SQT – White Easter and Cool Technology

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

1. White Easter
It’s not the first time and certainly won’t be the last time we’ve had a White Easter. And it certainly made all things look “like new.” Very appropriate for Easter!

image copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

image copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

2. 21st Century Technology
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do love 21st century technology. A few days ago, a N.J. religious education director asked us to give a Sexuality and Natural Family Planning talk for their Pre-Cana course (they couldn’t find a live replacement for the original couple doing the presentation). So tomorrow morning, we’ll be giving the talk via Skype.

And…next Thursday evening, I’ll be speaking via FaceTime to a book club who is reading my first book, Emily’s Hope.

3. Virtual Book Tour for Marie Therese Kceif
Yesterday was the first stop on the VBT for Marie Therese Kceif, author of Eve’s Apple. Karee interviews Marie, who is a former military pilot.EvesApple

4. Full Quiver Publishing You Tube Channel
We’re in the process of creating a Full Quiver Publishing YouTube Channel, where we’ve been uploading radio and TV interviews as well as book trailers! Check it out and let us know what you think! Full Quiver logo

5. Divine Mercy Novena
We’re nearly at the end of this beautiful novena, but you can always catch up here.

6. Review Shelf
Hush Hush by Michelle Quigley

7. Less Cost 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 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7QT – Book on #Sale, Lent Movies & Other Cool Things!

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

1. Angela’s Song Only .99!!
Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon is only .99 until tomorrow! Head on over to Amazon to pick up your Kindle copy for only .99!AS Front Cover Final9-19

2. Catholic Writers Guild
I’m over at the Catholic Writers Guild blog today speaking about the importance of being needed.

3. Ecce Ancilla Domini
My post in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation two days ago and on the importance of saying yes to God’s will sparked a lot of comments.

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Image copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach Please do not use without permission

4. Do You Believe
Have you seen the new faith-based movie, Do You Believe, yet? It’s from the same producers and writers of “God’s Not Dead.” I thoroughly enjoyed it. Do You Believe

5. The Passion of the Christ
Our family watches this movie every year, on Good Friday, when we return home from the Good Friday service. Powerful, hard-to-watch movie.Passion

6. Reading Shelf
A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac by Margaret Rose Realy.

7. Kidding 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 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7QT – Enter to Win FREE Books!

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

I’ve got several free books to give away!!! (North American readers only, please!)

1. A Subtle Grace Giveaway
It’s the one-year anniversary of A Subtle Grace’s release. I’m giving away one free print copy as well as one free Kindle copy. Please leave a comment below before Friday, March 20th and I’ll enter you to win one of the free books. (If you’ve never commented on my blog before, I will have to approve your comment. Be patient! I’ll be traveling this weekend with little access to internet. I will approve comments on Sunday!)A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. From the Hub to the Heart Giveaway
Leave a comment (before March 20th, 2015) to win a free print copy of this wonderful book by Andrew LaVallee and Leticia Velasquez!! It’s an ideal book for Lenten reading that encourages fasting.Kindle small

3. Catholic Conference 4 Moms Video PackageCC4MomsAd
Conference Package is $39.99. Enter code word Hook to get $10 off and purchase the package for $29.99 (which includes all kinds of bonuses!!)

4. Dynamic Women of Faith Conference
I’ll be traveling today to Toronto to speak at this conference tomorrow. I’ll also be selling and signing copies of all my books!
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5. Milan, Italy
Eight years ago this week, James and I were on a whirlwind tour of England, France and Italy (My husband and I, along with another teacher and his wife, were chaperones for 48 high school students). Memorable trip! The photo below is of us in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie where we were able to see Leonardo’s Last Supper, which was one of the highlights of our trip! (We almost didn’t get inside because we didn’t purchase our tickets in advance…the other chaperone begged and pleaded and we were finally allowed to purchase tickets!!)

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach Please do not use without permission

photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach Please do not use without permission

6. Reading Shelf
Pope Francis, Life and Revolution

7. Less Cost Cartoon

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

Copyright 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

A List of Inspiring Theology of the Body Fiction: #ShowUsYourList

showusyourlistlogoErin over at “Will Write For Tomato Pie” has a wonderful idea of having bloggers create alternate lists of entertaining books that are true, beautiful and good. Here is her challenge and mine as well!

“I challenge anyone who complained about 50 shades of anything to now spend some time and energy promoting entertainment that is true, beautiful and good.”

I posted about the “Antidote to #50Shades of Degradation: TOB Fiction: over at Amazing Catechists last week. Below is the list of Theology of the Body Fiction that I recommended and continue to recommend as “true, beautiful and good!” (Pardon the self-promotion of my own books and those of my publishing company!)

St. John Paul II said we can “overcome evil with good.” Here is a list of contemporary Catholic novels (in order of publication date) with Theology of the Body themes that can uplift, inspire and serve as an antidote to ALL the secular, trashy novels that promote illicit lifestyles. These novels encourage virtue rather than vice, respect rather than domination, and love rather than lust.

Emily’s Hope (Ellen Gable, 2005, FQ Publishing)

Passport (Christopher Blunt, 2008, Pelican Crossing Press)

Midnight Dancers (Regina Doman, 2008, Chesterton Press)

In Name Only (Ellen Gable, 2009, FQ Publishing)

Stealing Jenny (Ellen Gable, 2011, FQ Publishing)

Finding Grace (Laura Pearl, 2012, Bezalel Books)

Angela’s Song (AnnMarie Creedon, 2012, FQ Publishing)

Rapunzel Let Down (Regina Doman, 2013, Chesterton Press)

Vingede (Friar Tobe #2) (Krisi Keley, 2013, S & H Publishing)

Don’t You Forget About Me (Erin McCole Cupp, 2013, FQ Publishing)

A Subtle Grace (Ellen Gable, 2014, FQ Publishing)

The Lion’s Heart (Dena Hunt, 2014, FQ Publishing)

A World Such as Heaven Intended (Amanda Lauer, 2014, FQ Publishing)

Working Mother (Erin McCole Cupp, 2014, FQ Publishing)

“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.