Release Party ~ LifeWay Day!

September 28, 2015 | Comment on This

I wanted to share a few photos from this past Saturday’s release party at LifeWay Christian store in Richmond, Kentucky. It was my first Kentucky book signing and it exceeded my wildest dreams. So thankful for everyone who turned out and made the day such a blessing and success!

joyce signing me books

Wonderful to celebrate my newest release and backlist…

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I can’t thank my heaven-sent realtor, Robert Gullett, and his savvy wife, Joyce, (bottom left) enough for their assistance…

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Meeting with readers from out of state and within was such a treat, including reconnecting with friends who’ve been friends since grade school…

joyce signing store staff

The awesome LifeWay staff!

Thanks, too, for those of you who were with us in spirit. Your presence and prayers were definitely felt!

A hero…

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mistress house pin


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mistress cold quenching water pin

Chapter One

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mistress fence quote

Poured out ~ the story behind the story

August 25, 2015 | Comment on This

poured out

*Oil painting by Leah Kristin Dahlgren, “Silver Pitcher.”

I’ve been thinking of the writing process lately and what a mysterious things putting words on paper is. Where do these ideas come from anyway? How is it possible to create a character you know so well they seem to live and breathe? Why do I feel so smitten by my heroes ~ and they don’t even exist? Why do I find myself wanting to write rather than eat and sleep? Why do I often have to force myself to STOP writing and attend to other things?

When I was in Scotland May 2014 I wanted to take a break from writing. To be honest, I was exited to be there but worn out and weary. It had been a long winter with some unexpected twists and turns that I wasn’t weathering very well. I’d finished Ballantyne Book 3 and needed to let it rest so I could look at it, flaws and all, with fresh eyes once I returned home in June. My brother, who lives in Spain, met me in Glasgow. After arriving in a pouring rain he prayed for sun and the sun came out and stayed out the entire time. We hiked in the Hebrides and took trains and taxis and ferries all over, ate our hearts out (he’d brought a list of Scots foods he wanted to try :), and ended up in Edinburgh for more adventures. I began to feel full, inspired, enriched, overjoyed, overflowing. Green pastures and still waters, indeed.

I had brought a blank notebook and supply of pens thinking I wouldn’t use them. But somehow between all the hiking and walking and sightseeing and eating, I began scribbling a new story. I filled up one notebook and by the time I reached Spain I needed another. My pens had all run dry. By the time I left Spain I’d filled up another notebook. This was a story I’d been wanting to write for years and is set in my favorite century, the 18th. It didn’t matter where I was, or what I was doing, or if I was in a taxi or bus or whatever, I JUST HAD TO WRITE. It was wonderful to feel that overwhelming passion for words again. I’d nearly forgotten the  JOY of it. It was God’s gift to me in a rocky place.

When I came home I transcribed all that scribbling I’d done on vacation to a Word file. Since I never count words (too much like counting calories!) I was amazed when the numbers showed 40,000. My books are normally 100,000 and it takes me a year or more to write just one. The Frontiersman’s Daughter happened over a ten year period. This time I’d written almost half a book in a 2 week time frame on that month long trip. This was, of course, a first draft, and needed work. But it’s truly a story of my heart and that’s what matters. And it shows that a very slow writer like myself, when inspired, can pour out a story of substance in a short time, all because I, in a desert place, met the River of Living Waters who never fails.

So there you have the story behind the story of The Mistress of Tall Acre. 

Basket bliss

August 20, 2015 | Comment on This

porch baskets sunny

I’ve decided the best thing about this cabin is the porch. I thought so especially when I lined up these battered baskets on the railing and was delighted to see something woven across the planks of that very worn porch. A bit of whimsy, perhaps. These are the things that delight my heart ~ and I hope yours!

Have a blessed end of the week!

What are you reading?

August 15, 2015 | Comment on This

book stack best

I was recently asked in an interview what books I’m currently reading. Since a picture is truly worth a thousand words, I thought I’d post one here. I snuck Poldark in as that is what I’ve been watching, too. A little 18th-century cinematic bliss!

The better question is …

What are you reading?

Book buzz!

August 13, 2015 | Comment on This

Truly, I’m one of those low profile authors who likes to hole up in my cabin loft and just write. But when a book releases that comes to a screeching halt! So here’s some glad news to share on the book front. I promise to post more cabin pics later:)

booklist collage

I’m thrilled and thankful to share a starred review just in from Booklist. Librarians rely heavily on Booklist reviews so this is a double blessing.

The end of their review reads, “Frantz takes what could have been just another girl-next-door marriage of convenience story and turns it into something totally unexpected. Both poignant and suspenseful, this page-turner is sure to please a broad variety of readers.”

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Last but not least is the beautiful image Revell designed for me to promote my upcoming LifeWay event. This is my first Kentucky signing and I’m overjoyed to meet readers in person. If you’re anywhere near that day, I’d love to give you a hug and sign a book!

Release Party/Book Signing
for The Mistress of Tall Acre

Saturday, September 26th, 2-4 pm
LifeWay Christian Store
Richmond Centre
2085 Lantern Ridge Drive
Richmond, Kentucky


Have a wonderful weekend!