Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Can I Trust This Man?

Every woman asks herself this question when she's considering a relationship. No woman would
willingly marry a man she felt she couldn't trust.

Would you?

Welcome to Woman of Faith, where I am happy to introduce you to author Carrie Turansky's latest release: A Man To Trust.

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Faith Element: High

A Man To Trust
, Love Inspired, March 2012

After years spent helping run her family’s Christian Bookstore, it’s time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream of playing flute as part of a symphony, a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to new manager Ross Peterson? The man is too handsome, too charming…too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of – marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or two about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie’s questioning what she really wants, after all. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are actually--with a man to trust--within reach.

"I thoroughly enjoyed Carrie Turansky's first book in this series, and was eager to return to her realistic and memorable characters in the quaint town of Fairhaven.

I loved the welcoming and cozy bookstore, Bayside Books (it made me think of a grownup version of The Shop Around the Corner in the movie, "You've Got Mail") and the entire setting of the story along the bay--so picturesque. I even learned about clam digging. I loved seeing both main characters confront and work through the emotional issues of their pasts, then realistically grow in sacrificial love. And I loved finding again what Carrie Turansky is so well known for writing--a satisfying story with a warm, and happy ending."

Cathy Golhke, Reviewer

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Thanks for coming by Woman of Faith, Carrie. Before you go,
I'd like to get your answers to a few questions that readers often ask authors:

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect in writing?

One of the most challenging skills a writer needs to learn is to silence the internal editor that slows you down and questions every word and sentence. Turning her off helps your creativity flow. You can write more quickly and your unique writer’s voice appears on the page.

2 . Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?

For me, the ideas and characters simmer together at the same time. I like to use resources from My Book Therapy (Susan May Warren) and Michael Hague to create my characters and plot. Both of these teachers encourage you to work on your characters and plot at the same time, step by step.

3. Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?

In A Man To Trust, the heroine, Adrie Chandler, is trying to decide what’s more important to her in life. She has spent years training as a classical musician and wants to play her flute professionally with a symphony, but when the opportunity finally arrives, she’s not sure she should follow through on that dream. I hope readers will identify with Adrie’s desire to find God’s will and discern how to best use their gifts and talents. I also hope they’ll see how trusting God and forgiving hurts in the past can help build trust and stronger relationships in the present.

4. Is there a particular Bible verse that has helped you through a difficult time?

I love the Psalms. That’s where I usually run for comfort and guidance when I am facing a difficult time. Psalm 46 has been very meaningful to me: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” He doesn’t promise to just send us help and strength, he says He IS our refuge and strength, and He is always available to help us. That is so comforting!

5. Can you tell us something more about A Man to Trust?

All the main characters are Christians, but each is struggling to learn and grow in their walk with the Lord. The hero is a new believer. The heroine is the daughter of missionaries and was raised in Kenya. She struggles to find God's will and path for her life, how best to use her gifts and talents, and how to find her significance. Plus there is a sweet romance.

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas. Carrie writes contemporary and historical romance, and her latest releases are A Man To Trust, Surrendered Hearts, and Christmas Mail-Order Brides. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and family. She loves to connect with readers on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and through her website:

Leave a comment about a trust issue you've had to face in your life. One commenter will win a free book from Carrie! Note: Don't forget to include contact info so we can let you know if you win!

Winner's name will be announced on Tuesday, April 10th!


Linore Rose Burkard said...

Thanks for coming by, Carrie, and offering a giveaway. Looks like everyone got busy with Easter! The book sounds like a good read.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Linore, thanks for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. Yes, it's a busy time for everyone. One nice thing about the web...the interview will be available for a long time.