Free Book ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

ten_yearsHi Friends,

It’s time to celebrate! Ten years ago this month, My first published novella, “Wherever Love Takes Us” in Wedded Bliss, hit the bookshelves, and I became a published author! My co-authors for that project were Susan Downs, Sally Laity, and Kristy Dykes. Kristy was a wonderful mentor and dear friend. She proposed the project to Barbour and critiqued my novella to help me improve my writing. Kristy passed away a few years ago from cancer, and I still miss her. I will always be grateful for her friendship and encouragement.

Each novella in Wedded Bliss features a couple who is approaching their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and is facing an issue in their marriage that could destroy it or make it stronger. I loved writing this story and bringing in some of the lessons I’ve learned after 38 years of marriage. For some great tips about building a long-lasting marriage visit this page.

CarrieTuranskyWeddedBliss-1Where Two Hearts Meet

Wedded Bliss is out of print now, but my novella, “Wherever Love Takes Us,” has been republished in a two-novella collection titled Where Two Hearts Meet.

As a way to say thank you to my loyal readers, I’m making Where Two Hearts Meet available as a free download at Amazon November 23 -27. I hope you’ll get a copy and enjoy those two novellas. If you already have Where Two Hearts Meet, why not share this email with a friend and encourage them to get their free copy?

I have more good news! I just signed a new contract with WaterBrook Multnomah to write two more English historical novels. I’m busy working on the first one now. If you would like a sneak peek at the characters and setting, visit my Morningside Manor Pinterest Board.

Carrie signing new contract

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and enjoy a special meal and time with friends and family . . . and maybe a good book too!

Blessings,

Carrie

Happy Thanksgiving

W.W.1 Letters ~ Penned with Love

Hi Friends,

In this age of email, text messages, Facebook, and twitter, the art of letter writing has almost disappeared. But in the early 1900s letters were the main way to communicate over long distances. In my latest novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall, which set in 1915 in England and France, the hero and heroine exchange several letters while they are separated by the events of World War One. Developing their romance through letters was a fun and unique challenge for me as an author.

Penny Ramsey is a wealthy young woman who longs to do her part in the war effort, but she must help her sister care for a group of orphaned children they’ve taken to their family’s country estate to escape the bombings in London. Alex Goodwin, a brave British pilot, is stationed in France and draws strength from Penny’s letters between his missions, chasing German Zeppelins and trying not to get shot down out of the sky.

Penny’s letters also provided a tie to home and much needed comfort for Alex. Receiving her letters and packages lifted his spirit and gave him courage to press on. Alex’s letters to Penny helped her understand more about his experiences and know how to pray for him and his squadron.

WW1 troop writing home

WW1 troop with lettersMore than 12 million letters and packages were sent from Britain to the troops serving overseas in World War One each week! It was a huge operation that cost a great deal of money, but British government officials knew those letters and packages were important to maintain the troop’s morale.

Learning more about those World War One letters and packages was so interesting! What did the troops like to receive? They appreciated newspapers from their hometown, magazines, chocolate, tea, candy, socks, scarves, and photographs of family and friends. Trench cake, a sturdy fruit-laced recipe, was sent to give the men a special treat. Libraries often held book drives to collect books to be sent to the troops.

Trench Cake

When I traveled to England in 2014 the country was preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War One. In the museum gift shops I found copies of letters and diaries written during that time, and they illustrated the dramatic events and struggles that impacted so many people . . . and the characters and plot for A Refuge at Highland Hall came to life in my imagination.

Can a letter, penned in love, really bring two people together and help them form a lasting bond? You’ll find the answer when you read A Refuge at Highland Hall!

Highland Hall Series

A Refuge at Highland Hall is book 3 in the Edwardian Brides Series. Author Melanie Dobson says: “In a Refuge at Highland Hall, master storyteller Carrie Turansky weaves together another beautifully written tale of courage, hope, and love. Her story swept me back to the streets of London and then on to France during the World War 1. I love reading historical fiction, and it was a joy to learn so much about the era through the endearing Ramsey family. A Refuge at Highland Hall is a powerful conclusion to the Edwardian Brides Series.”

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

 

Historical Romance Giveaway

Fall Historical Fiction Giveaway

Hi Friends,

I’ve banded together with some great authors of historical fiction to bring you this very special giveaway! We’ll be choosing twelve winners at the end of the month, one for each book. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Connecting with authors is a great ways to learn more about them and their books and find out when their next book will release. Click on the titles below to read more about the book, and click on the author’s names to visit their websites.

September 8, 2015, Whitaker House
September 8, 2015, Waterbrook Multnomah
October 20, 2015, Waterbrook Multnomah
Spetember 8, 2015, Bethany House
October 6, 2015, Whitaker House
September 8, 2015, Bethany House
November 3, 2015, Whitaker House
August 4, 2015, Bethany House
September 8, 2015, Revell
July 7, 2015, Thomas Nelson
November 17, 2015, Thomas Nelson
January 5, 2016, Bethany House
Blessings and Happy Reading to All,
Carrie

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