Monday, February 13, 2017

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S NEW YEAR MUST READS....WEEK FOUR

                                    

AUTHORS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Week Four

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INTRODUCING AUTHOR 
Carrie Fancett Pagels


I've always said that Carrie Fancett Pagels writes the most amazing characters into her books. I still stand by that statement. I am always enchanted by her heroines and awed by her heroes. Carrie has a real talent and I appreciate that. I highly recommend her books.

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Bio:

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!


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I asked Carrie  to talk about two of her favorite books today. Here is her response, followed by both books and their descriptions:


Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter & The Fruitcake Challenge

Why I wrote these stories – The Family Connection
by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter
If I’d not sat in the Rare Books Library at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, while our daughter was in college there (Electrical Engineering), I’m not sure I’d have gotten the motivation to write Johan Adam Rousch’s fictionalized story. You see, I’d started researching my genealogy and had come across a point where two Rousch cousins had married. Ugh! I prayed about whether I should continue, and did. And I found their grandfather, Johan. It turned out that this ancestor had quite an interesting history. I began researching what I could find online. And I was intrigued that fine of his ten sons, including the two I’d descended from, had fought in the American Revolution.

Although there were books available on Johan, they were a little expensive for someone with a kid in college. But. . . it turned out they had a copy of the books in the Rare Books collection at UVA! So when I went up to see my daughter, I hung out in the stacks, and read the book, which included accounts of the man. I was really struck by Johan’s faith, honesty, and patriotism as reported by people who knew him, and recorded in the book. And a fictionalized hero really came to life in my mind. As I read other first person accounts from the 18th century, in western Virginia, the voices of the tellers pushed me forward. Lliving in Virginia (I’d not grown up here) I was surrounded by colonial history. I couldn’t get away from the reminders to keep writing the story! If only I’d found out more about his wife, Susanne. So Suzanne in the novel is completely and totally fictionalized.

The Fruitcake Challenge was also spurred on by family connections. My mother had died and I was missing her. She’d spent her early years in Kentucky, but later grew up in a lumber camp in Michigan, that my grandfather ran. I’d been approached by Gina Welborn about joining a Christmas collection. All of us were dying to write up special Christmas stories and made the decision to Indie publish them and promote together in a collection. I wrote this story to “hang out” with a funny fictionalized version of my spunky mother. She was pretty funny about how she dealt with men trying to pull a fast one. Not much got past my mother, particularly if someone was trying to use charm. I’m guessing that growing up in a lumber camp taught her pretty quickly how to deal with people who were acting a little too cocky, too. I imagined a well-educated, handsome, new lumberjack with the tendency to speak before thinking. And how she might react to such a person. And a fun fictional romance was born!

Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (Pelican/White Rose, 2016), a true labor or love, received a 4 Star RT Review. The Fruitcake Challenge (Hearts Overcoming Press, 2014), was a Selah Award Finalist and a Family Fiction long list finalist for Book of the Year. I pray readers have been as blessed by the stories as I was in writing them!


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Book Description:

In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world . . . After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family's farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne's brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding-a reality made worse when Johan spots the "priest" who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again-but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?


You can buy your copy HERE.

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Book Description:

When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on! All the shanty boys and Jo’s cooking helpers chip in with their recipes but Jo finds she’ll have to enlist more help—and begins corresponding with Tom’s mother.

Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were “white gold” and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that don’t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place she’s sworn to leave?


You can buy your copy HERE.


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GIVEAWAY!!!!

MESSAGE FROM CARRIE:

Giveaway: One of Chappy’s lovely commenters can choose a paperback of The Fruitcake Challenge OR ebook copies of both books! Answer this question: Do you like stories with a family connection?

So, Mateys, ye need to leave a comment, answering Carrie's question to be entered to win. Please leave yer email address, so we can contact ye. 

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I wish to thank Carrie for allowing me to feature her on my blog. 


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More of  Carrie's books and a link to her Amazon.com page:





 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: 
(Releases July 1, 2017) My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island



Journey now to Mackinac Island where...
A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?


Pre-Order HERE.
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       CHECK OUT  ALL OF CARRIE'S BOOKS ON HER  AMAZON PAGE.



AND YOU CAN ALSO FIND CARRIE  HERE:



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CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY   FER WINNIN' A COPY OF SECOND CHANCE BY EILEEN RIFE....AND.....CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBRA FER WINNIN' A COPY OF 4R REJUVENATION RETREAT FOR WOMEN! EILEEN WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE BOTH SOON.

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Thanks fer coming aboard! God bless.

31 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog, Chappy! You've been reading my stories since well before they were even published! God bless you for being an early beta reader of a novel not-yeat-published but looking for its forever home! Big hugs!

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    1. It's always my pleasure to spread the word about you and your books, Carrie. I've loved each and every book that you've written. Hugs!

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    2. You are too sweet, Chappy! What would I do without you?

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  2. Carrie writes the most interesting stories. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'm trying to help another heroine escape, this time an 1850 slave in my novella "Love's Escape." In my French Huguenot novel, I originally entitled it Escape from Versailles (published as Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter.)

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    2. Thanks fer comin' aboard, Melissa. Yes, she does!

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  3. Thank you so much for winning Second Chance. Eileen contacted me. 😀
    Carrie's books are great. Don't enter me as I have them. Hi, Carrie. Have a blessed day, Matey.

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  4. Wonderful you having Carrie on your blog Chappy!

    I have loved each of your books Carrie & love the family connection. I can't wait to read My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island.
    Blessings, Tina.

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    1. I have Carrie's books, don't enter me.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Thanks so much, sweet Tina! I hope you will love Maude and Ben's story! We're really looking forward to getting up to the island again! Hugs!

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  5. I just love all of Carrie's books and I had no idea Fruitcake Challenge and Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter had family connections...and I usually read the notes too, so maybe I forgot. I think that's really neat and puts an interesting twist on a story, though I like totally fictional characters as well. I figure they may be taken from bits and pieces of people the author has been acquainted with over their lifetime.

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    1. Ahoy Andrea! Yes, it's pretty cool knowing the family connection. Thanks fer comin' aboard!

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    2. Hi Andrea, My favorite stories to write have family connections. They are more fun to write.

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  6. Hi Chappy! This is my first visit to your blog.
    I love Carrie's books! I have them all, except the one that's not out yet in the My Heart Belongs series.
    I love books with a family connection.
    I love other books too :)

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    1. Ahoy Andrea! Thanks fer comin' aboard and checking out me blog. In a few weeks, I will be going back to my usual format. You can check out past posts from the blog archives above.

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    2. Hi ANDREA! You'll want to come back to Chappy's blog over and over again! There are three books coming out in 2017 -- My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, "Dime Novel Suitor" in Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Brides, and "Love's Escape" in The Captive Brides collection.

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  7. All of y'all' blogs say "free giveaway".but leave no place to enter the contest. I really don't quite understand that. This has happened several times. My mind is boggled.

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    1. Hi Josie! I know on my blog I count the responses and use random.org to draw a winner. I'm guessing that is how Chappy does it too. So you leave a comment to enter. Blessings!

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    2. Ahoy Josie! If ye look at the GIVEAWAY section above, you will see that all ye need to do is leave a comment, with yer email address to be entered. So, no worries, ye be in the drawin'! Thanks fer comin' aboard!

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  8. I like Carrie's books. Thanks for a chance to win. I like family connection in books. I don't see it that often. debradawn777@gmail.com

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    1. Ahoy Debra! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Books that have family connections with the author are so much more fascinating. Good luck in the drawin'!

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    2. Hi Debra Dawn! Family is important! Hugs!

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    3. Hi Carrie. Hope you have a good week. :) Hugs back.

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  9. I LOVE Carrie's stories! I'm also one of her Pagels' Pals.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi CARYL!!! I was just reading Caroline Kane's story!!! I got the Galleys for Dime Novel Suitor which is in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Grooms, set in Kansas (Barbour, June 2017). Love you and having u as a Pals member, too, Caryl! Blessings!

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  10. Ahoy fellow Pagel Pal! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Carrie's stories are such a pleasure to read, aren't they? Ye be in the drawin'!

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  11. Love to win a book!

    Gpk1946 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Ahoy Phyllis! This drawin' be over, but if ye refresh me blog there be another giveaway.

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