Monday, April 16, 2018

When God Sends Us Help by Carrie Fancett Pagels plus HUGE Giveaway!

Carrie Fancett Pagels

When God Sends Us Help

In my new release novella, “His Anchor”, heroine Sadie Duvall has reached the end of her rope. She’s prayed for God to help her. Her mother has died, her father is missing from the lumber camp that employed him, and she’s caring for her younger siblings. But when her nasty boss withholds her pay and insinuates how she might “earn” her keep – Sadie flees.

Have you ever asked God to help you and then he sent you people who you didn’t want to accept assistance from? I think we all have. They might be annoying folks, or people who have never previously helped, or even from a nonbeliever who we’re surprised has been moved by our plight to help.  Well, Robert Swaine is that person for Sadie! He chased off the man she’d thought would become her husband. Never mind that Robert was her first “crush” and never mind that it turned out he was right about her sweetheart’s true character. Big sigh for Sadie.

Robert is Sadie’s BFF Maude’s young uncle (he’s not yet thirty) and Sadie has known him since she arrived on Mackinac Island years earlier. But he crushed her young spirit when he proposed to another islander. He’s been mostly gone since then, as a captain and owner of a shipping fleet. But now he’s back and all helpful, kind, and funny. And he’s tugging at her heartstrings. So of course, Sadie feels like she has to take things into her own hands!

Isn’t that how things work out sometimes? We ask God for help. He doesn’t send us the exact help we want. Then we decide we can fix it ourselves. Oopsy! Wrong move. I love this song “Broken Things” by Matthew West.
God can use the broken things, the broken people, the misfits in life, to help in His plans. And Robert Swaine is a broken and angry man. His mother left requirements in a codicil to her will that have infuriated him. Not only are his niece and nephew affected but he, too, must limit his life if the terms of his mother’s will are to be honored. And his brother-in-law has come out on the short end of the stick. Robert has spent a year trying to restore his own physical health after his beloved sister’s death. Now he’s “stuck” on Mackinac Island for a while, sorting things out. Now in her early twenties, Sadie Duvall isn’t a young girl anymore but a beautiful young woman who definitely needs his help. But she resists until her back is up against the wall.

A ship’s captain who doesn’t want to be stuck on the island, a young woman desperate and looking for ways to save her family. God has put these two together for a reason. Now will Sadie see what is right before her eyes?

Giveaway: An autographed copy of First Love Forever.  We also have a Rafflecopter giveawawy going on all through April. 

Be sure to enter to be one of the winners of the MANY great gifts we have!!!

Bio and links for The Captive Brides Collection:
Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at

Blurb: His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1894 – Mackinac Island, Michigan: Robert Swaine, a ship captain, returns to Mackinac Island where his first love, Sadie Duvall struggles to support her siblings. Will she anchor him to the island he has vowed to leave behind?

My Pinterest page for “Love’s Anchor” in First Love Forever:

Check at your local Christian bookstores, e.g., Lifeway, to see if they have copies, too!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Dreams of My Heart by Barbara J. Scott ends April 16th

Please welcome Barbara J. Scott to my blog. Barbara has graciously offered to give away a print or ebook copy of Dreams of My Heart, her historical romance set in Montana Territory in 1875. Be sure to read the bottom of her post on how to enter.

My Ozarks momma always used to say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” I wasn’t very good at following her advice. Impatience was my middle name.
Since the time I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a writer. My grandmother wrote her first novel at the age of seventy, but I certainly wouldn’t be that old before I published my first. Grandma would even save up all her Writer’s Digest magazines for me to read when we drove from Dallas to Independence, MO to visit her. Yes, I was learning the craft of writing at the tender age of eight, so I knew it wouldn’t take me as long as her to write my first book.
In school, I excelled at every writing assignment, worked on the school newspaper, and my English teacher wrote “Keep writing!” beside my yearbook picture at the end of my junior year. In college, I got a job at the local newspaper, writing obituaries, then Lions Club stories, weddings, features, and by my senior year in college, I was an editor, supervising several reporters. I wrote magazine stories in my spare time but published few. Surely though, even working forty hours a week, I’d finish my first novel by the age of twenty-one…at the latest.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. I was thirty when I wrote my first novel, Love’s Golden Dawn, but it’s never been published. I still have a copy stashed away in my file cabinet.

Marriage, work, stepchildren, illness, job loss, and a whole lot of life came between me and my writing. How long did I have to wait, for Pete’s sake?
In the mid-1990s, I partnered with co-writer Carrie Younce to write two bestselling spiritual warfare novels for Thomas Nelson—Sedona Storm and Secrets of the Gathering Darkness. But I shared the credit. It wasn’t my novel. It was our novel. God needed to whittle down my pride.

I wrote another novel on my own. It was rejected. That manuscript languishes in cyberspace. Then I ghostwrote non-fiction and work-for-hire gift books after that. Lots of words. No credit.
I stopped counting chickens before they hatched altogether. By 1998, I was employed as a full-time editor for Christian publishing, working for Honor Books, Zondervan, and finally Abingdon Press as the senior acquisitions editor honored to publish several authors you know who have gone on to publish multiple novels and winning lots of awards along the way. They were my baby chicks.

I no longer needed to see my name on the front cover of a book, but I thought when I retired at the age of sixty-two, my dreams of publishing a novel would come true. Like the Israelites, I had wandered in the desert for forty years, witnessing the miracles of God, and then I caught a glimpse of the Promised Land. I would now have time to write.
No, I didn’t. I still needed income and continued to freelance edit book manuscripts for other authors. I even did a stint as an agent for WordServe Literary during that time. And I wrote a novella to be included in the Sleigh Bells Ring collection of Christmas stories.
I gave up on my dream. Evidently, I didn’t have anything of great import to share in a novel, or I would have published a book long before this. Then one day, I heard the peeping of a baby chick—a story that wouldn’t let go. Fully formed characters told me about themselves. Soon a swoon-worthy hero, Texas cattleman Buck McKean, and a feisty Irish heroine Kate O’Brien trying to hold onto her dead brother’s homestead in Montana Territory wanted me to forget all my failures and sit my bottom in the chair to tell their story.

That day, I decided to write for the sheer joy of putting words on paper and let my God-given gift have full rein. Once I polished up the manuscript, my dear friend and agent Greg Johnson shopped the novel to every major Christian publisher—to editors I knew on a first-name basis. Even though I was told they liked me and my writing, they didn’t have room on their lists. Someday, I thought, I’ll publish it myself. Then Greg called and asked if he could send the proposal to Miralee Farrell at Mountain Brook Ink. I said yes, she said yes, and Dreams of My Heart released in both paperback and ebook on Amazon April 1, Easter Sunday.
I’m sixty-nine years old, almost as old as my grandmother when she published her first novel. As my momma always used to say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” But I would add, “Never lose hope.” God has a plan and a purpose for your life. Sometimes it just takes quite a while to hatch an egg.

What dreams of the future do you carry in your heart

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment along with your email address to enter and win a copy of Barbara’s novel Dreams of My Heart!

Can a Reluctant Bride and Her New Husband Fall in Love
Despite Their Wounded Hearts?

Plucky Irish immigrant Kate O’Brien struggles to hang on to her brother’s homestead after his death in a suspicious cattle stampede. If she’s unable to pay off the loan that paid for her ticket to America, she will be forced to marry the banker’s rogue son, Rafe Hamilton.
When Kate is attacked by a drunken gang, salvation comes in the form of a total stranger—Texas cattleman Buck McKean. He drives the men off her ranch and spends the night in her cabin to keep her safe. However, his act of kindness poses a profound threat to her reputation, and the two marry to prevent the impending consequences.
Kate makes it clear to her new husband that because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather, she’ll never allow another man to control her life. Left at the altar in Virginia City, Buck has made his own vow never to give his heart to another woman.
When Kate asks Buck for the unthinkable,
her choice endangers both their lives.
Can God mend their hearts and save their love?

About Barbara: After a career spent acquiring and editing books by numerous bestselling Christian authors, Barbara Scott has returned to her true love—writing. Barbara and her husband Mike live in the Nashville area, with their two Chihuahuas, Riley and Sissy, both rescued from puppy mills. Reading, writing, and research are her passions. Want to know more? Connect with Barbara at www.BarbaraJScott.com

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hello Haiti and Good Bye Haiti And Giveaway!

I want to thank all of you who have followed our Haiti mission trip! And a HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah Robertson for doing such a great job journaling while we were there. 

I thought I'd give you a couple links that might interest you. First EBY! This video is done by our pastor's youngest daughter (Kevin and his family have decided to become full-time missionaries in Haiti). Toward the end of the video you will see a about 10 seconds of sweet Eby! Beka has done about 4 videos if you'd like to see what is like for an American kid new to Haiti. 

Here is another short video with a short clip of Eby!

Here is a Facebook link to Parakaleo. This is an awesome nonprofit organization. My daughter-in-love and Kevin Falde started Parakaleo. Every penny given goes to the people. Every one who works for Parakaleo volunteers so that all donations reach the people in need. It is one of the few organizations that can say that. Parakaleo means to come along side and that is what we are trying to do. Help the people help themselves.

Here are a few pictures of my family in Haiti.

This is my oldest son Joshua holding Eby. He's going to make a great daddy!!
Hannah, my daughter-in-love at the baptism holding sweet Eby. She's going to make a great mommy!
Here are my 3 guys in Haiti, Joe, Marcus and Joshua all working on the electrical. Doesn't it look safe? It was until Joshua fell through the table!
This is Kacie  talking with Josue who is interpreting for her.

Me and my sweet Eby!

Sara, Clifford (I love this kid!) and Sarah your journal/blogger!
This is one of our interpreters, Gilly. He is the sweetest guy and such a heart for the Lord.
This is Marcus. My son-love helping wire the church on the side of the mountain...Literally! I'm one lucky lady to have such great kids.
Hubby at the hospital lab yep that is the lab. My hubby is the medical lab tech when we go to Haiti. He was a MLT back when we first married and everything was done manually. Little did we know that God had a plan for that.
Okay so Josue is not really my family. But he calls us mom and dad and we call him son. He is my interpreter when I get one. Josue also graduated from seminary and is a pastor in Haiti. 
This is Joshua again with Marcus in the background. This is one of the ways we get around in Haiti.
I'd like to know what they are saying! Hannah and Kacie, two girls who stole my heart.

Remember the side of the mountain? This is my hubby hanging out the window over the edge of the mountain. And Pastor Prahl, Hannah and Sarah's father holding his leg. Hmmmm

This is my daughter! She's one of the PA's that come. 

This is my hubby and high school sweetheart. He's helping with the river baptism.

This is my Hannah again. She's one of the nurses that come. We are at the hotel in Caye Jacmel the night we arrived in Haiti and before we headed up to the mountains. Hannah's birthday and two ice creams! What's a girl to do!

This is me and Emelie, one of my closest friends and also our pastor's wife who are now missionaries in Haiti. Every day is a bad hair day in Haiti.

Next month I have a new release! A medieval novella set once again at Rosen Craig!

GIVEAWAY: And don't forget to leave a comment with your email for a chance to win choice copy of one of my books and choice of format!