Monday, May 30, 2011

Carrie Turansky's "Surrendered Hearts"

Title: Surrendered Hearts
Cover blurb:Jennifer Evan’s life changes forever when a gas pipeline explodes, starting a fire at her apartment. Losing her home and beloved dog are terrible blows, but the ugly scars that cover her arm, neck and shoulder steal her confidence and cause her fiancé to desert her. With her funds depleted and her job on hold, she heads for Vermont where she hopes to reconnect with her brother and find a way to rebuild her shattered life. Bill Morgan, a strong and quiet man whose faith runs deep, challenges her view of God and faith. Will she hold on to the pain of her past, or will she surrender her heart and find the faith and love she seeks?

1) How did this story come to you?
I read an article in our local newspaper about a gas pipeline explosion and the fires that followed, and I began wondering what it would be like for someone who had lost everything in a situation like that. The question, what makes a woman truly beautiful, also came to mind as I thought about surviving burn injuries.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I originally wrote Surrendered Hearts in 2007 as a sequel to my first published novel, Along Came Love. It did not find a home with traditional publishers, but I’ve always loved the story, so I decided to publish it as an e-book.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. Our family spent a year in Africa and we loved it. 2. I homeschooled our five kids over eighteen years and received a wonderful education. 3. I still find it challenging to plug my way through a novel even though I’ve written at least a dozen.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am writing a contemporary romance for Love Inspired titled, A Man To Trust. It comes out March 2012.

5) Parting comments?
This is an exciting time to be a novelist! Publishing seems to be changing rapidly, and there are many new opportunities for authors to see their books go out as e-books as well as traditional books. Thanks for allowing me to connect with your blog readers.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My website is: . Please sign up for my newsletter so we can stay in touch.
On Facebook:
On Twitter:!/carrieturansky

I have a coupon code I can send to the winner via-mail so they can download a free copy of Surrendered Hearts.


  1. This sounds like a great book about faith, hope, and love. My kind of stories. I'm drawn to works that challenge my faith in God, or the paradigms in my own mind about life. I'm looking forward to one day reading this book, along with the others.

    Karlene Jacobsen (aka Anna K. Jeffrey) (

  2. Just read a novel about an Iraqi vet that was a burn victim. Very interesting story. I really look forward to reading what you have to say on this devastating thing. Thanks for doing the interview!


  3. This sounds like a very thought provoking and emotional story. I'm glad that you didn't set it aside and forget about it, but kept working to get it published. Thank you so much for taking the time to be on K. Dawn's blog and giving readers a chance to win your book.

    Blessings to you,

  4. Would love a chance to win this!!! margieatmijaresdotnet

  5. Great interview. Love Carrie's very thoughtful stories of hope.

  6. This sounds very interesting.


  7. Sounds like a really good story. Very nice interview!! Please enter me in this giveaway.

    Countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

  8. Love stories of faith regardless of unforeseen circumstances. Please put me in the contest and someday I hope to homeschool my future children as well as visit Africa (since my future hubby is from Nigeria).

    adriennaturner at earthlink dot net

  9. Would love to read this book!!! It sounds like my kind of book. There was a gas line that exploded in our area last year and not only were homes lost, but so were lives. It was so tragic.

    Please enter me in you contest. Thank you so much!

  10. HI Friends, thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. It's always great to connect with new friends. I appreciate this chance to introduce you all to Surrendered Hearts. Publishing an E-book has been quite an adventure. I have a new email newsletter available to stay in touch with readers and keep them up to date on my new books as they come. Please stop by my website and sign up.
    Happy reading,

  11. i'm interested in reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. Carrie's story is one to be enjoyed and I would assume prayerfully. Such a devastating event too happen to someone and as a result lose the people she loves is tragic. I am glad Carrie wrote the book from a perspective of one needing God in their life. We all do, each day and every day. It would be comforting to read her book. Thank you for offering it as a giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  13. I enjoyed the interview. This book sounds like a good read.

    Thanks for a chance to win a book from a new author to me. Reading is my passion!