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,


110 replies
  1. Karen Rumba
    Karen Rumba says:

    Carrie, looking forward to your next book; it sounds very interesting! I am already a subscriber. Have a great summer!

  2. Julie B
    Julie B says:

    I already subscribe. Thank for the chance to win a copy of A Rebel Heart by Beth White and Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson.

  3. MJSH
    MJSH says:

    I am a subscriber but no need to enter me in the giveaway. I’ve already read Catching the Wind and am in the middle of A Rebel Heart. Such wonderful books!

  4. Paula Shreckhise
    Paula Shreckhise says:

    Hi Carrie! I really loved your book Across the Blue. Thanks for the chance to win a book. I am a subscriber.
    I already have Beth’s book and I was enchanted. I have not read Melody ‘s work in a while, so I’d like to be put in the draw for that one. Thanks and blessings!

  5. Trisha Robertson
    Trisha Robertson says:

    Hi Carrie!
    No travel plans this summer, but that’s okay! We do have plans for enjoying some local venues. I’m looking forward to reading your new book!! It sounds like it’s going to be great! I’m a subscriber to your newsletter! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Julie Smith
    Julie Smith says:

    We’ve already done two trips this year, one to Phoenix and the other was a cruise. Time to enjoy the summer where we live on Cape Cod, now.

    Those books sound lovely. I am already subscribed to your newsletter.

    Thank you!

  7. Anne L. Rightler
    Anne L. Rightler says:

    Hi, Carrie. I subscribe to your newsletter. Hard to believe summer is upon us! The years fly by so fast any more. We celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this summer and will be having the whole family (~20) together for a few days. YAY! I love having my family around. Other than that no real summer plans. Am teaching kindergartners in VBS next week so have been busy getting ready for that. Then will try to tackle my TBR pile. Would love to add either of the books you highlighted to that pile! Happy Summer to you and congratulations on the HOLT award–well deserved.

  8. Kimberly Paulus
    Kimberly Paulus says:

    I have read several of your books and love being a subscriber to your newsletter. Thank you for being an author that honors our God!

  9. Bev A Knudsen
    Bev A Knudsen says:

    I am a subscriber to your email. Your new book sounds very interesting and something I would definitely like to read.

  10. Beth Erin
    Beth Erin says:

    Congratulations on the award, Carrie! I enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn and Catching the Wind but haven’t been able to squeeze in a book by Beth White yet. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway and I’m a newsletter subscriber 🙂

  11. Abigail Ford
    Abigail Ford says:

    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter. I love it and new books to read! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Debbie Clatterbuck
    Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I am a subscriber and I can’t wait to read your book, Shine Like The Dawn, soon. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and good luck everyone.

  13. Suzanne Sellner
    Suzanne Sellner says:

    As a current newsletter subscriber, I’m always eager to receive your newsletter and updates on your books. I am doing a lot of reading this summer and loving it!

  14. Linda Horin
    Linda Horin says:

    I am already a subscriber, but thank you for the chance to win some new summer reading! Congratulations on your award for Shine Like the Dawn. I just purchased that and am looking forward to reading it!

  15. Jane Mouttet
    Jane Mouttet says:

    I’m already a subscriber and love reading (and reviewing) books. Books I receive as review copies end up in my Christian School library. Thanks for providing good Christian books.

  16. Rebecca Tellez
    Rebecca Tellez says:

    I’m already a subscriber. Can hardly wait for your new book!
    Thank you for a chance to win books of authors i have not read, but who sound like ones I would like to add to my shelf.
    Have a wonderful summer finishing bringing your characters to life.

  17. Dalyn
    Dalyn says:

    I’m already a subscriber. Every book on this page looks delicious!! Oh I love summer time reading. Thank you for putting out such great novels. They’re beautiful and appreciated. I very much look forward to the next.

  18. Jennifer K
    Jennifer K says:

    I am a subscriber. Can’t wait for your next book. While I am waiting, would like to win one of these books. Nice giveaway!

  19. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    I’m a subscriber. Congrats in the Holt award! That’s so exciting. I can’t wait for your next book.

  20. Destiny Alex
    Destiny Alex says:

    I’m already a subscriber, and I am so happy every single time you have a giveaway! I love all your books!

  21. Tina Rice
    Tina Rice says:

    Afternoon Carrie!
    I am a newsletter subscriber. Finding Her Way Home sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to read it.

    Thank for the chance to win a copy of Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson and A Rebel Heart by Beth White. Beth White is a new-to-me author.

    I will be traveling to Montreal, Canada with my eldest son and grandson to visit family and the sites at the end of July. I visited there for the first time with them a couple years ago and am excited about returning.
    Have a blessed summer, Carrie.

    Blessings, Tina

  22. Andrea Stephens
    Andrea Stephens says:

    Congratulations on your Holt award!
    I am a subscriber and do not have either of the books.
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  23. Beth
    Beth says:

    I already subscribe – I loved Catching the Wind and would love to own my own copy. And A Rebel Heart sounds so good! Thank you for the chance to win!

  24. Linda
    Linda says:

    I am a subscriber and I love reading. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I do not have either of these books.

  25. Diane Bucci
    Diane Bucci says:

    Would love to win some books for summer reading! I get your newsletter and was excited to read about your latest work “Finding her way home.” Can’t wait to read it. Almost done with Across the Blue which has been excellent!!

  26. Judi Imperato
    Judi Imperato says:

    Hi Carrie, I am already a subscriber. I would love to win these books. I am always looking for good books to read.
    Thank you for the chance to win them! Have a great summer.

  27. Shoni
    Shoni says:

    I am already a subscriber. My family is heading to Denver for a weekend vacation to visit the Nature and Science Museum, which is featuring the “Dead Sea Scrolls” this summer, and the Wings Over the Rockies museum. I have two boys that love all things with an engine, so I am hopeful it will be a fun trip. Thanks for offering a give away!

  28. Connie Scruggs
    Connie Scruggs says:

    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter!
    Your work in progress sounds great. I love children, so I know I will be very interested in reading it.

  29. Winnie Thomas
    Winnie Thomas says:

    I’m already a subscriber, Carrie. What a fun giveaway! I’d love to win.

    Good luck on your WIP. It sounds fascinating, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  30. Maryann
    Maryann says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber Carrie. I would love to read A Rebel Heart. Catching the Wind was a great story I enjoyed reading.

  31. Pat Moore
    Pat Moore says:

    I already receive your newsletter. Congratulations on the Holt Medal. A Rebel Heart would be my pick. Thank you for the chance to win. Enjoy your books.

  32. Brenda Murphree
    Brenda Murphree says:

    I am a subscriber. Congratulations on the Holt Medal! Thanks for the giveaway! I love the books and would love to win.

  33. Doreen
    Doreen says:

    Hi Carrie…already a subscriber as you know. But I was so excited to see that Shine Like the Dawn won that award and also that Audible carries it 🙂 Will be my next audiobook, methinks.

  34. Marilyn
    Marilyn says:

    Hi, Carrie. I’m looking forward to reading about the British Home Children, also looking into the orphan trains here in North America. We’ve not heard enough about that part of the past.

  35. Joan Kurth
    Joan Kurth says:

    I have only read two of your books so far but will look for more. I also enjoy your posts on Facebook. I already get your newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win!

  36. Linda Rutherford
    Linda Rutherford says:

    I am a subscriber. I love your newsletters, but I love your books more. No big summer plans other than a Phelps family reunion at my uncle’s lake house in Alabama. Thank you for being an author who honors God. And thank you for the giveaway.

  37. Vivian Furbay
    Vivian Furbay says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter and have read a couple of your books from the library. i would love to win a copy of British Home Children. Spending my summer reading, quilting and enjoying the weather.

  38. Faith Creech
    Faith Creech says:

    I am already a subscriber. Would love to read these books, they look so good. Thank you so very much for the chance to win.

  39. Chanel Monroe
    Chanel Monroe says:

    Hi, Carrie! Congrats on winning the award for your book. All three of the books you mentioned are great additions to my TBR. And although I probably won’t be traveling this summer, I’ll definitely be reading. I am a subscriber to your newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Connie Saunders
    Connie Saunders says:

    Hi Carrie, I am already a subscriber. Thanks for this giveaway and I am excited to learn about the progress of your new book.

  41. Arletta
    Arletta says:

    I already subscribe to your newsletter. Thanks for the post. I’m always on the look out for new books by my favourite authors.

  42. Sherrie Johnson
    Sherrie Johnson says:

    I love your books and Beth White is a long time friend(she taught piano to my grown daughters). I have subscribed to your newsletter and would love to be included in both drawings.

  43. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I get your newsletter, and congratulations on the award. Very good, God is blessing you! Stay true to Him, He alone is the only One who matters.

    Romans 10:9-13

  44. Rebekah M
    Rebekah M says:

    Hi Carrie! I’m so excited to read your new book! I’m already a subscriber and I love reading your emails! Thanks for doing the giveaway, it’s fun and extremely sweet of you! I hope you are having a great summer as well!!!

  45. Christina
    Christina says:

    Hello Carrie! I love your books and always thoroughly enjoy reading them! I am already a subscriber.
    Happy Summer! 🙂

  46. Christina D
    Christina D says:

    Hi Carrie! I am already a subscriber and am super excited for this giveaway! Thank you!
    Happy Summer! 😀

  47. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I subscribe under secondary email and also follow you on Facebook. I have both Shine Like the Dawn and Across The Blue in my bookcase – excellent reading! Thanks!

  48. Karen
    Karen says:

    Congrats on your award! It’s well deserved! I already subscribe to your newsletter. I’ve read Catching the Wind, and it was so good! I can’t wait to read A Rebel Heart!

  49. Rebecca Tellez
    Rebecca Tellez says:

    I would love to win these. Your reviews just make them sound so interesting.
    I already subscribe and love, love your books

  50. Barry Collins
    Barry Collins says:

    Just signed up for your newsletter. So excited. I don’t know how I have missed you in the past. Please enter me into this contest.


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