Carrie Fancett Pagels here. We're SO excited to have you join us in celebrating the release of our Colonial American frontier collection! This is a dream come true for me -- a collection almost a decade in the planning on my part! And now we have all these wonderful authors who are part of making that dream come true! The Colonial Quills authors who are part of this collection WELCOME you!!! We're in a virtual setting in the backcountry across our country today as we enjoy our tea in the Shenandoah Valley to New York and to parts farther west.
Won't you come in and join us?
I'm so blessed to be part of this collection--and this blog! Who knew way back that we'd wind up having our own volume of all-colonial stories? And how amazing is God for making the way for it to happen?
Not only is this time period my favorite to write in, but I got to set this story in one of my favorite places--South Carolina, my home state for almost 23 years. The history of the upstate, known as the backcountry during this era, is a rich one, and there were almost too many events and settings to draw from. I loved the idea of merging a light spy thriller concept with colonial romance, though ... since I can't seem to write without that element of adventure!
My story, The Counterfeit Tory, set late in 1781, is actually a sequel to my previous novella The Highwayman. While tasked with infiltrating a notorious Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader's cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He finds himself risking not only his life ... but his heart.
I'm giving away one copy of Backcountry Brides among those who comment today!
Pegg is giving away THREE sets of note cards. The blank cards showcase Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.
Pegg's story in the collection, Her Redcoat, takes place at Fort Michilimackinac, which stands at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge today. Watch the Facebook Page for two sets to be given away and the third set will be given to a commenter here on the blog.
What an amazing group of authors to partner with in this collection! This is my first foray into Colonial America, and I can honestly say it was my favorite novella to write, so far. The Backcountry Brides Collection is my tenth published story and my first set in the fur trade era. My story, Love's Undoing, begins in 1792 in what would someday become central Minnesota in a Scottish fur post on the banks of the Mississippi River.
My heroine, Abi, is the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and a Chippewa mother. My hero, Henry Kingsley, is an Englishman who is the second-born son of a nobleman, looking to make his mark in the world. When their worlds collide, they struggle to know where they fit together--or if they fit, at all.
|The Northwest Company Fur Post|
in Pine City, MN
I loved researching this time period and setting characters there. Many people are surprised to learn that Europeans were in Minnesota as early as the mid-1600's. Fur traders, missionaries, and explorers were drawn to the banks of the Mississippi River, as well as Lake Superior and the thousands of other waterways in the region. When Carrie asked me to be part of this collection, I immediately knew I wanted to set my story in Minnesota. Part of my research was visiting the Northwest Company Fur Post in Pine City, Minnesota, which is just a couple hours away from my home. The fur post in my story is inspired by the one I visited.
Debra E. Marvin
What a great honor to be part of this collection! I've long enjoyed imagining myself in a colonial setting and having the chance to write A HEART SO TENDER for the Backcountry Brides Collection was a delight. My story takes place in 1764 at Fort Niagara during The Great Gathering, a very interesting and tense time in our history.
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.
I'm giving away a paperback to one commenter on the blog.
For more about my fiction, please visit my facebook page, Debra E. Marvin.. I'm also giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to a random new subscriber to my newsletter during May, June or July. Sign up here!
Thank you for all your support for colonial fiction!
Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Giveaway: Jennifer is giving away a set of her MacGregor Legacy books, including: Book 1: For Love or Loyalty (1763), Book 2: For Love or Country (1781), Book 3: For Love or Liberty (1813) to one lucky winner. This series follows 3 generations of the MacGregor family as they emigrate from Scotland to the Carolinas through the Revolutionary War and to the War of 1812.
Jennifer will also give away a faith plaque show below. It has a cross and a statement that says, "Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there."
For today's Facebook Party, Jennifer will give away a copy of Backcountry Brides, a copy of For Love or Country, and a stationary set.
Denise's novella, Across Three Autumns, takes place in Georgia's Revolutionary War "Hornet's Nest." Jenny White, who falls in love with Scottish militia scout Caylan McIntosh while fending off Loyalists, Indians, and British, is modeled after a real-life Rev War heroine. To a tea party participant who leaves a comment here on the blog, Denise will be gifting a free print copy of Backcountry Brides! She will also be drawing for a winner from the Facebook Page during her 5-5:30 EST slot for a choice of either a Georgia Gold Series or Restoration Trilogy print novel. https://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com
Angela K Couch
A Worthy Groom: 1771 - Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.
Find out about Angela's Revolutionary War series, Hearts at War, on her website: www.angelakcouch.com
Carrie Fancett Pagels
Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Blurb: Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 - Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?
This has been a dream come true, since founding the Colonial American Christian Writers group eight years ago and since we founded the Colonial Quills blog. I always imagined a collection set across the FRONTIER of colonial America, and my own story where my real-life ancestors lived, in the Shenandoah Valley. We even did a Christmas Anthology A Forted Frontier Holiday about five years ago set in that location (click here to read.) THANK you for celebrating with us!
Giveaway: Carrie is giving away a copy of The Backcountry Brides collection (or substitute one of her other fifteen books if you win) here on the blog party plus a cool arrowhead (got this up in the Shenandoah area where my story is set!) and a beautiful tricorner hat pin from the American Revolutionary War Museum in Yorktown, Virginia. At the FB party, Carrie is giving way a copy of her Holt Medallion finalist book, The Steeplechase, which is set in Williamsburg and Yorktown areas of Virginia.
Check at your local Christian bookstores, e.g., Lifeway, to see if they have copies, too!
We have a big Rafflecopter giveaway going, through May 31st, with a Kindle Paperwhite (retail value $119.00), a paperback copy of The Backcountry Brides ($15 value), a CD of Scottish fiddle music, hand-made notecards, colonial paper dolls, premium chocolate bars, a custom monogram embroidery kit, and more fun goodies for a total value of approximately $200. (Void where prohibited by law.)
PLEASE stop by our Backcountry Brides Facebook party, too, where authors will be visiting with readers. If you have a favorite author, please be sure to go by and see when they'll be posting during the party. Be sure to leave a comment below, on the blog post, to enter for the prizes posted here on the blog. (Click here to go to the party.)
GIVEAWAYS: Leave your comments below to enter for prizes (void where prohibited by law.) Winners will be announced at the top of the blog on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, by 9 PM Eastern Time.