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Theology of the Body Fiction – #NFPAwarenessWeek

Since this is “NFP Awareness Week,” I’d like to share some of my favorite Theology of the Body fiction!

(Pardon the shameless self-promotion of my own books in this list!)

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, 2010 IPPY Gold Medal Winner)

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, 2016 CALA Award Winner)

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

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

Stay With Me (Carolyn Astfalk, 2015, FQ Publishing)

Dying for Revenge (Barbara Golder, 2016, FQ Publishing, Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Awards)

Dying for Compassion (Barbara Golder, 2017, FQ Publishing)

Discovery (Karina Fabian, 2016, FQ Publishing)

Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body (Cupp and Gable, editors, 2016, FQ Publishing)

Rightfully Ours (Carolyn Astfalk, 2017, FQ Publishing)

To check out many of these books, go to the Full Quiver Publishing website!

Don’t You Forget About Me on Sale on Kindle for .99!!!

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Reviews:
“Don’t You Forget About Me…is a rollicking fun and exciting cozy murder mystery. I found it genuine and fascinating in every way: the characters, the setting, the plot, and the twists. The author’s strong and clever command of the written language makes this book an entertaining page-turner. Don’t You Forget About Me is well- plotted with never a dull moment. From a narrow escape from a window, to a gunfire-in-the-woods scene, this novel will have you reading with bated breath. Fans of Christian fiction will particularly enjoy the elements of faith that add to the richness of the story without hampering the plot. Fallen away from the Catholic faith of her childhood, Cate encounters not preaching, but simple, strong faith in action, even in the face of deadly adversity. I recommend this highly-enjoyable, cozy, clean, lively mystery to all readers!”
Therese Heckenkamp, award-winning author, Frozen Footprints

“Mary Catherine Whelihan leaves her hometown– and the gruesome memory of discovering a dead body– to become a successful author. When she reluctantly shows up for her class reunion, she finds herself running for her life. Don’t You Forget About Me is a quirky, fun, mystery-romance that will tickle your funny bone while making your hair stand on end.”
AnnMarie Creedon, author, Angela’s Song

“This captivating murder mystery made me laugh, cry, and crave Italian food; ‘80s pop tunes are still stuck in my head. If you like mysteries that offer a good mix of suspense and science, don’t miss this book.” Barb Szyszkiewicz, Franciscan Mom

To purchase the Kindle edition for only .99, click here.

7 Quick Takes Friday – Taking a Breather – Great Summer Reads!

7_quick_takes_sm1This has been a crazy week, so 7QT will be a reprint from last month!! I’m joining up with other bloggers at Conversion Diary.

I spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon at the Ottawa Train station as the “model” for a photo shoot. I’m not at liberty to say why, but I can say that the photographer was enthusiastic and proactive! (Thank you, Tim!) It was peculiar being the “subject” of the photo shoot, although I think the photographer got some unique shots! I haven’t had that many photos taken of me since I got married 32 years ago. The station manager was also very kind, accompanying us and keeping track of time (I gave her a copy of my newest book. Thank you, Karine!!)

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 Print Edition
The Lion’s Heart, FQP’s newest novel by Dena Hunt is currently available on Kindle and now available in softcover. 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 100,000 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 330 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle with over 200,000 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. 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 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.

7 Quick Takes Friday – FQP Books Make Ideal Summer Reads!!

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers for 7 Quick Takes Friday, this week at Team Whitaker.

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 Print Edition
The Lion’s Heart, FQP’s newest novel by Dena Hunt is currently available on Kindle and will be available in softcover by next week. 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.”
Front Cover Final revisedsm

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 100,000 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 330 reviews on Amazon (and the six months it spent as a #1 bestseller on Kindle). 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. 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 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.

7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 96

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

1. Interview with Erin McCole Cupp
If you missed my interview with Erin McCole Cupp, author of FQP’s new book, Don’t You Forget About Me, you can read it here. If you leave a comment before tonight at midnight, you can be entered to win a free print copy of Erin’s new book.

2. Crazy Love – Now Available on Kindle
Eileen Leamy’s moving account of finding love late in life (and the joys and challenges that came with it) is a beautifully inspiring read. Paperback edition coming soon! Check it out here at this link.

3. Goodreads Giveaways
Right now, Goodreads is giving away Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp and a delightful children’s chapter book called “The Willow Tree” by Alexandra Valentien. If you’re on Goodreads and you’d like to enter to win a copy of either of these books, pr just read more about each book, click below:

Don’t You Forget About Me Goodreads Giveaway
The Willow Tree Goodreads Giveaway

4. Dancing on Friday
For the past two years, I’ve been helping an elderly friend and fellow parishioner of my church write her life story. The local newspaper ran an article last week about it.

photo copyright James Hrkach

photo copyright James Hrkach

5. St. Gertrude’s Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
This beautiful prayer is one that I say daily but it is an ideal prayer to recite during November, the month of the Holy Souls. According to tradition, our Lord promised St. Gertrude that 1000 souls would be released from purgatory each time it is said devoutly.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee 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, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

6. Reading/Review Shelf
Angels for Kids – Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (highly recommend…of course I highly recommend any book Donna-Marie writes!!)

7. Game of Life 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 2013 Ellen Gable Hrkach

7QT Friday – An Interview with Erin McCole Cupp

7_quick_takes_sm1Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Jen’s Conversion Diary for 7QT Friday.

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Erin McCole Cupp about her new book, Don’t You Forget About Me, now available on Kindle and in Paperback! Thank you, Erin, for stopping by on your blog tour!!Don't You Forget About Me FTcasefrontcover

1. The lone piece of tomato pie on the front cover of your book is intriguing. Why the pie? (Besides the fact that tomato pie is delicious!)
Tomato pie: it’s pizza—only made by angels! Ah, yes, why the tomato pie? Forgive the cliché, but I think at the heart of every story is a quest for something deep: truth, meaning, love, what have you. We humans are searching for those things in real life as well. However, just as real humans do, characters often distract themselves from those abstract longings with a desire for something base. Does Mary Catherine Whelihan want to find truth, meaning, and love on her trip back to her dreadful hometown? Of course she does. She just thinks the only thing worth returning for is the one concrete, guaranteed pleasure the place can offer, and that is tomato pie. How often do we despair of finding higher ideals and instead go looking for Esau’s bowl of pottage? I guess the tomato pie was just a wink at how we all search for what we think we want, but God usually has something much better in mind.

Here’s a picture of my husband taking pictures of tomato pie for the book cover. There is no tomato pie in Full Quiver Publishing’s area, so in a pinch we had to enlist Scott’s photography skills. We had to buy a whole pie for the photo shoot. Then, oh darn, we had all that tomato pie to eat.TomatoPiePhotoshoot-small

2. Are any of the characters in your book based on real people?
I was pondering this question recently, even before you asked it! This is going to sound absolutely insane, but the more I write, the less it seems like I’m basing characters on people from real life. Mostly that’s because novel characters must behave in a more believable fashion than real people do! These days, when it comes to the characters I write, it’s starting to feel like I get this window inside my head, and the characters are doing their thing and I’m just a fly on the wall. The only reason I can recognize these characters because I’ve had life experiences with similar types of people, and that allows me to recognize the characters when I meet them in my imagination. Still, I have been known to name characters I really adore after adorable people in real life. For instance, one of DYFAM’s “magical helpers,” the grade school secretary, I named after your dear friend and mine and fellow Guildie author Margaret Rose Realy.

3. Your novel includes some fascinating information on the intricate connection between chemicals, environment and fertility. What kind of research was necessary?
I’m a big nerd, so I actually enjoy research. I remember in my early 30s reading an article in a women’s magazine—I forget which, just something I picked up to read while doing cardio at the gym—that talked about a number of studies in which primates were fed dioxin-laced food and the overwhelming result among the subjects was endometriosis. I didn’t think of that article until years later, while I was recovering from endometriosis removal surgery, that my brother and I were sharing memories of, in the late 1970s, having to be evacuated from our home town for a couple of nights because the chemical plant down the road had had an accident. My brother mentioned that dioxins were involved, and that reminded me of that magazine article I had read in the gym a few years before (yeah, I remember nonsense like that, but ask me where I put my keys an hour ago…). Anyway, the link between endometriosis and dioxin sat stewing in my mind for a few months while the story for DYFAM burbled to the surface. Once I knew I was writing a novel, I spent a lot of time with Google to get an idea of where to look for the science behind the story. I also had to talk to a pharmacist friend of mine as well as three separate Catholic gynecological specialists. I specifically wanted to talk to the Catholic specialists, less so for the spirituality aspect and more because I know the Catholic approach to women’s health problems shies away from covering up symptoms with “The Pill” and seeks to correct the underlying causes. Without those underlying causes, DYFAM would not have been as credible, I don’t think.

4. Have you always felt called to be a novelist? And if so, elaborate (or if not, elaborate)…
Being called and feeling that call are two different things! I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t telling stories in my head. Whether it was about Star Wars, Little House or eventually The X Files, I was always taking what I read or watched and then after the book was closed or the show was over, my imagination wanted to take all the “what if”s a few steps further. I usually was too lazy to actually write any of it! For a very long time, I thought I wanted to be an actress or a theatrical director. I even majored in theatre in college. Then, while drafting a novel as part of my senior project, my theatre department advisor held up the journal in which I’d been writing and said with this rueful smile, “This is what you’re supposed to be doing.” It was heartbreaking and scary but at the same time validating and invigorating. I did complete my degree in theatre, but I have been pursuing little but writing ever since.

5. Today is All Saints Day and is also the official launch date of Don’t You Forget About Me. Were there any saints who inspired you or with whom you felt a particular devotion/connection during the writing of this novel?
DYFAM is very much under the patronage of my confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria. I even went so far as to name the main character after her. Whelihan/Wheeler came from St. Catherine’s symbol of the torture wheel that broke when Catherine touched it. St. Catherine has interceded on my behalf, asked and un-asked, for so many years that I wanted to give her a little thank you gift. I hope she likes it!

6. Are there any contemporary or classic authors who have influenced you as a novelist?
Oh, dear, here’s where you’ll get to see the secular direction in which my tastes lean! I acknowledge quite openly that Neal Stephenson has been a huge influence on me. I admit I haven’t read any of his recent work (in fact, if it came out after my kids were born, I haven’t read it), but I remember reading Snow Crash for the first time and thinking, “Is a writer allowed to have this much fun making stuff up? Seriously? Then I want IN!” I also love Douglass Adams, especially the Dirk Gently series. Adams could take a heap of seeming nonsense and turn it into this great piece of hilarious word-architecture. On the more girly side, I adore how Tracy Chevalier writes a beautiful reality—never arguing, just presenting people as they have been—and always will be—in their conflicts throughout the centuries. As for classics, I love me some Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens. I try not to read Dickens while I’m working on my own writing, otherwise I start writing as if I’m getting paid by the word.

7. What one piece of advice would you give to the newbie novelist?
Psalm 131, “Humble Trust in God.” That one holds so much for the writer, especially for someone starting out on the endeavor to get to the “sublime” experience of being published. Here’s where I ask people to my book so I can afford a new Bible without the Little Einsteins stickers on it.EMCBible-small

8. Okay. So I’ve already asked seven (for 7QT) but I’m not done!! The epilogue suggests this is not the last Cate novel. Can you tell us a bit about future Cate stories?
I’m hoping for at least two more books, if not three. I can’t say much more without spoiling Don’t You Forget About Me, but I can say that I think Cate and Gene have more than enough baggage to fill out a trilogy. What I can say is that I plan on continuing using song titles. The working title for the sequel is Never Let Me Down Again. Right now the first chapter is called “Just Like Heaven.”

9. What is one lesson or message you want your readers to take away from your novel?
This is a really difficult question for me to answer, because I tend not to write with a message in mind. I just want to rip out the reader’s heart, stomp on it, bury it, then give it back, healed and with wings. (Does that make me a bad person?) Messages have to be argued, defended, and honestly I know that I’m not aggressive or clever enough to argue or defend well. I love how St. Augustine says, “The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.” So basically I just want to write the truth, to clear a spot in the wilderness of our lives and lay reality out there for people to see—or not.

10. Where can readers find out more about you and your book…please feel free to include Facebook pages, Pinterest, Twitter etc.
Let’s see… The best place to find out what I’m doing is my webpage, where I blog about the writing life. I also have two years of recipes on my meatless Friday blog. Once a month, one of those recipes is featured at CatholicMom.com. I’m erinctotheop on Pinterest. I’m also on Facebook, and Twitter. Click on any of those links, and you’ll find links to my other blog tour posts for November. Thank you, Ellen, for these wonderful questions! This interview was a lot of fun!

Want to win a free copy of Erin’s book? Head on over to Goodreads for a chance to win one of three print copies! And if you don’t like your chances there (currently 3 in 240), leave a comment (before Friday, November 8) below to be entered to win one free print copy of Don’t You Forget About Me!!