20 October 2021

Carrie Turansky's No Journey Too Far Audiobook Review & Box of Books Giveaway


No Journey Too Far

This audiobook was SO good!!! It is Book 2 in the McAlister family series set in Canada and the UK, with orphan children being sent off from Great Britain to Canada--and some kids who weren't orphans at all! Great narration to go with a great story!

Blurb: In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Although she’s fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for 10 years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth? 

After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon: his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.

No Journey Too Far is available in MULTIPLE formats: paperback, ebook, audiobook download, hardcover, and CD audiobook!

Giveaway: A box of Christian fiction books to one commenter!

26 September 2021

Giveaway of New Release Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel


This is a really beautiful cover and even prettier in person! I'm mailing a paperback copy to one of my USA readers! This novel is also getting great reviews. 

Rachel Scott McDaniel is a newer author in Christian fiction and is winning awards and drawing in followers! You can check out her books on Amazon and elsewhere.

Undercurrent of Secrets is the 4th book in the Doors to the Past series from Barbour. You can visit the 

Doors to the Past Series website

On Rachel's page on the Doors to the Past website you can find some links to bonus content for her novel and also the links to purchase. 

Rachel will send our winner an autograph label to put in the book!

Answer this question to enter for the giveaway - Which of the Doors to the Past novels have you read so far? Extra entry point if you have read Carrie's Behind Love's Wall NetGalley copy (just include NG in your comment). 

08 September 2021

Deena Adams' Character Interview with Clayton from "Behind the Scenes"

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Carrie! 

 I’m excited to offer hope-filled fiction lovers a free download of my novelette, Behind the Scenes, when you subscribe to my Hope Collective newsletter. 


The novelette is set in the 1990’s and tells the story of a missionary couple serving the underprivileged in the Mississippi Delta area of Memphis, TN, and seven-year-old Clayton Jenkins. If you’re a fan of foster care and adoption themes laced with a message of faith, hope, and God’s sovereignty, you might like this one. 


Behind the Scenes is a prequel to the novel I’m hoping will be published in the near future. In the novel, Clayton loves his life as a behavioral psychologist and homeless shelter manager but, at twenty-eight, he longs to marry and have a family. When he collaborates on a foster care case with court-appointed special advocate Amanda Wright, a link between Amanda and a shelter resident sends the trio down a path of discovery none of them could have imagined.

When dreams disintegrate, is God really working behind the scenes for good?  

Mississippi Delta missionaries Camille and Raymond Richards are heartbroken over the impoverished people they encounter daily. Having grown up poor in South Alabama, they understand that lifestyle, which compels them to serve families struggling with perpetual poverty. 

At age seven, left to fend for himself, Clayton Jenkins longs to be part of a loving family. A family where his parents never leave him home alone. Where his Mama showers him with attention and his daddy plays with him. 

From the moment she meets Clayton, Camille envisions the waif as their son. But that was ridiculous. The boy had parents. And she was pregnant. Did compassion for the child skew her perspective? 

Or was God working behind the scenes, formulating a plan far greater than they could imagine? 


Get to know Clayton as a boy in Behind the Scenes in this short character interview. I hope you’ll love him as much as I do!


Q: What’s your favorite food, Clayton?


A: For breakfast, pancakes with lots of syrup. But I really like scrambled eggs and bacon too. For supper, probably spaghetti. No, make that pepperoni pizza. 


Q: What about your favorite movie?


A: I’ve never been to the theater but I saw “Homeward Bound” at Desmond’s house last month. He’s my best friend, and his daddy rented the movie from Blockbuster and let me watch it with them. I really like animals, so I guess that’s my favorite right now.


Q: How did you feel when your parents left you home alone for a week?


A: At first, I was scared, but after a couple days, I decided that didn’t help me none, so I kept telling myself to grow up. I was almost eight, so I wasn’t a baby anymore. And we lived on a dirt road with not many people around, so I reckon that helped. I figured most of the bad guys probably lived in Memphis.


Q: What about food? How did you eat?


A: I ate breakfast and lunch at school, and after the first time I had asked to spend the night with Desmond on a Saturday night and go to church with them on Sunday, his parents let me stay over every weekend. They were always happy when I went to church, and I was happy to eat dinner and supper there on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The only time I was really hungry was night time. 


Q: How did you meet the missionary couple, Raymond and Camille Richards?


A: Every Saturday I played touch football with Des and some neighborhood boys in a field across the street from our house. The missionary people stopped one day giving out toy cars. I got a shiny red truck-looking one. It was sweet!


Q: What did you think about Raymond and Camille when you met them?


A: They were nice, and the lady was pretty and looked a little like my teacher. I got a somersault feeling in my belly being near her. It was weird, but I liked it.


Q: Did you see the couple anymore after that?


A: Yeah. They went to Desmond’s church so I saw them there once, and then again at the clinic down the road a piece. She’s a nurse and helped me when I forgot my inhaler. My life changed forever that day.


Q: How do you feel about the struggles in your life and how everything turned out?


A: It ain’t been easy, that’s for sure, but I’m happy now. Well, most of the time anyway. I don’t understand why things happened like they did, but I figure God must know what He’s doing. It’s like He had a plan all along or something.



I hope you’ve enjoyed a small peek into the characters in Behind the Scenes. If the story sounds interesting to you, please consider subscribing to my Hope Collective newsletter to get your free copy as a thank you!


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Thanks again for hosting me, Carrie! I’d like to leave readers with my theme verse: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)



As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life. That’s why she’s passionate about inspiring others through writing hope-filled fiction and highlighting other Christian authors on her blog. 

Deena is an active member of ACFW and two Virginia writer groups, board member of ACFW Virginia, founder of the Marathon online writer’s group, 2019 Foundations contest finalist, 2019 First Impressions contest double finalist and winner, and 2021 Genesis contest finalist.

She lives with her husband near the coast in beautiful Virginia. When she’s not writing, reading, or serving in her church, you’ll find her hanging out with family and friends and doting on her seven grandchildren.

You can connect with Deena on social media on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestGoodreads, and BookBub.



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Giveaway: A $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble to one commenter on this blog post. You will receive an extra entry if you have also subscribed to her newsletter! 



18 August 2021

The Cryptographer's Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander -- Review & Giveaway

One of My Top Listens in the Past Two+ Years!!! 

This is such a compelling read! This WWII story, The Cryptographer's Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander, part of Barbour's Heroines of WWII series, Book 1, is a wonderful listen! 

I had already read this title in ebook format but when I saw there was an audiobook and with narrator Cecily White, I listened. Cecily had narrated my first audiobook, Mercy in a Red Cloak, and I knew she was an amazing narrator. 

Eloise is a cryptographer, which I loved because my daughter had considered becoming one and I'd never read a Christian Fiction with a female cryptographer. I enjoyed how FBI agent Phillip and Eloise originally weren't really interested in working together. That seemed realistic. I also enjoyed the organic unfolding of their relationship as they get to know one another while working on this unusual case. Please note: I did not hear any Author's Notes at the end of the listen. However, in the ebook and paperback, there is an explanation that this story truly was inspired by a real-life story, which is super cool! I have to say this is one of my favorite listens for the past two years possibly longer. The narration really matched the tone of the book, too.

Johnnie Alexander has a captivating winner with this novel and I highly recommend it!

The Cryptographer's Dilemma is available also in ebook format and paperback formats. 

Giveaway: I'm giving away a paperback copy of this novel. I bet we could get Johnnie to mail you an autograph label to stick in your book, too!

03 August 2021

Release Day for Requilted with Love: A State Fair Novella & Giveaway!

 My new book release Requilted with Love a State Fair Novella, is now out in the world! It's party time, State Fair style!

What's your fave State Fair food? I have to admit that my family loves corn dogs!!! These regularly get into our home via Target, though, rather than a State Fair.

Where we live, in Southeastern Virginia, its usually too hot for me to manage a state fair but I LOVED the state fairs and county fairs of my youth! I even went to the Ohio State Fair one year!

My new release is set at the Michigan State Fair in Lansing, in 1889 where Sarah Richmond has brought her requited quilt to enter for a prize and possibly to sell. She wants to donate the funds to help with the hospital in her Northwoods community--where her second fiancé died. Sarah's fiancé's both perished from engaging in risky activities so when she meets engineer and balloonist, Grant Bentley, it's a good thing that she doesn't know about his real reason for being at the fair! She thinks he's a worker around the grounds.

This novella was my first story published with Barbour five years ago, in the Blue Ribbon Brides collection. It's now out of print and rights were returned.This second edition has an increase of 30% length and is also now part of the Christy Cousins series! The other book in the series is Tea Shop Folly, set in a similar time, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where a new lock was being built! 

Guess what? Another new lock is being built now!!! I sense another modern-day story coming on! Speaking of modern day, have you read my other new release, Butterfly Cottage

Copies flew out the door at the Island Bookstore this summer. I was up at the Straits for five full weeks this year! Guess what? There are Christy descendants in that book! And some more Christy cousins!

Giveaway: Leave a comment -- answer the question about State Fair food!--for a chance to win a copy of your choice of ebook Requilted with Love, paperback or ebook of Tea Shop Folly, or ebook of Butterfly Cottage!

31 July 2021

Hearts in Flight Audiobook by Patty Smith Hall

I recently had the chance to listen to author Patty Smith Hall's wonderful WWII audiobook, Hearts in Flight and I loved it!

Here's the synopsis of the audiobook as posted on

Serving her country as one of the Women's Army Special Pilots is Maggie Daniels's dearest wish. But there are obstacles to overcome above and beyond the enemies in the Pacific, including her overprotective family, skeptical fellow pilots - and handsome, distant squadron leader Wesley Hicks. Whatever it takes, Maggie will prove herself to Wesley, until she succeeds in winning his admiration…and love. 

Wesley can see that Maggie's a first-class pilot. She's also too fearless by half. The war has cost Wesley so much already. Can he let go of his guilt for a chance at happiness - and can he learn to trust in Godand Maggie…enough to believe in love for a lifetime?

My thoughts:

I highly recommend this novel on audiobook to readers of Christian Fiction historical romance. Patty Smith Hall’s story, Hearts in Flightwill keep you mesmerized until the end! Narrator was great, too. If you enjoy listening to Christian Fiction audiobooks grab this one right away and listen to I! You won't be disappointed!

27 May 2021

Review & Giveaway of No Man's Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher


No Man's Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher

Book Three in the Sons of the Shenandoah

New May Release!

My review
I had the good fortune of being Kathy's critique partner for this project. As I began getting her stellar chapters in to read, I told my hubs I wondered why I was still writing--this stuff was so good so why was I bothering to write? This is Kathy's best book yet and that's saying a lot. 

Willa is such a sympathetic heroine. She's been through so much.  Ben is the ultimate hero. He's so patient and kind. You'll be rooting for these two! Lots of laughs, some tears, and a strong romance! You'll love this new novel!

Blurb from Amazon:
A man with something to prove and a lady with something to hide clash over hotly contested property and a marriage proving anything but convenient.

When the Sharpe’s elderly neighbor passes after the war leaving a vacant farm with no heir, Benjamin Sharpe inquires to purchase the land. What he doesn’t expect to find is a beautiful and stubborn squatter has taken residence. Will her claim on the property prove harder to drive out than her claim on his heart?
Willa looked after Old Mr. Thompson through the war until his death. The late owner promised her a permanent home there, like the daughter he never had, but with some strings attached. When young and ambitious Benjamin Sharpe shows up with intent to evict her, Willa gives him a piece of her mind with a piece of lead aimed at his boots.
The youngest of the Sharpe brothers, Benjamin has been bossed around his entire life by his brothers, and he isn’t about to take it from any girl. All three of his brothers have veterans’ boasting rights in the War, and he must prove his mettle, too. But will his ambitions go so far as to force a waif from her home? As the girl’s resourceful defense of the property frustrates his plans, admiration plucks at his heartstrings. Ben must find a compromise while saving face with his family. But the chit has no intention of playing nice or seeking truce. In Bridgewater, Virginia, the war is still on!

Only $3.99 on Kindle! Coming soon in paperback! Free on Kindle Unlimited!

Kathy and Debbie Lynne Costello and I have all been critique partners and we have a Rafflecopter giveaway going! We hope you'll go by and join in!


Giveaway: Comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of No Man's Daughter!

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