Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours Presents: A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz with Giveaway!


A MOONBOW NIGHT
by
LAURA FRANTZ

  Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: January 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
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After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucky—men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

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PRAISE FOR A MOONBOW NIGHT:

“From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. The book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich, sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucky heroine worth our time and heart’s investment—a waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title, willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot is complex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for all who love historical romance.”
Sandra Byrd, author of A Lady in Disguise

A Moonbow Night captures the wilds of a young and unyielding American frontier with breathtaking action and Laura Frantz’s signature mastery in storytelling. The effortless merging of narrative with intelligent dialogue allows the spot-on historical research to shine. Sion’s understated valor is in perfect step with Tempe’s independence, making them a pairing that will keep readers turning pages and rooting for them to the end. This is an exquisite novel of love and loss, and a sweet reminder that even in an untamed world, the gentle grace of God heals all wounds.”
Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series

“As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.”
Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King

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Author Interview 2: Laura Frantz


How long have you been writing? Since age 7. I wrote my first story and it was a historical even then! Everything I’ve ever written has been about history. I’ve often thought I was born in the wrong century though I’m very thankful for the convenience and sanitation of the current century!

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  A Moonbow Night centers upon a mostly forgotten incident in the life of Daniel Boone. As a Kentuckian, I’ve always thought this particular tragedy especially heartrending so it was difficult to write about from an emotional standpoint.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing? I’m definitely a full-time writer. Research requires a tremendous investment of time as does writing a novel. I write my novels in longhand first which also takes time, before transferring them to a Word doc. Social media is such a factor now in writing that it’s hard to balance that and the writing. I long for the days of writing before social media.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing? I’ve been a waitress, teacher, social worker, and visiting innkeeper at bed and breakfasts for owners on vacation. Each of these jobs has impacted my writing, giving me insight into human nature in all its complexities.

How has your formal education influenced or impacted your writing? I had a dismal college experience. Went to a private school which was so rigorous I studied constantly and didn’t have one date in 4 years. But it allowed me to travel abroad and I attended school in England studying the 18th-century which became the basis of my historical fiction.

What projects are you working on at the present? More historicals, of course. I enjoy writing standalone novels most and have several in mind that are fresh and unique and might appeal to both CBA and ABA markets.

What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like? I currently live and write in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. My office is in the cabin loft where I write at a 200 year old desk. It even has a little key that locks the desk once you raise the writing table. Quite quaint and the perfect setting for penning historical fiction!

Who would you cast to play your characters in a movie version of your book? I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Richard Armitage and Michael Fassbender. Either of those men would do nicely in buckskin and would play the part of Sion Morgan well. As for our hero, Tempe, I’d choose the young Sissy Spacek who won me over with her role in Coal Miner’s Daughter and The River. My villain I’m not sure about! He’s quite detestable!

How important are names to you in your books? How do you choose names? Names are critical to me. They must fit the characters well and not be overdone or melodramatic, etc. And they must be true to the time period. I read historic census records and ship manifests, land deeds and marriage records to find solid names, to name a few sources.

What do you want your tombstone to say? American novelist. But most importantly, wife and mother.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die? I love to travel so going to India and visiting Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity is on my list. Wearing a lovely sari wouldn’t be bad either. I’d love to spend several months with the sisters and do mission work, etc. I hear it’s life changing.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Time travel. I’d whisk backwards to the 18thcentury and dance a jig with General Washington.

What is your favorite quote?The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’ Einstein.

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
  
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Excerpt 1
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Review
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Author Interview 1
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Guest Post
1/7
Review
1/8
Promo
1/9
Excerpt 2
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Review
1/11
Author Interview 2
1/12
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