No Ocean Too Wide Cover Reveal!

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to share the beautiful new cover design for my next English historical novel, No Ocean Too Wide! I love the fresh color scheme and movement in the design. They are perfect for this story that shares the trials and triumphs of the McAllister siblings when the three youngest are sent from England to Canada as British Home Children, and their oldest sister must follow them there.

Here’s a bit more about the story: When Laura McAllister, a young lady’s maid, learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother’s knowledge or permission, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her to use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Frasier, a wealthy young lawyer, is surprised to see his mother’s former lady’s maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the McAllister family and those who are mistreated as British Home Children.

Inspiring and hope-filled, No Ocean Too Wide will touch your heart and lift your spirit. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you when it releases June 25, 2019! It’s available for pre-order at WaterBrook Multnomah and other online retailers. 

 

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

Free eBook Celebrating the 4th of July!

Hi Friends,

I hope you have some special plans to relax and enjoy the 4th of July this coming week! In honor of Independence day I’m offer you a free eBook copy of Surrendered Hearts!  This  contemporary inspirational romance is set in Vermont in the summer and includes a fun 4th of July scene. Surrendered Hearts is the winner of the International Digital Award, and has more than 180 great reviews on Amazon. This free offer ends 7/4, so be sure to download your copy at Amazon right away! Thanks for sharing the free ebook offer with your friends! 

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Carrie

June Giveaway

Hi Friends, 

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy a great summer! Do you have vacation plans? I did some traveling earlier this month, and now I need to settle in and finish writing my current work in progress, Finding Her Way Home. Researching and writing about British Home Children has been quite a heart-tugging journey, especially as I’ve grown to love my characters. I’m looking forward to sharing this new story with you next year.

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy reading some new novels. Each month I’m hosting a special giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. My email newsletter goes out every other month with book news, giveaways, recipes, and encouraging articles. I hope you’ll subscribe at he box on the upper right, and then leave a comment below this post to enter this month’s giveaway. If you already subscribe to my newsletter, just mention that in your comment, and I will put your name in the drawing!  I will announce the winner the first week of July and announce the next giveaway here on my blog, so check back often!

 

June giveaway books:  I have two wonderful historical novels for you — A Rebel Heart by Beth White and Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson.

Here’s what I wrote about A Rebel Heart in my endorsement: “With great skill, Beth White combines intriguing history with inspiring romance, and then adds a good measure of mystery and suspense to her newest novel, A Rebel Heart. From the first page to the last, readers will be wrapped up in Selah’s quest to restore her family’s stately Mississippi home and charmed by the touching romance. Levi’s investigation to solve a series of robberies and find out who is behind the mysterious incidents that threaten Selah and her family will keep reader guessing and turning pages until the very end.”

“Intricate and lyrical, Catching the Wind tells interwining stories of lost souls and faithful hearts. Once again, Melanie Dobson pens a novel full of fascinating histroical details and characters as real as your best friends–and worst enemies. Engrossing, beautiful, and thoughtful, this is a novel to be savored.” — Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of When Tides Turn.

For more information about these books and authors, just click on the covers above. 

I have some fun news to share–Shine Like the Dawn won the HOLT Medallion Award last weekend for best Long Inspirational Novel! The HOLT Medallion is sponsored by the Virginia Romance Writers of America and judged by readers. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll purchase a copy and enjoy it this summer. Click on the cover for links to your favorite retailer.

Thank you for connecting with me and helping me spread the word about my books! I appreciate you!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Where Two Hearts Meet on Sale!

Hi Friends,

Where Two Hearts Meet is on sale for .99 cents for a limited time! This double novella collection features two sister who own the Sweet Something Teashop. The stories are set in Princeton, near where I live, so it was fun to include local sights and events! It’s available as an eBook or paperback. Purchase your copy at this link. 

Tea for Two – Allison Bennett, co-owner of a financially strapped teashop in Princeton, New Jersey, receives a large anonymous check that saves her business. But she has no idea who sent it. Could it be from Peter Hillinger, the wealthy businessman who owns the shop next door and wants to win Allison’s heart? Or is it from Tyler Lawrence, Allison’s old boyfriend, who returns to town claiming a renewed faith and a changed life? Allison doesn’t know whom to trust. Should she follow her head or heart, or is there Someone else who can guide her toward the best path for her future?

Wherever Love Takes Us – After twenty-five years of marriage, Matt and Tessa Malone are struggling to recover financially and rebuild trust following a business failure. When Matt inherits property in Oregon, he wants to move the family there to make a fresh start. But Tessa can’t imagine giving up the cozy teashop she co-owns with her sister, or leaving her friends and family in Princeton. Whose dream will they follow, and how much will it cost their family? Can they resolve their differences and rebuild a love that seems lost?

Would you like to see the characters and setting for Where Two Hearts Meet? Take a look at the Pinterest Board. I hope you’ll take advantage of this great sale price and enjoy reading Where Two Hearts Meet!

Until Next Time – Happy Reading,

Carrie

Celebrating a New Contract!

Hi Friends,

I’m excited to share that I recently signed a new contract with WaterBrook Multnomah for two more English historical novels! The research for these stories has really gripped my heart, and I’m working hard to weave what I’ve been learning about British Home Children into an engaging and inspiring plot. Here’s a bit of background about British Home Children.

From the 1860s – 1930s more than 100,000 poor and orphaned British children were taken from their homes and families and sent to Canada. A few of the younger ones were adopted, but most became indentured household servants and farm laborers. Some were well treated, but many suffered because of prejudice, neglect, isolation, and abuse. These two books will tell the story of the McAlister Family and their struggle to be reunited after the three youngest siblings are separated from their mother and sent to Canada as British Home Children. The oldest sister, Laura, is determined to find her siblings and reunite her family, but she can’t do it alone. Laura teams up with Andrew Frasier, a wealthy young lawyer, who is investigating child emigration to Canada on behalf of the British government. Together they search for her siblings and seek to bring about changes to help British Home Children and their families.

The working title for the first book is An Ocean Between Us, but that may change. It’s due to release Fall 2019. Would you like to see the Characters and setting? Click on over to my An Ocean Between Us Pinterest board and take a look.

That’s all for now. I’m off to write the next chapter!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

 

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #5

Hi Friends, Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt be sure to start at Stop #1 and collect all the clues through the 30 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/1 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through all the stops in a loop using Chrome or Firefox as your Internet browser, not Explorer.
  • There is no rush to complete the hunt! You have all weekend, until Sunday 3/4 at Midnight EST. So take your time and enjoy the unique posts along the way. Our hope is that you’ll discover new authors and books that you’ll enjoy!
  • Submit your entry for the grand prize by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #30. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way. Be sure to look for those!

I’m very happy to introduce award-winning author, Angela Hunt. I’ve read and loved many of Angela’s books, and I’ve enjoyed listening to her speak at writers’ conferences. She is a creative woman with many talents, including writing and photography.

Here is a brief summary of her newest release, Judah’s Daughter:  Leah, the daughter of an abusive father, is relieved when she marries Judah, a gentle giant. But when Judah’s father draws the family into war, Leah finds herself married to a warrior, and she’s not sure she can handle the change . . .

WHY I LOVE KOSHER JELLY DOUGHNUTS 

By Angela Hunt

My dental hygienist, Cheryl, is Jewish. When I was beginning to research the book that would become Judah’s Wife, I happily told Cheryl that I had learned all kinds of things about the Jews in the second century before Christ.

“Hanukkah?” She asked. “You’re learning about Hanukkah?”

I frowned. “Um . . . I haven’t gotten to that yet.”

But weeks later, I did. I learned that the Seleucids, an empire of Greek-influenced Syrians, had taken over Judea and required the Jews to abandon their acts of faith. No circumcising baby boys, no observing the Sabbath, no abstaining from pork and shellfish. Any Jewish person found practicing the Law of Moses would be tortured and put to death.

Antiochus Epiphanes, the Seleucid king who came to Jerusalem, was so intent on creating a homogeneous Empire that he visited the Holy Temple and desecrated the altar by sacrificing a pig–to Zeus, mind you. He declared that the Temple would be a place to worship Zeus, then he went back to Antioch and left his henchmen to enforce his laws in Judea.

When Judah Maccabaeus and his brothers led the ragtag army of Judea against these invaders, God granted them a mighty victory. The word Hanukkah means dedication in Hebrew, and after Judah and his men cleansed and rededicated the Temple, Judah declared that the people should celebrate for seven days. That was the first Hanukkah, and Jews have been celebrating it ever since.

When I went back to the dentist, I told Cheryl that I now understood Hanukkah. “Oh, so you heard about the oil,” she said. “The uncontaminated vial they found that burned for seven days.”
Again, I shook my head. “I’m sorry,” I told her. “But there is absolutely no mention of a vial of oil or a miraculous burning lamp in any of the original documents.”

“I’ll ask my brother the rabbi about it,” she said.

“And I’ll do more research,” I promised.

When I went back to see her six months later, with a copy of Judah’s Wife in hand, I said, “I’m sorry, but I learned that there is absolutely no mention of the miracle of the oil until hundreds of years later. Experts think rabbis created the story for the sake of young children—because it seemed unseemly to celebrate a bloody war for seven days.”

“My brother said you’re right,” she said, a little mournfully. “It’s probably just a story.”

I felt bad—who wants to burst someone’s bubble? “Well,” I said, “if it helps, we Christians have our traditions, too. People think the wise kings came to see baby Jesus on the night He was born, but they weren’t kings and they probably arrived months later. People talk about the angels singing to the shepherds, but the Bible never says they sang. People think Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem, but if there was a donkey, it was probably carrying water jugs and food for the journey. In fact, Jesus was probably born in springtime, not in winter.”

“Still,” she said. “When you grow up believing something—”

“Hanukkah is still a miracle,” I said. “That an unskilled group of farmers and Torah scholars could overcome one of the world’s leading armies—that’s a miracle. That they could face battle elephants and horses and rolling towers and catapults—that’s a miracle. That they could turn a battered, burned, starving city into a place of refuge and restoration—that’s the real miracle of Hanukkah.”

Hanukkah offers encouragement for Christians today. The Jews of Judah’s day were being pressured—to the point of death—to conform to the world, yet the devout remained true to their God. Christians in our day are being pressured to conform to the world, but will we remain true? The Maccabees set a glorious and challenging example.

At Hanukkah, Jews in Israel eat these wonderful jelly doughnuts, called Sufganiot. They are wonderful any time, and you can find the recipe here: https://www.thespruce.com/hanukkah-doughnuts-sufganiot-2121658

Traditional Jewish food for Chanukkah holyday. Luxurious looking sufganiyot. Photo (c) gburshtein-fotolia

Why not make some for your family at Easter? What better way to say we are dedicated to Christ?

Angela Hunt is the author of more than 140 books for children and adults. Read more about her work at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

Here’s the Stop #5 Skinny:

You can order Angela’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore.

Clue to write down: FOUND

Link to Stop #6, Angela Hunt’s own site!

***** But wait, before you go, I’m offering my own giveaway! Two books to two winners! You may choose Shine Like the Dawn or Across the Blue. This giveaway is open to US winners only. To enter, just sign up to receive my email newsletter in the box at the top right on this page, and then leave a comment below, telling me if you are new subscriber, or if you already receive my newsletters. Winners will be announced on 3/5 and contacted by email. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie

Across the Blue Cover Design

Hi Friends, Only about one month until the February 20th release of Across the Blue! I’m very excited to share this new story with you, and I thought you might enjoy seeing what was involved in creating the beautiful cover.

In December 2016 I filled out an author questionnaire and sent cover ideas to the team at WaterBrook. At that time I’d only written about 1/3 of the book! I created a Pinterest board for my book and saved images of the setting, characters, and clothing. These images helped me picture the story as I was writing, and they were a great resource for the cover design team. 

In April  2017 Kristopher Orr, the designer at WaterBrook who has created all my lovely covers, started corresponding with me via email. We wanted the cover to truly reflect the time period and the story, and that takes time and research as well as great design skills. They planned to rent a costume for the photo shoot, so they showed me these three outfits and asked me which one I thought would look the best. I chose the ivory suit in the middle. The story takes place in the spring and summer, so the light color and Edwardian style looked like something Bella Grayson would wear.

We needed a different hat than the one pictured, so we contacted our friend Darna as East Angel Harbor Hats. She has designed special hats for my last three book cover shoots. And once again, she rose to the challenge in record time and sent us this lovely hat.

Sophia Alessi, from the Donna Baldwin Agency, was chosen as the model for the photo shoot, and she did a great job portraying Bella!

 

 

A few more months passed, and I eagerly waited to see the final cover design. They sent me these four mock ups and asked for my input. I liked them all, but I felt the fourth design was the strongest. The color, the type, and the photos all worked together to create a stunning design. The team at WaterBrook agreed, and they moved ahead to finalize the cover for Across the Blue.

 

Adding the back cover copy and the spine is the final step in the cover design process. Here’s a peek at those elements.

So, what do you think? Did you realize all that went into designing a cover? I’m grateful to Kristopher and the team at Waterbrook for “dressing” Across the Blue so beautifully!

I hope you’ll pre-order your copy of Across the Blue so you can have it in your hands the day it releases!

Happy Reading,

Carrie

Waiting for His Return Release Day!

 

Hi Friends, It’s release day for Waiting for His Return! I’m excited to share this heartwarming holiday novella with you, and I have a special giveaway to celebrate the book launch. The story is set in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War. The hero is British-born artist, James Galloway, who travels with the Union troops drawing battle scenes that are sent back to Harper’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper.

When James is attacked and left for dead at the side of the road near the Thornton’s home, Rachel Thornton takes him in and uses the skills she has learned from her physician father to save James’s life. Her father, sister, and two loyal servants also lend a hand. But the battlefront is moving closer to Nashville, and with it, increasing danger for James, Rachel, and her family.

James and Rachel grow closer as he recovers, but he has a commitment to fulfill for Harpers Weekly. Rachel has already lost one man she loves, and she is reluctant to give her heart to another man who may soon become a casualty of the war. 

With Christmas coming, Rachel waits for news from James. Will he find his way back to her, or will she be left waiting for his return?

 Waiting for His Return was originally published in A Blue and Gray Christmas and was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy. The eBook is available on Amazon for $2.99 for a limited time. Download your copy today and start reading to enjoy this story!

To celebrate the launch of Waiting for His Return I’m offering a special giveaway for my reading friends!  The gifts include two adult coloring books, drawing pencils, and fine line markers, plus an Oh Holy Night Gift Set with mug, plate, tote bag, bookmark, pen, and devotional book. To enter the giveaway just share this post on social media or with a friend via email, then leave a comment below, telling me where you shared it. The winner will be chosen Monday, November 13th and notified by email. Thanks for helping me celebrate and spread the word about Waiting for His Return!

****Thanks for stopping by! The winner has been chosen – Jeanie Dannheim – and the giveaway has closed. Happy Reading, Carrie

 

 

Cover Reveal!

Hi Friends, 

It’s almost time to launch Waiting for His Return! This Civil War novella is available now for preorder on Amazon as an eBook and releases November 7th and is only $2.99 for a limited time.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. After being captured and spending several months in a confederate prison, he finally escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines. But he is attacked by a bushwhacker and left for dead at the side of the road near the Thornton’s home.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their home and nurses him while he recovers. As she gets to know James her feelings for him grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give James her heart, when she knows he may become another casualty. The heartwarming, holiday story will touch your heart and lift your spirit.

Take a look at the Pinterest board to see the characters and setting for this story. This novella was originally published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection and was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. It has been revised and updated for more readers to enjoy.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Carrie

Free Moonlight Over Manhattan

Hi Friends, As we move into November and the season of Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you to my loyal readers. I hope you’ll download your free copy of Moonlight Over Manhattan! And if you enjoy it, I hope you’ll post a review on Amazon and tell your friends about it. Word of mouth is the best publicity around. Thank very much!

This heartwarming novella is set in New York during the fall and includes Thanksgiving and Christmas events for the hero and heroine, Justin and Sarah. There’s also a sweet grandmother and her cute dog to add humor to the story. I think you’ll be encouraged by Sarah’s faith journey and the sweet romance.

It is free on Amazon 10/24 – 10/28. Thanks for helping me spread the word! Download your copy here: http://amzn.to/2yLeBI6

Until next time, happy reading,

Carrie