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

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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.

7 Quick Takes Friday – Miscellaneous Book News

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

1. My Four Novels in Top Six
It doesn’t happen often, but earlier this week, all four of my novels were in the top six books of Religious Drama on Amazon! (A Subtle Grace #1, In Name Only #2, Stealing Jenny #5, Emily’s Hope #6) AllfourtopsixOct29

2. Adventures of Writing (Interview)
Special thanks to Victoria Marie Lees who interviewed me at her blog, Adventures in Writing. As well, she included the following review: “A Subtle Grace is alive with drama. The obstacles are many; the characters, lively. The devil lives in the historical world of the O’Donovan family. The writer knows her genre. This Catholic Fiction novel demonstrates the power of love and faith to forgive and protect. You won’t be disappointed.” A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

3. A World Such as Heaven Intended Print Edition
FQP’s new release, A World Such as Heaven Intended Print Edition (by Amanda Lauer)is now available on Create Space and will be available on Amazon soon. It’s currently available on Kindle.AWSAHI Final Cover

4. Terrorism Comes Close
My thoughts on last week’s shooting at Parliament Buildings in Ottawa (I live about 40 miles west of Ottawa).

Photo courtesy K. J.

Photo courtesy K. J.

5. All Saints Day
Tomorrow is All Saints Day and, hard to believe, the beginning of November already!

6. Review/Reading Shelf
The Tree by Denise Mallett

7. Dust Bunnies 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 – Interview, Free Books Etc.

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

1. FREE On Kindle: In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
Free until Sunday on Kindle is my second book and the first in the O’Donovan Family series, In Name Only.In name only much smaller

2. Bookgoodies Interview
I was recently interviewed by Bookgoodies.Bookgoodies

3. Autumn Leaves

Photo courtesy K. J.

Photo courtesy K. J.

4. Win a FREE Kindle Copy of A Subtle Grace (leave comment below to be entered)
I’m giving away one free Kindle edition of A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family #2). Leave a comment below before Friday, October 31st to be entered to win!A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

5. Win a FREE Kindle Copy of A World Such as Heaven Intended
I’m also giving away one free Kindle edition of A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, the new FQP book! It will be available in print next week. Leave a comment below before Friday to be entered to win.AWSAHI Final Cover

6. Review Shelf
A Body in Prayer – Neil Combs
Hearts Awakening – Delia Parr
Love’s First Bloom – Delia Parr

7. Be Fruitful and Multiply 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)

7 Quick Takes Friday – Books Etc.

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

1. A World Such as Heaven Intended
Have you checked out the new FQP novel by Amanda Lauer? It’s now available on Kindle! Print book coming soon!AWSAHI Final Cover

2. Stealing Jenny #1 Fifth Week!
Stealing Jenny is now in its fifth week of being #1 in Religious Drama.Stealing Jenny

3. Seven Saints for Seven Virtues Book Review
Check out my review of this wonderful new book by Jean Heimann.SevenSaints

4. FQP Books at St. Patrick’s Gift and Book Store!
This is a repeat from last week…but very exciting news for my local readers. All Full Quiver Publishing books are now available for purchase at St. Patrick’s Gift and Book Store in Ottawa.

5. Autumn Beauty

Photo courtesy KJ

Photo courtesy KJ

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini

7. Dust Bunnies 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

Seven Saints for Seven Virtues Book Tour

SevenSaintsSeven Saints for Seven Virtues by Jean Heimann (Book Review) Published 2014, by Servant Books

Jean Heimann’s beautifully written and inspiring new book is entitled “Seven Saints for Seven Virtues.”

The author focuses on the seven virtues: charity, chastity, diligence, humility, kindness, patience and temperance as well as the saints who illustrate them so beautifully: Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Agnes, St. John Paul II, St. Joseph, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Monica and St. Augustine.

Each chapter begins with the author telling the reader about a saint whose life was an example of that particular virtue, defining the virtue, then sharing a modern example of someone (sometimes a personal relative or friend) who was also an example of that virtue. Next, the author asks: “How Can We Practice” each virtue. Each chapter ends with examples of that specific virtue in action and what we, the reader, can do to put that virtue into practice.

This is an absolutely wonderful book, inspiring, edifying, informative and beautifully written. It can be read slowly, reflecting on each chapter/saint/virtue or it can be read quickly, taking in each virtuous saint’s life story and example.

Seven Saints for Seven Virtues is an ideal gift for anyone who wishes to grow in holiness and virtue. Highly recommend!

To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.

If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment below before Friday, October 17th!! (North American readers only, please!)

These blogs will be participating in the blog tour. Please visit them too!

Tuesday, October 14th, Connie Rossini
Wed., October 15th, Barbara Szyszkiewicz
Thursday, October 16th Can We Cana, Karee Santos
Friday, October 17th, Alice Berger
Saturday, October 18th, Jane Lebak
Sunday, October 19th, Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
Monday, October 20th, Leticia Velasquez
Tuesday, October 21st, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Wednesday, October 22nd, Janet Moore, Book Review

7 Quick Takes Friday – Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

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

1. A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer
Now on Kindle!AWSAHI Final Cover Click here to download the Kindle edition!

2. Working Mother by Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp has more information over here at her post.Working Mother Final-1

3. Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada
This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving up here in Canada and I’m looking forward to welcoming some of my American relatives to join in the festivities!

copyright James Hrkach

copyright James Hrkach

4. FQP Books Are Now Available at St. Patrick’s Gift and Bookstore!
All of my books and Full Quiver Publishing‘s books are now available at the largest and most comprehensive Catholic bookstore in the Ottawa area, St. Patrick’s Gift and Bookstore!

5. Autumn Beauty in Pakenham

copyright Josh Hrkach please do not use without permission

copyright Josh Hrkach please do not use without permission

6. Review Shelf
Seven Saints for Seven Virtues by Jean Heimann (Look for my review this Monday as I participate in Jean’s Virtual Book Tour!)

7. Thanksgiving Cartoon

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

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

7 Quick Takes Friday – Miscellaneous Book News!

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

1. A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands SALE
If you haven’t already taken advantage of this amazing sale of the 2014 CALA winner, please head on over to Amazon and pick up this book for only .99!Hero

2. A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer
We are days away from the Kindle release of this Civil War Romance! Print edition will be available late this month, but the Kindle edition will be available by October 15th!AWSAHI Final Cover

3. Stealing Jenny #1 for Third Week!
Stealing Jenny, Kindle edition has been #1 in Religious Drama for the third week in a row! It was #1 in UK in Christian Suspense for 10 days! Stealing Jenny

4. A Subtle Grace
A Subtle Grace has received more five star reviews on Amazon! The ranking is now 4.8, higher than any of my books. Thank you, readers!A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

5. Full Quiver Publishing
Check out our FQP website for up and coming book news!Full Quiver logo

6. Reading Shelf
The Blood Cries Out by Karl Erickson

7. Back Up Cartoon

Copyright James and Ellen Hrkach...please do NOT use without permission

Copyright James and Ellen Hrkach…please do NOT use without permission