Faith & the Texas Lawyer

September 8, 1900 – The storm considered to be the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history

Galveston after the September 8, 1900, hurricane. Texas State Library photo
The 1900 Storm – Galveston, Texas

Dear readers ~ I’ve had this romance story in my head and heart since I visited Dallas’ Heritage Park many years ago. There are old homes, churches, and examples of the city and life of yesteryear. Touring one of the homes, a Time-Travel story began growing in my head and finally, this year, it worked its way onto the page.

When the setting took me to Galveston, Texas in 1900, the only logical thing was to include the hurricane of 1900. There hasn’t been a natural disaster in the United States as devastating as that storm since. The island was nearly leveled from 140 MPH winds and a 15 ft storm surge. Over 6,000 lives were lost.

I enjoyed writing Faith and the Texas Lawyer and think it’s the best book I’ve written I hope you like it. Join us from 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST tonight for the Facebook Release Party! ~ Carra


Faith Daniels has had a hard time fitting in all her life, from the time she was left on the steps of a firehouse to her recent divorce. The only time she feels connected is when she rehabs old houses. Often she wishes she could have experienced life in a simpler time. Her current project, a 1900 Galveston mansion, is all she ever wished for and more. When some mysterious force transports her from 2016 to 1900, just prior to the most devastating natural disaster on record, will Faith give up all she has attained in her present life to stay in the past with the sexy turn-of-the- century lawyer?

Joseph Benning has serious trust issues. He is still recovering from the jolt of being dumped by his fiancé shortly before their wedding. In order to prove to himself he can manage on his own without a woman in his life, he decides to reach outside of his routine and buy a house. Suddenly, a strange woman shows up inside his house telling fantastic stories of disaster and destruction. Will Joe be able to make the right decision and let her go, when it comes time to save her life?


Excerpt:

His hands stilled at her waist, and then bracketed her upper arms. He pulled her to him, lowered his head and kissed her neck just below her ear.

“You smell good.”

“Umm,” she crooned, leaning her head to the left to give him better access. “I found a bar of lavender soap in the trunk.”

“It’s more than little purple flowers,” he breathed the words against her temple as his left hand traveled up her neck to clutch a handful of her hair. “You smell down-to-earth, sensible, and exotic. You smell like . . . woman.”

“You not only kiss like nobody’s business, you talk real nice, too.”


Carra Copelin writes “well-written novels, complete with correct places, weather, and flavor.” . . . from a Native Texan reader. Her books are contemporary and historical romantic suspense about Texans set mostly in Texas. No matter the murder, mystery, or mayhem that may surround or involve the hero and heroine, every story revolves around their romance and family.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to Smart Girls Read Romance and Sweethearts of the West Blogs. She is a member of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and a prospective member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy their family and grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching for her next book, she enjoys playing bridge, crochet, and family genealogy.

She loves to hear from readers at carra@carracopelin.com. You can visit Carra on the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore in Amazon by clicking here.

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Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology

Have you heard about the Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. It includes twenty-four short stories by David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Debra Holland, Kirsten Osbourne, Peggy L Henderson, Lorena Dove, L.L. Muir, CS Martin, Linda Hubalek, CJ Samuels, Carra Copelin, Margery Scott, Janelle Daniels, Ray Anselmo, Marie Piper, Caroline Lee, Sam Knight, Kit Morgan, Margaret Tanner, Rain Trueax, Kirsten Lynn, Jaclyn Weist, Jenna Eatough, and Patricia “PacJac” Carroll.

Read more about this wonderful cause and charity below, as I spoke with Kirsten Osbourne about the project~

How did the idea for a Christmas Caring Charity come about?

I was chatting on Friday night, the eleventh of December, with Jenna Eatough, a friend who had recently won first place in a short story contest for her Christmas story. Jenna was trying to figure out what she could do with that short story. I suggested we do an anthology, because I had a Christmas short story sitting around as well, and it relates to my Brides of Beckham series, but I didn’t want to publish something quite so short on its own. So we both, separately, started to recruit people.

How did you go about recruiting other authors?

I posted in the author group for Pioneer Hearts, thinking someone might have a short story sitting on the shelf that would work. Somehow, that simple question, was taken as a writing challenge—something to stretch “writing muscles.” Authors were given a deadline of noon on Monday, a mere three days later. I thought they’d clean up a story they already had and submit that. But, no, people started writing.

How many authors were you able to recruit?

Between Jenna and I, we were able to “draft” twenty-two other people into the anthology. Lorena Dove kindly offered to format the book, which took some of the weight off my shoulders. I contacted my cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill, and we got started.

And, the proceeds from the anthology go directly to charity?

Yes, the authors generously supported their share of the proceeds going to my favorite charity, Mission Arlington.

NOTE: As a reader, this blogger knows that authors are a generous group of individuals. Free books, prizes, and charity – authors are always willing to support those in need. If you have never been in need, consider yourself blessed. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” still applies today and we are blessed to have charities available to meet an ever-growing need.

What is Mission Arlington?

Mission Arlington is a charity I’ve volunteered with and supported for years. They provide aid in every way imaginable for people who need it. They’ve provided cars, appliances, financial aid, etc. They have a huge food bank and “clothing store.” I’ve truly never seen anything like it.

What do you like most about Mission Arlington?

My favorite thing they do is provide Christmas for needy children. They service tens of thousands of children every year with their Christmas store. I was blessed to be part of it one year, and it truly overwhelmed me. Every parent gets to “shop” in a store, choosing gifts for all children under the age of eighteen. They even help wrap the gifts. It’s a beautiful thing.


Thank you, Kirsten Osbourne, for answering my questions about the new anthology and Mission Arlington.

If you haven’t picked up Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

Don’t forget, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to Mission Arlington, a charity which helps the needy, including assisting with rent, utilities, clothing, food, doctor, and dental. It also provides Christmas gifts for tens of thousands of children every year. For Thanksgiving, 2015, they served 27,000 people.