Ellen Gable is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling author of eight books including Stealing Jenny, a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped; In Name Only (Gold Medal, 2010 IPPY Awards); and A Subtle Grace (finalist, 2015 IAN awards).
She is a contributor to numerous other books. Ellen blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com and is also self-publishing book consultant and editor. She and her husband, James Hrkach, are the parents of five adult sons ages 19 to 31 and live in Pakenham, Ontario. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing trivia games, genealogy, watching classic movies and reading on her Kindle.
A Subtle Grace
Religious Fiction/Historical Romance
1896, Philadelphia. In this sequel to In Name Only (2009, FQP), A Subtle Grace continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century. At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires. Dr. Luke Peterson (the family’s new physician) also makes quite an impression on Kathleen. His affection for her leads him to startling revelations: about Kathleen, about his practice and, most importantly, about himself. Will (oldest son) believes God may be calling him to a religious vocation. Eventually, he discovers the hidden circumstances of his humble beginnings compelling him to embark on a pilgrimage to Rome.
(Note: Although A Subtle Grace is a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone book, independently of the first book in the series.)
"A Subtle Grace is a masterfully written illustration of the difference between lust and love, between rashness and fortitude, between mere existence and truly living." AnnMarie Creedon, author, Angela's Song
"The plot tugs at the heart and gets the heart racing. Reading 'A Subtle Grace' was like riding a Victorian-era wooden roller coaster: a luscious historical setting that provides a tantalizingly dangerous thrill ride." Erin McCole Cupp, author, Don’t You Forget About Me
“A Subtle Grace is a novel to stir your heart, your emotions, and your soul. I highly recommend it!” Therese Heckenkamp, award-winning author, Frozen Footprints
“Beyond mere lust there is a healing hope which can bear not only joy, but a wonderful story - ‘A Subtle Grace’ was very engaging and certainly kept me turning the pages.” A.K. Frailey, author, the Deliverance Trilogy (www.akfrailey.com)
After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily expecting their sixth child. Their neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot that will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives. Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious and Liturgical Drama (November, 2011 and February, 2012). Amazon Kindle Top Ten in Religious and Liturgical Drama since November 2011.
Of Stealing Jenny, author Lisa Hendey said, “Stealing Jenny is a gripping novel filled with engaging characters, a compelling mystery and a message which underscores the precious dignity of life. I literally couldn’t put it down and give Stealing Jenny my highest recommendation.”
Author Sarah Reinhard writes, “This is a novel that should come with a warning label...Don’t open this book unless you can just keep reading. On the one hand, it’s enjoyable reading. And on the other hand, there’s a message, told through the action and dialogue, about what it means to be family and how we should appreciate those closest to us.”
In Name Only
Religious Fiction/Historical Romance
Caroline Martin's life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn towards Him. Gold Medal Winner in Religious Fiction, 2010 IPPY Awards; Amazon Kindle #1 bestseller.
Author Lisa Mladinich said, “If you love romance but hate smut, pick up this beautiful story and let it carry you away. The characters are believable, layered, human and humorous even in the midst of tragedy... I was so very sorry when it ended!”
Award-winning novelist, Gerard Webster, writes, “There aren't too many historical romance novels that appeal equally to men and women, but Ellen Gable pulls it off admirably with In Name Only. My wife read the novel first--and kept telling me "You HAVE TO read this book!"--while at the same time not allowing me to pry it from her fingers until after she finished it. Characters...are well-conceived and believable without ever being predictable. While the book may be geared towards women, there are some good lessons for men as well. It's great to read a Catholic novel that's not overly 'sanitized,' realistic enough to make you wonder if it's really fiction...”
Emily's Hope is the gripping story of one young woman's physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily's great-grandmother's troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone. Based on a true story. Honorable Mention winner in Religious Fiction, 2006 IPPY Awards.
EWTN host and speaker, Damon Owens, said, “Compelling...a real page turner.”
Doctor Janet Smith said, “I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”
David Beresford of Catholic Insight Magazine writes, “I would encourage everyone to read this book, certainly young women. It is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend.”
Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship
Spiritual, Christian Living, Marriage (Non-Fiction)
Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship is a celebration of faith and enduring love. This compilation contains 12 courtship/dating stories that will inspire, captivate and entertain readers. Some of the stories include: a widow with eight children meets a widower with six children; a man asks his live-in girlfriend "what if we stopped having sex," and is greeted with tears of joy; an atheist falls in love with her Catholic Prince Charming; a woman prays to God for a husband and years later finds herself falling in love with a seminarian; a sailor prays a novena to marry the right girl.
What these and all the stories illustrate is that God is the ideal matchmaker.
“Fabulous book that I'd highly recommend to all my single and married friends. You truly created a gift for this generation!” says Dawn Marie Roeder, author of It Doesn't End Here
Julia's Gifts (Great War Great Love #1)
Religious Fiction, Historical Romance
Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her “beloved.” Soon after the United States enters the Great War, Julia impulsively volunteers as a medical aid worker, with no experience or training. Disheartened by the realities of war, will Julia abandon the pursuit of her beloved? Will Julia’s naïve ‘gift scheme’ distract her from recognizing her true “Great Love?” From Philadelphia to war-torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer.
Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body
If St. John Paul II ever summarized his Theology of the Body, it may have been when he said, “Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” But how does this sincere gift look when lived out by human beings with all their failings? What happens to our humanity when we withhold that sincere gift? What does life require of us when we give most deeply? Full Quiver Publishing brings you this moving collection of poetry and prose, featuring some of today’s brightest Catholic literary voices, including award-winning authors Dena Hunt, Arthur Powers, Michelle Buckman, Leslie Lynch, Theresa Linden, and many more. By turns edgy and sweet, gritty and deft, but always courageous and honest, the works contained in Image and Likeness explore countless facets of human love—and human failure.
Readers of Image & Likeness will experience in a variety of ways how humanity, in flesh as well as spirit, lives out the image and likeness of a God who created human intimacy to bring forth both our future and to illustrate our ultimate meaning as human persons. With a Foreword by international Theology of the Body voice Damon Owens, Image and Likeness puts life and breath into St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in ways that readers won’t soon forget. Warning: mature themes, content and language.