Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands - Spotlight Book Tour




Genre: Christian, Historical
Publisher: Barbour
Publication date: June 1, 2017
Number of pages: 448

Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
When a British dime novel enthusiast finds himself flat broke in Kansas, he discovers what western life and true love are all about. Barden Granville IV grew up at Cheatham Hall, Kent, England, devouring cowboy stories and dreaming of the day he, with no prospects of inheriting estate nor title, could escape to the American frontier. Educated and ordained an Anglican priest, his trip to America is his “last hurrah” before accepting a vicarage in a small town far from his aristocratic family’s estate. When a series of misadventures leaves him without money and stranded, he must take up employment immediately.
​After her father dies, widow Caroline Kane becomes the owner and proprietor of a restaurant and inn. She also assumes responsibility for her five teenaged siblings.

Caroline’s busybody married sister insists that an Englishman who purports to answer an ad for help, is the perfect candidate for Caroline’s next husband. While she’s relieved to have help, Caroline finds Barden’s primary asset to be his silver tongue. When his efforts finally bring fruit, Barden receives word from England that could leave Caroline worse off than before, for her heart will leave with him. Will Barden answer his heart and God’s call in Kansas, or will his family responsibilities compel him to leave his dreams behind?



Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author. With a dozen Christian historical romances published, this former “Yooper” writes Christian historical romances about overcoming. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

Her short story, The Quilting Contest, was Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s “The Story” national contest. Her novella, The Substitute Bride was a 2016 Maggie Award published finalist for Romance Novellas. Grand Exposé was a 2014 Maggie Award honorable mention for a novel set on Mackinac Island (now entitled My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, Barbour, July 2017). All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year and The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist. Her novel, Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (White Rose/Pelican, June, 2016) received a Starred Review by RT Book Reviews.


1. When you are not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I like to do bead work and I prefer easy beading projects like earrings and simple necklaces. You’d think with my poor eyesight and having Rheuamatoid Arthritis that has never gone into remission that I’d not be doing beadwork. But it’s so fun to have a finished project ready so quickly.

2. How long does it typically take you to write a novella vs how long does it take you to write a full length novel?
Oh boy! That’s a loaded question! A novel typically takes way more time. But it depends upon a few things. Like whether it is a shorter novel or a long one. Also, how recently have I been in that story world. For instance, on Lilacs for Juliana, I’d been in Northern Michigan story world for months already when I wrote that novel and I believe I completed in in two to three months. But I’ve had a longer historical (which got cut) that took me a few years to write (Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter). I’d say that ideally, I’d have a minimum of six months to write a novel, preferably nine to ten months. A novella “can” be done in a month. I prefer to have two to three months just to have some breathing room.

3. When did you write your first book?  Has this book or a rendition of this book been published?
Hmmm, my first completed novel was when I was twenty-one and I dropped out of graduate school (U.S. Carolina School Psychology Doctoral Program) to take care of some things and to write the book. This is back in the day when my copies were done with CARBON paper. You had to send your chapters in a SASE (Sealed Self-Adressed Envelope). I received twenty-one rejections and went back to graduate school! Thank God it has never seen the light of day and it never will! But I did learn I could finish a manuscript. That was a good thing to know when I did my masters thesis and then doctoral dissertation and when I wrote my first Christian fiction novel.

4. How frequently do you hear from your readers? Do you have any fun and/or weird reader-author meetings you would be willing to share about?
I hear from readers in some capacity on a daily basis. I had a really cool meeting with Jenny Blake, from Australia, who is a reader and a blogger. She came to Colonial Williamsburg a few years ago after her mom died. And recently I got to hang out with Amanda Stark and her son, Clayton, when she came to the Historic Triangle – that was fun as we all three are history geeks!

"We're In Kansas, Toto!!!": How Story Worlds Overlap -- Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels


​When a British dime novel enthusiast finds himself flat broke in Kansas, he discovers what western life and true love are all about. Barden Granville IV grew up at Cheatham Hall, Kent, England, devouring cowboy stories and dreaming of the day he, with no prospects of inheriting estate nor title, could escape to the American frontier. Educated and ordained an Anglican priest, his trip to America is his “last hurrah” before accepting a vicarage in a small town far from his aristocratic family’s estate. When a series of misadventures leaves him without money and stranded, he must take up employment immediately.

After her father dies, widow Caroline Kane becomes the owner and proprietor of a restaurant and inn. She also assumes responsibility for her five teenaged siblings. Caroline’s busybody married sister insists that an Englishman who purports to answer an ad for help, is the perfect candidate for Caroline’s next husband. While she’s relieved to have help, Caroline finds Barden’s primary asset to be his silver tongue. When his efforts finally bring fruit, Barden receives word from England that could leave Caroline worse off than before, for her heart will leave with him. Will Barden answer his heart and God’s call in Kansas, or will his family responsibilities compel him to leave his dreams behind?

First let me say that I really enjoy staying in my story worlds. Most of the time, I “live” in the fictional story worlds I’ve set up in turn-of-the-century Michigan, in particular the straits of Mackinac. I also have stories set here in Virginia, where I live. Since I’ve spent so much time in those story worlds (my 15th romance releases in 2018), I’ve a pretty well-developed sense of what happens there. I also like overlapping some of my characters and their ancestors, when possible.

But in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands I found myself in Kansas! And I really felt for Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz, except for in reverse! You see instead of being gone from Kansas, I was being yanked out of Virginia and story world turn-of-the-century Michigan. And now, Toto, I found myself in Kansas! I have never been to Kansas and I’ve never written an American-set story where I hadn’t visited the area I was writing about. I was out of my real world and story world comfort zone! So to bring a little of my story world with me, I had the Tumbleston’s deceased matriarch be from a family in Virginia. Her backstory included being raised on a plantation in Virginia.

While researching another story, I was reading the history of Fort Mackinac, located on Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac. Imagine my surprise to learn that after the Civil War (story time frame for Dime Novel Suitor), injured soldiers from a regiment stationed in the west traveled back to Mackinac Island where they were able to have light duty, housing, and food and to recover from what had happened to them. So I worked that into the Dime Novel Suitor plot.

Giveaway: An autographed paperback copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Brides. There must be ten unique comments from different readers for the giveaway. 


Grand Prize Giveaway: Kindle Fire + Postcards of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order, bookmarks from upcoming release My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring, print copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands, cowboy-themed earrings, and an ebook copy of Holt Medallion finalist “The Steeplechase.”



Other Giveaway: If 10+ unique commenters post on this blog, one commenter will be selected to receive a print copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands (US only).







Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Secret Slipper - Spotlight Book Tour





Genre: Christian Fiction 
Publication Date: May 25, 2017
Number of Pages: 166 
 
Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?





Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)


Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: http://amandatero.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/
Blog: www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero


Behind the Scenes with Amanda

 
 Giveaway Time!!! 



U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”




Also Touring with “The Secret Slipper”

May 25, 2017
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway
Leila @ Leila Tualla's Bookshelf | Spotlight
Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway
Leona @ Great Books for God's Girls | Review, Interview

May 26
Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview
Kendra @ Knitted By God's Plan (Spotlight) and O'Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

May 27
Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway
Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway
                                                               
May 29
Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview
Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review
Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview
Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

May 30
Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway
Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review
Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview

May 31
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review
Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review
Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

June 1
Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review
Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

June 2
Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight
Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review
Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview

June 3
Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight
Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review
Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway


Happy Reading!  



Friday, May 26, 2017

First Line Fridays


Happy last Friday of May!  Can you believe the month of June will be starting next week?!  It is crazy to consider that we are already half-way through the year.  Yet I am looking forward to the summer, which has always been my favorite season.  How many books have you read this year, and what have you been reading lately?  I started reading a couple of books and some short stories recently, but I haven't finished them quite yet.  However, I have been watching Masterpiece lately, and I cannot wait until Season 2 of Victoria comes out!  Have you seen the first season?  It is simply splendid, and I highly recommend it.  Here is a sneak peak of the second season:


I hope you get a chance to check out this lovely series from Masterpiece--I know I have said this many times before, but I absolutely love the Victorian era, so it was wonderful to learn a bit more about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  As you may have guessed, this week I want to highlight another text from the Victorian era--last week I featured Jane Eyre.  Today I would like to look at Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.  This first line is a bit intense, but I hope it leads you to reading this text.  I will include a short video clip at the end too, which is from my favorite film adaptation of this book.

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:  

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

Little Dorrit 
by Charles Dickens



And the first line is...

Book One - Poverty 
Chapter One 
Sun and Shadow 

"Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day.  A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than any other time, before or since.  Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there." 


Happy reading and happy Friday!  






Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cookie Recipe for Tea

Despite all the lovely desserts in the world, cookies are still my favorite treat.  Any type of cookie is wonderful too...oatmeal, macadamia nut, peanut butter, shortbread, and sugar cookies to name a few.  Most people probably prefer the traditional chocolate chip cookie though.  So I wanted to share a new recipe I found this week.  This is a chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Grand Floridian resort in Walt Disney World, and it is simply splendid.  This is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee or cup of tea.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!




Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen medium, or 18 large cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks butter), softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 330°F.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar in a separate bowl and cream with electric mixer until fluffy.
  4. With mixer running, add eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla. Mix until combined, scraping sides of bowl.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture, scraping sides of bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop 1 tablespoon dough for medium cookies and 2 tablespoons for large onto ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake until light golden, 10 to 12 minutes for medium cookies, 12 to 14 minutes for large.






Friday, May 19, 2017

Check Out My New Post!

Check out my new post on the Daily Megaphone to recognize how vital proper communication is, and how we can remember to speak life to others on a daily basis.  God bless.


Failure to Communicate 
by Heather Snyder 







First Line Fridays


Classic literature is my favorite genre, and books from the Victorian era contain some of the greatest works to read and study.  So this week, I want to post a line from Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.  I hope if you have not read this incredible story yet, you will add this novel to your 2017 reading list.   

It is a beautiful tale that illustrates the ventures of Jane Eyre from childhood to adulthood.  Because others have never bestowed kindness upon her, Jane feels all alone in the world.  Yet once her circumstances change, her solitary life is altered as she is introduced to some engaging characters, including the mysterious Mr. Rochester.  Although even after becoming a governess, Jane could never have imagined the turmoils that would continue to consume her life.  Will she ever find comfort in her world?  Charlotte Bronte's use of descriptive words and imagery within this text highlight her incredible writing style and storytelling capabilities. As she vividly portrays the human heart, showing how it reacts to each joyous and tragic event in life, her honest and vulnerable characters continue to connect well with each and every reader throughout the generations.  

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:  

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
 
And I want to welcome Christina and Molly to the First Line Fridays fun!  

 Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

Jane Eyre 
by Charlotte Bronte 



And the first line is...

"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.  We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question."   

Happy reading and happy Friday!  






Friday, May 12, 2017

First Line Fridays


This week's book comes from a Twitter recommendation--it said that fans of Downton Abbey would love this series of stories.  So I am super excited to read this first book--I actually listened to the first bit on Audible, and it was wonderful.  :)  Can you recommend any other novels that would fall in line with the genre or time era of Downton Abbey?  

I hope that each of you have had the lovely opportunity to watch Downton Abbey--I confess that I own all six seasons on DVD.  If you haven't seen them yet, go watch them right away!  In my opinion, the series of Downton Abbey is one of the best TV period dramas of all time.  :)  As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:     

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  
And I want to welcome Jane and Christina to the First Line Fridays fun!  

Jane from C Jane Read  
 Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

Love of the Summerfields 
by Nancy Moser



And the first line is...

Summerfield, England 
Late July 1880

"'They're back!' Fidelia Hayward burst into the Summerfield Mercantile, one hand to her heaving chest, the other steadying her bonnet, which tipped precariously over her left ear."  

Happy reading and Happy Friday!








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hartly Manor - My Review


Amanda Tero's children's book Hartly Manor is a wonderful read for any parent to read to their child.  I love the beautiful love story woven throughout the piece, and I love how it was mirrored in each of the character's own personal stories.  After all, we are all orphans until the Lord adopts us into His family. 

For the reader, it is easy to follow along, especially considering this is a story for those under the age of ten, but this tale could equally be perfect for anyone at any age.  Consider giving this book to someone who is either new in the faith or perhaps never heard the good story at all. 

Tero begins the story by introducing the reader to each character, so as not to confuse young readers.  She also breaks the story down into two separate parts, so that any young child can understand the overall purpose to the story. 

I highly recommend checking out this book.  Here is a link to where you can purchase this story on Amazon:  Hartly Manor by Amanda Tero   

Happy reading!  


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Amanda Tero for my copy. 


About The Author


Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again - starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda:

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com