Hi Friends,

It’s time to celebrate the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book Two in the Edwardian Brides Series!

The official launch date is October 7th, but we’ll be celebrating all month with special events, and we’ll be giving away five prize packages right here on my blog. Keep reading and make plans to celebrate with us!

Paris in a Cup Tea PartyCalifornia Book Launch: Downton Abbey Inspired ~ Book Signing Luncheon Tea at Paris in a Cup in Orange, CA, on Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 am. I’ll be sharing about my visit to Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed and tell the story behind my new book. Paris in a Cup is lovely, and the food is awesome! This is event is almost sold out, but give them a call and see if there is still room for you to attend.

The Daughter of Highland Hall Giveaways:  We’re offering five Edwardian Prize Packages, and we’re giving the first one away on Launch Day, Oct. 7th. But you can continue to enter all month. The other four prize packages will be given away on October 10, 17, 24, and 31! Check back each Friday to see if you are a winner.

Book Launch Giveaway

October 7th Prize Package “Tyntesfield Treasures” includes items I brought back from my last trip to England. Tyntesfiled is the beautiful estate that is the inspiration for Highland Hall. This package includes: Tyntesfiled tea towel, Tyntesfield mug, Tyntesfield Chapel stained glass sun catcher, Vintage Tea Time Recipes Cookbook, and a signed copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

*****Congratulations to Mikaela! She is the winner of the first Prize Package. She left this comment: I love reading historical fiction because it gives me the chance to “live” in another time. “The Governess of Highland Hall” is one of my absolute favorite books and I cannot wait to get my hands on “Daughter of Highland Hall.” Mikaela, be watching for my email. I’ll need your mailing address! : )

October 10th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey 2015 Calendar, An Edwardian style necklace from Belle on a Budget, A lovelyEnglish bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

******Congratulations to Sally S. from Happy Valley, Oregon. She is the winner of this prize package!

October 17th Prize Package includes a canister of Downton Abbey Tea, London Clock Tower necklace, a lovely English bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

********Congratulations to Sara Kate! She is the winner of this prize package!

October 24th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey Puzzle, An antique key beaded pendant from Belle on a Budget, a lovely tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
********Congratulation wo Kathleen E. Belongia! She is the winner of the 4th prize package!
October 31 Prize Package includes A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey hard cover book, Set of four Downton Abbey Coasters, an lovely English bone china teacup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
*******Congratulations to Brenda P., from Mobile, Alabama who is the winner of the final Prize Package!

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  1. Amanda G
    Amanda G says:

    Historical fiction brings history to life by immersing the reader in the customs, fashion, and architecture of the period. I find that it also exposes me to people, places, and events that were not covered in during my school years.
    It’s intriguing and worth my time because it allows me to discover new worlds. I enjoy retreating into good historical fiction!!

  2. Jackie McNutt
    Jackie McNutt says:

    I love reading historical novels because they take me to an era so much different from our modern society with the different customs in English society

  3. Brenda Miller Soto
    Brenda Miller Soto says:

    I just love the time period, it was such an innocent time for women, and they were vulnerable in many ways. reading these historical fiction books, just lets me relax and join the character’s lives for a while.

  4. anne
    anne says:

    Historicals which are set in England have always been my favorite since they are fascinating and give me insight into the culture, society, mores and lifestyle. the characters and their relationships, dilemmas and failures and successes.

  5. Dianne Ewin
    Dianne Ewin says:

    I am reading Brideshead Revisited and also started Outlander. I would love to win one of these prizes. Thanks for this opportunity!

  6. Shaun Renee Paulsen
    Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I would rather read historical romances than modern day books. I especially like books set overseas, like Scotland, Ireland and England. I can’t wait till Downton Abbey starts up again in January, love that show.

  7. Robin Willson
    Robin Willson says:

    I find books on historical England fascinating. I am currently searching one of my ancestors – so far we’re back into the early 1500’s in England. I’m looking forward to learning more!

  8. Connie Price
    Connie Price says:

    I have always enjoyed studying history-almost majored in it; as a child,I loved reading historical novels and that has carried over to today!! I love to get ‘transported’ back in time via books!! What better way to ‘learn’ customs,language,culture,than through a good novel!! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these great gifts!!!

  9. Zekkaina
    Zekkaina says:

    I’ve enjoyed historicals since reading the American Girl books in elementary school. I think it’s a combination of learning about a different time period and the often more … refined or respectful way more people approached romantic relationships (not always, but many did). And I’m kind of an Anglophobe, so anything British …. just let me imagine those awesome British accents in my head … 😉

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    The Artist Librarian

  10. Gayle Pace
    Gayle Pace says:

    I love historical books. A chance to visit other eras where I just love the women with their gorgeous dresses and usually women were just that, women.

  11. Rosemary K.
    Rosemary K. says:

    I love reading historical fiction. It’s nice to visit other times and to learn how they lived. I’m excited to read about the Edwardian period.

  12. Judy Welbaum
    Judy Welbaum says:

    I love allllll your books…. this one realllly looks sooo goooooood….. ohhhh I hope I win…..

  13. Lisa Stifler
    Lisa Stifler says:

    Thank you for a chance to win! I love reading historical fiction because I can be taken back in time and to different places while learning a little history. I am also fond of the dresses they wore during that time period. ~ Blessings ~

  14. Betti
    Betti says:

    I have always loved history – except memorizing the dates…lol – so I love historical fiction. I visited England many years ago, and would love to visit again. Any story featuring England, castles, etc. makes my to be read list!

  15. Denise :)
    Denise :) says:

    I really do enjoy historical fiction — it’s fun to add imagination to events that we know about ‘broadly’ but not intimately. Speculation is always interesting!! I love the time period of tea and gowns and dressing for dinner, so these books are just downright enjoyable!! (And, just so y’all know, the 10th is my birthday and what a fabulous way to celebrate!!) LOL! Congrats on the new book launch!! 🙂

  16. Jackie Wisherd
    Jackie Wisherd says:

    Since I didn’t live in that era, reading Historical novels gives me a chance to “go there” and live thru t he characters in the book.

  17. Linda LaPoint
    Linda LaPoint says:

    I love English historical fiction! I feel like I was born in the wrong era (and country). I am fascinated by the way people lived their lives, how they dressed, how they talked…it is all so interesting to me. I can’t get enough Jane Austen and am thoroughly hooked on Downton Abbey.

  18. Mary Bearden
    Mary Bearden says:

    I love reading about the past and how it used to be, especially in Europe. While I think a lot of it is romantic, I have to admit I am glad I didn’t live back then. I would however, love to take a few days trip there just to soak up the atmosphere and experience first hand how they acted and to see it in all of it’s glory.

    Books about that era excite me because I love finding out how history unfolded there and how it relates to us here in the U.S.

  19. Sharon Timmer
    Sharon Timmer says:

    I love reading historical fiction because it makes me feel like I am living during that time period, and I can imagine what it may have been like for my ancestors

  20. Okaasan
    Okaasan says:

    I love historical fiction because I love living history, and reading a story set in the past not only makes me feel like I’m learning something, but it sticks with me better than just reading facts in a history book. And I’m a sucker for a good romance, too. 🙂

  21. Laura Pol
    Laura Pol says:

    I love the hidden history that comes out in these stories! I always learn something new without even realizing it!

  22. marcia
    marcia says:

    I love reading Historical novels set in England…..such a refined era……so different from life today! It’s fun to try to imagine living in that time and place as you read the stories…can’t wait to read Daughter of Highland Hall!

  23. Wanda Batefoot
    Wanda Batefoot says:

    I just love the sofistication of that entire era. The aristocrats, the Ton. I love the whole “coming out” when you reached a certain age too. It’s a very different life than what we know and an enjoyment to read. Can’t wait to read your latest, The Daughter of Highland Hall! Thank you for such generous prizes!

  24. michelle delp
    michelle delp says:

    The best thing about historical fiction is finishing the novel, then going on an internet search to learn more about the time period, and the facts in the story. I love learning new things!

  25. Sara Kate
    Sara Kate says:

    I discovered The Governess of Highland Hall when I just happened to pick it up on a whim in a bookstore while looking around in the Christian fiction section. I knew I would love it after reading the description, and was proven correct! This book is a combination of all of my favorite things: my faith, Christian romance, the British, and the early 1900’s time period! I was beyond thrilled to find out that it was part of a series, and the new book is out right in time for my birthday! Thank you for reminding me how much I still love to read, despite graduate school stealing my joy for a couple of years!

  26. Donna Safford
    Donna Safford says:

    I love historical novels because they transport me to a time I can’t have personal knowledge of. I love it when an author makes the time and people come alive! Thank you for the opportunity in this giveaway. =)

  27. Tima Murrell
    Tima Murrell says:

    I think I like that time period is fascinating to me because it’s so completely different from what I’m use to.

  28. says:

    I like reading historical fiction because it carries me back to a time period that I never have been before.

  29. Britney Adams
    Britney Adams says:

    I love historical fiction and being swept away to another time and place! I can’t wait to read THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL! Thank you for sharing this fantastic giveaway.

  30. Linda
    Linda says:

    I love reading! Especially historical romance. I love to get carried away, living every waking moment in the character. Most times I am even inspired by the characters I am reading. I wonder as to how I would react if this were me. I truly become that person. Thank you for a chance to win you book. God Bless

  31. Anne
    Anne says:

    Wow, those giveaways are so generous, thank you so much!!! This book looks exactly like the kind of read I would enjoy. 🙂

  32. Anne
    Anne says:

    The thing I love the most about reading historical fiction is being able to be transported to another time and place and experience the way people used to live, with all their elegant manners, fancy dinners and beautiful homes. 🙂

  33. Jill Oosterhof
    Jill Oosterhof says:

    Mikala was reading your book before as we were leaving the bookstore.She loves it.I just might get to read it when she’s done as she’s promised a fried of ours she could read it.I’d love to win your next package as I love all the things you are giving away.I’m a book nut.Would rather read than watch TV.

  34. Janella
    Janella says:

    I enjoy reading historical novels because I love the mannerisms, history and just being able to feel transported to another time and place.

    Thanks for the prizes, beautiful cover!


  35. Anita Yancey
    Anita Yancey says:

    I love reading about the customs, the clothing, hairstyles, the food, and just the people in general. It all makes for a great read.

  36. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    I love to read about history, it’s the story of my ancestors lives after all!!

    I’m both baffled and astonished at how people managed to live and love a midst all the restrictions and constraints lol!! 🙂

    I would not last long that’s for sure – I think I would probably have ended up as a pirate or something equally as rebellious 🙂

  37. Cheryl Rogers
    Cheryl Rogers says:

    I love to read Historical fiction. Especially the books in England! I do a lot of research for genealogy and these types of books depict some of the same life my ancestors lived. Its fun to imagine that lifestyle.

  38. Holly Klope
    Holly Klope says:

    I love your book covers and love seeing your pictures from your book parties. I would love to attend but live so far away so I will pretend that I am there. Congratulations on the book. I enjoy period history so much. Can’t wait for Down Town Abby to start back up also. Love you Blogs.

  39. Staci
    Staci says:

    Historical Fiction is my favorite! I especially enjoy learning something new about a time period, event or place. I also love the chivalry!

  40. Ora Dee Rocks
    Ora Dee Rocks says:

    I love The Daughter of Highland Halls as reading it I felt like I’m a part of that time. It’s was so hard to put the book down. I find that in all of Carrie’ so books.

  41. Ora Dee Rocks
    Ora Dee Rocks says:

    Ibooks love The Daughter of Highland Halls as reading it I felt like I’m a part of that time. It’s was so hard to put the book down. I find that in all of Carrie’ so books.

  42. Haley S.
    Haley S. says:

    I love reading historical fiction because it gives me an idea of what society was like in different time periods and in different parts of the world.

  43. Erin Reed
    Erin Reed says:

    I think the thing I like most is that people were for the most part moral. And the clothes were amazing. I love the dresses!

  44. Anne Rightler
    Anne Rightler says:

    Reading historical works brings the past to light. It is like being able to step back in time and “be there”.
    Love it!

  45. Liz Riggs
    Liz Riggs says:

    Reading historical fiction lets me travel back in time and see all these amazing time periods that I’d never get to see otherwise!

  46. Jen C
    Jen C says:

    The new book looks amazing, Carrie! I loved my own trip to Highclere Castle. It’s so beautiful isn’t it? Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. LouAnn Christie
    LouAnn Christie says:

    Love this series of books and looking forward to the book launch party this Saturday at Paris in a Cup. I will be meeting up with you Carrie and meeting other people who truly enjoy your writing…the common thread.

  48. Peggy Wirgau
    Peggy Wirgau says:

    Hi Carrie, I read and write historical fiction and I know I’d love your new book because I’m a big fan of Downton Abbey. Congratulations on its release!!

  49. Kimi Wolff
    Kimi Wolff says:

    Through this contest I was just introduced to “The Daughter of Highland Hall” series. I am so excited as I am going to look for book 1 and red it ASAP. I so enjoy reading historical novels. They bring me to a time I wish I had been born in.

  50. Brittany Keating
    Brittany Keating says:

    I love historical fiction because it lets me “time travel” to another era and get a glimpse of that time period.

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