Let’s Chat! Pegg Thomas

Welcome, everyone!

Pegg Thomas is standing in our author spotlight this week. Welcome to our circle, Pegg!

Romance writer Pegg hails from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and loves horses. Matter of fact, she’s giving away one paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one reader who joins our conversation below. Just mention something about horses–one you have owned, what you like about them, or maybe some experience involving a horse–and you’re entered.

Now, here’s Pegg . . .

Who Is Pegg Thomas?

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y name is Pegg Thomas. Yes, that’s with two ‘g’s. My brother is Greg, although our mom originally spelled it Gregg. I guess she had a thing for names ending with double consonants.

I live on a hobby farm in the northeastern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We love everything about the Great Lakes, and one of our favorite pastimes is watching the giant freighters float by.

y husband and I raise sheep and chickens, garden, and keep a small orchard of trees and berry bushes. I’m also a hand spinner and love to create beautiful garments from our sheep’s wool.

What’s Up With Pegg Thomas at Present?

Besides my own writing, I’m the managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I guess you could say that I keep busy.

Speaking of busy, I have a new book coming out in November. While I’ve been published in three previous Barbour historical romance collections, this one is near and dear to my heart because it was a project that I organized and presented to Barbour for publication. I was thrilled when they contracted it! The title is The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection. Yes. It does fit with my passions in life.

A Bit About “Anna’s Tower” by Pegg Thomas

My story in the collection is “Anna’s Tower” and takes place almost in my backyard, on Thunder Bay Island. There was a fairly well-known shipwreck that happened right off the island on a foggy fall night in 1883. I decided that my hero would be a stowaway aboard the James Davidson. Once I knew that much, I needed to figure out who would want to stowaway from Buffalo, New York, to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1883.

A little research led me to Russian immigrants who were fleeing the pograms, the Russians’ attempt to exterminate the Jewish race. Great! Except for one little thing … I knew less than nothing about Russians of that time period. I dove into my research at about the same time all the Russian collusion stories started clogging up the news feed. I’m pretty sure I’m on some government watch list by now, but that’s a risk we authors have to take for our craft, eh?

A Pegg Thomas Giveaway

hile The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection doesn’t come out until next month, I’d love to give one paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one of your readers who lives in the continental U.S.

As you can imagine from the title, this collection has a LOT of horses in it. I lost my old horse, Trooper, about a year ago. He was twenty-five years old. I still miss him and will always love horses. To enter the drawing, tell me about a horse you have/had or what you like about horses.

Where Readers Can Find Pegg Thomas








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P.S. The winner of the drawing for Pegg’s giveaway is Sarah Taylor! Congratulations, Sarah! 

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Lord, we readers and writers come into Your presence grateful for the gift of language, whether written or spoken or symbolized in other ways. The words we read and write will someday pass away. But You, the Eternal Word, will last forever. We pray You will use the words we read, speak, and write to reveal a bit more about Yourself. Draw us ever closer to You through Your Word. And please bless each word Pegg writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

20 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Pegg Thomas

  1. Rita jarrett

    Always loved horses. My daughter currently cleans stalls so she can ride and at local barn. The are a special animal!


    Love horses they are beautiful have never owned any though Thank you for the chance to win the book!


    I think Horses are beautiful animals never owned any but I know my grandchildren love reading about horses I even purchased a horse blanket for my grandson for his birthday one year and he sleeps with it every night. My sister-in-law had a beautiful paint horse and she was beautiful Thank you Pegg for this awesome giveaway and Thank you Linda also!

    1. Welcome to our circle, Sarah. You’re entered in the drawing! I hope you’ll come back to visit.


        Thank you so much Linda And Pegg and Thank you so much for the giveaway I love to read paperback books so excited I won and Linda I will be back to visit!

    2. Pegg Thomas

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Vivian Furbay

    My Grandpa had a gentle horse that all us kids loved to ride. His name was Slippers and he was all most pure white. He never got rowdy until Grandpa had to brand him so he could sell him.

    1. Welcome, Vivian. My grandmother sent her sons to school on a horse. I can’t imagine setting a 6 yr old on a horse and sending him miles through the countryside to school—-alone. Two years later, she added a second son, and then a third. I guess she saddled a second horse for her younger two.

    2. Pegg Thomas

      I love that name, Slippers. 🙂

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    I have ridden a horse very slowly once! I think they are majestic, beautiful animals. I enjoy movies about horses, like War Horse and National Velvet.

    1. I’m with you there, Paula. I’ve always admired the majestic horse. When we began having Weekly Reader available to us in 4th grade, I often ordered stories about horses. My father was a farmer who didn’t need horses for the fields (That was his father’s generation.) So having a horse was a luxury—one we couldn’t afford. So I longed for a horse (of course) … until the day a neighbor came to call on a “pony” who was the most stubborn, ill tempered creature under the heavens. I never shall forget the utter horror I felt when he bolted from our property down the country road with me pulling on his reins so hard I was actually lying on my back! That basically cured my desire to own a horse, but it did nothing to diminish my admiration of their beauty.

    2. Pegg Thomas

      War Horse is a great movie. A real tear-jerker for all the right reasons. 🙂

  6. Pegg Thomas

    I love grays! I started with a Shetland pony as well, her name was Honey. Had a lot of good times growing up with her.

  7. I meant to add, sorry about Trooper 🙁

  8. Hey, Pegg! I so enjoyed your guest post. I’m SO impressed that you spin your wool and make garments! WOW! I’ve always loved horses. As a girl, I guess you could say I was obsessed 🙂 My first real horse was a Shetland pony, Twinkle Toes, a beautiful silver-dappled gray. He rode home on my lap in the back of Daddy’s car at 6 mo old 🙂 We were best friends.
    As an adult, I inherited a herd if twelve AQHAs. One 6 mo old filly shared my birthday, evidenced by a scrap of paper I found that said Bingi foaled on May third. That was in 2001. Her name is Bliss and she’s a fabulous gray 🙂

  9. Pegg Thomas

    Oh … that is sad. 🙁

  10. Perrianne Askew

    I like horses because they are beautiful animals and for the most part sweet and gentle. Unfortunately like most animals I am alergic to them. I remember going to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament on a kids field trip in Dallas. I sneezed the WHOLE time! I could barely eat my dinner. So, no more horse riding for me. 😢

    1. Hi, Perianne. I love seeing you in our circle. We’ll enjoy Pegg together. 🙂

      1. Perrianne Askew

        Thank you! Pegg is an incredibly talented woman. It’s amazing that she spins her own yarn, that really is a lot of work. Plus incredible writing. I’ve just begun reading Anna’s Tower and loving it.

        1. Pegg Thomas

          I’m glad you’re enjoying “Anna’s Tower,” Perrianne. That one was fun to write. 🙂


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Let’s Chat! Author Carrie Fancett Pagels

Welcome, everyone!

Carrie Fancett Pagels, award-winning author of sixteen Christian historical romances, honors us with her presence this week. Not only does Carrie hold a Ph.D., but her books include ECPA bestsellers. 

Carrie served twenty-five years as a psychologist, but the years failed to “cure” her overactive imagination. A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia. But she grew up as a “Yooper” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie reads, bakes, beads, and travels – but not all at the same time! 

Meanwhile, Carrie’s giving away one of her books. So join the gab session below. 

Carrie Fancett Pagels: Life Outside Writing

Carrie Fancett Pagels
hail from
 Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, which qualifies me as a bona fide Yooper woman. I married the love of my life when I was almost thirty. Now, thirty years later, I have a 29-year-old lovely electrical engineer. And a 16-year-old creative techie junior in high school. 

I devoted 25 years as a psychologist to young people in many capacities. Then physicians diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other forms of arthritis. This arthritisended my career abruptly. As it turned out, God planned something else for me.

Eight years ago, I nearly died from a biologic (to treat my severe RA). For about five years I barely walked. I endured numerous interventions, including surgery. But God gifted me with lots of stories. Now sixteen of my romances appear in print! And, Praise the Lord, I walk today.

A Debut for Carrie Fancett Pagels

I joined in a multi-author ongoing Civil War series headed up by Murray Pura. A small press released my first title, Return to Shirley Plantation. Later, my rights reverted back to me. The talented Roseanna White designed a new cover. My novella released this past late Spring. It’s now available in audiobook form.

The staff of Shirley Plantation  supported and blessed me. The owners permitted me to read some of their ancestors’ original letters. Also, I assisted with a tour of the upper part of the Great House, which isn’t included in the regular tours. I helped conduct a tour with the wonderful Julian Charity, Shirley Plantation’s historian, a real highlight for me.

What’s Up With Carrie Fancett Pagels Now?

Carrie Fancett PagelsSince then, I released fifteen more books, some Indie and others traditional publications. So I claim hybrid author status. My latest, a novella entitled “The Sugarplum Ladies,” appears in the The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection by Barbour Publishing.

Currently, I am working on a women’s fiction novel, a change for me. When I joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) fourteen years ago, I wrote in this genre. 

expect our current visits to colleges with our son will take me away from writing for a while. Recently, we visited two universities in Virginia.

A Bit About Carrie’s Books

To Be Released November 1, 2018: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides

Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice moved goods and immigrants. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

“The Sugarplum Ladies” in The Victorian Christmas Brides

1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone’s aristocratic British family unexpectedly descends upon him for Christmas. So he relies on American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

Generations of her mother’s family claim the Winds of Mackinac Inn. But 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 poses as a wealthy industrialist. He pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, an intriguing maid catches his eye. By an act of heroism while digging deep for his story, Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude.

But scandal threatens, and truths are revealed. Will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled?

How to Find Carrie Fancett Pagels

Where to Find Carrie’s Books

Carrie Fancett Pagels

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Father God, we declare You the Eternal Author of Love. First, You joined the original couple in the Garden. Then, Abraham and Sarah. And King Solomon penned his Song of Love. Today, Your children fall in love. And we look to the ultimate Love—the Groom and his Bride—at the heavenly Wedding Feast. You—Who are Love—provide the kindling. The flame. And the breath that keeps love burning. Now, please bless every word Carrie writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

38 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carrie Fancett Pagels

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I love Carrie’s writing. I look forward to reading the new books!

  2. Congratulations Carrie on your success in publishing so many stories. You are a generous encourager and friend.

    1. Hi, Janet. So good to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. *Not an entry*
    I enjoyed the interview! You’re so talented, Carrie, and write amazing stories. Blessed to be your friend and sister-in-Christ.

    1. Welcome, Anne! What an encouraging word! I hope you’ll be a returning guest.

  4. Caryl Kane

    Wonderful interview! I love Carrie and her stories!

    1. Welcome, Caryl. Thank you for your encouragement.

  5. I enjoy Carrie’s writing. Her stories are great! Carrie is a great encourager. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! Congrats on your own debut in Christian fiction! Many blessings! You’re a super encourager, too! Hugs!

      1. Thank you. 🙂

    2. Hi, Melissa. You’re an encourager too!

      1. Thank you . 🙂

  6. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for sharing about Carrie! One of these days I am going to Mackinac when she is there so I can have lunch with her! Looking forward to reading the two new collections.

    1. Hi ANNE! I’d love to be up in Mackinac and get to see you in person! I hope you’ll enjoy these two Michigan-set novellas of mine in these two collections! Blessings!

  7. ~JJ

    Best of luck with all your writing endeavors.

    1. Hi, JJ. Love having you visit!

  8. Thanks for having me on your beautiful blog, Linda! I love how you do your set-up! Blessings!

  9. Joy Ellis

    Love Carrie and her books! She is an amazing author!

    1. Hi, Joy! Thanks for joining in the chat! Love your enthusiasm 😊

  10. Sherry Moe

    I really enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about Carrie and her books. God certainly has blessed her.

    1. Welcome, Sherry! Thank you for joining us!

  11. Great interview!

    I’ve read so much about the UP in Carrie’s books that I hope to visit the UP one day (during the summer, if course 😉). I love Carrie and her books (I’m not entering, I have all of Carrie’s books). Carrie is such a sweet and friend, I am honored to be one of her Pagels Pals.

    Blessings, Tina

    ….my post didn’t post, so trying again….

  12. Great interview!

    I’ve read so much about the UP in Carrie’s books that I hope to visit the UP one day (during the summer, if course 😉). I love Carrie and her books! (I’m not entering, I have all her books 😊). Carrie is such a sweet lady and friend, I’m honored to be one of her Pagels Pals.


    1. Hurrah for Pagel’s Pals!! Welcome and please come back!

  13. Beverly Duell-Moore

    Great post! I’d love to visit the UP! I’ve seen photos and it looks like such a beautiful place. I’m looking to reading The Lighthouse Brides and The Victorian Christmas Brides.

    1. Hi Beverly! You would love a summer visit up North! Thanks for coming by!

    2. Hi, Beverly. I’m so glad you stopped by!

  14. Rita jarrett

    I used to live in the UP. I’m excited to read some of these books. K have read the first love letters romance collection and loved your book in it.

    1. Hi Rita! Where did you live I. The UP? I didn’t contribute to a love letters collection. Blessings!

      1. Rita jarrett

        It was called Chassell. Small town years ago. 😊

    2. Welcome, Rita. I love Texas, but I’d very much like to visit your neck of the woods. Please come again.

  15. Andrea Stephens

    I forgot to say, Please don’t enter me for the drawing. I have all of Carrie’s books.

  16. Andrea Stephens

    I love Carrie Pagels and I love her books! She writes such great stories. I am privileged to be one of her Pagel’s Pals. I hope to meet her in person one day.

  17. Perrianne Askew

    I had no idea you have a Civil War series. I’ll have to check that out! I thoroughly enjoyed The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection. (Not entering drawing)

    1. Hi Perrianne! I don’t have a Civil War series, but my debut (a novella) was with a small press who had a series going with multiple authors. I’m glad you enjoyed VCB! Blessings!

  18. Rita jarrett

    I like the fact Youre from Michigan. I lived in the UP for a a few years when I was around 8. I can’t wait to start reading your books.

  19. Melissa Andres

    Amen! What a fun blog post.

    1. Thanks MELISSA! It was fun to see this up! Blessings!


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