First Line Fridays (7/7/17): Cover Reveal & Giveaway “Across the Blue” Carrie Turansky

I am super-duper excited to be teaming up with Carrie Turansky for the cover reveal of her upcoming book “Across the Blue“. Not only are you getting the first line for Carrie’s new book, but also a fabulous cover reveal! As a special bonus, Carrie is hosting a giveaway on her site so be sure to CLICK HERE to drop by and enter!

While you are here, don’t forget to enter the current giveaway this week for Sarah Monzon’s book “All Of You” 


“Across the Blue”

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.

When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret.


Across the Blue

The first line is:

Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadland’s south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!

Carrie Turansky shared with me the following: “I was able to give some input on the cover, helping to choose the model, the outfit, and finding just he right hat. We’ve worked with Darna Michie of East Angel Harbor Hats to design the hats for the photo shoots for my last three covers. She’s wonderful! This hat is perfect for 1909 Edwardian England. The airplane featured on the cover shows how fragile they were, and it makes you realize how brave James Drake was to attempt a flight across the English Channel to France. The white Cliffs of Dover play an important role in the story, so I was really pleased to see them used at the background. I love the cover and I’m very grateful for the design team at WaterBrook! 

Before you go a quick reminder to stop by Carrie Turansky’s page to enter her giveaway and then be sure to come back and continue on the First Line Friday blog hop! Across the Blue is scheduled to release on Feb. 20, 2018, make sure to drop by Goodreads and click on the”want to read”!


Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian // Jane Reads //
 Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //
Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.

Cover Reveal – “The Lacemaker” by Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz has a new book coming out and I have been checking daily to find the cover of her newest book The Lacemaker.  The expected publication is January 2, 2018

Laura has shared with me that the gown on the cover is a real historic gown, from a museum collection!

Upon a little research of my own, I discovered that the dress was featured as part of a collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in the “Fashion in Bloom” collection.



French or English dress, c. 1760, silk damask with silk supplementary weft. Emma Harter Sweester Fund. 81.290ab (photo credit: Indianapolis Museum of Art)


The fabric of this gown was patterned in the Rococo style which was prevalent between the 1740s–1770s. Characterized by a retreat from naturalism, these fabrics with their rich colors and meanderings of flowering vines and patterned areas reminiscent of lace or white work were a favorite of predominately upper class women.

This ensemble consists of a floor-length dress that opens in the front to reveal a stomacher at the top and a petticoat below. Wide side hoops were worn under the skirt to create additional width. Gowns made in this style known as sack, where box pleated fabric flows from the nape of the neck to the floor, were fashionable for formal occasions.


Those interested can find more photos and information about the dress at:

“The Lacemaker” (Synopsis):

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.


The Reveal:



Isn’t it lovely?  The detail on the lace and in the fabric of the dress is stunning!
I can’t wait to see the cover in person and hold the book in my hand.


About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

You can visit Laura Frantz online at:

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker is available for pre-order from amazon
(but they don’t have the cover yet)


I’d love to hear from you:

What new book(s) are you anxiously anticipating?