Monday, May 20, 2013

A Texas Brides Collection and Hidden Dreams by Darelene Franklin Ends May 27th

Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-seven books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in my room at the nursing home, wearing a bathrobe, and watching the Thunder play the Grizzlies in the semifinals of the NBA playoffs. Where I am doesn’t matter as much as what I’m doing.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t  do you know why?
I have a hard time making gruff men believable. They keep trying to be nice. (Example is “the bear,” Sargeant Arnold, in my upcoming Calico Brides.)  I also had a character insist her name was Becky and not Leah. I finally gave in to her.   (A book that is still in proposal stage)

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
With the two books this month, I started with a place and time: Texas Brides was seeking a ninth novella to go with four Ranger stories and four outlaw stories in the 1870s. The ideal of a Robin Hood type story appealed to me, so I made my heroine a reformed thief who is trying to help Christians do the right thing by the poor.
With Hidden Dreams, I was looking for three stories set in Vermont any time between 1890-1945.  I had a 1932 Olympic story in mind, and a story about a female mayor during WWII. When I checked Vermont’s historical timeline, I discovered the worst flood in Vermont’s history occurred in November 1927. To that I added covered bridges (perfect hiding places for muggers), Vermont’s reputation for environmental concerns, and a variation on a movie I read about. You’ll never know it to read the story!


What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
That’s easy. A teddy bear that I call “Michael,” one of my last gifts from my daughter before she died.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Aside from being reunited with my mother and daughter? For writing, I would love to meet with John Grisham to learn how he handles crossover writing so well (books with clearly Christian themes that are popular in the secular market.)  I would love to meet Mother Teresa or Martin Luther King Jr. and soak up their wisdom.

What is the most important thing you learned in school?
How to learn! I also received a solid background in Bible and theology.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
My favorite story involves     going to an exhibit on Italians in Denver when I wrote Dressed in Scarlet, which featured an Italian immigrant mechanic.  While we walked through the exhibits, I heard elephants trumpeting. I learned that circus elephants helped to deliver coal during the same blizzard I was writing about, and so I added it into my story.  

Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including DiAnn Mills and Kathleen Y'Barbo—this collection of nine historical romances will become an instant favorite of fans of inspirational romance. Can the lonely, the lawful, and the lawless find love in Texas?
















You can find Darlene online elsewhere at http://darlenehfranklinwrites.blogspot.com/, http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.3 .

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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 Monday, May 27th at 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

62 comments:

  1. How wonderful to write from a nursing home! Love to read these books!

    I am a follower.

    I am a subscriber.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for coming by! Isn't Darlene amazing? thanks for coming by and for being a devout follower!

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    2. Hi ladies! Writing from a nursing home is good except when it's bad, LOL.

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  2. What a great interview! I love it that author's characters "talk" to them. :) The ideas for your books sound intriguing. I will never look at a covered bridge the same now!
    Thank you sharing!
    Susan P
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    1. Hey Susan. I think it would be impossible for me to write if my characters didn't talk to me. I don't always agree with what they are saying but they are usually right!

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    2. I have a special fondness for Maple Notch's covered bridge which got replaced by a newer model during WWII. Sigh. (My current book, Homefront Dreams)

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  3. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read these fabulous novels

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Karen. Good luck and thanks for following.

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    2. Karen, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I would love to win.

    I am a feedburner follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I appreciate that you have kept your zest for life! I follow by email, and I think I'm a feedburner follower but am not positive :) ah, technology!

    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. Connie, actually, I have the nursing home a place of great blessing, even if I suffer from a variety of ailments from time to time.

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    2. Hey Connie. Darelene has a great attitude doesn't she? Thanks for coming by. I'll put you down as a feedburner follower but you'll know for sure if my new posts get delivered into your email box.

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  6. Thanks for the interview ladies! I would love to read some of Darlene's books.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a follower and subscriber!

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    1. Patty, if you don't win of these books, I have a couple of ebooks available for $.99 this month: Knight Music and Barncastle Memorial.

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    2. Hey Patty. Your welcome. Thanks for coming by and good luck.

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  7. I am a email subscriber and follower...thanks for the chance to win - looks like such a wonderful book.
    truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Eliza, aren't the covers beautiful!

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    2. Thanks for following, Eliza. Good luck.

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  8. I find the stories behind the story most fascinating! I also appreciate the story behind the writer. Thanks for sharing :)
    I am an email subscriber and a feedburner follower.
    God bless
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Coming up with ideas is fun . . . writing them is work.

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    2. Hey Betti. The more I find out about a story even if it is what sparked it the more I am able to get into the story. So much fun. ;o)

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  9. Enjoyed learning more about Darlene & her books - would love to win one!

    I am a Feedburner follower.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the interview, Bonnie. Thanks for coming by.

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  10. I would love to win,Enter me! Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com
    N.C.

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    1. Sara Rebekah, what a name to live up to!

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    2. Throwing your name in the hat! Good Luck!

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  11. I follow by Feedburner!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Hey Melody. Thanks for coming by! Good Luck.

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  12. I follow your blog!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  13. I wanna wanna wanna win one of these books!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Melody, on my blog I list blogs where I am guesting each week. If you don't win here, check it out.

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  14. I would love to win your book Darlene. I hope I win. I am also a follower of Feedburner.

    Good Luck on your book.

    Mary Duff
    missniceguy@hotmail.com

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    1. Mary, I love your email handle!

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    2. Good Luck, Mary. Thanks for being a follower.

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  15. I enjoyed learning a bit about Darlene. I love bride stories, so please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.

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    1. Throwing your name in, Merry. Bride stories are lots of fun. Good Luck.

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  16. I am a follower and subscriber. I love the covers and the idea for the books. Would love to win them and thanks for the chance jelliott53(at)Hotmail.(com)

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    1. I especially love the purple flowers and the fenceline. Really an eye catcher.

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  17. I would love to win. Thanks for having the giveaway. I'm a feedburner follower.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Darlene, you sound like a very busy lady for one living in a nursing home. Do you only have the one room? You have a lot of good books, and I love the cover of Texas Brides. Also the topic. I would love to win it. Thanks, Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie. I love that cover too! Good luck!

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  19. I would love to win Texas Brides! You and I share the same name---Darlene! I do believe I am a follower, these sites sometimes confuse me. Hats off to you and your busy life writing. I know life in a nursing home can be busy--used to be a SW in one. Blessings!
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hey Darlene! It sounds like we are twins in more than one way. Good luck in the contest.

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    2. Hey Darlene. Thanks for being a follower. Good luck!

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  20. I love these books, thank you for hosting the contest.

    I follow by feedburner.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Wendy, thanks for coming by.

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    2. Hey Wendy. Thanks for being a follower and for coming by.

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  21. I've read several of Darlene's books and love them! I think it is amazing that you are writing from a nursing home Darlene! What an awesome testimony and positive outlook on life. Thank you so much for blessing and entertaining us with your writing!
    And would love to win a copy of these to add to our church library.
    And thanks ladies for the interesting post.
    Blessings.....Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Joy. Darlene also is a contributor on CHRISTIAN FICTION HISTORICAL SOCIETY BLOG. She's a busy lady. Thanks for coming by. Good Luck!

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  22. These both sound wonderful! I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for following Veronica. Good Luck.

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS KAREN K YOU WON HIDDEN DREAMS!
    CONGRATULATIONS ELIZA ELLIOT YOU WON A TEXAS BRIDES COLLECTION!

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  24. Thank you so much - how exciting!!! =)

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