Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SNOWFLAKE SWEETHEARTS - Carrie Turansky - One Free Book

Welcome, Carrie. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I often write about the power of forgiveness and how it can bring healing and reconciliation. In Snowflake Sweethearts Annie Romano learns that forgiveness is not just a one-time event, it’s an on-going process, and also that forgiveness is a choice of the will and not based on our feelings. 

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My next book comes out in October 2013. The working title is The Governess of Highland Hall. The publisher is WaterBrook Multnomah. It’s the first of a three-book historical romance set in 1910 in England. I like to think of it as Downton Abbey meets Jane Eyre with a little of the Sound of Music thrown in for good measure. My husband and I visit England last summer to do some research and enjoy the beautiful countryside. This is a dream project for me, and I am having a great time writing it.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
The last time you asked me that question it opened the door for a visit with Dr. Dobson at his new ministry office in Colorado Springs….remember? Thanks for that!  This time I think I would like to visit with actress Maggie Smith who plays Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess, on Downton Abbey. I would love to learn more about her life and career, plus I would probably have to go to England for that visit, so that would be a plus too.

I missed Downton Abbey the first two seasons, so I bought the DVDs. James and I watched them all in about a week’s span. We loved them. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
It would be wonderful to be able to go back to the early 1900’s and meet Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, who lived at Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is now filmed. She turned her beautiful home into a hospital for wounded soldiers during WWI. She was also married to a man who helped discover Kit Tut’s Tomb. Sounds so interesting! Meeting her would be the perfect “research trip” back in time.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I’ve heard it takes at least10,000 hours of hard work to become a skilled writer, so keep pressing on! Most publish authors complete several books and receive many rejections before they are published. It was true for me. I would encourage you to join a critique group and learn from other writers. Read good craft books like Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King and Plot and Structure by James Bell. Attend writers’ conferences and retreats. Keep reading and writing. Connect with other writers and be willing to read, review, and promote others’ books. The day will come when those writing friends may be able to help you. Pray and ask for direction and discernment about where to focus your time, talent and energy.

Tell us about the featured book.
Snowflake Sweethearts is a heartwarming, Love Inspired, holiday romance, so this is the perfect month to enjoy this story.

Here’s a summary: Bringing her daughter to the one place she feels safe, single mother Annie Romano returns to Fairhaven, Washington. Though hoping to start a new life as a personal chef, she accepts a different job. Alex Jameson, the handsome man she secretly admired as a teenager, needs a live-in caregiver for his ailing grandmother. Alex is very committed to his corporate marketing job in San Francisco and only plans to stay in Fairhaven temporarily. He doesn’t seem to realize how much he needs faith, family or love. But the holiday season, his grandmothers’ matchmaking friends, and one fatherless little girl start pulling at both Annie’s and Alex’s hearts strings. Just in time to make it a very special Christmas for everyone. 

Sounds like a wonderful story, and I love Christmas books. Please give us the first page of the book.
Annie Romano tucked the loose end of her red wool scarf into the front of her jacket and snuggled down into the soft lining. Puffing out a breath, she tried to warm her chilly face as she waited at the corner of Eleventh and Harris in the historic district of Fairhaven, Washington. A brisk early-November breeze blew up the hill, carrying the fresh, salty scent of Bellingham Bay.

Clenching her hands in her pockets, she gazed across the street at Jameson’s Bakery and lifted a silent prayer. Please, God, help me find a job. Not just for my sake, but also for Emma’s.

With her stomach knotting in a tight ball, she stepped off the curb and crossed the street. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to see Irene Jameson, or that she was afraid to ask her for a job. The sweet, elderly owner of Jameson’s Bakery had always treated her kindly. But seven years had passed since Annie left Fairhaven, and her life had taken some drastic turns since then.

What would Irene say about Annie’s daughter, Emma?

A powerful mixture of love and guilt rose and battled in her heart, but love won. She pressed the guilt deeper away to deal with another time.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers through my website:
I also send out an email newsletter every other month with book news, reading recommendations, photos, recipes, and encouraging articles. The signup for the newsletter on the homepage of my website, or they can email me at, and I will add them to the list.

Thanks so much, Lena! I appreciate this opportunity to connect with you and your readers!

I love having you on my blog, Carrie.

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Snowflake Sweethearts (Love Inspired) - paperback
Snowflake Sweethearts (Love Inspired) - Kindle

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Jo said...

This sounds like a wonderful holiday story and would love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity.


pol said...

Good morning Ladies, I love to read historical type books so will be looking for your books coming. snowflake sweethearts also sounds like a great one too Carrie, thanks for sharing today..

Paula O(
a Ga Reader

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Paula and Jo, thanks so much for stopping by today! It's always great to hear from friends who enjoy reading Christian fiction. I love reading and writing stories set at Christmas. I hope you will like Snowflake Sweethearts!

Katie said...

Sounds great! Please enter me. I am from NC.

Katie said...

Sounds great! Please enter me. I am from NC.

scottsgal said...

holiday books are one of my fave genre - sounds so good
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Friends, I am glad you came by for a visit and to read a little about Snowflake Sweethearts. Holiday stories are some of my favorites. I've written three Christmas novellas, Moonlight & Mistletoe in A Big Apple Christmas, A Trusting Heart in Christmas Mail-Order Brides, and A Shelter in the Storm in A Blue & Gray Christmas.

We also have a special basket of Christmas books that we get down each Christmas to share with any children who might come over... but I still enjoy them too.

holdenj said...

I think Carrie's holiday romance looks great! And her research trip to England sounds like a wonderful thing too. Thanks for the chance to win.
Julie in MN

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Julie, We had a great trip to England! I have a few photos posted on Facebook. Come on over and take a look. We visit Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed. It was so beautiful. We made some wonderful memories and it was so inspiring!

tickmenot said...

Christmas books are always fun, yours sounds really good!


in Kansas

Lyndie Blevins said...

I would love the opportunity to have this book!
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, TX

Joyful creations said...

Sounds like a very special Christmas, indeed. I love Christian fiction. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book

Kaylyn VH
Caledonia, Michigan

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela from KY

Mary Preston said...

It does sound like such a wonderful story. Yes please!!

Mary P


rubynreba said...

I love the title! Snowflake Sweethearts sounds like a great holiday story.
Beth from IA

apple blossom said...

oh, I love the love inspired books thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Diana Montgomery said...

book sounds really good! Thanks for a chance to win. What a great topic forgiveness.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Sparks of Ember said...

Sounds like a cute story!

From the Black Hills of SD!

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sarah Richmond

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks Great! Please Enter Me!

Blanch, N.C.

Lourdes said...

Wow great sounding story.

Lourdes in Long Island NY

sharon m. said...

SNOWFLAKE SWEETHEARTS about forgiveness- what a great topic that most of us can relate to. Sharon, San Diego

Merry said...

I'd love to be entered for Snowflake Sweethearts, it sounds lovely.
Merry in TX

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of this Christmas story. Thank you for your interview and giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Jackie Tessnair said...

I love Christmas books.Please enter me.Thanks...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Shopgirl said...

I love Christmas stories! I'm in MN.

Cindy W. said...

I love Christmas and Love Inspired books so this book would be a perfect match for me. Thank you for the giveaway.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Jes said...

Loved the first page! Thanks for sharing it!

Jes (CA)