Singing Librarian Books Tours Interview: Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

Posted 2 June, 2017 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Book Promos / 15 Comments

Singing Librarian Books Tours Interview: Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

Genre: Christian, Historical
Publisher: Barbour
Publication date: Ju  ne 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.

What is your favorite place to write? Do you ever write on the go?
My fave place is on my back deck, looking out on my parklike back yard.  I also sometimes write in a back room that we use as an office.  I rarely write anything on the go because it requires ALL of my concentration to write. I go deep into character, I write in character, I have music and scents that go with my story world, it is a whole experience while I am writing!

What period of history interests you the most?  Does this influence your writing?
I love both colonial and turn of the century the most.  So much was happening during these time periods. I think both were so full of CHANGE and excitement.

What was the hardest part of writing “Dime Novel Suitor” in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order?
What was the easiest?

Not being from Kansas, not having any connections to the place, not having any context to it was hard. I prefer to have a connection (like living in Virginia/Michigan and having ancestors from here and there). The easiest part was writing about the soldiers coming through. I loved doing that and I had a real sense of them.

Do you ever have a specific music playlist for when you are writing?  If so, what are some songs you had on your playlist for “Dime Novel Suitor” in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order? If not, do you like complete silence when you are writing?  Or do you like nature noises in the background, etc?

I always have music from the time frame playing in the background when I am writing! I learned this from Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck during one of the ACFW conferences. It is super important to get yourself into the mood. For this story, I had Civil War Era music playing. In particular, I love Timothy Seaman’s recordings. He’s from Williamsburg, Virginia, and I’ve heard him play many years ago on his dulcimer. I alternate between his music, YouTube from the era, and also Danny Gokey almost always has a contemporary song that fits my heroine’s or hero’s journey.  For this one it was – Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.

Question: When you look at your own family’s genealogy do you see lots of siblings or just a few?



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.”
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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.

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15 responses to “Singing Librarian Books Tours Interview: Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection

    • Hi Sassy! (Cute nickname!) yes these are all inspirational romances set in the same small Kansas town right after the Civil War! With husbands to spare once they placed their ads!

  1. Trixi

    My grandma had nine children (7 girls & 2 boys) so yes, I had cousins growing up to play with 🙂 We have a very large extended family tree and I know I haven’t met them all. I have a great aunt (or maybe g-great) who does the genealogy for our family, and from the pictures I’ve seen, the families all had several children. We span quite a few generations 🙂

    I love how an author “gets in the zone” when writing. Scent, touch, hearing, etc….it’s essential when reading a book to experience it all so it would make sense for the author to as well. Makes it more realistic! You sound like me Carrie, when I’m reading I have to have quiet! Otherwise I get too distracted with lots of things going on around me. What a fun author interview! Thanks for sharing a bit more Carrie!

    Cafinated Reads, thanks for participating in the blog hop (and giveaway). I’ve had a lot of fun discovering new-to-me blogs.

    • That is fun, TRIXI! Cousins are so much fun. I feel badly for my kids now that they lost one of their two first cousins. I really do “need” to be surrounded by the senses associated with what I am writing, if possible. That’s one reason I’m looking forward to being up in Mackinac City for a whole month and spending a lot of time on Mackinac Island because I have another book, a novella “His Anchor” that will release in the First Loves collection in 2018.

  2. Regina Fujitani

    I loved this author interview! A lot of times, which is pretty much all the time I’m reading a book of yours, when you mention a song…I will go to YouTube and look it up and listen! It helps me get into the storyline and to know more about the times the story is written in. I used to be able to multitask with the best of them, I could read and focus on other things around me. Not anymore! I need absolute quiet and no distractions now. It must be the aging process. Hehe

  3. This novella collection looks so fun! I love the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the mail-order bride trope is one of my favorites, so I think this is a book I’ll really enjoy! Thanks for the giveaways!!!

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