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A Visit to Tyntesfield – Highland Hall

Welcome to Tyntesfield, the inspiration for the setting of the Highland Hall books
Cathy Gohlke and I visited Tyntesfield in May 2014
Beautiful Tyntesfield
The dining room
Servants bell system
Melanie Dobson and Carrie in the gallery of the great hall
Pretty figurine in the day nursery
Children's books in the day nursery
Toy ice cream vendor
chamber pots, pitchers, and bowls
View outside from the bedroom
The Great Hall
Doorway out of the dinning room
China cabinet
The still room
A butler's life and duties
In the day nursery
Collections officer Ruth Moppett (National Trust) who gave us a private tour of the day nursery
Tyntesfield staff in the early 1900s
What is a still room?
Some wonderful titles

Research Trips to England

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Hidecote Garden
Hidecote Garden
Village flowers
Highclere Castle - Downton Abbey
Hydrangeas in the all white garden at Highclere
In the garden at Highclere, greenhouse in the background
These are the type of roads we drove on - over 400 miles!
One of the follies at Highclere
Hedgerow and Cotswold countryside
Beautiful flowers in one of the villages of the Cotswolds
The gate to Highclere
Witworth House
World War One Memorial
1912 Antique car at Chatsworth Country Fair
Pipers at Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair
Blenhiem Palace parkland
Blenhiem Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill
Scott with the three little pigs at Banbury B&B
Hidecote Garden
Blenhiem Palace
Witworth House

A Writer’s Life…

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Speaking to the Romance Book Group at the Princeton Barnes and Noble
Carrie and Ana
Carrie and Grace
It was great to see so many book loving friends. Linda, Laurie, Grace, and Annette
Booksigning friends 4
Carrie and Annette
My local critique group, Katy, Carrie, Claudia and Ellie...treasures!
Pier, Jenn and Rachel
Speaking about inspirational romance
Carrie and Laurie
Talking to my critique partner, Claudie
Carrie and Jaimee
Carrie and Ola
Carrie wins the 2011 ACFW Carol Award. Carrie's editor Becky Germany, Barbour
Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference, Speaker training group
The Book Event, Delaware, Nov. 2013
2009photod In September 2008 I traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the annual American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. Over 400 published and aspiring authors came together for three days of workshops, networking, worship, and appointments with editors and agents. ACFW also sponsored a huge book signing at the Mall of America with over 100 Christian fiction authors. I shared a table with fellow Love Inspired author, Missy Tippens, and we had a great time meeting people and talking about our books.
Carrie and her coauthor Vasthi Reyes Acosta enjoy meeting at the ACFW 2007 conference.
Carrie with Cindy Woodsmall, author of WHEN THE HEART CRIES and WHEN MORNING COMES.
Tiff Stockton with Carrie at the Barbour Author Dinner in Dallas. Tiff used to be in our Philly group but she married fellow ACFW member Stuart Stockton and moved to Colorado. Tiff has some new historical series coming out with Barbour soon.
Carrie and Margie Vawter (our freelance editor for Kiss the Bride) at Kim Sawyer's book signing at ICRS in Denver, July 2006. Kim was signing her first book with Bethany House - WAITING FOR SUMMER'S RETURN.
2011 ACFW Carol Award Winners
I attended Proverbs 31 She Speaks training with authors Cathy Gohlke and Terri Gillespie
Joanne Bischof, Carrie, and Julie Lessman at ACFW 2013
One of the highlights of the ACFW conference was the award banquet on Saturday night. I was especially excited to attend because my novella, Moonlight and Mistletoe in A Big Apple Christmas, was a finalist in the ACFW book of the Year Contest in the novella category. Sitting with my friend Cathy Gohlke helped calm my nerves and enjoy the evening.
The coauthors of A BIG APPLE CHRISTMAS at the book signing in Dallas. Carrie, Lynette Sowell, Vasthi Reyes Acosta, and Gail Sattler.
Carrie with Beth White who first encouraged her to join ACFW. Beth writes romantic suspense. Her latest is OFF THE RECORD.
Carrie, Mindy Starns Clark, Cathy Gohlke, and David Brollier—all members of the Philadelphia ACFW group take part in a book signing at The Vine Christian Bookstore in Springield, PA.
Carrie, Gayle Roper, and Mindy Starns Clark at our May 13th book signing at Lemstone Christian Bookstore in Warminster, PA.
Ellie and Carrie at the ACFW Conference Banquet
Carrie dressed Edwardian Style with author friend Mary Vee
turanskys-dobson Scott and I recently visited Dr. Dobson at his new ministry headquarters in Colorado Springs. What a great experience to meet a man we both admire and respect so much. The visit came as a result of a blog interview I did a few months ago. I was asked, "Who is someone you'd like to meet?" I said, "I'd love to meet Dr. Dobson and thank him for the way he has blessed our family over the years." A member of Dr. Dobson's staff forwarded the blog to him. He then emailed me and invited us to visit him the next time we were in Colorado Springs. We spent about thirty minutes with him in his office talking about family, ministry, writing, and grandkids. It was a wonderful visit and a memory we will treasure!
After a delicious dinner, it was a thrill to see my book and photo go up on the big screen and then hear my name called as the second place winner.
I’m thankful for my editor Rebecca Germany and all the folks at Barbour who have given me the opportunity to publish several of my stories. It was a wonderful evening that boosted my confidence and motivated me to keep writing!
Carrie with Philly ACFW friends Terri Gillespie, Gayle Roper, Tiff Miller, and Mindy Starns Clark at the May 13th book signing.
My Carol Award finalist novella in a Blue & Gray Christmas in the ACFW Conference Bookstore
Carrie, Joanne Bischof, and Mona Hodgson
Carrie enjoyed meeting some new friends when she spoke at Hopewell United Methodist Church in October 2009.
Christmas Book Signing
Terri Gillespie and Carrie at the Awards Banquet at the ACFW Conference. Terri is in the Philadelphia writers' group with Carrie.
Linda Windsor, Vickie McDonough, and Carrie at the 2006 ACFW Conference book signing.
Author Debra Raney and Carrie at the ACFW 2005 National Conference in Nashville.

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