7 Quick Takes Friday – Taking a Breather – Great Summer Reads!

7_quick_takes_sm1This has been a crazy week, so 7QT will be a reprint from last month!! I’m joining up with other bloggers at Conversion Diary.

I spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon at the Ottawa Train station as the “model” for a photo shoot. I’m not at liberty to say why, but I can say that the photographer was enthusiastic and proactive! (Thank you, Tim!) It was peculiar being the “subject” of the photo shoot, although I think the photographer got some unique shots! I haven’t had that many photos taken of me since I got married 32 years ago. The station manager was also very kind, accompanying us and keeping track of time (I gave her a copy of my newest book. Thank you, Karine!!)

Let’s talk summer! There’s nothing I like better than to sit under a tree on a warm summer’s day and read a story that will sweep me away. Full Quiver Publishing books make ideal summer reads!!

1. The Lion’s Heart Print Edition
The Lion’s Heart, FQP’s newest novel by Dena Hunt is currently available on Kindle and now available in softcover. Of The Lion’s Heart, Joseph Pearce, well-known Catholic author, says, “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.”
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2. In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
In Name Only is the first in the O’Donovan Family series (although both this and its sequel can be read independently of the other). It has been downloaded over 100,000 times on Kindle and won the Gold medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards. Check out the novel website and the profile page on Amazon.In name only much smaller

3. A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)
A Subtle Grace is my newest book and is available both on Kindle and in paperback. In her review, Trisha Niermeyer Potter, blogger at Prints of Grace, says this:
“This is one of my favorite contemporary works of Catholic fiction. The storytelling is masterful, the characters fascinating, and the writing is of high literary quality. People are imperfect—past, present, and future—but each is given the opportunity to grow, change, learn, and be redeemed. In this story it’s shown how the greatest mistake of our lives can be turned into one of the most amazing blessings and even be a source of hope for others. Life’s messy. People are complex. We’ve all got some skeletons in our closets, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t also fit some trophies and triumphs in there as well. A Subtle Grace has all of the elements that good Catholic fiction should.”A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

4. Stealing Jenny
This is my biggest seller and most popular book as evidenced by the over 330 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle with over 200,000 downloads). It’s a quick and easy read. Check out the novel website here and the Amazon profile page here. Stealing Jenny

5. Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp
Funny, quirky and great writing! Also referred to as a Theology of the Body mystery! Check out the novel website here and the Amazon page here. Don't You Forget About Me FTcasefrontcover

6. Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon
A beautiful Theology of the Body romance with over 200 reviews on Amazon! AS Front Cover Final9-19

7. Emily’s Hope
My first book is based on the true stories of myself and my great-grandmother. Check out the novel website here to read an excerpt and reviews.Emily's Hope

There are two other FQP books: Growing Up in God’s Image: A New Approach to the Facts of Life Talk and Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship.

There Have Been Many!

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

This week, I’m joining up with other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s place for Sunday Snippets where we share posts from the previous week and answer a weekly question. I’ve been swamped with so many different projects so I haven’t been able to participate recently. I’m happy to be back because I love the question of this week: Tell us about a priest (or more) who have been significant in your life. There have been many (but here are just a few).

Fr. Morley: The first priest who was significant in my life was Father Morley, who was also my first boss. While I was in 7th grade at St. Richard’s School in Philly, Father Morley approached me and asked whether I’d like to work at the rectory after school every day until 5:00 p.m. I loved the job, I loved the extra money ($3 a week) and Fr. Morley, as I recall, was a joy to work with. He told me I looked like a Kewpie Doll.

Fr. Bob: He not only helped me with my first novel, Emily’s Hope, he was a long-time supporter of and speaker at our annual Humanae Vitae BBQ. He attended for many years and spoke at length to the couples about the importance of faithfulness to the Church’s teachings on this subject of marital love and sexuality. (He eventually moved to another part of the country). He is an experienced writer who has also read most of my books and has given me honest and supportive feedback. Fr. Bob has remained our dear friend for many years.

Any Madonna House Priest: We love Madonna House priests! Whenever I go to confession with a Madonna House priest, it truly is like whispering into the ear of Jesus.

Now for the links to my few posts this past week:

Three Novels in Top Ten And all four were in the top twelve. I believe the surge in sales had something to do with a review in the National Catholic Register (thank you, Sarah!!) Print sales for A Subtle Grace were up 100 percent!

7 QT July 4 This past week, A Subtle Grace (new book) and In Name Only (O’Donovan Book 1) were #1 and #2 in BRITAIN! This was the first time they reached #1 and #2 there, so it was cool! Also included in the 7QT are a video, CALA finalists announced, Catholic Writers Conference Live and a press release about my new book.

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – July 4

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

1.Tom Brokaw Explains Canada to Americans
Today is July 4th and earlier this week, we celebrated Canada Day. To celebrate both holidays, I thought I would share this appropriately beautiful video of Tom Brokaw explaining the relationship between Canada and USA (from 2010 Calgary Olympics).

2. Catholic Writers Conference Live
To find out more information about the Catholic Writers Conference Live in Chicago, read this news release!

3. A Subtle Grace #1 and In Name Only #2 in Britain
Yesterday, my books, A Subtle Grace and In Name Only (the two O’Donovan family books) reached #1 and #2 on Britain’s Amazon!A Subtle Grace #1 UK

4. Love, Obsession and Stalking: New Novel Tackles Challenging Issues
Christian Newswire recently posted this news release on A Subtle Grace!A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

5. CALA Finalists Announced!
The Catholic Writers Guild recently released the names of the finalists for the Catholic Arts and Letter Award. Check out the announcement here. Congratulations to all the finalists!

6. Goodreads Giveaway
Goodreads is giving away three free copies of Dena Hunt’s book, The Lion’s Heart. Check it out here.Front Cover Final revisedsm

7. Hope For Dad 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 – Reviews, Links and Win a Free Book!

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

1. The Lion’s Heart Now in Paperback
The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt is now available in paperback.Front Cover Final revisedsm

2. The Lion’s Heart Reviews
Special thanks to Barb S (Franciscan Mom) and Erin (Will Write For Tomato Pie) for the wonderful reviews of The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt. Barb’s review is here and Erin’s review is at this link.

3. A Subtle Grace Giveaway
I’m giving away two Kindle copies and one paperback copies of my new book, A Subtle Grace, to the first three who comment below. The first person who comments (and who wants a free print copy) wins. The other two will win Kindle copies.A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

4. Difficult Anniversaries/Responsible Parenthood
The end of June brings painful memories. 28 years ago, I nearly died from complications of an ectopic pregnancy. 21 years ago this month, it happened again. Amidst the difficulties, however, was hope in the faces of my two youngest sons. For a more detailed account, check out my previous blog post.Kids Adam holding Paul

5. Want to Control Your Google Images?
Check out this fabulous post by Lisa Hendey on how to control which images show up on Google.

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Blue by Kasey Jackson

7. Vacation 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

WWRW: The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt

Ellen Gable Hrkach:

Special thanks to Erin McCole Cupp for this refreshingly honest and enthusiastic review of FQP’s newest book, The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt.

Originally posted on Will Write for Tomato Pie:

Join up with Jessica at Housewifespice and all the other coolest bookworms for What We’re Reading Wednesday.

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“I am not afraid that the book will be controversial.  I’m afraid it will not be controversial.”

Flannery O’Connor

Today I’m reviewing one of the best, most powerful, most well-crafted, most heart-challenging books I’ve read in a very long time.  I am not exaggerating.  It’s The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt.  

Writers are often told to perfect “the elevator pitch,” a three-sentence summary of one’s book.  If you’re pitching a Catholic novel, I can’t think of a more interest-grabbing elevator pitch than the intro to the Amazon summary for The Lion’s Heart.  

Is love ever wrong?
Paul Meyer has never let anyone get too close.
Until Max.

Spoilers:  Max is not a girl.

Here’s my review as I posted to Amazon:

Whatever side of controversy you call home, this book is a…

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7 Quick Takes Friday – FQP Books Make Ideal Summer Reads!!

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers for 7 Quick Takes Friday, this week at Team Whitaker.

There’s nothing I like better than to sit under a tree on a warm summer’s day and read a story that will sweep me away. Full Quiver Publishing books make ideal summer reads!!

1. The Lion’s Heart Print Edition
The Lion’s Heart, FQP’s newest novel by Dena Hunt is currently available on Kindle and will be available in softcover by next week. Of The Lion’s Heart, Joseph Pearce, well-known Catholic author, says, “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.”
Front Cover Final revisedsm

2. In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
In Name Only is the first in the O’Donovan Family series (although both this and its sequel can be read independently of the other). It has been downloaded over 100,000 times on Kindle and won the Gold medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards. Check out the novel website and the profile page on Amazon.In name only much smaller

3. A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)
A Subtle Grace is my newest book and is available both on Kindle and in paperback. In her review, Trisha Niermeyer Potter, blogger at Prints of Grace, says this:
“This is one of my favorite contemporary works of Catholic fiction. The storytelling is masterful, the characters fascinating, and the writing is of high literary quality. People are imperfect—past, present, and future—but each is given the opportunity to grow, change, learn, and be redeemed. In this story it’s shown how the greatest mistake of our lives can be turned into one of the most amazing blessings and even be a source of hope for others. Life’s messy. People are complex. We’ve all got some skeletons in our closets, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t also fit some trophies and triumphs in there as well. A Subtle Grace has all of the elements that good Catholic fiction should.”A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

4. Stealing Jenny
This is my biggest seller and most popular book as evidenced by the over 330 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle). It’s a quick and easy read. Check out the novel website here and the Amazon profile page here. Stealing Jenny

5. Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp
Funny, quirky and great writing! Also referred to as a Theology of the Body mystery! Check out the novel website here and the Amazon page here. Don't You Forget About Me FTcasefrontcover

6. Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon
A beautiful Theology of the Body romance with over 200 reviews on Amazon! AS Front Cover Final9-19

7. Emily’s Hope
My first book is based on the true stories of myself and my great-grandmother. Check out the novel website here to read an excerpt and reviews.Emily's Hope

There are two other FQP books: Growing Up in God’s Image: A New Approach to the Facts of Life Talk and Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship.