A World Such as Heaven Intended

AWSAHI 2016RGB A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, won the 2016 CALA award in YA Fiction. The sequel, A Life Such as Heaven Intended, is available at this link.

In A World Such as Heaven Intended, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

Reviews:
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, International Bestselling Author of The Thistle and Rose, Secret Vows and the Highland Treasure Trilogy

“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

“‘A World Such as Heaven Intended’ is a fast-moving historical romance which will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.”
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book

“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.”
A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy

The print edition is available at this link. Download your Kindle copy at this link.

Cyber Monday Sale at Full Quiver Publishing!

The following Kindle editions by FQP authors are only .99!  Click on the cover photo to download!

#FREE on Kindle: A World Such as Heaven Intended

AWSAHI 2016RGBToday through Friday, Full Quiver Publishing’s novel, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, is FREE on Kindle.  This new finalist for the Catholic Arts and Letter Awards can be downloaded all week for #free.

In A World Such as Heaven Intended, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

Reviews:
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, International Bestselling Author of The Thistle and Rose, Secret Vows and the Highland Treasure Trilogy

“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

“‘A World Such as Heaven Intended’ is a fast-moving historical romance which will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.”
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book

“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.”
A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy

Download your Kindle copy for FREE at this link.

Two Full Quiver Novels Are Finalists in CALA!

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Congratulations to two FQP authors! The announcement of the finalists for the Catholic Arts and Letter Award has been released: The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt and A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer (both published by Full Quiver!) are finalists in this year’s Catholic Arts and Letter Awards!
Press release from the Catholic Writers Guild:
It is with great excitement that the Catholic Writers Guild announces our finalists for the 2016 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for Fiction! We want to thank all of you who entered the contest. Our judges had many terrific things to say about all the entries this year. The quality was remarkable, and we truly appreciate your dedication to Catholic fiction.

The finalists in the category of YA/Children are:
The Tree of Healing by Diana Tabbaa
A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer
I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner

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And the finalists in the Adult Fiction category are:
Catholic Philosopher Chick #2 Regina Doman and Rebecca Weiss  
The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt
The Watson Chronicles by Ann Margaret Lewis
The winners of the CALA will be announced July 28th at the Thursday morning breakfast sponsored by CMN at the CMN Trade Show in Schaumburg, Illinois. For information on attending this show or to register, please go to www.catholicwritersconference.com

 

 

 

To celebrate, Full Quiver Publishing is offering a $4 off coupon for both books.

To purchase A World Such as Heaven Intended: go to this link and put in code: GYAKZBAR

To purchase The Lion’s Heart, go to this link and put in this code: ZWG5ZRME

Great Summer Reads

Let’s talk summer! There’s nothing I like better than to sit under a tree on a warm summer’s day and read a story that will sweep me away. Full Quiver Publishing books make ideal summer reads!!

1. The Lion’s Heart
The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt is currently available on Kindle and in softcover. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the US that legalizes same sex marriage, this book is even more relevant and encompasses the Catholic Church’s teachings on this topic. Of The Lion’s Heart, Joseph Pearce, well-known Catholic author, says, “Dena Hunt is a consummate storyteller who does not shirk or shy away from the difficult questions about life and love that her story raises. The Lion’s Heart contains not only the loves of lovers, spouses, parents, and children but also the demons and dragons that selfishness unleashes. The Lion’s Heart is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for the hard-hearted. It pulsates with a passion that will bring true hearts to their knees.”
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2. In Name Only (O’Donovan Family)
In Name Only is the first in the O’Donovan Family series (although both this and its sequel can be read independently of the other). It has been downloaded over 160,000 times on Kindle and won the Gold medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards. Check out the novel website and the profile page on Amazon.In name only much smaller

3. A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family)
A Subtle Grace is my newest book and is available both on Kindle and in paperback. In her review, Trisha Niermeyer Potter, blogger at Prints of Grace, says this:
“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.”A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

4. Stealing Jenny
This is my biggest seller and most popular book as evidenced by the over 530 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle with over 280,000 downloads). It’s a quick and easy read. Check out the novel website here and the Amazon profile page here. Stealing Jenny

5. Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp
Funny, quirky and great writing! Also referred to as a Theology of the Body mystery! Check out the novel website here and the Amazon page here. Don't You Forget About Me FTcasefrontcover

6. Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon
A beautiful Theology of the Body romance with over 200 reviews on Amazon! AS Front Cover Final9-19

7. A World Such as Heaven Intended
A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer is an ideal beach read! It is available on Kindle and in print.AWSAHI Final Cover

8. Emily’s Hope
My first book is based on the true stories of myself and my great-grandmother. Check out the novel website here to read an excerpt and reviews.Emily's Hope

There are two other non-fiction FQP books: Growing Up in God’s Image: A New Approach to the Facts of Life Talk and Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship.

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

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 2015 Ellen Gable Hrkach

FREE on Kindle! A World Such as Heaven Intended

Today through Thursday, Full Quiver Publishing’s new book, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer, is FREE today through Thursday on Kindle. AWSAHI Final Cover

The Civil War tore the United States apart and many friendships and families as well. In A World Such as Heaven Intended, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

Reviews:
“Amanda Lauer brings history to life in this fast-paced, emotionally charged, splendid tale. Extremely enjoyable.”
May McGoldrick, International Bestselling Author of The Thistle and Rose, Secret Vows and the Highland Treasure Trilogy

“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

“‘A World Such as Heaven Intended’ is a fast-moving historical romance which will keep you turning pages until the very end! An excellent read.”
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Author, The Catholic Baby Name Book

“A charming romance with well-drawn characters and clear imagery, offering the reader a chance to slip away to another era and come home refreshed.”
A.K. Frailey, Author, The Deliverance Trilogy

Download your Kindle copy for FREE at this link.

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 – Mini Reviews, Enter to Win, Autumn Sunrise and Cartoon

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

1. Photo at the Library of Madonna House
Special thanks to Tim Baklinski who took this lovely photo (along with all the other photos for Family Foundation magazine a few months ago)!

photo credit: Tim Baklinski, Two Trees Photography

photo credit: Tim Baklinski, Two Trees Photography

2. Enter to Win a Print Copy of A World Such as Heaven Intended on Goodreads!
Enter to win one of three print copies of FQP’s new book, A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer: Goodreads Giveaway A World Such As Heaven Intended. AWSAHI Final Cover

3. Mini Review of The Grace of Yes by Lisa Hendey
The Grace of Yes is a moving, inspiring, challenging and entertaining look at the virtues. I was especially touched by the personal experiences Hendey shares. It is beautifully written in conversational tone and is a book that can be read and reread over and over. While I loved the author’s other books, this one has become my favorite. Highly recommend!

4. Autumn Sunrise

Photo courtesy Josh Hrkach

Photo courtesy Josh Hrkach

5. Voice of Chaste Same-Sex Attracted Catholics Absent from Synod
Interesting interview with Fr. Paul Check, of Courage International at LifeSiteNews. FQP’s book, The Lion’s Heart, was published earlier this year and deals with same-sex attraction and is endorsed by Courage International.

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Cretaceous Clay and the Black Knight by D.A. Knight

7. Man Up Cartoon

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (all rights reserved, please do not use without permission)

image copyright James and Ellen Hrkach (all rights reserved, please do not use without permission)

copyright 2014 Ellen Gable Hrkach