Lemon-Blueberry Scones: A Delicious Tea Time Treat

Time For Tea


Hi Friends, Scones are a delicious treat often enjoyed at teatime in England today, just as they were back in 1911 when Julia Foster became the governess at Highland Hall and enjoyed them with the Ramsey family at their beautiful country estate.

Serving Tea at four o’clock each afternoon became a tradition in England in the early 1800s. One of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope, known as the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of afternoon tea time. Because the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon, she asked her servants to sneak her a pot of tea and some bread. She soon invited friends to join her for tea each afternoon in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea. This practice became so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, and the practice soon spread.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes to enjoy for afternoon tea.

Blueberry lemon sconesLemon Blueberry Scones

2 ¼ Cup Flour

2 tsp Baking powder

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Baking soda

4 Tbs Sugar

½ Cup (1 cube) Cold Butter

¾ Cup Buttermilk

Governess of Highland Hall1 Egg

¾ Cup Blueberries

Grated zest from lemon

 Streusel Topping:

¼ Cup Rolled oats

¼ Cup Brown sugar

1 Tbs Butter, melted

1 Tbs Flour

Lemon Glaze:

½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 Cup Confectioner’s sugar

1Tbs Butter, melted

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the dry ingredients of the scone into a food processor. Cut the cold butter into cubes and put into bowl of food processor with the lemon zest. Pulse the mixture until the butter is the size of peas. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, add the blueberries and toss with the flour. Mix together the buttermilk and egg and add to the dry ingredients. Fold mixture together gently, being careful not to break the berries. Press dough into a large circle on a flour surface. Cut out dough with a biscuit cutter. Sprinkle streusel on top of them and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake the scones for 18 -20 minutes until golden.

Mix together the glaze, adding as much powdered sugar as it takes to make the consistency you want. Let scones cool a bit before drizzling with the lemon glaze. Serve while warm and fresh. Scones may be re-warmed in a 350 F. oven for 5 min.

If you try this recipe and bake some scones, be sure to let me know how you liked them. Happy baking!

This recipe is adapted from Terri Bender’s Book Bound Blog.

Books Like Downton Abbey


Hi Friends, Are you a Downton Abbey fan? I’ve enjoyed the series, and I loved visiting Highclere where Downton Abbey is filmed. Here’s a list of inspirational novels set in the same time period, the early 1900’s in England and the US. Happy Reading!

GovernessFINAL_HAT_CVR-11)    Edwardian Brides Series, by Carrie Turansky

Book 1: The Governess of Highland Hall 

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help?

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

Promise me This2) Promise Me This, By Cathy Gohlke

Michael Dunnagan survived the sinking of the Titanic, thanks to the courage of Owen Allen, and promised to help Owen’s family, his younger sister, Annie, in England and the rest of the family living in New Jersey, since Owen could not. Michael started to communicate to Annie through letters, but her anger over her brother’s death was steeped in each of her responses. Eventually, Annie begins to lay aside her anger and their letters become friendlier. Michael saves up enough money to bring Annie to America just as WWI breaks out in Europe…then all communication with Annie ceases!

Band of Sister3) Band of Sisters, by Cathy Gohlke

Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.

Love at Any Cost4)  The Heart of Sanfrancisco Series, By Julie Lessman

Book 1 Love at Any Cost 

Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can’t buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.

Dave to Love Again5) Book 2: Dare To Love Again

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman, resorting to a mammoth hat pin for protection on her way to and from the school where she teaches. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast she quickly discovers she is no match for rum-soaked brute strength.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he’s a fraud just like all the rest of the men she’s cared for. Does she dare love again?

The lushness of the glorious Gilded Age beautifully showcases Lessman’s passion as a writer in this engaging love story written with humor and heart. From the glamour of San Francisco’s Nob Hill to the seedy gambling dens of the Barbary Coast, Dare to Love Again is a journey to find a love that never fails. Fans will love revisiting the world of the cousins McClare, and new readers will seek more of Julie’s passion-filled novels.

Bees in the Butterfly Garden6) The Gilded Legacy series by Maureen Lang

Book 1: Bees in the Butterfly Garden

Raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest, Meg Davenport has all she’s ever needed . . . but none of the things she’s wanted most, like family or dreams of a future that include anything other than finding a suitable match. So when her distant father dies, she seizes the chance to throw etiquette aside and do as she pleases. Especially when she learns that John Davenport wasn’t the wealthy businessman she thought, but one of the Gilded Age’s most talented thieves.

Poised to lead those loyal to Meg’s father, Ian Maguire knows the last thing his mentor would have wanted is for his beloved daughter to follow in his footsteps. Yet Meg is determined, and her connections to one of New York’s wealthiest families could help Ian pull off his biggest heist yet. But are they both in over their heads? And in trying to gain everything, will they end up losing it all?

All in Good Time7) Book 2: All in Good Time

Dessa Caldwell has a dream: to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan, and nearly every bank in town has turned her down. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins has a secret: though he owns the most successful bank in town, his initial capital came from three successful raids on Wells Fargo coaches. Now he’s the most eligible bachelor in Denver, but to protect his criminal past, he’s built a fortress around his heart. Not even the boldest matchmaking mother can tempt him . . . until the day Dessa Caldwell ventures into his bank requesting a loan.

Though he’s certain her proposal is a bad investment, Henry is drawn to Dessa’s passion. But that same passion drives her to make rash decisions about Pierson House . . . and about whom she can trust. One man might hold the key to the future of her mission—but he also threatens to bring Henry’s darkest secrets to light. As the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Henry and Dessa must choose between their plans and God’s, between safety and love.

Glamorous Illusions8)  The Grand Tour Series by Lisa T. Bergren

Book 1: Glamorous Illusions

When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.

9) Book 2: Grave Consequences

For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.

And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.

Glittering Promises10) Book 3: Glittering Promises 

Hounded by journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora fights to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. But as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, she begins to wonder if their love is strong enough to withstand all that threatens to pull them apart.

Complicating matters is the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and the increased demands on her time and attention. Cora must stand up for what she believes—regardless of how that might challenge current family and cultural norms—in order to remain true to who she really is.

And as she glimpses the end of the tour, Cora knows it’s time to decide Who and what defines her … and who and what does not.

Heiress11)   Daughters of Fortune Series, by Susan May Warren

 Book One: Heiress

The beautiful heiress daughters of newspaper magnate August Price have been given everything their hearts desire. But what if they want only to be loved–without an enormous price tag attached? When one daughter pursues a desirable marriage, she secures for herself a comfortable and glamorous life. But among the duties of privilege, will she also find the happily-ever-after she seeks? Her sister rejects the trappings of wealth, choosing instead to build a new life on the still-untamed frontier. Will she find happiness in independence or discover that she’s left her heart behind in New York’s glittering society? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, each woman discovers that being an heiress just might cost her everything–including the chance for true love.

Baroness12) Book 2: Baroness

Lilly and Rosie, daughters of an empire coming of age in the roaring twenties, can have anything they want…except freedom.  Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the empire, they have their lives planned out for them.  But, Lilly, Esme’s daughter longs to return home to Montana, to adventure outside the confines of New York City.  And Jinx’s daughter Rosie dreams of the bright lights of the newly emerging silver screen.  But following their dreams – from avant garde France, to Broadway, to the skies in the world of barnstormers and wing-walkers will take all their courage.  And if they find love, will they choose freedom or happily ever after?

Duchess13) Book 3: Duchess

When her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world and her one true love?

The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars. Rosie Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has found everything she’s wanted in the glamour of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the voices—and grief—of the past. Her future shines bright…until the fated Black Friday when it all comes crashing down. When Roxy loses everything, she finds herself disgraced and penniless. Her only hope is to join forces with Belgian duke Rolfe Van Horne, a longtime film investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems, and he has other plans for Roxy and her movies—plans to support a growing unrest in Europe, plans that could break her heart and endanger her life.

Ashton Park14) The Danforths of Lancanshire Series

Book One:  Ashton Park by Murray Pura

Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park. The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William’s and Lady Elizabeth’s three sons are all in uniform–and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.

As the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences, Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.

Readers will follow Ashton Park’s charming upstairs/downstairs characters through the perils of war and the affairs of the heart with relish.

Beneath A Dover Sky15) Book 2: Beneath a Dover Sky

The second book in the series transports the reader back in time to 1924 as Sir William—recently named Lord Preston—celebrates his sixtieth birthday at the Danforth summer home in Dover. Although the ravages of World War I are in the past, new threats loom as a man named Adoph Hitler publishes a book called Mein Kampf. Is he a danger to Europe? And what of Lord Preston’s growing friendship with an up and coming political leader named Winston Churchill? On the home front, one of the Danforth daughters, the recently widowed Catherine, sells her home in Belfast to spend more time at Dover—where she finds herself annoyed at the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended. The entire Danforth family faces many changes as illness and tragedy strike. Young Edward finally makes his move into the political arena while Michael and Libby welcome a new family member. Readers will be captivated by the upstairs/downstairs interplay as they once again savor this compelling saga of the well-loved Danforth family overcoming obstacles by placing their trust in the God who has always been faithful.

More books like Downton Abbey:

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Amanda Dykes contributed to this post. To learn more about Amanda check out her website.


Governesses in the Edwardian Era

Hi Friends,

Researching the role of governesses in English society in the late 19th and early 20th century was one of the topics I enjoyed delving into as I prepared to write The Governess of Highland Hall. Here are some of the interesting facts I learned about women who took on this role.

The English governess occupied a unique and sometimes lonely role in society. She must be educated enough to teach others, but poor enough to needed a job.  It could be an isolated life, because she was not really part of the community of servants downstairs, and she was often excluded from much of the family life upstairs.

Some governesses were invited to join the family at mealtimes. But the governess’ presence at the dinner table could serve as an uncomfortable warning and threat. She was a constant reminder that if a daughter didn’t marry, she might have to earn a living, and her primary option was to become a governess herself.  On the other hand, an attractive, charming, single woman could be considered competition for the daughters of the family.

This in-between state created wonderful potential conflict for my story. Would my heroine, Julia Foster, be considered part of the family, or would she be considered more an employee?  What authority would she have over the children?  How would they respond to her instruction? How much responsibility would she have for their upbringing?  How would the other members of the family relate to her? I increased the conflict for Julia by giving her four charges: a nine-year-old boy with ADHD (of course undiagnosed in that period) and six-year-old girl with fragile health, a fifteen-year-old starry-eyed teenage girl, and an almost eighteen-year-old young woman who deeply resented having a governess.

The term governess was used in three ways. It could refer to a schoolteacher; or a woman who lived in one place and traveled to another home to teach (a “daily governess”); or a woman who lived in a household in order to teach the children and serve as a companion to them (a “private governess”).

A governess should not be confused with the nurse, who was a member of the servant class and responsible for all the physical and emotional needs of the children during their first four to five years of life. After that, the children would be turned over to a nursery governess, who was responsible for the education of both boys and girls until they reached the age of eight. The most important duty of the nursery governess was to teach reading and writing.

Edwardian ChildA preparatory governess would then teach the girls subjects such as English, geography, history, singing, piano, drawing, and needlework until they reached the age of twelve, when a finishing governess or a boarding school instructor would take over their education and give lessons in fine arts, dancing, piano, and singing. By the age of seventeen or eighteen, girls would be ready for their social debut, and finding a husband.

Boys typically left the care of their governess at the age of eight, when they entered a preparatory school. (I stretched this a bit in my story, keeping Andrew with his family at age nine. But it seemed reasonable to me since they had just moved to Highland Hall.) This followed the belief that boys’ education was vitally important because they were the future supporters of their families. Girls didn’t need as much formal education, since their prospects for marriage were based on their personal fortunes and on their appearance and genteel manners.

It was this emphasis on gentility that characterized a good governess—and also contributed to a great deal of social conflict. Above all, a good governess had to be a lady herself, in order to instill in her students proper morals and values. Yet as a group, governesses were generally seen as inferior and often looked down upon. That also became a key element in my story.

The yearly salary for a governess ranged from twenty to forty pounds per year, but could be as high as 100 pounds if she worked for a very wealthy family. Although a private governess was provided with food and shelter, she was expected to either buy or make her own clothes, keeping in mind that she was required to look presentable at all times in order to avoid shaming her employer. She was also expected to pay for her own medical care, travel expenses, and laundry, and she could expect no security of employment.

governess of highland hallDespite this popular image that governesses were lonely and looked down upon, there were many examples of happy situations in which the governess was respected and well treated by her employers and was loved by her pupils.

How was Julia treated when she came to Highland Hall? Was she able to cross the great divide that separated her from Sir William Ramsey, the master of Highland Hall? How did her faith and pure heart help her overcome the stigma attached to the role of governess? I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall and find out! Blessings and Happy Reading!

Book Launch Tea Party Celebration!

CarrieTuranskyWebsiteHi Friends,

Launch week for The Governess of Highland Hall was amazing, and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you!

Local Book Launch Tea Party

We had a fun celebration, Sunday, Oct. 13th, with 60 friends who came out to celebrate the release of **The Governess of Highland Hall**. Some ladies even dressed up Edwardian style for party. I am very grateful for my family and friends who stepped up to help when the caterer had to cancel just four days before the event! Why not pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the virtual celebration with us!


Launch Day Facebook Party – With a Video Chat

Carrie TuranskyTuesday, October 15, we hosted a Facebook Party with a live video chat. This was my first time connecting with reader this way, and it was a fun experience. Viewers typed in comments and questions for me to answer. I enjoyed talking about the story behind The Governess of Highland Hall and the characters. If you missed the party, you can still watch it on demand any time!  http://bit.ly/1cqXsAz


Report from the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!

It was fun to connect with so many of you during the Christian Fcition Scavenger Hunt. I enjoyed hosting Tricia Goyer at Stop #11 and reading your comments. Many people added theirname to my newsletter mailing list and connected with me on Facebook and Twitter. I gave away three copies of The Governess of Highland Hall. Here are the winners of that contest: The winner of the iPad Mini: Julie Brown Johns. The winners of the 25 autographed novels: Cyndi Lichlyter Wilson and Angie Carroll. The Bonus Giveaway winners of a copy of the Governess of Highland Hall: Bri Kae, Connie Hendryx, and Jessica White.

If you didn’t win a copy of the Governess of Highland Hall, here is another opportunity to win a copy through Book Reporter-Faithful Reader Giveaway.

Ic4AF2GdCbAWLk9x5CwM7cpyve1x8cYopfZs7x6rjtEDid you pick up your copy of The Governess of Highland Hall yet? I hear it is available at Walmart in 40 states! That was a fun surprise, since they don’t carry many Christian fiction novels. It’s also available online and wherever books are sold!

Scavenger Hunt Stop 11

Scavenger Hunt

Follow all 25 clues to win an iPad Mini, free books and more!

Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins on 10/18 at noon, mountain time and ends on 10/20 at midnight. Take your time and enjoy all 25 stops! We hope you visit all the authors’ blogs and discover their new or soon-to-be-released titles!

Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #26, then fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 25 stops, within 24 hours of email notification, or another winner will be randomly drawn.

The prizes include: Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt—25 books with a total value of over $300! Open to international entrants. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. I am offering a bonus giveaway!

tricia GoyerMy Guest: Tricia Goyer

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Tricia Goyer who is an awesome author, wife, mom, inspiration, and encourager!

Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Find out more at her website, or connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

A Christmas Gift for RoseTricia’s new novel: A Christmas Gift for Rose!

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

amish horse and buggyBy Tricia Goyer

I was sitting at a long table with my bookstore owner friends and three Amish couples. We were chatting about some of the true stories that inspired my novels when one of the Amish men paused with his forkful of mashed potatoes halfway to his lips.

“I might have a story idea for you,” Myron said.

I nodded and smiled. I hear this comment often. Everyone has a story idea—from the person sitting next to me on the airplane, to my Bible study leader, to my husband’s best friend. Everyone.

“Really, what is it?” I asked.

“Well, it’s my grandma’s story. She was born Englisch, but during the Great Depression her parents were dirt poor. Every day they sent her to their Amish neighbor’s house around mealtime. They had nothing to offer and the Amish family always had compassion. One day when the neighbors took my grandmother home, her parents were gone! They said they loved her but had nothing to offer. They knew she’d be able to survive with the Amish family, so they left her there.”

My eyes filled with tears, and I pushed back my slice of coconut cream pie. Before I could ask more questions, the conversation moved to another direction. Still that story lingered. What would it be like to grow up Amish and then discover such truth?

I thought about the Great Depression. My grandma lives with me, and she’s told me lots of stories. She took a bath in a tin tub and only had one dress. They ate the same food every day—beans and bread—but she didn’t think much of it. As I thought about my Amish character, whom I named Rose, my grandma’s stories wove their way into my thinking. Rose began to come alive.

Then I considered the type of man Rose would love. He’d be strong and brave, and he’d have something to say about World War II . . . the war going on just as they entered adulthood. My mind traveled to WWII veterans whom I’ve interviewed. One veteran, Bill Mann, was a Christian pacifist. He felt shooting anyone was wrong—even an enemy—so he became an ambulance driver. The Amish were also pacifists, yet a few joined the military to join the medical corp. They followed their beliefs even though their whole community was against just a thing.

Three stories from three different people who lived the same generation merged to form Rose and Jonathan’s story. These characters came alive as I thought about the real people who inspired them.

I never get tired of hearing people’s stories, and now you know why. There is so much rich emotion and history in every gray-haired person. My job is to pull those stories out and give readers some enjoyment, while also providing a glimpse into the past. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than that!

You can purchase Tricia’s novel, A Christmas Gift for Rose, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore.

THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY: Before you go, write down the STOP #11 clue: to suspense

Your next stop is Tricia Goyer’s Blog.

Make sure you visit all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site, to be in the running for all the big prizes!


If you’d like to win a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall (3 winners, 1 book each), please do two of the following and leave a comment to tell me what you did: Comment about Tricia’s article above, sign up to receive my email newsletter (box is on the right, above), share this link on Facebook, Like my Facebook Author Page, or Tweet: I want to read the Governess of Highland Hall by @Carrieturansky. I will draw a winner on Monday, Oct. 21.

The Governess of Highland Hall Giveaway & Book Launch Events

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Hi Friends,
It’s finally time for the release of the Governess of Highland Hall! I am so excited for you to meet Julia Foster and William Ramsey, and all those who live on the beautiful country estate called Highland.
We had a wonderful time at the local book launch on Sunday, Oct. 13th. But I know many of you live too far away to come, so here’s how you can join in the fun!
Joanne Bischof, Carrie Turansky, and Julie Lessman.

Joanne Bischof, Carrie Turansky, and Julie Lessman.

Online Facebook Party
Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday October 15th for an Online Facebook Book Launch Party, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern time. It will be a Livestream video chat from my Author Page (look for the bright red Livestream button under where you like the page to connect to the event). I’ll be giving you the behind the page info on The Governess of Highland Hall, answering your questions, and giving away copies of the book and some fun prizes including Downton Abbey DVDs, Calendars, and Cookbook, plus teacups! Authors Julie Lessman and Joanne Bischof will be calling in as my special guests, and they will be giving away copies of their books too! Please RSVP  for the Facebook Party, and we will send you a reminder so you don’t miss the fun and prizes!
Prize Giveaway #1 – Over $40.00 Value
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 1 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #2 – Over $30.00 Value
• The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbooks
• Tea Infuser
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #3 – Over $40.00
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 2 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #4 – $30.00
• Tea cup and saucer
• Tea Infuser
• Lady Alminia and the Real Downton Abbey Book
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #5 – Over $30.00 Value
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• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Page-a-Day Calendar
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #6 – Over $40.00 Value
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 3 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
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Online Giveaway
Everyone is welcome to enter the Highland Hall Novel Tea Giveaway for a chance to win one of three full-to-the-brim English Tea and Downton Abbey themed gift baskets.



Prize Package 1: Over $120.00 Value

Downton DVD

  • Tea Set
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3 DVD
  • Silver and Faux Pearl Pendant
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall

Prize Package 2: Over $80.00 Value


  • Tea cup
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Tea Spoon
  • The World of Downton Abbey book
  • Secrets of Highclere Castle DVD
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall

Prize Package 3: Over $60.00 Value 

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  • Tea cup
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Tea Towel
  • Downton Abbey Calendar
  • Pride &Prejudice Bookmark
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall
The Highland Hall Novel Tea Giveaway starts Oct. 7th. To be entered in the drawing, please fill out the form below. Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, October 16th.

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Thank You!
I appreciate all my reading friends who have stopped by to help me celebrate the release of The Governess of Highland Hall! If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, just click here.

She Does Good Hair by Terri Gillespie

She Does Good HairHi Friends,

Today I am celebrating the launch of a wonderful new eBook, She Does Good Hair, by Terri Gillespie

Here is my 5-Star review:

What a great story! Terri Gillespie has created characters that step off the page and into your heart. She Does Good Hair is a modern Ruth and Naomi story featuring Shira, a successful stylist with all kinds of issues, who inherits her aunts rundown salon with the provision that she must keep on the three stylist who work there. But those stylists are not so sure they want to work with Shira. There’s drama and romance and some wonderful lessons to take to heart. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry and I think you’ll be very glad you downloaded this wonderful novel! I highly recommend it!

Terri is hosting several fun events to celebrate the launch of She Does Good Hair.

Terri GillespieOnline Chat with Terri Gillespie

Grab your copy of She Does Good Hair and join Terri for a live author video chat on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00 PM EDT (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)!

Terri will be hosting the chat and Q&A, as well as announcing a grand prize winner at the end! There will  be plenty of fun giveaways during the course of the party! Follow this link to register for this fun event.

Terri's book launch party

Book Launch Party

On Saturday, Oct.5, 3:00 – 5:00pm Salon Bella Gente, is hosting a fabulous event to celebrate one of their clients’ newest eBook, She Does Good Hair, by Terri Gillespie! Prizes, complimentary blow drys, refreshments, and some surprises! Bring your KINDLE, iPod, laptop, or smart phone to download this wonderfully funny and endearing novel.Here is the link to RSVP and see the details!

She Does Good Hair Prize

Grand Prize Giveaway

SHE DOES GOOD HAIR GIVEAWAY! Participants in the Release Day, Salon, and Chat Events are automatically entered into the big giveaway! The winner will receive the official SHE DOES GOOD HAIR tote filled with surprises–valued at over $75! Attendees to two or more events increase their chances of winning.

You can connect with Terri on Facebook, and you can learn more about Terri and her books here!