April Book News from Carrie Turansky Happy Spring! It's been a busy couple of months for me, promoting my newest novel, A MAN TO TRUST, finishing up
April Book News from Carrie Turansky
It's been a busy couple of months for me, promoting my newest novel, A MAN TO TRUST, finishing up the next novel, SNOWFLAKE SWEETHEARTS, and researching my next project. The reviews for A MAN TO TRUST and the emails from readers have been so encouraging! It's great to see how God has used this story to touch hearts and inspire readers.
In March I gave a book talk about inspirational romance and signed copies of A Man To Trust at the Princeton Barnes and Noble and also at the Local Author Day at the Princeton Library. I had a great time connecting with friends and readers. Thanks to everyone who came and shared those special times with me!
A MAN TO TRUST is available as an eBook or paper book here.
I enjoyed speaking to the group at Barnes & Noble.
Creating Characters for Snowflake Sweethearts
I am excited to tell you about my next novel, SNOWFLAKE SWEETHEARTS. This holiday romance releases in late November and features Annie Romano, who is a single mom and an aspiring personal chef. She returns to her hometown, Fairhaven, Washington, hoping to start her own business and give her young daughter Emma the security and love Annie never had when she was growing up. But when her former boss at Jameson's bakery, Irene Jameson, becomes ill, Irene's grandson, Alex, hires Annie to care for his grandmother. Alex thinks it's time to close down the old bakery, but Irene and Annie want to update, rennovate and make it a profitable business again. Romance blossoms, but will Annie learn to open her heart and trust again? Will Alex realize the value of family, friends and faith, or will he accept the job offer that will take him far away from Fairhaven and the future he could have with Annie? I hope you'll enjoy this third and finally book in the Bayside Treasure Series.
Want to see more photos of Fairhaven and the characters of this new book? click here.
Are you looking for some great books that are inspiring and well-written? Here are two books that I've read and enjoyed. I recommend them to you!
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, by Julie Klaussen. Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall? Five stars! Purchase it here.
Kisses From Katie, by Katie Davis. When an 18-year-old from Nashville visits Uganda on a mission trip, she is so affected that she moves back for one year to teach in an orphanage. Within a short time she discovers that the needs around her are so great that she feels led to start a nonprofit that feeds, educates, and shows the love of God to children in Uganda. Finally faced with a choice between the United States, her parents' wishes for her college education, her boyfriend, and staying in Uganda, Katie must decide: will she give up her life and buy a one-way ticket to Uganda? This is an emotionally charged and vivid account of a young woman asking God, "Whom would you have me help today?" 5-stars and highly recommended! Purchase it here.
Delightful Downton Abbey!
Are you a Downton Abbey fan? The series is a hot topic in writers' groups and among my friends. It's been enjoyed in Britian and the US, and won six Emmy Awards. Why do so many people like it? I think it has to do with a combination of memorable characters, stunning settings, and a fast moving plot that's focused on both the family and staff. It's inspired me to learn more about life in Edwardian times. I'm enjoying the research and hope to set my next book in England during that period. I'm excited about the possibilites! For more photos of Downton Abbey click here.
Quinoa Avacado Salad
Here's a healthy and delicous recipe we've enjoyed. I borrowed it from my friend Terry Hernandez who brought it to our church potluck lunch.
1 pkg (7 oz) Red Quinoa, cooked per pkg directions, chilled
1 pkg (12 oz) Frozen Super-Sweet Corn, thawed
1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced on the bias
2 plum tomatoes, 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, cubed small
1 lime, cut in half and squeeze over the salad
1/3 cup Italian dressing
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Add cooked quinoa, corn, cilantro, green onions, and tomatoes to mixing bowl. Fold in avocados and dressing; mix until well-combined. Season with salt and pepper; serve.
Our Visit To Alaska
Earlier this month we took a ministry trip to Alaska and added on a few days of vacation. We had a great time in Anchorage and Palmer with our friends and partners in ministry, Ed and Joanne Miller. Highlights were seeing moose by our hotel and bald eagles flying in the wild, searching for a glacier, and riding a tram to the top of the mountian at the Alyeska Ski Resort. The view was breathtaking. I couldn't help thanking and praising God for His beautiful creation. I hope you have time to get outside this spring and enjoy the beauty God has created!
"You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you." Nehemiah 9:6