December Update from Carrie Turansky Merry Christmas to all my readers and friends! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and making some spe

December Update from Carrie Turansky

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Merry Christmas to all my readers and friends!

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season and making some special memories with those you love. Here at the Turansky's we're baking cookies, hanging treasured ornaments on the tree, wrapping presents and getting ready to celebrate Jesus's birthday with our friends and family.

This month I have some fun family news to share as well as a writing update. I've also included one of our favorite holiday recipes, Seven-Layer Salad. I hope you'll give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Be sure to scroll down and find out about my Christmas gift for you - a free copy of Novel Morsels - a delightful cookbook with recipes from some of your favorite Christian authors. So pour yourself a cup of tea or cocoa and read on!

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BARGAIN SHOPPING - CHRISTMAS NOVELLAS
Are you looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? A Big Apple Christmas, A Blue and Gray Christmas, and Christmas Mail-Order Brides are all available at great discounts. If you enjoy heartwarming inspirational romance, I hope you'll order one or all of these books. Christian Books. com is offering Christmas Mail-Order Brides for only $2.99 here. It's also available as an eBook.

A Blue and Gray Christmas and A Big Apple Christmas are available in paperback at Amazon for as little as .01! You can't beat that price. And it's a great way to introduce someone to Christian fiction.

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MY NEXT NOVEL
A MAN TO TRUST releases Feb 25, 2012. If you receive Love Inspired novels each month it should arrive in January. This story is dear to my heart, and I hope you enjoy it.

After years spent helping run her family's Christian bookstore, it's time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream of becoming a classical musician a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to new manger Ross Peterson? The man is too charming....and too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of—marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or two about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie's questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within her reach after all.

A MAN TO TRUST is my second novel set in Fairhaven, Washington, and features some of the same characters you met in SEEKING HIS LOVE. If you haven't read that one yet you can order a copy here. You can pre-order A MAN TO TRUST here.

WEDDING BELLS FOR BEN AND GALAN!
These past few weeks have been a very exciting time for our family as we prepared for the wedding of our son Ben and his bride Galan Miller. All of our five kids, their spouses and the grandkids gathered in Jacksonville, North Carolina for the wedding on December 3rd. My daughter Melissa and her husband Peter flew in early from Kenya to help with wedding preparations and assist me with arranging flowers and decorating for the ceremony and reception.

My husband Scott did an awesome job officiating the ceremony. Galan was a beautiful bride and Ben made a very dashing groom. After a fun reception and some more special family time, Ben and Galan flew to Puerto Rico for their honeymoon, then they returned to Huntsville, Alabama, where Ben is stationed with the Marines. We are so happy to see the way Ben and Galan are seeking to honor the Lord as they start their new life together. For more wedding photos, visit my Facebook photo page.

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SEVEN LAYER SALAD
Our family loves this recipe, and we usually serve it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's great because you can make it 1 or 2 days ahead. We do a different design on top each time we serve this salad. This design was created to honor Ben and Galan's engagement last Christmas.

Layer in a clear glass bowl:
1/2 head Romaine lettuce or spinach, sliced
1 small wedge of red cabbage, sliced
1/4 head green or red leaf lettuce, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
1 can sliced water chestnuts
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. frozen petite green peas, rinsed and defrosted

Make dressing with one cup light mayo, 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, a dash of lemon juice, a dash of curry powder and a small packet of Truvia. Spread this carefully over the salad to seal. Decorate with red, yellow and green peppers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until time to serve. Enjoy!

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MY GIFT TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS!
I want to say thank you to my friends and readers and invite you to download a free copy of Novel Morsels. More than sixty-five Christian authors contributed to this cookbook, and I hope you will enjoy reading and trying these recipes. I contributed a recipe from my eBook Surrendered Hearts - Bill's Chicken Two Tomato Ziti. Thanks go to author Nicole O'Dell who pulled all the recipes together and made this cookbook possible. Happy reading and cooking!

Download your free copy here,. Use the coupon code: carrieturansky

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the Turanskys!

Here's the whole family together for the wedding: Our daughters Megan and Liz, son-in-law Peter Morrison, Me, our son Ben the groom and his bride Galan, my husband Scott, our daughter Melissa Morrison, Scott's mom Shirley Turansky, our grandson Hudson, our son Josh holding our granddaughter Hanale, our grandson Hayden, and our daughter-in-law Melinda. It was a wonderful treat to all be together.

I hope you will make room for Jesus in your heart and home this Christmas season. His arms are always open and He offers His peace to all who come to him.
Christmas Blessings,
Carrie
You're always welcome to stop by my website for information about my books and speaking. You can read the first chapter of each of my books there. Click here.

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