“From the Hub to the Heart” Tells of Journey From Fast Living to Living the Fast

Kindle smallToday is the first day of new author, Andy LaVallee’s, Virtual Blog Tour. I’m pleased to be able to share Andy’s new book, From the Hub to the Heart, with you!

Contact: Andrew LaVallee, Live the Fast (phone number: 781-647-4644 x12)
Boston, Massachusetts February 11, 2015: Andrew LaVallee lived the fast life. A man of extremes, LaVallee grew up in a tough neighborhood and he drank, swore and gambled his way through most of his adult life. He achieved financial and worldly success in his bakery distribution business. After his conversion, LaVallee embraced the Catholic faith of his youth and felt God calling him to promote fasting. When he decided to write his story, he joined forces with writer Leticia Velasquez who writes, “This book tells the story of what happened when a movie star known for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel, looked into this successful man’s eyes one day and challenged him just as Christ challenged the rich young man. He dared Andy to visit Medjugorje, an obscure, poor village in Croatia, where for over thirty years it has been alleged that the Virgin Mary has been visiting earth and calling her children to live lives of prayer, penance and fasting. Andy’s reaction was predictable; ‘No way am I flying fifteen hours to pray a Rosary!’ But little by little, Our Lady’s call to Andy opened his heart and he boarded that plane, prayed that Rosary and his life has never been the same.”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston has high praise for Andy: “The past decade of Andy LaVallee’s life shows the power of Men’s Conferences, the impact of good Catholic friendships, the help of the Blessed Mother to draw near to Christ Jesus, the power of fasting, and the positive impact of Catholic social teaching in the workplace. We are fortunate in the Archdiocese of Boston to have leaders such as Andy LaVallee who actively reach out to invite others to experience the joy of living as a disciple within the Catholic community.”

Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, Foundress of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth says, “In (Andrew’s) pilgrimage we each can experience the fullness of our conversion when the new life of faith from within intersects with the old world from without…writing and publishing this journey is yet a testimony of his desire to reach the fullness of his conversion not only for himself but to share its grace with others. May God’s Name be glorified and many people be inspired by this conversion pilgrimage and journey deeper into their own conversion through this book.”

This inspiring book is available on Kindle via Amazon.com and is also available via the author’s website: livethefast.org

Here are the other participating bloggers:
February 12 A. K. Frailey, author
February 13 Barb at Franciscan Mom
February 15 Patrice MacArthur
February 17 Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire
February 18 Nancy Ward, Joy Alive
February 19 Melanie Jean Juneau, The Joy of Nine
February 20 Dana Doyle, Catholic Working Mom
February 21 Sue Elvis, Sue Elvis Writes

7QT – Books, Books and More Books!

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727Please join me and other Catholic bloggers for 7QT Friday at This Ain’t the Lyceum.

1. A Subtle Grace Still .99 Until Sunday
The Kindle edition of my book, A Subtle Grace, is still .99 until Sunday. Regular price is 4.99.A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. FQP’s Newest Author: Carolyn Astfalk
Check out Carolyn Astfalk’s new author page over at the Full Quiver Publishing Website. Carolyn is the author of Stay With Me, which will be published by FQ Publishing this Fall. Welcome, Carolyn!Carolyn

3. Working Mother by Erin McCole Cupp
Working Mother, the short fiction piece by Erin McCole Cupp has been getting rave reviews over at Amazon.com.Featured Image -- 12247

4. A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer
Cold, snowy February is a great time to curl up next to the fire and read a good book. Amanda Lauer’s book, A World Such as Heaven Intended, is ideal for that!AWSAHI Final Cover

5. From the Hub to the Heart
And who can resist a great conversion story? Andrew LaVallee lived the fast life. A man of extremes, LaVallee grew up in a tough neighborhood and he drank, swore and gambled his way through most of his adult life. He achieved financial and worldly success in his bakery distribution business. He went to Medjugorje and experienced a conversion of heart and now promotes fasting through his website. His book is available by pre-order over at Amazon.com. Kindle small

6. Reading Shelf
The Great War: Unseen Archives

7. A Romantic Dinner – NFP Style

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copyright 2013 James and Ellen Hrkach (Please do not use without permission)

Copyright 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

Sunday Snippets – Cool Book News!

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers over at RAnn’s Place where we share posts from the previous week.

Here are my posts:

A Subtle Grace #1 (my book, A Subtle Grace, is currently #1 in five different categories, #2 or #3 in several additional categories and #74 over all Amazon e-books!)

7 Quick Takes Friday – Book News News on my work in progress and other projects I’ve been working on.

Sunday Snippets – January 24

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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.

Here are my posts:

Feast of St. Agnes

If the Morning

The next one is an older article (from 2011), but it’s been getting a few hits recently since I mentioned it in my Catholic Writers Guild blog post last week:

Difficult Anniversaries – Responsible Parenthood

GIVEAWAY!! Also check out Erika Marie’s blog, One Simple Mama. She posted an interview with me earlier today. As well, I’m sponsoring a giveaway of A Subtle Grace at her blog! Click on this link to enter!

Sunday Snippets – January 17

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Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place where we share posts from the previous week.

It was a slow week for blogging, although I did manage two posts about Catholic fiction.

A Subtle Grace Reviews – special thanks to the four bloggers who agreed to read and review my book!

Fatal Rhythm Book Review

Check out the other bloggers’ posts at RAnn’s Place!

7 Quick Takes Friday – Happy Thanksgiving!

7_quick_takes_sm1 Jen isn’t hosting 7 Quick Takes today, but I decided to post my quick takes anyway!

If you’ve braved the shopping malls this Black Friday, stay safe!

1. Black Friday Deals at Full Quiver Publishing!
You don’t need to leave the comfort of your home to receive great deals! Do you receive my publishing company’s newsletter? If you don’t, you’re missing out on some great deals! Until December 3rd, ALL FQP BOOKS (including my five books) are on sale for 30% off! Want the coupon codes? Just email me to sign up for our newsletter fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com and I will forward you the latest newsletter with the codes.Full Quiver logo

2. Goodreads Giveaway of A World Such as Heaven Intended
There’s also still time to enter to win one free print copy of Amanda Lauer’s new novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended. Click the link below to enter:
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/115123-a-world-such-as-heaven-intended

3. Guidelines for Evangelizing Online
My latest post over at Catholic Mom lists my guidelines for evangelizing online. Check it out here.

4. Another Train Photo
This photo was actually another one that was in the running for the front cover of Family Foundations magazine.

Photo courtesy Tim Baklinski of Two Trees Photography

Photo courtesy Tim Baklinski of Two Trees Photography

5. For Locals! Book Signing Tomorrow!
I’ll be at the CWL Christmas Bazaar at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall in Braeside, Ontario tomorrow from 8:30 to 12:30 signing and selling my books. The delightful Ida Gravelle will also be with me signing her book, Dancing on Friday.

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Georgios: Hidden Heritage by A.K. Frailey
Rebuilding Catholic Culture by Ryan Topping
Catholic Spiritual Practices by Colleen Griffith and Thomas Groome

7. Advent Cartoon

Image copyright Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Image copyright Full Quiver Publishing Please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – Holy Souls, Mementos and Other Quick Takes

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

1. St. Gertrude’s Prayer for the Holy Souls
November is the month of the Holy Souls. This is an ideal prayer to recite during this month, but it is also a powerful prayer said daily.
Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.n with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.

2. Young Woman with Cancer Commits Suicide
Heartbreaking story about a terminally ill young woman, Brittany Maynard, who committed suicide earlier this week. Terminally ill diagnoses are often wrong…and this woman was so young. Praying for her soul…

3. Six Full Quiver Publishing Books in Top Ten!
Earlier this week, six FQP books were in the top ten! Six of top ten are FQP books!

4. Lovely Memento From Homeschooling
This past week, I spent hours going through boxes and boxes of homeschooling materials. As one can imagine after 18 years, there were enough boxes and books to take up a huge section of our storage area. It was a chore that I had been putting off because I knew it would be emotionally challenging. It was bittersweet as the memories came flooding back. Homeschooling wasn’t always easy, but I will never regret making the decision to teach my children at home. I found this beautiful little sentence in an essay written by one of my sons, entitled “My Family.”My family age ten cropped

5. One of Ours Book Review
Willa Cather’s classic is a great book for commemorating Veterans Day/Remembrance Day next week. To read my review at CatholicFiction.net. click here.one-of-ours

6. Reading Shelf
The Grace of Yes by Lisa Hendey

7. Touche Cartoon

copyright 2013 James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

copyright 2013 James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach
Cartoon copyright James and Ellen Hrkach. Please do not use without permission.