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



362 replies
    • Lynde Rezer
      Lynde Rezer says:

      Oh how lovely. Looking forward to reading this ebook novella while recovering these next few months from life threatening illness. Love the Civil War theme. Such a talented writter. Thanks Carrie.

      Best of luck with launch,
      Lynde Rezer ‘Lu Vey’

  1. Nancy Swecker
    Nancy Swecker says:

    Thank you for putting this together! I’ll be heading to amazon today to get my copy. I have shared your link on facebook and also with my cousin in an email. Happy Thanksgiving Carrie!

  2. Wilani Wahl
    Wilani Wahl says:

    Such lovely prizes. I loved this book. I posted reviews and shared a link to this giveaway. I also tweeted the book and pinned the book on Pinterest. It is such a joy to read your books.

  3. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    Congrats on release day! The cover is really beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity of such a pretty prize pack.

  4. Sarah Moody
    Sarah Moody says:

    Thank you for the give away opportunity. This book came up on my Facebook post today, so I shared it. I have never read your work but I believe this will be the book I start with! I am a homeschooling mom and after all the “school” books I read, I am ready for a book for me ?

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Sarah, We homeschooled our 5 children too! They’re all grown, but reading historical fiction aloud to them really stirred my interest in writing historical novels. I hope you enjoy Waiting for His Return!

  5. Kathy Nyman
    Kathy Nyman says:

    I shared it on Facebook. I want all my friends to get to read your books. So nice to read strong Christian based novels, that teach, encourage, bless & encourage us along this Christian journey..
    Appreciate so much the chance you give us to get one of your new books.

  6. Susan Flanders Carr
    Susan Flanders Carr says:

    What a lovely novella! I really want to read this one Carrie. Best of luck with its release. The giveaway looks fanrastic. Am in Princeton hospital with my husband who is quite ill at the moment. I would enjoy a coloring book for sure. Please keep him in your prayers everyone.

  7. Amanda G.
    Amanda G. says:

    I really enjoy historical fiction set in this period. I retweeted your announcement on twitter and shared this post from your fb page to mine.


  8. Shawna Wallace
    Shawna Wallace says:

    What a fantatic giveaway! I’m really excited to read this new book! It looks scrumptious!!! I shared this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, and LinkIn!


  9. Tina Rice
    Tina Rice says:

    Congratulations Carrie on your release of Waiting for His Return! What a great giveaway!
    I shared on facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, recommended it on Goodreads to some friends and my Pinterest board (the board I have for you/your books).
    Blessings, Tina

  10. Brenda Murphree
    Brenda Murphree says:

    Congratulations on your release day! It’s a beautiful book and sounds really interesting! I shared on FB, Twitter and Pinterest. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Trixi
    Trixi says:

    Happy release day Carrie!! This one is definitely on my want-to-read list, I’ve read so many great early reviews on it. I would love these coloring books and I think it will help me meditate on God’s word more 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway chance! I’ve shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

  12. Judi Imperato
    Judi Imperato says:

    Hi Carrie, Congratulations on your new book release! I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway. Shared on email.

  13. Loraine Nunley
    Loraine Nunley says:

    Congrats on the newest release Carrie! I love the artist aspect. With all of the photography being done for magazine now, it is easy to forget that artwork back then had to be hand drawn. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    I shared your release news on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

  14. Gretchen B
    Gretchen B says:

    I look forward to reading this new book! I shared on Facebook because who doesn’t want to win that giveaway?! Blessings.

  15. Renee
    Renee says:

    I shared this on FaceBook! This book looks like a great read and I can’t wait till it comes out!!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  16. Angela Anderson
    Angela Anderson says:

    I am so excited!! I recently started reading books on kindle. I still read physical books, but after filling my shelves with over 1000+ books, well, I ran out of room, LOL!! So until I build on or just buy a new house, I’m going digital! I shared to Facebook and Pinterest and emailed some friends!!

  17. Sheila Moore
    Sheila Moore says:

    Congratulations Carrie! I love your books and am glad you have labored through another one for our reading pleasure, thank you.

    I have shared your new book and giveaway through email with family & friends.

  18. Kay Garrett
    Kay Garrett says:

    Congratulations on release day! I know I can’t wait to read Waiting for His Return. I have it on my TBR list on Goodreads.

    I shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and with friends via emails.

    Thank you for the chance to win this amazing book launch giveaway package!

  19. Diane
    Diane says:

    Hi, I have forwarded your email to my distribution list. it would be a great Christmas gift to many including those in nursing homes and assisted livings where they do have them color for activities. I also have books for coloring as I enjoyed doing that with Mom in the Assisted living and they gave me sheets to take home and do. I have colored pencils and pens. I also make my own cards and color them in. It is relaxing and you can do whatever colors you choose.

  20. Nana Alexander
    Nana Alexander says:

    Shared on Facebook. My sister, niece, & I are always looking for good books to read. Hope we enjoy this one & can recommend to others.

  21. Becky Smith
    Becky Smith says:

    Congratulations, Carrie!! I can’t wait to get through with my books now and read it. I shared on FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +

  22. rebekah brown
    rebekah brown says:

    Hey Carrie!

    Thanks for sharing your giveaway on the Christian Fiction Devourers group on Goodreads. I am looking forward to reading you new novel! Thanks Carrie!

  23. Andrea Brooks
    Andrea Brooks says:

    Congrats on your release day!!! I shared this with two of my friends through an email. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    How long will this book be available as an ebook? Does this include Kindle?

  24. Anne L. Rightler
    Anne L. Rightler says:

    Carrie, Congratulations on your new release. Looks like another winner! I shared on FB, Twitter, Google+ and pinned a pix on Pinterest. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  25. Sonnetta Jones
    Sonnetta Jones says:

    I love the coloring book of the Psalms. Thank you for this amazing giveaway. Emailed to friend and will share on Facebook.

  26. Rebecca Mitchell
    Rebecca Mitchell says:

    This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it, I love civil war history what a treat this will be! Congratulations on your publishing Carrie. I have posted on Facebook to share your exciting news.

  27. Mary Kay Moody
    Mary Kay Moody says:

    Carrie, this sounds like such a powerful story. Looking forward to reading it. Congratulations on another release day! (Posted a link on FB. )

  28. Sandy Arnold
    Sandy Arnold says:

    Shared on Face Book. Cover and storyline…drawing me in for a good chilly evening, getting ready for the holidays, read!

  29. Beth
    Beth says:

    Congrats!! Can’t wait 2 check it out!! I did share on FB, twitter, and google +
    Thank you for this chance!! happy fall. take care. Be Well & Be Blessed!
    Beth ( ;

  30. Brenda Andrezeywski
    Brenda Andrezeywski says:

    Congratulations Carrie on your bewest book!! I’ve shared many times over the last 2 weeks about this, trying to spread the news! Thamks for this awesome give away! Congratulations to who ever is the winner…..I’m throwing my name in for great give away

  31. Brenda Andrezeywski
    Brenda Andrezeywski says:

    Congratulations Carrie on your newest book!! I’ve shared many times over the last 2 weeks about this, trying to spread the news! Thamks for this awesome give away! Congratulations to who ever is the winner…..I’m throwing my name in for great give away

  32. Brenda VanderWege
    Brenda VanderWege says:

    Shared with a few book loving friends via e mail 🙂
    I can;t wait to read this myself, thanks for the contest!

  33. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I have read and loved all your books. I am sure this one will not disappoint. I shared with my dear friend and sister in Christ. May God bless you and all that you do for HIM!

  34. Mikala Oosterhof
    Mikala Oosterhof says:

    I shared this post on facebook and cannot wait to read your new book. I have not gotten to read your new shine like the dawn book yet but I do have it and it is just waiting to be read. If it is anything like your other 3 books that I have read by you I am sure that I am going to love it.

  35. Brenda Lee Dickson
    Brenda Lee Dickson says:

    Lovely giveaway and I am so excited for this book! I have shared on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. Thank you so much.

  36. Lynn Kavanagh
    Lynn Kavanagh says:

    I shared this beautiful giveaway on FB. What a nice bundle of goodies for a cozy evening at home when it’s cold & snowy outside. These gifts will give the winner lots of wonderful relaxation time.

    I would love to win this as I haven’t read anything by this author & I’m always looking for new authors to try. Thanks for the chance to win this. I hope you & your family have a happy & healthy Christmas & New Year.

  37. Teri DiVincenzo
    Teri DiVincenzo says:

    What a gorgeous giveaway, and congratulations on the release! I shared the giveaway on Twitter @terirose22.
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. J. Spredemann
    J. Spredemann says:

    O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas song – the first time I heard it, I was in love! I’m sharing with a friend via email. Looking forward to reading this one. Beautiful cover. 🙂

  39. Debbie Clatterbuck
    Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I am so excited by this book and giveaway. I shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and emailed 4 friends who I know will love the book. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  40. Amy Grochowski
    Amy Grochowski says:

    Happy Release Day, Carrie. I’m looking forward to reading this tonight. ???I shared on Facebook. Hope you have a wonderfully successful weekend.

  41. Harriette Harra (airieanne on FB)
    Harriette Harra (airieanne on FB) says:

    Shared on my friend’s timeline – Kathy Burton. I think she’d love this book. I will put it on my timeline too. Your writing is uplifting. Thanks.

    • Sandra Farr
      Sandra Farr says:

      Wow, this is a great giveaway! Such lovely gifts! Thanks for this opportunity, I shared on facebook and may send some e-mails as well!

  42. Donna Durnell
    Donna Durnell says:

    Congrats on your book. The story interests me, and I am adding this to my Christmas list.
    And you are offering an awesome prize for your giveaway.
    I have shared on Facebook and Pinterest.

  43. Daniele K
    Daniele K says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I shared on Facebook, tagging some friends, and emailed the link to another friend. Thank you for the chance to win.

  44. Jeanie Dannheim
    Jeanie Dannheim says:

    This sounds like a book I would really appreciate as it is an era I like to read of. Posted on G+ and Facebook. Thank you for the chance to win!

  45. Kathy Maher
    Kathy Maher says:

    I remember reading A Blue and Gray Christmas years ago – – I’m so thrilled for you to re-release this gem. Gorgeous cover!

    I shared on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    Kathleenleemaher (at) gmail (dot) com

  46. Lynne M Feuerstein
    Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Congratulations Carrie on your newest release and thank you for this wonderful,generous giveaway! Just shared this on Facebook. 🙂

  47. Angieleigh
    Angieleigh says:

    I shared on twitter (@Angieleigh) and purchased on Amazon! I can’t wait to dig in. Congratulations on another book published!

  48. Candy Hake
    Candy Hake says:

    Shared on facebook. I thought I’d read all of your books (you’re definitely in my top 10!), and I missed this one in the anthology. Can’t wait to read it. And would LOVE to win the beautiful collection.

  49. Patricia Sakrismo
    Patricia Sakrismo says:

    Shared it on facebook so my daughter, a book lover could see it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize package!

  50. Carrie Turansky
    Carrie Turansky says:

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


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