16 September 2018

Deceit & Greed in Victorian Times -- Giveaway


In my latest release, the novella The Sugarplum Ladies, in The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection, my heroine, Eugenie Mott finds herself in a situation where someone is lying about her. Not only does this man claim that she is his fiancé (she never accepted his offer) but he announces it in the newspaper! She's a wealthy Detroit heiress and a "do gooder" working with Civil War widows who are learning catering skills. Set immediately after the Civil War, in Victorian times, my heroine is up against a conniving man who is using deceit to make his greedy dreams come true. 

In those days, an announcement of an engagement could be perceived as a contractual agreement. Lucky for my heroine, she has an American attorney who can help her out. And the handsome Canadian barrister, Percy Gladstone, also lends aid!


Blurb: The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.



Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of sixteen 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! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
  
My Pinterest page for “The Sugarplum Ladies” 




GIVEAWAY: Have you ever had someone lie about you and use deceitful means to do you harm? How did God send help your way?  Answer the question for a chance to win a copy of this beautiful new release! 





58 comments:

  1. I have been falsely accused and lied about, but I can't say that it caused me any great harm. It was very difficult for me to believe that someone actually believed that I would do what I was accused of doing. God helped me get through it, but it was very difficult.

    I'm looking forward to reading this story and the entire collection.
    Blessings...

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    1. It’s pretty shocking isn’t it when people lie about us? Glad no harm came to you!

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  2. Very personal, still maybe painful and close to home... I chose to remain calm, stay in a room away from this person and a full day of yelling and upsetting others in the house was enough. For years lies were all I heard and even when caught never confessing and saying I'm Sorry... The Lord has impressed upon me that having a meek and quiet spirit, yet being able to confidently express my feelings out of love is the way to go. Unfortunately in this situation it didn't help, only angered this person more so and led to that person becoming violent. I can tell you that there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors as the bible says and God's Word is the answer to many of our problems in life... Even in being lied to and deceived greatly. It says pray for those who despitefully use you... This person left that very day and I followed the advice of many a christian friend in protecting my family and doing what is right and godly. God has blessed me in a few ways as I followed the advice of my godly friends and even though it is a painful and harder time the Lord shows me he is going to care for us. My Help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth... He surely has the answers to every trial we suffer through and he is our provider.

    Blessings,
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

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    1. PS: Though this person set out to ruin my reputation as a wife and mother, speaking lies against me for 17 years, which emotionally and mentally harmed us, I am choosing to still pray for this person, that their heart would be softened and that they would come to repentance before God, even if it never happens toward me.

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    2. Yes even those who lie and persecute need our prayers Linda! Blessings to you!

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  3. I remember the first time someone lied about me. It was in high school and the person was someone I’d gone to school and church with. It hurt so bad to be betrayed by a friend. Don’t remember how I came through it but, I do know that Jesus was also betrayed by a friend and disciple. If He could love and pray for Judus, I can do the same when I am hurt by someone. In all honesty, it’s easy to say and hard to do. Prayer is what changes things.

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    1. Betrayal by those we live really hurts like a knife being twisted in our backs. But you are right that Christ knows our trials.

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  4. Yes, I have had someone to lie and try to be deceitful. It is very hurtful and hard to get over. The best thing to do though, is to let it go and let God deal with the person. I'm not saying it wasn't easy to forgive an move, because it was. It took me a long time to not worry about it. I did feel better though when I let it go. I already have a copy of the book, so don't enter me in the giveaway. :)

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  5. Amy guillaume lindermanSeptember 16, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    A friend I thought was a good friend told people I never responders her father died and she bad mouthed me. The problem was I hadn't heard the news yet. I just let it go and it eventually died down

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    1. It’s funny how people can twist things around. It’s sad when people do that.

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  6. Yes! It's something very personal that I would rather not broadcast on FB. It was very hurtful and demeaning. It took a while but with God I was able to forgive this person. Besides, it's in the past!

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    1. The lies are often intended to hurt. Good thing God brings peace!

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  7. More than once. It took a couple of Sisters in Christ to help me understand that the lies and deception were of Satan, causing panic/anxiety attacks, that God is bigger than ANYTHING AND ANYONE trying to move me away from His love and keep me in bondage. Thankful for them. Thankful for Jesus. Every. Single. Day.

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  8. What a lovely cover for this book. I would love to read this. No not that I am aware of I have not had anyone lie about me like this. But I have seen it with others. Thank goodness our God is a God of mercy and love and we can rely on his perfect wisdom and justice.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Hi Lori! Glad you haven’t had to suffer this type of attack.

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  9. Yes I have. It is sad when it comes from those you trusted, love and care about. It broke my heart. I thank God for those who know me for they stepped in and defended me. I forgave and then prayed for them and trusted God.

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    1. Doesn’t it feel good to know there are people who have got your back? Blessings!

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  10. Love the cover! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy! Thanks, again! Lual Krautter krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

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    1. Hi Lual! If you come back then please answer the question. Thanks!

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  11. Oh yes! I thought she was my friend but she had me fooled. What she did was very painful and I still haven’t gotten over it. The lies she told ruined my life. That’s why and when I moved to the UP.

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    1. Yikes Sherry! And you are such a sweetie! Sorry this happened but I know God has used this for your good. Hugs!

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  12. When I was a very young child my mother and I lived with my grandparents. They made plans to sell the house and move and didn't tell my mom until a person came to look at the house to buy it. It hurt both of us a lot but with God's grace we got through this. Not easy though.

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    1. Wow! I can’t even imagine that Deanne! Did they ever explain why they did this?

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  13. Fortunately I have not had such an experience. If I do have one, I pray that grace will cover me as I deal with the situation and person.
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. God is good and will give you grace Mindy! Blessings!

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  14. I can't think of a personal example however two wise things I have been told are ~ "if you aren't part of the answer, you become part of the problem" and about borrowing offenses: do not become entangled against another person word of mouth ~ they resolve their differences and you are still carrying remorse as a hand off. I would like to be entered for a copy of this Barbour collection! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I've heard that quote before, too, Kathleen! Makes you think, doesn't it? Blessings!

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  15. I was lied about in high school and it almost cost me my best friend. But, like God teaches, I turned the other cheek. Thankfully, an eye witness was able to save my friendship and my reputation. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

    princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So sorry, Debbie, but you did the right thing by turning the other cheek. God put that witness there to spare you. Hugs!

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  16. I don't know that anyone has ever lied about me, but I did have someone criticize my leadership of the women's group at church over the pulpit, to the point that the bishop told him he needed to stop and go sit down. It was so hurtful and I still struggle with forgiving the man, especially since he never really apologized, but sent his grown son over with a note of rationalization for his actions. I did receive an outpouring of love and support from pretty much everyone else in the congregation, and it turns out I'm not the first person he's verbally attacked. Sad situation.

    I'd love to be entered the giveaway for the book! I love novella collections!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Yikes, Heidi! That must have been horrifying! I can't imagine! I love these novella collections, too! Blessings!

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  17. No, I haven't experienced this. These Barbour Romance collections are a must read! Carrie, they look so pretty on my new bookshelves!!!!

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. I'm glad you are back home again, Caryl, and that you have new bookshelves! Blessings!

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  18. I have been falsely accused of something I didn’t do and it still hurts many years later. But I know God was with me and carrying throughout the whole ordeal.
    He will never leave us or forsake us.

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    1. I am sorry you went through that, Kathy, but it is as you wrote -- God is always with us.

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  19. No, not that I remember. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I'm glad you haven't experienced this pain, Steph! Blessings!

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  20. Never had someone lie about me that I can recall.

    Unless my kid brother tattling on me for stuff I didn't do counts.

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    1. I'd guess you simply didn't find out about the lies, Ashley! People lie about other people and it is sad. And yes, our siblings are great at that when we're young!

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  21. Had a hard time in last year of teaching; though it was never mentioned age did have a lot to do with it. Two other much younger women were being rude about any suggestions I made at meetings. I couldn't understand why...they made it difficult and refused to cooperate in managing our dept. (late supplies for the year etc.) It upset me so, it forced me to retire a year early. But the Lord stepped in, as my mom discovered she had cancer, and I was able to spend her last years with her instead of hassles at work. I am thankful! p.s. no need for the giveaway, Carrie--it's on my desk here!

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    1. I'm sorry you went through that, Pat. Like you mentioned, God used that for you to be close to your mom, which was good. Blessings!

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  22. OOOH, Carrie...sudden connection: leaving CQ without explanation, for which I am so sorry. I run for cover when I feel overwhelmed. My military relatives (5 generations) would NOT approve!

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    1. We are glad you are back at Colonial Quills blog again, Pat! Blessings!

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  23. Yes people have lied about me and it stil smarts. It’s amazing what people will do to make themselves feel important. (No drawing for me, I own the book).
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Sometimes it isn't to feel important but to get out of responsibility or so many other things. The devil loves to whisper lies into the ears of those who aren't walking with the Lord. Let's keep praying for them!

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  24. I’m sure that I have been falsely accused, but frankly, somebody else’s opinion of me is none of my business! I try to do what’s right on a daily basis and leave the negativity where belongs! I would love to be entered for a copy of the collection… My mom is anxious to read it too!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Good approach, Teri! Doing what is right and not absorbing others' negativity is great! Pat Iacuzzi is the winner this time, but we have another chance on an upcoming Colonial Quills review of the book by Tina Rice. So watch for that!

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  25. I'm sure it's happened to me, but I can't remember any specifics. I guess forgetting it is good, though, huh? Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  26. I have never experienced anyone lying or accusing me of anything. Thank You for the chance.

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  27. I had a couple gals at work misunderstand and then misrepresented (is that a lie???) an action of mine and it hurt me for a long time. We eventually let it be water under the bridge but it was the first time in my life that an adult (other than the beloved hubby) had been angry at me and treated me poorly. God was gracious and enabled me to forgive.

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  28. Yes, by a family member. I distanced myself and put up boundaries. Now I share little of my personal life with them. Keep it all surface level. Sad but necessary.

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  29. Yes, I’ve been lied about. Nothing one can do about it except lead an exemplary life.

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  30. Can’t remember the details, only that it was hard to get past until the other person moved on.

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  31. I cannot think of a time that this happened to me. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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  32. Yes, very difficult time. I’ve put it behind me. Loved this novella and collection.

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