Valentine's Day

Hi Friends, Happy Valentine’s Week! I hope you are making fun plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day with family and friends! I know you love to read . . . so I’ve invited four amazing authors with wonderful new books to join me for a special Valentine’s Giveaway!  Let me tell you about them, and then how to enter our special giveaway.

Cathy Gohlke writes novels steeped with inspirational lessons from history. Her stories reveal how people break the chains that bind them and triumph over adversity through faith. She is the four-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Night Bird Calling, The Medallion, (winner of the 2020 Christy Award), Until We Find Home, Secrets She Kept, and several others novels. When not traveling to historic sites for research, she and her husband, Dan, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their grown children and grandchildren. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and on Instagram and Facebook

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling and award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks, The Land Beneath Us, The Sky Above Us, and The Sea Before Us, as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series. A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Sarah serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. Visit Sarah at www.sarahsundin.com, on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Melanie Dobson Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of more than twenty novels, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical stories including The Curator’s Daughter, Memories of Glass, Hidden Among the Stars, Catching the Wind, and the Legacy of Love novels. Five of her novels have received a Carol Award for historical fiction, and Catching the Wind’s audiobook won the 2018 Audie for Best Inspirational Novel. Melanie and her husband, Jon, live Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. Visit Melanie’s website: www.melaniedobson.com, or at Facebook, or Twitter.

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Connect with Heidi online at her website: heidichiavaroli.com, or on Facebook or instagram.

Carrie Turansky is the author of more than twenty inspirational novels and novellas and a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Holt Medallion. She loves traveling to England to research her Edwardian novels including No Journey Too Far, No Ocean Too Wide, Across the Blue, Shine Like the Dawn, and The Highland Hall series. Her novels have received stared reviews from Christianbooks.com and Library Journal. They have been translated into several languages and enjoyed by readers around the world. Connect with Carrie at her website: carrieturansky.com, and on Facebook, and Instagram.

To enter our Valentine’s Day Giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You will need to copy and paste the links for each option. One winner will be chosen at random on February 15 to win paperback or hardback copies of all five books. This contest is open to US and International readers. Thank you for being a faithful reading friend! Do you have a friend who loves to read historical novels? Please forward this giveaway and share the love!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading,

Carrie 

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Hi Friends, I hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas. I’m sharing a Christmas memory today, and I thought you might like to share one with me. Leave a comment below including one of your favorite Christmas memories and you’ll enter the drawing for one of my Christmas books pictured below. Keep reading for more info.

I grew up in Oregon, so having a live Christmas tree brings back wonderful memories of my childhood Christmas celebrations. There’s nothing like the scent of a frosty Douglas fir to make me feel like it’s really Christmas.

treeWhen our five kids were young, we visited a Christmas tree lot not too far from our house to choose our tree. Then we’d spend the evening drinking cocoa, eating popcorn, and adding lights and decorations to our tree. Over the years we’ve collected lots of ornaments from places we’ve traveled, and we’ve received several others as gifts from friends and family. Each ornament has a story . . . the wooden ornament shaped like Africa with a heart painted on Kenya is from the year our family spent there as missionaries. Then there is the Santa in running gear from the year my husband ran in the Honolulu Marathon, the blue and white Delft shoes from my time in Belgium as a short-term missionary, and the little gingerbread house to remind me of the year I was a finalist in a gingerbread house decorating contest. Baby booties, a ram’s horn, crochet snowflakes, and homemade ornaments from the kids . . . they all have a special meaning and bring a smile as we hang them on the tree.

When we became empty nesters we bought an artificial tree and enjoyed that for a few years. The needles didn’t drop on the rug and the ornaments stayed in place . . . but it wasn’t quite the same. So a few years ago Scott and I decided it was time for a real tree again. We visited a Christmas tree farm only a few minutes from our church in Robbinsville, NJ, and hiked through acres of evergreens in search of our perfect tree. It was so much fun, we’ve gone back each year since, and every time we’re finished decorating, I’m sure this year’s tree is the best one yet.

As you can probably tell, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and I enjoy including Christmas scenes in my books. I loved learning about Swedish Christmas traditions and including those in my novella, A Trusting Heart in Mountain Christmas BridesSnowflake Sweethearts is set in the Northwest, so I included a Christmas tree cutting scene and holiday celebrations. I researched English Christmas traditions to include in The Governess of Highland Hall, and I featured some fun New York City holiday sights and events in Moonlight Over Manhattan. A Joyful Christmas and Waiting for His Return contain my novella Though the Mountains Tremble which is set during the Civil War.

I hope you have a wonder Christmas season, make some special memories with family and friends, and enjoy some heartwarming holiday stories!To enter the giveaway please leave a comment including one of your holiday tradtions and tell me which book you’d like to receive. I will choose one winner on December 15th after 9:00 pm. I’ll contact the winner by email.

Merry Christmas,

Carrie

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 10/18 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final Stop. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

My name is Carrie Turansky and I write historical and contemporary  novels and novellas set in the US and England. I’m excited to tell you about my novella, Shelter in the Storm, one of six historical holiday novellas included in A Joyful Christmas.

When North and South went to war in 1861, a small legion of men in civilian clothes went with them. Instead of weapons they carried pencils and pads of paper, and instead of setting out to take Richmond or Washington, their goal was to capture on paper the look of the war. They were the battlefield artists, the men who brought home to the people behind the lines the scenes of battle that were deciding the fate of the nation.

One of the most famous was Alfred R. Waud, the man Harper’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper called “Our Special Artist.”

Portraits of the great generals, scenes in camp and field, the look of battle –all came from Waud’s pencil. Along with his drawings he often sent firsthand accounts of what he had seen, acting as an informal reporter as well as an artist. People of the Union literally saw the Civil War through his eyes.”

Alfred Waud went to great lengths to travel with the troops in order to bring the news of the war home. He was dedicated to the Union cause, and I wanted the hero in Shelter in the Storm to reflect many of those same qualities — faithfulness, courage, and dedication. A Joyful Christmas is an inspiring and romantic holiday collection sure to lift your spirit. Here are some samples of Waud’s artwork.

Here are the Stop #3 Basics:

You can order A Joyful Christmas online at Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes & Noble or visit your local bookstore.

Clue to Write Down: of COVID

Link to Stop #4, the Next Stop on the Loop: Susan Sleeman

But wait!  Before you go, I’m giving away an eBook copy of  Moonlight Over Manhattan, a heartwarming contemporary romance.  To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be chosen by random and notified on October 20 by email. Hope you enjoy the hunt!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

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Hi Friends, A Joyful Christmas releases September 1, and it’s available for pre-order now.  To celebrate the upcoming release I’m giving away one paperback copy to a US or Canadian reading friend who leaves a comment on this blog post. Read on for the details.

A Joyful Christmas Giveaway!A Christmas Collection to Warm the Heart

Grab a warm cup of tea and watch as romance is kindled and joy is restored to broken lives during six bygone era Christmas celebrations, including my Civil War novella A Shelter in the Storm

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man? This novella was previously published in A Blue and Gray Christmas and also as an individual novella titled Waiting For His Return. If you haven’t read it yet, or if you’d like to order a copy as a gift for a friend, just visit this page for links to your favorite retailer.

The Six Novellas Included in this Collection:

A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey
Married by proxy in Missouri, Annie Morgan sets off for Tombstone, Arizona, to join her new husband as a cattle rancher. But too soon she finds herself a widow with an unexpected daughter and butting heads with her handsome neighbor.
 
A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson
Wounded within Confederate territory, Union officer Jedediah Harrington finds refuge at the tiny cabin of Cora Sinclair and her grandfather. Still haunted by what she saw as a battlefield hospital volunteer, Cora finds that only Jed can understand. But, though she longs to give him her heart, the risks to both of them are too great.
 
An Irish Bride for Christmas by Vickie McDonough
When Jackson Lancaster’s brother and wife die, he takes his three-year-old niece home. But a meddling busy-body makes the judge give her custody “because an unmarried man shouldn’t raise a little girl.” Now Jackson has until Christmas to find a bride or lose his niece forever. Larkin Doyle is grateful her employer took in the orphan and believes Jackson abandoned his niece. When her heart says otherwise, will romance blossom? 
 
Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma
Adie O’Connell, orphaned and left alone in a dangerous Wisconsin logging camp, seeks the stability she once knew when both her parents lived. Despite the compassion and friendship offered by Noah “Preacher Man” Mitchell, she refuses to consider marriage to a man always drifting from one job to another for God.
 
A Shelter in the Storm by Carrie Turansky
The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man?
 
Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch
Beth Sorensen has been put in charge of the Christmas pageant at the little log church, and this year she wants something different. But she didn’t count on a Minnesota blizzard paralyzing the whole town. Can the blacksmith teach this preacher’s daughter about what it means to serve one another in love through the storm?

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

To enter the giveaway please tell me one of your favorite Christmas memories in a comment on this blog post. I’ll choose a winner on September 1,after 9:00 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian reading friends.  I’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading!
Carrie

Hi Friends, 

Summer is a great time to relax and read a good book! I’d love to share some that I’ve enjoyed with you.

This month I’m giving away three novels that are great for summer reading, so we’ll have three winners. You can choose one of these books: If I Were You by Lynn Austin, A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, or On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher. 

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below. Tell me your favorite place to read in the summer and which book you’d like to receive. Also, please let me know if you live in the US or Canada.  I’ll choose three winners on August 7, after 9:00 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian reading friends. Canadians will receive a $15 gift card rather than a book. I’ll notify the winners by email the first week of August. Good luck!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

Mother's Day GiveawayHi Friends, May is the month to celebrate moms and show our love and appreciation for all they have done for us. Read on for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway!

My mom Dorothy Swain was a wonderful artist, quilter, seamstress, and writer. She enjoyed decorating our home and making it a special place. We used to joke about never trying to walk through the living room in the dark because Mom might have rearranged the furniture since we’d last looked. From the time I was a young child, she put a paintbrush in my hands and encouraged my creativity. I’m very grateful for that. Mom used to sew most of my clothes. I remember seeing her bending over the sewing machine when I went to bed and then waking up to find a new dress finished and ready to wear. Mom passed away before my books were published, but I know she’d be happy to have another writer in the family. Photos below: My Mom Dorothy Swain, and a quilt she made.

 

My Mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky, is a treasure. She continues what my mom started, encouraging me to use my gifts and talents and love my family well. She is a huge supporter of my writing and often tells her friends about my books. I am very blessed to have these wonderful women in my life as my examples.

 

Now I hope to pass on that blessing and encouragement to my daughters Melissa, Lizzy, and Megan, my daughters-in-law Melinda and Galan, and my granddaughters Hanalei, Sahlor, and Lenna. In the photos above: My mother-in-law Shirley and I, and my daughter Melissa and her daughter Lenna. In the photos below: My daughter-in-law Melinda and her daughter Hanalei, My granddaughter Shalor and my daughter-in-law Galan, and my daughters Lizzy and Megan at Megan’s wedding.

 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a paperback copy of any of my English historical novels. To enter the giveaway leave a comment and tell us one thing you appreciate about your mother. This giveaway is for US residents only and ends Monday May 11th, 9:00 pm Eastern time.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Reading!

Carrie

Hi Friends, I know many of you are staying home to help lower your risk of catching and spreading the virus. That’s a wise and caring choice, and it may also mean you have extra time on your hands. One of the most enjoyable ways to relax and de-stress is to read an uplifting story. I love and appreciate my readers, so I’m offering two free eBooks this week. Where Two Heart Meet and Seeking His Love. Just click on the covers below to take you to Amazon where you can download your copy. Even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free kindle app and read on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. 

 
 

You might also spend some time memorizing Scriptures that can help you focus your mind and heart on the truth. God loves you. He will never leave you. You can trust Him to carry your through these challenging times. Here are two of my favorites:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5 – 6

“Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my mighty right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I’m praying for you and all my reading friends! I hope you’ll keep looking up and walk by faith today.

Until next time, happy reading,

Carrie 

 

 

Be Our Valentine Giveaway

Hi Friends, We authors love our readers, and we want to celebrate Valentine’s Week by sharing a little love with you! I’ve teamed up with the five authors pictured above for a fun giveaway. We all write English historical novels and are eager to share them with you! Let me tell you a little about these authors and their books and how to enter the giveaway.

Be Our Valentine GiveawayJulie Klassen is the author of many award-winning novels set in England. She often likes to include a mystery as well as inspiration and romance in her stories. Julie has taken groups with her to England to visit some of the locations where her novels are set and share her love of England. Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time from her home in Minnesota. She is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Bridge to Belle Island.

Roseanna White is a talented author who also edits, designs book covers, and partners with her husband to run their own publishing company, WhiteFire Publishing. Her latest two series are set during WW One in England. She homeschools her two children and writes amazing historical novels. Roseanna is giving away a copy of her latest novel in the Code Breakers Series, On Wings of Devotion.

Susan Anne Mason writes Edwardian novels from her home in Ontario, Canada. Her latest stories in the Canadian Crossings Series are set in England and Canada. Susan and I both have an interest in British Home Children, and we have shared research and helped each other on our latest books. Susan will be giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Brightest of Dreams.

 

Carolyn Miller is a prolific author of Regency Romance from Australia. Her first English historical novel released in 2017 and she has released nine novels since then! I love the way Carolyn weaves such meaningful inspirational threads through her stories. Carolyn and I were roommates at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in 2018, and we have been fast friends since. Carolyn is giving away a copy of her latest novel, Misleading Miss Verity

Sarah Ladd’s first Regency novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, released in 2013 and she has written eight more since then. Each series has a unique English setting and characters that capture your heart. Sarah lives in Indiana with her family and her spunky Golden Retriever. She will be giving away a copy of her novel that was just released, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor. 

 

Carrie Turansky, that’s me! I recently released my 20th novel last summer, No Ocean Too Wide, and I’m working on the sequel now. I loved traveling to England twice on research trips to learn more about the people, settings, and culture I want to include in my novels. I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and that’s what inspired me to start writing novels set in that era, beginning with The Governess of Highland Hall, book one in the Edwardian Brides Series. I’ll be giving away a copy of my latest release, No Ocean Too Wide.

The Be Our Valentine Giveaway runs February 10 – 15 and is open to US and International readers. One winner will receive all six novels pictured above. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and please share this giveaway with friends who enjoy reading English Historical Romance. Thanks so much! Remember you are loved. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until next time ~ happy reading,

Carrie

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Hi Friends and Merry Christmas! Welcome to our Christmas Round-Robin Scavenger Hunt! At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview (“Look Inside feature”) of their book. Provide the answer to each question on this Google Form. Note: You must answer the question for every author in the round-robin to be in the running to win one of three great prizes: 1st Place $300 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place $150 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Place $75 Amazon Gift Card. At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., so you can visit all 26 stops on the Scavenger Hunt.

I’m excited to tell you about my book Snowflake Sweethearts. This is the third book in the Bayside Treasures Series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel even if you haven’t read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and haunted bymemories of the accident that took the life of his parents and brother, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the Christmas season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl all start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Time to hunt for the answer to this question: What type of bakery treat was Annie’s favorite when she was a teen?  Go to the Snowflake Sweetheart book page on Amazon at this link.  When you have the answer, fill out this form, and head on to the next blog!

The next author on the Scavenger Hunt is Pam Harris. She’ll be telling you about her novel, Smoky Mountain Brides. Visit her blog at this link. Remember that the round-robin will end on December 16th at 11:59 PM EST!

Thank you so much for visiting! 

Carrie

Hi Friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and you’ll be enjoying time with family and friends. I’m getting the shopping done and the guest room ready for our out of town family. We’ll be enjoying our kids and grandkids, roasting a turkey, and I’ll be making our Seven-layer Salad. I love this special holiday! Thanksgiving helps me remember to count my blessings and thank the Lord for all His goodness toward us!  Visit the Extra Page of my website for the Seven-layer Salad recipe. 

 

I’m grateful for my reading friends and all your support and encouragement. As a way to say thank you, I’m offering a free download of my holiday novella, Moonlight Over Manhattan November 23 – 27 exclusively from Amazon. The free price is available in the US only because of Amazon’s rules. Just click on the cover for the link to download your copy and enjoy this heartwarming contemporary romance!

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

Hi Friends, It’s Release Week for Snowflake Sweethearts, the third and final book in the Bayside Treasures Series, and I’m excited to share this heartwarming holiday novel with you! Snowflake Sweethearts is available as an eBook for $2.99 or a paperback for $10.95 exclusively through Amazon. To order your copy click on the cover below. To celebrate the release I’m giving away a fun prize package. Keep reading for all the details!

For these two searching hearts, it will take the love of a community to help heal painful memories and bring them together.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and painful memories from the past, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the holiday season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Snowflake Sweetheart Launch Giveaway Info:

To enter the Snowflake Sweethearts Launch Day Giveaway just share a special Christmas memory in a comment on this blog post. If you received this blog post as an email, visit my website blog page to post your comment. One winner will be randomly chosen after 10:00 EST pm Saturday November 16th, and I’ll contact you by email. The winner will receive a red-and-white striped cotton chef’s apron, in honor of the heroine’s job as a personal chef, a Christmas snowflake window cling set to create your own snowflake view, a miniature Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus figurine to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and your choice of one of the Bayside Treasure books in paperback or ebook to enjoy. I look forward to reading your Christmas memories, and I can’t wait to see who’ll win these special prizes. 

 

Have you read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust,  Books One and Two in the Bayside Treasures Series? Each book has a unique hero and heroine, but the setting in Fairhaven, and the matchmaking, senior age friends known as the Bayside Treasures appear in each story. I hope you’ll order all three and enjoy this special series!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,
Carrie

Hi Friends, This month I’m giving away one set of The Bradford Sisters Romance Series which includes True to You, Falling For You, and Sweet on You by Becky Wade. These contemporary romances are fun family stories that will really touch your heart. True to You won the Christy Award last year in the contemporary romance category and was also named the Christy Award Book of the Year. I’ve enjoy all three and I think you will too! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below telling me one of the books you enjoyed reading this summer. This giveaway is open to those living in the US. The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, August 9th after 9:00 pm ET.  To learn more about this series I hope you’ll visit Becky’s website

I appreciate my reading friends! Thank you for your emails, encouraging comments on social media, and book reviews!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!
Carrie

 

 

Hi Friends, I hope you are enjoying these first days of Summer! Today is launch day for No Ocean Too Wide, and I’m celebrating with a special giveaway for you! Let me tell you a bit about the book and what others are saying:

“I love stories that have history woven between the pages of a good read.” — Sarah T.

“Ms. Turansky knows how to pen the words so that you feel empathy for the characters and feel yourself within the story plot. I fell in love with the McAlister family and can hardly wait for book two in this series. I highly recommend this book.”– Rebecca T.

No Ocean Too Wide is Carrie Turansky at her finest, as she weaves rich historical details and engaging characters with the heart-wrenching complexities surrounding the emigration of British Home Children in the early 1900s. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into English and Canadian history, with its echoes of the trials faced by orphans in books such as Anne of Green Gables, and the strong message of faith and trust in the Heavenly Father who never abandons us.” — Carolyn Miller, award-winning author of the Regency Brides Historical Romance Series

Take a look at the Pinterest board to see the characters, setting, and more about British Home Children.

No Ocean Too Wide is available as an eBook or paperback wherever books are sold. Visit my website for easy order links to your favorite retailer. The audio version will release in early July, and the Dutch translation will be available in October for my reading friends in the Netherlands. 

This giveaway includes a signed copy of No Ocean Too Wide, a book mark, a lovely set of four floral mugs, a linen tea chest with an assortment of teas from Harney & Sons, a British Home Children pin, and a packet of forget me not seeds to scatter in memory of the 100,000 British Home Children. This giveaway is open to those in the US and Canada. A US winner will receive the gifts listed above. A Canadian winner will receive a copy of No Ocean Too Wide and a $50 gift card. Winner will be announced July 2 and contacted by email. They will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

I hope you enjoy reading No Ocean Too Wide!  Thank you for being a faithful reader! 

Blessings and happy reading,

Carrie

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Hi Friends,  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #27. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

It’s my pleasure to introduce my friend and fellow author, Jody Hedlund. We share a love for writing historical fiction, and I’ve enjoyed reading many of Jody’s books.

Here is a brief summary of Jody’s upcoming novel, The Reluctant Bride, which releases in June:  Living in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

WHY IN THE WORLD DID WOMEN JOIN BRIDE SHIPS?

By Jody Hedlund

What is a bride ship and did they really exist?

A bride ship was the term applied to women who sailed from England to one of the motherland’s distant colonies with the intention of marrying Englishmen already there and helping settle the new lands.

Yikes! Sounds pretty crazy, huh?

When I first heard of the concept of bride ships, I was utterly horrified and fascinated by the idea that women would willingly board ships, leave everything they’d ever known behind, and sail to a strange land, all for the purpose of marrying complete strangers.

I couldn’t help but ask myself what kind of woman would do such a thing and why?

In the early 1860s England sent bride ships to British Columbia in Canada. The colony was overflowing with male settlers, primarily because of a gold rush that had occurred in the Canadian Rockies.

An 1861 census showed that females only made up 11% of the population there. With so few women available, men who wanted wives had slim pickings. One minister in British Columbia writing to his supporters said: “Dozens of men have told me they would gladly marry if they could.”

But again, why would women leave the security of their homes and lives to marry strangers? What sort of desperation did these women face that would drive them to take part in a bride ship?

One of the many reasons women left was because of lack of marriageable men. By the early 1860’s, a census stated that there were 600,000 more women than men in England, mainly as a result of so many men already having gone to America or British colonies to find work.

I hope you will read my upcoming release, A Reluctant Bride, to discover more reasons why women joined bride ships!

What about YOU? Does the idea of joining a bride ship sound as crazy to you as it does to me? 

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

Here’s the Stop #4 Skinny:

You can pre-order Jody’s book, The Reluctant Bride, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! 

Clue to Write Down: these

Link to Stop #5, the Next Stop on the Loop: Jody Hedlund’s own site!

But wait!  Before you go, I’m giving away two copies of my books to two entrants — Across the Blue or Shine Like the Dawn —  paperback or eBook, your choice. All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter form below. (USA only) Winners will be announced on March 18th.  

 

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Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Hi Friends, 

Did you know people originally called World War One The Great War? They expected it to only last a few months and be the war to end all wars. November 11, 2018 is the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One, and all over Europe and North America people are remembering and honoring those who bravely took part in The Great War.

My novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall, is set during World War One and features a brave British pilot as the hero. The heroine is caring for orphans at her family’s estate, Highland Hall. I was fascinated to learn how the war impacted soldiers and airmen on the front, as well as families at home in England. There are many lessons we can learn about courage, faith, and standing up for what is right from people and events in history. That’s one reason I enjoy writing historical novels, and I think that’s also why readers like them.

I have several author friends who have written novels set during that era, and we’ve banded together for a special giveaway in honor of this anniversary. These are outstanding stories that will bring the era to life and give you a sense of what it was like to live through this important time in history.

The Great War Multi-Author Giveaway runs from November 8 – 12. To enter the giveaway just fill out the form below. One winner will be chosen on November 13th. They will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. A US winner will receive a paperback copy of each of the six books. An international winner will receive eBook copies of the six books.

You can learn more about these authors and their books by clicking on their names: Roseanna M. White, J’nell Ciesielski, Kate BreslinPepper Basham, Michele Ule, and Carrie Turansky.

Happy Reading to All!

Carrie
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