Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

Welcome, everyone!

Marilyn TurkMarilyn Turk honors us with a visit this week. She authors historical romantic suspense. If you enjoy stories set in the past, romance, and suspense-filled story line. Marilyn’s your gal.

Marilyn is offering an ebook giveaway of any of her books–winner’s choice. You can’t beat that! Join the conversation below, and you name’s in the hat! (LSU tiger fans, heads up!) 

Marilyn Turk Before Writing

I was born and raised in Louisiana, not in the swamp, but close enough to know what a Cajun is and how good food tastes, like example Jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish etouffe, gumbo, etc.

Marilyn Turk
graduated from Louisiana State University (where else?) with a degree in journalism, but don’t let that fool you. Although I had no intention of being a journalist, I wanted to major in advertising and it was in the school of journalism. However, those required journalism courses have helped a little with my writing, such as learning to be on deadline.

I tried my hand in advertising for a few years before I moved to a big city (Atlanta) and went to work for a Fortune 500 company in sales. It was a “good” job that God gave me. During my 25 years with the company, I married and had three sons.

Marilyn Turk
hen my company was sold, I was laid off (Reduction in Force, they call it). I eventually had to relocate and ended up in Florida. God’s hand? Divorced with a mortgage and three sons in college, I realized God wanted me to move. Four years later I met and married my current husband. God had forced that move so we would meet.

Marilyn Turk, the Writer

Marilyn TurkRebel Light was my first novel, self-published after a contract with a publisher fell through because he was unable to keep his commitment. When my agent didn’t find another publisher for it, I self-published it. The book was to be the first in a four-book series that another editor had suggested. I completed the book, but that editor was no longer with the same publisher. So I wrote the second book and started the third with the intention of self-publishing them, but then my agent said a publisher was looking for a southern gothic story.

More Books for Marilyn Turk

Marilyn TurkI didn’t know what that was, but I brainstormed a story with my husband and I pitched the story to another editor. The story, The Gilded Curse, is set in 1942 on Jekyll Island, GA, and was published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2016.

Many who read it asked what happened to the characters afterwards. So I thought about it and wrote the sequel, Shadowed by a Spy, also set in 1942 New York. Lighthouse published it in July 2018.

Marilyn TurkAlso, Forget Me Not Romances contracted me for my series. They republished Rebel Light in May 2018 and published  Revealing Light  in June and Redeeming Light in September. The next in the series is Rekindled Light which will be out at the end of 2018. The series is set in Florida from 1861 to 1883.

As you can tell, they all have the word “light.” When I first began writing, I started a lighthouse blog and posted Marilyn Turkfaithfully on it for five years, once a week. My books feature a lighthouse either as the setting or as a mention in the book, kind of like a “Where’s Waldo?” but with lighthouses. Fittingly, my novella, “The Wrong Survivor,” is part of Barbour’s Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection that released November 2018.

What’s up with Marilyn Turk now?

I have another book contracted by Forget Me Not. And another book, a split-time novel contracted by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Marilyn TurkThree years ago, God led me to host a small writers conference for our area. The Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat debuted in 2017. Intended to be a small, quality, affordable conference that was as much a spiritual retreat as a writers conference, it surpassed my exceptions. Response was great. So in 2018, the Blue Lake CWR was held again. The retreat was exactly as I’d hoped. God delivered over and above what I asked, and it blessed all who Marilyn Turkattended, including faculty. The 2019 retreat will be March 27-30. The website for the retreat is  http://bluelakecwr.com/

I also wrote a book of devotions called Lighthouse Devotions. I plan to update it and re-release it next year.

How can we find Marilyn Turk?

Blog: http://pathwayheart.com,

Website: marilynturk.com 


Twitter: @MarilynTurk


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Lord, we honor You as our only true love. We thank You for revealing Yourself as Love in the face of Jesus. We pray You’ll shine a light on Yourself
through Christian fiction such as Marilyn’s books.
Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

25 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

  1. Shonda

    I’ve not read any of your books but they look good! Thank you for a chance to win one. I love reading about the different books you have written. I like that they have the word light in the titles.

    1. Hi Shonda,
      Thanks for your comment! I hope you get to read my books. Let me know how you like them!

  2. I love to meet new authors and your books sounds very intriguing… !

    1. Hi,Tanja! I’m smiling big at seeing you here with us. Thanks for stopping by. You’re entered in the drawing, friend! (Hug your family for me.)

    2. Hi Tanja,
      Thanks for your comment! Hope you get to read my books!

      1. Marilyn, Tanja and I “met” via my website contact form–all the way from Switzerland, her home. And then we met face to face at ACFW in DFW. What a delight!

  3. Hi Linda,
    Looks like the website is letting me in now. Thank you for having me on your site and thank you to everyone who commented!

  4. Your books sound so intriguing. I married a Louisiana Cajun man myself. Lived there three years before we returned back to Texas. Your mention of Cajun foods makes me want to get busy cooking an etouffe or gumbo. The subject matter of the Germans following a woman to New York captivates my interest level…makes me imagine what the outcome will be. Sounds like you found the purpose God had for you.
    May you continue to be blessed with your writing.

    1. Hi Jane! Where else would someone named Theriot be from but Louisiana! Hope you cooked up some good gumbo or etoufee! I look forward to hearing how you liked my books.

  5. Perrianne Askew

    Your writing has been quite a journey! I did enjoy your novella in The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection.

    1. Hi, Perrianne! It’s great to see you. We’re really blessed by Marilyn’s visit.

    2. Hi Perianne,
      So glad you enjoyed The Wrong Survivor in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection. Hope you get to read some of my other books.

  6. Hey Everybody! Waving here. Thanks for commenting. Sorry the site won’t accept my comments. That’s never happened before! Hope y’all enjoy my books!

  7. Hi, all! Unfortunately, Marilyn has been unable to reply to your comments so far for no reason of her own. It has to do with some “techy” issue between her/me/this site. My site creator/maintainer hasn’t been able to replicate the problem Marilyn is having. So I told her I’d let you know she’s reading your comments and appreciates them and you!

  8. Susan Wallace

    Wow! These books sound intriguing. Thanks for info.

    1. Yes! Marilyn is a great writer. Come by, Cuz!

    2. Hi Susan, Hope you get to read them! Thanks for your comment.

  9. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the conversation and getting to know you. Would love to read your books!

    1. Hi, Faith. It’s great to see you in our midst this week. You’re entered in the drawing!

  10. Paula Shreckhise

    I won Rebel Light . I just haven’t started to read it yet. The book about the Gilded Curse and Jekyll Island looks great! Thanks for your story. It was so interesting.

    1. Hi, Paula. Welcome! You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

  11. Marilyn R

    Hello Linda and Marilyn, I enjoyed reading more about Marilyn Turk’s upcoming books. I have read and reviewed all of her books to date, so I do not need to be included in the giveaway.

    Have a blessed week. Keep letting “the light shine for Jesus” as you both write.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. Welcome! You have a blessed weekend.

  12. Brandi

    Wow! What a journey. Thank you for sharing your story and remaining open to the Spirit’s movement and guidance.

    1. Hi, Brandi. Welcome! It’s great to have you in our circle. I hope you’ll return. 🙂


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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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