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Hi Friends,

Happy New Year! As I look back at 2015 I’m especially grateful for reading friends. Thanks for your encouragement, positive reviews, and for helping me spread the word about my books!

Here’s what one reviewer said about A Refuge at Highland Hall:  “This is a wonderful conclusion to a great series, a terrific read with admirable characters who have substance and courage. Filled with action and faith, this is a book that makes you want to cheer for the hero and heroine. I definitely recommend The Edwardian Brides Series!”

Highland Hall collageThis month I’m hosting a special giveaway for those who subscribe to my email newsletter. To enter the giveaway, visit my website and sign up for my email newsletter, then leave a comment on this blog post. If you’re already a subscriber to my email newsletter, just mention that in your comment, and your name will be included in the drawing. I’m giving away two English historical novels, The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah Ladd and Not by Sight by Kate Breslin. I enjoyed them both and recommend them to you! For more info about these books click on the covers below.

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I’m excited to see what God has in store in 2016! I hope it will be a great year for you!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

***Winners of the January Giveaway are Susan K. and Jackie. I’ll be contacting you by email. Thanks for stopping by and for subscribing to my email newsletter!

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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Carrie TuranskyHi Friends,  Just a quick note to tell you about a fun giveaway that’s going on now through December 1. I’ve teamed up with English historical authors Julie Klassen and Sarah Ladd to connect with readers and giveaway some books and prizes!

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Entering is easy. Just follow the link at the end of this blog post to our giveaway page on Facebook. Fill out the Rafflecopter form there and you could win a copy of all three books, a lovely English bone china teacup, tea, chocolate, and a DVD of Pride and Prejudice!

Would you like to know more about Sarah’s book, A Lady at Willow Grove Hall, and Julie’s new book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park? Just click on the titles to visit their websites. They are both talented authors with wonderful books I recommend to you!

To enter the giveaway go to: http://on.fb.me/14GEJCf

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie


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Hi Friends,

It’s time to celebrate the release of The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book Two in the Edwardian Brides Series!

The official launch date is October 7th, but we’ll be celebrating all month with special events, and we’ll be giving away five prize packages right here on my blog. Keep reading and make plans to celebrate with us!

Paris in a Cup Tea PartyCalifornia Book Launch: Downton Abbey Inspired ~ Book Signing Luncheon Tea at Paris in a Cup in Orange, CA, on Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 am. I’ll be sharing about my visit to Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed and tell the story behind my new book. Paris in a Cup is lovely, and the food is awesome! This is event is almost sold out, but give them a call and see if there is still room for you to attend.

The Daughter of Highland Hall Giveaways:  We’re offering five Edwardian Prize Packages, and we’re giving the first one away on Launch Day, Oct. 7th. But you can continue to enter all month. The other four prize packages will be given away on October 10, 17, 24, and 31! Check back each Friday to see if you are a winner.

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October 7th Prize Package “Tyntesfield Treasures” includes items I brought back from my last trip to England. Tyntesfiled is the beautiful estate that is the inspiration for Highland Hall. This package includes: Tyntesfiled tea towel, Tyntesfield mug, Tyntesfield Chapel stained glass sun catcher, Vintage Tea Time Recipes Cookbook, and a signed copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

*****Congratulations to Mikaela! She is the winner of the first Prize Package. She left this comment: I love reading historical fiction because it gives me the chance to “live” in another time. “The Governess of Highland Hall” is one of my absolute favorite books and I cannot wait to get my hands on “Daughter of Highland Hall.” Mikaela, be watching for my email. I’ll need your mailing address! : )

October 10th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey 2015 Calendar, An Edwardian style necklace from Belle on a Budget, A lovelyEnglish bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

******Congratulations to Sally S. from Happy Valley, Oregon. She is the winner of this prize package!

October 17th Prize Package includes a canister of Downton Abbey Tea, London Clock Tower necklace, a lovely English bone china tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

********Congratulations to Sara Kate! She is the winner of this prize package!

October 24th Prize Package includes a Downton Abbey Puzzle, An antique key beaded pendant from Belle on a Budget, a lovely tea cup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
********Congratulation wo Kathleen E. Belongia! She is the winner of the 4th prize package!
October 31 Prize Package includes A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey hard cover book, Set of four Downton Abbey Coasters, an lovely English bone china teacup, and a copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall.
*******Congratulations to Brenda P., from Mobile, Alabama who is the winner of the final Prize Package!

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Carrie and her husband Scott, pastor of Calvary Chapel Living Hope, Robbinsville, New Jersey

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to join me on Sunday, October 5th, for the official launch of my new book, The Daughter of Highland Hall, Book 2 in the Edwardian Brides Series.

I’m grateful for my church, Calvary Chapel Living Hope, and I’m excited they’re willing to celebrate this book launch with me during our 10 o’clock Sunday Morning service. I’ll be sharing briefly about the story and about using books as an outreach tool. Then after the service I’ll be signing and giving away copies of The Daughter of Highland Hall, one per family. We’ll also be serving some special homemade British refreshments that day.

Daughter Highland HallI hope you’ll come and enjoy the worship service with us and pick up your copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall! For information about Calvary Chapel Living Hope and directions please visit our church website: www.takejesushome.com.

If you don’t live close enough to attend, I hope you’ll pick up a copy at your local bookstore, or you can order it from my website.

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

Hi Friends,

Today I want to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Vickie McDonough, to my blog. Vickie writes inspirational prairie romances that have won multiple awards. Vickie’s newest book, Song of the Prairie, just released! It’s book 3 in the Pioneer Promises Series.

Vickie, please tell us about the heroine in the story.

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Janie Dunn’s dream of being an opera singer suddenly fades when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her deceased cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, but life takes another dire change when he is suddenly killed. Is a marriage of convenience the answer to her problems? Is Kansas far enough away from Boston that they are safe from the baby’s vengeful father?

What can you tell us about the hero?

I loved writing my hero, Aaron Harper. He’s the oldest of the three Harper brothers and has waited patiently for me to tell his story in the final book of the series. He’s such a good, honorable man, but he’s troubled because he was unable to make his first wife happy. He feels partly responsible for her death even though he wasn’t. I loved giving him the woman he deserves—a woman who could love him as much as he loves her.

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What type of reserach did you do for this story?

I had to do quite a bit of research for Janie’s character. Her dream is to be an opera star and sing on the big stage—and she has the voice for it—but the right doors haven’t opened for her. I had to study opera a bit and learn some musical terminology to make creative analogies and metaphors for her character.

This sounds like a great story! I know readers are going to enjoy it.

What are the titles of the other books in the series?

Whispers on the Prairie and Call of the Prairie.Call of the Prairie

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We are giving away a copy of Song of the Prairie to one person who leaves a comment. I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, August 17th. US entries only.

Blessings and Happy Reading!

Carrie

 

The governess of Highland HallHi Friends,

The Governess of Highland Hall has received over 100 5-Star Reviews on Amazon, and it’s time to celebrate! As a way to say thank you to my friends and help more readers discover this story . . . I’m hosting this fun giveaway of Highland Hall themed gifts. See the photo and list of items below.

I purchased the recipe book, tea towel, and bluebell sachet in England on my last trip. So they’ve traveled all around the UK and back home with me . . . and I’m excited to share them with you!

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The items in the Giveaway include:

  • Two English Bone China Teacups
  • Tea Towel from England’s Lake District (Home of Beatrix Potter)
  • Bluebell Sachet
  • Vintage Teatime Recipe Book
  • Scone Mix
  • Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Jam
  • Box of Twinnings Tea
  • The Daughter of Highland Hall Postcards and Bookmarks
  • An Autographed Copy of The Governess of Highland Hall

Everyone who enters the giveaway will receive email updates from me, so you’ll be the first to know when I have a new release or free eBook available.

The Giveaway runs from August 2 – 8. I’ll notify the winner by email after the giveaway closes. Please share this link with your friends!

****Update! The Winner of the giveaway is LouAnn C. Congratulations! I’ve emailed you with details on how to claim your prize. I hope you enjoy a specail teatime with a friend.

Happy Reading,

Carrie

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Where Two Hearts MeetHi Friends,  I’m sorry the link for my free eBook in my last blog post was broken! It’s working now….My latest release, Where Two Hearts Meet, is available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon through June16!

Two Sisters, Two Heartwarming Novellas. . . There’s no better place for romance, forgiveness, and second chances than the Sweet Something Teashop.

These two novellas, “Tea for Two” and “Wherever Love Takes Us”, were originally released a few years ago, but I’ve updated and revised them for new readers to enjoy. I hope you will download your free copy today!

Carrie TuranskyIf you’d prefer to read it in paperback you can purchase Where Two Hearts Meet for only $7.95 when you order through this link with this discount code: X29FG5H4.

I appreciate your interest in my books, your kind reviews, and your faithful encouragement! I’ll be sharing more about my trip to England and Scotland in my next few blog posts.
Stay tuned!

Until then, Happy Reading!
Carrie
www.carrieturansky.com

Where Two Hearts MeetHi Friends,

My latest release, Where Two Hearts Meet, is available as a FREE Kindle download on Amazon June 12 – 16!

Two Sisters, Two Heartwarming Novellas. . . There’s no better place for romance, forgiveness, and second chances than the Sweet Something Teashop.

These two novellas, “Tea for Two” and “Wherever Love Takes Us”, were originally released a few years ago, but I’ve updated and revised them for new readers to enjoy. I hope you will download your free copy today!

Carrie TuranskyIf you’d prefer to read it in paperback you can purchase Where Two Hearts Meet for only $7.95 when you order through this link with this discount code: X29FG5H4.

I appreciate your interest in my books, your kind reviews, and your faithful encouragement! I’ll be sharing more about my trip to England and Scotland in my next few blog posts.
Stay tuned!

Until then, Happy Reading!
Carrie
www.carrieturansky.com

A Promise Kept coverA promise from God is a promise kept

Robin Lee Hatcher draws on her own personal pain to illustrate God’s goodness.

Hi Friends, today I wanted to share news about a novel that has just released from one of my author friends. It’s a story that comes from her heart, I believe it will touch yours!

When Robin Lee Hatcher’s marriage ended in divorce, she was devastated.I’d been so convinced God had promised me that He would save our marriage,” the author says, but she quickly learned that sometimes God answers prayer in the most unexpected ways. In the following years, God used the pain of what appeared to be a failed marriage to draw her closer to Him. In A Promise Kept Robin draws on that personal pain to craft a story about a woman married to an alcoholic, a woman who has to learn the value and importance of surrendering everything to the Lord.

Despite the similarities to her own life, Robin notes, “Allison’s life is not the same as mine. I didn’t retreat to a mountain cabin nor have an aunt whose journals helped me discover truths I needed to know, nor did I withdraw from God during the depths of my grief as Allison does. But every lesson God teaches me eventually makes its way into one of my stories. That was certainly true of A Promise Kept.”

In A Promise Kept, Allison finds herself divorced despite her long-held belief that God would save her marriage. She’s left asking, “What became of God’s promise?” Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, then married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum to get and stay sober or leave, she thought it might save their marriage. She never expected he would actually choose to walk out the door. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear she’d misunderstood. Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant great aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small-town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Has she really surrendered every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption and eventual reconciliation with her husband, A Promise Kept is Robin’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who keeps His promises. “I hope readers will be encouraged to keep walking forward,” Robin says. “I hope, if they are in a troubled marriage, that they will seek God with their whole hearts and not act out of selfishness but out of obedience. I hope reading A Promise Kept will deepen their faith in a God who answers prayers, in His own way and His own time.”

Robin Lee Hatcher will be hosting a Facebook party on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM EST to chat with readers about A Promise Kept, give away copies of the book and reveal the grand prize winner of a social media giveaway. More details will be available on her Facebook page.

Advance Praise for A Promise Kept

“A beautiful, heart-touching story of God’s amazing grace, and how He can restore and make new that which was lost.”

~  Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author

“Hatcher’s beautifully crafted tale alternates between the past and the present. Allison and Emma are incredibly relatable characters, and readers are able to examine their own lives through the mirror of the novel’s events. Filled with family and faith, the author’s phrasing is exquisite and a treat to savor.”

~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

Robin-Lee-HatcherBest-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, Hatcher is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with more than five million copies in print.

Hatcher enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband, Jerry, make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

For more information about Hatcher and her books, visit her online home at www.robinleehatcher.com, become a fan on Facebook (robinleehatcher) or follow her on Twitter (@robinleehatcher).