Face-Off with Carrie Fancett Pagels

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So, this happened on Thursday! The lovely Carrie and I had lunch at none other than Plaza Azteca. I know you are jealous. That’s right! (Hey, Regina!!! Glad you joined us too! kiss-emoji-pillow)

The truth is, we all like to try to look like we have it pulled together. This was after multiple shots. Don’t get me wrong, these two ladies are professionals! It was me that struggled getting the pic right…#BeingTruthful

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What can ya do. It’s what makes me “special”.

ANYWAY, I’m ready to tell you a little about this lovely lady! After 25 years as a psychologist, Dr. Carrie Fancett Pagels (yep, DR!!!!) decided to jump full time into writing.

“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.”

image3 June 1 was release day for
Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection: A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town. (Click on pic of me holding a copy!!)

This book is 7 novellas by popular authors. Dime Novel Suitor is by Carrie Fancett Pagels:

Widow Caroline Kane is the proprietor of a restaurant and inn—and responsible for her five teenaged siblings. But she has no plans of finding a mail-order groom. Britisher Barden Granville IV is on a “cowboy holiday” when he finds himself flat broke in Kansas.  When he answers an old “help wanted” ad, Caroline misconstrues Barden is there as a potential husband. Will the beautiful and fiesty widow cause the new vicar to make Kansas his home?

It’s beautiful!! Be sure to pick up a copy Heart_Eyes_Emoji_large

I wanted to show you some other lovely reads by Carrie,61K8tMUepDL but let me start by giving a shout-out to Regina’s (see photo above) beautiful daughter on the cover of Lilacs for Juliana.

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(Links are in the pics!)

I have to be honest. My brain almost exploded when I saw this.

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Ok, lastly? Be sure to check back in July51J8sWR0C6L._UY250_ for the release of Carrie’s newest novel. If you are not familiar with Mackinac Island, you are in for a TREAT!!!

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Remember how Zachary Bartels was telling us about his favorite vacation spot? No cars allowed….Sounds amazing! It is definitely on my bucket list…like it passed up LOTS of other things. Looks amazing!

LET’S GET TO IT!!!!


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The rules are simple. I ask Carrie some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever eaten an oatmeal raisin cookie and been horrified because you thought it was chocolate chip?

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CarrieYes, what a bitter disappointment — especially when the person who baked them is looking at you and asking, “Is anything wrong?” and you paste on a fake smile and shake your head no, all the while thinking — ack these aren’t chocolate chip cookies after all. But I do like oatmeal raisin cookies too — as long as I know that’s what I am eating and if they are warm!

Charity – I have definitely done that. Thankfully, I never did it in front of the person that made them while they watched!!! hahaha. That would be awful!

The other one I can’t handle is when people mix Skittles and M&M’s. Now, there should be some kind of law against that. Your poor mouth would be in a constant state of paranoia because it wouldn’t know what to expect!!!! #MyWorstNightmareBelow

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– Carrie gets this one because of being put on the spot. So embarrassing!

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2. Worst calendar idea you have seen?

Carrie – Those kind where they are so small you can’t hardly read the numbers!!!

Charity – Oh, I so have this one!

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Who can seriously put this up in their house and not be thoroughly ashamed?!

Charity 1 / Carrie 1

3. We met at Plaza Azteca for lunch (which I was 100% on board with!!) on the release date of Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. Tell me about that.

Carrie – I started writing seriously about 13 years ago. When I would get a rejection letter, my critique partners told me to celebrate that I was doing something and working towards it. They said to “Go out for Mexican”! It started to become a “thing”. “It’s a Mexican night”!! Now I use it to celebrate for any reason!

Charity – I love that! How encouraging. I might not mind those rejection letters so much 😉

We grew up eating Mexican so often. To this day, my sister still eats it every day! Her family has it for lunch or dinner. Every day. For real.

– Totally Carrie’s point!!!

Charity 1 / Carrie 2

4. Ready for Grandkids?

Carrie – I call myself “Tired Old Mommy”. I had a son at 44 years old. I had to have my own because I couldn’t wait for a grandson!

Charity – Ok, there’s NO WAY I can compete with that. If I had a baby now, I wouldn’t ever get out of my recliner. Like, ever.

And for the record, I am SO READY for Grandbabies! My oldest son is 18, so…..????

– Lol. I have to give this one to Carrie as well! I can’t compete with starting over at 44!!!

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5. Dream Vacation?

Carrie – Straits of Mackinac. I grew up near there and I love it.

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Charity – Ok, I am seriously needing to visit this beautiful land of Michigan!

My dream vacation would be to go alone with a journal and my Bible, have no schedule restrictions, no time or money limit and just go to England. I would spend time in all the cities and quaint villages until I was ready to move on to the next. I would just soak in the beauty and culture. It would be MAGICAL!

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– Tie.

Charity 2 / Carrie 4

6. Tell me about the pink! I see you are usually in pink 🙂

Carrie – I “came out of the closet” with pink when I realized that I was not just a historical author. I enjoy writing romance and wanted to embrace the idea of being a historical romance author. Also, I’ve had some close to me suffer with breast cancer and the pink represents awareness for that.

76952Charity – I love that! My 9 year old and our 17 year old foster son used to always wear pink and say, “We support breast cancer”!!! They would always forget to add the “awareness” portion and it was so funny because they didn’t even realize what they were saying. Their friends were a little taken aback.

Check out the link for support groups and ways to help support!

– I am getting crushed!

Charity 2 / Carrie 5

7. A cool story!

Carrie – Dina Sleiman won a Carol Award and wasn’t able to be there to accept it. Because she lives locally, I was able to deliver it home to her. I was walking around carrying this big award and everyone was congratulating me and I had to tell them it wasn’t mine.

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Charity – Oh, man! That’s both awesome and awkward! haha. How awesome is that?! You have to love having Dina so close by! She’s an AMAZING person ❤

Ok….Wow. How do I compete with that? Awards…Awards…OH! I KNOW!!! I won 20 gold medals in piano olympics when I was growing up! I never got anything less!

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– I am going to take that one SOLELY because I am SO FAR BEHIND!!!!

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8. How do you strive to bring God glory in your life?

Carrie – Although I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, God has me writing for Him. And I pray that brings Him glory! It’s all You, Abba Father!

Charity – Girl, that’s awful. I am so sorry! No fun at all. But, God still deserves the glory for all of it because we have no idea what He’s doing behind the scenes!! ❤

– God wins!

Charity 3 / Carrie 5

9. Have you ever felt horrible and just decided it was OK to go out in public in sweatpants, yoga pants or PJ pants?

Carrie – To this day my family still teases me about this. I was hurting badly and had to go to Kohl’s. I wore boots, tall lime green socks and sweats. I did my shopping and came home. When my family saw me, they were horrified and told me that I cannot wear things like that out in public.

Charity – That’s amazing! You are my hero. I am so particular and couldn’t do this. I feel like I need to, not only get dressed, but dress nicely even when I feel horrible. Some days I feel almost hysterical trying to get ready because I can’t even wear jeans and a t-shirt out in public! Ridiculous, I know.

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– This is, BY FAR, the biggest loss I have suffered. I even gave myself a free point!

FINAL:

Charity 3 / Carrie 6

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I have SO MUCH FUN doing this face-off, Carrie 🙂giphy-1 Thanks for your candid answers and fun personality!

Guess what????

Yep!!!!! You guessed it. Not just 1, BUT 2 GIVEAWAYS!

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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

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Ebook copy of Holt Medallion finalist “The Steeplechase.”

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Interview with Dawn Crandall + A GIVEAWAY!!!!

11026001_10205335348836570_92183872513627506_nI am super excited to be interviewing Dawn Crandall today! With the final book of her Everstone Chronicles released April 1st, the #Crandalls are dying to get their hands on the final book in the series!! Well, today you have a chance!!!! woot woot!!

But first, I sat down and chatted with Dawn about the different struggles she had getting these books out, whether or not her hubby was jealous of these fine fellows in her books and much, much more!


Charity – Hey, girl!! It is awesome to get a chance to chat with THE WINNER OF “Best Inspirational Single Title in the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence” for your book, The Hesitant Heiress!!! Has it even sunk in yet?

Dawn – Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.33.32 PMNo! I still hardly believe it! I know I love my books, but it’s so terrific that so many readers do too!

Charity – I absolutely hate it when a series ends because we have all fallen in love with the characters and then they disappear! So, now that the trilogy is finished, will we ever hear about them again? Will you possibly be continuing on with any of them?

Dawn – Oh yes, for sure! These are the only three books I’ve written so far and have been so fabulously blessed to have found a publisher for them so quickly!! I have always known I would continue on with more characters from this series!

Next is Vance’s turn–that man needs some redemption! And he needs a heroine too! His heroine is introduced in The Captive imposter. And after that, I plan to revisit two other female characters the readers have been introduced to in the series.

Charity – SQUEEE!!!! Ohhhhh. Vance!! Nice. I can’t wait! Any time frame? I assume you are just wanting to breath right now!!

Dawn – Yes, I need to catch my breath! I know lots of people think I’m super woman and wrote these three books crazy fast, but that isn’t the case at all! They just released from my publisher so quickly! I had the first two books already written when I signed the book contract, and then had to finish the third while I was struggling through having pregnancy brain, and then having my first baby! I am not a fast writer AT ALL. So, since I’m basically starting from scratch all over again, I really have no idea what kind of time-frame I’ll be working with!

Charity – Woh. So, you are basically super woman! Well, just know that absence makes the heart fonder….but, too much absence makes people want to hunt you down (;

I’ve got to know…Lawry is my absolute favorite! He is so dreamy and kind!! He’s faithful to the end!!! Which one swept you off your feet?

Dawn – Oh my goodness! I can’t decide between my three heroes. They are each just so perfectly matched to their heroine. And I’ve quite literally fallen in love with all three of them as I was writing the books from first person point of view!!

I’m trying to make a decision, and I just CANNOT choose one over the other two!

Charity – Has your hubby read any of your books? Is he jealous of any your characters? Like, “Is this what she’s expecting of me…” ha ha (:

Dawn – He has read The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart so far! He plans to read The Captive Imposter soon. He’s not much of a readers, so he has to mentally prepare himself for diving into a book. And really, he doesn’t know much about this third book. I used to talk his ear off about my books as I was writing them, but realized that really couldn’t keep up with me as I would try to get him to give me his “male” reactions to certain situations!

I don’t think he’s jealous of Nathan, Lawry or Dexter–he knows that he’s the main reason I can write a Godly, perfect-for-his-heroine-kind of heroes in the first place

Charity – AWW! So sweet!! Ok, so who is your modern day hero? I am guessing you just answered that?

Dawn – I guess so! I would never have begun writing The Hesitant Heiress five years ago if I hadn’t had 110% support from my husband. I don’t really know why or how he believed in me so much! He didn’t know a thing about how difficult it is to get a book published with a publisher!

Charity – What was it about this time period that grabbed your attention?

Dawn – The architecture was the first thing! I’ve ALWAYS loved Victorian houses and buildings! And then the clothes!

Charity – Oh yes!!!!!! I hear ya! Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in one of those homes??

Ok, so were any of these characters based on real life people? (you don’t have to name names! ha ha)

Dawn – Well, not really. Amaryllis is a lot like me. For the most part, I’m not really sure HOW the characters form! They just come to me and then they start talking and getting into turmoil-ish situations! I don’t feel that I actually make them up. It’s more that I discover them and get to tell everyone their stories.

Charity – I love that!! Well, is there someone from the Victorian Age that you really admire? I always loved the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Such a great movie too!!

Dawn – I don’t really know! I think my favorite historical people are actually from way earlier than the Victorian age–like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. I guess I could choose author Elizabeth Gaskill–since she lived in the mid 1800s, at least.

Charity – Ok, a couple of last questions. I know you are super busy!!!

What has been the hardest part for you so far? I am guessing it’s the whole “having a baby while trying to whip out three books on a deadline”, but I could be wrong….

Dawn – Well, it was only one book on a deadline, Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.58.06 PMbut it was definitely challenging with having a baby right in the middle of the whole thing! Those TWO new things happening in my life all at once was pretty crazy! But getting used to being an author recognized by tons of readers was kind of trippy too! Eight months after my first release, The Hesitant Heiress, and I’m still not used to it! I probably never will be, actually!

Charity – Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring authors trying to get into the biz?

Dawn – Join ACFW and go to the national conference! If not smaller state-run ones! Join the ACFW email critique loop and get feedback about your writing or your book! Find a critique partner who matches you! It doesn’t have to be matching genres or even POV, but matching character development and story-depth. Have a $30 paid critique of the first 15-30 pages of your manuscript done while attending ACFW.. I went to my first ACFW conference in 2011 right after joining, had meetings with two agents (which I didn’t really want to go to, but because of the crazy-encouraging things the author who did my paid critique had said about my writing, I HAD to!), sent my requested partial proposal to both of them within the month. Then, I had two agent contracts of representation to choose from within the week. Not that this NORMALLY happens, but it WON’T EVER unless you go there and TRY!

Charity – Thanks! Sounds like great advice. I appreciate you taking the time to chat Looking forward to your new series!!

Dawn – Thanks so much for having me back, for enjoying my series and for posting such fabulous reviews about my novels! You truly are a blogger who goes far and beyond all that is “needed” for the sake of your author friends!


Screen shot 2015-04-06 at 2.59.06 PMSo, here’s the fun part! So many giveaways, WHERE DO I START??

First of all, make sure to register for Dawn’s Facebook Party where you will have a chance to win MANY different giveaways. (Link is in the pic)

Secondly, every day this month, Dawn is giving away BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS! Screen shot 2015-04-02 at 10.55.36 AM

Make sure to head on over to her blog and sign up for a new giveaway EVERY DAY!! (Link in the pic)

Lastly, Dawn is giving away a copy of her NEW RELEASE, A Captive Imposter!!!! SQUEEE!!! Just head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!! Only a couple entries are mandatory. The rest are just extras!! Good luck!!

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If you would like to see my “Face-Off” with Dawn Crandall, just head on OVER HERE and find out about favorite toilet paper brands, worst calendars ever, guilty pleasures and awkward moments!!!