7 Quick Takes Friday – More VBT Links!

7_quick_takes_sm1I’m joining with other Catholic bloggers over at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

It’s been a busy week on the Virtual Book Tour! Here are some of the bloggers who hosted me with interviews or reviews this week:A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

1. AnnMarie Creedon
AnnMarie Creedon, author of Angela’s Song, posted this wonderful review on Sunday! Her last sentence summarizes my new book brilliantly: “Not merely the story of a young girl’s journey to maturity, A Subtle Grace is a masterfully written illustration of the difference between lust and love, between rashness and fortitude, between mere existence and truly living.” Thank you, AnnMarie!!

2. A.K. Frailey
Ann Frailey is a wonderful author in her own right. On Monday, she posted a reflection on Catholic fiction, information about my book and also her review. Thank you, Ann!

3. Barb @ Franciscan Mom
I’m grateful to Barb for hosting me on Wednesday! I especially enjoyed how Barb focused on my Philly roots with some of her questions regarding three of my novels!

4. Sue @ Sue Elvis Writers
Yesterday, Sue interviewed me about my writing and my new book. Thank you, Sue!!

5. Erin @ Will Write For Tomato Pie
My thanks to Erin McCole Cupp, author of Don’t You Forget About Me, for the intriguing interview questions! A Philly girl herself, Erin also asked some questions regarding the setting of some of my books.

6. Review Shelf
Hana Lani by Christine Sunderland

7. Cartoon
Many hands do make “light” work. I couldn’t have published my book without my editors, beta readers, proofreaders and handsome cover designer (my husband!) I also could not promote my book as well without the help of the many bloggers who stepped forward to host me on my Virtual Book Tour. One more week to go!!

cartoon copyright Full Quiver Publishing/James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

cartoon copyright Full Quiver Publishing/James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

Sunday Snippets – March 29

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place for Sunday Snippets where we share posts from the previous week and answer a weekly question.

Today’s question: Who is your favorite Catholic author? My favorite Catholic author is Dena Hunt, author of Treason and The Lion’s Heart. Her writing is exquisite, her stories are rich and compelling, and her characters are flesh and blood believable.

I’ve been busy with my Virtual Book Tour, answering interview questions about my new book and “visiting” other blogs. The blogs I visited this past week are listed in the 7QT post below.

7 Quick Takes Friday – Virtual Book Tour Links

My publishing company is sponsoring a huge giveaway! If you’d like to win print copies of all my books, head on over to Catholic Mom and enter before April 4th!

Sunday Snippets – March 23

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place for Sunday Snippets where we share posts from the previous week and answer a weekly question. Question of the Week: How often do you go to confession? Do you have a regular confessor or do you go to different priests? I try to go to confession every three to four weeks or more, if I can. I usually go to our parish priest.

My new book, A Subtle Grace, is now available on Kindle!!! Print edition coming this week!!

My one and only post this week:

7 Quick Takes Friday – Book News I’m offering a free Kindle copy of my new book. Please comment at the 7QT post before Monday to enter!

copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – Book News Etc.

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday. I’ve been light on blogging of late trying to get both the Kindle edition and print edition ready for publication. One down, one to go!

1. A Subtle Grace Kindle Edition Now Available
My new book is now available via Kindle. Want a copy? Just leave a comment below before Monday, March 24th. I’m giving away one FREE Kindle copy of A Subtle Grace.A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. Print Edition Coming
The Print Edition of A Subtle Grace will be published in about ten days and I will be giving away free copies here on my blog. Stay tuned.

3. World Down Syndrome Day: Inspiring Article
Today is World Down Syndrome Day. This inspiring article was written by my friend, Christopher Blunt, author of Passport. It’s entitled “Stage Six: Joy.”

4. Happy Anniversary, Holy Father!
It’s now been one year since Pope Francis became the Holy Father. Happy Anniversary, Holy Father!

5. Prayer Intentions
Can you please pray for a couple of special intentions I have? Thank you!

6. Review Shelf
A Pius Legacy by Declan Finn
Wonderfully Made: A Catholic Perspective (coming soon)

7. “Laundry” Cartoon

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – New Reviews, Beautiful Pro-Life Video, Snowy Winter

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

1. #2, #3 and #4 on Amazon
Two nights ago, for a few hours, my three novels were ranking at #2, #3 and #4 in the Religious Drama category.SJ 2, INO 3, EH 4

2. Cool Review of Stealing Jenny (Thank you, John!)
Posted here: http://www.examiner.com/article/review-ellen-gable-s-stealing-jenny

And here: http://apiusman.blogspot.ca/2014/02/review-stealing-jenny.html

3. Catholic Writers Conference Online
If you’re a Catholic writer and would like to attend the Catholic Writers Conference Online, click here. Today is the last day to register!

4. A Subtle Grace EndorsementsA Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013“The plot tugs at the heart and gets the heart racing. Reading A Subtle Grace was like riding a Victorian-era wooden roller coaster: a luscious historical setting that provides a tantalizingly dangerous thrill ride.” Erin McCole Cupp, author, Don’t You Forget About Me

A Subtle Grace is a compelling read, a great addition to the genre of Catholic fiction.
Patrice Fagnant MacArthur, author The Catholic Baby Name Book

Fascinating read with meticulous historical detail and great suspense built around true-to-life characters.”
Karen Murphy Corr, freelance writer

“Ellen Gable’s A Subtle Grace is a masterfully written illustration of the difference between lust and love, between rashness and fortitude, between mere existence and truly living.”
AnnMarie Creedon, author, Angela’s Song

5. I Believe (Beautiful pro-life video by Sapphira Sinasac)

6. Snowy Winter
Up here in Canada, like in many parts of the upper USA, we have had a very snowy winter. Of course, the difference is that we usually have a snowy winter. It has also been bitterly cold and I’m pining for spring already.

The snow drift is taller than me!

The snow drift is taller than me!

sm photo snow

7. Virtual Invitation Cartoon

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – New Book, New Reviews & Downton Abbey!!

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

1. Early Feedback for A Subtle Grace
One beta reader said that it was a “tremendous sequel.” Another reader said that it is “your very best work. I absolutely loved it! I particularly enjoyed how you wove a pro-life message throughout the book without being preachy. And it was so easy to read! It just flowed. Wonderful!” A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. New 5 Star Reviews on Amazon.com for Stealing Jenny
I’m very grateful for the most recent reviews of Stealing Jenny on Amazon. Of the last ten, nine have been five stars and one, four stars. From Claire: “This book held my attention from beginning to the end. I read it in one day even through the president’s state of the union message. It was well written, fast moving, and really believable.”
From Meredith: “Being a mother, I totally relate to this. Some might write this off as a Catholic lack of reality story. Not me. I’m not Catholic, more pro-choice with a personal feeling of pro-life. It’s a real MUST READ kind of book, and this comes from my heart. But the reader has to dig deeper and realize the emotional depth that Ellen has brought to us.”

3. Downton Abbey Season Four (Spoiler Alert)DA-405-Bates-Anna300x231I’ve so enjoyed this Masterpiece Theatre/PBS British show for the past few years. My favorite couple is Anna and Bates. She’s usually so joyful and such a good person deep down and her husband, who is many years older, is a sweet and gentle man. I wasn’t convinced that their romance was the right thing for either of them during the first season when they began their courtship, but now it seems so natural for them to be together. This season has been difficult for them. Anna has been raped and until last week’s episode has been able to keep it secret from her husband because she’s afraid he will kill the man who did it. During last week’s episode, he overhears her speaking to Mrs. Hughes and finds out Anna’s secret.

Anna: “Well, it’s in the open. No more secrets. I’m glad of that at least. No more fear of being found out, because I am found out. My shame has nowhere to hide.”
Bates: “Why do you talk of shame? I don’t accept that there is any shame in this.”
Anna: “But I’m spoiled for you! And I can never be unspoiled.”
Bates: “You are not spoiled. You are made higher to me, and holier because of the suffering you have been put through. You are my wife, and I have never been prouder, nor loved you more than I do now at this moment.”
Anna: “Truly?”
Bates: “Truly.”

I know these are actors, but when you have brilliant writing, outstanding acting and excellent direction, well, these actors ARE Anna and Bates. We’ll see what happens next week and whether he will find out who assaulted his wife. But after last season (when Bates was finally vindicated and released from prison), no one wants to see him in prison again or — worse — hanged for killing a man, even if it was the man who raped his wife.)

4. Picture Perfect yellow shirtsIt’s hard to believe, but this was only my second published article. It was written in 2002 and appeared in Family Foundations, Spring 2003 issue: I tried to take a mental snapshot of the previous 10 minutes or so. Everyone had come to the table for dinner without being asked twice. The food was piping hot. All five children were sitting and quietly waiting for grace to begin. A soft snow had started falling outside, the woodstove was crackling, cookies were baking in the oven and the Christmas tree, which smelled fresh and green, sparkled with the twinkling lights. It all seemed so perfect, like a painting by Norman Rockwell or a scene from “Ozzie and Harriet.” For just a minute, I had wished that, like in the “Twilight Zone,” life would stop so I could savor the moment. I knew, however, that the scene wouldn’t last like that for long.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

5.Stealing Jenny: Featured Book on Freebooksy!
This past week, my book, Stealing Jenny, was featured on Freebooksy!Freebooksy

6. Reading Shelf
2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction

7. Cease Fire Cartoon

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach/Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach/Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach