The Governess of Highland Hall Giveaway & Book Launch Events

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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


  • 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.

143 thoughts on “The Governess of Highland Hall Giveaway & Book Launch Events

  1. Hi Carrie–
    “Soaked” in the era/setting while I read G. of H.H., and the characters were so beautifully drawn. This story was a real treat to read and remained with me long after the last page. What a debut!– So glad I had the opportunity to read your story, Carrie.

  2. Hi Pat, thanks so much for your kind comments. I am excited to see the doll you hope to create in honor of the heroine, Juila Foster. Thanks so much!

  3. Hi, Carrie!

    As I’ve told you many times before, I’m so excited about the release your novel especially because I adore novels about governesses and from what I’ve read about yours, it will be a fabulous one.

    I wish I could be at your tea in person, however, I will most certainly be with you in my thoughts.

    You asked about Edwardian England. I think is was such an exciting time mostly because of the changes in society where the class differences were beginning to fade. This meant that titled people were most accepting of those in trade. In addition, the technological improvements were vast which not only improved people’s daily lives but helped businesses to grow as well.

    Congratulations on your new release and I hope you have a lovely time at the tea!

    All the best!

    Connie Fischer

  4. Hi Carrie!

    I can’t wait to read your book and hope I get the opportunity to do so soon! The more I read about it, the more excited to get to read it! 🙂
    Wish I still lived in NJ so I could come to the tea party. Chesterfield Township is just a short jaunt from where I grew up… But I guess I’ll have to make do with (hopefully) making it to the online party. 🙂

    • Oh, just saw the bit about living in the Edwardian Era…
      Well, I guess it was sort of England’s last bit of Golden Age before WWI started and changed the world and England forever.

      • Hi Amy, that’s fun to hear you lived in NJ! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will enjoy reading The Governess of Highland Hall!

  5. Your book sounds so good, I can’t wait to get my hands on it–although I’m thinking I need to read the 1st one 1st 😉
    I sure wish I could attend your teap party in person–tea parties were one of the fun things about the Edwardian–that and their beautiful clothing! I wish we still wore the same type of clothing (other than maybe the tight corsets–they wouldn’t be so great for us who are not so thin. LOL). I DO hope to be at your virtual tea though. Sounds like a bunch of fun for everyone!

    • HI Vickie, I hope you will join me on Oct. 15th for the online Facebook party! Connect on my Facebook author page. 7:00 pm Eastern. We’ll be giving away prizes ever 10 minutes, and Juie Lessman and Joanne Bischof are calling in to give away books too.

      • I am hoping to make it to tomorrow’s tea party. I have one obligatio that needs to be taken care of, & I’m hoping that it doesn’t interfere in my attendance–timing, timing. UGH Praying it works out though…..

    • Hi Robin, that would be so fun to see you! But I hope you will join me on Oct. 15th for the online Facebook party! Connect on my Facebook author page. 7:00 pm Eastern. We’ll be giving away prizes ever 10 minutes, and Juie Lessman and Joanne Bischof are calling in to give away books too.

  6. Hi Carrie! Thank you for all the AWESOME giveaways. I’m currently reading The Governess of Highland Hall and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll be reviewing it later today on my blog. 😉

    I’d love to live in the Edwardian times just so I could wear the clothing. It was a time if huge transition, from restrictive pieces with loads of fabric to more practical dresses that still were very beautiful.

    Thanks so much for this online party for those of us who can’t join you at the launch tea! I hope you have a blast!!!

  7. Well. I Would love the dresses of course! 🙂
    Congratulations, Carrie, on the new release. I LOVED It and so will everyone else!

  8. I love the clothes of the period! Congratulations on your new release, Carrie. I’ve been long looking forward to reading this new book from you. 🙂

  9. Your book sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. I wish I lived closer so I could attend the tea party.

    • Hi Jennifer, I wish you could attend the local party, but I know not everyone can . . . so, I hope you will join me on Oct. 15th for the online Facebook party! Connect on my Facebook author page. 7:00 pm Eastern. We’ll be giving away prizes ever 10 minutes, and Juie Lessman and Joanne Bischof are calling in to give away books too.

  10. I would love the tea parties, the pretty clothes and the dishes. . .I so love me a good cuppa tea. . your prizes are beautiful. I’m putting your books on my wish list as you are a new author for me.

  11. Hi Carrie,
    So excited to get my hands on your new book and many more. I just recently connected with you from another blog. So excited to find another author who writes in my favorite era. I always tell my mom I was born in the wrong era. Lol. I blessed to be where and I am but so intrigued with the Edwardian and Victorian eras. The clothes, food, homes, etc…..
    God bless and thank you for the opportunity!!

  12. Carrie,

    Congratulations on the release of The Governess of Highland Hall. I know you will capture many new and current readers with the inspiring setting and characters! Thanks for keeping us Downtown Abbey fans immersed!

      • Hi Marian, I am waving to you! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, we Donwton Abbey fans have to stick together. But I promise not to kill off any key characters, at least in book 1.

  13. I have been reading about your new book and I am so intrigued. I have a question about your live video chat. I have never done anything like that. How does it work and what do I have to do? I would so love to win one of your gift packages.

    • Hi Wilani,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment for me. I have never done a video chat either. This is something my publisher set up for me. Here is how I think it will work. People who want to take part will go to my Facebook Author page at 7:00 pm Eastern time on Oct. 15th and click on the bright red button that says Livestream. It is right under where you like the page. Then a new screen will open, and you will see me there. I think there will be a box where you can type in questions and comments. That is how people will be entered in the giveaways during the video chat. Names will be drawn every 10 minutes and announced while the chat is going on. I will not see you, but you will just see me and be able to interact with me by asking questions.

      Two other authors are calling in and I will put them on speaker phone so they can talk about their books – Julie Lessman and Joanne Bischof. They are also giving away copies of their books.

  14. The Edwardian Era had to be my favorite of all time. It was brought to my attention by Anne Of Green Gables and I fell in love with it, the parties, the ballgowns, tea in the garden, the fashion and romance. Since then I have been reading many books based in the era to learn more. Too bad I wasn’t born then.

  15. Thanks for the nice giveaway
    I would have liked living in the Edwardian times because it was when men were gentlemen and acted like it. Of course, I would have loved to have met a rogue of the times. More fun that

  16. Hello Carrie! It says in my entry that you want to know what I would like about living in Edwardian England. First, I’ve always thought the Edwardian Era would’ve been a nice era to live in, because it still had a lot of Victorian influences, but was also was adjusting to useful modern inventions (like the telephone, automobile, electricity). Second, I like a lot of the Edwardian fashion, still feminine with the long skirts and fancy hats -but more simple and not a full as the Victorian dresses. Some of my favorite Edwardian era stories are Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and Downton Abbey. Thanks for reading my comment. May your novel be a success! 🙂

  17. One of the best things about living during the Edwardian Period would be the beautiful jewels and the gorgeous clothes. And I would love to be a lady of leisure and read a lot!

  18. I think I would most enjoy the clothes! Congratulations on the release of your new book. I look forward to reading The Governess of Highland Hall. It would be such fun to win a copy along with one of these fabulous prize packages. Thanks for the chance!

  19. I love the civility and looking at the clothing and what appears to be a slower pace of life! And I love tea parties, reading, and word games — all popular during that era.

    What a treat you’re offering. Wish that I lived on the East Coast–at least for the night of your event. Would enjoy being there. But plan on joining the virtual one.

  20. As a teacher I have always pictured myself being a governess in that time period. I placed myself in castles ever since reading books by Victoria Holt!!!!!!!
    I am overjoyed that I can do so again through your book!
    Please don’t stop at just one book during this period!

    Blessings and Smiles:)

  21. Ever since I was about ten I dreamed of living in the Victorian/Edwardian time period of England. I got the 1910 American Girl doll and all her books and loved old dresses and tea parties. Ten years later I still adore the era and love watching period films, going to afternoon tea, and reading about the era, the authors of the time (Beatrix Potter, E.M. Forster, George Bernard Shaw). I would love the changes that were taking place, the Edwardian era was a critical point between two different worlds, yet there was still an elegance that marked the period. La Belle Epoque. I just love the architecture and the aesthetic of the time. Also the hairstyles. I have watched so many tutorials for Edwardian hairstyles. Just waiting until my hair gets longer!

  22. I have not had the pleasure of reading your books yet, but will put on my reading list. I love reading books written about this time in history. I only recently learned the history behind tea parties although they have fascinated me in books. Love how they took time out to share time with family & friends, wish our busy lives today let us do that ,to bad it’s a lost art.
    Love the gifts you have chosen for your giveaway , maybe someone will take the time to have a party!
    Thank you.

  23. Your book cover is absolutely stunning, I would love to read your book. My family and I absolutely love the Downton Abby series. Thanks for doing the free giveaway ! I hope I win!!

  24. I am obsessed with the Edwardian period, it is the perfect mix of the romantic Victorian period with all its up-tightness and the new century with the waive of industrialism coming in. I think it glamorous, but I love the dresses.

  25. I love the hats from this era and I love that a lot of the women still wear hats. Book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it.

  26. What would I love about living in Edwardian England? Probably the clothing, the manners, the combination of the past and modern times uniting.

  27. Wow, it’s so fun to see all those who have left a comment. So many of you would like to dress in Edwardian style. Me too! I will be dressing up for the local tea party on Sunday, Oct. 13th. I’ll also be dressing up when we do the book signing at Books a Million at Arundle Mills Mall in the Baltimore, MD area on Sat. Oct. 19th 2 – 5:00 pm. If you live nearby I hope you will stop in and say hello. : )

  28. I would enjoy learning more history of the homes, estates and clothing items for that period. I love the photos I have seen and find it all very interesting.

  29. The Edwardian period is one of my favorite fashion eras, so I would love the clothes! However, I am sure I would eat my words if I actually had a chance to go back in time. They are gorgeous, but I am sure they were mighty hot during the summer…all those layers and undergarments! But, a girl can dream!

  30. Hi Friends, it’s so fun to hear what you would like about living in Edwardian times. It looks like dressing Edwardian style is the most popular answer. Sounds like I should start an Edwardian clothing line! I did buy a lovely Edwardian dress online from a company called Recolections. So if you do really want to dress in that style, or for any time period, check them out. Blessings,

  31. The clothing and hair styles are among the most elegant in history, I think (the main disadvantage is the corset, but I’ll just forget about how uncomfortable they are). I love the huge, Eliza Doolittle hats too!

  32. thank you for putting together such a neat giveaway.
    I think those times were more classy…where manners actually were important and of value…and also the dress style was once again classier than often seen today.

  33. Oh man, I would love to have someone to do my hair every day. I have no ability to make my hair look cute, so to have someone do it every day would be a dream come true.
    I am very excited to read your book! Keep writing, because we need more clean novels!!

    • Hi Erin, I’d love to have someone do my hair every day too! Wouldn’t that be great. I hope you will enjoy The Governess of Highland Hall!

  34. The dresses, the life uncomplicated in its own way, just the whole thing. The tea of course too, can you imagine sitting down to tea in the sitting room.

  35. This launch party looks like great fun, Carrie!

    I like the beautiful clothing and jewelry of the Edwardian era, and just everything old fashioned about it, as I do all the eras before. Modern times? Not so much.

  36. As you already know, I LOVED your book!! 🙂
    The Edwardian period is fascinating to me—due to many aspects (the lifestyle, clothing, hair, etc.).
    Looking forward to the Launch Party on the 15th, and if I lived closer I’d certainly attend your Tea Party on Sunday!! Hugs, Patti Jo 🙂

  37. What would I love about living in Edwardian England? I’d love to *not* be in the servant class. 😉 But if you had money, times were good.

  38. I appreciate the opportuntity to win prizes, especially books. Thank you so much for offering them. I think the Edwardian Period can be viewed as rather romantic, with garden parties, protection of upper class women, a growing interest in sports and recreation, an acute sense of fashion, and enthusiam for travel. This was the time when “the sun never set on the British Empire.”

    • Hi Janice, It sounds like you know quite a bit about the Edwardian Era. That’s fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  39. I think perhaps what I would like the most is the courtesy that was a part of everyday life!
    I would love to win, read the book and enjoy Downtown Abbey!

  40. I think what I would like living in the Edwardian period in England would be the slower pace, less stress, and no medications (especially pills!). Well, not as much.

  41. I love the dresses and the manners of this era. We have lost so much of the way we should treat each other. Letter writing and tea how can that be something we would give up. I hope I win October 15th is my 58th birthday, can’t wait to read your book, I am a Hugh downtown abbey fan

  42. Hi Miss Carrie! Congratulations on the new release! I have been wanting to read and I have already booked my place at your Facebook Launch Party. Can’t wait to meet you and your two special guests. 🙂 Thank you for this generous giveawayu, also!

    Wanda Barefoot

    • As far as living in the Edwardian period in England… I love the etiquette. Everything is done in a “proper” fashion and anything less is a “scandal”!

  43. The English culture is so proper. That I love. I am hopefully going to London next spring & look so forward to seeing things for real. Your books put me in those places. awesome! Ordering your book today!thank you for the contest.

  44. I just got a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall and I am so excited to be able to read and review it! I love, love the cover, and can’t wait to read it!

  45. I think it would be wonderful to see the pageantry and pomp of the royalty, however I wouldn’t have wanted to see all the intrigue and power grabbing.

  46. Oh my goodness, one more day!!! So excited for tomorrow to be here. Have a blessed evening. See you all tomorrow!!


  47. I think living in the Edwardian period in England would be a little better than in some of the decades before. There would be a few more of the conveniences we are used to having. The dresses are probably more comfortable than the hoop skirts of the previous times. There would have been cars, so that would be better than carriages.

  48. If I were alive during the Edwardian period, I’d probably be a household servant of some type. None of my ancestors were rich and all had to work to support themselves and their families 🙂

  49. Congratulations on your book release, Carrie! Looking forward to the launch party!

    My favorite part of living in the Edwardian era, would be the teas, of course! Love everything about high teas – tea, goodies, hats, etc.,etc..

  50. I love reading about the daily tasks during different eras and comparing them to my life today – preparing food, caring for children, dressing, taking trips.

  51. I think if you had a fare good income might be good, but i guess its no different then anywhere else. Love to see the scenery there. The dress’s were beautiful but I would think would be very heavy. I love hats.
    Thanks for such a neat giveaway.

  52. What a wonderful opportunity, and your book sounds wonderful. I saw your comment about it over on Twitter. I would love to be included in the drawing if it’s not too late. It looks like your launch party is becoming a real hit. Many good wishes on your new release, Carrie. I’m sure it will be a winner.

    • Hi Shirley Kiger, it’s not too late! The contest runs until midnight tonight! More prizes tonight at the Facebook party. Can you join us. Info above!

  53. Your books are wonderful. I look forward to reading them. Thanks for the opportunity to be a winner.
    rmkrejsa42 (at) att (dot) net

  54. Hi Carrie! I loved this book and all of your books that I’ve read. I feel as if I know you by being able to connect on Facebook. Excited about tonight!! Thank you so much for sharing your God given talents with us.

  55. My favorite things about the Edwardian period is the clothing, manners, art, and architecture. 🙂
    I’m very excited to read The Governess of Highland Hall! I’ve heard so many great things about it. 🙂

  56. Congratulations on the release of your new book! Can’t wait to read it! My favorite thing about the Edwardian era is the clothing! Riding in a horse drawn carriage comes in second! 🙂 Thank you so much for this opportunity! Excited to join you on the facebook launch party in a few minutes!

  57. I would love so much about it! Mostly the fashion though… Get me out of the modern clothes and into something from another time!

  58. Just finished the facebook event, Carrie! I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading The Governess of HIghland Hall. Thanks for taking the time to write!


  59. Hi Carrie!
    I’d love the clothing–both the dresses and the handsome gentlemen’s clothing.
    Can’t wait to read your book!

  60. Thank you; the party was fun, Carrie, and enjoyed your guests too, Julie and Joanne! Thanks. The Edwardian era ~*~ I would like linen clothing and lace up boots ~ walking in the country; sitting by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book or conversation! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  61. I am captivated by the Edwardian and Regency eras: The language, art, style, and decor. I absolutely love those time periods and half of my personal library and e-book collection consists of similar books. Good luck and congratulations on your release! I hope for high success for you and God Bless!

  62. I can’t imagine living in that period. I think that there are negatives and positives. I think it would have been interesting to see the changes in history. From the roles of women, societal traditions that we challenged and that excess…shaking my head.

  63. Happy release day, Carrie! Thank you so much for the live chat! It was wonderful to hear from you, as well as Julie and Joanne! I think a good cup of tea and polite conversation would have been fun during the Edwardian era!

  64. Hi Carrie. I like the clothes and homes. They are so pretty. Sure would love to win your book. Had no luck on the launch party. Took me forever to just get in then almost time to be over. So don’t think I had a chance to win. I enjoyed seeing you tho. Maybe I can win on here.

  65. What I would like living in that era is if I was in a Title position and was able to help others and to have a nanny when I needed a break.

  66. I would have loved the tea (YES! No one at home dares touch my tea stash.) and the clothes.

    Can’t wait to read this book – sounds like one I will read many times…. 🙂

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