08 May 2018

The Backcountry Brides Collection | Spotlight & Guest Post

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Backcountry Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry. 

Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels: 1754 - Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor: 1757 - (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas: 1763 - Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin: 1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch: 1771 - Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer: 1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear: 1781 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer: 1792 - Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong? 

Publisher: Barbour Books  
Release Date: May 1, 2018


It’s been a thrill to work with such a great cast of authors in The Backcountry Brides Collection. This collection was the brainchild of Carrie Fancett Pagels. Each author is a contributor to The Colonial Quills, a blog that Carrie started years ago. The blog showcases all things Colonial American, including a lot of wonderful books!

My story in the collection is Her Redcoat. My setting of Fort Michilimackinac is very close to home for me. I can barely remember my first visit there, but from old family photos, I’m guessing I was about five years old. It made enough of an impression that I’ve been back many times over the years.

When thinking about Colonial America, Michigan isn’t exactly the first state that pops to mind. However, Michigan was a thriving area during those years. The French had paddled up the waterways to Lake Superior by the early 1600s. The settlement that grew along the portage of the river near the lake was named Sault Ste. Marie in 1668. A wealth of furs—chiefly beaver for European hats—was harvested from this region.

Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French and nestled in the Straits of Mackinac, the tip of Michigan’s “mitten” where lakes Huron and Michigan meet. A strategic location, it served as the rendezvous point for the western fur traders and natives to meet and sell their pelts to the fur buyers who came from Montreal.

After the French and Indian War, the British took possession of the fort. They did not, however, cultivate a productive relationship with the native tribes. Those tribes were still loyal to the French, and soon the uprising known as Pontiac’s Rebellion broke out. One of the battles of that uprising took place at Fort Michilimackinac and forms the backdrop of Her Redcoat.

The fort that now stands in present-day Mackinaw City (spelled differently than the bridge, island, or the old fort) is not the original, which burned to the ground, but a recreation. It is also the longest continuing archeological dig site in the United State. It’s a fascinating place to visit! They’ve unearth many artifacts and quite a few of the original fort palisade timbers, burned but still visible. If you have a chance to visit the fort—don’t miss it!


Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & digital marketing.

Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras.

Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper.

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing…and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years.

Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K. Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.

Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She writes time slip romantic suspense, as well as both contemporary and historical romance.

A wife and swim mom of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

 After more than two decades in the South, Shannon McNear now makes her home on the windy northern plains with her husband, four of their eight children, two German Shepherds, four cats, several chickens, and a noisy flock of guinea fowl. She serves in worship and youth ministry, and has been writing novel-length fiction since age 15. Her first novella, Defending Truth, from A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® nominee.

When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the Dakota prairies

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. She loves connecting with readers!


(1) Winner will win a prize pack consisting of one print copy of The Backcountry Brides Collection, a pair of handmade earrings from Carrie Fancett Pagels and book swag plus CHOICE of (1) copy of any book by Carrie Fancett Pagels OR a $25 Amazon (or Barnes & Noble) gift card.

(US only, however the gift card is also open to international winners except where prohibited by law. Giveaway is subject to policies found here.)

To Enter, use the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Be sure to stop at every post on the tour for additional entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway During the month of May 2018, the authors of The Backcountry Brides Collection are also hosting a giveaway that includes a print copy of the novel, a Kindle Paperwhite, and lots of Colonial-themed goodies!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting us, Hallie! I'm new to your blog and will continue to visit. Pegg has such a great connection to this story, it permeates her wonderful story!

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "The Backcountry Brides Collection". I enjoyed reading more about the novellas and learning about the authors. The guest post by Pegg Thomas was interesting.

    I'd very much love the opportunity to read the book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Kay, it's always nice to see you around 'the web'!

  4. Thanks for the info about all the authors.

  5. I'd love to visit the fort! It sounds fascinating!

    1. It is! You should plan a road trip soon. :)

  6. Hi Hallie! thanks so much for being part of the tour :)

  7. Some of my favorite authors! These Barbour Collections are so beautiful!

  8. what a wonderful post. a fantastic group of authors. I love this time period.

  9. This looks like such a fun read. Thanks for the tour.

  10. Nice review, i can't wait to read it! Congrats to all the authors!

  11. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  12. Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels sounds like a wonderful story with love in the valley. I love this cover. A great group of writers.

  13. Thank you all for commenting! It means a lot that you took the time. Enjoy your weekend. I hope you all get a chance to read this collection!