3 Questions Wednesday with Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky

Welcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday.

When author Carrie Turansky isn’t writing, “…you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.” Originally from Oregon, she longs for the beautiful tall evergreens and pristine Cascade Mountains. We are especially blessed to have her here today, promoting her latest release, Across the Blue.

First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Carrie: Creative, Family-focused, Christ-follower

I love that. These really pinpoint who you are. Here’s a fun question—

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Carrie: I’d love to take a research trip to Kent, England, and see all the places described in my latest historical novel, Across the Blue:  Canterbury Cathedral, The White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle, St. Margaret’s Bay, and Brodsworth Hall.  Then I’d travel back to the Bristol area to visit Tyntesfield, the lovely manor house I had in mind when I wrote the Highland Hall novels. And last, I’d take the train up to Northumberland where Shine Like the Dawn is set. That would be an amazing trip!

What a great trip that would be—to see the places you’ve written about, and then compare what you see with what you’ve imagined. You’d want to come home and write more stories about the trip you made. Last question—

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Carrie: Find Us Faithful

That’s a beautiful song with a phrase we hope to hear when it’s all said and done. Click to listen and read the lyrics: Find Us Faithful. Thanks, Carrie, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.


Across the Blue

Love soars to new heights in this Edwardian romance filled with adventure, faith, and inspiration, but how much will it cost Bella and James to follow their dreams?

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to win that race across the Channel and gain the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

What do you hope readers will take away from Across the Blue?

I hope readers will be swept away to 1909 England and be inspired to follow their dreams as James and Bella do in Across the Blue. But I also hope they will see how important it is to count the cost and make sure they’re following the Lord’s leading in their lives. Honesty builds a strong foundation for healthy relationships, but deception and secrets pull people apart. And finally, I hope readers will be inspired by the creativity and determination of those early aviation pioneers, and appreciate the miracle of flight.

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Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Kimberly Rose Johnson

Good morning and welcome to another 3 Questions Wednesday! Today we have with us, Kimberly Rose Johnson.

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Kimberly Rose Johnson

Good morning, Kimberly. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Kind, stubborn, and active.

Kindness is a wonderful trait. We need more of it in this world. Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

That is a tough question. There are so many places I want to go! How about one for each continent? Just kidding. Okay then, Paris. I’m choosing this city because of the Eiffel Tower. I have a bit of an obsession with it. Anyone who has ever stepped foot into my house will immediately see what I’m talking about.

I can see where one might have an obsession with the Eiffel Tower. It is beautiful! Now…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

This is hands down the most difficult to answer question anyone has ever asked me. I feel like there is no way I can adequately answer since I’ve never thought about it. I really enjoy listening to Mercy Me, so I went to one of their CDs and took a listen. I think the song I most relate to is their song “This Life” on their The Generous Mr. Lovewell CD. It also has a great beat and cool sound so would work well in a movie.

I looked up the song. It would definitely make a great movie soundtrack and an exercise soundtrack. 🙂

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Readers, Kimberly is offering an e-copy of The Reluctant Groom. Leave a comment for a chance to win.

The Reluctant Groom

Reluctant Groom ebook coverWhen everything goes wrong, can two friends discover true love?

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.

Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

Black T-shirt author photo cropped BEST Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


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3 Questions Wednesday with Laura V. Hilton

Happy Wednesday!

This morning we welcome award-winning author Laura V. Hilton. Readers, be sure to leave Laura a comment for a chance to win a  copy of her book, Love By the Numbers.

Laura, here’s your first question.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Laura:  Quiet, bookish, family-oriented

Family-oriented. I like that! 🙂  Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Laura: Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. There is a new Amish community formed up there. Plus I’d get to see my son.

A great idea. Now…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Laura: Fame, I think.

 An upbeat song, for sure! Laura, thank you for joining us on Inspired Prompts. It was a pleasure to meet you.

Readers–don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Love By the Numbers, reader’s choice of format (print or ebook)  (Print USA only.) 

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Love By the Numbers   

After her fiancé dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.


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3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author and publisher, Marji Laine, to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Marji. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

 Marji: Young-at-heart – an elementary spirit in a nearing senior body. Computerific – I can usually make it do what I want, if it’s working at all. Laughing – if I can’t laugh at myself, I’m missing out on some fun!

Sounds like you’d be a fun person to hang out with. 🙂 Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Marji: I feel like I got that last summer when my kids sent hubby and me on an Alaskan cruise. But for research, I would want to visit castles in Europe. I’d be torn between the beauty of Germany or my personal ancestry in Scotland, but I think I’d lean toward the Scottish highlands. And I’d be ready to dabble a bit in some historical romances!

Castle visiting would be so cool. Last question: 

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Marji: Canon in D. Starts out so simple and gets more and more complicated (and full and beautiful) as the song goes on. Yeah, that’s pretty much been my life!

So pretty. Marji, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Marji is offering an e-copy  of her book, Ain’t Misbehaving to one commenter.

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Ain’t Misbehaving

Annalee Chambers: Poised, wealthy, socially elite.

Annalee Chambers floated through life in a pampered, crystal bubble until she smashed it with a single word. Dealing with the repercussions of that word might break her, ruin her family, and land her in jail.

True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air-conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school daycare in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed.

Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundation’s after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.

AIN’T MISBEHAVING encourages acceptance:
•Of things that can’t be changed.
•Of people who are different.
•Of lessons learned.
•Of oneself.

What can a bunch of downtown kids teach a Texas princess?

Marji Laine is a“graduated” homeschooling mom of four who is grateful to her twins for not forcing her into the empty nest season just yet. She now spends more time in her role as executive editor for Write Integrity Press than she does crafting her own stories, but she loves both jobs.

When she’s not wearing the publishing hat, she directs a children’s choir, teaches 10th grade girls Sunday school, and sings in the adult choir at her church. She also leads a high school and college weekly Bible study and has a monthly radio talk show.

She and her husband of 30 years live in a suburb on the north side of Dallas with their twins and their own version of Hank the cow dog, a rescue mutt that rides herd on the entire household. Marji prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, Alaska to the Caribbean, entrees to dessert, and white roses to most any other flower. Her favorites include “Live PD,” the Hallmark channel, Hand and Foot Canasta, NASCAR, and worship music.

You can learn more about Marji and her books at her author pages on Amazon.com and WriteIntegrity.com and her website, MarjiLaine.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Irvin

KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author Kelly Irvin to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Kelly. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Creative. Faithful. Introverted.

Perfect words to describe a writer. Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

This is a timely topic! I’m getting ready to write a proposal for a new Amish romance series for my publisher. The location is the oldest and most remote Amish community in Montana. It’s a difficult trip for me because of physical disabilities. I’d love to be able to spend a week in that region, seeing the mountains, visiting the nearby state park and lake, and interviewing some of the personnel involved in fighting the wildfires. It’s difficult to write a series if you’re not familiar with the setting. You get a lot from the Internet, but it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. You absorb so many more details.  It’s a remote location in far northwest Montana so I’m sure the travel will be expensive. Those are challenges writers have to consider when selecting locations for their series. It would be fun and beautiful, though!

Your description makes me want to pack my bags. 🙂 But first…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Eeks. This is hard!  “Standing Outside the Fire,” performed by Garth Brooks.

Ah… a choice to play it safe or give it all you got. Kelly, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Kelly is offering a hard copy of her book (United States only) to one commenter.

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BeneathTheSummerSun_CVR (002)Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.

KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.