Main-Image-Downton-Abbey-Series-4Hi Friends,

Downton Abbey Season Four premieres on January 5th on PBS, and I can’t wait! I’m excited to see what will happen to all the characters, and I plan to follow them through this new season.

Season three had a rather shocking ending . . . but I’ll be cheering for Mary and eager to see how she overcomes her grief and moves forward as George’s mother and as the new partner in overseeing the estate. And what about Edith—will she finally find happiness? I’m hoping Anna and John Bates will enjoy married life and perhaps have a baby. And then there’s Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Daisy, Mrs. Patmore, Lord and Lady Grantham and my favorite, Violet – the Dowager Countess.

The Governess of Highland HallMy enjoyment of Downton Abbey inspired me to write the Edwardian Brides Series. Book one, The Governess of Highland Hall, released last fall, and I am hard at work on Book 2, The Daughter of Highland Hall which comes out this October. Book 3 is also in the works and will follow the Ramsey family of Highland Hall into WW1.

To celebrate Dowton Abbey’s new season and The Edwardian Brides Series we’re hosting a, “Win a Downton Abbey Finale Viewing Party” contest, where you can win treats and Downton Abbey-themed items for you and your friends. It will run through February 9, 2014. US residents only.

Downton Pize PackagePrizes include:

  • Downton Abbey DVDs, Seasons 1, 2, and 3.
  • A Downton Abbey Tote Bag
  • Downton Abbey English Rose Tea
  • Four Tea Cups, Scone Mix, and Lemon Curd
  • The Governess of Highland Hall, four copies

Downton Viewing Party2Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Will you be watching too? Be sure to fill out the entry below and share this contest with your friends!

Happy viewing and  happy reading!

Carrie

BookStand-300Hi Friends,

I know many of you are avid readers of Christian fiction . . . so how do you keep up with what’s new in Christian fiction and how do you find the next book you’d like to read? I’d like to tell you about NovelCrossing – a great website for readers!

Publisher websites are excellent for featuring their titles and authors. Book retailers have good, up-to-date, thorough book data and include reader reviews. Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Family Fiction, Title Trakk and others have features and interviews of favorite authors. Shelfari and Goodreads offer reader community options but cover all books and all genres. So where can an avid reader of Christian fiction go to find all that, across all publishers, at one Website? You can visit Novel Crossing, the Intersection of Fiction and Faith!

Here’s what Novel Crossing has for you:

Want to find your favorite Christian fiction author?

Currently 800+ novelists can be found on the Website, including favorites Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Jerry Jenkins, Ted Dekker, and hundreds of others. More are being added each day. By visiting your Novel Crossing author pages, you will find bios, photographs, and links to their presence in the digital world, including Websites, Facebook, and Twitter options. Authors are able to customize their own pages as well, giving them ability to leave messages for readers, upload videos or new photos.

Looking for a particular novel?

Around 4,000 individual book listings are available to browse on Novel Crossing, including titles both new and old, their authors, and their descriptions. These books are published by Christian publishing companies, and we exercise caution when adding self-published books so that the Novel Crossing catalog will remain a trusted source of faith-based fiction.

Don’t have a particular book in mind?

All titles are categorized into genres, and featured titles can be found in those categories as well as through book searches. Looking for romantic suspense that isn’t thriller-heavy? Come take a look!

Looking for Christian fiction news and entertainment? 

Check out any of our featured book reviews, unique-to-Novel Crossing author interviews, devotionals from favorite authors, features introducing readers to new books, by genre or topic, book club and librarian-specific elements.

Want to create of bookshelf of your favorite authors or get a recommendation for a next fantastic read? 

Novel Crossing allows community members the opportunity to build “Read,” “Reading,” and “To Read” virtual bookshelves, and offers suggestions of similar books on the book item pages. As you add books to your shelf, review books, and comment on features, Novel Crossing is better able to connect you with authors and books you may love.

Looking for the latest in book trailers or author interview videos? 

Novel Crossing features new videos weekly, drawing widely from the book trailers and author videos that help connect a reader to a beloved author or series.

Hoping to purchase a new novel?

Novel Crossing is not a retail site, but on any of the book pages there is a Buy Now link that will take you to a variety of retail options.

Can I write for Novel Crossing?

Check out our writer’s guidelines, where writers and reviewers can learn more about contributing to the Website.

NovelCrossing would like to hear from you!

READER SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NovelCrReaders

NovelCrossing is offering 1 in 10 survey respondents a free book, while supplies last. Winners will be randomly drawn from among all survey respondents and notified in late January. USA only.

Have you visited NovelCrossing? Why not click over and take a look today! Happy Reading to All!

 

Scavenger Hunt

Follow all 25 clues to win an iPad Mini, free books and more!

Welcome to the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! The hunt begins on 10/18 at noon, mountain time and ends on 10/20 at midnight. Take your time and enjoy all 25 stops! We hope you visit all the authors’ blogs and discover their new or soon-to-be-released titles!

Collect the clues in red on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #26, then fill out the Rafflecopter form on Lisa’s site. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 25 stops, within 24 hours of email notification, or another winner will be randomly drawn.

The prizes include: Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt—25 books with a total value of over $300! Open to international entrants. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. I am offering a bonus giveaway!

tricia GoyerMy Guest: Tricia Goyer

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Tricia Goyer who is an awesome author, wife, mom, inspiration, and encourager!

Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving Family, Proverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Find out more at her website, or connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

A Christmas Gift for RoseTricia’s new novel: A Christmas Gift for Rose!

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

amish horse and buggyBy Tricia Goyer

I was sitting at a long table with my bookstore owner friends and three Amish couples. We were chatting about some of the true stories that inspired my novels when one of the Amish men paused with his forkful of mashed potatoes halfway to his lips.

“I might have a story idea for you,” Myron said.

I nodded and smiled. I hear this comment often. Everyone has a story idea—from the person sitting next to me on the airplane, to my Bible study leader, to my husband’s best friend. Everyone.

“Really, what is it?” I asked.

“Well, it’s my grandma’s story. She was born Englisch, but during the Great Depression her parents were dirt poor. Every day they sent her to their Amish neighbor’s house around mealtime. They had nothing to offer and the Amish family always had compassion. One day when the neighbors took my grandmother home, her parents were gone! They said they loved her but had nothing to offer. They knew she’d be able to survive with the Amish family, so they left her there.”

My eyes filled with tears, and I pushed back my slice of coconut cream pie. Before I could ask more questions, the conversation moved to another direction. Still that story lingered. What would it be like to grow up Amish and then discover such truth?

I thought about the Great Depression. My grandma lives with me, and she’s told me lots of stories. She took a bath in a tin tub and only had one dress. They ate the same food every day—beans and bread—but she didn’t think much of it. As I thought about my Amish character, whom I named Rose, my grandma’s stories wove their way into my thinking. Rose began to come alive.

Then I considered the type of man Rose would love. He’d be strong and brave, and he’d have something to say about World War II . . . the war going on just as they entered adulthood. My mind traveled to WWII veterans whom I’ve interviewed. One veteran, Bill Mann, was a Christian pacifist. He felt shooting anyone was wrong—even an enemy—so he became an ambulance driver. The Amish were also pacifists, yet a few joined the military to join the medical corp. They followed their beliefs even though their whole community was against just a thing.

Three stories from three different people who lived the same generation merged to form Rose and Jonathan’s story. These characters came alive as I thought about the real people who inspired them.

I never get tired of hearing people’s stories, and now you know why. There is so much rich emotion and history in every gray-haired person. My job is to pull those stories out and give readers some enjoyment, while also providing a glimpse into the past. I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than that!

You can purchase Tricia’s novel, A Christmas Gift for Rose, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore.

THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY: Before you go, write down the STOP #11 clue: to suspense

Your next stop is Tricia Goyer’s Blog.

Make sure you visit all 25 stops and then enter the Rafflecopter form at stop #26 back at Lisa Bergren’s site, to be in the running for all the big prizes!

BONUS GIVEAWAY!

If you’d like to win a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall (3 winners, 1 book each), please do two of the following and leave a comment to tell me what you did: Comment about Tricia’s article above, sign up to receive my email newsletter (box is on the right, above), share this link on Facebook, Like my Facebook Author Page, or Tweet: I want to read the Governess of Highland Hall by @Carrieturansky. I will draw a winner on Monday, Oct. 21.

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Hi Friends,
It’s finally time for the release of the Governess of Highland Hall! I am so excited for you to meet Julia Foster and William Ramsey, and all those who live on the beautiful country estate called Highland.
We had a wonderful time at the local book launch on Sunday, Oct. 13th. But I know many of you live too far away to come, so here’s how you can join in the fun!
Joanne Bischof, Carrie Turansky, and Julie Lessman.

Joanne Bischof, Carrie Turansky, and Julie Lessman.

Online Facebook Party
Everyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday October 15th for an Online Facebook Book Launch Party, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern time. It will be a Livestream video chat from my Author Page (look for the bright red Livestream button under where you like the page to connect to the event). I’ll be giving you the behind the page info on The Governess of Highland Hall, answering your questions, and giving away copies of the book and some fun prizes including Downton Abbey DVDs, Calendars, and Cookbook, plus teacups! Authors Julie Lessman and Joanne Bischof will be calling in as my special guests, and they will be giving away copies of their books too! Please RSVP  for the Facebook Party, and we will send you a reminder so you don’t miss the fun and prizes!
Prize Giveaway #1 – Over $40.00 Value
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 1 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #2 – Over $30.00 Value
• The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbooks
• Tea Infuser
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #3 – Over $40.00
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 2 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #4 – $30.00
• Tea cup and saucer
• Tea Infuser
• Lady Alminia and the Real Downton Abbey Book
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #5 – Over $30.00 Value
• Tea cup: http
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Page-a-Day Calendar
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
Prize Giveaway #6 – Over $40.00 Value
• Tea Infuser
• Downton Abbey Season 3 DVD
• 1 copy of The Governess of Highland Hall
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Online Giveaway
Everyone is welcome to enter the Highland Hall Novel Tea Giveaway for a chance to win one of three full-to-the-brim English Tea and Downton Abbey themed gift baskets.

 

 

Prize Package 1: Over $120.00 Value

Downton DVD

  • Tea Set
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Downton Abbey, Season 3 DVD
  • Silver and Faux Pearl Pendant
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall

Prize Package 2: Over $80.00 Value

cuppa

  • Tea cup
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Tea Spoon
  • The World of Downton Abbey book
  • Secrets of Highclere Castle DVD
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall

Prize Package 3: Over $60.00 Value 

tea cup

  • Tea cup
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Tea Infuser
  • Tea Towel
  • Downton Abbey Calendar
  • Pride &Prejudice Bookmark
  • 2 copies of The Governess of Highland Hall
The Highland Hall Novel Tea Giveaway starts Oct. 7th. To be entered in the drawing, please fill out the form below. Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, October 16th.

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Thank You!
I appreciate all my reading friends who have stopped by to help me celebrate the release of The Governess of Highland Hall! If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, just click here.