Kindle Fire Giveaway: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels




Series: My Heart Belongs
Genre: Adult, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Barbour
Publication date: July 1

Journey now to Mackinac Island where… A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds. Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. 

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?




ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of a dozen Christian historical romances. 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.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at




What Inspired my Story

I lived on Mackinac Island, working at a restaurant there. I loved it! It’s a magical place and I’ve gone back many times since then! I was just there, today, in fact. Also, I have a dear friend, Rosemary Wellington, whose family is from the island and during a visit to the island with her, I got inspired to think about a story set there. Her cousin is mayor of the island and owns the Windermere Hotel. My husband and I stayed there a few years back to research the story and the beautiful hotel did inspire me to use it as a prototype for “Winds of Mackinac” in the novel.
​Also, while working on the core premise for this story, I was praying about the struggle I was having.  I call this book my “Problem Child Manuscript.” But God is good and faithful – while at church after praying, although my pastor (and also a write) Larry was stuck at an airport, trying to return from Haiti but Seth, our college student-age pastor, gave the sermon for Larry. And it was an amazing message inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper! And that really reinforced what I was already trying to do but was struggling with.  You see, our identity has to stem from what it is in Christ. He calls us to a mission. And He gifts us to enable us and provides when we cannot do. Our King calls us His children. Wow! That makes us princes and princesses of the King.
One of the things I’ve you enjoyed most about writing this book has been getting to hang out in Mackinac Island story world even when I wasn’t there! I had major surgery one year and couldn’t go – but I still got to “visit” by writing about it! We’re here right now and it’s so beautiful in the summer.  The island, itself, is an inspiration for many more stories to come!
***NOTE:  The top two pictures are the Grand Hotel.  And the bottom three are the Windemere Hotel.










Grand Prize Giveaway – Kindle Fire + Mackinac Gift Pack Set: postcards from Mackinac Island, bookmarks, hand-made earrings, winner’s choice of a signed paperback of this novel (or an upcoming release or other book if you already have read My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island), and a Mackinac Island mug. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Spotlight: Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman

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Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman

What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, mysteriously disappeared a few weeks ago. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion to begin working, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

A series of frightening incidents ensnare Anna in a maze of intrigue as she sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets in a troubled household, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, leaving Anna to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—




Marlene’s website:



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Marlene Bateman Sullivan grew up in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner.

Marlene has also written a number of LDS, non-fiction books: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.


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Blurb for; For Sale by Owner (Published Oct. 2016)

For Sale by Owner; Stressed by a difficult year, McKenzie Forsberg quits her high-powered job to move back to her hometown. Desperate and determined to rebuild her life, Kenzie seeks to buy the home she grew up in. The only problem is that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, also wants the house. As a battle of wits ensue, sparks of attraction grow into something more. Then, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her past that changes everything. Will the power of love be enough to allow Jared and Kenzie to find their happily ever after?

Excerpt: Your crossroads. Your choice by EJ Apicello


Non Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: June 2017
Publisher: Page Publishing
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Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self-view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.

Quasi Logic Behind Totally Illogical Thoughts

I challenge anyone to argue with the following oh so utterly
simplistic, almost ridiculously too easy to be real, truth. Here it is,
people, be ready for your mind to be blown! Every choice has an opposite
choice. And these choices come at a crossroads. A crossroads you
are in control of. So go ahead, try and come up with a reason to
argue that what I speak isn’t the absolute truth. I’ll wait. Come back
when you realize you can’t think of a single one. Please don’t get
me wrong, it’s not that I enjoy being right; I just know it’s hard to
argue with such an insanely logical and straightforward truth. You
see my readers, my new friends, it will hurt less if you accept this to
be so. Everything in our world has two opposing choices, and these
choices sit at our own personal crossroads, forcing us to embrace
either the right or the wrong, the easy or the hard, the light or the
dark. Throughout this book, you will see how I am working through
this arduous journey with you by my side, priding myself on being
a woman of logic and facts, but let’s be clear: I also believe in Santa,
the Tooth Fairy, and unicorns!

About the Author

Welcome to my real, crazy, emotional, probably too honest journey. I am an everyday girl in this everyday world trying to keep my head above water and within the pages of this book you will learn about the things that have broken me down and the steps I am taking to build back up. You will see, my new friends, this story is written in a unique, general, conversational voice, which was my choice. I want you to be able to picture yourself in my shoes, relate my trials and tribulations to yours and see that you too can find your happiness. Even if you don’t realize this yet, every single one of us possesses things inside of ourselves that we didn’t know were there. It took my life taking a crazy right turn and dumping me at the lowest possible point before I could see the strength within myself. We are not defined by what we do, we are defined by the choices we make. I decided when I put pen to paper that I want my choices to start defining me as strong, confident, secure and above all else, happy. So, who am I? How about I tell you who I was. A self-loathing shell of myself who put everyone else’s happiness before my own. Herein lies my story to find that happiness and all of the ups and downs along the way. See who I was and who I am trying to become and maybe, somewhere in there, you will find out a little about yourself too.
Contact Links
Twitter: @ejapicello
Instagram: @ejapicello
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Spotlight: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

“The Crowns of Croswald” (releasing July 21, 2017) is brimming with whimsy, adventure and steampunk undertones with a gutsy heroine in the middle of it all — think part “Cinderella,” part “Harry Potter” and part “Percy Jackson.”

In the book, you’ll meet Ivy, a young orphan living outside the Kingdom of Croswald and its enigmatic enchantment, as she discovers that she has powers of her own. She enrolls at the Halls of Ivy, a school where young students learn to master their magical blood and the power that Croswald’s mysterious gems can wield. Unfortunately, Ivy’s schooling – and her life – is threatened by the evil queen and her henchmen. As Ivy tries to unearth her past and save Croswald’s future, a fantastical adventure ensues. Check out a sample chapter on D.E.’s website.

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D.E. Night

D.E. Night lives, dreams, and writes in South Florida amid her menagerie—two dogs and two cats—with her husband. “The Crowns of Croswald” is her first book. She draws her inspiration from silver-screen storytellers, magical imaginings, and her younger brothers. A day spend in Croswald, or another whimsical world, is her favorite kind of day.

My Weekly Bible Journaling #25– Finishing 1st Samuel



This week has flown by! With only 2 doctors appointments, three kids coming home from camp and one getting sick… I am not sure where my week went!

While I didn’t get a lot of journaling done I did finish the book of 1st Samuel. I don’t have a lot on my calendar for this week so I am looking forward to diving into 2nd Samuel. Now to keep everyone healthy as we pack up four of my kids for another camp…

This is what I worked on in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:


A true friendship like the one David and Jonathan had is a rare blessings. I have had many friendships over the years but only a few turned out to be true friends.

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. – 1 Samuel 20:42

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I remember studying these passages in Sunday School when I was a teenager. This verse is one of my favorite verses in this book.

The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. -1 Samuel 26:23



I decided to work on another page in my @themessagebible that I found as I was flipping through it. These are such lovely pages and so much fun to work on while you read the passages.



Each week I post these pictures of my Bible journaling pages on my Pinterest board. I also have boards for my Inspire Bible and The Message Canvas Bible. I plan on working in them more and posting more pictures to them soon. If you just want to see what inspires me you can check out my Main Pinterest board where I am currently separating inspirational pages by Books of the Bible.


Do you Bible Journaling? If so leave me a link where you have your pages posted and I will be happy to check them out and leave them some love! If you have any questions about supplies or anything please feel free to ask in the comments below.

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$25 Amazon e-gift card Giveaway: THE RENEGADE’S REDEMPTION by Stacy Henrie

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Renegade’s Redemption
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
July 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historical
Refuge for the Outlaw
When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid’s farm, he’s eight years too late for the elopement they’d once planned—and it’s far too early to win her forgiveness. He’s seriously wounded, though, and she can’t turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it’s wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she’ll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.
As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he’s ever loved is the riskiest thing he’s ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?

Five Fun Facts about The Renegade’s Redemption

1. The final scenes of this book take place on Independence Day. And while I knew the release date for the book was in July 2017, I didn’t pay much attention to which day. So it was serendipitous and lots of fun when I realized it was releasing on Independence Day.

2. Though my debut novel features a female outlaw, this was my first time writing a main character whose choice to become an outlaw isn’t for altruistic reasons—and Tex plans to keep outlawing once he’s recovered from his injury. It was a poignant experience to take him from his remorseless state in the beginning of the book to the honest, humble, responsible one he develops by the end.

3. This is my first full-length book that features a hero and heroine who’ve known each other, and loved each other, in the past. And I may try it again! I really enjoyed writing a story where the couple has a second chance at love.

4. I wrote this book faster than any of my others. Circumstances were such that I had a short time frame to complete the manuscript. I don’t plot my books in great detail, but I knew I’d need more than my normal 4-5 page synopsis to finish this book on time. To help me write faster, I typed a list of the scenes I needed, and as I wrote them, I’d delete them off the list.

5. My husband has read all of my books—he reads my manuscript before I send it off to my editor. This is, in large part, because his past work with horses makes him a great resource for all things equestrian in my westerns. And this book is his favorite!

Other Books in the Series
The Outlaw’s Secret
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical RomancePaperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical
Lawman in Disguise
Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn’t in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair’s plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she’ll be fine…right?
Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he’s a detective working undercover. And second, that he’s not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex’s twin brother, Tate Beckett.
About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.


Tour Giveaway

– 1 winner will receive  copies of The Express Rider’s Lady and The Outlaw’s Secret, and a $10 Amazon e-gift card (US only)
1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon e-gift card (open internationally)
– Ends July 22nd