18 March 2018

Spring-ing Forward! By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Flowering Almond, in bud, by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Spring-ing Forward
Change is inevitable, isn't it? Nothing marks that more than springtime and Daylight Savings Time. Kids must adjust to the the change in school time as do teachers and other making their way to work an hour earlier than normal. But eventually we get adjusted to the time change.

About a week ago, my Flowering Almond was budding (see photo above) and now it is blooming (see below.) I can't stop that change and I enjoy seeing the pink buds become full blooms. This is my favorite season of the year. And, of course, pink is my favorite color!


But even good changes can be stressful. There's even a word for good stress -- eustress!  I have a new release, and am so delighted! Sadie Duvall's story is a sequel to My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island. She's Maude's best friend. Sadie's novella, "Love's Anchor" is in the First Love Forever Collection from Barbour, releasing April 1st! I just receive my author copies and are getting those out in the mail (that's a little stressful because I'm pretty slow in packing things up due to my arthritis.)
First Love Forever Romance Collection from Barbour Books
What beautiful covers and the green was very appropriate as they arrived right before St. Patrick's Day! A good change for me is that my broken ankle is healed and I am now dancing again, praise the Lord! My husband and I visited friends for their St. Patrick's Day party and then went out dancing afterwards and we celebrated my book's release with a family dinner out, too. Lots to celebrate! Speaking of which, my Five Year Celebration in Christian Fiction Party is coming up soon! And you're invited!  (Click here)

It's been FIVE years since Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance released! I can't believe it! I'll be celebrating on my Facebook Author page with lots of giveaways and I'll even try my first "Live" appearance on my FB page! After all, change is inevitable! And it's time I tried it. Could be fun!

Giveaway: A Copy of First Love Forever Romance Collection (or one of Carrie's other books). Answer this question: What about springtime do you find most stressful and what is most delightful?

33 comments:

  1. Carrie, I am so happy for you and all you've accomplished, especially considering the many obstacles you've had to deal with and overcome. Since I am retired, I don't find that Spring brings any particular stress. That was definitely not the case during my career. I love the springtime and its beauty. Blessings...

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    1. Hi Kay! God is removing a huge source of stress from my life right now PTL!! Happy Spring!

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  2. Love your stories Carrie!!!! The only stressful thing for me in springtime is dealing with allergies and the pollen. One of the most delightful springtime things is the beautiful colors of flowers and buds on the trees. God's creations are magnificent. :-)

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    1. Thanks sweet Melissa! Jeff has really bad allergies in Spring too! I love all the flowers too!

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  3. Congratulations Carrie on all your accomplishments!
    I love spring as everything begins to bloom...flowers & trees! A very special time to bask in God's beautiful creation! I do have some seasonal allergies that can be bothersome.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks Tina! Great talking with you the other day! The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom here, I love those! Hugs!

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  4. Congratulations! What stresses me out about spring? The calendar says spring and we're due for another nor'easter. I guess I'm impatient.

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    1. Ugh! Sorry to hear you're in line for another Nor'easter Karen! Praying!

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  5. Ha! The most stressful is all the yellow stuff. “Pollen”
    The best thing is the flowers and the trees when they bud out.

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    1. My hubs would agree with you, Brenda! Poor thing has to stay inside during the prettiest time of the year! Hugs!

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  6. Congratulations, Carrie! The thing I find most stressful about spring is my allergies really kick in. What I find the most delightful is all the new growing things.

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    1. It's about time for me to crank up my allergy regimen, too, before my sinuses go bonkers, Susan! I love all the new growth, too, with all the flowers!

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  7. I would love to win a copy of "First Love Forever" Romance Colletion, thank you for the chance. I love the novella collections, the variety of stories and multiple authors.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  8. The thing I find most stressful about spring is all of the extra pollen in the air which does a number on my allergies. The most relaxing thing is the new warmer temperatures because we have had a really COLD winter in Texas. Your Flowering Almond is simply gorgeous! There’s another plus for spring!
    perrianne(DOT]askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne

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    1. Hi Perrianne! That’s so weird about cold Texas winter! I do love Flowering Almond. Do they have them in Texas?

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  9. The overwhelming need to clean the house is stressful. But the beauty of God’s creation with the warmer weather are so delightful!
    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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  10. I love your buds and blossoms, Carrie! I love the newness of spring, my allergies, not so much.
    Congratulations on your "published author" anniversary! I can't wait to celebrate with you on Facebook.
    First Love collection is excellent!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Looking forward to partying with you!

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  11. Congratulations for being able to dance again and for this new book. I'm excited that Sadie is getting her own story! I love the new growth and the new beginnings that Spring offers and I enjoy being outside to work in my yard and garden but I sometimes wonder how I will get all of the added work done!
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Connie! My hubs would agree about the extra work! He spread 7 yards of mulch we had delivered! Blessings

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  12. I love everything in bloom! But you know allergies......

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    1. Yes! I can’t wait for my lilacs and peonies yo bloom!!!

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  13. Congratulations on your healed ankle! Family milestone celebrations are always so musch fun. Congratulations on the book release and anniversary.

    I find the time change to be stressful. It seems to take me a week to get adjusted to the new time difference.

    I become stressed with the temperature fluctuations since I never know when it is safe to bring my spring and summer wardrobe out of storage and put my fall and winter clothing in storage.

    I love seeing everything bloom in the Spring. It is my favorite season. What a beautiful tapestry of color from the Creator!

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    1. I agree Kathy, about the beautiful tapestry of color from The Creator! And about the stress of the time change! Thanks and blessings!

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  14. Spring is a wonderful thing .... especially if we have one here in Minnesota. Today it is snowing again and while it is not as crazy as the northeast has been, it still creates stress with driving, etc. I agree with Kathy A on the temperature fluctuations - what on earth am I supposed to wear with 45* one day and 25* the next! The time change has done a number on all of us, but I think we are slowly catching up.
    Congratulations on this Anniversary and so very glad you are feeling better. Praying that continues :)

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  15. I find spring delightful when all of God's creation is in full bloom. Unfortunately, it also is stressful for my asthma and day to day allergies.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Here’s to eustress rather than distress! Yippee. Celebrating with you on five fabulous, overcoming years and stress relief every which way it moves. Away is the best direction! Lol
    Congratulations on your newest release. Sadie is one of my favorite of your heroines.

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS, CARRIE, ON 5 YEARS OF WRITING CHRISTIAN FICTION!!! And on your newest publication in 'First Love Forever Romance Collection'!! :)

    One thing I love about Springtime is that my birthday is on the first day of Sprsing - March 20! :) It makes my birthday extra special because I know that winter is over, sunshine and warmer weather is on the way, as well as beautiful blossoms and flowers.

    Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway! So glad your ankle has healed and you are dancing again!! Woo hoo!!! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Congratulations on the upcoming release! I didn't know your story was a sequel from maudie, that's exciting! Time change is the most stressful thing to me about spring. The nicer weatheranf smell of flowers blooming is my fave!

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    1. Congrats, Jessy! You've won a copy of First Love Forever collection! Yes, His Anchor is a sequel to My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring! I agree with you about the time change being stressful in spring. But my first lilac is up, hooray!!!

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  19. The uncertain weather and the buds ~ wondering how they are going to endure the night temps ~ my favorite ~ birdsong! delight knowing Springtime is on its way. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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