Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Colonel's Lady...



I thought I'd leave you a little something before bidding you goodbye! I'll be away for part of July on a research trip/tour of Pennsylvania and am packing my bags to go. Revell has just released the book trailer so thought I'd post this morning. Do you hear those violins? Love that music! Please share if you like. As soon as I return we'll have a launch party here with lots of giveaways, book talk, pictures from my trip and more! Prayers for travel mercies are so appreciated!

If you'd like to be entered in the first of several drawings for a signed copy of The Colonel's Lady as well as other launch party gifts (some of which I plan to pick up in colonial Philadelphia!), please leave a comment below. Your name will stay in the kitty for all the drawings. I'll leave this post up until I return so comment away...

Bless you all!


162 comments:

  1. I love the trailer and can't wait to read the book when it comes out! I've read your other two and am counting the days for this one :)Thank you so much for your writing. It is a blessing to many!

    Lauren

    ponyxpress [at] pacbell [dot] net

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  2. The trailer is beautiful, Laura. Looking forward to read the book!

    Marian

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  3. Lauren,
    Bless you for your kind comments this morning! So happy you've read Lael and Morrow's stories. Hope you like Roxanna's just as much. Please consider yourself entered in ALL the upcoming drawings:) Lots of fun ahead!

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  4. OHHH!!! I am so excited :D
    And yes, the violins are just beautiful. Did you know that when I was little that was the instrument I wanted to play but I ended up playing the piano instead. I have always loved the violin's sound. It always sounds so peaceful.
    Enjoy your trip. I'll be praying for safe travels.

    themiddlemiller@yahoo.ca

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  5. So looking forward to reading your new book, Laura. I'm thankful for your ministry here and through your writing. Because of you, I am now reading George Whitfield's journals. What an inspiration he is for a life totally surrendered to God.

    Pray you have a safe trip and that you will see God's fingerprints along the way.


    Laura B.

    P.S. I would love to be entered in to your drawing. What fun!

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  6. Marian, Thanks for watching - and reading:) I'd love to send a book or gift your way. If those bookmarks made it all the way to the Netherlands, so shall one of these!

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  7. Hannah, I think it's wonderful you play the piano. Paul often plays violin with paino accompaniment at church and it sounds heavenly together:) So glad you like the book trailer! And so thankful we can keep in touch this way even though you're way up there and I'm way down here;) You're a blessing! So glad you're in the drawings!

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  8. Laura,
    Here you are again, blessing me! I am so THRILLED you have George's journals. And you've said it so succinctly - surrender. He is such an amazing example of what God can do with a surrendered life. Love finding all those little gems within his writings. Thanks to Whitefield, Matthew Henry's commentary arrived yesterday and I spent time this morning reading his notes on Psalm 23. The old language is so rich and lovely. I feel cast back into the 18th-century and don't want to leave!

    I really do hope/pray/expect to see His fingerprints on this upcoming trip. He never disappoints that way when He arranges the trip. Looking forward to sharing here what blessings were found in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Thanks so much for your gracious words. Joyful reading to you!

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  9. Please forgive the typos this morning lately. In my excitement, my brain is way ahead of my fingers!

    I also wanted to say again that everyone who leaves a comment here is automatically entered in all the drawings for the month-long launch party. That way you don't have to keep re-entering. I'm so excited to tell you what gifts will be given, all relating to the book! Oh my, but no spoilers here....

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  10. Oh Laura, I am SO anxious to get my hands on your latest book! I can't believe the release date is *almost* here!

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  11. Wonderful trailer! I love the music and I especially love it when the hero gazes into my eyes like that....(swoon).

    Would love to be in the drawing for any colonial goodies but please do not include me in a drawing for the book. As always, I plan on buying a couple of copies.

    Laura, I'm embarrassed to admit this, since we've been good blog friends for almost two years now BUT....I have been saying your last name WRONG this whole time! I did not know it was pronounced FRAHNZ; I have been saying FRANCE, like the country. Silly me!

    Have a wonderful trip! I am excited for you as you prepare to step back in time. I will be praying for you in your summer adventure!

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  12. Ruth, I can't either - joy and jitters:) I hope you're able to be on the blog tour. Revell has set it for mid-August. But I remember you're dealing with Mount TBR at your house, too! Bless you for stopping. I always love hearing from you!

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  13. Oh love, love, LOOOVE!!! I really want to re-read TFD before TCL comes out, hope I can squeeze it in amongst everything else going on. :)

    And please accept my family's humble thanks for your card. That was so incrediably sweet of you and we so appreciate your thoughtfulness!

    Have a safe trip!! I'll be thinking of you as we travel down to CA for G'pa's memorial service.

    Enjoy! :)

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  14. Laura, it's a good trailer. I can't wait to get this book. (I know I say that every time you mention TCL, but it looks so good.) Enjoy your trip, sounds like fun!

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  15. Oh, Miss Mary, You have been saying it RIGHT! I'm afraid my pub is giving me airs with that lofty pronuncation:) It's actually France, just like the country. I had to chuckle at my boy's response when they watched this for the first time. Funny to see two teens- well, almost 12 & 15 - get the giggles;)

    That's so thoughtful of you to plan on buying books. I know you did that last time, too. I think you'll love the other gifts. I had a Caswell-Massey order come last week with the very cologne George Washington wore called Number Six, which has been around since the 18th-century and is the very essence of my Colonel McLinn. Maybe your George would like?! I also have some other things unique to the book but appealing no matter the century. Bless you for your comments!

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  16. Casey, You're so welcome for the card. So glad to know you're going to be on the road - that way I can pray for you and yours. Sunny California might be a treat after all our rain up here! And if you don't get around to revisiting Lael, she'll wait:) I don't know how you do all you do! If you're part of the upcoming blog tour for Roxanna, bless you, but I'll understand if you can't do that, too! We should all measure our TBR stacks and have some sort of a party! Mercy! Bet you and Ruth would win!!

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  17. Winter, I had to chuckle at your saying that because every time you pop up I keep thinking about your upcoming book and how I repeat myself like a broken record in my excitment:) Glad we can mutually pat each other on the back with godly encouragment! I know yours is heartfelt each and every time.

    About these book trailers... Thanks so much for watching and the thumbs up. Not everyone likes them and they're still sort of in the experimental stage with many pubs. It's hard to capture the essence of the book in just a minute or so and everyone has their own ideas as to what images should be included. I do think the designer did a good job, even though my book is more historical than romance (and this is more the latter). But I love it and it was a thrill to have it done by Revell. Some authors do their own and they're actually quite good at it! The designer of this one asked if I wanted to do the voiceover but my southern nasal twang would have killed the drama, I'm afraid;)

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  18. Ohh! The trailer only adds to my intrigue. I can't wait until it's released. The book cover is amazingly beautiful!! I love the fact that it doesn't show the woman's face...it adds to the mystery and intrigue!

    ~ Katy
    agirlslegacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Katy, Oh, so love that you love that cover:) Wouldn't it be fun to have that blue dress?! Thanks to you and others, I've contacted the cover designer and hope to do a post about how it was made. Thanks for entering these drawings. I hope you end up with a book or another TCL-type gift! The odds are looking good:) Bless you bunches!

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  20. Good morning, Laura! What a "sweet treat" to find that you've posted your book trailer! Needless to say, I love it, and am now more anxious than ever to read the book! : )

    I will continue to keep you in prayer as you get set to travel. I trust that you will have a wonderful time on your research trip! Look forward to seeing pictures and hearing all about it.

    Sweet blessings to you, Laura.

    Love & Prayers,
    Michelle

    P.S. Like Mary Bailey, I thought I had been saying your name wrong, too. Glad to know I had it correct saying, "France." ;-) And thank you for entering me into the contests.

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  21. Loved the trailer. Looks like another winner Laura. Can't wait until it comes out.
    Blessings and love,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  22. Amber S. was asking me that this weekend and my only response is that God always gives me the time to get it all done. :)

    And are you kidding? I could never pass up one of your books. It just hasn't been offered yet, should be any day now!! :D

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  23. Just wanted to add another name here as a dear reader came in via email - bless you, Stephanie S.!

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  24. I'm from Sweden and I just happened to see the book Courting Morrow Little on the internet. I ordered it from the US, read it and loved it! So naturally i ordered a copy of The Frontierman's Daughter too. Now I'm just waiting to get my hands on The Colonels Lady so I can read that one too!

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  25. What a pretty trailer! Can't wait to read it:)
    Have a fantastic time researching. One of my favorite parts!!
    Kristen

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  26. Michelle, Yes, your prayers are so appreciated - especially that my camera won't fail me as it did at
    ACFW last year! I think of your beautiful pics from your recent trip and know you know how important that is:)

    So happy you like the trailer. I think it captures the suspense aspect of the book quite well. Though the designer couldn't know it, he had me smiling when I heard those violins:)

    Bless you, Michelle, and can't wait to catch up with you once I'm back!

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  27. Trinity Rose,
    Glad you want to take part in the drawings! I think you'll like the offerings. Praying you are having a good summer there and getting some reading and writing time in!

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  28. Casey,
    You are so right - God enables us all the way to do what He calls us to do. He is so faithful! And guess what, just heard from Donna who is ready to send those blog tour invites out:)

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  29. Hanna, Welcome here! So happy to have a Swedish reader:) I'm always so interested to learn how people come by my books and am happy you found Morrow through the web! I'd love to send a book to you - or anything else that is offered here! I recently mailed some bookmarks and things to a dear reading friend in the Netherlands. I've not been to Sweden but hear it's so beautiful. I've only been to Norway and Denmark your way.

    Bless you for stopping here and entering the drawings. So thankful the web can bring us together through our love of good fiction. Please stay in touch!

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  30. Kristen,
    Thank you for patience commenting over at CQ and then here! It's good to know one comment covers all as far as these drawings go for the launch party.

    I do love research, like you. In fact, it's easy to get sidelined by it and forget to write:) I think I'll always be a historian at heart. Maybe you feel the same. Looking forward to making some memories, especially in Philly as it's so old and intriguing to me. Bless you!

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  31. Oh yeah, I am soooo excited for your book to be released, I can't wait!! :) I hope you have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to see you pictures and hear all about it!!

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  32. YAY, Cassie is here:) I'm feeling positively spoiled having you all here for this book trailer and send-off. You sure bless me. So happy to add your name to those above for the drawings!

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  33. Hope your trip is awesome! This book seems even more different from the rest. Can't wait to see what the next ones will be. Blessings.

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  34. I am just finishing Courting Morrow Little! I am loving it and cannot put it down! Cannot wait to read your next book!!!

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  35. What a sweet trailer. I can't wait to read your book, Laura! It'll be one of the highlights of my summer:) Blessings on your trip--I know it will be wonderful.

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  36. Looking forward to reading the Colonel's Lady. I hope you have a good and safe trip

    Carissa

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  37. Love the trailer....it looks to be another great book. Thank you for your wonderful novels and thank you for entering me in the future drawings.

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  38. Laura - hope you enjoy your trip!! I was in Philly for a conference last summer & got to tour just a bit - it was GREAT! While I'm not sure that it will aid in your research (though it might), a trip for lunch to the Reading Market at the Reading Terminal might be a fun excursion! We ate there almost every day - and we were there almost a week!

    So sad to hear that you'll not be in KY in August - Mom & I were looking forward to the visit. However, the spare rooms are open for anytime you'd like to come back here!

    Jerri Dyer

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  39. I can't wait to read your next book! Enjoy your trip, I'm leaving myself for one soon!!

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  40. I love the book trailer! Now I'm so anxious to get my hands on the book. :)

    I am another one who thought I was pronouncing your last name wrong, until I read the replies here. I had a good laugh over that.

    I hope you have a safe journey, and enjoy your research!

    BTW, I'm reading Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond right now (at least for the next ten minutes, I'm almost finished, lol). It's so wonderful. I think you'd like it.

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  41. I am so excited about the new book. I couldn't put the other 2 down once I had started reading! Morrow Little stole my heart in her gripping story of hardships, then Lael proved how strong a person had to be to survive the hard wilderness.I've recommended these books to family and friends and am very excited for the next one!
    Anna:)

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  42. oh I can't wait! Love the book trailer! Beautifully done! Count me in for the freebies. =) Have fun on your research trip!

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  43. Oh! Love the beautiful book trailer! Have fun on your research trip and looking forward to the freebies. =)

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  44. I just finished "Courting Morrow Little" and "The Frontiersman's Daughter" both were AMAZING books! I loved them! Please enter me in the contest!

    (Didn't know if my last attempt at posting worked-sorry if this is a double post)

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  45. Hi, Laura! Thank you for sharing the trailer. It is classy and intriguing--just as a "Colonel's Lady" should be : )

    Best wishes for your research trip. It's such a pleasure to watch your career continue to bloom!

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  46. Good Morning Laura, How fun to have a trailer for your new release! My 1st thoughts were....this can't hold a candle to her writing!! But to find a bit of the story line in the trailer is like finding a clue...lol. I'm hoping my fav book store will get 'The Colonel's Lady in pronto. If not I'll probably get it at Amazon.

    Who knows? Perhaps someday I'll get to meet you at a book signing. (near Pgh) Not likely maybe but perhaps! I'd be honored & blessed if that ever happens.

    I wish you a blessed time on your research trip of Pa.! (I love strings too, my son plays violin & myself cello a little.) Thanks for the comment you left me, its always a treat!

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  47. I just discovered your blog today! The Colonel's Lady is on my to-read list, and I've been searching for info on new to me authors. So glad I discovered your blog. :)

    I'm not sure if there is some type of giveaway going on, but judging by the other comments, I'd better leave my email address just in case...

    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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  48. Oh my! Wonderful to wake up to all these new comments this morning and to see new names as well as familiar ones!

    Cassie,
    I'll take your well wishes when I go - just a few more days - and thank you so much! I appreciate your keeping up with me the last couple of years:) There are so many authors out there so I always feel honored when you and others stop and take time here! Bless you right back!

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  49. Whoops, Cassie gets 2 replies:) I'm still a bit sleepy here...

    Adrienne, You say such insightful things. YES, this book is quite different than the first two. For one, it's the first time I've written from both the hero's and heroine's point of view which was quite a departure for me. I enjoyed it and think it makes for a richer story. Ever wonder what Ian or Red Shirt were REALLY thinking? You just never really knew with that limited perspective. That said, some readers prefer it so will be interesting to hear what you and others think about this one. And this book is more suspenseful than the last 2 because of the war/espionage element. I pray it delights your heart! So far it's been getting high marks from reviewers. That's always a blessing. Hope you are having a good start to summer down there!

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  50. Dear Anon, Oh, you're nearly finished with Morrow! Love the "can't put it down" part:) Those are always sweet words to an author. Am so happy you are here - welcome to my blog. Love your enthusiasm. Wish I could bottle it! Bless you!

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  51. Renee Ann, I hope you'll enjoy my more mature heroine in this one. I know I did:) You have such good insights into books so I look forward to hearing your thoughts when you're finished. I keep thinking of you on your beautiful porch with a book in hand. I hope you have a porch swing!

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  52. Carissa, Bless you for your words! I am praying for safety and health as I go - thanks so much. It will be interesting to see when the book actually appears as one never really knows! I'm glad you want to read it. And glad you want to take part in the drawings. It should be a very fun month once I return...

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  53. Michele M, Welcome here! I did a doubletake as my marketing manager is also Michele M:) And she's the one who arranged for this book trailer. Thanks so much for taking time here and for being a part of the book launch and drawings. I can hardly wait to return home and connect with you all again!

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  54. Jerri, Wow - the Reading Terminal sounds great! And it might not be too far from Old City where I'll be:) Thanks so much for the tip! Neat to think you were recently there. I've never been to Philly or Pitt, just the more rural parts, and well remember that HEAT! But we haven't had much summer here yet so it's fun to pack some summer clothes and sandals which we rarely get out here, sadly.

    I am sad, too, that I won't be there and take you up on your very gracious offer. I do think once things settle down, Mom and I will come back and see you and your sweet mom. And you are more than welcome to come out here! Our doors are always open to you! Both of them;)

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  55. Sara, Safe travels for you! And bless you for taking time to comment here as you pack:) It's a pleasure to have you and enter you in the drawings. Will be fun to connect again when we both come back!

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  56. Michelle,
    Glad you got a good chuckle over this name game:) I can't tell which I prefer, actually. Paul says Revell's pronunciation sounds "rich and sweet!" Ours is kind of flat;)

    So glad you're enjoying SFS. The cover is lovely! Catherine recently befriending me on Facebook after reading TFD. She's as lovely as her book! I'll add that to my list. I'm going to take my Kindle to PA so may download this one before I leave. Thanks for the tip!

    Can't wait to hear when you see the book! This is my chance to ask - BEG:) - people to take pics of themselves with the book or just the book if any are camera shy like me and send them to me via my email. I'd so love to post them as they come in on the blog and have fresh content each day come August!

    I will certainly enjoy the research angle of this trip. I'm not taking my laptop so will be a big change for me. Though I'll miss you all muchly:)

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  57. Dear Anna, Oh, bless you, bless you, bless you for sharing your enjoyment of for Morrow and Lael with family and friends! Love what you've shared here about what you liked specifically about each book. I hope you'll find my new heroine, Roxanna, just as interesting. I'm so glad you're a part of the drawings! It will be fun to keep up with you here. I'd love to know when you see that book;) Bless you!

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  58. Mandy, Thank you for persisting and trying again on Blogger - I wanted to post both your comments as an encouragement for readers to keep trying again:) Blogger has had some crazy issues lately and I haven't been able to access my own blog the usual way... Bless you for your comments.

    So happy you're in the drawings! I hope you and others like what is coming. It's a JOY shopping for you!

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  59. Leeann,
    Welcome here! Your surname immediately drew me in:) BOONE gets me every time as he's my hero, if you didn't already know! Thanks so very much for reading both my books and looking forward to this new one! Love the word "amazing." If they are, God gets all the credit. They certainly were a joy to write and if a little bit of that enjoyment comes through to the reader, I'm one happy author.

    So happy you're in the drawings! Can't wait to start the blog party. It's really my first and I hope to make it memorable and fun for you and others. Bless you for your heartfelt comments! They mean so much!

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  60. Virginia, It's equally a pleasure having you alongside me. You always leave such thoughtful comments. I just wish you weren't so far away! But at least we can keep up here. So glad you're a part of the drawings here. I even have your addy so there's no problem finding you:) Praying you're having a good day there with some Virginia sun!

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  61. Maggie Ann, Love learning about those strings! Cello is my favorite instrument after the violin. How wonderful that you can play! Even a little! I can't play a note!

    Thanks for watching the book trailer and looking forward to the book itself. You're right - a few seconds of video doesn't even begin to touch 416 pages of a book but does give a little glimpse. This is my longest one yet and my next will be quite a bit smaller. Unfortunately! I'd love to meet you at a book signing some day. That's a fine thought.

    Don't laugh but I always order a copy of my own book from Amazon so I know when they come in:) Silly author am I... I noticed Christianbook.com has moved the date from July 1 to August 1 for those of you who were asking about that. Not too much longer either way!

    Bless you for your thoughtful comments.

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  62. Beth, So happy you're here and we can keep up this way! Glad you're on the hunt for new authors and books. You defy the stats which say most readers stay with known authors and don't try new ones. So bless you for that! It's a pleasure to have you in all 8 of the drawings, 4 for signed copies of my new release and then the 4 for gifts related to the book. I'll begin that as soon as I return from this trip. Bless you for taking time here! See you when I get back:)

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  63. Such a wonderful trailer!!
    I'm getting so excited for you and for all of us readers. I pray you will have a fantastic trip in every way! Looking forward to hearing all about it. I'm thrilled for you that you are able to go. ENJOY!!!!

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  64. This is exciting! The trailer is great other than the wrong pronunciation. I just read the first two chapters of TCL at the Revell website. Aahhh! I want to read more!:)

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  65. Laura, I also looked up a painting of of the real man on which you based the colonel. Whew! No wonder you had to write about him. I think you should have had a small picture of him on the back of the novel.

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  66. Oh, the violins in the trailer make me think of the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes theme music. That's ALWAYS a plus!:)

    Oh, you don't need to include me in the book drawing either because I plan to buy the book.

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  67. Thanks for writing such amazing books...I really enjoyed the historical time period of them both. Your books took me into another world that I didn't want to come out of...so I am very excited for your new book and can't wait to read it. :)

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  68. Carla, Wish I could take you with me:) Or zip up your way and meet you! I'd appreciate any prayers as I'm flying coast to coast and it's a pretty big endeavor. Going solo is easier actually than hauling my whole family, however. I really am excited to see what the Lord has in store on every level, right down to those Philly cheesesteaks;) Thanks so much for everything, dear Carla.

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  69. Sylvia, I've been missing you, wondering where you've been hiding (reading, hopefully!) and here you are gifting me with 3 comments! JOY!

    So you've PEEKED and polished off those first two chapters?! Isn't that a great kept secret over there at the Revell site? All those upcoming books that let you have a look. Am so happy it makes you want to read more!!

    And your idea of having George Rogers Clark's pic in the book is perfect. I wish we'd done that! It would have gone so well with my author note. He was a stunningly handsome man, especially in the portrait by John Buxton. There's another with him dressed as a frontiersman that is very appealing but I do prefer him in uniform best. I can only imagine meeting him in some Virginia or Kentucky drawing room. I heard he had fine manners though he could be a bit of a rascal...

    Glad you like that music:) Jeremy Brett/Sherlock Holmes is a fav of mine, too so any comparisons there are appreciated. And heartfelt thanks for buying my book. Because of that, dear readers, I can continue to write!

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  70. Sandra, It's a gift that you said I gave you a world you didn't want to come out of:) Bless you for that. It sums up so well why I write and how I feel when I'm writing - the feeling has remained unchanged since I was just 7! I think I knew then that writing was my great escape. I just never dreamed I'd be able to share it with others.

    You've hit upon another thing that makes my books a bit different. The time period isn't one often found in the CBA but am glad they are opening the door for more of that era as it's so historically rich. So thankful you're my reader. Bless you for being here and it's a real pleasure to have you in the drawings!

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  71. Enjoyed the trailer. Really looking forward to this book. Loved your first two. Please enter me!

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  72. Amy, My pleasure! So happy you read my first 2 and are ready for this one. I apologize readers have so long a wait! I know how antsy I get for certain books:) Thankful to have you in the drawings. Bless you so much!

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  73. What fun. I can't wait to see what all you have planned. Also, looking forward to TCL's release date. Enjoy your time in the eastern part of the beautiful US.

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  74. Hey, Laura. I love the trailer...just makes me more anxious to read the book, which I suppose that is the purpose!:-)I'm so excited for you! I know you have worked really hard on this book, and to see it finally come to fruition; WOW!

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  75. thank you for the opportunity to read your latest masterpiece, laura :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  76. Mary,
    Thanks so much. I'm really looking forward to Pennsylvania, once I get there, that is. And I'm thankful you want to read The Colonel's Lady! Having you in the drawings makes it even more fun. See you when I get back!

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  77. Diana, Oh, you really do understand the work involved in a book. Before publication, I thought creating a book was easy and didn't realize all that is involved to get one on the shelf! And I'm so thankful you're my reader! Having everyone share the excitement is such a gift to this author!!

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  78. KarenK, There you are! You are so gracious. Love the word "masterpiece" as every author feels that way, no matter how the book is received, because it's so dear to them:) I find myself missing those characters now and wish I could approach it as a reader. Praying you enjoy every word! So glad you're in the drawings.

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  79. I can't wait to read this book!! :) I have read your other more then once each and I love them! Thank-you!
    ~Joanna

    ZachandZoesMom@att.net

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  80. I am finally back home tonight and once again you have brought me some much needed JOY with your post!!! Laura, this book trailer is so beautiful!!! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see the wonderful new friends you have made for us! :) And I love the violins, too ;) May the Lord bless this book and it's wonderful author!!

    My papa was home for a few days but had to be admitted to the hospital again yesterday for pnuemonia. But he is responding well to the meds and will prayerfully be home in a couple of days. Its just another set back the devil wants to use to make us fear but our hope is in Christ to give us a testimony. Thank you again for your prayers for him :)

    Praying for traveling mercies for you, dear friend. May you feel Him surrounding you every mile along the way. Hope you have a wonderful trip, finding useful treasures for your research and I am so looking forward to that launch party!!!

    Blessings,
    Amanda

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  81. Laura!! It is July 1st. One more month til TCL!! Aren't you over the moon about it?!?!?

    Love,
    Stacie

    smgerathy@gmail.com

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  82. Eagerly waiting for the release. Hope you enjoy your trip to Pennsylvania.

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  83. Great trailer, Laura! Love the violins and I believe the "eyes" have it. Wow, powerful emotions in each! Praying for a safe trip and an enjoyable one, too!

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  84. Love the trailer! Don't think I've ever watched one before and yes, I love the violins! I also believe the "eyes" have it. Wow, powerful emotions in both pairs. Can't wait to read the book. Praying for a safe trip and an enjoyable one, too.

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  85. I am looking forward to your launch party...that much closer to me reading TCL, oh and drawings for prizes! I pray that your trip is going well and that you are being inspired. I have been pronouncing your name incorrectly all this time, I am so ashamed. I must not listen very well when Chris speaks :)

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  86. Joanna, Welcome here! Wonderful to read your comments and know you've met Lael and Morrow and want to read about Roxanna, too. Knowning you've read the first 2 more than once sure warms this author's heart!!

    Love the Zach and Zoe part:) It's a treat to have you in the drawings. Looking forward to getting back and beginning:) Bless you!

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  87. Amanda, So glad to have an update on your papa. It's been so hard for al of you but you have a wonderful, rock solid attitude. Prayers with you all the way. I look forward to coming back and hearing, Lord willing, he is home and recovering well! Please know I'll continue to pray for your family as I travel. Since I'm not bringing my laptop along, I'm looking forward to some solitude even in the midst of travel.

    So excited you're excited about this next book:) Hoping it blesses you with a respite and you do feel the characters are so real they're friends. Love that!

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  88. Stacie, YES, over the moon is just right:) Thanks for your excitement and encouragement as it sure blesses me. I think, by the time I return, the book will be out there. You may very well win won here as I hear you're on a winning streak:) If you happen to see one in stores, please take a pic and send my way!

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  89. Sandy, Thanks so much for entering the drawings:) And for you gracious words about my trip. I think Pennsylvania will be a true blessing as it is the location for my next series. I've been in rural PA but never the big cities. And I'm over the moon as Stacie says about the historical aspect. See you soon here!

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  90. Patti,
    Gotta love those violins:) And yes, those eyes... Thanks for persisting with Blogger as it's being a bit ornery lately. So glad you're a part of the drawings only I have mixed feelings about drawings as I want to give a book and gift away to every one of you!!

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  91. Terri,
    I don't think I've ever heard Chris pronounce my married name so am not sure he's getting it right either:) It's wonderful to see you here and have you take part in the drawings. And very heartening to think you enjoy my books and want to read the next. Can't wait to get back and begin the fun! I have some stops to make to Shane's Candy Shop in Philly and other places so hope to come up with some more neat gifts. Bless you for being here!

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  92. Laura,
    Have a wonderful trip. Will look forward to your return.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. Julia, Looking forward to getting back, too:) So glad you're a part of the launch drawings. Prayers with you and Chris and the littles now and when I'm gone.

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  94. Thank you and I'll keep you in prayer on your journey and can't wait to hear about historic PA. :)

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  95. Travel safe... take lots of pictures and make those memories as you gather.

    Looking forward to the book's release.

    Laurie

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  96. Thank You for your AMAZING BOOkS!!! Sooooo happy for "The Colonel's Lady" (:

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  97. Oh, anon ~ bless you for your amazing comments as they sure make me smile:) Praying this book delights your heart! Thanks so much for sharing my excitement about release day!

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  98. Laura, have a wonderful trip in Pennsylvania! I sure will be thinking of you and praying Randy and the boys survive just fine while you are gone! Take lots of pics and enjoy every moment! You have TONS of fans!!! :)
    love ya!

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  99. Laurie, Thanks for taking time away from your beautiful art to comment here. I'm blessed that you're excited about this book! I look forward to talking to you after you read and hearing your thoughts. It was fun writing about a mature woman, but think I've said that before:) Bless you and yours while I'm away!

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  100. Hi Rhonda,
    So happy you're here! Hope you had a good visit to Georgia. Wish I was coming your way! Those North Carolina beaches sound so good to me right now - or Carowinds:) I think Philly is HOT. Am busy stocking up on tv dinners - lol:) Thank heavens for Costco! Talk soon!

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  101. Hi Laura! I hope you are enjoying your trip to PA and all the sites. PA is one of the best places to visit for historical sites, but I could be a bit biased LOL!

    I just got back from the beach Sunday evening so I'm making my blog rounds and I was excited to see the book trailer for The Colonel's Lady. I have to say that I got the email from Revell about reviewing it while I was on vacation and I made sure I responded right then! I wasn't really going through my emails to reply to them since I was so busy but I saw that one and was SO excited. I'll just bet you are just as excited for its release too. I hope you had a happy 4th!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  102. I am so excited!!! I am receiving a copy to review, and can't wait!! Now, I need to get my hands on The Frontiersman's Daughter so I can post a review about that one too. I've read it, but it was borrowed from Ashli, and of course she wouldn't let me keep it. haha! Love your writing, Laura! Simply love it.

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  103. Hi Laura,

    Congratulations on the launch of The Colonel's Lady. I am currently RE-reading The Frontiersman's Daughter (I loved it so much the first time) and look forward to reading more of your wonderful writing. Hope you are having a great month of July!

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  104. Renee, Coming your way within days now:) My bags are packed! And no laptop in sight;) You're so right - PA is amazingly historic and I can't believe I've waited so long to go to Philly and Pitt. I've been to rural parts and was even a bridesmaid in a wedding there but am SO excited to see the big cities. Knowing you're within range is a double blessing:) I'll be sure to post pics when I return and you might see some sites you're familiar with...

    And SO happy you're on the blog tour! GUESS WHAT?! I just got a call from Revell and THE BOOK IS IN AS OF TODAY:) Woo hoo! They even told me what the back cover looks like and I'm beyond thrilled but no spoilers here, my dear;)

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  105. Becca, Oh, what a treat to have you here and back blogging on your own blog. I hope readers visit you and see what a sweetheart you are:) I'm blessed that you want to go back and revisit Lael and Ian. Can you believe we're 3 books in now and 4 more to come? God is so good!

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  106. Doree,
    It's so neat to find you here and learn you're a reader and not just a FB friend:) Both are a blessing! And thanks so much for caring enough to re-read TFD. I have a feeling Lori may have something to do with this, bless her historical heart:) She may well have linked us in the first place? I'm so glad you're here and happy to have you in the drawings come August:) Back soon!

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  107. Awww man we don't even get a little peek at the back cover? Come on now!!! :-P Oh well, hopefully since the books are in that means that us reviewers and readers will be getting them soon!

    I look forward to those pics. Have fun!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  108. What a lovely trailer, Laura. You must be so excited to see book number three coming out in less than a month!

    I can't wait to read it. :-)

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  109. Thanks so much, Naomi! Hey, forget TCL:) We can start the countdown till April and HJE!! I'm so excited for you and was thinking today how lovely the LIH covers are. Sometimes I buy them for that reason alone! Can't wait to see yours. Only about 9 months. Books really are like babies;)

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  110. Renee,
    Don't laugh but I haven't seen the back cover yet either! Funnier yet, dear Amanda had her book last summer before I did;)

    Anyway, Philly Cheesesteaks, here I come!!

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  111. Oh, Laura, if I wasn't already eager to read your book, I'm even more so now! I got the e-mail from Revell recently, and I was sure to sign up right away--I can't wait to review this book!! :D

    I just got back from a wonderful vacation with my family, and I hope your trip is great, too! :)

    God bless!

    ~Amber

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  112. Hi Amber, I was thinking of you and hope your vacation was wonderful in every way!! Glad you're back on the blog:) I'm excited to be part of your party at month's end next month! I'll have a book to give away, of course:) Anyway, welcome back and thanks for sharing the excitement. You're a blessing!

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  113. Hey Laura, I received your postcard today. I hadn't noticed the locket as clearly until now. Looks like this book will be awesome. I've been praying for you and your trip! Have a great day.

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  114. Adrienne, So glad it got there and I heard from you before I go on this trip:) Almost out the door! I'm mailing them out in batches and pray I don't forget anyone!

    Your support/encouragement mean so much to me. Thanks a million for being a reading friend.

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  115. Laura,

    Oh, I'm so excited to host you!! Thank for agreeing to do a giveaway, as well--I can't wait! :)

    I had a grand time with my family on vacation, and I even got to meet our dear blogging friend Casey in person!! We had so much fun! :D I'll be posting about it this upcoming week--I'll have to give you a link so you can check it out the pictures when you get back!

    Thank you for your kind words! YOU are a blessing, and I so appreciate your friendship!

    ~Amber

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  116. Really looking forward to your new book.
    Trinity Rose
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    So please come here to my blog and pick up your award.
    http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com/2011/07/happy-101-award-thank-you-to-shonda.html

    Copy the award image into a post.
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  117. Wanda, Bless you for that! Your award is aptly named as I feel that way knowing I'm a recepient:) I'll be over to claim it and many thanks to you in the process!

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  118. Laura,

    I rec'd the postcard for TCL and I'm so happy to have your book to look forward to. I'm sorry haven't been around in bloggerland but I think about you often. I will pass along the news of your book release to my mother-in-law (who is a fan) and plan a shopping trip so I can add TCL to my shelves! I'm thankful the Lord has blessed you with your third novel and I know, in my heart, that you deserve every success that He offers you. I pray you have a safe and educational journey to PA and please know that even though I've been somewhat absent for most of 2011, that I'm still thinking on you and many others.

    God bless!

    Britt Mitchell

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  119. I am so excited for TCL and can't wait to read it. Courting Morrow Little is one of my favorite books (I've read it several times and got my mom and sister hooked as well).
    Best wishes

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  120. Love the trailer and am excited to read the book. I just finished "Courting Morrow Little" and I couldn't put it down. I really enjoy fiction set in this time period!

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  121. Oh Britt, It does my heart good to hear from you and know you're there and encouraging me:) I pray for you, my Smoky MT sister!! Bless u for being you and all you do! So happy you like the card and pray the book blesses you when you read it!

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  122. Julie, So happy you liked Morrow and shared her with others:) That means so much to me. And so happy you took time to stop here - welcome:) I'd love to know how you like TCL when you have time to read it! Bless you bunches!

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  123. Elizabeth, So glad you like Morrow's story and also the time period. Music to my ears:) I think the colonial era is growing in popularity. Hope so! Thanks for stopping here and taking time to make such thoughtful comments. I forgot to mention that you, Britt, and Julie are in the drawings. I'll be back soon and we'll celebrate:)

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  124. Hi, I just started following. Your blog is beautiful! I haven't read any of your books yet, but heard so many good things. Looking forward too though. :)

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  125. I have my camera ready!! All I need is to have my subject arrive!! Come on August 1st!!!

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  126. Oooh, I can't WAIT to read this book!! It looks so amazing! I've heard nothing but great things about your books!

    I'd love to be on the blog tour everyone's so excited about!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  127. Cathy,
    Bless you for your gracious words!! I hope my books bless you when you read:) I'm in Philly right now and away from my desk but wanted to welcome you!

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  128. Hi Carrie, Oh, wish you were on the blog tour, too! Thanks so much for coming here. I love seeing new names! Be back soon and then you'll have a chance to win a copy of TCL or something else colonial:)

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  129. Stacie Hope, Thinking of you and hope you have your copy soon!! Sooo happy you have your camera ready as you're so good at that!!

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  130. I just finished reading Courtship of Morrow Little and loved it!! You have a wonderful writing style and I appreciated how the message from God's word was woven throughout the story. Can't wait for the Colonel's Lady to come out. You've got a new fan!!

    Elizabeth

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  131. Hi Elizabeth, SO happy you enjoyed Morrow's story and the spiritual threads - reading your comments mean so much!! I hope you like Roxie and Cass's story, too, when you have time to read it. And a heartfelt welcome to my blog! I'm still in Philly checking in on a hotel computer but will be back soon. Till then!

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  132. My 17 year old daughter recommended your two books & I just got done with them! Came to your website to see if you were coming out with another....and was so excited that you are! THANKS for weaving faith and history together with touching love stories! Our favorite kind to read!

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  133. Hope your trip is going wonderfully!

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  134. I don't need to be entered I to the drawing because I contacted Revell to be a part of the blog tour and just received notice I can join in on it! I'm so excited I want to Facebook my news. Lol. I loved Courting Morrow Little to the point that...well...I can hardly describe how much I loved it. It spoke to me. Completely. I was THERE, and it was a beautiful book to experience. One of my favorite movie is Last of the Mohicans, well, it IS my favorite, and I've a soft spot for frontier life, and Native American History. I cannot WAIT to read this book...you are blessed with a gift, and I pray that God continues to use your writing in this way. I started writing a book, im only on chspter 11, ha, and it is a book like yours that inspires me to do so. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  135. Excuse my spelling errors...I'm typing on my iPad and the keyboard can be frustrating at times! Lol! Embarrassing!

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  136. Dear Cheryl, Bless you for your precious comments! And tremendous THANKS to your daughter and to you for reading my books:) I love hearing moms and daughters are reading the same fiction. I hope you like Cass and Roxie's story just as much. And please come back as I'd love to stay in touch!

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  137. Stephanie,
    Just got home and the trip was such a mind-blowing blessing I can't wait to share it here!! Will take me a couple of days to overcome my laundry, get my men in line, and read through the emails but am so happy to see your comments here:) Bless u bunches!!

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  138. Dear Sweet P,
    Your comments are such a blessing - manna from heaven:) It's a joy to find another frontier lover like me who enjoys the same type stories. In my newest book, TCL, the heroine, Roxanna, is patterned after Cora in The Last of the Mohicans:) Strong soldier's daughter and all that! So I pray it blesses you when you read like Morrow's story. I've said it before but I'll say it again - I miss those characters, esp. that RS!

    Please, no apologies about the typos. My readers know that's one of my specialties here on the blog as my fingers fly way ahead of my brain. Anyway, thanks so very much for being here. I hope we can stay in touch so please come back!

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  139. Thanks for the welcome Laura! I just finished Courting Morrow Little and loved it. I felt like I was right there in Kentucky and the chemistry between the main characters was beautiful. I'm looking forward to reading your other books soon!

    Cathy

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  140. Oh, welcome words, Cathy! And welcome to my blog:) I'm thrilled you liked Morrow's story. I miss those characters so much! I'm guilty of saying that too many times but it's so true. It was so enjoyable to portray a romance that developed into married love. I hope my other books bless you! Please stay in touch! I've entered you in the drawings starting next week for the launch of The Colonel's Lady. Thanks so much for your gracious words!

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  141. Cathy, My fingers are flying ahead of my brain:) I meant to say, welcome back to my blog! Great to see you again!

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  142. Can not wait to read the book!

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  143. Dear Jane,
    I can't wait for you to read it, either:) I hope it blesses you. I'd love to know your thoughts when done. Thanks so much for stopping here and encouraging me this morning! Bless you!
    Laura

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  144. Adding some names via email for the August giveaways:

    Amy M.
    Donna E.
    Karen P.
    Maureen E.
    Marilyn C.
    Jane

    Bless you all!

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  145. Entering Karen H.
    Thanks so much, Karen!

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  146. Entering:

    Barbara D.
    Gertie P.
    Nancy R.
    Christy

    FUN!

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  147. Laura,

    I must've missed this post, but would love to be entered for one of those fun gifts you posted today. :o) I can't wait to read more about your PA trip later on this week!

    Christy
    southernsassythings at gmail dot com

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  148. Christy, So delighted you're here! And you'll be in all the August drawings:) Bless you so much!!

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  149. Entering Barbara from TN! Bless you!

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  150. Entering...

    Scarlet D.
    Sue R.
    Glendel W.

    Thanks so much, ladies!

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  151. I've never read any of your books, but this one sounds fascinating and will be my first! I really look forward to reading it! I love your website - lots of great info and photos. I am fascinated by the colonial period and history in general. Thanks for having this wonderful site! Kim

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  152. Kim, Welcome to my website/blog! I'm blessed you're here! Thanks for the gracious words. I do love history and hope it shows:) Please know you're entered in all the drawings for the month of August. I might even have another prize in the making - an apron since, in the words of one dear reader, my heroine, Roxanna, is a "kitchen goddess."

    Thanks so much for stopping here! Please stay in touch!

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  153. More email entries!

    Michelle from Calgary
    Sara D.
    Allison M.
    Eileen M-B.

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  154. Entering via email:

    Janet D.
    Sharon B.

    :)

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  155. Entering Lisa from CA.
    Bless you!

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  156. I was so excited to know you "fashioned" RR after Cora! And doubly excited to know you are very familiar with that specific movie. Well, I have no book heroine who reminds one of Cora, but I did, ten years ago almost, walk down the aisle to "Cora's Song" from the LOTM soundtrack! And before that my bridesmaids walked down the fast paced tender and solemn, at the same time, fiddle/violin piece from the soundtrack. People might have thought that odd, but when you are passionate about something, its womderful to be creative like that. Oh, my heart has been entwined in that time period, and others too. I like the WW 2 era as well, as far as literature. But, anyways, I read your newest book -twice over now- and My heart was overflowing with the story for days after. I cried only a few psges into it- thats kind of a good hint to how wonderful a story is! It was amazing! Morrow Little's story is still my favorite because I want, even if briefly, to have experienced some of her life. Crazy? It sure sounds like it to me, but some of what you wrote in CML was part of my dreaming as a young girl. I'm happily married with three children, and hoemschooling them too, but the story part of my heart appreciates the story in CML to heart wrenching emotion at times. Lol! I say you write a good book, Ms. Frantz! oh, I can totally see why you picked Cora in mind for Roxie....what she went through was tumultuous, and no one with less strength could have accomplished it with as much grace as she had. I hope to comment or email you soon, because as a reader of your novels, I am truly touched by your words! Oh, I forgot to mention that before I knew you had replied to my comments earlier, I had written a blog post about how I pretended to be Cora so I could manage a short little trip in a canoe. Lol. I used to canoe all the time but for some strange reason, having kids made me uncomfortable and I hadn't done that in a long time. So I guess I needed some strength from character as well! Although, looking back, I just should have prayed ;-0

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  157. Dear Sweet P,
    Oh, such wonderful words from you here on this blessed Sabbath! I love hearing what's going on in that heart and head of yours and to know we're kindred historical spirits!! And I think it's so unique and beautiful that you used the music from the Mohicans soundtrack in your wedding!! I wish I'd thought of that! Happy almost 10 years to you, soo:) That particular fiddle piece is one of my favorites ever and I have replayed it so much I almost feel I could pick up a fiddle myself...

    And I understand so well your heartfelt comments about Morrow and her world. I always write stories that I wish I could be a part of - imagining myself the heroine, of course - so maybe that is what you sense when you read and it resonates with you on that level. You've given me a beautiful compliment with your tears! I love a book that makes me cry and I love hearing that I write with enough depth and passion to reach readers' hearts.

    God bless you for your thoughtfulness, your caring enough to read the book two times (what a gift that is!), and letting me know your sacred thoughts as a reader. Bless you so much!!

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