Monday, April 1, 2013

Return to Shirley Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels and a fun basket of pink goodies! Ends April 8th



 

     Carrie Fancett Pagels (www.carriefancettpagels.com) writes “romantic historical fiction.” Represented by Joyce Hart, “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” is Carrie’s first fiction release. Carrie contributed to “God’s Provision in Tough Times” releasing May, 2013. Previously a psychologist, Carrie lives in Virginia with her family. Carrie blogs at “Colonial Quills” and “Overcoming With God.” She has served in ACFW leadership positions as Zone Director, Area Coordinator, and continues as co-chairman of a local group. Member ACFW, Romance Writers of America, Faith-Hope-Love RWA affiliate group  and FaithWriters. Columnist/Board Member of The Book Club Network ezine.
Loves God,  history, and romance!

Please welcome another of my very good friends, Carrie Fancett Pagels! I love her. :o) Carrie is giving away a Kindle copy of her new release Return to Shirley Plantation and a fun basket of pink goodies! ASK CARRIE A QUESTION and leave your email to be entered. Don't forget to tell me if you are a feedburner follower to  get a second entry. 



God’s Timing and Promises: Three Thoughts
I just had my debut Christian fiction release “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” release last week.  But that isn’t what I want to talk about.  Instead I want to talk about priorities in our life and use of our time. I am very grateful that my novella released before Spring break started for my 10-year-old son.  Easter, Spring break, and birthday for our son all this next week.  And a brand new release with lots of fun hoopla to go with it!  And I have to trust that God has this all at the same time for His purpose. 
Over twenty-five years ago, God promised me that He would give me a little boy. He gave me dreams about this child.  Somewhat disturbing dreams but a promise.  But I really wanted a daughter. A sweet little girl to dress in pink and all that fun stuff!  Still, I thought I’d get my boy despite praying for a little baby daughter. I had that baby girl and was elated. Still I felt God’s promise of the son. But when would we get him? I was told that I had a condition that might not allow me to have another child. Over time and over many moves and challenges in our marriage that little boy’s image kept coming to me.  I won’t share all of that testimony here, but eleven years ago this week, and fourteen years after God gave me that promise we finally got our son, our daughter just short of her thirteenth birthday! Now mind you, I was forty four years old—which is why I refer to myself as Tired Old Mommy who with scripture and God’s provision translates to Terrific Overcoming Mom.
Here are my three thoughts on God’s provision after delay:
1)      Sometimes God wants to help us get our heads clear on our priorities. Such as submitting to Him and His will. Such as being clear that He alone is the one to listen to and obey. Such as knowing it is Him, husband, and family before other commitments.  Which means they come before writing demands, too. (Last comment a note to self!)
2)      Sometimes God is sparing us so that we are in a better place to deal with situations we know nothing about.  We may never know what these things are. But God does.  Which gets down to trusting in His grace and mercy towards us.
3)      Sometimes God is giving us a testimony or a witness that can be shared with others and be an encouragement to those who are waiting. Perseverance. Endurance. Tool box traits. We might be modeling those for someone else.
May God bless you and yours and may He deliver His promises to you at the perfect time! And when He does provide, may you keep all in perspective and your priorities in order.

BEAUTIFUL PINK STUFF GIVEAWAY!




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79 comments:

  1. beautiful post, Ladies. Three deep truths to meditate while we wait on the Lord's fulfilled promises.
    Happy birthday to sweetie boy! And I would love to hear the rest of that testimony some day.
    Congratulations on your beautiful book baby, Carrie. Can't wait to order the non-fiction in May.

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    1. He is snuggled up next to me on the loveseat, Kathy, today! Thanks so much, Kathy! Oh, thanks--my baby debut fiction novella is pretty "cute," thanks to your help in dressing her up!

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Kathy! Carrie, I didn't know you had a non-fiction too! You are keeping secrets from me. ;o)

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    3. And a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your sweet son!!

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  2. Don't we often get our priorities all mixed up!~ Thanks for the great reminders, CARRIE! And again, congrats on your new novella! I hope you never get tired of hearing me say that b/c I NEVER get tired of saying it! :) I have no questions for Carrie, b/c I know absolutely EVERYTHING about her. LOL I love her to pieces and am proud to be called her friend! And of course, I'm a follower! :P

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    1. Haha, Diana, did you know that I have a heart-shaped mole??? April Fool's! I guess you DO know everything about me! Hugs!!!

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    2. Hey Diana! LOL! I'm still learning things about Carrie. Like she has a non-fiction book!! OMgoodness! Thanks for reminding me that it is April 1st! Must keep that in mind. heehee. Diana, thanks so much for being a follower and a great friend to Carrie. She is a wonderful lady!

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    3. Whew, she scared me there for a minute! I thought she was gonna tell me she had a heart shaped tattoo. I already knew about the Harley Davidson one. April Fool's! lol

      I know she thinks the same of you, DEBBIE LYNNE!

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    4. LOLOL!!! Sure April Fools! So where is this Harley Tattoo, Carrie? Hmmm? ;o)

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  3. What is one situation that the characters in your book face that comes from your own experience?

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    1. CONNIE, That is easy peasy--OBEDIENCE. I am huge on that. My best friend is African-American and she wasn't happy with me not having my free woman, Angelina, go North. But I told her--Angelina was waiting for God. Many times I have waited on God. He has told me "no." And told me to "wait." So that comes from personal experience!!! Thanks for asking!!!

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    2. Great question, Connie! That is a hard thing to do sometimes. I know sometimes wait is a hard thing to discern. I say that from experience. We've been praying about finding land and keep wondering if it is wait or no. So we keep looking if we never find it I guess it is a no. ;o)

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  4. Are you the other author that wrote these stories and if not who be writing some of the other volumes and I hope your son has a wonderful birthday!

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    1. DEBBIE, Murray Pura pulled together the Anthology authors for this Civil War series set mostly during 1863, mine has some of 1862 in it. I am the only one who wrote the novella "Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance." A dozen or so authors will be contributing to Murray's anthology, including himself.

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    2. Hey Debbie, Carrie's Story sound fantastic so be sure to pick it up. And I'm going to give my crit partner a plug here also. Kathleen Lee Maher will have her debut coming out in May. I've read it and it is great. Title is "Bachelor Buttons."

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  5. And we learn even more about our Carrie. Isn't it amazing how God can share something like this with us? He knows just what we need at just the right time. I have been following Carrie & her buddies for several months now & enjoying every minute of celebration of her first book--such an exciting time.
    Vicki OWG
    vmarney(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Ohhhhh, thanks VICKI, and I've been enjoying getting to know u and follow u in your travels!!! Blessings!

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Vicki! Carrie is terrific! Just love her and all her pink!

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  6. So much to be joyous about this spring! Birthdays, break, and books make our days happy ones and you have a trifecta! I "one click" ordered your book which is in my iPad impatient to be read.

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    1. Thanks for ordering, DEBBIE, and I pray you enjoy it! Yes, a Trifecta, lol! Blessings!

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    2. Debbie, Thanks for ordering Carrie's book! I'm sure you'll love it! thanks for coming by and joining in the celebration!

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  7. Hi Carrie! Congratulations to you! I'm looking forward to reading this! When did you decide to become a writer?

    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Forgot to mention I am a Feedburner follower.

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    2. Amy, I got interested as a child. I expect my son will follow in my footsteps. We tell stories all the time together! Blessings and thanks for being a Follower!!!

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    3. Hey Amy! Great question for Carrie. Good luck!

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  8. I love Carrie! Thanks for featuring her today, Debbie. I'm a feedburner follower as well as GFC.

    Carrie, I know you like tv :) What is your favorite movie to watch while snuggling with your sweetie boy and husband?

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    1. Hey Anne! Thanks for coming by. I think everyone who knows Carrie loves her. Another great question for her. Can't wait to see her answer.

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    2. I love you, too, Anne! You have to drive up to Shirley Plantation on a road trip!!! I don't like too much tv--but I love Joyce Meyer and watch that almost every day. Oh, I do love that little Dragons show and watch that with Clark. So anything Dragons like that would be great to snuggle to, thanks!!!

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  9. CARRIE thanks for your words of wisdom. Sometimes it's hard to remember GOD has EVERYTHING under control and HE knows what's best for us. I'm so happy that your book has been released in GOD'S TIME! I am so proud to look on Amazon and see my precious friend's book listed on there. Big Hugs to you!!

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    1. Forgot to mention I'm a feedburner follower.
      avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Thanks, T, it was SO fun finding it there last Thursday morning!!! Thanks for being on this journey with me and serving in the ministry of OWG! Hugs!!!

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  10. Hello Teresa. Thanks for following through Feedburner. I'm so glad to meet another of Carrie's friends! Good Luck on the drawing!!

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    1. Debbie Lynne, Thanks for having me on your blog again! You are so welcoming! Hugs!!! U have to meet Teresa--she lives in W. Columbia!!!

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    2. I need to meet here. My niece lives in Columbia and my sons will be going to school there in a year! Hey Teresa!! Waving at you from Maryland. We are up here visiting my Navy son.

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  11. If you hadn't become a writer what occupation would have interested you?
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Janet, I was a psychologist for 25 yrs. I worked with children and adolescents. I worked as a school psychologist, as a consultant, in private practice, worked at a university, etc. So that was my occupation until my RA made it impossible to continue. But God had other plans for me. Blessings!

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    2. Wow awesome question, Janet! Okay, Carrie I am now officially intimidated!

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  12. Since my names Shirley i want to win this book lol

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    1. LOL Shirley, come back and leave your email addy. Maybe DL already has it. I recognize from OWG, too. Blessings!

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    2. LOL, Shirley! That's a good reason!

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  13. Hey Carrie! I love that you are on all of these blogs. I am getting to know more and more about you. When is your son's birthday? Mine is the 5th. I will be 51 years young. :) Tell him Happy Birthday from me!

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    1. Ohmygoodnessgraciousmeohmy--his is on 5th, you spring chicken you! I told him, Debbie, and he says "happy birthday to you, too!" Hope you have an awesome birthday, Debbie!!!

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    2. Wow! Small world! Hugs and God bless!

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    3. Awe Shucks! I missed it. We were traveling yesterday up to MD to see my son. But HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, Chaplain Debbie!

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  14. Loved your blog entry - there have been times when I found it hard to wait for God's promise to be fulfilled. But, I have learned that God's timing is always correct.

    I don't have an e-reader but would still like to be entered in the drawing for the basket of goodies. Thanks!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Bonnie, thanks! I agree--His timing is best! We will enter you! Blessings!

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    2. Hey Bonnie! Did you know you can download a free kindle app for your computer and then you can read all kindle books? It's very cool. I did it. And you can get them for your phone too!!!

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    3. Bonnie here is the link to download the free app. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

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  15. Do you ever want to meet one of your characters in person?
    I know when I read there are some who just seem so interesting.

    I'm a feed burner by email. truckredford(at)gmail)dot(com)

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    1. Because I get "in character" the ones I create are real to me, haha! So I have created them and I can even physically imagine what they'd look like etc. I would more so want to meet some of the real people who I've written about and fictionalized, such as my ancestor Johan Adam Rousch. Would love to have known him. Thanks for asking! And thanks for getting the feed!

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    2. Oh Eliza how fun would that be? I'd love to have a meal with a couple of mine! LOL. And thanks for being a feedburner follower.

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  16. CQ my dear friend, I also like to go in character and become that person! Research makes it real! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. KATHLEEN, methinks u have a writer inside of u even tho u deny it! Half the fun of writing historical is getting into character and u already can do that!!! Hugs!

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    2. Amen to that! It is also better than laying on a couch telling someone your problems! I find it is the best medicine....hmmmmm Carrie, is that why you went to writing books. heehee

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  17. It would be wonderful to win and get to read your novella, Carrie. And congratulations on the long awaited son. I know you are loving it even though it is tiring to be an older Mom. My son and his wife have 1 child and she was born when Mom was 42.
    godleyv (at)yahoo[dot]com

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    1. VERA, I hope u get to see ur grandchild often! Granddaughters are meant to be spoiled of course!!! I would love for u to read my novella! I guess u r familiar with my Tired Old Mommy saying and being transformed by God into a Terrific Overcoming Mom! Blessings!!!

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    2. Hey Vera! If you don't win I hope you buy Carrie's book. She's an awesome writer!

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  18. Carrie wonderful party the other night! Was glad to be there.
    I was wondering what you will be working on next?
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. DIANA, I have an 1895 story that has got to be cleaned up and submitted. But my BIG new story is a colonial era one set at Shirley Plantation (again! I love that place!) I will be writing this story in April and May and am SO excited because I've had to wait almost a year since I got the idea, maybe more like 8 months and I am done percolating it and brainstorming it. Must find a crit partner willing to work with me on this project because it is best to get someone also working on a novel at the same time who is at about my same level. Thanks for asking!!!

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    2. Hey Diana! Thanks for coming by. Carrie, we are in MD and we planed to go down to Shirley Plantation Monday or Tuesday and they are closed!!! HOw wrong is that?

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  19. Question - Will this book ever be available in "book" form? Looks like I am going to have to one day get a Kindle! (yuck)
    susanlulu@yahoo.com
    Susan in NC

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    1. SUSAN, a bunch of the stories will publish in paperback in the fall. I don't see how Murray and Gio can wait that long though--I am expecting they will need to do something sooner, but we'll see! Thanks for asking!

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    2. Susan in NC you don't have to wait! As I told someone up above, you can download a free app at amazon go here http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771 and then just go to computers and what you have and you can then read kindle books on your computer! I have lots of them on mine.

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  20. Carrie, at any point in writing the story did you get stuck with wondering what else happens at this point, and if so, how did you get moving forward on the story again?

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    1. JANICE, not on this story. I may have had one sticky scene. I think that one was where I had Sgt. Ross coming to the Flanker house to bother Angelina and I had Matt be there to get rid of him. I have to say it is pretty common in my full length manuscripts, especially if I've failed to do a chapter by chapter synopsis. I am not a good pantser at all!

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    2. Hey Janice, thanks for coming by and good luck in the drawing!

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  21. I forgot to include the contact info.
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thanks for entering me into the drawing.
    Blessings, Janice

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    1. Thanks for coming by and entering! Blessings!

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  22. I pray every day that "others will see Jesus in my thoughts, words & actions. That is my main priority. Thanks, Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Rhonda, that's a great priority! That's what we are here to do. God Bless you for that prayer! Good luck!

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  23. First and foremost Congrats again Carrie on getting published. So exciting! My question for you...Have you ever had any desire for a novel or novella of yours, now or in the future, to become a movie? Or has that thought never crossed your mind? "Return to Shirley Plantation" sounds like a perfect title for a movie!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    I am a feedburner follower!
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Judy, thanks for being a FBfollower! I so wanted to go to Shirley Plantation this week but they are closed the 2 days we are going to be up there! It sure would be a beautiful place for a movie.

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  24. I love Carrie's books! She's an amazing author and I look forward to many more great reads from her! I would like to ask her what book she is working on next? I would love to win!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. Well, this is funny, because you are the winner but I failed to answer your Q until right now, MEGAN!!! I have a European manuscript out on submission, in committee at a large publishing house with a 3-book proposal. I also have a War of 1812 submission out. Still waiting on both of those. BUT I just got a NEW CONTRACT PTL for a short story set in the 20th century of all places, lol!!! And that will come out in a book at Christmastime with a large house. I can't say who until I've signed the contract. But thanks for asking!!! Congrats on winning!!!

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  25. Congratulations on the publication of your novella, Carrie. I enjoyed this interview and comments and the opportunity to get to know you.

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    1. Thanks so much Pat!!! Have a blessed week!!!

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  26. My son chose the number for the drawing and MEGAN is the winner!!! Congrats!!!

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