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Monday, August 20, 2012

Pre-release giveaway for Love's Reckoning!

It's wonderful to be celebrating a new release with readers here and give a behind the pages look at this book. Thanks so much for joining me! If you'd like to be in the giveaway for a signed, first edition copy of Love's Reckoning, please leave a comment below with your email address! 

Here are a few questions readers have asked about the book:

How did the idea for Love's Reckoning come to you?
I stumbled upon a bit of research that said gunsmith apprentices in Kentucky were expected to marry the master gunsmith's daughter. I was so intrigued by this and added a bit more angst to that fact by having two daughters. Both fall in love with the same man and he has to choose between them.

What research did you do for the novel?
I traveled to Pennsylvania and spent time in Philadelphia (the old city) and also Pittsburgh, both of which figure in this story. And I relied on a great many research books to add depth and authenticity.

How did you choose your character names?
Eden is much like her name - lovely and lush. Elspeth sounds a bit mischievous which fits her personality and was also very common to that time period. Silas, of course, is Biblical and sounds strong and manly, appropriate for a blacksmith. Ballantyne, his surname, is an old Scots name that isn't very common but sounds gallant, or so I hope!

Who is the cover designer and model?
Brandon Hill from Seattle. He's a remarkable designer/photographer who has created quite a few CBA and ABA covers. I'm so thrilled with his work. He's very hands on and even sent me via Revell a portfolio of period dresses and bonnets to choose from.

Is this book part of a series or a stand-alone novel?
This is the first book in a 4 book series spanning 100 years of 4 generations of the Ballantyne family.

Do you have a favorite character or scene?
I'll admit I am smitten with Silas but I tend to do that with all my heroes! As for a favorite scene, I love, love, love Chapter 32. But no spoilers for you:)!

Do you have any other questions about Love's Reckoning?
I'll be happy to answer them!

Please leave a question/comment below with your email address if you'd like to be entered in the giveaway! Thanks!






85 comments:

  1. Good morning Laura, I like the sound of this story, I am from Ky and am told that my grandfather worked in a blacksmith shop. I like the names of your characters and would be interested in a series read of this place-time and people...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Hi Paula, So good to meet another Kentuckian and learn that your grandfather worked in a blacksmith shop! A smithy was such an interesting place, the heart of the community in some respects as it furnished so much that enabled men and women to do their work. And it required a great deal of skill. I hope you enjoy the story should you read it. Thanks so much for entering the drawing!

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  2. I Love that it going to be a four book series that spans 100 years of one family. That's awesome.

    Carissa (Belovedgraceful@bellsouth.net).

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    1. Carissa, So glad you're on board for all 4 books! I'm getting ready to hand book 2 in next week so am polishing, polishing, polishing:) Thanks so much for being here!

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  3. Oh, how exciting! I haven't read anything by Laura yet, but I've heard such wonderful things that I'm really looking forward to reading something by her! My great-great grandpa and his father were both blacksmiths in the town that I live in. This book looks amazing- and the cover is beautiful! =)

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Eylssa! Wow - love that your great grands were blacksmiths and you still live in the same town! Rich history! And thanks so much about the cover kudos. I love it, too, and can't wait to see the next one! Bless you for your kind comments and for entering the drawing!

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  4. What a wonderful giveaway! Laura's books all look so good- I can't wait to get my hands on one of them! Thanks for the chance to win one!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jenny, So good to see you here:) Can't wait till you meet Eden and Silas! Bless you for being here!

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  5. Wow, it sounds like a lot of history is involved with this book! I think that my daughter would be interested in it for sure!

    icohen62(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ira, Welcome to CQ! I would love for your daughter to win. This book does contain a lot of history which is what made it fun and challenging to write. But I do love research so it didn't feel like work to me! Thanks so much for entering the drawing!

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  6. Ooh, this looks great! I haven't read many books in this time period, but I'm very interested in it! Count me in!

    thejesusfreak62(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're so right about there being not many books in this time period. Not nearly enough, I'm thinking:) That's one of the reasons I love this time period. It's not been overdone and is truly a fascinating age to write about. Your name is in the hat! Bless you!

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  7. Yay! I am so happy and thrilled that this book is almost here! I am happy to report that Amazon says my copy arrives Wednesday (which Im thankful for...I also have a dreaded dentist appt that day, so it will be good to have a treat that day!)
    I LOVE the cover...it is a gorgeous piece of art in itself. And since I've already ordered the book, I will out of the contest so another reader can get a chance to enjoy it. But I'm sure I have some questions! Let's see...

    -How are your hero/Heroines different than the leads of your previous books?

    -Most of your other books take place in Kentucky, what made you choose Pennsylvania for this book? And will Kentucky figure in the story in any way?

    Congrats, Laura! Cant wait to read it!~
    heather

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  8. Heather, Oh, a new book sure negates dental dread, for sure:) I have an appt. coming up myself soon. LOVE your questions.

    My heroine in this book is not the fiesty, take charge kind so common to historical fiction. She's more true to the time period and her circumstances. My hero is different in that he is the template for so many immigrants who came to America in the colonial period. He has nothing and has to fight for everything. In a sense these characters are the backbone of early America and are representative of our ancestors. Hope that makes sense.

    My editor, lol, came up with Pittsburgh specifically. My first reaction was "WHAT?" I knew very little about Pittsburgh and warmed more to Philadelphia which is also in the story. Little did I know, Pittsburgh is a treaure trove of history in a far different way than Philly. A wonderful foil! And it didn't hurt that my college roommate lives there. I love Pennsylvania for many reasons. It's similar to KY and my hero, Daniel Boone, was born there.

    So good to see you here, Heather. You always inspire and make me smile:)

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  9. Please don't enter me as I already have a copy of this lovely book! I loved, loved, loved this book, and it will be on my top 10 favorites list for 2012, so if you don't win it I encourage all of you to order it! An absolute must read! And BTW did I tell you I loved this book? :-)

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    1. LOL, Diana. Whenever you pop up and my boys and Randy are in the room, they ask, "Why are you smiling?" And I say, "Diana is here!!"

      I'm so touched the book meant something to you and made your list for this year. The Lord sure gave me a huge blessing when you wrote me that letter long ago. I treasure it and you, my friend.

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    2. Awww, LAURA, thank you! That's too sweet and I'm sure your boys think it's very corny! lol! I have been blessed many times over for sending that letter, and it's odd you should mention it today. As I was typing my comment above, I thought about that letter, and what a wonderful friendship has come of it. I don't even have a clue to this day how I got in touch with you! Did I send it to the publishing co? Seems like I did, b/c I remember telling hubby she'll probably never even get this. God is good!

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    3. Diana, I wish I could tell you - I kept the letter but didn't keep the envelope - and I LOVE and still LOVE that precous pic you sent of you and your grand and those gorgeous flowers!!

      Revell is really good at sending mail on to me when they get it. I've thought about having a PO box for snail mail but they always pass them on. And I keep everyone. And I'm pleased to say yours was my very first and is in my Lael scrapbook:)

      My family makes fun of me when I'm on my laptop in the living room with them. They burst out laughing at the faces and expressions i make when typing:) It's quite humbling...;)

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    4. And it's quite humbling to be in LAEL'S SCRAPBOOK, let me tell you! :-)

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  10. Laura, so happy to hop over and learn more about Love's Reckoning! I'm still swooning over Silas and the hint of his Scottish accent. :) I can't believe I have to wait another year before I learn more about Ellie and Jack, but I appreciate the teaser at the back of LR.

    I'm curious where you came up with the idea to do a four generation saga? That will bring you much farther into the future than your other books, ye ken? :)

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    1. Gabrielle, You spoil me!! I just had a wonderful time reading your commments over at my site. A fine way to start the morning:)

      I'm glad you appreciated the teaser about Ellie and Jack at the back of LR. When my publisher asked me about doing that, I was a little unsure, though I know it's done often in the general market. I didn't want it to be a spoiler but of course I said that was fine.

      Love that you find Silas swoon-worthy:) I sure love him, too! It was fun aging him and bringing him into book 2, due next week to my editor. And it was also very enjoyable creating Ellie, his daughter.

      The leap in time frames is quite challenging. My head editor asked to write about legacies in this saga. There seemed to be a gap in the market for generational sagas and she thought this might work well. I am familiar with the 19th-century - the coming stories are set in 1822, 1850, and 1874. But I'm more familiar with the 18th-century and feel most at home there. When you change centuries and even decades, EVERYTHING changes - language, dress, customs, politics, etc. So my reasearch is more intense than ever. But since I love research almost as much as writing, it doesn't feel like work:) Thank heavens!

      Ye ken, indeed:) We are kindred spirits, my faithful friend!!

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  11. And no need to enter me in the contest! My copy has already been devoured!

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    1. Love your generous heart, Gabrielle:) Thanks so much.

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  12. What a great interview! Historical is one of my most favorite genres and I love to read novels that have been researched so well. This cover and the glimpse of the characters is quite interesting. I would love to win it. Please count me in and thanks for the chance to enter. Blessings!
    [spangldlady@gmail.com]

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  13. So happy the cover and content appeal to you. It was a joy to write this book though it isn't a light read, by any means. The research involved was also a delight to do. Lots of good material out there! Bless you for being here and for entering the drawing! There will be quite a few drawings to come both here and at laurafrantz.net:)

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  14. I am happy to have learned more about the book and the series before it arrives at my doorstep in October.

    I find it interesting that the series spans 100 years. Lovely cover and I am eager to read another book from Laura.

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    1. J. Grace, So glad to give you and others a little glimpse beween those pages. More than anything, this series is about the legacy a family leaves and the sins of the fathers carrying on throughout generations - but also the wonderfully redeeming things godly families leave behind.

      Thanks so much for your warm words. They're such a blessing!

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  15. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I went to Brandon Hill's website and all his covers are amazing! Laura I'm actually getting ready to start my first of your books (I'm having a hard time though deciding between The Colonel's Lady and The Frontiersman's Daughter) and I can't wait to get my hands on Love's Reckoning! I like the idea of a four book series. Please enter me for the giveaway!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Liz! So happy to meet you here:) I'm so glad you went over to Brandon's website - I do that kind of thing, too, and am always delighted. His covers are amazing and he's doing more and more for the Christian industry. I can't wait till he starts on book 2 in this Ballantyne series.

      Oh, I so wish I could help you decide! The Frontiersman's Daughter is truly historical ficton and is a meandering tale that isn't typical of the CBA. The Colonel's Lady is more historical romance and is a tighter, plot-driven story. You could always start with TCL and work backwards:) I just pray you enjoy them all when you have time for them.

      And I'm so happy to enter you in the giveaway! You've sure blessed me by being here this Monday morn.

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  16. Please, enter me in the drawing.

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    1. Thanks, KQ, you're entered. Bless you today!

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  17. That is so interesting that the gunsmith apprentices are expected to marry the gunsmith's daughter! I would have never imagined that! Sounds like a great story line! I can't wait to read it!!
    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Kim, I was as shocked as you are:) Can you imagine the drama (or trauma, lol) that may have followed? It's a custom that didn't carry through till the present day, that's for sure. Hope you enjoy the story if you read it. I sure loved writing it!

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  18. Laura Frantz!
    Alright, what a nice opportunity to say hello to this lovely author once more AND a chance to win her book which sounds soo good! (Congrats and thanks for the giveaway.)

    Bless you sweet Laura. And out of curiosity, what's your favorite part in the writing process? Is there one of your books that you really enjoyed writing?

    Smiles,

    Ganise

    g.gclermont (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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    1. Ganise! The woman with the lovely name:) That belongs in a book! Love seeing you here at CQ, too. I'm so happy you're in the giveway. There will be more of those here for LR and also on my blog so please stay tuned!

      Love your questions. You have a writer's heart. My fav part of the writing process is that messy first draft, when the words are flowing and characters are coming out of the woodwork and surprising and delighting me:) Nothing quite like it! I love all my babies - er, books - but I must say, I think The Colonel's Lady was the most joyful. Someone else seemed to be pushing the pen, so to speak, as everything came together in a way I hadn't anticipated. Wish I could do that over again!

      Smiles back to you, dear Ganise. Would love for you to win!!

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  19. Oh, I love that Silas has a Scottish background, and I can't wait to meet him and Eden! I've wondered how you would write the series--continuing with the same characters or different characters of the same family--and I'm thrilled that it will generational, taking me right into the 19th century! :-D

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    1. Gwen, So happy you're here:) The first of my many giveaways! Yes, those Scots heroes are the best, even if they don't always come in a kilt, lol. Good question about the series. In the back of Love's Reckoning you'll see the prologue and first chapter of the next book. The leap in time is from 1793 to 1822 so in book 2 you'll meet the children of the hero and heroine in book 1. Each book showcases a different generation but most of the characters in previous books also appear. I just had to age and mature them - quite a challenge! And leap 25 years or so each book. Whew! I pray they bless you, every one!

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  20. Couldn't pass up an opportunity to stop by and say a big G'day from Aus to you Laura!! AND to let you know I'm MORE than eager to get my hands on my pre-ordered copy!! :) (No need to enter me) It just can't come soon enough... And especially the more I hear about it!! Even though I'm an Aussie, I still find all the different elements of America's history so fascinating... and mostly thanks to you and other historical writers! I'm thankful for the thorough research you do with your epic stories Laura as it's so satisfying and rewarding to learn from these intriguing glimpses into the past. But I can't deny, I LOVE a good romance also and just love those gallant heroes... I've already got a feeling I'm also going to be falling for your Silas! ;) And hmmmm, wonder what Chapter 32 holds?? With a teaser like that, I'll likely be reading non-stop to get to that chapter, lol!
    Love and Blessings! x

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    1. G-day to you, too, dear Noela! Thrilled you're here and we have a chance to catch up:) I think it's so heartening to hear you find American history so fascinating. I've often felt the same about Australia. The books I've read about it (fictional) leave me wanting more!

      I hope Silas wins you over from page 1:) Well, he actually doesn't make an appearance till chapter 2 but hopefully he's worth that short wait! Oh, yes, chapter 23. Sigh. Would that I was Eden!

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  21. Laura,

    I love stories that come out of information tidbits - it's like a whole world being seen through a keyhole, isn't it?

    Very excited to read this and would love to be entered into the drawing.

    beckydwriter(at)gmail(cot)com.

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    1. Becky, Somehow your comment stayed hidden from till now! I love your thoughts on those little tidbits of info:) So true and poetically said! Thanks so much for being in the drawing!

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  22. HI Laura,

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful cover art of LR. And special thanks for giving us some insight to the history of your masterpiece. Looking forwarad to reading it :)

    karenk
    kmkukka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen, So glad you're here!! Thanks for taking the time as I know how busy you are:) And you're right in the heart of where this story takes place which makes it more special to me - and hopefully you, too. Bless you for entering the drawing!

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  23. Laura, thanks for giving some insight in the book. Now I have to go to chapter 32 to see what you're talking about. LOL
    I really loved Love's Reckoning!

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    1. Marian, You are such a blessing to me and I am so thankful this book means something to you. You are such a voracious reader that I always feel honored when my story lands in your reading stack!!

      Chapter 32 is one I read and reread - and one I had to write and rewrite to get it just right! I hope I did. Bless you so much for taking time here!

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    2. Yes, it was muy perfecto, Laura, but my favorite chapter was the first JUICY, er uh well, passionate kiss. Julie Lessman is on here and I'm reading her new book now, and got kinda carried away with the "juicy" word! lol! And I am only on chapter three in Julie's!

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    3. LOL, Diana! I SO agree about the juicy scene:) How could I NOT mention that kiss! In fact, I'm a guest on Seekerville in Sept. and that kiss will be the excerpt, thanks to you and Julie:)

      I know you're having a ball reading Julie's latest - what a book!!

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    4. Looking forward to your guest spot on Seekerville...and the kiss! :)

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  24. I can SO IMAGINE how that one little tidbit of history got your wheels turning. That is a great little piece detail. Can't wait to read this one, Laura!
    Blessings~
    Naomi
    muschfarm at yahoo dot com

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    1. Naomi, It must be morning. My reply to you is about 3 more down! I can't seem to hit the right button, lol!

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  25. Fun to know where the names come from. :) Lovely cover. Thanks for the chance to win.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Pegg, One of the best parts of writing is finding character names that are historically accurate and fit the time of the story. I have a doozy of a name coming up in Ballantyne book 3:) But I've only just started that one.
      Thanks for the cover compliment. Brandon Hill and Revell are sure a great design team. Thanks for entering the drawing!

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  26. Hands down one of the BEST historical romances -- if not THE BEST -- I have ever read in the CBA!!! Laura Frantz is both a gifted writer and a beautiful person -- a truly unbeatable combination that puts her at the top of my "must read" list ALWAYS!!

    Love you, Laura!!

    Hugs,
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    1. Julie, I was just thinking of you and HERE YOU ARE:)!!!! Hands down one of my favorite people ever, not to mention authors, so there! It's a mutual admiration society, for sure;) I hope you rec'd your copy of TCL. Mine just came last week. Whew! You're such a gift to me and I'm still thinking of your beautiful cover for your prequel coming out. Folks, if you haven't seen Julie's upcoming release please go to JOURNAL JOTS via Julie's website or follow her link above and see what I mean! Being a huge fan of snowgloves and lights in windows and whatnot, this cover is the bomb. And what's inside is even better, a true story of the heart.

      Thanks so much, Julie, for everything. And I mean everything!!

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    2. In my zeal to meet you here on the page, my typos are flying. I meant "snow gloves" not "snow gloves!" But you all probably get the picture...:)

      Love you right back, my friend!!

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    3. Julie I mentioned you above...got kind of carried away when I saw you on here! :)

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  27. I am SO excited to read this one!! Getting some behind the scenes info. is great! Laura, thank you so much for the chance to win.

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Beth, SO happy you're excited!! Love your enthusiasm:) I think it's fun to get a sneak peak with these questions and I pray the book blesses you. Thanks so much for entering the drawing. BTW, your profile picture is just beautiful. I'm such a fan of bridal anything:) And you look like one happy bride!!

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  28. Naomi, So glad you're here!! Ever since Lael's story was released, you've been such an encouragement. I never forget that. Yes, as a fellow author, you can just imagine the historical tangent my mind took when I discovered that little gem:) It made the perfect inciting incident, if I could only execute it! I pray I did and you enjoy the story. I'd love for you to win the book. Prayers for you and your writing and all else. You bless me.

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  29. I'M DOING THIS IN CAPS TO SHARE A SURPRISE GIVEAWAY TODAY OF LOVE'S RECKONING OVER AT DEAR FRIEND BRENDA'S BLOG - NO TAKERS YET FOR A COPY!

    JUST VISIT BRENDAANDERSONBOOKS.COM

    HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

    BLESS YOU...

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  30. What made you write a historical novel? I love historical fiction and your books has certainly hooked me. I'm dying to read it and I'm looking for a good historical series. Just finished a historical mystery series set in Regency England during the fight with Napoleon and the eventual war with America. It's written by C.S. Harris and it's really good. I highly recommend it. Anyway, my name is Gabrielle and I'd love to own your book. My email address is londongirl@gmail.com

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    1. Gabrielle, So good to meet another historical writer and history lover:) The series you mention sounds very good! I will have to look up CS Harris - thanks! I'm always getting great reading tips from reading friends. Thanks so much for stopping by today and entering the drawing. I would love for you to win a copy!

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  31. What is your must have while your writing? Such as, snacks, candles, movies?
    Amy C
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    1. Oh Amy, love your questions! I LOVE candles and so have them on every chance I get. The Yankee Candles are some of my favorites. My current one by my writing chair is Lavender. And my drink of choice is Perrier Sparkling Water with cranberry juice and a twist of lime:) Strangely, writing makes me hungry and I wish it didn't! I love peanuts and popcorn. And my MUST SEE movie is the BBC production of North & South. My all time favorite film ever. Second to that would be the Last of the Mohicans.
      Thanks for asking!

      And thanks for entering the drawing:)

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  32. Laura,
    Do you get much say in designing of the cover?

    The cover is gorgeous!

    Patricia aka Mamaw

    mamaw1050[at]att[dot]net

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    1. Hi Patricia, Thanks for the cover kudos:) I can't take any credit for it! Thankfully, my publisher does ask me my ideas for each cover. For this one I was able to choose the woman's clothing and shawl and also tell them about the background with river and woods. But they pretty much take care of all the rest, matching the tone or mood of the cover with my book, getting the right expression on the model's face, etc. They're very good at getting the character's eye and hair color right and so on. And I'm so grateful! I've actually seen books where the cover person doesn't resemble the character. Oh my!

      Thanks so much for being in the drawing!

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  33. Wonderful post, Laura! I love getting more insight into your novels, characters, stories, etc.!

    I thought The Ballantyne Legacy was a 3 book series -- how exciting to find out that it has 4 books! And I love that it spans four generations into the 19th century -- you KNOW I love the mid to late 1800's. ;-)

    I've been wondering, do you know the direction your story will go when you start writing? Do you have the beginning, middle, and end set before you get started, or does it transform and change as you go along?

    I already have a copy of the book, so no need to enter me in the giveaway. : )

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    1. Michelle, Oh, so love seeing you at CQ!! You always make my day wherever you are or appear:) I remember that you love that late 19th-century period - and you're not alone. It's said to be the most popular in historical fiction, one of the reasons writers are encouraged to write books in that time frame.

      I'm used to be one of those seat of the pants writers, with no planning whatsoever, just give me a legal pad and pen and I'll fill it up:) But since submitting the proposal for the Ballantyne series, I had to provide a detailed synopsis for each story. Hard for this panster to do! Thankfully, my editors let me have creative leeway. Sometimes the story takes a very different direction and they're fine with that. I imagine if I got to squirrely they'd rein me in but so far, so good.

      For example, I'm starting Ballantyne book 3 now set in 1850. My hero was supposed to be a cowboy type as that is when the wild west started opening up. But nope, I started writing and he suddenly appeared in the pilothouse of a steamboat:) I even had to change his name...

      I always pray about my stories. The Spirit often takes you places you never dreamed of. A bit of heaven on earth:)

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  34. I am really looking forward to this book! I love how many details you put into your books. They keep a person hooked till then end and beyond after you close the book for the final time. :)
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Samantha:) I love that you love all those little historical details. They really do provide so much depth and zest to a story. Bless you for saying so. I love your excitement and that you want to read Eden's story! So appreciate you saying that such stories keep you hooked till the end and then after you finish. Yes, yes, yes:)

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  36. Hi Laura--

    Love your writing style and characters; they're so... sane! :) Can't wait to read about Eden. Praying for God's blessings on your writing endeavors and your witness for Him!

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    1. Pat, You always bring a blessing! Thanks so much for your warm words. I need those prayers and appreciate them ever so much. I pray the same for you, my friend!

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  37. Wrote a little something below Marian's post concerning chapter 32 and my FAVORITE chapter of all! ;)

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    1. Found it, dear Diana! And I SO agree:) My editor said she loved it, too, and found it very romantic, even poignant. Bless you.

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  38. I absolutely LOVE this cover and your writing, Laura! The story sounds so romantic and intriguing, and I'm hoping the Kindle edition releases very soon! It's on order.... :-) And I'm already looking forward to the rest of the books in the series!

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    1. Joan, So thankful for you and your books, too. I feel the very same way about Daughter of Liberty and the entire series - all of your novels!! Thanks so much for ordering on Kindle. I think you should have that by next week. But sometimes the author is the last to know, lol! Bless you for blessing me, always.

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  39. AND THE WINNER OF A SIGNED COPY OF LOVE'S RECKONING WITH A BOOKMARK OR TWO IS BECKY DOUGHTY! THERE WILL BE MORE GIVEAWAYS HERE AND AT MY SITE TILL OCTOBER SO PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN:) THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL COMMENTS!

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  40. thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  41. Laura,

    I'm so thrilled to win this! I've heard so many wonderful things about this book and I know you love your characters almost as much as you love your readers - it comes out in your writing!

    Thanks so much for your generosity and I pray the Lord blesses you ten-fold for it!

    In Him,
    Becky

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  42. I would love to read all these comments, questions and answers, but I don't want even a "hint" of a spoiler before I read "Love's Reckoning". I bought my copy last Wednesday, (while we were traveling) off the "to be shelved" cart at a Family Christian Store. I can't wait to read it, but have been falling asleep too early at night to read!! Hate it when that happens! As soon as life slows down and I can come in for a landing I will relish reading "Love's Reckoning." When a new book comes out by one of my favorite authors it is an exciting time for an avid reader. Thank you, Laura, for the prayer, thought, effort and work you put in to writing and launching a new book for us.

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