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:
By Cynthia Hickey
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:
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.
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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