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My name is Carrie Turansky and I write historical and contemporary  novels and novellas set in the US and England. I’m excited to tell you about my novella, Shelter in the Storm, one of six historical holiday novellas included in A Joyful Christmas.

When North and South went to war in 1861, a small legion of men in civilian clothes went with them. Instead of weapons they carried pencils and pads of paper, and instead of setting out to take Richmond or Washington, their goal was to capture on paper the look of the war. They were the battlefield artists, the men who brought home to the people behind the lines the scenes of battle that were deciding the fate of the nation.

One of the most famous was Alfred R. Waud, the man Harper’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper called “Our Special Artist.”

Portraits of the great generals, scenes in camp and field, the look of battle –all came from Waud’s pencil. Along with his drawings he often sent firsthand accounts of what he had seen, acting as an informal reporter as well as an artist. People of the Union literally saw the Civil War through his eyes.”

Alfred Waud went to great lengths to travel with the troops in order to bring the news of the war home. He was dedicated to the Union cause, and I wanted the hero in Shelter in the Storm to reflect many of those same qualities — faithfulness, courage, and dedication. A Joyful Christmas is an inspiring and romantic holiday collection sure to lift your spirit. Here are some samples of Waud’s artwork.

Here are the Stop #3 Basics:

You can order A Joyful Christmas online at Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes & Noble or visit your local bookstore.

Clue to Write Down: of COVID

Link to Stop #4, the Next Stop on the Loop: Susan Sleeman

But wait!  Before you go, I’m giving away an eBook copy of  Moonlight Over Manhattan, a heartwarming contemporary romance.  To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be chosen by random and notified on October 20 by email. Hope you enjoy the hunt!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

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Hi Friends, A Joyful Christmas releases September 1, and it’s available for pre-order now.  To celebrate the upcoming release I’m giving away one paperback copy to a US or Canadian reading friend who leaves a comment on this blog post. Read on for the details.

A Christmas Collection to Warm the Heart

Grab a warm cup of tea and watch as romance is kindled and joy is restored to broken lives during six bygone era Christmas celebrations, including my Civil War novella A Shelter in the Storm

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man? This novella was previously published in A Blue and Gray Christmas and also as an individual novella titled Waiting For His Return. If you haven’t read it yet, or if you’d like to order a copy as a gift for a friend, just visit this page for links to your favorite retailer.

The Six Novellas Included in this Collection:

A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey
Married by proxy in Missouri, Annie Morgan sets off for Tombstone, Arizona, to join her new husband as a cattle rancher. But too soon she finds herself a widow with an unexpected daughter and butting heads with her handsome neighbor.
 
A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson
Wounded within Confederate territory, Union officer Jedediah Harrington finds refuge at the tiny cabin of Cora Sinclair and her grandfather. Still haunted by what she saw as a battlefield hospital volunteer, Cora finds that only Jed can understand. But, though she longs to give him her heart, the risks to both of them are too great.
 
An Irish Bride for Christmas by Vickie McDonough
When Jackson Lancaster’s brother and wife die, he takes his three-year-old niece home. But a meddling busy-body makes the judge give her custody “because an unmarried man shouldn’t raise a little girl.” Now Jackson has until Christmas to find a bride or lose his niece forever. Larkin Doyle is grateful her employer took in the orphan and believes Jackson abandoned his niece. When her heart says otherwise, will romance blossom? 
 
Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma
Adie O’Connell, orphaned and left alone in a dangerous Wisconsin logging camp, seeks the stability she once knew when both her parents lived. Despite the compassion and friendship offered by Noah “Preacher Man” Mitchell, she refuses to consider marriage to a man always drifting from one job to another for God.
 
A Shelter in the Storm by Carrie Turansky
The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man?
 
Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch
Beth Sorensen has been put in charge of the Christmas pageant at the little log church, and this year she wants something different. But she didn’t count on a Minnesota blizzard paralyzing the whole town. Can the blacksmith teach this preacher’s daughter about what it means to serve one another in love through the storm?

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

To enter the giveaway please tell me one of your favorite Christmas memories in a comment on this blog post. I’ll choose a winner on September 1,after 9:00 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian reading friends.  I’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!
 
Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading!
Carrie
 
 
 

Hi Friends, 

Summer is a great time to relax and read a good book! I’d love to share some that I’ve enjoyed with you.

This month I’m giving away three novels that are great for summer reading, so we’ll have three winners. You can choose one of these books: If I Were You by Lynn Austin, A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, or On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher. 

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below. Tell me your favorite place to read in the summer and which book you’d like to receive. Also, please let me know if you live in the US or Canada.  I’ll choose three winners on August 7, after 9:00 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian reading friends. Canadians will receive a $15 gift card rather than a book. I’ll notify the winners by email the first week of August. Good luck!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

Hi Friends, May is the month to celebrate moms and show our love and appreciation for all they have done for us. Read on for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway!

My mom Dorothy Swain was a wonderful artist, quilter, seamstress, and writer. She enjoyed decorating our home and making it a special place. We used to joke about never trying to walk through the living room in the dark because Mom might have rearranged the furniture since we’d last looked. From the time I was a young child, she put a paintbrush in my hands and encouraged my creativity. I’m very grateful for that. Mom used to sew most of my clothes. I remember seeing her bending over the sewing machine when I went to bed and then waking up to find a new dress finished and ready to wear. Mom passed away before my books were published, but I know she’d be happy to have another writer in the family. Photos below: My Mom Dorothy Swain, and a quilt she made.

 

My Mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky, is a treasure. She continues what my mom started, encouraging me to use my gifts and talents and love my family well. She is a huge supporter of my writing and often tells her friends about my books. I am very blessed to have these wonderful women in my life as my examples.

 

Now I hope to pass on that blessing and encouragement to my daughters Melissa, Lizzy, and Megan, my daughters-in-law Melinda and Galan, and my granddaughters Hanalei, Sahlor, and Lenna. In the photos above: My mother-in-law Shirley and I, and my daughter Melissa and her daughter Lenna. In the photos below: My daughter-in-law Melinda and her daughter Hanalei, My granddaughter Shalor and my daughter-in-law Galan, and my daughters Lizzy and Megan at Megan’s wedding.

 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a paperback copy of any of my English historical novels. To enter the giveaway leave a comment and tell us one thing you appreciate about your mother. This giveaway is for US residents only and ends Monday May 11th, 9:00 pm Eastern time.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Reading!

Carrie

Hi Friends, I know many of you are staying home to help lower your risk of catching and spreading the virus. That’s a wise and caring choice, and it may also mean you have extra time on your hands. One of the most enjoyable ways to relax and de-stress is to read an uplifting story. I love and appreciate my readers, so I’m offering two free eBooks this week. Where Two Heart Meet and Seeking His Love. Just click on the covers below to take you to Amazon where you can download your copy. Even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the free kindle app and read on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. 

 
 

You might also spend some time memorizing Scriptures that can help you focus your mind and heart on the truth. God loves you. He will never leave you. You can trust Him to carry your through these challenging times. Here are two of my favorites:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5 – 6

“Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my mighty right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I’m praying for you and all my reading friends! I hope you’ll keep looking up and walk by faith today.

Until next time, happy reading,

Carrie 

 

 

Hi Friends, We authors love our readers, and we want to celebrate Valentine’s Week by sharing a little love with you! I’ve teamed up with the five authors pictured above for a fun giveaway. We all write English historical novels and are eager to share them with you! Let me tell you a little about these authors and their books and how to enter the giveaway.

Julie Klassen is the author of many award-winning novels set in England. She often likes to include a mystery as well as inspiration and romance in her stories. Julie has taken groups with her to England to visit some of the locations where her novels are set and share her love of England. Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time from her home in Minnesota. She is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Bridge to Belle Island.

Roseanna White is a talented author who also edits, designs book covers, and partners with her husband to run their own publishing company, WhiteFire Publishing. Her latest two series are set during WW One in England. She homeschools her two children and writes amazing historical novels. Roseanna is giving away a copy of her latest novel in the Code Breakers Series, On Wings of Devotion.

Susan Anne Mason writes Edwardian novels from her home in Ontario, Canada. Her latest stories in the Canadian Crossings Series are set in England and Canada. Susan and I both have an interest in British Home Children, and we have shared research and helped each other on our latest books. Susan will be giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Brightest of Dreams.

 

Carolyn Miller is a prolific author of Regency Romance from Australia. Her first English historical novel released in 2017 and she has released nine novels since then! I love the way Carolyn weaves such meaningful inspirational threads through her stories. Carolyn and I were roommates at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in 2018, and we have been fast friends since. Carolyn is giving away a copy of her latest novel, Misleading Miss Verity

Sarah Ladd’s first Regency novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, released in 2013 and she has written eight more since then. Each series has a unique English setting and characters that capture your heart. Sarah lives in Indiana with her family and her spunky Golden Retriever. She will be giving away a copy of her novel that was just released, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor. 

 

Carrie Turansky, that’s me! I recently released my 20th novel last summer, No Ocean Too Wide, and I’m working on the sequel now. I loved traveling to England twice on research trips to learn more about the people, settings, and culture I want to include in my novels. I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and that’s what inspired me to start writing novels set in that era, beginning with The Governess of Highland Hall, book one in the Edwardian Brides Series. I’ll be giving away a copy of my latest release, No Ocean Too Wide.

The Be Our Valentine Giveaway runs February 10 – 15 and is open to US and International readers. One winner will receive all six novels pictured above. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and please share this giveaway with friends who enjoy reading English Historical Romance. Thanks so much! Remember you are loved. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until next time ~ happy reading,

Carrie

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Hi Friends and Merry Christmas! Welcome to our Christmas Round-Robin Scavenger Hunt! At each author’s blog post, you will find a question that can be answered by checking out the free Amazon preview (“Look Inside feature”) of their book. Provide the answer to each question on this Google Form. Note: You must answer the question for every author in the round-robin to be in the running to win one of three great prizes: 1st Place $300 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place $150 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Place $75 Amazon Gift Card. At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., so you can visit all 26 stops on the Scavenger Hunt.

I’m excited to tell you about my book Snowflake Sweethearts. This is the third book in the Bayside Treasures Series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel even if you haven’t read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and haunted bymemories of the accident that took the life of his parents and brother, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the Christmas season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl all start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Time to hunt for the answer to this question: What type of bakery treat was Annie’s favorite when she was a teen?  Go to the Snowflake Sweetheart book page on Amazon at this link.  When you have the answer, fill out this form, and head on to the next blog!

The next author on the Scavenger Hunt is Pam Harris. She’ll be telling you about her novel, Smoky Mountain Brides. Visit her blog at this link. Remember that the round-robin will end on December 16th at 11:59 PM EST!

Thank you so much for visiting! 

Carrie

Hi Friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and you’ll be enjoying time with family and friends. I’m getting the shopping done and the guest room ready for our out of town family. We’ll be enjoying our kids and grandkids, roasting a turkey, and I’ll be making our Seven-layer Salad. I love this special holiday! Thanksgiving helps me remember to count my blessings and thank the Lord for all His goodness toward us!  Visit the Extra Page of my website for the Seven-layer Salad recipe. 

 

I’m grateful for my reading friends and all your support and encouragement. As a way to say thank you, I’m offering a free download of my holiday novella, Moonlight Over Manhattan November 23 – 27 exclusively from Amazon. The free price is available in the US only because of Amazon’s rules. Just click on the cover for the link to download your copy and enjoy this heartwarming contemporary romance!

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

Hi Friends, It’s Release Week for Snowflake Sweethearts, the third and final book in the Bayside Treasures Series, and I’m excited to share this heartwarming holiday novel with you! Snowflake Sweethearts is available as an eBook for $2.99 or a paperback for $10.95 exclusively through Amazon. To order your copy click on the cover below. To celebrate the release I’m giving away a fun prize package. Keep reading for all the details!

For these two searching hearts, it will take the love of a community to help heal painful memories and bring them together.

Annie Romano has her heart set on starting her own business as a personal chef when she returns to Fairhaven, Washington, with her young daughter Emma. But her business gets off to a slow start, and she must search for a part-time job to help make ends meet. When her former employer and bakery-owner, Irene Jameson, has a health crisis and needs a live-in caregiver, Irene’s grandson offers Annie the job. Motivated by her love for Irene, Annie puts aside her own plans and moves in to care for Irene.

Consumed by his work as marking director for a hotel chain and painful memories from the past, Alex Jameson only plans to stay in Fairhaven until issues with his grandmother’s care and the future of her struggling bakery are settled. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family, or love. But the deeper meaning of the holiday season, his grandmother and her matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at his heartstrings . . . just in time for Annie and Alex to enjoy a very special Christmas.

Snowflake Sweetheart Launch Giveaway Info:

To enter the Snowflake Sweethearts Launch Day Giveaway just share a special Christmas memory in a comment on this blog post. If you received this blog post as an email, visit my website blog page to post your comment. One winner will be randomly chosen after 10:00 EST pm Saturday November 16th, and I’ll contact you by email. The winner will receive a red-and-white striped cotton chef’s apron, in honor of the heroine’s job as a personal chef, a Christmas snowflake window cling set to create your own snowflake view, a miniature Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus figurine to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and your choice of one of the Bayside Treasure books in paperback or ebook to enjoy. I look forward to reading your Christmas memories, and I can’t wait to see who’ll win these special prizes. 

 

Have you read Seeking His Love and A Man To Trust,  Books One and Two in the Bayside Treasures Series? Each book has a unique hero and heroine, but the setting in Fairhaven, and the matchmaking, senior age friends known as the Bayside Treasures appear in each story. I hope you’ll order all three and enjoy this special series!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,
Carrie

Hi Friends, This month I’m giving away one set of The Bradford Sisters Romance Series which includes True to You, Falling For You, and Sweet on You by Becky Wade. These contemporary romances are fun family stories that will really touch your heart. True to You won the Christy Award last year in the contemporary romance category and was also named the Christy Award Book of the Year. I’ve enjoy all three and I think you will too! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below telling me one of the books you enjoyed reading this summer. This giveaway is open to those living in the US. The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, August 9th after 9:00 pm ET.  To learn more about this series I hope you’ll visit Becky’s website

I appreciate my reading friends! Thank you for your emails, encouraging comments on social media, and book reviews!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!
Carrie