August Update From Author Carrie Turansky > Making Memories Together This Summer My husband Scott and I recently traveled to California to visit our
August Update From Author Carrie Turansky
Making Memories Together This Summer
My husband Scott and I recently traveled to California to visit our oldest son, Josh, and his wife Melinda, and our three grandkids. We made some fun memories together, swimming, playing in the backyard, catching bugs, visiting a nursery to check out different plants and flowers, and talking about their plans to homeschool. What a blessing to see them moving ahead as a family, trusting God and serving Him. The picture above was taken by Melinda, and those are her lovely roses.
Investing time and energy in those relationships with the people who are special to you is so worth it! Hope you are making some great memories this summer!
Christmas Mail-Order Brides - Carol Award Finalist!
My novella, A Trusting Heart, in Christmas Mail-Order Brides is one of three finalists for a Carol Award. The winner will be announced on September 24th at the American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference in St. Louis. I am excited to be attending the conference and look forward to connecting with other writers, editors and agents as well as attending the Award Gala. One of my co-authors, Vickie McDonough is also a Carol Award finalist for her novella, Prodigal Groom in that same book. Vickie and I have been friends and critique partners for several years, and I am thrilled to share this honor with her.
For more information about the Carol Awards and to see the complete list of finalists click here.
Creating the Cover for SURRENDERED HEARTS
Since I self-published Surrendered Hearts as an E-book, I was able to be involved in creating the cover design each step of the way. I worked with Ellen Cranstoun, who is my friend and a very talented graphic designer. Here are the steps we followed. First I looked at lots of book covers online to choose the type of design I felt fit this story. I sent Ellen several samples of covers I liked. Then I sent her a description of my characters, the setting, the theme, and basic plot to give her the information she needed. We decided to use a background photo of Vermont because the setting is so important to the story. But I also wanted to convey that it is a romance, so I asked her to find photos that looked like my characters and then combine those elements. I love the design Ellen created! I only asked for one small change in the placement of the title, and we were finished. The photo on the top left is the one I chose for my heroine when I was first writing the book. The middle photo of the couple shows you what a good job Ellen did in finding a young woman who looked like my heroine for the cover.
In July I traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend the annual She Speaks Conference offered by Proverbs 31 Ministires. This year two of my author friends, Cathy Gohlkey and Terri Gillespie, went along with me, and we had an amazing weekend.
More than 600 women came from all over the US and several other countries to receive training in speaking,writing and women's ministry. Those of us on the speaker track split into small groups where we gave two talks and received feedback and suggestions to strengthen our speaking. It was so encouraging to meet the women pictures above and hear their stories. Each one has a heart to know and serve God. The training and inspiration at She Speaks is wonderful! If you would like to improve your speaking, writing, and ministry skills, I encourage you to consider attending She Speaks next July. Here is the link for more information. She Speaks. If you are looking for a speaker for your book club, writers' group, or women's ministry events please feel free to contact me through my website listed below.
Watermelon, Tomato, And Mozzarella Salad
While researching to learn more about personal chefs for my new book, A FAIRHAVEN CHRISTMAS, I bought the premiere issue of Master Chef magazine. Wow, lots of yummy recipes. This one is perfect for August when all those beautiful tomatoes ripen in your garden and you can pick up a watermelon, mint and basil from the farmers' market. Hope you enjoy this unique recipe from Master Chef magazine!
3 cups watermelon, cup into cubes
1 1/2 cups ripe yellow or red tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3/4 cup fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbs. olive oil
6 large fresh basil leaves, finely cut
6 large fresh mint leaves, finely cut
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
In a large bowl toss together the watermelon, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, half the basil leaves, half the mint leaves, the salt and pepper. Top with the remaining basil and mint leaves. Enjoy!
Time to Rest and Reflect
I was very blessed this month to have a week in the Pocono Mountains at a lovely house on a Lake. Watching the sun sparkle across the water and feeling the sunshine and warm breeze was such a treat! The photo above shows you the view I have been enjoying. It was taken by my author friend, Tracy Higley. This week at the lake I finished edits on my next book to release, A MAN TO TRUST. I also worked on the proposal for, A FAIRHAVEN CHRISTMAS. I am enjoying creating this new story about a single mom who is a personal chef looking to start a new life for herself and her daughter in Fairhaven.
Hope you are enjoying your summer, spending time with those you love and reading a few good books. Please stop by my website for reading recommendations, writing tips or aspiring authors and information on all my books. I have three E-books and several paper books available. You can read the first chapter of each of my books there. Click here.
Blessings and Happy Reading,