06 April 2015

The Lumberjacks' Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Lumberjacks' Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels
It's hard to believe, but the second story in The Christy Lumber Camp Series releases today! In case you're wondering where is the first book in the series, The Fruitcake Challenge released as part of The Christmas Traditions series and then I got inspired to do a series with the characters. So "Ox" or Garrett Christy got his own book. The second book, a short novel, is 43,000 words, which is longer than the first book, at 34,000 words a longer novella. "Moose" or Richard Christy will get his own story entitled Lilacs for the Lumber Camp, which should release in late 2015 or early 2016.

Only available in e-book format through Amazon right now, a paperback will also be releasing in about a month. The book will later be available through Barnes and Noble, after the first three months.


A decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner’s daughter begins her life anew in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave the lumber camp and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the proprietress must learn to face her past and open her heart. When complications arise, will they overcome adversity in time for The Lumberjacks’ Ball?


Giveaway: Question--what do you like to see in series? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.


30 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your book release today, Carrie! I know it is great and I can't to read it! In a series, I love to see a fun loving character...one that is positive and finds a way to see the bright side in whatever situation. I also like it when a great character continues to make a scene in the other books. When left with a feeling of wanting more and more after you have read a book, you know you have a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I wish that Rebecca Jane was that time of character but given her life circumstances she is not. She's very different from Jo, who I had so much fun writing. But Rebecca's story demanded to be told! Blessings!

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  2. Congratulations, CARRIE! I started to read a bit yesterday and am already enjoying it. Looks like you have another winner here. Loved The Fruitcake Challenge!

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    1. Thanks so much, Angel Diana, I sure hope we are both feeling better soon so that we can get back to reading. I can't even listen to anything right now after this virus!

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  3. Congrats, Carrie!!

    I loved "The Lumberjacks' Ball" even more than "The Fruitcake Challenge" - great characters and story line!! Now anticipating #3 - the story of Moose!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie, and as you know I've been sick the past several days. I have fallen for Ox in this one as he's really grown on me. I feel like I really know him now. Hugs!

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  4. Trying to post again. The first one got lost. Congratulations, Carrie! I am so very happy for you. And, yes, I am praying to win this book. I love to follow the different characters in a series, not just the main character in the first book. Other characters also bring life to the novel as well and it is interesting to follow them. Hoping to win.
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sister Mary Lou, since your name is in the book we need you to read this ASAP!!! Thanks so much! Hugs!!!

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  5. CONGRATULATIONS Carrie!
    I'm not entering the contest but wanted to say congratulations.
    I enjoyed The Lumberjack's Ball very much and waiting "patiently" (sort of patiently) for the next book.....
    Blessings, Tina
    tfrice(@)comcast(.)net

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    1. Thanks so much and God bless you, Tina! You are such an encourager to me!!!

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  6. As a Church Librarian, I would love to see a series that is numbered in plain sight either on the outside of the book or inside on the backside of the title page. It would make our lives so much easier.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This series, book one, is getting a new cover to help with that Janet. Thanks for commenting!!!

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  7. I like to see a series that can be read stand alone but with knowing some of the other characters are into something that will possibly carry on.. :)
    thanks for the giveaway Carrie!
    dkstevensneAT outlookD otCoM

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    1. That's what I like, too, Deanna. I don't care for cliff hangers. And I like to see the fave characters show up again in the subsequent books. Thanks!

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  8. Congrats, Carrie! I know you're happy and proud as a peacock! What I like to see in a series is characters who make "good choices."
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. I give God the glory on this and all my work, Susan, and I hope He's happy with this effort! Yes, I like good choices, too. It bothers me when there is a really dumb thing done for the point of making something have more tension with the aftermath of the bad decision. Hugs!

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  9. Congratulations Ms. Carrie on the release of THE LUMBERJACKS' BALL. I am so excited for you. I agree with Deanne for books in a series to be read as a stand alone. I love reading series!!!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Caryl! I love them done that way, too! I sure hope you'll enjoy this book!

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  10. Hi Carrie. Congratulations on this new release! I like to have a character in the first book to become a main character in another book. The books stand alone, and yet you get a bit of an epilogue on the characters from the earlier book. Would love to win a copy!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. I like that, too, Betti, which is why Ox and Moose get their own stories. Best wishes!

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  11. I like a link of some kind, usually past loved characters. Usually I LOVE to have my favorite characters from the previous books in the series come back to see how they've grown or what became of them or like in the book I'm reading now (The Creole Princess) I like when this is the next generation or a few down the line and they look back!

    Blessings and I hope you had a lovely Easter, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. That's one of the reason I've enjoyed series, too, Amada--I like those multi-generational continuing stories. You'll find I have the Christy family in many different centuries. In Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, I have some Christy family members in the 18th century.

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  12. I like there to be either a continuous flow to a series - generally an epic series - or a themed connection.

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    1. I don't do as well with just a themed connection but I like those, too, Mary!

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  13. Carrie!! I'm seriously excited to begin reading The Lumberjacks' Ball soon as I can! :) A big CONGRATS on its release!!

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  14. Carrie, I'm so glad your book is now out. I will be glad when I can read it. I know it will be good. Loved the first one. May GOD bless your book. and, of course you too. Love this Blog and all of the OWG girls. Please put my name in. I like the series books to be stand-alone but some of the characters from the previous book. Thanks.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie we love you, too! I hope you will enjoy this story, which is quite different from the first one!

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  15. Congratulations Carrie on the release of the second book in this series. The cover is gorgeous. What I like to see in a series is some of the same characters so I am familiar with them but a stand alone story as well. Series are great but series that have stand alones are great as well ! I am really looking forward to reading the second and so excited for your next book in the series releasing in late 2015.

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  16. I like to see the other characters getting their own story
    God bless you
    Chris G

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