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.

Recent Reviews of A Subtle Grace

A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013Special thanks to the following bloggers who took the time to read my newest book and post a review! Excerpts are below, but I encourage you to go to each reviewer’s blog and read the entire reviews.

Elizabeth at Super Swell Times posted this review:
“Ms. Gable has a knack for setting the scene. You can tell that she has meticulously researched the time period in which the book is set. Everything from the way priests interacted with parishioners to the way old guns operate, A Subtle Grace‘s setting in the later 1890s is vibrant and interesting. One of my favorite aspects of A Subtle Grace is the fact that Ms. Gable took the time to craft story lines for all her characters — not just the ones central to the romance. Beyond Kathleen and Luke, we get the opportunity to check in with Caroline and David as well as learn more about Will, John and various other folks.”

Amelia at One Catholic Mama, posted this review.
“A Subtle Grace starts out with a riveting birthing scene. I always love a good birthing scene in books and this one does not disappoint. So that right there grabbed my attention and drew me into the story….I found this book to be rather engaging and hard to put down. The characters are charming (if just a little too perfect at times….well except for the wicked one, who is just a bit too wicked) and rather likeable. I found myself wishing that I could actually meet these people, or at least be more like them.”

Tiffany at Life of a Catholic Librarian posted this review:
“I really, really enjoyed this book. I’ve been thinking about it since I finished, which is always quite telling. To be clear, I review a lot of Catholic Young Adult fiction on this blog, and this book is NOT part of that genre. This is adult fiction, as several plot twists involve things not suitable for a young audience. Aforementioned plot twists are quite compelling, however, and I was reading along at a rapid clip, anxious to see what would happen and how the (very dastardly!) villain would be vanquished. No spoilers here though! You’ll have to go read to find out what I’m alluding to.”

Erika Marie at Simple Mama posted this review in her review:
“I was so impressed with how Gable wove all the Catholic traditions and historical culture into the story. She presents the story with a delicate, but enthralling, style. I felt quite comfortable lending it to our high-school-aged babysitter and plan on keeping it around for our daughter to enjoy in a few years. My only complaint about the book was that it was so engrossing that I couldn’t put it down! I’d stay up way too late just to see how the plot would unravel. It was wonderful, actually! It was like gooey fudgy warm brownies for my book-loving-heart.”

Again, THANK YOU to these Catholic bloggers for reading my book and writing a review. I really do appreciate it!

If you are a Catholic blogger and would like a print or Kindle copy of A Subtle Grace, email me: fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com and I will send you a review copy!

Feast of the Epiphany

On Epiphany Sunday, our family has continued a tradition of reciting a blessing and marking the lintel of every doorway in our home (usually with chalk) indicating the year and the initials of the wise men (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar): 20 C M B 15. (Photo to the right is from a few years ago!) CMB also stands for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, Latin for “May Christ Bless this House.”

For more information on this beautiful tradition, the following website has some great readings and more information on this beautiful blessing:
http://www.liturgy.co.nz/blog/epiphany-chalk-house-blessing-2/4942

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.

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 – 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

7QT – Photos, Reviews, More FQP News!

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

1. Cool Train Photo

This cool photo was taken with a screeching train whizzing by me (hence the windswept hair and the look of trepidation on my face) and is one of the photos that is included inside Family Foundations September/October edition.  Special thanks to Tim Baklinski of Two Trees Photography

This cool photo was taken with a screeching train whizzing by me (hence the windswept hair and the look of trepidation on my face). Special thanks to Tim Baklinski of Two Trees Photography

2. Love this Photo!

I love this photo of James and me, taken from above (again, special thanks to Tim Baklinski from Two Trees Photography).

I love this photo of James and me, taken from above (again, special thanks to Tim Baklinski from Two Trees Photography).

3. Four books in Top Five
All four of my novels were in the top five of Religious Drama yesterday on Kindle! (#1, #3, #4 and #5)four in top five sept 19

4. Stealing Jenny #1 in Britain
The U.K. has discovered Stealing Jenny!! Britain #1

5. A World Such as Heaven Intended
Kindle edition will be available for pre-orders VERY SOON!! Check out these two wonderful reviews we’ve received for this book so far:
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, author

“The South of 1864 springs to life in A World Such as Heaven Intended. Rich in details of language, setting and social mores, Lauer takes readers on the journey of her protagonist, Amara McKirnan, a strong woman ahead of her time who wrestles with her blended family and the horrors of the Civil War to find the peace and happiness she is convinced awaits her.”
Marni Graff, author, The Nora Tierney Mysteries
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6. Review Shelf
Miracle Man – Judy Landrieu Klein

7. Fertile Time Cartoon

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission

copyright James and Ellen Hrkach, please do not use without permission

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7 Quick Takes Friday – Free Book, New Fiction, Cover Photo, Rally for Middle East

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

1. FREE Today until Midnight!! The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt
FREE today until midnight (Sept 5)! The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt. Click here to download your free book! To read reviews and an excerpt, click here: The Lion’s Heart Website.Front Cover Final revisedsm

2. Working Mother – FQP Short Fiction Mentioned in Book Talk
A few days ago, Working Mother by Erin McCole Cupp, was mentioned in Sarah Reinhard’s “Book Talk” over at Catholic Mom. Click here to read!

3. Cover Photo for Family Foundations
I was interviewed recently for Family Foundations magazine and they asked me to be their cover model for the September/October issue!Cover-FF2014.0910sm

4. Stealing Jenny Audiobook
I’m working on reading my suspense novel, Stealing Jenny, so that it can be available as an audiobook. Reading one’s novel is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. After all, acting is involved. I can read clearly, so that’s one part of the process I don’t have to worry too much about. Reading with emotion, without over-acting, is a talent in itself. Thankfully, my husband’s a drama teacher and is assisting me in the process.

5. A Subtle Grace – Review
Special thanks to Ron G. for this wonderful review of A Subtle Grace! Ellen Gable moves us into 19th century Philadelphia with ease, painting for us a vivid scene and inhabiting this world with engaging characters. Then, she utilizes spot-on dialogue with beautiful prose to anchor us. The author is not afraid to show us her Catholic world view, and she doesn’t hesitate to examine difficult topics, including rape and class prejudice….Not the usual historical romance, the author analyzes the difference between love and lust in a way that remains faithful to the period setting, but offers ageless insight. She takes us on a roller coaster with climbs to joyous heights followed by terrifying plummets into danger. In the end, I’m better for having gone on the ride with Ellen Gable and I look forward to future journeys. A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

6. Pray, Fast and Raise Awareness of the Plight of Iraqi Christians
It’s important that Christians all over the world pray and fast for an end to the sufferings and brutal murders of our Iraqi and all Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters. More importantly, we need to be vocal about their plight, to let them know they are not alone and they are not forgotten. In this regard, there has been an obvious silence from the secular mainstream leaders and media. Cardinal Wuerl talks about this silence and every Christian’s responsibility to speak out on the subject in this moving sermon:

Another helpful link:
Who is Speaking for Persecuted Christians in Iraq?

7. Stand with Iraqi Christians Rally in Ottawa
If you live within driving distance of the Ottawa Valley, please consider attending a rally planned for tomorrow on Parliament Hill. It’s called the Stand with Iraqi Christians Rally and you can find out details at their website. This link also has a petition you can sign to “raise awareness of and support for Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities experiencing persecution.”

Copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach