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Congratulations to Alison (agboss) who won Susanne Dietze's The Reluctant Guardian!


Congratulations to Elise Jehan who won a copy of The Secret Admirer Romance Collection!

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Lumberjacks' Ball & Upcoming Facebook Multi-Author Party with Guest Carrie Fancett Pagels!


Hello Inkie readers! I’m Carrie Fancett Pagels, the author of The Lumberjacks’ Ball, and I’m thrilled to be visiting again! I’ll be talking a little bit about my latest release and about a WONDERFUL upcoming Time for Tea & Romance Facebook party that will take place in two weeks!  And I’ll give some tips for Facebook Party novices.

First let me tell you about Garrett Christy’s and Rebecca Jane (Daggen)Hart’s story. In book two of The Christy Lumber Camp Series, I feature a woman trying to escape her past and a man glad to be reunited with her. PTL, the book has been on the Amazon bestseller list for Christian Historical Romances almost since its release, which is a God thing because I was hospitalized a week after it came out and could do almost no promo.

Here’s the blurb:

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?

Here’s the link to my Pinterest board for The Lumberjacks’ Ball https://www.pinterest.com/carriefpagels/the-lumberjacks-ball/

You can buy The Lumberjacks’ Ball at Amazon (after July 5th, it will be available through Barnes and Noble.) It is available in both paperback and ebook formats.


What a party!
It is no secret that I LOVE having online parties! We do them regularly for my Colonial Quills group blog. Recently I’ve been asked by others to join them in parties on Facebook and it is interesting to celebrate with different folks. So when God put on my heart to put a party together with Carrie Turanasky, such a sweet lady and wonderful author, and possibly invite a few other friends, I was super excited! We started out with asking other friends who are Christian historical romance authors and had new releases – Julie Lessman (who ended up moving but agreed to come on board) and Melissa Jagears (who has young children but is so fun and energetic and got right into the swing of things!). Then MaryLu Tyndall mentioned she had an upcoming release and I knew Tamera Alexander did, and they agreed to join us. And finally, after much arm-twisting and negotiation I pinned Gina Welborn to the table and she said “Uncle!” or maybe it was “Aunt!” 
SO, I am THRILLED that on June 23rd, 2015, Inkie contributor, Gina Welborn, will be joining me (Carrie Fancett Pagels) in celebrating Christian romance with five other authors:

Carrie Turansky

Julie Lessman

Melissa Jagears

Marylu Tyndall

Tamera Alexander

Each author has a time slot of thirty minutes. I’ll be up first, kicking things off at 6 pm. Gina is a little bit later.


Carrie's gorgeous lilacs!
The Grand Prize, Carrie Turansky’s tea set collection is gorgeous! MaryLu is giving away a lovely ruby necklace. There will be copies of books, etc., and more good stuff!

I’ve been asked recently, by my BFF, about how these parties are done. First, for this one I failed to set it up as a public event so you will have to have an invitation (sorry folks!) Send me a private message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/carriefancettpagels - personal, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrie-Fancett-Pagels/317053071710640?fref=ts - author page) if you haven’t been invited to the Time for Tea & Romance June 23rd Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/115820972084413/ ) but want to CELEBRATE. So, once you have an invite to the event, Click on the bar indicating that you will attend (IT will show JOIN, Maybe, Decline). Then once you JOIN, you will begin to receive notifications if anyone has decided to post anything on that Event Page ahead of the party. For instance, our readers at my parties like to “dress up”. So they post pictures of the gowns they will be “wearing” and accessories.  Where do you get pictures? My fave is Pinterest – go over there and search for Tea Gown.  Find one you like.  Click on it.  Go up to the address bar and COPY the link to the page.  For instance I found an Edwardian tea dress that would be PERFECT for Carrie Turansky’s wonderful books.  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/140174607124910077/

Go over to the event page and copy that address in as a post. Maybe you’d write – “Here’s my beautiful Edwardian gown that I’ve worn in honor of Carrie Turansky’s lovely writing” and then copy the address and post it. IF you do NOT want to post anything before the party—you don’t have to!  Just show up on the appointed day and search out your events. You can find this normally on your Facebook Home page (NOT your wall) over to the left and near the top. Click on Events and scroll until you find it (it looks like a CALENDAR page for the graphic icon). What I usually do, though, is I’ll see people posting to the party in my Notifications Feed and I’ll click on that and then click through to the event. Remember if you do that, you may only see that ONE comment, so be sure to move your cursor up to where it shows the person’s name and click on the Event name.  For instance it might look something like this over the post – Susie Dietze>Time for Tea & Romance and you would put your cursor over Tea Time for Romance, click, and it should take you to the Event Page.

Time for Tea & Romance is set in a garden on historic Mackinac Island at turn of the century. (I love Mackinac Island and my books have Mackinac Island in them for some scenes but are not set there.) We’re pretending as though we are actually there as each author talks about her book. So, e.g., I may post a recipe related to my book and ask if any of you have ever made it before. You can like my comment, comment back, or do nothing but read what people are saying. BUT, if you want to be entered in each author’s contest and the overall Grand Prize package you’d need to follow that person’s directions.   
Lilacs near McGilpin
Questions: Have you EVER attended a Facebook party? Did it make you want to buy the authors’ books? Was it fun? Have you ever won anything at a party? What is your fave type of online party?

Giveaway on today’s post (please leave a comment to enter): A copy of either The Fruitcake Challenge or The Lumberjacks’ Ball. Please include your email address in the comment so we can contact you if you win. Contest ends Friday, June 19, 11:59 pm EDT.
 

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Thanks so much for being here, Carrie! What a helpful post. Through it and my experience in a FB party with you, I've learned so much. These parties are fun for authors and readers alike. Congratulations!

TWO CHANCES TO WIN this week! Head over to Susanne's blog for another opportunity to win one of Carrie's books!

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me on Susie and Inkie ladies!

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    1. We are so delighted you're here, Carrie! Congratulations on your books, and thanks for the info on the Facebook party. You make them so much fun!

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    2. Thanks, Susie! I love that kind of thing! Hanging out with peeps who love Christian Historical Romance is my idea of a good time!

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  2. I think I am an online party expert! I have attended and won at FB, Twitter, blogs and pinning! I love it! Litfuse has a good set up, but my favorite is the small FB parties where you really get to know the author(s). I do like when more than one author is present because it just feels more personal. And yes, I definitely want the author's book once I learn more about the background story!

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    1. TY for coming by Danielle!!! Share some tips for Inkie readers!!! What's the BEST way to plan when you are going to attend a big party like this one? Blessings!

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    2. Keep your family as your first priority. Ask and remind your hubby about it. Spend time with the kids before so they'll be more content during. If you can't attend the entire party, it's okay :)

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    3. Helpful tips, Danielle. I love FB parties, too, but it takes a bit of organization! I will look for you at Carrie's party!

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    4. CONGRATS, Danielle, you are my winner!

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  3. Great info, Carrie! Thanks for inviting all our friends from the Inkwell Inspiration blog! I'm looking forward to the Time for Romance Tea Party.

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    1. It should be so much fun Carrie n I am honored to be part of it!!!

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    2. I'm looking forward to it, too, Carrie! Inspy romance, tea party...is there anything NOT to like?

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  4. Thank you for your post, Carrie! I was recently in North Carolina for a very quick trip to see my new granddaughter.As I drove through West Virginia and then Virginia, I noticed again the beauty of the countryside.My daughter and I talked about all the trees and it reminded me of The Fruitcake Challenge and The Lumberjacks Ball.<3

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    1. I have thought of working on a colonial lumberjacks' story set here in VA, too, Gracie, so TY for supporting that idea! These books are set in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula and in Northern Michigan near the Straits of Mackinac!

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    3. Congratulations on your new granddaughter, MammaG! Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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  5. I love facebook parties with these great authors. I can't wait.

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    1. Me, too, Tammy!!! See you there!!!

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    2. These parties really are fun, aren't they, Tammy? I can't wait.

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  6. I forgot my email mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net. can't wait. :)

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  7. Thanks for coming to hang out with us at the Inkwell, Carrie! We're happy you're here. I love the info about Facebook parties. I've never done one, but you make it sound exciting and fun, and not nearly as daunting as I make it out to myself.

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    1. It is GREAT fun, Lisa, and not hard at all. The thing I've learned, over time, is to spread the joy around and share by having multiple authors on with you and at assigned times -- that way husbands get their dinners and children get attention! And you don't get too pooped out!

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    2. My only FB party experience was with Carrie and it was a blast! Can't wait to do it again!

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  8. Well, this is a great resource 'for future reference' and as lively and fun as you are Carrie! Thanks for visiting the Inkwell and giving readers a chance at your book, as well as some great promo tips for writers.

    Congratulations on all the success with your lumberjack series!

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  9. Thanks, Deb! It was great visiting with the Inkies! I'll miss seeing you gals at conference as I don't believe I'm going this year. Praying for you, too!

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  10. I can't wait for the tea party! Thanks for the tips.

    Cagould15@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi CARRIE, Me, too!!! I need to get my giveaway pics ready and off to Melissa!

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