A Moonbow Night

by Laura Frantz

First of all, if you haven’t ever heard of a moonbow, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. A lunar rainbow.  double-moonbow-in-dorgaliIt’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Secondly, let me just say that if you are looking for a “Hallmark” style book, keep on walking. Laura Frantz doesn’t do anything halfway and this is proof!! There’s a reason why she is my favorite such a popular author. 😉

So, let’s get into it.

Ever heard of Daniel Boone? Well, you are going to learn a LOT about him and the things he did during his life. Laura always incorporates so much history and geography in her books. It’s incredible how much I learn with each one. Of course, it’s mixed with such great storytelling and really deep characters that you barely realize you you learning (not that I mind. I am a HUGE history buff).

You will fall in love with Tempe and Sion as you read this story. They work through great loss, crippling fear, and the hardships of life on the unpioneered frontier; both individually and together. Their faith is tested and their lives are fluidly changing. Nothing unrealistic here. Only the eye opening realism of life in “Kentucke” 1777.

Pick up your copy ASAP! You won’t want to miss this one. You can also check out my face-off with this lovely lady HERE. Also, for some extra fun, you can go to her pinterest page dedicated to A Moonbow Night.

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Thanks for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

Don’t Miss This!

Just a quick note to let you know that a Laura Frantz book is SUPER CHEAP right now! You don’t want to miss this!!

And if you haven’t read anything by her, you have not lived…Head over to Amazon and pick up this book!

Also, if you would like to see our fun Face-Off, you can check it out here:

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The Mistress of Tall Acre

by Laura Frantz

Mercy Me. Another epic win for Laura Frantz. Is anyone surprised? I know I’m not!!

Seamus Ogilvy is a heralded war hero as a general in the Revolutionary War. Once it is over, he comes back to a broken home. His wife has died and his daughter is being cared for by his sister-in-law. Unwilling to give her back to her father, he is forced to take her, in the dead of night, back home to Tall Acres. His neighbor, Sophie, agrees to marry him to be a mother to Lily Cate. As their love grows and the past haunts them, they learn to trust God above all else. Only He can repair the damage the past has done.

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Laura Frantz and every single one of her books. She never shies away from difficult subjects and this is no exception!! It is well written. In fact, Laura always hand writes he manuscripts before ever typing them up. They are a labor of love and it shines through. Spiritually full, deep characters, and beautiful writing make this a MUST BUY book!!!

Thank you, Bethany, for this wonderful read. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you would like to see my fun face-off with Laura Frantz, just head on over here:

https://atransparentmom.com/2015/03/12/face-off-with-author-laura-frantz/

Face-Off with Sarah E. Ladd

What a week! Can you believe we are rounding out this week’s face-offs with this incredible talent?! I am sure that most of you have heard of Sarah Ladd. She took the market by storm a couple of years ago with her Whispers On The Moors series!!

 

Aren’t these the most gorgeous covers? Man! I knew I would love these books the minute I saw them because I am a total cover lover!

It also helps that they are Regency books and I am in love with all things Austen. So, she had two things going for her right out of the gate!!

Truth is, she’s a wonderful writer and you really should pick up her books if you don’t already have them. (Links in the pics)

LET’S PLAY!!


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It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. What the most beautiful beach you have been to?

Sarah – Ahh … I love the beach.  My husband and I went to Mexico a few years after we were married.  While we were there, we took a boat trip to a little island off the coast.  I cannot for the life of me remember what the island was called, but it was insanely beautiful and isolated.  Hands down – best beach ever.

Charity – Sounds fabulous! I guess…hmm. Dominican Republic had the most crystal clear water. Beautiful!! I was there on a mission trip, but we had to take our day of fun, you know…

— Difference? You went with the hubster. Made the beach 100x’s better, I’m sure!

Charity 0 / Sarah 1

2. Do you keep your toenails current, or do they only look great in the flip-flop months?

Sarah – Toenails MUST be current.  And that is an unwavering, deeply held belief. I do not think I can be swayed on this one…

Charity – oh my. In theory, I would agree with you. I reality…. I’m lucky my toenails are one solid color right now.

— whoopsies. Shouldn’t have asked that one!

Charity 0 / Sarah 2

3. What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever done?

Sarah – I have to say that I have the most incredible readers – so supportive and encouraging. They are never crazy.   So while I can’t really think of a crazy thing a fan has done to me, I can tell you my crazy fan moment.  When I attended my first real writing conference, I ran into the amazing talented Laura Frantz in the bookstore.  I had just finished reading The Frontiersman’s Daughter, which is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I ran up her an interrupted what she was doing because I could not believe that she and I were in the same room. Plus I had a lot of coffee that day, so I was probably REALLY peppy.  If she thought I was crazy, she didn’t let on.  She was incredibly gracious.  She signed my copy of Courting Morrow Little, and it still has a place of honor on my bookshelf.

Charity – *fainting dead away* Why does everyone have an amazing love for that woman? I’ll tell you why… BECAUSE SHE IS INCREDIBLE! I feel like I could sit at her feet and just soak in Jesus.

Oh, and Courting Morrow Little is my favorite book, so that’s incredible.

— I had no chance. Wait, I don’t have fans anyway. blah.

But….Looky Looky what I found!!!

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😮

Charity 0 / Sarah 3

4. Do you incorporate chef’s rights while you are cooking (ie: testing it and snacking on it before it’s served) or not?

Sarah – Well, let’s be honest here. I am not the chef in my family.  My husband is a MUCH better cook than I am. Sure, I can make the basics, but my hubby is the real talent.  So, I do incorporate chef’s rights while HE is cooking. Not so much if I am the one doing the cooking.

Charity – Hmm. Well, I definitely partake, much to my husband’s dismay. He’s used to it, but he’s a total germaphobe and has a heart attack when me, or my son, dip on in.

My son is the real chef around here. That is NO JOKE. This is us shopping at a midnight Farm Fresh sale a year ago! whoop!!

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— Taking it because my son is sooo cute!! I could kiss his little face! (He would DIE DIE DIE if he knew I wrote that! ha!!)

Charity 1 / Sarah 3

5. What’s the worst hair cut story you have?

Sarah – Remember the early ‘90s? Someone pass the hairspray. That’s all I have to say about that.

Charity – OMGosh. Ok. When I was 22, my good friend came to visit me. We had met online (he lived in Israel) and we talked hours every day. Anyway, I went to get my hair cut before he showed up and the lady said, “whoops” right in the middle of it. I was like????? She said, it’s ok, we just have to go shorter?!?!?!?! So, she proceeded to give me a bowl cut. Right then and there. Bowl cut. The more I told her to fix it, the shorter it got. I ended up with a hair cut that literally made me look like the most butch woman EVER!!! It was horrifying. I mean, seriously bad. You don’t think a haircut can change a person’s look THAT MUCH, but it literally was THAT drastic. My sister yelped when she saw it.

When he got here, he was so confused. He was like, “You aren’t Charity???!!!!!” So awkward and horrible. I wish I had a pic! I would totally show you!!!!!! Oh, did I mention that I was fat because I had just had a baby?

Fat, bowl cut lady/man.

— Yup. I get that one.

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

6. Grossest animal?

Sarah – Okay, it is not an animal, but an insect. Does that count? Grossest insect: A centipede.  Eww.  I mean, why does it need so many legs???

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Charity – ew. A snake. Or a spider. Or a cricket. I think they go in that order.

— *shudder* tie tie tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

7. Favorite place to shop: clothes? groceries? beauty products? and shoes?

Sarah – I used to LOVE to shop.  In my teenage and college years I always had a job at a clothing store. Loved it.  But now, there are so many other ways I would rather spend my time, so I do a lot of online shopping. Click, click, done!

Charity – OMGosh. 1-ish word: Amazon.com

But I love Target and Ikea. My readers know about that little truth…

— tie

Charity 2 / Sarah 3

8. Do you have any hobbies (writing doesn’t count because it’s no longer a hobby!!!)

Sarah – I do have hobbies – several, in fact. I really like to be active – I like to run, go biking, and practice yoga. During the spring and summer I like to be outside and garden.

Charity – Uh. That’s why you are skinny and pretty. *kicks you in the shins*

I’m going to go eat some chips and think about that while I watch the ol’ television.

— Not nice. You get the point.

Charity 2 / Sarah 4

9. Do you ever eat wings at a restaurant and not care about how much food is all over your face and hands? Or, do you prefer to eat those in the privacy of your home? 

Sarah – Okay, I am a bit of a neat freak. I always get the boneless kind and eat them with a fork.  I can’t help it. I just … can’t.

Charity – Bahhhhh. Again, all cute and pretty. I just dig on in!

When I was growing up, I always had a motto when I ate: “The Messier The Better!”

— Bad! Wings are good for you!!!

Final:

Charity 3 / Sarah 4

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Thanks Sarah! That was a blast 🙂 It’s always so fun to get to know an author of a book I loved!!Balloons-for-Birthday-Party


Don’t forget to check out Sarah’s newest book on July 7th!

Gueeesssss What, Guys???? Yup!!! A GIVEAWAY!! Sarah has offered to give away 1 signed copy of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall!! So cool!! All you have to do is head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and enter, enter, enter!!!

*U.S. Rez only (Sorry! We do love the rest of you too!)

** Mandatory entries are checked. Any falsified will be disqualified.

GOOD LUCK!!

Face-Off with Author LAURA FRANTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

keep-calm-and-no-i-can-t-calm-downToday, I’m very excited because I am going to be facing off with LAURA FRANTZ! WHA WHA????

I love her because she is such an amazing, Godly woman! I love her books because she has such an impressive knowledge of American history (and can write like nobody’s biz!!). There is, in fact, one of her books that is free RIGHT NOW!!! Love’s Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy Book #1)is the beginning of a great series. It is free as an ebook only.

Laura has a book coming out in September. Unfortunately, we are going to have to wait that long!!! But, you can click on the pic and pre-order it! You will definitely want to pick it up!!

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The rules are simple. I ask Laura a question and she responds. I then give my answer and we see whose answer is better. Best answer wins a point. I get to pick who has the better answer.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!!

1. How many historical sites have you been to?

Laura – Too many to count. My first memory is going to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts which is a living history village filled with reenactors. Amazing place! I was about 12 and then came home and wrote a novella about a girl who ice-skated her way through that village in my story. Since I grew up near Daniel Boone’s fort in Kentucky, my love of history goes deep. My most recent historical trip was to Cumberland Gap at the juncture of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky which figures largely in my next frontier novel.

Charity – Kentucky is my absolute favorite state. It is just so beautiful!! My goodness.

Ok, let’s see. I live in the Historical Triangle (Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown), so those are obvious places that I have been to many times (Which is awesome because I homeschool my boys). I’ve been to Monticello, Valley Forge, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg…many on the east coast. But not up near Massachusetts. I would love to go up there to see the Boston history. I’ve also been to Israel (But, that’s not American History…)

— I’ve gotta say…I think I might have that point…Even if I don’t have the knowledge!

Charity 1 / Laura 0

2. What country would you most like to visit?

Laura – Crazy as it sounds I’d love to visit India and visit Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and wear a sari. They’re so beautiful, airy, and feminine! I’ve heard going to India is life changing, a real wake-up call for us soft Americans.

Charity – Oh my goodness. That would be life changing, I’m sure! I would really love to see England. I love English history so much. All the history of the royal families through the centuries.

— Mother Theresa? ok, There’s no way I am getting that one!

Charity 1 / Laura 1

3. Do you juice?

Laura – I should juice! Actually, the only juicing I do is with my granny’s old metal juicer that hangs over the edge of a cup. Orange juice.

Charity – ha! Nice. I love to juice green drinks. Usually cabbage, celery, green apples, spinach and cucumber. YUM. Nothing else.

— I get a point!! woo hoo!!

Charity 2 / Laura 1

4. What is your favorite store/shop?

Laura – Barnes&Noble with a Starbucks attached! The smell of books and coffee is addictive!

Charity – I think I am with you on that one…but I think Amazon might top it!! Sitting on the couch, with my keurig nearby (; That’s the life. Reading, shopping and drinking coffee at home, on my couch, in my yoga pants!

— Ok, laziness never wins anything

Charity 2 / Laura 2

5. Would you prefer to work with babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, or adults?

Laura – I love any age but give me babies, please. I miss babies – the smell and feel of them, their near, sheer perfection. Since they’re straight from heaven they seem to have a quality about them that is irresistible.51s+GTaJf4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ I try to sneak babies in my books whenever I can, starting with Courting Morrow Little.

Charity – OMGosh. Ok, you just mentioned the name of … probably my all time favorite book!!! Not only is the cover SO BEAUTIFUL, but the story is too. This book is what got me into reading. I NEVER was a reader until I read this book. Growing up, off and on, I would read for school and such, but as an adult, it was magazines, period. Until this book.

Ok, that was off subject. ANYWAY, I absolutely love working with teenagers. The more rebellious, the better. I get them. I love them. They know both. We get on quite well. Ask me to sign up for nursery or help with the little kids at church, I will run away crying.

— Courting Morrow Little. She wins.

Charity 2 / Laura 3

6. Are you crafty? Sew, crochet, knit, etc…

Laura – I like to say Roxanna Rowan taught me how to knit. When I was writing The Colonel’s Lady I took a knitting class and learned the basic stitches. I’m in awe of anyone who can make anything that way. I LOVE to cross-stitch but don’t have the time anymore…

Charity – Believe me. I am very glad you don’t have the time to craft. I would like to see more books!!!! (: I never knew I was a crafter until I broke my toe (completely through…like, hanging off the side of my foot) this year. ugh. Now I love to sew, crochet, you name it. (NOT SCRAPBOOK THOUGH!!!)

— I think I got that one!

Charity 3 / Laura 3

7. What is your favorite color?

Laura – PINK. Think cotton candy and girly things. I could live in pink and nothing else!

Charity – Oh wow! I like pink too, but I like…almost every color and could not pick one! My head may explode. I love colors….

— Obviously…

Charity 3 / Laura 4

8. Funniest memory from childhood?

Laura – Climbing trees in my mom’s wedding dress! She gave me her lovely gown, veil, and gloves when I was about five years old. Of course it was way too long but somehow I managed to tear around the Kentucky woods/outdoors in that very lacy dress! I wore it out. I can still remember the ‘old’ smell of it and all that scratchy lace!

Charity – Oh my word! What in the world??!! I can’t believe she gave you her wedding dress to play in. That is awesome!! But now, you have reminded me of my wedding dress fiasco… Oh dear. We couldn’t afford a very expensive wedding and there was a girl at our church that was a clothes designer, apparently..? She had a portfolio and wanted to make it for us for free (except the cost of materials). I was so excited! I was going to get the dress of my dreams. Well, she kept taking longer and longer to make it, I didn’t even get a chance to try it on until the day BEFORE MY WEDDING!!! When I did, boy was it HORRIBLE. It was the most awful dress EVER!! And, she told me she had tried it on for her husband and he “really, really liked it”….???!!!!! ugh. So, I was in a total panic. It was the day before my wedding and the ONLY place I could find a white dress in time was at a PROM DRESS SHOP!!!! OMGosh. So ugly. I was crying because I was wearing a prom dress. ha ha ha ha. And it was really ugly. Just a little less ugly than the one that she made me. ugh.

But, that wasn’t my childhood. When I was growing up, we had a houseful. My parents were extremely hospitable and would help everyone that needed it. So, we had MANY people living in our house. My Grandma and Aunt moved in. Then my Uncle (her brother). Then, he had a friend at work that was homeless, so he moved in. Then, the homeless guy’s sister, that lived in Michigan found out he had a home, so she and her two guy friends drove to our house and she moved in. We had a neighbor down the street that lived with us a lot of the time, etc…. (One time they went on a date and came back with a homeless family!!!!). So, all that to say, our house was a zoo. Not just with people. Everyone had pets…of all sorts. Well, my little brother had a fish that he was particularly fond of named Orange Jerry. Orange Jerry kept dying, but because he was a goldfish, he was easily replaceable and my sweet little brother didn’t know. Unfortunately, he found poor Orange Jerry dead once, so we had a funeral for him. My aunt stood behind the shower curtain and played her trumpet (the funeral march), while my sister oversaw the ceremony. We had a eulogy and then flushed him away down the toilet.

There you have it.

Charity 4 / Laura 4

9. Worst movie of all time (as in, just terribly made!!)

Laura – That terrible Hollywood drama called North&South about the Civil War starring Patrick Swayze, etc. People sometimes confuse it with my favorite movie ever, the BBC’s North&South by Elizabeth Gaskell starring Richard Armitage. No comparison whatsoever!

Charity – Right!! ha ha ha! Ok, at least you didn’t say Sharknado! I’m not really sure. Nothing comes to mind as…OH, WAIT! I think that AI was the worst movie of all time ever made.

— Nothing is worse than having a horrible movie with the same name as a wonderful and classic movie!!

Charity 4 / Laura 5

10. How do you believe you are bringing God the most glory in your life?

Laura – Wonderful question. I hope I am bringing Him glory through the gift of words. My writing was something I wanted to keep hidden and did for years. Then he opened the way to publication, a door I walked through almost unwillingly. Now, to use the gift He gave me, in even a small way, is something I hope brings Him glory.

Charity – And you do. I love how diverse of a God we have. Everyone has their own way to point towards Him. My goal is to show my kids that every opportunity is to bring Him glory. If I get cancer, how does that point to God and give Him glory? If our car breaks down, what am I supposed to be doing to show Him? If I get upset, I can’t bring Him glory. Puts the pressure on!!!!!

— God wins!

11. Go to outfit?

Laura – Black yoga pants – and I don’t do yoga! They work with so many different tops and shoes and they’re so comfy and slimming. But I DO wish we could dress like yesteryear in those lovely dresses and hats and gloves!

Charity – I couldn’t have said it better! Yoga pants with the dreams that we could have worn the beautiful and very comfortable clothes of yesteryear!

–tie!

Final:

Charity 4 / Laura 5 bro-i-got-a-cool-story-its-how-you-lost-the-game

I have done MANY of these and have only won ONE GAME!!

Thank you, SO MUCH, Laura! I really do appreciate you taking the time to face-off with me. Pepper Basham is going to be very jealous!!! (; 10592655_10152666096008369_6197128303025767780_n

<—–See.


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Now for the GOOD NEWS!!

Laura has agreed to sign and give away ANY BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE that she has written!! Shall I repeat that? ANY BOOK YOU CHOOSE!!!!!!!!! (to a US resident). Why don’t you take a minute to go and check out her books either HERE or on Amazon so you can know which one you’ll want to pick when you WIN!!!

So, click on this rafflecopter link and you can try to win with MULTIPLE ENTRIES!!

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Didn’t I tell you she was great?!


Some of these books are free or on sale!!! Links are in the pics.