Monday, September 6, 2010

Giveaway- Darlene Franklin's, A Woodland Christmas

I'd like to welcome Darlene Franklin. She's giving away a copy of her book, A Woodland Christmas. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.


Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma—to be near family. She recently signed the contract for her twelth book. This fall she is celebrating the repacking of her Rhode Island romance in Seaside Romance and her third novella anthology, Face of Mary in A Woodland Christmas. Visit Darlene’s blogs at www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com and http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com.


1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am in my study wearing a long sun dress, and longing for bed.

2) What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book?

I didn’t have any big research surprises in this book. I probably spent the most time researching china patterns from the1880s and found a lovely flowing blue-on-white collection called “Flow Blue.”

3) Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?

I found this story in the love story of Mary and Joseph. Joey Carpenter jokingly asks Polly Jessup to marry him when she’s 13 and he’s leaving for college. Only she takes him seriously and waits. The story starts when he comes home.

4) Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?

I enjoyed the scenes with the woodcarver, Gabe Noell. He’s the one who urges Joey to look for a woman with a character like the biblical Mary to be his model for Mary’s face.

5) Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?

Not really and no. I have always written to some extent, but didn’t pursue it seriously until after my divorce. At that point, I began writing every day. That’s been 19 years ago now. A long time to pursue a dream!

6) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?

I’d love to be Samwise Gamgee—loyal and brave and heroic. Of course, I’d just as soon avoid the trip to Mount Doom.

7) What is something that very few people know about you?

I belonged to the math club in high school. Yes, I was that nerdy.

8) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

I just bought my only custom-made piece of furniture: a lovely golden brown couch with gorgeous tapestry throw pillows. I look at the couch and sigh with pleasure.


Four couples carve a niche for love in the Piney Woods of East Texas. An itinerant woodcarver moves from town to town in the woodlands, delivering “sawdust sermons” that hold even more value than the furniture he crafts. Will the advice he dispenses help four couples find their way to the miracle of love at Christmas? In my novella, The Face of Mary, Mary “Polly” Jessup holds onto a promise of marriage made five years ago, but when Joseph “Joey” Carpenter returns from law school with a new outlook and new girlfriend, her future hopes are dashed.




Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Friday, September 22th.

26 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really good book, I would love to read it. I love christmas stories.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  2. I always love a Christmas fiction book.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  3. Flow Blue is pretty, I love old china and pottery. Please include me in the drawing, thanks.
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. i would love to read darlene's christmas story...thanks for the chance :)


    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  5. Darlene, every time I read one of your interviews, I learn something new about you! I actually looked up the china pattern (Flow Blue) you talked about because I wanted to see what it looked like. It is really pretty.
    Thank both of you for an enjoyable interview and chance to win the Christmas novella with Darlene's story in it.

    Blessings,
    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net bgrider2[at]cox[dot]net

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  6. You'll have to tell what new thing you learned about me, Beverly. :) Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

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  7. I absolutely love Christmas stories and love the cover of Darlene's book. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. Thank you for stopping by everyone. I'm a big fan of Christmas stories too! But then I love everything about Christmas. I should live at the north pole. =)

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  9. I'd love to win!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  10. I'd love to read this - I found your blog from Carman!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  11. I'm ready for a new Christmas read. I'd love to win it.
    rkulp000@centurytel.net

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  12. This sounds wonderful.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  13. Oh, I love Christmas stories. thanks. love to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. I just love Christmas stories! I found your blog from Carman,too. Thanks for the opportunity on winning a copy of "A Woodland Christmas." Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks!

    debracollins(at)tds(dot)net

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  15. Please enter me! Thanks!

    Kait
    knownasjane@yahoo.com

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  16. This book sounds great. I love stories about Christmas. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.Carman sent me.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  17. This looks like a great book! Carman sent me and I'm your newest follower.

    ~Lauri M
    http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com
    l_meinhardt@yahoo.com

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  18. I think I'd love to read this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  19. I love Christmas stories. Please include me in the giveaway thanks.



    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. I want to read this! Count me in. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Christmas stories are my favorite! This book will get me in the mood for the holiday season!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

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  22. The book sounds really good. Who doesn't love a good Christmas novel?

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  23. A Woodland Christmas sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  24. It's so nice during the busy Christmas season
    to have a cup of tea and enjoy a good story.
    Yours sounds delightful, Darlene, and I hope you have a beautiful CHRISTmas!

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  25. What a lovely interview! I would love to read this book. Please enter me.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  26. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance.

    **Carman sent me :)

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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