Birthday Giveaway!

Cathy Gohlke and I at ACFW

Hi Friends,  It’s my birthday today, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with you! Keep reading for a special giveaway.

I recently returned from a wonderful week in Dallas, TX, where I took part in two special events:  CRAVE HIM – a readers’ and authors’ gathering, and ACFW – the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Annual Conference. Both were wonderful times of connecting and encouragement. Here are some photos from those events.

Lunch with reading and writing friends at CRAVE HIM 2017. Left to right: Brittany, Elizabeth L., Carrie, Staci, Staci’s daughter Gretchen, Cathy, Elizabeth E.

One of the workshops at ACFW focused on branding – learning ways to connect with readers by understanding what they expect when they read one of your books. One way to gain insight is to read reviews or ask readers what words or phrases come to mind when they think of you and your books. So, I thought I’d ask you, my blog readers, that question. And to add a little fun and motivation to get you thinking, I’m offering a giveaway to those who comment and answer this question:

What words or phrases come to mind when you think of me and my books? What feelings do my books evoke? What promise do I offer and fulfill to you, my readers? 

Dressing up like our characters at the ACFW Genre Dinner.

You have until midnight Pacific time 9/28 to answer and leave your comment. Tomorrow morning I’ll randomly choose one winner and contact them via email. As a prize, they can choose a copy of any of my books. Paperback or eBook for a US winner and eBook if the winner lives outside the US. 

I love my readers! Thank you for your kind reviews, faithful support, and constant encouragement!

****UPDATE: Congratulations to Alyssa Clark Tillett who is the winner of this giveaway!

Blessings,

Carrie

 

Shine Like the Dawn ~ Book Launch!

Hi Friends, 

It’s Release Day for my new English historical novel, Shine Like the Dawn, and I can’t wait to share this story with you! Please read on for some fun events and giveaways happening this week and next!

When you read Shine Like the Dawn you’ll be swept away to England in 1903 with family drama, inspiration, romance, and a mystery. Visit your local bookstore or order your copy online.  Here’s a summary of the story:

“In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother’s millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister, Violet. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. When Maggie discovers her father’s journal she begins to wonder if what happened to her family that day on the lake might not have been an accident.

Maggie’s childhood friend, Nathaniel Harcourt, returns from serving in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to Maggie’s family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie is uncertain if she can trust her old friend, especially when his family may be tied to the tragedy that changed the course of her life.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate–and being reconciled with God? Will the search for the truth about the tragedy draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

You can read Shine Like the Dawn’s prologue and first chapter on this page.

I hope you’ll join me on my Facebook Author Page Tuesday – Saturday, Feb. 21 – 25, at 3:00 pm Eastern for some fun live video chats. I’ll be talking about the story behind Shine Like the Dawn, the characters, the setting, and more. You can ask questions and leave comments, and I’ll have a new giveaway each day. Even if you can’t listen live you’ll have 24 hours after each video posts to leave a comment and enter the drawing. Here are some of the fun prizes you could win: A lovely garden tea towel, A Keep Calm Tea Canister Set filled with some of my favorite teas, one of two pretty mugs, and pen and note set.

 

The Book Launch Celebration continues with a prize package giveaway hosted here on my blog February 25 – March 6.  Stop by and enter for your chance to win some lovely prizes including a signed copy of Shine Like the Dawn, a journal set, a pen set, and a lovely reading journal.

 

I’m delighted that Shine Like the Dawn is being featured on a Celebrate Lit Blog Tour February 21 – March 6. Follow the tour and enter a four-book giveaway! For more info visit the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Page.

Thank so much for purchasing your copy of Shine Like the Dawn and joining in the celebration with me!

Until next time . . . Happy Reading!

Carrie

She Does Good Hair by Terri Gillespie

She Does Good HairHi Friends,

Today I am celebrating the launch of a wonderful new eBook, She Does Good Hair, by Terri Gillespie

Here is my 5-Star review:

What a great story! Terri Gillespie has created characters that step off the page and into your heart. She Does Good Hair is a modern Ruth and Naomi story featuring Shira, a successful stylist with all kinds of issues, who inherits her aunts rundown salon with the provision that she must keep on the three stylist who work there. But those stylists are not so sure they want to work with Shira. There’s drama and romance and some wonderful lessons to take to heart. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry and I think you’ll be very glad you downloaded this wonderful novel! I highly recommend it!

Terri is hosting several fun events to celebrate the launch of She Does Good Hair.

Terri GillespieOnline Chat with Terri Gillespie

Grab your copy of She Does Good Hair and join Terri for a live author video chat on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:00 PM EDT (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)!

Terri will be hosting the chat and Q&A, as well as announcing a grand prize winner at the end! There will  be plenty of fun giveaways during the course of the party! Follow this link to register for this fun event.

Terri's book launch party

Book Launch Party

On Saturday, Oct.5, 3:00 – 5:00pm Salon Bella Gente, is hosting a fabulous event to celebrate one of their clients’ newest eBook, She Does Good Hair, by Terri Gillespie! Prizes, complimentary blow drys, refreshments, and some surprises! Bring your KINDLE, iPod, laptop, or smart phone to download this wonderfully funny and endearing novel.Here is the link to RSVP and see the details!

She Does Good Hair Prize

Grand Prize Giveaway

SHE DOES GOOD HAIR GIVEAWAY! Participants in the Release Day, Salon, and Chat Events are automatically entered into the big giveaway! The winner will receive the official SHE DOES GOOD HAIR tote filled with surprises–valued at over $75! Attendees to two or more events increase their chances of winning.

You can connect with Terri on Facebook, and you can learn more about Terri and her books here!