Monday, June 13, 2016

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels ends June 20



Please welcome my good friend Carrie Fancett Pagels to my blog this week! Carrie is generously giving away a copy of her book Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter so be sure to read on down on how to enter. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are feedburner follower for an extra entry!

A Time to Celebrate


King Solomon, in the Bible, tells us there is a time for everything. A time to celebrate is something we don’t always allow ourselves to do! Before I was published, I’d see some author friends would have launch parties and others did nothing when their new books came out. I thought – with such a momentous occasion, why wouldn’t you celebrate? Then, I learned why, when I ended up having a book release a week before emergency major surgery and another two books release during super busy and hectic times with my family. But with Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, my first full length Christian fiction that I’d completed in manuscript form, I wanted to do this up right! Since my best friend, Libbie Cornett, and I didn’t get to celebrate my novella, The Steeplechase, (which I dedicated to her) when it released, we got to combine that festivity with the release of this newest novel. My daughter, who was my very first critique partner, joined us!


I’d read about The Jefferson Hotel in an issue of Victoria magazine (one of my favorite periodicals). Initially, I tried to set something up High Tea when my mother-in-law (who was in town from Chicago), daughter, and my best friend and I would go for High Tea. But it can take weeks to a couple of months to get a spot and I’d called too late. But that worked out for my book launch celebration. So we decided to have just the three of us go to celebrate when the novel released in Ebook format (Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter will be out in paperback in July.)


In 2013, my daughter, Cassandra, threw a “Pink Party” for my very first book, my debut novella “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (which just re-released under new cover!) That was a lot of fun. But this time, Cassandra was able to relax and let someone else serve her and to enjoy the celebration.


I tease my friend Libbie that it is “all her fault” that I write Christian fiction as she introduced me to the Thoene’s stories and to Janette Oke’s novels, over twenty-five years ago. She also got me hooked on CBD (Christian Book Distributors) and I’m thrilled to say that I have my very first book posted with CBD!!! They have an ebook of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter and also just put up the pre-order link for Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, which releases in November (I have a novella, “Dime Novel Suitor” in this collection.)


The Jefferson is a beautiful place – a Five Star hotel!!! We looked around some, and also overhead at the stunning stained glass dome that is over the lobby and reception area where the teas are held.



We had fun, too, besides being awed! “Snowed In” a short story in A Cup of Christmas Cheer two book collection (Guidepost Books, October, 2013).

Cassandra and I even “fed” the Jefferson alligator the oversized postcard of the book cover!!! That was a hoot!


I feel so blessed that my daughter and best friend could celebrate with me! We had a wonderful day and made many nice memories!


When my friend, Debbie Lynne, had her debut in Christian fiction, we did up an online party to celebrate. How I wished we could have celebrated in person but we still had a great time!!!


Giveaway: Answer this question – ladies, do you tend to celebrate your own milestone events? Tell why or why not. Winner picks choice of ebook or paperback copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, which RT Book Reviews gave a 4 Star review!

57 comments:

  1. Hi. What a nice celebration time. I am looking forward to your new book in paperback. No, I don't always celebrate my own milestones. Simply because I am a busy mom of 6 and usually celebrating theirs. I am a follower through feedburner.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi! Well, I have a challenge for you! Teach those six kids that their mom is worth celebrating -- go ahead and set up a fun celebration that is just all about mom! It could be as simple as a cupcake party to celebrate that mom got all the laundry done!!! Blessings!

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  2. Since I am overrun with "testosterone" in our family, i.e., hubby and two sons, I tend to celebrate my particular little milestones privately and quietly. We all do need to pat ourselves on the back for what we have been able to achieve and be proud of ourselves.

    Congratulations on YOUR milestones and this book sounds delightful. I really enjoy Christian novels as the stories are almost always heart-warming and, best of all, clean! :-)

    Connie Fischer
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    1. Hey Connie! Yes, I am overrun, too, with testosterone in our family with our teen (who has to shave now!) and hubs. Blessed to have our adult daughter nearby! I want to set an example for my kids, too, that life has cool things that are worth celebrating and I hope they will take time and do the same, themselves!

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  3. I don't celebrate my milestone events, because there doesn't seem to be anyone in my life that is interested in celebrating with me. It's hard to celebrate on your own. If someone in my family or circle of friends were interested in celebrating my milestones, I might be willing to celebrate with them. Thanks for the review and the giveaway. Good luck to everyone.

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    1. Uh oh, Debbie! Praying for your family. Maybe just celebrate with your lady friends? Here's a challenge for you, because I believe you are on line and on Facebook. Set up a little party for yourself to celebrate something fun. You can set up an event on FB and invite your Facebook friends to celebrate something -- say the 20th book you've read this year?

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  4. No, I have never been one to celebrate but I was given a wonderful reception when I retired from my library after 22 1/2 years. It was a wonderful evening and I treasure the memories.
    Congratulations Carrie and I wish you 'many more words to write'!
    Debbie, thanks for this great interview and giveaway! I follow you by feedburner.com
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love to celebrate, Connie, especially now that I can walk again, PTL! When I couldn't hardly walk then it was a real ordeal but I'm so glad to be able to get out again. Glad you have those special memories!

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  5. No, I don't celebrate milestones, as I don't really do anything important enough to. Congratulations, Carrie. You deserve to celebrate.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Lucy! Maybe you are short changing yourself! With my RA, sometimes it is a huge celebration if I just make it through the day okay! Blessings!

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  6. It seems like life is so busy that I don't celebrate milestones which is really too bad! Everyone should make time for them.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I hope you are busy with good things. I agree, making time for milestones is important! blessings!

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  7. The Jefferson Hotel is beautiful - thanks for sharing the pics, Carrie!! I'm a lover of tea parties and visiting places with lots of beautiful atmosphere, so would love to have tea there!!

    Not many big milestones in my life recently, however, my family gets together for every birthday and holiday, I also take my mother or a friend out for treats or to a new place frequently - "just because". I enjoy impromptu get-togethers as well as those extravagantly planned.

    Congrats on the release of your beautiful 'Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter', Carrie!!

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    I'm a feedburner follower.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think you know how to celebrate, Bonnie! We were glad we were able to celebrate your unexpected visit to the area last year! Thanks so much for coming by! Hugs!!!

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  8. Congratulations Carrie on your book, Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter! It is a fantastic book. (not entering the contest, just wanted to congratulate you again).
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thanks so much, Tina! Do you celebrate by taking tea? I know you are a fellow tea cup lover like myself! Hugs!

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  9. I don't know if celebrate is the right term, but I don't ignore my milestones, either.
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

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    1. I read or heard about some research that showed that your closest friends and family members are the ones who will CELEBRATE with you and that those are the most memorable and strongest predictors of strong relationships. And after I heard that, I've noticed it to be quite true. There's something to it. So I'm celebrating more!

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  10. I do not celebrate the milestones. Ugh. I guess it would be nice to celebrate my milestones - I just do not take the time. :(.

    mbarri7@me.com

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    1. I am going to challenge you to take time and smell the roses -- that is take time and celebrate at least one upcoming event that you are involved in. Let me know how that works out! Blessings!

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  11. Lovely pictures, Carrie :) Thanks so much for sharing your celebration with us. Saving The Marquise's Daughter is a wonderful book, not to be missed!

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    1. Thanks so much Betti! I appreciate your support and I'm so glad you enjoyed Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter! Blessings!

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  12. Yes we still celebrate birthdays, with cake and presents. Thank you fro the giveaway. Good luck with the book.
    Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn! Good for you!!! Celebrations are fun and they cement relationships!!! Thanks!

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  13. I have only celebrated one major accomplishment when I threw myself a go out for supper lunch. I graduated from IvyTech with my associates degree one year b4 my oldest son graduated high school. It took me 3 years to get my 2 year degree when I had 5 children at home. My husband doesn't celebrate anything

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    1. Wow, Carolyn, congrats on achieving your degree! Especially with children at home! That is definitely great to celebrate!!! Is your husband saved? I'm praying he's going to want to celebrate more!!!

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  14. I have celebrated some milestones in my life, and I always buy myself a special birthday gift. I think it's more fun to surprise a family member or friend on their birthday or their special accomplishments. Looking forward to reading "Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter ".

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    1. A girl after my own heart! Dianne, we can be sure we get something we like then right? Friends and family do appreciate acknowledgements. I just ran some brownies over to a neighbor who is such a giving person. He helps with so many things in our community so on his birthday the last few years, I've tried to bake him a little something! I hope you'll enjoy my new novel and Suzanne and Johan who are so special to me!

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  15. I have celebrated some milestones in my life, and I always buy myself a special birthday gift. I think it's more fun to surprise a family member or friend on their birthday or their special accomplishments. Looking forward to reading "Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter ".

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  16. I have celebrated a few milestones, but not hugely. Hubby and I will have celebrated 10 years of marriage next year and had wanted to do something special with friends, but that might not work out now that we're moving out of state. :(

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    1. Hey Ashley! We didn't get to do anything big for our tenth due to our financial situation at the time. In fact, I wrote a chapter in the book "God's Provision in Tough Times" about that time in our life! Am praying that you'll get to do something special!

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  17. Hi Debbie, thanks for the interview with Carrie. I am a Feedburner followers of yours. Carrie, I love these pictures you shared. Beautiful. My milestones that were celebrated most was reaching Birthdays #75 and then #80. It was wonderful numbers that GOD allowed me to celebrate. But, my children and grands did the planning, while I was thanking GOD for this privilege. I always thank HIM for each birthday HE allows me. Just as this past April when I celebrated my 81st. That's a lot to celebrate for so many don't get to do that. My brother just celebrated his 90th last year and I celebrated with him. There will be a big celebration if I can ever get well from this bad problem I have suffered with for over a year now. Hopefully GOD will grant me that privilege. I look forward to attending your party if I feel up to using my computer and its working. Some days it don't cooperate. I am proud of your new book out.Love you guys. GOD bless. Maxie ( mac262(at)me(dot)com )

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    1. Hi Maxie! So great to see you here! We were so disappointed when my mother didn't live to see her 80th birthday. Six years ago, she died just a month before her 80th. That's a blessing your brother has celebrated his 90th! Am praying for you Maxie and so glad your computer allowed you to get on today. Thanks so much! Love you too, Maxie! Blessings and hugs!

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  18. If I had a book published, I would definitely celebrate!! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Joan that was EXACTLY what I used to say when author friends would release a book and do NOTHING to celebrate!!! I was like -- hey there, this is important!!! God blessed you with that book now celebrate and praise His name!

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  19. So Exciting to celebrate with everyone....I can still remember Carries first book and what fun it was to be able to support in prayer and attend each launch !!!

    Blessings
    Linda

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    1. Three years ago Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance released. It has re-released under new cover, a beautiful one by Roseanna White. Thanks Linda for all your encouragement!

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  20. Always try to do special things for my kids,friends and 2 yr old granddaughter. Grandson is due in Oct so our granddaughter will be a big sister.

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    1. I bet they all appreciate what you do for them, too, Bonnie! Now I have a challenge I want you to give them: I want them to celebrate something for YOU!!! Hugs!

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  21. I silently celebrate when I get all my laundry done. Then I really celebrate getting the house cleaned up because nowadays it takes me 3 or 4 days because I have to rest in between so much. Most of the time my husband does my floor because of all the pain I have. It's the hardest on me. You know what I celebrate with when its done? You guessed it! Reading a good book because it relaxes me.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)come

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    1. Hi Brenda! I have chronic pain, too, because of RA and OA but PTL I am able to walk again after many years of too much foot pain to get around much. I celebrate too when I finish that laundry -- especially if the guys aren't here to create some more!!! Blessings!

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  22. I try to celebrate my milestones because each milestone only happens once.

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    1. With a book, each feels like a milestone. Sometimes doing all those loads of laundry feels like a milestone, too, Ann! Blessings!

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  23. No, we don't do many celebrations, but we are thankful just the same. We do enjoy celebrating with others, thou.

    Gpk1946(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Phyllis, I think being grateful can be a celebration of praise! That's wonderful you are sharing with others in celebrations!

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  24. Yes, we celebrate all of our milestones. Our family is getting ready to celebrate Mom's 89th birthday.

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    1. Oh, that is SO special, Donna!!! Give your mom a big hug for me! We hoped to give my mom a birthday party for her 80th but she passed away about a month before that.

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  25. Your celebration tea looks wonderful. I don't usually have time to celebrate my own milestones. Too busy celebrating those of our 4 children. We just celebrated two graduations with my oldest daughter just graduating from nursing school and my son graduating high school.


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    1. It was SO fun, Susan!!! We're talking about doing it again at Christmastime! How wonderful having your daughter graduate from nursing school -- congrats and your son graduating from high school -- congrats again!

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  26. I also just subscribed to your blog. I am a feedburner follower:)

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    1. This is a great blog to subscribe to, Susan!

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  27. With 12 children who I am always celebrating their milestones I don't really get a chance to celebrate myself much but I am ok with that. Congratulations on the release of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, Carrie. You deserve all these blessings in life. I am a feedburner follower, Debbie

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    1. Deanne, how come I didn't know that about you? Twelve children! What a blessing! I imagine by the time you are done with one birthday you are celebrating another. Hugs!

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  28. With 12 children who I am always celebrating their milestones I don't really get a chance to celebrate myself much but I am ok with that. Congratulations on the release of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, Carrie. You deserve all these blessings in life. I am a feedburner follower, Debbie

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    1. Congrats on your 12 blessings, Deanne! Thanks so much! God has been good to me! Hugs!

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  29. OWG
    I love to celebrate my loved ones' milestones, but I don't like a lot of attention on myself. I enjoy baking and decorating for parties though. It's so much fun to celebrate with those closest to your heart.

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  30. OWG
    I love to celebrate my loved ones' milestones, but I don't like a lot of attention on myself. I enjoy baking and decorating for parties though. It's so much fun to celebrate with those closest to your heart.

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