a watery grave by Kes’ father, even though the act of heroism cost him his own life. Victoria, haunted by the guilt of having survived when he died, and Kes, in search of his father and his own destiny, encounter one another in the shadows of a shared dream, and together they emerge as more complete individuals who can now step into the future.
Mind Over Maelstrom
A gift from birth, Clare keeps it a secret. Her close relationship with her grandfather sets the stage when a violent storm appears on the horizon. Set back in time in a Midwest high school, two girls who excel in math and science navigate the social norms of their peers. Suddenly things change when they set their sights on the incoming storm.
Marker At Yellowknife
As in earlier stories, "Marker at Yellowknife" deals with the metaphysical, taking the reader to one of the most remote locations in North America. The story intrigues us with a young man’s discovery of an unknown object, found along the shores of the Great Slave Lake. The elements of water and beach are reminiscent of earlier stories and provide a certain element of natural stability to the story, while we learn about an omnipotent and positive force existing in the region for many years. The story within a story provides insight to the local people and pulls the reader into an Indian cultural we know very little about. The green bar of light that visits the Marker at Yellowknife lives with us long after the story is over.
A violent act strikes at the heart of a family, and Mila seeks refuge in a private boarding school. It is her memories of her neighbor friend, Jerome that comforts her. If only she could return to their play, the world would be a better place.
The Callanish Stones
A boy is found barely alive on an early morning beach along the edge of Lewis Island and Galen brings him around before taking him back to his parent’s farm. Who is he and where did he come from? It becomes hard to know as he suffers from amnesia, but when he meets his mother on the site of the Callanish Stones, all the events come back.
Mont Saint Michel
Tristan has grown up in the Abby that lies out in the middle of the bay where the Couesnon River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The only parent he has ever known is the Arch Bishop Gabriel LaFore. Everything changes when he meets the soul of his twin sister in a mysterious room hidden away in the bowels of the Cathedral. She wants to be with him for all time to come, but when the Bishop dies, they must find a way to be together.
During the summer between fifth and sixth grade, Ethan Hinsdale wanted to build a tree house in a tree on elevated ground. He didn't expect to find that his choice turned out to be an ancient Native American Mound. Ethan and best friend, Rachel are in search of a way to return a prize-winning sheep that has gone missing. They seek the advice of Chogan, an elderly Cherokee, who says to them, "I know all the mounds... the large conical mound that you speak of, is a resting place where the hawk flies and the bear sleeps. And I should warn you, be careful and respectful around the Mound. It has powers we don't fully understand." Set in Pinson, Tennessee, the new novella; The Mound, is a coming of age mystery for young adults.
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Two Stones is a charming story that exposes a child’s fear about her parents’ argument. The two stones parallel the lives of her parents in a remarkable way. I am reminded of Japanese aesthetics when the weathering of objects, like stones, makes them more beautiful for their accumulation of experience. Ana learns that her parents have the experience and the love for her that dissolved their argument. The book handsomely designed, brings together Todd Weinstein’s photography and Ron Teachworth’s storytelling.
Susan Stewart, Artist - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Two Stones by Ron Teachworth is a beautifully photographed story, about a miracle in the life of a young girl who is having family problems. The problems are solved with the help of two magical stones that she finds on the beach. In the story, Analisa worries about her parents’ arguments and wonders whether they might divorce. The book might be enjoyed just simply for the story or could be used to engage a child or group of children in a discussion about childhood fears, especially the fear of parents divorcing.
For middle school students, it would be a good example of a first person narrative. The photographs are a nice way to show that "illustrations" can be photographs. It is also a very simple metaphorical fantasy, which I think is a good example for children to emulate. This would be an easy read for students dealing with family stress. It has a depth than opens up discussion and it could lead to discussions about family strife, feelings of isolation and fantasy.
Christine Lind Hage, Director - Rochester Hills Public Library
Two Stones is a beautiful story about a young girl worried about fight her parents were having. A touching tale with deeper tones that will engage readers of any age. Gorgeous photography.
J. Hager, Young Adult Author - Azores, Portugal
The children's book Two Stones, by Ron Teachworth, is a simple, elegant story about a child coping with anxiety after witnessing a fight between her parents. Ana, who is depicted in beautiful photographs by Todd Weinstein, finds solace with a walk on the beach and two magical stones.
Children who read this story would not only identify with Ana's fears about divorce but will also find the mystery of the stones intriguing. Parents or mental health professionals can use Two Stones as a springboard for discussions about the emotional effects of family conflict. The rich use of symbolism in this book will certainly aid in such discussions. For example, the beach, with its waves and ever-changing shoreline, is a useful metaphor for the ebb and flow of emotions.
The themes of aloneness and connection can foster dialogue about how children cope with upset feelings. During her walk, Ana experiences the restorative effects of being alone in nature. However, it is the reunion with her parents at the end of her walk, which provides her with the sense of safety and connection that she, like any child, needs.
Juliet Glinski, Psy.D. Psychologist - White Plains, NY