Thursday, November 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY BOOKS 1-6 The Christmas Tradition Series with Carrie Fancett Pagels




Carrie is giving away the complete series 1-6. Be sure to read down to find out how to enter.  And don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a follower for an extra entry!


The Christmas Traditions Series Books 1-6 have now released! I’ve been happy to be part of this series and I’ve read and loved every one of the stories so far! Jennifer AlLee’s is the latest, a story inspired by her real-life grandparents—a ballerina grandmother and Hungarian violinist grandfather. Here’s her storyline: Isabella Brandt lives to dance, but she's spent the last four years in obscurity as part of the corps. Now, she's finally landed a principal role in The Nutcracker. But a handsome Hungarian violinist and a shocking visit from her past may knock this ballerina off her feet and ruin Christmas.

My story, The Fruitcake Challenge, is likewise

inspired by my real-life grandparents—a lumber camp boss and lumber camp cook. Very different social strata but both stories inspired by a love of family and the past. Cynthia Hickey’s story is about a mail order bride, Niki Turner’s has a unique setting of a TB preventatorium in Colorado in the 1920’s. Darlene Franklin has a scientific minded young teacher who falls for an apple orchard grower. This collection is a bit different in that the only
commonality required by the 
leads, Cynthia Hickey and Gina Welborn, was that a Christmas Tradition must be presented in each story. So we have all kinds of stories and all are independent of one another. But each includes a Christmas tradition. In Darlene Franklin’s novella, apples and ornaments become a special symbol for love at Christmas. In Jennifer AlLee’s new novella, the couple creates their own special tradition at the end (no spoiler here!) but many of us, including myself, have a tradition of watching The Nutcracker ballet each season (when we can!)

No Christmas series can be complete without recipes! My mother was a cook, like her mother, and every year she baked hundreds of cookies and dozens of fruitcakes to deliver as gifts and for our consumption. She also made the most wonderful candies each year—penuche, hand dipped chocolate cherries, divinity, and so on. We’re having a Christmas party on Facebook in a week and are encouraging guests to share their own special recipes and we’ll be saving some of ours. We also have some nice giveaways, most kitchen and food themed! So come on by the party (click here to sign up) on Friday November 21st.


Books in the Christmas Traditions collection:

Handcarved Christmas
By Cynthia Hickey

 

Sadie’s Gift
By Niki Turner

 

The Fruitcake Challenge
By Carrie Fancett Pagels

 

An Apple for Christmas
By Darlene Franklin




By Patty Smith Hall




By Jennifer Allee



Two more novellas are yet to be released:

Holly Daze

By Gina Welborn



Eleven Pipers Piping

By Angela Breidenbach


Giveaway: Complete series of The Christmas Tradition. Question: Do you prefer to read novellas, short stories, or novels as the holidays approach (or a mix)?



 More about Carrie:
Carrie Fancett Pagels Ph.D. is an award-winning, best-selling, and multi-published Christian historical romance author. Carrie was a psychologist for twenty-five years. Married for twenty-seven years with two children. Carrie resides in Virginia’s Historic Triangle and enjoys reading, traveling and researching. She’s a finalist for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence.
Website: www.carriefancettpagels.com
Blogs: Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills
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Links to purchase:
The Fruitcake Challenge (2014) on Amazon



A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Guidepost Books (2013)
Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (Helping Hands Press, 2013) on Amazon in ebook
On Barnes and Noble in ebook

God’s Provision in Tough Times Lighthouse of the Carolinas (2013) on Amazon

62 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on Debbie Lynne! This has been such a great series to participate in and I've enjoyed all the stories so far. Many blessings!

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  2. I love a lllooonnnggg story! I never want it to end!

    I an a subscriber Debbie!

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    1. Well, I sometimes do but about five years ago I discovered novellas at Christmastime. But I wasn't particularly pleased with them. So I 've been happy to write and publish a Christmas short story and a novella in the meantime. My novella is really long--34000, long for a novella! TY Melody!

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  3. Would love to win this series. Have already bought yours and one other writer but it would be great to have them in print.

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    1. Mary Ellen, only my copy is available in print. Glad you are enjoying the series.

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  4. AWESOME Giveaway!!! :D I prefer a mix. I LOVE novellas but sometimes when they're REALLY good I don't want them to end so soon and wish I had a novel! LOL! But I definitely love them all!

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavez(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. I'm finding it harder to read a novel at this time of year unless it is a very fave authors. I LOVE novellas too and I love writing them! Thanks!

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    2. I know what you mean! I blinked and missed October! LOL!

      Hugs, A.

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  5. Oops. Like to read a mix. momtr3 (at)yahoo. (com)

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    1. I think my mix is like this: Novellas, short stories, novels as the holidays approach.

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  6. I love to read any kind of Christmas story, but I do enjoy the quick read of novellas! rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. I find the closer I get to Thanksgiving and Christmas I really don't want to have to carry over a read to another night or two like with a novel. Not unless it is a fave like Julie Lessman where it is like a gift to myself!

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  7. I adore this series and love knowing that some of the stories were inspired by real people and events! Christmas stories are among my very favorites and I enjoy full-length novels, as well as novellas! Thank you for sharing the wonderful post and generous giveaway!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. I like the real life inspired stories the best, too, Britney, both to read and to write. When I'm writing a story based on something real I feel more connected. With Jennifer's novella, that was SO cool that her grandmother really WAS a ballerina and her grandfather a violinist!

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  8. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    eppersonkatrina(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Katrina, we hope readers will enjoy this entire series of novellas. Such a fun group to work with! And I've really enjoyed the stories so far! You are very welcome!

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  9. Fun post, Carrie - thanks!! I've enjoyed each of the Christmas Tradition novellas and look forward to the final two!!

    I prefer reading long books, however, during the holiday season - holiday novellas are fun to read as you have time to read more of them, to help you get in the holiday mood!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. I sometimes think the other Overcoming with God blog angels feel the same way. The rest of the year I'm okay with a full length novel but it is just harder this time of year plus with so many great novellas out there right now, why not! Hugs! TY!

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  10. Hello everyone! This is a fantastic giveaway! I prefer reading a mix.
    Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Hi Wendy! I think I am seeing a consensus! Mix is what it looks like!

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  11. Novellas are fine, but I generally prefer meatier novels! These sound like fun, though!
    I am a follower.
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. Hi Connie! Yes, these are fun novellas! Thanks for coming by!

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  12. Thanks for the great give away and a chance at winning your books.

    seraohinangel7(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Great to see you Juanita. This is a great collection of novellas and I am tickled pink to be part of it! Blessings!

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  13. Tthe books are all wonderful! If you haven't read them, I highly recommend you do so!

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    1. TY, Regina! I've really enjoyed them all, too! Looking forward to the release of the next and final two! Hugs!

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  14. Hi Debbie and Carrie. Great give-away, but if they are e-books the only one I don't have is Jennifer's.
    As to the question, near Christmas it is easier to read more books with Novellas. But, I do love Novels. Even then not ready for the end. :) Not sure how much difference in a short story and Novella.
    Has been a great series. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi Maxie! If you win you can "gift" this collection to a friend or family member who owns a Kindle or an ereader that reads Kindle books! Novellas tend to be about two to three times bigger than a short story. A short story can be many lengths but the ones in the Cup of Christmas Cheer Collection, for example, from Guidepost Books were around 6500 words long. Thank you! Hugs!

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  15. I like to read a mix of short and long stories. Thank you for a chance to win all these stories.

    rebunting(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I have been doing the same, Robin. I think shorter is easier to manage for reading time, though. As far as writing, I definitely prefer to be working on a shorter project as this time of year rolls in but in the past several years, I have finished a full length manuscript's first draft before the holidays.

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  16. I forgot to say I follower on feedburner

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  17. I like to read a mix. Thanks for the contest :-)

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  18. I like to mix it up. Read a couple novella's and then a novel and then a couple novella's.It seems to break up the monotony of just reading novels all the time. dsimmering68@gmail.com

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    1. If I am sick or in a flare up from my arthritis I like a longer story but no when I am okay as the holidays approach.

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  19. I like to read a mix. But, like the gal said before me here, some novellas end too soon and I want to read more (like yours Carrie! I wasn't ready for that to end)
    I think they all sound great. I can only take ebooks as we're full time RVers and on the road south :)

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    1. TY Robin! I'm working on one of the brother's stories! It will be a Valentine's Day novella. That sounds so great about RVing!!!

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  20. I'd like to read these! I'm a follower! I read a mix!

    jarning67athotmail.com

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    1. Joan, Debbie Lynne is awesome and I follow her around, too! Hugs!

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  21. I loved your story, Carrie. Looking forward to the event coming up this week. I would live to read the other books in the series.
    MARY

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    1. Hey Mary! TY! I'm looking forward to hanging out and celebrating and gathering yummy recipes that have been taste tested!!! Hugs!

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  22. Great stories but I am commenting to wish all of you a terrific, wonderful, God-blessed day
    Chris Granville

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    1. Chris, you are such a blessing to me. May God richly bless you!

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  23. I enjoy a mix.. I have read the Fruitcake challenge & if the rest in this series are as wonderful as yours, I will :) :)
    I follow too... dkstevensne AT outlook DOTcom

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    1. TY Deanna! I think they are all great novellas. Hugs!

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  24. I like a mix, especially when it comes to Christmas stories. My time for reading can be anything from just a few moments to several hours during the holiday season. Having a choice of reading material fits into my schedule, regardless.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this set.
    I'm a follower...
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That is why I enjoyed the Cup of Christmas Cheer collection that I contributed to last year and which DEBBIE LYNNE has a story in for 2014 collection. You tuck them in your purse and can sneak a read in anywhere! Blessings!

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  25. I don't like short stories. I don't think the story or the characters have time or space to develop enough. I prefer novels, but I read novellas (especially for special ocassions, like Christmas) and enjoy them. I would love to win these, because my Christmas collection is slim this year.

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    1. We started coming out with these the end of August and now tons of people are putting out collections. I think you'll find many to choose from Janice but I'm very partial to this series and to the Guidepost Books which DEBBIE LYNNE contributed to this year (and I had story in last year.)

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  26. I do believe that most of that Christmas books that I have read have been in novella form. They are such a joy to read. Thank you for sharing with us! Good Christmas books are hard to come by I too am a follower.. ~ Juli emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. You are welcome Juli and thanks for coming by. It's so nice to have varied lengths of books and stories to choose from! Don't miss out on DEBBIE LYNNE's new release in A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volumes 3 & 4, her's is in the historical volume.

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  27. I enjoy all three, can I say that, lol? I like novels but also enjoy the novellas and sometimes I like something quick like the short stories, it depends on my mood and what I have going on.

    I am a follower.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Wendy, I am the same way. Thanks for coming by! Hugs!

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  28. I forgot my email when I commented! Thanks for the opportunity to win these books. When I read Christmas books during the season, it warms my soul and settles my spirit!
    heffrons(at) brainerd (dot) net

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    1. Great way to put it, Joyce! Thanks for coming back with your email addy! Blessings!

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  29. I LOVE to read and appreciate a mix of novellas, short stories, and novels. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! :)

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. TY Caryl for coming by! Great getting to know you better online! Blessings!

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  30. Sorry I forgot to mention that I follow The Sword and Spirit via email....

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Love love love Debbie Lynne. Order her Guidepost Books collection if you can!!! Blessings!

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  31. I love full-length novels. And like so many others, I don't want it to end.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway :D

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    1. I just started listening to another novel. I finished a new one by Tracie Peterson but unfortunately with all the business leading up to Thanksgiving I feel like I didn't get to enjoy it like I could have had I listened to it after the holidays.

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  32. I do enjoy a mix. If I have a lot of time I'll start a novel but if I just want a short fun Christmas read I'll go that way. I do enjoy an occasional audiobook. :) I read the Fruitcake challenge & loved it!
    dkstevensne AT outlook dotCom
    I follow by email too...

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