Saturday, June 12, 2010

Muffins and Morrow

It's finally arrived! My copy of Courting Morrow Little, author Laura Frantz's new 18C frontier historical.


From the back cover of Courting Morrow Little: 
Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?
Ah... the 18th century frontier... forbidden love... and (as the cover promises) a sweeping tale of forgiveness. It doesn't get any better. I made a batch of raspberry cheesecake muffins, and now am going to settle in and enjoy them, and Morrow's story.

14 comments:

  1. Lori, Bless you SO MUCH for this! The picture is so good of you both!! Love this glimpse into your world:) You've sure made my day. You are a wonderful friend!!

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  2. Laura, Well you and CBD made my day. I can't put that book down, girl. Your writing is to be savored and like TFD, it makes me take another look at my scenes to be sure I described the light and the setting to their full potential. I keep hitting sentences I want to read over and over again. Morrow's in her canoe just pulling up to Trapper Joe's, and I'm off to Google the Red River country. I just have to SEE this place.

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  3. Great picture---so cozy--makes me wanna curl up on my couch 'n read it--WiTH some of your yummo muffins 'n a cuppa tea!

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  4. Patti, I'm halfway through the book. It's SO good. Better than the muffins. :)

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  5. Cute picture, Lori. Always fun to have a good book in one's hands. I plan to give this one a look, too. Congratulations to Laura!

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  6. Doree, start with The Frontiersman's Daughter, if you can. They aren't a series, but there's some mention of TFD characters in Morrow that will carry more meaning if you've read her first book. They are both wonderful.

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  7. MUST get my hands on a copy of Morrow THIS WEEK!!! Great pic!

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  8. Ruth, I didn't crack open my own WIP file all weekend, and yet I feel like I've been working on it all weekend, while I read Morrow. While I read I compiled a regular "Notes on the State of Willa." That's what exceptional writing will do for me, make me want to try harder, be a better writer, and pepper me constantly with little "Aha" moments when something in their prose makes me take a fresh look at my characters, my scenes, and realize all the potential for going deeper either in setting or character or verisimilitude (love that word) that I (almost) missed. Laura's writing does that for me.

    Haven't finished Morrow yet, but I'm racing toward the end, wanting to linger all the while. Love that tension.

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  9. You look like your in heaven! Last night I actually dreamed I got my copy in the mailbox! I like what you shared about what you are learning about writing from Laura's excellent skill. I know I'll be doing the same. Hope its in my mailbox today!

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  10. You all are such a blessing to me! I can't thank each of you enough. Where would a writer be without encouragement? Publishing is such a risky, scary place at times. Lori, considering your work is so fine, I'm really amazed and honored you would learn anything from mine. That really blesses me beyond words. You have such a teachable heart, whether you need it or not! Carla, dreams do come true - better check that mailbox:) Hope you enjoy the story, too. I really miss those characters so much. I've been rereading favorite scenes in my spare time. Ruth, you're back. YAY! Good to meet Doree and Pattie here, too!

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  11. Carla... oh, it was sooo good. I finished CML this morning and of course wish I hadn't rushed through it but how could I not? Will love to know what you think of it when you've finished reading. Hope it arrives for you today. This is a book to be gulped down and then savored again slowly. :) Although I must say the writing was so exquisite in spots that I did slow down and read some passages over and over, wishing I'd written them!

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  12. Laura, I know I need a teachable heart, and I work at keeping it so. I can't think of anything sadder than a writer who no longer wants to learn and grow. I'm honored you and I can spur each other on in this way. It's been a blessing, and I hope it continues for a long, long while.

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  13. I hope your muffins came out good, despite my mistake! I am very sorry! I revised the recipe, thanks to you and left a message for you. I like your blog a lot. The picture of you reading is great!

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  14. Hi Lynne,

    I got it figured out and most of them came out great. I added about a teaspoon of raspberry jam to a few and that was a nice addition. I also learned that putting extra berries in is NOT such a good idea. That caused one or two of the muffins to collapse, though they still tasted yummy. I can't help experimenting. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. :)

    Thanks for coming to visit. You are posting some great recipes.

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