October Update From Carrie Turansky And the Winner is. . .A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky! My stomach quivered, and I was thankful the lights we

October Update From Carrie Turansky

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2011 Carol Award Winners: Terry Blackstock, LIsa Wingate, Carrie Turansky, Lyn Cote, Elizabeth Goddard, Susan Warren, Beth Wiseman, Marc Schooley.


And the Winner is. . .A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky!

My stomach quivered, and I was thankful the lights were low as I waited to hear the announcement of the winners of the ACFW Carol Awards last month in St. Louis. The novella category was first, so I didn't have long to wait. My novella, A Trusting Heart, in Christmas Mail-Order Brides, was announced as the winner. I walked on stage, faced the bright lights, and spoke to about 700 people as I accepted the award. It was a magical evening that I will never forget.

For more information about the Carol Awards and to read reviews of all the books click here.

If you enjoy heartwarming historical romance, then I hope you'll pick up a copy of this book. Christian Books. com is offering Christmas Mail-Order Brides for only $2.99. click here.

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Author Tamera Alexander and me at the Carol Awards

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My literary agent, Steve Laube, and me at the banquet


Here's a sneak peek at the cover of my next Love Inspired novel, A MAN TO TRUST, releasing March 2012.

After years spent helping run her family's Christian bookstore, it's time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream of becoming 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 here is more info and how to order a copy click here.


Research Tips for Historical Writers

The internet has a wealth of information available for writers. I can get lost for hours as I scour websites and read original newspaper articles, diaries, and books. As I looked for ideas for my next book I did a Google search for images for men and women in the 1800's. Here are two that I especially liked. Just looking at their faces gets my creative juices flowing. So be sure to check out images when you do your Google searches.

Here's a helpful link with a whole collection of historic cookbooks. I found several from the 1800's that were a lot of fun to read.

Another writer friend shared this helpful link with me this week, and I thought I would pass it on to you. Writers Dream Tools is a great website where you can click on a link for any decade from 1650 - 2000 and read lists of events, art, science, inventions, literature, who's in and who's out, slang words and phrases and more.

This is a great resource for teachers, students and homeschoolers. It could help students tie events together and find topics for reports and projects for a particular decade in history.


Wedding Bells!

This fall our family is looking forward to a very special wedding. Our son Ben is marrying Galan Miller on Saturday, December 3 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Our whole family will be together for the first time in about seven years, so we are excited and plan to take a lot of photos. Ben and Galan will make their home in Huntsville, Alabama, where he is stationed with the Marines, and Galan will continue to attend college and work. Rejoice with us and pray for them as they start their new life together. If you'd like a peek at their honeymoon plans you can click here.


Fresh Apple Cookies

This is a delicious recipe we enjoy baking each fall to share with friends. Maybe you'd like to make a batch and send some to your child's teacher or bring them to your church potluck or small group Bible Study. Hope you will try this recipe and let me know what you think.

2 Cups Flour, 1 tsp. Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Butter, softened, 1 1/3 Cups Brown Sugar, packed, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. ground Cloves, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, 1 Egg, beaten, 1/4 Cup Apple Juice or Milk, 1 Cup chopped and peeled Apples, 1/2 Cup chopped Walnuts, 1/2 Cup Raisins, 1/2 Cup dried Cranberries

Vanilla Glaze
1 Cup Powdered Sugar, 1 Tbs. Butter, softened, 1/4 tsp. Vanilla, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 Tbsp. Milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, oats, and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a large bowl cream butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and egg. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Mix in juice or milk. Add the apples, nuts, raisins and cranberries to the remaining flour. Add it all together and mix. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until cookies are firm and slightly brown around the edges.

To make the glaze: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. While the cookies are hot, spread with vanilla glaze. Makes 3 dozen. Enjoy!

autumn trees along lake in central park

My Favorite Season

I love fall! Here in New Jersey we are picking apples, baking pumpkin bread, raking leaves, and enjoying the beautiful colors God paints across the trees. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful spot. Most days I take a walk around Colonial Lake and enjoy scenes like this. While I walk I like to listen to praise music, meditate on a passage of Scripture, or listen to a Christian radio program. Here's one verse I enjoyed this past week: "One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard, that You , O God, are strong, and that You, O Lord, are loving." Psalm 62: 11 - 12. This verse reminds me of two of God's most important character qualities and because those are true, I know I can trust Him to be all that I need in every situation.

Hope you are enjoying time with the Lord and the beautiful colors of fall where you live. And I hope you make time to read a good book or two. Please stop by my website for reading recommendations, writing tips for aspiring authors and information on all my books. I have three eBooks and several paper books available. You can read the first chapter of each of my books there. Click here.

Blessings and Happy Reading,

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