Monday, September 5, 2011

Laura Frantz-author interview and book giveaway-The Colonel's Lady

Today's interview is an excellent author, Laura Frantz the author of several books, and she has offered her book for a giveaway. Here is the book she is talking about today The Colonel’s Lady. I love that book and here is my review

Tell us about The Colonel's Lady, the featured book.
In 1779, a search for her father brings Roxanna to the Kentucky frontier – but she discovers instead a young colonel, a dark secret…and a compelling reason to stay.

Can you tell us how many books you have in print in the Christian market?
Three so far (The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady) with 4 more to come in my next series.

Is there a particular book among those you've written that you would especially recommend to our readers? If so, why?
My latest release, The Colonel’s Lady, is probably the one I’d tell readers to start with as it contains romance, intrigue, danger, and more. The plot was very carefully woven and the characters, or so readers tell me, are the most vivid yet.

The Christian fiction field has rapidly expanded over the past few years. What would you like to see happen in this field in the years to come?
I’d like to see attention given to more books with settings outside the 19th-century. Since books in this time period sell best, there are so many of them, but it would be so interesting to see more colonial and medieval novels, etc. I’d also like to see books expand beyond America’s borders to settings in other countries.
How can readers and fans encourage you as you pursue what is sometimes a challenging and solitary job?
If readers enjoy a book, telling friends and family about it is a huge help! Drop a note or email to an author. Oftentimes, authors keep these notes in a “sunshine” folder for encouragement. We really do write our stories with readers in mind!

Many writers are also avid readers. Do you have any favorite authors? If so, could you name a few?
My favorite historical writer in the CBA is Liz Curtis Higgs who writes with a rare depth and beauty. Her latest novel Mine is the Night is the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz and takes place in 18th-century Scotland (the prequel is Here Burns My Candle). It took my breath away! Other writers I enjoy are Siri Mitchell (Love’s Pursuit) and Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy). I read mostly outside the CBA and my favorite historical writer in the general market is James Alexander Thom.

If you could only take five books with you on a journey of ten years, which ones would you take?
Excellent – and easy – question! My Bible, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Jane Eyre, Christy by Catherine Marshall, and George Whitefield’s Journals.

If you had 48 hours to hang out with any TWO people (besides Jesus), alive or dead in the history of the world who would you hang out with and what would you do?
I’d love to have an 18th-century dinner party and dance with George Whitefield, the famous evangelist, and my hero, Daniel Boone. The only problem is that Whitefield abhorred dancing and Boone would rather have been out hunting and exploring.

What three things are you most thankful for in your life?
My Lord and Savior, my family, and my health.

What is the most fun thing you have ever done?
Two things tie as the most fun - attending college in an English castle and the recent tour I took of historic Philadelphia this past July on a research trip. Both were the experiences of a lifetime!

What are you writing now?
I’ve begun a 4 book series tentatively titled, The Ballantyne Legacy, about a Scottish apprentice and 2 sisters in 18th-century Pennsylvania. It’s a mail-order groom, rags to riches type story. I hope you and readers fall in love with the setting and characters.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers over at my website/blog - - or Facebook.

The giveaway today is The Colonel’s Lady.
Leave a comment with your name and email address. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.

Here are the ways to get extra entries:
~Be or become a follower +1
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~Be or become a networked blog follower +1

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- ENTRY DEADLINE September 17, 2011

Thank you so much Laura. I'm really looking forward to your new series. I know it will be fantastic!


Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


Unknown said...

Hi Trinity! My name is Gwendolyn Gage and my email is I would love to read this book!
i'm followin via GFC, networked blogs and email subscription. Thanks for this opportunity!

Laura Frantz said...

Wanda, Bless you so very much for having me here today! I added you to my blog post for today and was so pleased to do it. Great to meet Rebecca and Gwendolyn this morning! Praying this Labor Day is filled with His best for each of you!

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

yes yes yes! I agree Laura, more books need to be set outside of the 19th century. I love all types of history so I like to read all kinds of historical fiction.

Great interview Trinity. :-)

XOXO~ Renee C.
(not an entry)

Mozi Esme said...

This looks like a sweet book!

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Laura Frantz said...

Renee, Glad u agree! We think alike so much of the time:)

Mozi Esme, You have the name of my Esme in one of my books! Such a lovely one, too. Bless u for stopping here.

adge said...

Congratulations on the Christy award nomination! And I think I wouldn't mind those five books either! -- except maybe I would choose Clarke or Gill's commentary instead of Matthew Henry. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Liss Martz said...

Nice interview. I love historical romance books, I'm a GFC follower: Liss125

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Mary in Idaho said...

Great interview and enjoyed your unique questions, for Laura Frantz. I just finished reading TCL. Her descriptive, detailed writing and wonderful character development truly, visually, transport the reader to another time and place. Her writing also reminds me that Jesus' love is the same yesterday, today and forever. I'm really looking forward to her next series.

Laura Frantz said...

Adge, Oh, now you have me thinking! I am going to check out Clarke or Gill's commentaries. I confess Matthew Henry has such small print I just had to buy a magnifying glass to read it. Thanks so much for entering the drawings! It's wonderful to see you here!

Lissette, Love all these French names!! Thanks for wanting to be a reader. Happy Labor Day to you!

Laura Frantz said...

Mary, You sure bless me with your beautiful words. I love them and find it especially meaningful that you are reminded of Christ's eternal love. That is certainly my intent, my dear reading friend. You are such a blessing!

Patsy said...

I enjoy books written in this time period. Love the cover! (I've always like those kind of dresses). Would love to win it.


Patsy said...

I subscribe by email


grannyvon said...

I love this type of book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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Merry said...

I am hearing glowing reviews of The Colonel's Lady. Romance, mystery and a story that reaches the heart... sounds wonderful to me! Please add me.

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Jackie S. said...

I would love to win this book! I have not read anything by Laura, but am anxious to do so. I love the cover! Thanks!!

Jackie S. said...

I subscribe via E mail.

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Lovely website,thanks for the link on your website, Laura. I loved TCL and everything Laura writes! Many blessings!

apple blossom said...

nice interview thanks for sharing with us. love to win book

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Carol M said...

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!
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I follow on GFC.
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I subscribe by email.
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Megan (Inspired by Fiction) said...

Oh, I'd love to win this. I just downloaded Frontiersman's Daughter for my kindle.
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Megan said...

I follow via GFC!

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Laura Frantz said...

Oh, all these beautiful names! Bless you all for wanting to read TCL (I keep calling it TLC;) - and for dear Wanda for sharing her love of Christian fiction!

Charlotte Kay said...

Oh, I would so love to win this book!
Thanks for the chance!
Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay
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Pam K. said...

"Romance, intrigue, danger, and more." This sounds exactly like a book I would enjoy immensely. Laura's books have been recommended to me by a friend in my book club but I've not yet read one (so many books, so little time!). I would very much like to win a copy of "The Colonel's Lady." Thanks for the opportunity.


Pam K. said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.
Thanks for the extra entry.


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I've yet to read any books by Laura Frantz, but "The Colonel's Lady" seems like something I'd enjoy --I've loved the Colonial era ever since reading "American Girl" books in elementary school.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I just became an e-mail subscriber!


Kandra in Tennessee said...

Thanks for the chance to win this looks interesting!

Bluerose said...

I would love to be entered! I'm a follower! :)

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