Visiting Balmoral Castle

Author Carrie Turansky at Balmoral Castle, ScotlandHi Friends,  On my last research trip to the UK I visited Balmoral Castle, and I enjoyed touring the gardens and grounds and walking through the ballroom and learning about the castle’s history.

Balmoral is a Scottish Baronial style mansion built for Queen Victoria in the mid-1800s by her husband Prince Albert, and it’s now the summer home of the royal family. Balmoral stands on 50,000 acres of land in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Much of the land is covered with beautiful evergreen forests and the River Dee runs through the property.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria at the time of her coronation

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria visited the area only a few years after their marriage and they loved the beauty and serenity of the countryside. Queen Victoria said, “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils”.  The surrounding hilly landscape also reminded them of Thuringia, Albert’s homeland in Germany.

Queen Victoria and her family often spent time at Balmoral each summer, and other members of the royal family have continued the tradition of summer holidays at Balmoral.

Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their nine children.

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and their nine children

I especially enjoyed seeing the sunken gardens and the greenhouse filled with bright blooms.

Flowers in the greenhouse at Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral CastleThe Garden at Balmoral


I hope you’ll visit my Research page to see more photos of my trips to England and Scotland.

Happy Reading!


Celebrate Spring!

Basket of SpringHi Friends,

Spring is my favorite season! The snow is finally melting in New Jersey, and soon the grass will start to turn green and the flowers will bloom again. I can’t wait! I hope the sun is shining for you today, and you are seeing those welcome signs of Spring too.

To celebrate Spring’s arrival, I’m offering three of my ebooks at special sale prices.  Where Two Hearts Meet and Surrendered Hearts, Kindle versions, are on sale for .99 cents each. The Governess of Highland Hall is on sale for $1.99, at Amazon, CBD, and Barnes & Noble. All three of these books have been finalist or winners of national writing awards and have lots of great reviews on Amazon. If you’d like to find out more about these books or read the first chapters, just click on the covers below. Sale ends March 29th! I hope you’ll take advantage of these great sale prices and enjoy one or all of these stories!

Where Two Hearts Meet

Surrendered Hearts, by Carrie Turansky


The governess of Highland Hall

Blessings and Happy Reading,


Special Sale Price ~ The Governess of Highland Hall

The governess of Highland HallHi Friends,

Just a quick note to let your know The Governess of Highland Hall, Book one in the Edwardian Brides Series, ebook version, is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon, CBD, and Barnes & Noble.

This is a great time to start reading the series. Book 2, The Daughter of Highland Hall is available, and Book 3, A Refuge at Highland Hall will be out in October. Each story stands alone and is complete, but the characters and setting continue on in each book.

The Governess of Highland Hall was a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and also an ACFW Carol Award finalist. It has over 180 great reviews on Amazon. I hope you’ll take advantage of this sale price and enjoy the series!

For more info about the series, photos from my research trips to England, and more, click on over to my website!

Blessings and Happy Reading!



Historical Fiction Giveaway

Hi Friends,
Do you like to read historical romance? Then this is the giveaway for you!

10-Book GiveawayI’ve teamed up with nine other authors to bring you a fun giveaway just in time for your spring reading. Enter to win one of the books pictured here. There will be 10 winners in all, each winning 1 book. The Giveaway is open for enteries until March 27.

Contest is open to US residents only. Just click over to my extra page to enter!
Happy Reading to All!

Finding the Stories . . .

On the stairs in the great hall at Tyntesfield - Highland Hall

On the stairs in the great hall at Tyntesfield – Highland Hall

Hi Friends,

I’m often asked, “Where do you find the ideas for your stories?” That’s a great question! I usually discover my plot and characters while I’m doing research. Reading books about the time period and location, watching movies, and reading newspapers, diaries, and biographies are some of the ways I find new ideas for stories. Traveling to the location is another great way to learn what’s needed to make my stories come alive.

I just created a new page at my website that gives readers a look at my research process and my trips to England, with lots of photos and fun memories. I’d love to share it with you!

I hope you’ll click on over and pay a visit to England with me!

Happy Reading!


Carrie and Cathy at Inverarary Castle, Scotland

Carrie and Cathy at Inverarary Castle, Scotland