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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Interview & Giveaway! Carrie Fancett Pagels ~ Author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance!!

Today, Carrie Fancett Pagels is stopping by with an interview and giveaway! Before we get to the interview, here's her bio and where you can contact her:

Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. Carrie Fancett Pagels (www.carriefancettpagels.com) debut release Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, is a Kindle Civil War best seller. She contributed to God’s Provision in Tough Times, releasing in June 2013 http://www.amazon.com/Provision-Cynthia-Howerter-La-Tan-Murphy/dp/1938499441/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358266747&sr=8-1&keywords=cynthia+howerter Her short story Snowed In: A Northwoods Christmas will appear in Guidepost Books “A Christmas Cup of Cheer” in October, 2013. Contact info Carrie Fancett Pagels

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Carrie!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
I am a 55-year-old former psychologist (for 25 years) who writes “romantic” historical fiction.  I do not write formula romance and my historical has too much romance for normal historical, so a friend coined this term for my writing!

What is your novella, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, about? 
Radical obedience.  My freed woman, Angelina, turns down a job in Ohio so that she can be near her orphaned niece and nephew and obtain their freedom.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 
One of my favorite activities is snuggling with my son and watching DreamWorks Dragon cartoons on Wednesday night—a highlight of my week!  

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
I like to think about my stories, research for them, visit historic sites I can use in them, and talk about my writing with other Christian fiction writers. I do enjoy time in prayer and reading my bible and I love to watch Joyce Meyer ever weekday morning!  

What is your favorite genre to read and why?  
Christian Historical Romance – I have to read for comparables anyway but I love learning some things about history within the context of a good romance.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet? We have the national parks on our bucket list.   But there are a couple of colonial forts up north I’d like to visit, especially one in New York that some of the Colonial Quills gang has been talking about.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
The entire 23rd Psalm is a favorite and I preached on it at a nursing home the Sunday before 9-11.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 
Currently “I will wait for you,” by Mumford and Sons is a favorite because I used it as inspiration for my Return to Shirley Plantation story.  Angelina was willing to wait for her niece and nephew to keep her family together.  Matthew waits for Angelina.  So I love that song!

What is your favorite holiday? Easter. All the moms out there know this—Christmas is exhausting.  Easter is the real celebration where Mom gets to enjoy.

A few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Neither—I grew up in blizzards in upper peninsula and thunderstorms here in Virginia remind me of our frequent hurricanes.

Chocolate or Vanilla? That’s a joke right? Is there a writer who prefers vanilla?

Call or Text?  Call.  I am an old person, remember?  I do text, though.  I have arthritis and phone is easiest.

Facebook or Twitter? Prefer FB.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?  
Colonial Virginia – neighbors of Shirley Plantation!

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?  If you read and review my novella please let me know.  I have over a half dozen published authors who reviewed my novella without me asking them to do so and all rated it FIVE stars! PTL!!!  

Giveaway of a Kindle copy of my novella plus a pack of beautiful notecards from Shirley Plantation and ornament. Sorry but the cards and ornament not available to non-USA winners.

Thanks so much for having me on Bookshelf Reviews!!!

Carrie mentioned what she's giving away above. Giveaway ends 5/25. To enter, be sure to sign into the Rafflecopter form and click “enter” on each entry you complete. Commenting alone will not get you entered – you must click enter on the form. Happy entering!

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  1. Interesting interview - I love Civil War stories! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


    1. Thanks for coming by Bonnie! This one is a very neutral story as far as taking sides. It is more about listening to God's call even in the midst of difficult times.

  2. I like Easter too. Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for a great interview.

    1. Easter is a sacred time of year. And let's face it--Tired Old Mommies are Exhausted Ancient Mommyithereens after Christmas! Blessings!

  3. "writes “romantic” historical fiction. I do not write formula romance and my historical has too much romance for normal historical, so a friend coined this term for my writing!"

    I like this term.
    Appreciate the giveaway.

    1. Leona, for the longest time I think my peers thought I was a goof who didn't know there was no such thing as Romantic Historical Fiction, lol! My friend is an author and editor and she decided that was my genre! I think she's right!

  4. If you enjoy Historical Christian Fiction, you will love Carrie's debut novella! I read it in record time :)

    1. Anne, u r so sweet! I am so glad that you enjoyed this novella! Big hugs!!!

  5. Hi Carrie! My favorite time is putting in a kids movie and covering up and cuddling up with my four boys! Your book sounds very intriguing and I love history!

    1. Jenny, that is the BEST time of the week, right?!!! We've got to get a copy of this book in your hands! Hugs!

  6. Great interview! I agree with Easter being a better time to rest! Looking forward to reading about Colonial Virginia! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    1. Thanks Amanda! I think Melanie asks great questions!!! I am praying a publisher will pick up my next proposal with colonial/Am Rev/War of 1812 in it! Blessings!

  7. I loved your interview, Carrie! My Mother and I love historical romance books. Your book sounds wonderful. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway!! Also, I'm so glad to find someone that prefers Facebook over Twitter.

    1. I got into FB when my daughter went into college. Thank God I did because I had no idea writers needed to be on there. But not a good place for psychologists to hang out--in fact they are cautioned not to. Have a blessed evening!

  8. I loved the interview...The book I cannot put down... It is just so so good !
    Would love to win some mementos !
    Love you Carrie
    Linda Finn

    1. Doesn't Melanie have a CUTE interview, Linda?! I am so glad u like it and I feel pretty sure we can get you a memento or two Linda! Hugs!!!

  9. Congratulations, Carrie! I loved the interview, so great to see you being interviewed :)

  10. Great interview. I love the Civil War time period (among my favorites Gone With the Wind) and this book sounds like a winner.

    I have never been on Twitter and my son told me not to bother. But I love keeping up with family and high school/college, church friends on Facebook. Lots of prayers going on back and forth as we all face the "more mature" years and increased health issues.

    Loraine Ertelt

    1. Thanks, Loraine! Yes, you are speaking the truth, Sistah, lol!

  11. Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
    I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
    I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  12. Hey Carrie, I'm always looking for new great authors. So glad I found you!

  13. Love Historical Fiction.....learning while enjoying...a great combo!


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