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Friday, February 8, 2013

2-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Five ~ Laura Frantz!!

Welcome back, Laura, and thank you for celebrating Christian Bookshelf Reviews' 2-Year Blogoversary with us! For those who aren't familiar with you and your books, will you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm just a simple Kentucky gal with a passion for history and romance. Right now I live in the woods of Washington state with my husband and 2 teenage sons so stay busy writing and being a wife and mom. Recently I traveled to Scotland where I hope to set a new series in the Highlands or Hebrides. I also love to knit, cook, garden, and do that crazy thing called aqua zumba.

What are your current projects? 

Right now I'm working on the third book in The Ballantyne Legacy and expecting a new cover from the art team/designer for book 2, titled Love's Awakening. And I'm researching book 4 which will wrap up the series. Then, hopefully, I'll begin another...

What was the hardest part of writing your book, Love's Reckoning?

Oh, love the question. That would be the scene with David Greathouse and Eden Lee at the tavern. Silas is riding hard after them to avert disaster but... So often the hero arrives in the nick of time but not in this book. I didn't plan to make life so hard for poor Eden but the story seemed to call for it and I think it made the happy ending sweeter. Though some readers may disagree!

What books have influenced your life the most?

The Bible foremost and just recently the amazing devotional, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. As for fiction, I love The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (Ann of Green Gables author) and anything by Francine Rivers and Liz Curtis Higgs, both masters of the writing craft.

What's your favorite party food?

Artichoke cream cheese dip! And Perrier with a splash of cranberry and a twist of lime. Together they're divine!

Do you have a favorite birthday/party memory you'd like to share? 

On my 18th birthday, my dad threw open the front door of our house and an entire fraternity stood in our front yard singing me happy birthday. Being shy, I was mortified! I don't know how he coerced those college kids to come over and do that but they sure could sing. My favorite memory though is of my 7th birthday. I don't remember much except how happy I felt all day so this has always been my favorite memory.

What are your top three favorite songs? 

Northbound Train from the soundtrack of North&South, Song for a Winter's Night by Sarah MacLachlan, and anything on the fiddle.

What's your favorite comfort food? 

My granny's cornbread drenched in butter. Nothing like it!

A few this-or-that questions:

Cake or Cupcakes? Cakes - specifically German Chocolate Cake.

Facebook or Twitter? I killed my Twitter account a couple of years ago so guess I'll say Facebook.

Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla. So clean and fresh tasting and smelling.

Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals. I sort of collect them and love the really pretty, feminine ones.

Print or eBook? Print without a doubt. Love the smell and feel of an in hand book! I can't do without the covers either.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web? 

My journal or blog is where I spend most of my time on the web. Please visit me at www.laurafrantz.net for giveaways, book buzz, and all things historical. I really appreciate my readers and enjoy connecting with them wherever they happen to be. I also have links to Pinterest and Facebook on my website, so please stop by and say hi.

Thanks so much to you, Melanie, for your dedication to good books and for hosting such a stellar review site. You're an inspiration and I'm honored to call you a reading friend!

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219 comments:

  1. Laura, nice to get to know you better. I loved Courting Morrow Little. I let my daughter borrow it and she loved it, too. I would love to win another one of your books!

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    1. Debbie, I remember you:) So thankful you and your daughter enjoyed Morrow's world so much. I miss those characters. Would love to send you both another book. Thanks for making Friday special!

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  2. I just love Laura's books. Thanks for the interview.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jan, Oh, thanks so much for your kind words. A wonderful way to end a Friday:) Have a blessed weekend!

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  3. Great interview! I have to say I am one of those readers who wishes Silas had got there in time but I love how tactfully you handled the situation and yes it did make the ending sweeter! I still need to read your other books but they are on my TBR list and I can't wait to read more in this series!

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    1. Abbi, I so understand your feelings. Would you believe that scene came out of nowhere and I nearly took it out then felt led to keep it in? Heaven only knows why! Thanks for your gracious words and for reading even when things got a little dark for Eden. You're the best kind of reader:)

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    2. You know, I'm really glad you left that scene in the book. It made the story more realistic (even if it was really sad!). In most books the hero gets there just in time and saves the day. While, of course, I like that, it's not always believable.

      Love's Reckoning was SO good and, as you know, I loved it SOOOO much!! :) Can hardly wait for book two. (P.S. So looking forward to seeing the cover for Love's Awakening!)

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    3. I'm seconding your comment Melanie!

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  4. I simply had to smile when I read that Northbound Train is one of Ms. Laura's favorite songs.

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    1. Jemimah, I'm smiling, too:) It's a classic - so romantic. Thanks for being here. BTW, LOVE your name. My hero, Daniel Boone, had a favorite daughter by that name. It's a keeper:)

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  5. Laura Frantz is one of my favorites authors. Thanks for the interview!

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    1. Anne, Oh, love the "favorite" word. I'm honored. Thanks so much for saying such kind things and taking time for my books!

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  6. I agree with Laura that print books are the way to read!

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    1. Vera, So glad we're kindred spirits regarding print books! As much as I like my Kindle, I still love those old-fashioned books:)

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  7. Would love to win Love's Reckoning - love these love stories.

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    1. I love love stories, too, dear Emi. And they're really fun to write:) Would love for you to meet Eden and Silas - thx!

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    1. You're so welcome, Nurmawati! Thanks for stopping here! Melanie has an awesome blog:)

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  9. Love your birthday memories - I would have been mortified, too! :)

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    1. Hi Lady S, I'm still mortified when I think of it! I remember hiding behind our front door;)

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  10. Melanie, Happy Blogoversary to you! It's fun to start a Friday with you and others here. SO MANY great authors and giveaways - wow! Thanks so much for the invite. I'll check back in later today. Have to take my son for his drivers test this morning. Oh, joy;)!

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    1. Thanks, Laura!! Hope your son does well on the test. :)

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    2. He passed the test, YAY! Thanks for the kind thoughts:)

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  11. Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! I have read Laura's forst two books in the last few months and can't wait to get my hands on the others...

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    1. Patty, Oh, sweet words - so glad you want to read more. Would love for you to meet my other characters - thanks so much for coming by and saying so!

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  12. I love Laura's books thanks for chance to win

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    1. Hi Apple Blossom, Love your blogger name. Makes me think of spring:) And spring is needed for some of you lost in a blizzard right now! Thanks for being here and wanting to read!

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  13. Great interview. Can't wait to read the book!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy. I can't wait for you to read it either! Bless you!

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  14. Wonderful interview, thank you both! It's great to get to know Laura better. I love her books, and I've read all but one so far. Looking forward to the rest of the Ballantyne series.

    I am also a fan of The Blue Castle, it's probably my favorite among L.M. Montgomery's books. Done right, I think it would make a great film. :)

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    1. Karen, My Kentucky connection:) Thanks for taking time for my work and wanting to read more. I just saw my new cover for the next Ballantyne book and hope you like it - and the story. Have a wonderful weekend!

      I agree about TBC being made for film - would be fun to imagine casting those characters!

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  15. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    1. Thanks for taking time here, Tina. Good to meet you this way!

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  16. I would love to win one of these! Great giveaway and fun interview...though I have to disagree with the choice of vanilla over chocolate. ;)

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    1. LOL, Charity, I love chocolate, too. Especially Lindt:) Thanks for being here and wanting to read!

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  17. I love getting a chance to win a book from an author I am not familiar with. Thanks for your generosity!

    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. Connie, Thanks for being open to reading new authors. I love meeting new readers:)

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  18. I haven't read any of these books, I love hearing of new authors.

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    1. Michelle, I'd love to have you read my books. Thanks for making time for new authors like myself. Bless you for being here!

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  19. This is such a good Birthday Hop with good choices for the celebration. Thanks once again

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    1. Lynelle, I agree with Melanie's choices - something for everyone as far as genre and time period, etc. Thanks for being here!

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  20. I love the covers of Laura's books! Great interview ladies!

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    1. So glad you like those covers, Julie:) I just saw my next cover for Love's Awakening and hope you like it, too. Thanks for being so gracious!

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  21. What a wonderful post! I love Laura Frantz and I have loved each of her books. It was fun to get to know her a little bit and get a glimpse of her life. Thank you for hosting her and giving the chance to win one of her books.

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    1. Leah, Love your enthusiasm and encouragement. Thanks so very much! It's wonderful to think of you reading my books and taking time to read the interview, too. Would love to send a book your way:)

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  22. I really like chocolate icecream but I won't turn away vanilla I'll just add chocolate syrup! Hi Laura and Melanie! Laura I have your book Love's Reckoning and would enjoy reading more of your books. I currently live in Ky and it is very pretty here. Happy writing!
    jennydtipton(at) gmail(dot)com

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    1. Me, too, Jennifer ~ chocolate or fudge topping is just fine:) So happy you want to read more of my stories. I'd love for you to meet Roxanne and Lael and Morrow. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Loved the interview! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Hi Caitlyn, Thanks for entering! I appreciate it very much:)

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  24. Great stories!!! Would love to win, please enter me in the contest!strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com. Thanks :D

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    1. Hi Linda, Thanks for the email addy. Would love to send you a brand new book!

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  25. I love Laura's books and the interview was great. :)

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    1. Hannah, Oh, you spoil me:) So thankful you love my books! That inspires me to write richer and deeper. Thanks so much for your gracious spirit!

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  26. Laura is my all time favorite author. I anxiously await her new book releases! Happy writing to Laura...and no pressure, but I need something new to read! :0)

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    1. Dear P, I wish I had a book every month for you! That sounds heavenly:) I promise to write faster! You're so kind to say such encouraging things. Bless you for being here. I'm going to post my new cover soon and hope you really like it!

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  27. Looking forward to reading your books, Laura! Thanks for hosting the interview, Melanie!!

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    1. Nicole, So happy you're wanting to read. And very happy with Melanie for this wonderful way to connect here:) Happy Friday!

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  28. Looking forward to reading one of Laura's books. I prefer books in print too, something about the physical act of turning the pages.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    luvs2read4fun(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Well said, Amanda - there is really something very special about an actual book in hand. Turning those pages is a huge plus - and those covers:) Thanks for being here and ending the week with us!

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  29. Thanks for that wonderful interview!! Can't wait to get my hands on more of Laura's books!!
    kristie(at)connectionlifechurch(dot)org

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    1. Kristie, Thanks so much for being so supportive and gracious. Can't wait for you to read more:) Happy Friday!

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  30. Wow, Melanie, what a great blog! Thanks for hosting one of my favorite authors today.

    Laura, love to see all the stories you have "in the works"! How long does it take for you to finish a book from start to finish? A Highlands series would be great. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Whitney, SO happy you're here:) Love your questions, too! I must be getting a bit faster as I write and research. My debut novel took me over 10 years to write as I took a 5 year break in the middle to be with my little boys with no distractions. Second novel took 3 yrs and 3rd novel 2 yrs. Now I can write a novel in a year and still feel it's a quality book. Another bestselling author recently said to me, "Your readers will forgive you for the wait between books but they'll never forgive you for a bad book." My goal is to write the best books I can without too much of a wait. Lord willing!

      And I'm smiling about your Highland idea as that's where I'm headed with my next books. You mind reader you;)

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  31. Thank you Laura and Melanie for the great interview. Laura, I would love to read one of your books. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kay, Bless you for being here and wanting to read. I love meeting new readers online like this and feel it's a special blessing to connect. Thanks for making Friday memorable!

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  32. I have not yet had the pleasure of reading one of Laura's books but all of these are on my list of must reads! :)

    Laura have you ever tried a little molasses on your granny's cornbread? I love it and every time we make cornbread I usually save mine till dessert! :) Though I love molasses (actually I usually like a little cornbread wit my molasses!) LOL!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Amada, I remember you from TCBN (I think!). You're the one with the lovely name:) YES, I love molasses and grew up on it, especially blackstrap molasses. It's so rich in iron and good for you. I eat it mostly on biscuits but cornbread will do, too! Bless you for being here. You gave me a good smile - and now I want some molasses!

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  33. I've heard SO many great things about Laura's books! I really need to start reading them. :)

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    1. Hi Stacy, I recognize you from your beautiful picture. Thanks SO much for being so gracious. I would love for you to read my work! And I hope you enjoy those stories when you do:) Happy Friday!

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  34. Hello Laura, Just a little Ky gal in that big ole state of Washington, do you feel kind of like a fish out of water my friend? We Kentuckians travel far, I first went to Tx but ended up in Ga, far from home state.
    I love to read your books and always nice to read interviews about you, glad you are on the blog today...thanks for sharing with us.

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Pol, So good to see you here:) I remember connecting before. YES, I feel like a very little fish in the big western woods! Am often homesick but try to bloom where I'm planted. Some days I do better than others. You have moved south - always a good direction! Thanks for your warm words and taking time to share in the book love:)

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  35. Thank you for this sweet interview. I love reading how much Laura's Dad loves her. What a great birthday memory.

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    1. Susan, I'm so glad you said that - thank you. I never quite thought about it that way but Dad really did go to a lot of trouble:) Bless you for being so thoughtful. You've made my day!

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  36. Laura Frantz is my new favourite author! I LOVED Courting Morrow Little... lol my house suffered as I read it! Cannot wait to read Loves Reckoning!Loved the interview!
    Lisa Medeiros
    deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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    1. Oh, bless you so much! That Morrow has turned quite a few houses on end, lol. I hope you like Eden and Silas's world just as much! Thanks for taking time to read the interview and say such kind things. You're a gem:)

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  37. Loved the interview! The books sound great.Thanks for the giveaway.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Glad you want to read and like the look of the books. Bless you for being here!

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  38. I absolutely love the covers for Laura's books. She has an excellent team working on them!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jasmine, You're so thoughtful to say that. Revell's art team is really inspired and creates such memorable covers. I have a new one about ready to go live for my next book and hope you like that when you see it:) Bles syou for taking part in Melanie's giveaway!

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  39. I just recently started reading Franz' books and I love them! I can't wait to read her next ones.

    lotsofbooks (at) live (dot) com

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    1. LOVE your BOOKISHQUEEN label - it says so much:) And I'm thrilled you've found me in the sea of books out there. I'd love to send another your way!

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  40. Ok. It's going to be very hard to decide which book I want if I win. All seem awesome!

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    1. Hi Adela, Love your name, BTW ~ it belongs in a novel:) Wish I could send all 4 books to everyone, starting with you!

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  41. I absolutely love Laura Frantz' style. I got Courting Morrow Little for free on Kindle and I was hooked! I read Love's Reckoning in a day! Thanks for the opportunity to win the one book of hers that I don't have, Melanie (The Frontiersman's Daughter).

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Rachelle! SO thrilled you read Morrow's story and got hooked:) I treasure the warm words. And that you read LR in a day - it's not a skinny book so that means so much! Would love to send TFD your way. You're the best!

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  42. Seen her books in before but never read any. Looks cool!
    E.Kate

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    1. Thanks E.Kate for wanting to read - and for being here!

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  43. I would love to win and if I win my choice would be "The Frontiersmans Daughter".
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

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    1. Sarah, So glad TFD looks good to you. I hope you like Lael and Ian and cast when you meet them. Happy Friday to you and God bless you, too!

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  44. Hi Ms. Laura! I am really looking forward to Love's Awakening release :)

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    1. SAMANTHA! SO thrilled you're here:) I have a new cover to show you for LA any day now. Just got it last week which means it's going to magically appear any minute. Revell seems to post these new covers on their site in the middle of the night, lol. I hope you like! You're always such a blessing to me. Thank you.

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  45. Thanks for the great interview with Laura! I haven't read Love's Reckoning, but I have loved Laura's other books and share them with friends whenever I get the opportunity. And I agree with the other who have mentioned that the covers are just so lovely! The covers are almost as good as reading the book - but not quite!
    bradyml(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Mary, I'm really honored you like my books enough to share them:) You're the best kind of reader! Glad you think the covers are pretty, too. I have a new one that will be released any day now for Love's Awakening. And I really hope you enjoy Eden and Silas's story when you read it. It's a bit of a bumpy ride but I always promise a happy ending. Bless you for being here and for being so gracious!

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  46. I enjoy Laura's books and just love the covers. Thank you for doing a nice interview and the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Hi Angela, So happy you like the covers and books. Bless you for saying so! Thanks for sharing Friday with us.

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  47. Great contest, Laura's books are really good reads. Thank you for the chance to win one of them.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Wendy, Bless you for being so kind and just simply for being here on a busy Friday. Would love to send a book your way!

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  48. I ALWAYS love these author Q&A's! I'd love to read 'Love's Reckoning,' as a dear girlfriend of mine has raved about it over and over again.

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    1. Sarah Elizabeth, Please hug your friend for me! Precious words:) And I really appreciate your taking time to read the interview and enter the drawing. Melanie is so savvy about books and bringing readers like us together. Bless you so much!

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  49. This was an awesome interview. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I own several. I think I'll have to push them up on my to-read list now.
    Happy Blogaversary!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I'm thrilled you already have some:) Thanks for that and for your kind words. It means a lot that you'd take time here. Happy Friday to you!

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  50. Interesting interview ! I would love to win this giveaway !

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  51. Very interesting interview. I love Laura Frantz's books, and can't wait to finish the Ballantyne Legacy series!! :)
    I own Courting Morrow Little (My personal favorite), but would love to own another of Laura's books! Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Shantelle

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    1. Shantelle, Can't wait for you to meet Jack and Ellie in Ballantyne book 2:) And it means a lot that Morrow holds first place for you. She does for me, too, in many ways. Would love to send a book your way!

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  52. Thank you for the tip, another author to check out!!!!

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice, It really is such a blessing to meet you and have you meet me:) These giveaways are great about introducing us here! Thanks.

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  53. I have actually read one of her books, possibly two~ not quite sure if I've read the one, or just seen it a lot!

    The covers are amazing!

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    1. Hi Bekah, The art team at Revell would sure love your comments about those covers:) Thanks so much!

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  54. I love Laura Frantz's books! She is one of my most favorite authors. I love her way of writing. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

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    1. Mallen, Oh my - you are one of those with a lovely, unusual name. Positively novel worthy:) Thank you so much for taking time for my books and enjoying them. You are a GEM!!

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  55. This newest book looks like a perfect Valentine's Day gift for my wife. I think she'd love it! Please enter my name in the draw.

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    1. Carl, You are a hero of a husband:) What a thoughtful thing for you to do for your wife ahead of Valentine's Day. I'd love to send her a book, thanks to you!

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  56. Thank you so much for this fantastic giveaway! This series of books looks and sounds amazing, and is something that is of much interest and so i am pleased to have discovered a new author! Thank you. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Miss L, I'm thrilled to have discovered you as a reader, too! Bless you for taking time here - happy Friday to you!

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  57. Awesome interview! Definitely can't wait to read this novel because I haven't read it yet! I know it's going to be good!

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    1. Hi Laura, Love your name ~ it's so lovely and old-fashioned;) At least that's what people tell me! Would love for you to read my books. Thanks for your kind words!

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  58. I agree with Laura's answer to the question of her preference of books. Though I like reading on my Kindle, I prefer a real book, partly because I can see the cover (many of them are quite beautiful). Also, when I'm looking for a book to read, a print book often has a synopsis on the back that helps me know about the story. On my Kindle, it's just the title and author, so it's not as easy to choose. I'd have to go somewhere else to look up what the book is about. Books often sit on my Kindle (and my shelf) for awhile before I am able to read them.
    Thanks for this interview with Laura and for giving away one of her books.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Pam, So glad you mentioned the back cover copy. I really like that info, too, along with the covers. Thanks so much for taking time here. I hope you enjoy my books if you read them - and I hope you do!

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  59. I've heard great things about her books. I just bought Courting Morrow Little and am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! It's always interesting to find out more about authors.

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    1. Tressa, Thanks very much for buying CML! I hope you get lost in those pages and don't want to come out:) I so appreciate your kind words and your stopping here today. Happy reading to you!

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  60. I also love The Blue Castle. Great choice!

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    1. Karen here just said The Blue Castle would make a great movie:) I'm sure you agree!

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  61. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  62. Enter me I do not mind which one I receive if I win!!!
    Sharon Richmond
    Blanch,NC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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    1. Sharon, Would love to send a book to NC - such a beautiful state!

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  63. I love Anne of Green Gables, but I had never heard of The Blue Castle, I must add it to my TBR list.

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    1. Hi Tia, I love all of LM Montgomery's books but TBC is my absolute favorite. Hope you agree!

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  64. Thank you for the giveaway, I hope I get a chance to read your books :)

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    1. I hope you, do, too! I so appreciate you wanting to read them:)

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway! These books look really good!

    mestith@gmail.com

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      Bless u for being here! It's so appreciated:)

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  66. Would love to be entered too, please! Also a pleasure to see, Laura Frantz. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

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  67. GANISE:) So happy you're here! Always a pleasure to see you here, there, or anywhere!

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway. I haven't read any of Laura Frantz's books yet, but I want too. They sound really good.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, for being open to a new author like me:) It's great meeting new readers here!

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  69. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  70. This is a nice interview and a wonderful giveaway.
    I have to ask, though...how to you kill a twitter account? I've seen them blocked or shutdown for the evening due to over-use during twitter parties (during book releases), but haven't heard of them being killed yet, lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Vicky, lol - good question;) Now you'll roll your eyes because I've just reopened Twitter since this interview went live. My agent talked me into it though I was quite happy NOT being a tweetheart! I killed or cancelled the first account because it just wasn't my style and I didn't have time to read all those tweets. My guess is nobody does so am still not sure what the allure is there... But I'll give it a try.

      Thanks so much for being here and making me smile:)

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  71. Laura, I love reading your books. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    1. Kd, I love reading your comments! Thanks for saying such kind things about my books. I would love to send you a book:)

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  72. Great giveaway! I'm reading Courting Morrow Little right now. One of the best books I've read in a while. I hate to put it down.

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    1. KRIS! Oh, so happy you're in Morrow's world and don't want to leave:) That's a huge blessing. I felt that way as I was writing it - didn't want to finish that story and put those characters away.

      You're so gracious. I hope you enjoy my other books just as much if you have time for them. Bless you!

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  73. Thanks for the opportunity to become acquainted with your writing by winning a copy of one of your books!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Bonnie, THRILLED you're a fellow Kentuckian:) Never enough of those! Thanks so much for wanting to read my stories. I pray you like them if you do!

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  74. Would love to read one of your books! Thanks from a fellow Ky. native.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  75. Northbound Train = great song. I do love your pinterest boards, you have so many cool pins. Courting Morrow Little was my favorite of the three I've read. Looking forward to reading Love's Reckoning! Thanks for the international giveaway!

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    1. Rina, So happy you're here:) LOVE that Morrow has first place in your heart out of the Kentucky books. That means so much. Hope you enjoy LR just as much.

      And yes, Pinterest is such an amazing place! Thanks for looking at my boards over there:) I've gone a bit crazy over the historical dresses and accessories but it does provide great story detail!

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Rina.

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  76. I just got done reading this book and wrote about it on my blog! Great book! To read what I said about it you can go here: http://kissedbooks.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Salyna, Oh, will be over to read your blog - thx for the heads up:) SO happy you enjoyed it! Love the "kissed books" moniker here - that's perfect!

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  77. Hello Laura, it's always good to connect with you. I'm a devoted fan and avid reader of your books. Still swooning over Red Shirt and he and Morrow's story in Courting Morrow Little. Also love the soundtrack to Northbound Train. Is that available for sale? Keep up the excellent storytelling!

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    1. Elise, Always a pleasure to see you here, there, or anywhere:) You're among good company here as several people have mentioned Morrow's story. That really blesses me. Sadly, I've not found the soundtrack to Northbound Train or North&South - but I will keep looking and notify you when or if I do. It's wonderful music, that's for sure.

      I should have a new cover for you soon, my friend:) Thanks for taking time here. I often think of you and your daughter!

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  78. I have heard good things about Laura's books, And I would really like to read Love's Reckoning also!

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    1. Marie, Thanks so much. Would love for you to read Eden's story!

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  79. I just finished The Story Girl by LMM, but I greatly wish I had picked Blue Castle instead! :)

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    1. Never too late, Bluerose:) The Blue Castle will wait. It's one of those rare books I've read more than once. It's that good! I liked The Story Girl, too!

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  81. Thanks Melanie for having Laura today. I love the covers on your books Laura. And, I also love the real book in my hands. But, i fear with so many e readers out there, and now so many books just e books, that it will close a lot of the bookstores down. Sad day when everything changes because of the new electronics. Even our PO might have to close. So many do their business and writing online. The book I need of yours is "The Frontiersman's Daughter" I now have the other 3. Am hoping real hard to win it Thank you both for this opportunity to win. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, So glad to read your thoughtful words here. I agree and am a bit sad about all the changes the e-book craze has brought. Feel badly for our bookstores and even our little country PO which is facing closure here, too.

      Thank you for reading my other 3 books. That means a lot that you enjoyed them enough to want to read about Lael and Ian and gang. I'm expecting my next book cover to go live on the web any day now. I rec'd it last week and am waiting for my publisher to post. Hope you think it's as lovely as the others. Thanks for being here and being a blessing:)

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  82. Laura's books are so good, even though the recent one, Love's Reckoning, was so sad I could hardly bear it. My favorite of hers is The Colonel's Lady. It's just delicious. Keep up the great writing!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

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    1. Bless you, Kandra, for your kind words. I agree - Love's Reckoning is quite emotional and sad at times despite that happy ending! I think you'll find book 2, Love's Awakening, not so sad:) I hope you like Ellie and her Jack. Love the delicious word! TCL was such a joy to write. So happy you enjoyed Roxie and Cass's story. I miss that fort;) Thanks for being here!

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  83. I enjoyed the interview.

    Please enter me to win The Frontiersman's Daughter

    Thanks!!

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Cindi, So happy you want to meet Lael:) Bless u for saying so!

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  84. HOLY COW ... I'm commenter #168, so I know what YOU are doing today, Laura!!!

    I just came by to wish Melanie a HAPPY 2-YEAR BLOGAVERSARY and to say that Laura Frantz is hands-down one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE AUTHORS and an automatic auto-buy. I read most books for contest judging, review, and endorsement purposes, but LAURA'S BOOKS I read for sheer pleasure!! She is simply one of THE BEST in the CBA today, period.

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    1. JULIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You always bring a big smile and I must say DITTO on all you've said above in regards to your own work. You are just the best in so many ways. I'm thrilled to know you and call you friend!! I hope you're feeling better. Read your Journal Jot yesterday (my favorite Friday stop) and thought of you. Love that pic of you and Miss R. too from last time.

      Anyway, thanks for being here and sharing the JOY!!

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  85. Happy Blogoversary!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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    1. Elizabeth, Melanie's giveaways are amazing! Well said:)

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  86. I am so excited about this...I love all of her covers...so beautiful! My e-mail is sunydey26@aol.com!

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    1. Johnette, Love your enthusiasm:) Thanks for the cover love! I so appreciate your being here!

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  87. I love Laura's books! Great interview!

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    1. Liz, I smile when I see you pop up - that "R" is a good tag to identify you:) Thanks so much for reading my books and enjoying them. And thanks for coming to Melanie's party!

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  88. I haven't read any of books yet but they sound great so I'm looking forward to it!

    Happy Blogversary and Thanks for sharing! :)

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  89. Thanks for the chance to win one of these awesome books!

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  90. Happy Anniversary! Great books. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. I was able to grab one of her books free via amazon. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  92. wow. looks so good...new to your books.

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  93. Your books sounds really good. We would love to become acquainted with your writing. Our family enjoy reading. Most of us love historical romances or most anything in history.
    worleybird10@live.com

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  94. I absolutely love the covers for Laura's books. All books was beautiful!!

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  95. I like historical fiction - thanks for the giveaway

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  96. I love historical fiction,and I agree with Filia that the covers are beautiful!!!

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  97. Oh her books sound absolutely beautiful <3 I have not read them yet, but they are on my list! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  98. Super interview. Laura's books are great and I love the covers.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  99. What a great interview! I haven't read any of Laura's books, but I have looked at them longingly... I just haven't had the time between all the other books I'm reading (for reviews). I would LOVE to add any on of them to my pile of TBR books though. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  100. Hey! Thanks a lot for the lovely giveaway. These look amazing :)

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  101. Great giveaway, I didn't have the chance to read Laura Frantz's books. I would love to have one of this book on my shelf. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Great blog.
    lily_lady07@yahoo.com

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  102. I love the interviews. It's a great way to get to know these authors better!

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  103. Happy Blogoversary, Melanie, and thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read a historical romance.

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  104. Melanie congratulations on two years! Laura's books look like a great read. Her covers remind me a little of Anna Goberson's covers. I also love authors who use their books to apply what the bible teaches.

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