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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Carrie Daws, Inspirational Romantic Suspense


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Carrie Daws
God rewrote Carrie Daws’s dreams to include being an author. With a background in weekly devotions, a mentor encouraged her to try fiction. The writing monster that she now barely keeps contained was born. To learn more, please visit her website

Welcome, Carrie. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I’ve found that fear sneaks into all of our lives. It likes to hide behind the curtains and underneath the couch, revealing itself at the most inconvenient times. I would love for people to better recognize its presence and understand that while it talks a big talk, it’s never as in control as it would like us to believe. Everything we need to proceed forward with whatever God’s asked us to do—He’s already provided it.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The main inspiration for The Embers Series was a friend, an inspector and fire marshal within the small town where I live. She bugged me and told me stories about her job until I couldn’t walk away. Writing those three books and shadowing her in her job was some of the most fun I’ve had in my life. 

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
Every time I write a new book, I realize afresh how difficult it is. And every single time, God renews in my heart the surety of this calling on my life. In order to be obedient to my Lord, I will keep writing for as long as He provides the stories.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Oh. Yes. Both. The ocean might have a slightly bigger attraction for me, but I will say that I prefer the Rockies to the Appalachians. 

Y’all or You Guys? I’m guilty of both, sometimes in the same conversation. Too many years moving around.

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Hmm. I love breads. So I’ll take whichever is being offered, especially if they are fresh baked.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? These questions make me feel like I can’t make a choice! I love all the seasons, although spring might have a slightly bigger affection for me. I love to watch things come to life!

Laptop or Desktop? When I last updated my computer, I chose a desktop. However, that decision was easier because I can easily grab my husband’s laptop whenever I need the flexibility.

Mug or teacup? Finally! A question I have strong feelings about. Definitely a mug. I like my hot drinks hot, and a teacup just doesn’t provide the heat protection for my hands.

Please tell us a little about your novelettes in The Embers Series. 
Kindling Embers: She never thought she'd be raising her daughters alone. But when Deputy Fire Marshal Cassandra McCarthy's husband died unexpectedly, she was forced to find a career. Now working beside a retired Special Operations soldier and veteran fireman, she serves her small North Carolina town, protecting them from hazards they don't understand. But things must change. 

First, a paramedic starts to work at one of her firehouses, irritating her with the most ridiculous names. And then the evidence in a series of unexplained fires points in a direction she doesn't like. Can she continue to do her job with integrity and passion when she doesn't like where it leads her?

Igniting Embers: She thought life would settle down. Nature had a different plan. Cassandra breathed a sigh of relief once the teenagers who had been starting nuisance fires around her small town were caught. But life is rarely so simple. 

 A hurricane rages up the eastern coastline, damaging homes and feeding floods as it goes. And evidence is mounting that the teens weren't the only ones playing with fire. Can she prepare the town for the looming emergency and protect them from the danger living in their midst?

Extinguishing Embers: The danger grows. Will God protect her? Hurricane Matthew left millions of dollars of destruction, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invaded to help the community clean up and move forward. Yet in the midst of recovery, the unexplained fires grow more menacing.

Cassandra works closely with FEMA to help the community and with the sheriff's office to follow the small pieces of evidence left at each fire scene. But what will it cost her to capture the arsonist? Is he closer than she wants him to be? And will she have to give up the one relationship she's wanted since the death of her husband?

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase The Embers Series?
3-in-1 Paperback
Kindling Embers ebook (Book 1)

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
So, I’m curious. For you readers, is it y’all or you guys?

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 18, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Jerusalem Rising by Barbara Britton is Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.


  1. I definitely say “Y’all,” but I text you guys.

    I’m a follower.

  2. I say you guys. Grew up in the midwest.
    I am a follower.

    1. I spent a lot of years in Ohio, so this was ingrained in me for a long time. :)

  3. It is y'all for this girl from Texas. I am a follower. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  4. I say y'all!
    I am a follower

  5. Definitely You Guys. That's quite a bit more typical of where I live. But the Texas ancestry me should be sayin' You All! I follow. sonja dot nishimoto @ gmail dot com

  6. ssssounds like a real good series. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

  7. I am Southern Born and Southern Bred so it's Ya'll for me all the way.
    I am a follower.
    Janet E.

  8. NC woman so it’s y’all and I’m a follower.


  9. It's y'all. I'm in Tennessee!
    (Dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

  10. CARRIE ASKED ME TO SHARE THIS WITH MY READERS: "Just a heads up—we’re just a bit over an hour inland from the North Carolina coast, so our mail service is currently suspended until further notice. Once Florence runs herself out of steam, we’ll know better what everything looks like, but the heavy rains are supposed to continue to Monday, and flooding may not crest until Wednesday or Thursday...I’ll respond to winners as soon as I possibly can once electricity and mail service are restored. Will you please warn the winner for me that I may be delayed?"