Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kelly Goshorn & Across the Shores

Posted April 4, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Kelly Goshorn, romance / 21 Comments

Kelly Goshorn guest post

I’m so delighted to have the fabulous Kelly Goshorn on the blog today to talk about a yummy feature of her novella in the Across the Shores historical romance collection. I’m almost finished reading through all 4 novellas and, let me tell you, I fell in love with the hero in Kelly’s story (ok… and his grandfather but not in the same way haha)! And I was very curious about the dessert she’s sharing today, so this post makes me happy 🙂

Across the ShoresACROSS THE SHORES by Kelly Goshorn, Angela K. Couch, Carolyn Miller & Cara Putman
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance Collection
PUBLISHER: Barbour Fiction
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2023
PAGES: 450

Sometimes love finds you where you are, and other times it meets you across distant shores
as four women discover in these four historical stories linked by a shared gold pendant.

More Than Gold (New South Wales, 1851) by Carolyn Miller
Josephine Wilkins is headstrong and heartbroken—why else would she have left all she knew to follow her brother’s dreams of finding gold across the seas? Daniel Jardine is simply seeking adventure, in a land far away from family responsibilities and duty, two burdens he’s happy to disregard in his quest to be known for himself. When these two finally meet sparks are set to fly, as they discover that digging deeper than first impressions reveals the true value of one’s character, and real love and faith is worth far more than gold.

The Veil (Baltimore, 1877) by Kelly Goshorn
After Caroline Wilkins is burned during a suitor’s attack, she retreats behind a lace veil and vows only to remove it for a man who will profess his love without seeing what lies beneath. Franz Kohler is a mountain of a man with a gentle heart and a hidden dream of carving intricate Bavarian clocks. When a mutual attraction grows between them, neither is willing to reveal their secrets, jeopardizing any hope of a future together unless two hearts can find the courage to trust again.

Running from Love (Canada, 1905) by Angela K. Couch
Anna Kohler has left her home, and even her country, for the sake of her wayward brother. But when the local Mounted Police takes an interest in them, her hopes for the future collide. Constable Benjamin Cole has a duty to perform, no matter what his heart desires.

Lauren’s Song (Outer Banks, NC, 1942) by Cara Putman
Lauren Randolph’s world has fractured with the death of her father five years earlier in a boating accident. John Weary defied his father’s wishes when he followed his grandfather’s footsteps and joined the Coast Guard. When Lauren’s brother goes missing at sea, John is determined to do what he can for Lauren, while continuing his work scouring the shoreline for U-Boats. Lauren focuses on her duties with the Civil Defense as they seek to uncover the real reason her brother disappeared. To do so, they have to unravel the truth about the woman who claims to carry John’s child and whether fishermen are really seeing U-boats or something else entirely.


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Traditional German Gugelhupf

by Kelly Goshorn, author of Across The Shores

One of the best things about writing Franz Köhler, the hero in my latest release, The Veil, part of the Across the Shores novella collection, was researching his favorite German dishes for the basket auction scene. Unfortunately for Franz, his lady love, Caroline Wilkins, never learned how to cook. She attended Miss Lillian’s School for Young Ladies where they “had prepared her for a life of cotillions and meaningless conversation.”

As her confidence in making a meal Franz would bid on dwindles, Opa, Franz’s grandfather, swoops in to save the day by offering to help her make Franz’s favorite cake, Gugelhupf. This traditional German yeasted cake is round, high-domed, dense, buttery, and speckled with raisins soaked in rum or apple juice. However, cocoa, almond, marbled, and lemon are other popular variations.

Gugelhupf is baked in a special pan similar to our modern Bundt mold with one distinguishing exception—a Schornstein or elongated “chimney” in the center which gives the Gugelhupf its characteristic outer texture and tall, ring-like shape. Caroline is quite amused by the thought of making a cake with a hole in the middle. Gugelhupf pans are usually fashioned with distinctive designs that mold the cake while baking. Often, powdered sugar dusts the cake, giving it an extra sweet touch.

Don’t have a Gugelhupf pan? You can use a Bundt pan. The Gugelhupf pan is 8.5 inches, so a bit smaller than they typical Bundt pan. It just means the cake won’t be quite as tall. For that reason, it will probably also likely take a little less baking time.

If the thought of biting into a warm piece of Gugelhupf, has you salivating, why not hop on over to my website and give the recipe a try. I’d love to know what you think.

Kelly Goshorn

Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into inspiring stories of love, faith, and family set in America’s vibrant past. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, won the Director’s Choice Award for Adult/YA fiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 2019, and earned recognition as both a Selah Award finalist in the Historical Romance category and as a Maggie Award Finalist for Inspirational Fiction. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys, binge-watching BBC period dramas, board-gaming with her family, exploring historical sights, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

To stay in touch with Kelly, sign up for her newsletter at or visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads and BookBub

Across the Shores giveaway

The authors of Across the Shores are hosting a great, bookish giveaway to celebrate the book’s release! Enter HERE, but before you do, leave a comment for Kelly here on the blog!

What about you? What makes you want to read Across the Shores by Kelly Goshorn & these three other fabulous authors? Have you ever had Gugelhupf?

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21 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Kelly Goshorn & Across the Shores

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    I love reading multiple novellas around a theme, so I look forward to reading Across the Shores!

  2. Patty

    I love reading series that have a common thread. And no I’ve never had this cake, but it looks good!

    • Kelly Goshorn

      Hi Patty! I hope you give the recipe and the book a try! Thanks for commenting on the post!

  3. Deena Adams

    Hi, Kelly! Have you made these cakes? Maybe you should bring one to our next retreat. 😀

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