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Everything You Need to Know About Judging Angels and
How to Get Your Autographed Copy

Right now, the 500-page trade paperback edition of Judging Angels is available through St. Corbinian's Bear's ephemeris at the cost of $29.99. That is the same price one would pay through Amazon Prime for a non-autographed version.

As part of the roll-out promotion, the Bear will not charge U.S. customers (only) shipping costs for orders placed between now and June 30th, 2017. In other words, the Bear will eat the shipping charges (i.e. his profit) for a limited time to put the book into your hands. The Bear would love to extend the same offer to all of his friends, but international shipping costs can be outrageous.

Purchase through the regular yellow Buy Now button in the sidebar. Please tell the Bear to whom and how you would like him to autograph your copy of Judging Angels. The idea is to fill out the box above the Buy button before sending. I have noticed PayPal seems to have dropped one or two. I will not ship if there is any question, so you might preempt potential confusion by going ahead and emailing the autograph instructions separately, too, to st.corbinians.bear@gmail.com .

Just make sure I can connect the PayPal order with your email address, i.e. use the same email for both.

It should automatically handle price and shipping address. If something seems amiss - and, since this was designed by a small dog, it probably will - please let Bear know so he can fix it.

If you do not use PayPal, please send a personal check in the same amount, enclosed with a letter detailing all the same information. (Until we get a P.O. box, just email Bear at st.corbinians.bear@gmail.com for the address of Bear Compound.)

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Bear can assure you that Buster will be severely punished for this oversight by increasing his sales quota. And he has to gather his own straw.

International shipping costs may be as much as or more than the book itself. Some buyers have nonetheless opted to incur the additional charge The Bear suggests two options.

Email the Bear at st.corbinians.bear@gmail.com and ask how much shipping will be to where it is you want it sent. We will assume cheapest cost unless instructed to use a specific, faster method. When you receive back the shipping cost, buy the book through the normal PayPal buy button for 29.99, then add the shipping cost separately by the Donation button. 

In the alternative, the Bear has in mind light card stock sized-insert or bookmark, possibly with artwork, with the autograph done just the same, and mailed. 


If You don't Mind, Would You Please Consider an Amazon Review?

As the Bear has mentioned before, today's world of publishing places a lot of importance on Amazon reviews. The Bear hopes his book makes his friends laugh, think, and sleep with the lights on for the rest of their lives. If you like it, please do the Bear a favor by leaving a four- or five-star review over at Amazon. If not, please consider dropping him a quick email, instead, telling the Bear what you did not like, so that Volume II of the Rubricatae Chronicles may better meet your expectations.

Buyer Notes

The Bear has said this before, but there is very sparse, mild profanity, some adult situations, scenes of violence, and adult themes including adultery, divorce, suicide, the harmful effects on children of bad choices made by parents, and confusion over mixed signals that seem to be coming from the Roman Catholic Church today. There is nothing explicit or gratuitous, and the novel takes strong implicit moral stands in line with the magisterium of the Church. It is intended to be a thought-provoking novel for grownups. It is not a novelized version of this ephemeris (although friends should recognize the style and a phrase or two).

That said, the overt Catholicism is limited for a Catholic Urban Fantasy (etc.) novel. Religion plays some role in the lives of some but not all, characters, just like in real life. For some it plays none whatsoever. It is always taken seriously, though, even when taken seriously wrong. In other words, there is no moralizing, no proselyting, and non-Catholics should be more intrigued than overwhelmed. It was the Bear's hope to reach a larger potential audience with a novel built on Christian bones with Catholic DNA. However, any person who must deal with temptation might find it a useful study.

And, then, of course, there are always redheads and guns in this C.S. Lewis - Raymond Chandler mashup. (How did the Bear manage to forget to put a Bear in?)

The Afterword: Tying Real-Life Legal Elements to the Novel

One thing that always gets missed in discussion is the afterword that relates legal elements of the novel to the real world. Some are accurate, some are exaggerated for illustrative purposes, humor or good-natured malice. Most fall under the category of  "do not try this at home." However, if you are interested in some of the more arcane aspects of the real criminal justice system you might not see on CSI - especially when it comes to the death penalty - you might learn a few things.

While it is (among other things) a crime novel, it is not a courtroom drama. It has very little to say about the death penalty per se and what few comments there are are simply true to the characters' making them. In other words, this is not an anti-death-penalty argument the Bear is trying to slip beneath your nose. Two of the main characters are death penalty defenders, and one of them has suffered spiritually from the way he views himself in that role.

The Bear thanks you for your support and patience during this incredibly busy and stressful time for him. He understands that this has caused a disruption of your regular programming. The Bear is no longer sure he even had regular programming. He hopes that those of you who get a copy of Judging Angels in your paws enjoy it.


  1. Just received my copy, thanks for eating the first class shipping costs. It comes nicely packaged too, I'm guessing Red Death had something to do with that. Looking forward to diving in over Mem. Day Weekend, between watching WWII movies, honoring our fallen heroes and bbq. Will leave Amazon review.


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