Western Writers of America

Saturday, May 8, 2021


To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and stories that uplift and encourage.

Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I was as excited as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that encouraging other people's good works was very gratifying. 

So it is my hope you are blessed with a message of grace as I was, through the words of authors featured here. Please join me in welcoming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories as they share their work. 

Hopefully, the pandemic will soon be behind us and we can look forward to Summer 2021. It's a great time to relax, curl up in the shade with a cold lemonade and delve into a good book. 

📖 💐🍹😎 💥

...And for this month of May, what better way to honor our mothers than with author Carrie Fancett Pagels' uplifting story-                                                                                                                                                                

  • Publisher : Hearts Overcoming Press 
  • Publication date : May 4, 2021

Life-changing journeys begin when three generations of women unexpectedly spend a summer at the family’s Straits of Mackinac cottage.

Three generations of women unexpectedly head out to the family’s cottage at the Straits of Mackinac for a small-town Michigan summer together. Jaycie begins an Archeology internship on Mackinac Island. Her mother, Tamara, takes a break from teaching kindergarteners. And her grandmother, Dawn, struggles with a decision to sell her successful travel agency and possibly retire.

Each has her own journey to pursue during this short respite time from “normal” life. One of them has a secret that will change all of their lives. Can she make this one special summer to remember or will all be devastated? Faith for family and friends will be tested, with some finally able to put the past behind them and begin anew.

(Note: Set in 2018, pre-Pandemic.)

Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels

One of Carrie's favorite songs by the Afters-and one that appears in Butterfly Cottage-for you to enjoy!  Happy Mother's Day!

If you become a Follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be added to a prize drawing at the end of this month: in honor of our mothers, a special 50.00 gift card and a copy of Carrie's new book Butterfly Cottage choice of kindle or soft cover copy. 

(Drawing for U.S. addresses only).

  • Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Charlotte~Genesee Lighthouse, Rochester N.Y. at sunrise was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. 

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).  

                                        Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired!