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.

7QT Friday – Book Sale, Book News Etc.

seven-quick-takes-friday-2-1024x727It’s been a while since I’ve participated in 7QT! But I’m back and there’s a new host, Kelly at Ain’t the Lyceum.

1. A Subtle Grace on SALE for ONLY .99!
My fifth book, A Subtle Grace, Kindle Edition is on sale on only .99 until February 7th!! It’s the stand alone sequel to my second book, In Name Only. To read reviews and an excerpt, click here.A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2. Great Article on Contraception’s “Cascading Rampage”
Excellent article on Contraception’s Cascading Rampage over at The Catholic Thing by a long-time psychiatrist, Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons. Check it out!

3. Instagram!
I just joined Instagram! Here’s my profile link: http://instagram.com/ellengable/ This was my first posted photo:
sunrise in Pakenham

4. From the Hub to the Heart, New Book by Andrew LaVallee
I’ve been working with new author Andrew LaVallee as his editor and book consultant. His book, based on his conversion story, is entitled “From the Hub to the Heart” and is available right now on pre-order from Kindle. Andy also promotes fasting through his non-profit organization Live the Fast. Check his book out here.Kindle small

5. Julia’s Gifts Update
My work in progress is called Julia’s Gifts. It’s a World War 1 Historical Romance Novella. Earlier this week, I was without internet access and took the opportunity to spend two days working on it. It’s set to be released later this year (if I can get my act together) and it’s about an American Medical Aid worker named Julia Murphy.

6. Reading Shelf
Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War

7. Officially Married Cartoon

Copyright James and Ellen Hrkach PLEASE DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Copyright James and Ellen Hrkach PLEASE DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

A Subtle Grace (Kindle Edition) Only .99!!

A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013For the next ten days, the stand alone sequel to my second book, In Name Only, A Subtle Grace (Kindle edition) will be on sale for only .99!!

Of A Subtle Grace, Trisha Niermeyer Potter of Prints of Grace Blog said, “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.”

In her review, Jean Heimann, Catholic author and blogger, wrote that “In A Subtle Grace, Gable shows us through her characters, what happens when an individual lives his/her life based on principles rather than on passions. She clearly conveys the differences between love as a feeling vs. love as a choice, illustrating the consequences of each. Themes of redemption, forgiveness, discerning one’s vocation, healing, hope, and joy, all contribute to make this a story that tugs at the heart. A sequel to In Name Only, A Subtle Grace works well as an independent, stand-alone novel. You will definitely want to read both. A Subtle Grace is excellent read for historical romance fans. Those who enjoy Christian romance and suspense novels will find this story particularly enjoyable. This is a winner!”

Therese Heckenkamp, award-winning author of Frozen Footprints says, “A Subtle Grace is the sequel to the lovely book In Name Only, yet A Subtle Grace can be enjoyed independently. Of course, readers of the first book won’t want to miss this one! The story kept me so interested that I hardly realized this was, in fact, a lengthy book. A Subtle Grace is a novel to stir your heart, your emotions, and your soul. I highly recommend it!”

Click here to read an excerpt and more reviews.

To download the book for only .99, click here.

Sunday Snippets – January 24

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.

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!

If The Morning

Since the March for Life is being held today in Washington, I wanted to share the words of the pro-life song my husband wrote as a teenager. It’s called “If the Morning,” and these lyrics are also included in my novel, Emily’s Hope:

If in the morning the Savior didn’t rise
Would there be sunshine in your eyes
And in the springtime if the world wasn’t new
Would love still see its way through
And do we stand only to lose it all
By standing just a little too tall

Save the baby, save the baby
Because I know he’s got the right
I know he’s got that right
Save the baby, save the baby
Because I know He’s got it right
And I know that we have got it wrong

And if the dreamer never woke to tell his tale
Would hope be born still by our hands
And if the baby never sees the light of day
Will nightmares conquer all man
And do we stand only to lose it all
By standing just a little too tall.

Save the baby, save the baby
Because I know he’s got the right
I know he’s got that right
Save the baby, save the baby
Because I know He’s got it right
And I know that we have got it wrong.

And if the baby never saw the light of day, of day, of day…

Lyrics copyright 1978 James Hrkach
Photo copyright 2011 Josh Hrkach

Feast of St. Agnes

stagnesTomorrow is the Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. I knew little of this saint until I read about her during research for my novel, A Subtle Grace. I have dedicated my book to her.

It’s no surprise that St. Agnes’ feast day is so close to the U.S. March for Life. Agnes’ name in Greek means “chaste, pure or sacred,” and in Latin, it means “lamb.” She is the patron saint of young girls, chastity, engaged couples, rape victims (and others). In past centuries, young girls would recite the prayer/poem to St. Agnes on the Eve of the feast day (today) in the hopes that they would dream of their future husband.

The following is a link to an excerpt of A Subtle Grace which includes the prayer/poem to St. Agnes:

Excerpt from A Subtle Grace

St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us!