7 Quick Takes Friday – Interview, Local Article and Giveaway at Goodreads

7_quick_takes_sm1With Easter and my VBT, as well as other promotion for my new book, I took a short vacation from blogging. But I’m back with 7QT and I’m joining with other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary.

1. Interview at Integrated Catholic Life
Special thanks to Sarah Reinhard for this wonderful interview over at Integrated Catholic Life, entitled “Ellen Gable on Integrating Faith and Fiction!”

2. Newspaper Article
Thanks to the Arnprior Chronicle Guide for posting this article about my new book and book launch at the Arnprior & District Museum. If you’re in the local area, please drop by between one and four p.m. tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, April 26, 2014).

3. Books in Top Five!!
For two and a half weeks, A Subtle Grace was in the #1 position in Religious Drama on Amazon Kindle and two of my other books (In Name Only and Stealing Jenny) have also been ranking in the top five! Again, thanks to all the readers who purchased my books, hosted me on my Virtual Book Tour or interviewed me.

4. Bittersweet Anniversary This Week
On Tuesday, I remembered my father in a special way since it was the 36th anniversary of his passing. His death was sudden and I was only 18 at the time; the entire family was in shock for days.This photo was taken a few months before his death.

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

5. Goodreads Giveaway of A Subtle Grace
Have you entered to win one of ten free print books of A Subtle Grace? Deadline is in two days. Here is the link to enter: Goodreads Giveaway of A Subtle Grace

6. Review Shelf
Doors to the Sacred, Everyday Events as Hints of the Holy by Bridget Haas

7. Kid Cartoon

image copyright 2011 James & Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

image copyright 2011 James & Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Sunday Snippets April 13: A Subtle Grace #1

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 question. This week’s question: What is your favorite part of Holy Week? My favorite part is the Good Friday liturgy and reading of the passion.

Here are my posts this week:

Interview with Catholic Mom (on Friday, I visited Catholic Mom as part of my Virtual Book Tour)

7 Quick Takes Friday – #1 on Amazon!! I have three books in the top six on Amazon Kindle’s Religious Drama category! My new book has been #1 for the better part of seven days, my second book is #2 (for three days) and my third book is #6!! ASG INO and SJ April 13

7 Quick Takes Friday – #1 on Amazon & VBT Links!

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

My virtual book tour continues this week and ends on Monday!!

1. A Subtle Grace #1!!
A Subtle Grace has been #1 in Religious Drama for five days now!! Woo hoo! This book holds the record for my fastest book to make it to #1!! asg bestseller

2. Miss Alexandrina
Miss Alexandrina hosted me on Sunday with some great interview questions! Thank you!!

3. Kathleen Basi
Thank you, Kathleen Basi, blogger at So Much to Say, So Little Time, who hosted me on Tuesday!

4. Don Mulcare
Don Mulcare posted this wonderful review on his blog on Tuesday as well. Thank you, Don!

5. Mrs. Mackerelsnapper
Erin McCole Cupp hosted me on Wednesday and she even included a delightfully scrumptious sounding recipe for Victorian Fish Curry!! Thank you, Erin!

6. Carol @ Simply Catholic
Carol hosted me on Thursday. Thank you, Carol!!

7. In Name Only Also #1
While A Subtle Grace was at the #1 position of PAID Kindle Books, In Name Only spent most of the week at #1 in both Religious Drama AND Victorian Romance in FREE books!! (It is no longer FREE, alas…)INO # 1 cropped

Thanks again to all those bloggers who have hosted me during my VBT for A Subtle Grace!

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

After Miscarriage: a Book Review

After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope is a wonderful book by Karen Edmisten, that shares the experiences of mothers and how they dealt with miscarriage and baby loss. I contributed a story called “Eternal Gifts.”

Years ago, after suffering five miscarriages, I began writing in a journal to ease my grief. These journal entries eventually became my first published article, Five Little Souls in Heaven, and then also was the basis for my first novel, Emily’s Hope.

The author of this booklet, Karen Edmisten, also shares her own journal entries, as well as her story of losing five babies through miscarriage.

This is a deeply moving, beautiful collection of stories, poems and reflections.

Karen was also on the Among Women Podcast with Pat Gohn to speak about her book and her experience with miscarriage. She talked about miscarriage sometimes being a private pain because the couple often hasn’t yet told anyone of their news.

A few years ago, I also appeared on Among Women Podcast (Episode 89) and spoke about my experience with pregnancy loss.

For more Baby Loss Resources, please click on the link above my blog name “Baby Loss.

copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach