Cover Reveal ~ Shine Like the Dawn

Hi Friends,
I’m excited to share the beautiful new cover for Shine Like the Dawn with you!  It releases February 21, 2017, but it’s available for preorder now.

Shine Like the Dawn

Can the light of faith and love out shine the darkness of doubt and family secrets?

Maggie Lounsbury lost her parents in a boating accident when she was seventeen. Those she trusted, including her good friend Nate Harcourt and his family, seemed to turn their back on her in her time of need, and she hardened her heart against them. Four years later she finds her father’s journal, and what she reads there makes her suspect her parents’ deaths might not have been an accident. Maggie is determined to learn the truth and see that justice is carried out for those she loved and lost, even if it means the Harcourts will have to pay the price.

Hoping to fulfill his father’s dying request, Nate Harcourt returns to his family’s large estate in Northumberland, and seeks out Maggie to pay off a debt owed to her late father. But because of a past hurt, Maggie doesn’t trust Nate and refuses to accept the money or any help from him or his family. Will Maggie overcome her distrust, reconnect with Nate, and find the answers she is seeking? Can she learn the value of mercy as well as justice? Will she open her heart to faith and take hold of trust and love again?

Shine Like the Dawn stands alone and is not part of a series, but it includes many of the elements readers have enjoyed in my past books: a vivid English historical setting, upstairs/downstairs characters, family drama, an inspiring faith journey for the hero and heroine, and two romances, plus this time you can solve the mystery with Maggie!

Would you like to see photos of the characters, setting, and inspiration for the story? Visit my Shine Like the Dawn Pinterest board.

Thanks to Kristopher Orr, one of the talented designers at WaterBrook Multnomah and Mike Heath of Magnus creative for the photography and design, and model, Brittany Nichole Stuart, who captured the heroine so well! Don’t you just love that dress and hat?




I’d love to Visit Your Book Club or Writers’ Group

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Hi Friends,

I enjoy meeting reading friends and writing friends and sharing my love for Christian fiction. If you are part of a book club or a writers’ group I’d love to get to know you and your friends. If you live locally (NJ/PA) I can visit your book club for a discussion of one of my books and bring some fun giveaway and treats. If you’re not local, we can use Face Time or Skype to connect, and I can mail you some giveaways and surprises. I’ve done Skype meetings several times and enjoyed talking to new friends all around the country. If you host a writers’ group and are looking for a speaker, contact me and let’s see if we can find a time that would work for me to come and share with your group. For more information about my speaking topics and to connect, visit my website speaking page.


This month I’ll be the featured author at the Star 99.1 StarLit Society Book Club meeting sponsored by our local Christian radio station and hosted by mid-day DJ Misty. We’ll be reading and discussing The Governess of Highland Hall, the first novel in the Edwardian Brides Series, on Monday night, August 29th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Gabriel’s Fountain Restaurant in Martinsville, NJ. You can sign up and find more information on the Facebook event page. I hope you’ll come and join us for a fun evening, including some surprise giveaways!

Snoopy the writerAre you an aspiring writer who wants to connect with other writers for encouragement and support? The New Jersey Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers is forming, and they will hold their first meeting on Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, at Grace Bible Chapel in Chester, NJ. I’ll be the featured speaker at the meeting, and we will be talking about how to turn off the critical, self-editing side of your brain while you write your first draft at top speed, and then how to flip the switch and turn on your self-editing skills to make your manuscript shine. For more info about the new NJ ACFW Chapter or the meeting contact Cherlyn Gatto at

Happy Reading until next time,



August Giveaway for Readers

Hi Friends,

Each month this year I’m giving away two books to reading friends who are subscribers to my author email newsletter. To enter the giveaway please sign up for my email newsletter in the box on the right at the top, and then leave a comment below. If you are already a subscriber, just mention that in your comment.

This month I’m giving away The Lost Heiress by Rosanna White and Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd. Both are English historical novels that have been nominated for awards and include elements of mystery, romance, and inspiration. To learn more about these stories and their authors just click on the cover below.

The Lost HeiressMist of Midnight

Until next time . . . Happy Reading!


****Update: Congratulations to Debbie McC. who is the winner of the August Giveaway!

Inspirational Romance Summer Giveaway

Hi Friends, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic inspirational romance authors to give away a huge collection of romances, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one winner!

You can win my novel, The Governess of Highland Hall, plus books from authors like Becky Wade, Susan May Warren, Lynette Eason, and many more. See all the great titles below.

The giveaway runs August 1 – 8, and you can enter by clicking here.

Aug 2016 - Inspirational Romance Sweepstakes - Turansky

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!