7 Quick Takes Friday – Free Book, Review, Prayers Etc.

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

1. Stealing Jenny – FREE on Kindle
My third novel, Stealing Jenny, is free today (September 12) through Monday (September 15). It currently has over 350 reviews on Amazon and over 800 ratings on Goodreads! For your free download, click here (and if you download the book and enjoy it, I always appreciate when a reader takes time to post a review!)Stealing Jenny

2. Back Deck Blog
I was recently featured on Amy Bennett’s Back Deck Blog. Check out the post here. Thank you, Amy!

3. International Week of Prayer and Fasting for Christians in the Middle East
Check out Jean Heimann’s post on the International Week of Prayer for Christians in the Middle East.

4. CRS Video
Please read this post by Lisa Hendey and watch the heart-wrenching video, then donate if you can to the cause of helping our fellow Christian brothers and sisters over in Iraq.

5. The Lion’s Heart Review (National Catholic Register)
Special thanks to Sarah Reinhard for posting this wonderful review of The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt.Front Cover Final revisedsm

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Fatal Rhythm by R. B. O’Gorman

7. Tie a Knot Cartoon

Image copyright James & Ellen Hrkach...please do not use without permission

Image copyright James & Ellen Hrkach…please do not use without permission

Stealing Jenny FREE on Kindle September 11-15

Stealing JennyMy third novel, Stealing Jenny, will be FREE today (September 11) through Monday (September 15) on Kindle.

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives. Or…the one sentence synopsis: Mentally unstable woman kidnaps pregnant mom of five.

Reviews:
“Stealing Jenny is a gripping novel filled with engaging characters, a compelling mystery and a message which underscores the precious dignity of life. I literally couldn’t put it down and give Stealing Jenny my highest recommendation.” Lisa M. Hendey, author of “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms”

“Ellen Gable is a masterful storyteller.Stealing Jenny is a smoothly written, chilling tale of gripping suspense. There are terrifying moments and heart-wrenching moments. Catholic faith and hope are tested. Above all, the sacredness and privilege of precious new life is made indisputably evident I never wanted it to end!” Therese Heckenkamp, author, Frozen Footprints and Past Suspicion

“Stealing Jenny will keep you on the edge of your seat and probably destroy your sleep pattern as you stay up to find out what happens. But beyond being a great suspense, it’s also an excellent example of morals in action and family life redeemed. As a fan of Ellen Gable’s work already, I’m now officially getting a t-shirt!” Sarah Reinhard, blogger, author

To download your Kindle copy for FREE, click here.

7 Quick Takes Friday – Free Book, New Fiction, Cover Photo, Rally for Middle East

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

1. FREE Today until Midnight!! The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt
FREE today until midnight (Sept 5)! The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt. Click here to download your free book! To read reviews and an excerpt, click here: The Lion’s Heart Website.Front Cover Final revisedsm

2. Working Mother – FQP Short Fiction Mentioned in Book Talk
A few days ago, Working Mother by Erin McCole Cupp, was mentioned in Sarah Reinhard’s “Book Talk” over at Catholic Mom. Click here to read!

3. Cover Photo for Family Foundations
I was interviewed recently for Family Foundations magazine and they asked me to be their cover model for the September/October issue!Cover-FF2014.0910sm

4. Stealing Jenny Audiobook
I’m working on reading my suspense novel, Stealing Jenny, so that it can be available as an audiobook. Reading one’s novel is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. After all, acting is involved. I can read clearly, so that’s one part of the process I don’t have to worry too much about. Reading with emotion, without over-acting, is a talent in itself. Thankfully, my husband’s a drama teacher and is assisting me in the process.

5. A Subtle Grace – Review
Special thanks to Ron G. for this wonderful review of A Subtle Grace! Ellen Gable moves us into 19th century Philadelphia with ease, painting for us a vivid scene and inhabiting this world with engaging characters. Then, she utilizes spot-on dialogue with beautiful prose to anchor us. The author is not afraid to show us her Catholic world view, and she doesn’t hesitate to examine difficult topics, including rape and class prejudice….Not the usual historical romance, the author analyzes the difference between love and lust in a way that remains faithful to the period setting, but offers ageless insight. She takes us on a roller coaster with climbs to joyous heights followed by terrifying plummets into danger. In the end, I’m better for having gone on the ride with Ellen Gable and I look forward to future journeys. A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

6. Pray, Fast and Raise Awareness of the Plight of Iraqi Christians
It’s important that Christians all over the world pray and fast for an end to the sufferings and brutal murders of our Iraqi and all Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters. More importantly, we need to be vocal about their plight, to let them know they are not alone and they are not forgotten. In this regard, there has been an obvious silence from the secular mainstream leaders and media. Cardinal Wuerl talks about this silence and every Christian’s responsibility to speak out on the subject in this moving sermon:

Another helpful link:
Who is Speaking for Persecuted Christians in Iraq?

7. Stand with Iraqi Christians Rally in Ottawa
If you live within driving distance of the Ottawa Valley, please consider attending a rally planned for tomorrow on Parliament Hill. It’s called the Stand with Iraqi Christians Rally and you can find out details at their website. This link also has a petition you can sign to “raise awareness of and support for Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities experiencing persecution.”

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Family Foundations Cover

Cover-FF2014.0910 I was recently interviewed (along with several other Catholics) for the September/October issue of Family Foundations magazine on the topic of the “New Evangelization.” Imagine my surprise when the editors asked if they could send a professional photographer to take photos of me for the article and cover! The photograph to the right was taken on a train at the station in Ottawa. Other photos for the article were taken at Madonna House in Combermere. Special thanks to Tim Baklinski of Two Trees Photography!

The Lion’s Heart FREE on Kindle Today Through Friday!

Front Cover Final revisedsmFREE today through Friday is the Kindle edition of The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt! All you need do is click on this link and download!

Synopsis:
Is love ever wrong? Paul Meyer has never let anyone get too close. Until Max. The Lion’s Heart is a heart-rending story about love and sacrifice. The emotional struggle of Paul’s same-sex attraction, the guilt he feels, and his ambivalence toward his Catholic faith all come together in this look inside the heart of a tortured man.

Excerpt:
“No, it wasn’t the deception, unpleasant as it was, that troubled him. In fact, he simply couldn’t put his finger on it. All he knew that was truly different with Max was that he loved him. And it was that, that single stark truth, which made everything different. He never loved before …. He put the empty wine glass on the balcony floor beside him and tried to find again that mysterious, interior quiet that city noise always brought him. But he felt instead a kind of disquiet that seemed urgent …. Love was never wrong. He’d heard that so often from sincere people, good people … ‘Love is never wrong.’ More than a platitude, it became a mantra. No one could argue with it, not without being judgmental or bigoted. Paul himself always believed it, although he never thought much about it before—never had much reason to think about it. But then, he’d never really loved anyone before….”

A Sampling of the Reviews for The Lion’s Heart:
“Dena Hunt is a consummate storyteller who does not shirk or shy away from the difficult questions about life and love that her story raises. The Lion’s Heart contains not only the loves of lovers, spouses, parents, and children but also the demons and dragons that selfishness unleashes. The Lion’s Heart is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for the hard-hearted. It pulsates with a passion that will bring true hearts to their knees.”
Joseph Pearce, author of The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, co-editor of the St. Austin Review

“It may be fiction but The Lion’s Heart reflects a truth that is as real as the sunrise. The moral conflicts and dilemmas are treated with dignity and there are no easy answers, though, thank God, there are answers. The style, beauty, and flow of Dena’s writing speaks for itself. I could not give this book a higher rating, for it is at the top of the charts. I thank Ms. Hunt for having the courage and the beauty of heart to see, feel, and love as she did – for this book is, above all, a work of love. May it be accepted as such.”
A.K. Frailey, author The Deliverance Trilogy http://www.akfrailey.com

“Just as the movie Brokeback Mountain paved the road for widespread acceptance of homosexual love affairs, the novel The Lion’s Heart is poised to do the same for the Catholic view of homosexuality. Almost certainly the first of its kind, this gay Catholic romance novel is part of a growing effort of faithful Catholics to reach out to the gay community and share with them the deeply satisfying message of the Theology of the Body and the divine love that does not disappoint. Multi-dimensional and complex, The Lion’s Heart has something to attract and discomfit people at nearly every point along the spectrum of religiosity and sexuality – which is a good thing. At one juncture, I had to put the book down and walk away because it was too painful to watch the character of a good man slowly crumble. But I’m glad I returned to observe the romance’s bitter-sweet conclusion. The Lion’s Heart is well worth reading for its bold and audacious challenge to prevailing perceptions and misperceptions of homosexuality. With broad enough exposure, the book may succeed in changing more than a few hearts.” Katherine Santos, Can We Cana Blog

“The Lion’s Heart moved me to the core. Dena Hunt managed a rare feat: a delicately crafted novel that is at once a work of beauty and existential weight, and yet forces you to keep reading with all the urgency of a thriller.”
Bernardo Aparicio Garcia, Publisher, Dappled Things

“Whatever side of the controversy you call home, this book is a game-changer. With The Lion’s Heart, Dena Hunt gives us a compassionate story courageously told, depicting the truth in all its dimensions. Readers will never be the same, and with The Lion’s Heart, the landscape of faith-based fiction is changed forever.”
Erin McCole Cupp, author, Don’t You Forget About Me

“Dena Hunt conveys some of the very real struggles of those persons who have same-sex attractions (SSA), especially the shame, confusion, and misery that can accompany such feelings. She shows how that suffering can affect family and friends. The path to understanding homosexuality requires abundant patience, prudence, and good will because the topic is not primarily a controversial cultural issue, but rather a complex personal reality. It is one for which there is not one simple or general explanation – or response. This novel gives us a glimpse into the lives and hearts of those touched by SSA who are striving to understand themselves, and so to love genuinely after the example of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church.”
Rev. Paul Check, Executive Director, Courage International

“If I had not been familiar with Dena’s writing, I would have passed on this novel due to the subject matter. I read the book because I know Dena as a daily Mass communicant and fellow parishioner. I know I can trust her to have something meaningful to say and to say it in a beautiful way. “The Lion’s Heart” does not disappoint. The topic of same sex attraction might be troublesome at first but Dena goes for the heart of the human condition. She writes about the universal conditions of desire, betrayal, contrition, and forgiveness. As a devout Catholic she includes characters we will all recognize, showing us their shortcomings as well as their redeeming qualities. At the core of it all is a human heart made in God’s image to be redeemed only by our loving God.”
Deacon Paul Worth, Texas

If you would like a FREE Kindle copy, head on over to Amazon.com and download it for FREE!

7 Quick Takes Friday – Miscellaneous Quick Takes

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday, where we share seven quick posts!

1. A World Such as Heaven Intended
Currently working on edits for the new FQP book, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer. Tentative release date: October 28. Check out the novel website here. Synopsis: The Civil War tore the United States apart and many friendships and families as well. In A World Such as Heaven Intended Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well. Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew. AWSAHI Final Cover

2. Wildcard Wednesday, the “Get Discovered” Edition
Check out Erin’s “Fiction Improv” post at this link. Participate for a chance to be included in an upcoming FQP Anthology with stories that illustrate principles of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.WildcardWed

3. The Angels of Abbey Creek by Sue Elvis
I recently wrote about my friend, Sue’s, new children’s book here at this post. Check it out!AAC Sue Elvis

4. Research, Research, Research
I’ve been doing a lot of research for my upcoming short novel, Julia’s Gifts. It’s a World War I romance between an American nurse and a Canadian soldier. Tentative release date is Fall of 2015. Research is one of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction. The National Film Board of Canada’s youtube channel has been tremendously helpful.

5. Free E-Books Coming
During September, I will be doing two free promotions of FQP books. One will be next week and the other will be the following week. Keep tuned here for more details.

6. Reading Shelf
Opal’s Jubilee by Leslie Lynch

7. ‘Another One’ Cartoon

Cartoon copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Cartoon copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

The Angels of Abbey Creek – New Book by Sue Elvis

AAC Sue ElvisMy friend, Sue Elvis, has a new children’s book out and it’s called “The Angels of Abbey Creek.”

Book description:
In Australia, where Christmas is in summer and dads like to play cricket, is a small town. Not far from this town, along a narrow, winding road, is the village of Abbey Creek. And on the edge of this village, nestled among the shady gum trees, is a sprawling brick house. This is the home of the Angel family: Mum, Dad, Edward, Kate, Joe, Celeste, Lizzie and Annie.

And this is the story of their very adventurous year!

It’s a year full of happy days and magic moments, of camping in the bush and perfect beach holidays, of feast days and birthdays and even a First Holy Communion. The year has exciting days and disastrous moments, with racing bushfires, naughty birds and scurrying mice. And it’s full of surprises. The biggest surprise of all happens on Christmas Day!

The Angels of Abbey Creek contains 22 individual adventurous stories which fit together to tell the tale of one exciting year!

This book is now available for purchase from Lulu and will soon be available from Amazon.

Author’s Bio:
Sue Elvis is a Catholic wife and mother of eight, who lives in the state of NSW, Australia. She is the author of Grief, Love and Hope, and has been involved with grief ministry. The Angels of Abbey Creek is her first children’s novel. Sue blogs at Sue Elvis Writes.