Face-Off with Carrie Turansky!!


I am super excited to have Carrie Turansky here today!! Her beautiful Edwardian books are on everyone’s TBR list.

Right now, you can pick up The Daughter of Highland Hall for only $1.99!!! —–>

Carrie’s first book was published in 2005, and she has had more than a dozen published since then. Before that she wrote several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays.img_0838

Some books you can check out:

Let’s have some fun! Shall we?


The rules are simple. I ask Carrie some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Have you ever been around wild horses?

Carrie – Oh, I wish I had. I would love to see wild horses some time. My grandparents owned a farm in Oregon when I was young, and I enjoyed riding horse when I was a teen, but those were all the tame, well trained variety.

Charity – I haven’t either, but there is a beach near us that has a bunch of wild horses. I really want to go and check it out sometime!!


— Tie

Charity 1 / Carrie 1

2. Most beautiful place you have ever been?

Carrie – That’s a tough question, because I’ve been blessed to visit and live in some very beautiful places. I’m torn between the Rift Valley in Kenya, Africa, where we lived for one year where giraffe and zebras run wild; or the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where we   lived for eight years with all those lovely waterfalls and beaches. Both places were amazing! rift-valley-north-of-masai-mara-kenya_ae79Rift Valley

c3a73ab8de139fbe4b4e6327ca4e4ffeOahu, Hawaii waterfalls

Charity – So beautiful! I can’t even imagine!!! One of my favorite places I ever saw was Jaffa, Israel.

20080610133122_jaffa_lighthouseOverlooking the Mediterranean Sea

8Old Town Jaffa

— You are much more well traveled than me!!

Charity 1 / Carrie 2

3. Favorite time of year? Why?

Carrie – Spring is my favorite season. I’m a gardener, so I love seeing my daffodils, tulips, and grape hyacinth pop up and bloom. They are like a promise that warmer and brighter days are ahead after a long cold winder. Fall is a close second because I live in the North East where the leaves are so beautiful when they change color.

Charity – I love the Fall. It’s beautiful weather, the holidays are on the horizon and life gets back to scheduled!! Everything is perfect about it ❤

— Tie

Charity 2 / Carrie 3

4. Any fun holiday traditions that you came up with? (as in, non-traditional)

Carrie – We have several fun family traditions on various holidays, but the one that comes to mind is playing rousing games on Thanksgiving afternoon. Jungle Speed and Apples to Apples are two of our favorites. There is a lot of laughter and healthy competition during those games, and that brings us all closer together.

Charity – Love that! So fun. We have some old projector films from when my father was little (he’s in his mid 70’s). Every Christmas Eve, we watch the same three. A couple years back, we had to put them on DVD. So sad!!!!! My husband added the sound of a projector to the background, so it still seems the same 🙂 So much fun!!

— Nostalgia from my pops! I’m taking it 🙂

Charity 3 / Carrie 3

5. Funniest story you have about your children acting up when they were little?

Carrie – One Sunday morning when our oldest son was a young teenager, he was sitting at the breakfast table and was frustrated with one of his younger sisters. She was not listening to him, so to get her attention, he slammed down a quart container of yogurt, and the lid was off. Yogurt flew up in the air and splattered on the ceiling, all over the table, all over my son and his sister, and all over me. Yikes! It was a good reminder that when we lose control of our temper it not only hurts us, it hurts everyone around us. We were late for church that day.

Charity – So cute!! I love it.

When my oldest son was in second grade, I was a music teacher and got home from work about 15 minutes after he got off the bus. My mom would come and meet him during that time. One day, he got off the bus and nobody was there to get him. He totally lost his mind because all he had to do is walk home, but instead, he handed his backpack to a total stranger and said, “Please hold this! I’ll be right back!!” SOME RANDOM GUY!! He then ran home and called me???? Makes no sense!! My mom had fallen asleep on the couch waiting and heard him talking to me on the phone, so all was well. But it was so bizarre that he didn’t just walk to the house, but handed someone his backpack and took off! hahaha. Poor kiddo.

— Carrie gets it because my story was more cluelessness that acting upset.

Charity 3 / Carrie 4

6. Could you have lived in the Edwardian era and enjoyed it?

Carrie – Oh yes! I’ve dreamed of living in the Edwardian era ever since I started researching my current series. I think I’d enjoy the slower pace, the manners, the clothing, and living in the countryside . . . but only if I could live on a lovely estate as part of an upper class family. I don’t think I’d want to be an Edwardian servant! They worked very long hours for very little pay and had almost no free time.

Charity – Oh my goodness. I agree. There was this reality show that had a family live the lifestyle of an Edwardian upper class family. They had people that were cast as the servants and everything. At the end of the 6 weeks (or however long it was), the lady was so upset to leave the time period. It was really sad though because she couldn’t spend much time with her children to re-enact it correctly.


— Tie

Charity 4 / Carrie 5

7. Favorite/Strangest fan encounter?

Carrie – Oh had had a great one a few years ago. I was flying home from a trip to California. As I often do, I prayed before I boarded the plane, asking the Lord to give me an opportunity to speak to someone about Him. Before we took off, the woman seated next to me took out a book and began to read. The book was covered by a cloth slipcover, so I couldn’t see the title.  I peeked over to see the author’s name at the top of the page, thinking that would help me start a conversation with her. I saw my name! I gasped and said, “You’re reading my book!” She looked at me like I was a little crazy. So I quickly explained I was the author of the book she was reading. We had a fun conversation about books and authors we both enjoyed reading. Before we landed she asked me to sign her book, and I was happy to do it.

Charity – Oh! That is a good one!! I bet she was so confused at first thinking you were accusing her of stealing your book! haha. How cool is that???? I bet she couldn’t even believe it!

— Definitely Carrie! Obviously!

Charity 4 / Carrie 6

8. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Carrie – I hope every day I will reflect Him and His love and truth to my family and those I meet. I believe the Bible is a very practical book, and God wants to give us clear direction for every area of our life through His Word and His Spirit. That motivates me to study the Bible, meditate on it, and try to live it out in my life. I hope that brings Him glory.

Charity – Love it!

— God wins!

Charity 4 / Carrie 6

9. Best romantic movie?

Carrie – Hmmm….I love romantic movies, so it will be very hard to choose just one. Here are three of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and While You Were Sleeping.

Charity – Oh! Those are great choices!! I also love The Young Victoria. It is the sweetest movie!!


— Tie


Charity 5 / Carrie 7


Thank you, Carrie!il_570xN.321850012 It has been wonderful getting to know you a bit more 🙂

Guess what?!?!?! Amazing news! Carrie has offered to give away a copy of her NEW RELEASE!!!

That is such a beautiful book! I want to get my hands on it too!!

Just head on over to the Rafflecopter link and start entering!!

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5 responses to “Face-Off with Carrie Turansky!!”

  1. Thanks for inviting me to Face-off, Charity! I enjoyed reading your answers….sounds like a tie to me! I agree that Jaffa, Israel, is one of the most beautiful places to visit! We’ve been blessed to travel there too.


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