Book Spotlight + Author Interview (And A Giveaway!) — My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels

11 Jul


Series: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island
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




Do you have any funny stories from fans meeting you for the first time?

I don’t think funny stories but I have been so blessed by the readers I’ve met, especially last year in Shepherd Michigan when Joyce Noyes brought her absolutely adorable granddaughters with her!

What did your writing process for My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island look like?

Ohmygoodnessgraciousmeohmy! This was like having a problem child who needed a lot of therapy and rehab!

What type of research did you do for My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island? Did you do any traveling for this research?

I actually lived on and worked on the island as a teenager and grew up in the area. And I’ve been there often visiting. One of my close friends has family from the island and she inspired that aspect of the story. We specifically stayed at both the Grand Hotel for research and at the Windermere, which is the inspiration for my heroine’s inn.

What inspired the idea for My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island?

I wondered what an independent miss, brought up by the strong women of the island, would do if her father resisted her becoming a business manager/inn manager which is her birthright but is at a time when young women were sheltered.

What do you want readers to take away from reading My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island?

The only inheritance you need to concern yourself with is that of being a child of the living God.

Do you have any advice you would give to other potential authors?

Don’t give up if you have a manuscript that is giving you fits, not if the Lord tells you to keep working on it. Hire the best freelance editors that you can and pray! This problem child became an RT Book Reviews Top Pick for July PTL!



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.
Enter the giveaway HERE.

18 Responses to “Book Spotlight + Author Interview (And A Giveaway!) — My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels”

  1. Carrie Fancett Pagels July 11, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Thanks for putting Maude’s Mooring in the spotlight this morning! Blessings!

  2. somi19ad July 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I sure hope I win cause I do need a new Kindle. 😁 Plus I really love the mug. But the best of all would be winning the My Heart Belongs on Mackinac book. I love books and I really love books where the setting takes place at my most favorite place of all – Mackinac Island.

    Just an FYI though. The link to go to the Christian Fiction Summer Reading Safari isn’t working. I’ve tried several times so that I can complete all the entries but I’m not having any luck. I’ve even copied and pasted the link – A google search tells me that it does not match any documents. 🙁

    • rbclibrary July 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

      I will let the tour administrator know.

      • somi19ad July 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

        Thank you! I got it to work now. 😊

      • rbclibrary July 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm #


    • Carrie Fancett Pagels July 14, 2017 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks for letting us know about the link not working! I am just back from two book signings on Mackinac Island. It’s a wonderful place and we come here often. I pray you’ll get to read Maude’s story soon!

  3. pattymh2000 July 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    I grew up in MI and totally look forward to reading this book!

    • rbclibrary July 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

      Have you visited Mackinac Island? It’s on my bucket list.

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels July 14, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Patty! I hope you’ll enjoy this novel that received an RT Book Reviews Top Pick for July! Blessings!

  4. Margaret Appel July 12, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

    I love the blurb for Maude’s Mooring. It sounds like a great romance in the making and the beginning of a lovely series. The cover is really nice too! Adding to my list of wants. Thanks!

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels July 14, 2017 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Margaret! Send your friends over to make comments on this blog post, too, so we reach 10 visitors for a giveaway here!~ Blessings!

  5. Trixi July 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Lovely interview Carrie! I love getting to know more about you, I think it’s wonderful that you lived on the island so have first-hand experience (if you will). I know I’ll love this book 🙂

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels July 14, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks for coming by, Trixi! We just got back from Mackinac Island! I hope you will love Maude’s story!

  6. James Robert July 15, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Congrats on your new release! My son went to Mackinac Island last year and I think he wanted to stay. He had the best time. I live in Michigan and still have not gone. Need to make that a priority.

  7. Suzanne Sellner July 17, 2017 at 6:59 am #

    Having spent the first five years of my life and many visits since then in Michigan, I’m excited to read this book. One summer my family visited Mackinac Island, and I have fond memories of that visit. What a cool setting for a novel!

  8. Debora Wilder July 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your interview with Carrie. I love finding out about what goes on for authors before their books come out. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

  9. Michele Hayes July 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Kathy Jacob July 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    I love reading stories set in my home state of Michigan!

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