Tom Johnson lives in the Midwest. Tom loves ice cream and baseball (he coached Little League for eight years). He watches the movie, “Field of Dreams” at least once every year, and he has visited the movie/field many times.
Tom has a deep and prayerful Catholic Faith. He attends Daily Mass at various Churches, and he spends no less than 2-3 hours in prayer every day, which includes a one-hour Prayer-only Holy Hour he hosts at a local Catholic Church during the Mercy Hour (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tom routinely invites people to the Holy Hour. His philosophy is straightforward: the world is a mess, and God can help us fix the mess; therefore, prayer is a critical tool for people to call upon God to help us repair the messes we have made.
Tom loves books. His past includes a long stint as a Data Center Manager for a major Fortune 500 company. After suffering a severe physical injury years ago, Tom decided to leave the computer world to focus his attention and energies on writing novels and Catholic non-fiction books, which is how Kepha Press was born.
To get a feel for the books Tom enjoys, here are three of his favorite quotes:
A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech.
“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas”
Fahrenheit 451: The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.
PART I IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN
“IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick iin the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flames.”
Christmas in July, A Romance Novel, by Tom Johnson, Published by Kepha Press
“For Samuel, much more was happening to them than their lifting into the sky—he had often heard and read descriptions of the stunning beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and he knew that Mary’s faithfulness, purity, and inner goodness allowed her to receive the gift of carrying Jesus, our Savior, and God to full term and birth. In Maria, he saw that same incredible innate beauty, her captivating lovely face, her beautiful flowing brown curly hair—Maria was inviting, alive, and yet still pure and radiating from an inner beauty that reflected on her expression—she had gorgeous, incredibly pretty eyes, which seemed like inviting pools in which Samuel thought he could lose himself, she had a beaming purity that made his soul sing with joy—time had stopped for him as she stared into his eyes, she seemed intent on breaking his heart with her goodness, her beauty, her wholeness. For the first time in his life, he shamelessly and openly wept while absorbing the view of every fiber of her stunningly beautiful face, he had no idea why. Maria smiled when she saw his tears, a knowing, loving, gentle, and accepting smile, which informed him she understood his tears, for her face glistened with her tears streaming past her chin.
“Don’t let me go,” she whispered.
“Never,” he whispered. “I will not let anything happen to you.” He held her with a firmer grip.
Maria’s family continued shrieking with fright.”
Tom also loves Christmas. He spends 200-300 hours every year building his outdoor Christmas display. In his display, he includes laminated prayer cards for the Biblical Christmas story and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. He has included an image of his display below (a work in progress) for this year (2023).
Copyright Kepha Press – 2023
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At Kepha Press, we love printed books, in all genres and sub-genres, though currently, we publish traditional novels containing a plot centered on loving relationships between men and women, with marriage and weddings often part of the mix, etc..
We publish science fiction and fantasy novels, yet those stories also contain plots heavily focused on relationships between men and women. We publish books we enjoy reading, tales of men and women in loving relationships, working together to solve the problems they face, oftentimes they face overwhelming odds.
Kepha Press is a small firm. We hope to expand the reach of our company to include many writers and many book types (fiction and non-fiction). In this introduction, and throughout informational sections on this site, you will notice the use of the royal “we,” which is simply us defining things in a way that avoids the use of the annoying “I.”
We have published several works of fiction and one non-fiction title, which you will find listed below. All titles have not yet been posted to this site. Come back often to see updates. We rely on word of mouth (and some advertising) to sell our books. We do not have a strong social media presence–if you enjoy our work, please spread the word. For your convenience, click on a book cover (below) to read more or to purchase. It is often said that our novels are safe for all audiences since they contain no gratuitous sex or violence.
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