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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blog Hop & Guest Post from Carrie Fancett Pagels, author of Lilacs for Juliana + GIVEAWAY!!! Open Internationally for an eBook

~UPDATE: GIVEAWAY FOR THE PAPERBACK OR EBOOK COPY HERE ON STUFF & NONSENSE HAS ENDED~





Secondary Characters – Rheumatoid Arthritis

When I recently wrote the third book in The Christy Lumber Camp Series, Lilacs for Juliana, I knew I wanted the heroine’s mother to suffer from a chronic illness. Mrs. Nora Beauchamps had her last child in her forties, like me, and I decided to “give” her Rheumatoid Arthritis, like I have. 

Portraying Mrs. Beauchamps was a little tricky. She was almost 70, an age I haven’t yet approached. But I tried to imagine how her condition may have progressed to the point that she wasn’t active during the time my heroine, her daughter Juliana, was home. So I had Mrs. Beauchamps sleeping in during the morning and I had her fairly stiff at night and usually unable to cook. But—there is great variability on any given day for most people with an autoimmune disorder.  So I have Nora enter a time when her symptoms improve.  Early on  in the book, I imply that Juliana may not understand just what all her mother still is able to do. In Juliana’s mind, her mother is a complete invalid—but she is not. Both Mrs. Beauchamps and Juliana’s sister, Claudette, who suffers from Lupus, regularly harvest fruit and make jams and jellies that sell well at the mercantile in town. One reason I wanted to show my twenty-something year old Juliana as not understanding her mother’s capabilities is because this often happens in families.

Although Rheumatoid Arthritis is quite different from Osteoarthritis, I chose to show Mrs. Beauchamps as having a mild to moderate form of the illness that has not affected her organs. The disease can be life threatening if it attacks organs such as the heart. However, I chose not to complicate the plot of the book by showing anything other than that which would move the plot forward for my hero and heroine.

By the way—my heroine’s mother LOVES my hero, Richard Christy—and I hope you will, too! 

Carrie is offering ONE copy of a paperback or eBook to a USA winner, or an eBook to an INTERNATIONAL winner!!!

To be entered, leave a comment below answering Carrie's question: 

Do you have a family member with arthritis? Have you read any books where you felt this disorder was particularly well shown in the novel? 

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Bio: Former “Yooper” Carrie Fancett Pagels writes Christian historical romances about overcoming. She grew up in Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn't "cured" by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading—but not all at the same time!  

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Links to the other blogs in the blog hop are below!  Be in to win!!! Stop by each link (at least 7 of them to qualify for the GRAND PRIZE!!!) and leave a comment and your email address in a safe format!  You might be the winner of a KINDLE! And a paperback copy will be given to a winner at each blog stop!

September 7th    Heroes,Heroines and History
September 12th  Overcomingwith God 
September 14th   BookBabble
September 16th   Cheryl B Book Blog
September 18th   D’sQuilts & Books
September 23rd  SunnieReviews
September 24th  BuzzingAbout Books
September 30th  Captive Dreams Windows
October 1st            Singing Librarian Books
October 5th           Perspectives by Nancee  
October 7th           Stuff and Nonsense
October 14th         Debbie’sDusty Deliberations
October 21st        Lane Hill House


 ~Happy Blog Hopping~
                                                       
 

41 comments:

  1. CARRIE, Thank you SO much for being here @ Stuff & Nonsense, and for including this topic in your newest book! I like to read about characters who have real life struggles and complications with health issues. Not to the point of overwhelming the story but just as you said--to move the plot along. I think it gives realism to the characters and story.

    Thanks for such a GREAT giveaway, too!!! I hope lots of readers take advantage of this opportunity to win a book and other goodies.

    I have several family members with arthritis, but I also had a dear friend who passed away in the early 2000s from heart complications associated with RA. Of course, she was diagnosed with it back in the 70s when she was in her mid-20s. Her case was severe and the only treatment back then was fusing joints together. Bless her heart, she was AMAZING!!! Barbara never complained, not once in 20 years did I ever hear her say anything negative about her disease, and she lived with us for a while. Her heart belonged to the Lord and she praised him every day no matter what. I remember talking to her in the hospital right before she passed away and I told her how sorry I was for all she had had to endure, how much she would be missed by every life she touched, and I asked her if the pain was bad. She said she had felt better and was just waiting on Jesus! She was a precious saint and mentor. I have always imagined her falling at the feet of Jesus when she was ushered into Heaven because that would be the ONLY place she would want to be, on her healed knees praising Him!

    Have a blessed day, my friend! I love you for ALL you do to bring awareness to arthritis.

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    1. How did I miss this comment from you, my friend? Thanks for sharing that special memory about your friend. She sounds like a saint! Thanks for having me on your blog, Anne, and letting me share about arthritis! God is the only reason any of us can keep moving on in this life!

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  2. Having RA myself along with Lupus, I know from experience that you portraited it well.

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    1. Thanks, Joy! Everyone has a little different experience. Any given month or year I have different things going on and I wanted to show in this story some of the family experience. Blessings!

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    2. Hi Joy, Thanks for stopping by and affirming the portrayal of RA in Lilacs for Juliana.

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  3. Carrie, congrats on the release of Lilacs for Juliana! :)

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  4. I have a few family members with arthritis.. No I have not read any books on this topic.
    Trisha B. d_stevens310AT live(DoT)com

    (commenting from my Mothers' addy & computer.. )

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    1. Hi Trisha, you need to read this new book! I'm curious if you will think my story portrays it well. Blessings!

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    2. Hi Trisha, So glad you came by to enter the drawing!

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  5. I have arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I also have a sister that has Lupus

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    1. Hi Debi! Lupus and RA and other autoimmune disorders run in families. I tried to show that in the Beauchamps family in this story. Praying for you and your family!

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    2. Debi, I hope you are having a relatively pain-free day! Thanks for coming by and entering the drawing.

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  6. I also suffer from RA, and I can not ever remember reading a book that had a character with an autoimmune disorder. Thanks for including this in your book!

    I was diagnosed after the birth of my sixth child. I was only 36 at the time.

    Tonja

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    1. I got sick after a horrendous flu went through Charleston in about 1992 when my daughter was only three and I was in my mid thirties, also. I found it rather therapeutic to write Mrs. Nora Beauchamps' scenes and have her progress and show her daughter she was capable, yet, of doing things on her own. Praying for you!

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    2. Tonja, My friend Barbara, who I spoke of in my original comment above, was diagnosed after the birth of her first child. How curious that this sometimes happen just then. Thanks for coming by!

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  7. I have lupus and know what you're talking about because both RA and lupus are auto-immune disorders. However, RA has more and better medications.Other than the pain and exhaustion, what is hard for me is that I look good when I'm not really sick so no one know how bad I feel most of the time and how hard life is for me. You do a great service when you write about this disease. Thank you.

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    1. Not sure I realized that Jane. But I DO REALIZE you are an AMAZING author! Despite those issues God has blessed you with a gift of writing! And it is exactly like you say--either they don't realize or you can be in a flare or bad spell and they act like you are an old crone! It is so weird. Thanks, Jane!

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    2. Hi Jane, I think looking good on the outside and feeling rotten on the inside is perhaps residing in a lot of people we come into contact with. Grief does the exact same thing to a person. Many times there are no visible signs of it but the pain is real and bone deep.

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  8. My dad had RA, but he lived several hours from me and I didn't have any contact with him. I did not know it could affect organs. I haven't read any books that depict a character with RA.

    I'm just now seeing this blog hop, so missed the chance at the Kindle, but I'd love to win a copy of the book. ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com.

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    1. Yes, Ginger, it absolutely can affect almost every major organ. About two years ago I had spots on my lungs that were probably from the RA and PTL they are gone! No you have not missed out on the Kindle giveaway! It is end of October!!!

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    2. Hi Ginger, I hope you got my message I sent you about not missing the contest! Thanks for coming by S&N.

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  9. Morning Carrie, congratulations on your book Lilacs for Juliana! I loved it!

    I have osteoarthritis and deal with similar problems. My niece was recently diagnosed with RA and is having a hard time adjusting.
    You are right, not all family members (or friends) understand fully what someone with RA goes through on a daily basis. Your book did a wonderful job portraying someone with RA, making your character real-to-life.

    blessings,Tina

    I am not entering the contest, just wanted to stop in and say hi.

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    1. Hi Tina, Thanks so much for coming by and showing your support for Carrie and her writing! Praying you have a great day. :)

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    2. Hi sweet Tina! Praying for your nice. Thanks so much--I really wanted to show that issue where the heroine THINKS her mother and sis cannot do much at all. She wasn't acknowledging all they did nor for the prospect of healing! Osteoarthritis is no fun--praying for you, too. Blessings!

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  10. Hi,

    no one in my family has any form of arthritis. I understand it can be quite debilitating.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary, Yes it sure can. Some much more than others are affected. Of course, I don't know the reasons for this phenomenon but it is sure there. I'm glad you and your family are free of this disease.

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    2. Wow, that's pretty amazing! My dad, when he was over 80, and I asked him if he had any arthritis looked at me like I was a crazy person and said, "At my age, we all have arthritis" or something to that effect! He was big on stiff upper lip and all that, having had a British-American father (my great-grandparents immigrated from England.)

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    3. I agree with your dad, Carrie. Most seniors do have some form of arthritis (maybe it isn't diagnosed) but I'm sure there are a few who have been blessed with exceptional bones, etc. Too bad that isn't in my OWN family! :-)

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  11. I love that you put something like that into a story. Great way to get more people to know about it. I don't personally know anyone with it, though.
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Hey Susan, Thanks--I'm glad you think that is a good idea. I'd like to have another story with a famous person who had RA. Been thinking about it for a few years. Blessings!

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  12. I suspect my mom has arthritis in her hands & I also know an elderly lady in our church who has it as well. I'm not sure if it's RA or not, however. I couldn't imagine trying to live or work or do any daily activities with RA....I can only imagine how painful it can be! I also don't believe I've read any book that deals with this.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Lilacs for Juliana", sounds like a wonderful story :-)

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    1. I suppose my email would be helpful...lol!!

      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Hi Trixi! Thanks for coming by! Will pray for your mom and church friend. God gets us through each day one day at a time! Blessings!

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  13. I personally have arthritis as does my dad, mom, and brother. Ours is Osteoarthritis. I remember going to visit my great-grandpa and his fingers were very twisted due to arthritis. My doctor didn't think I should have as much trouble as I do since I'm "too young". I told her my dad had his first arthritis related knee surgery at 21. I don't see many books that deal with illnesses like arthritis or lupus. (I had my last child at 37, so not quite as old as Mrs. B.) dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. My family has a long history with arthritis.I can't recall reading a book that has arthritis related issues in it.I think we need to see more books like this,jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  15. I don't have any family members with arthritis, but I met an author this past weekend that does and it was neat to learn how she writes her novels--speach to text on a computer. Isn't technology amazing!

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  16. I don't have any family with arthritis but recently had a therapist wonder if I had a touch of it in my feet/ankles due to pain I was having. It was not fun so I really emphasize with those who have to deal with it on a regular basis!

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  17. I have several family members who have arthritis, and in particular, my mother suffers from lupus. I haven't come across a book that portrays it well as of yet. It would be intriguing to see how an author shows it. sabs.joy[at]gmail[dot].com

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  18. Yes, I do have family members with arthritis. And I don't think I've read any other book that deals with it thus far. sabs[dot]joy[at]gmail[com]

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I am so delighted that you've taken time to come by and comment. Blessings for a joy-filled day!

1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.