Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Chappy's Log 07 . 02 . 2019

Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard me blog again this month! Chappy be readin' a very good book in June. Yes, just one book. It be very busy aboard me ship lately.  

What I be readin'/reviewin' in June 2019:


Mercy In A Red Cloak
By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Famed colonial scout, Shadrach Clark, is sought out in the Straits of Mackinac, when he has gone missing. His dear friend, Mercy, whose circuit-rider father is also missing, joins in the search. Set during the time of Pontiac's War, can love still blossom?

About the author:
Carrie Fancett Pagels 

Award-winning author of eighteen Christian historical romances. Her novel My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring received a Romantic Times Top Pick (Barbour, July 2017) and her colonial-era novel, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (White Rose,  June, 2016) received an RT starred review. Carrie loves living in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, where she is surrounded by history!     


“Birth Pains” of a Story
By Carrie Fancett Pagels

This story took a decade in the making. That’s a long time to grow a book “baby”! I’d first created Shadrach Clark while working on a story about young William Christy. Sadly, William’s own novel went missing in the computer back-up files after a couple of computer changeovers so I don’t know if his own romance will ever get into print. However, William does appear in Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (Pelican, 2016). Shad was supposed to also be in that novel, but checking the file I believe he got cut out because of word limitations.
Some of Shadrach Clark’s back story includes that he was the son of an English preacher and was sent over to the colonies with his aunt, and her preacher husband, ahead of his parents and sister’s arrival. But fate handed Shad a tough card when his uncle died and his aunt married a ruthless backcountry man who brings her and Shad to the backcountry of Virginia. In the mid-1700s, the Shenandoah Valley was a dangerous place to live. While researching for Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, which is loosely inspired by my own ancestors journey to America, I spent time in the University of Virginia Rare Books collection reading accounts of original settlers. Attacks by Native Americans were not uncommon nor were abductions. So an attack on Shadrach’s cabin occurred which impacts the rest of his life especially his spiritual beliefs.
I also began buying and reading accounts of colonial-era scouts. In some genealogical research I came across a real-life scout by the name of William Christy, a young man who was brave, logical, and unafraid to stand up to authority. Of course, when I transformed him into a fictional scout he needed a good friend of equal character—Shadrach Clark. I included both William and Shad in a Christmas anthology that was put together by authors from the Colonial Quills blog—Shadrach makes a cameo appearance in the very last post (link - https://colonialquills.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_4.html).
Shad was one of my favorite colonial characters who I'd developed and I wanted a story that did him justice. I had an opportunity for Shadrach’s story to be published with a small press novella collection, but the story didn’t seem to really “fit” with the others so the publisher allowed me to keep it. So I kept working on it off and on while in the meantime I also published fifteen other books including a novella with Shad in it as a character in "Shenandoah Heart" in The Backcountry Brides collection (Barbour, 2018) which also includes some characters from Mercy in a Red Cloak. This year I had a gap in my publishing schedule, with eleven months between new releases. This seemed a good time to finally get Shad’s story “birthed”!

So the ebook is out there now and the paperback will follow shortly. I even have an audiobook in the works. I pray the reader is blessed by this story of two preachers' kids who are both overcoming the travails of colonial frontier life in America's far North.

You can find Carrie here:
Twitter:            https://twitter.com/cfpagels
Website:          https://www.carriefancettpagels.com/
Blogs:                   https://cfpagels.blogspot.com/
My Review:

 A Wonderful Story

Ms. Pagels never disappoints. Mercy in a Red Cloak is a fast-paced read that flows from chapter to chapter. I was so enthralled with it, I finished it in little over an hour. Mercy is such a great character, as is Shad. Their story has a lot of heart and takes you on an adventure that you will not soon forget. Even though this is a novella, once you've finished reading it, it feels like you've absorbed a novel's length of storyline. I highly recommend this book.


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Bible Journaling:

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       Congratulations to the two winners from last month's post. 
Denise be winnin' the ebook copy of She Walks in Love....and Caryl be winnin' the paperback copy of Whose Waves These Are. Chappy will be contactin' ye soon, Mateys!


 Chappy be givin' away an ebook copy of Mercy in a Red Cloak to one commenter.


Say AHOY in the comments below to be entered!
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Winner will be announced next month. 


Well, that be all fer this month, Mateys!  See ye next month!


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    1. Ahoy Debra Dawn! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Ye be in the drawin' Matey!

  3. Thanks for hosting me Chappy! Many blessings!

    1. Always me pleasure, Carrie! I truly love yer books! Hugs!

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    1. Ahoy Anne! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Ye be in the drawin!

  5. Ahoy! This is an awesome story by Carrie! Avid.

    1. Ahoy Joy! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Ye be in the drawin'!

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    1. Ahoy Sarah! Ye be in the drawin'! Thanks fer comin' aboard!

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    1. Ahoy Betti! Carrie be a great author, says I. Thanks fer comin' aboard! Ye be in the drawin'!

  8. Har Chappy! Sounds like another great book by Carrie! I've added it to my TBR list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!! ~ Alison Boss


    1. Ahoy Alison! Thanks fer comin' aboard Matey! Ye be in the drawin'!