Monday, May 2, 2016

Small Town Brides Collection with Darlene Franklin ends May 9th


Please welcome Darlene Franklin to my blog this week. Darlene is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner so be sure to leave a comment along with your email address and let me know if you are a follower of my blog.

One pastor’s daughter fears she will never find her special mission to help the people of Calico, Kansas—let alone find the romance her three best friends along the way.

One cowboy’s plans are thrown into a whirlwind when his sister and brother-in-law die in a tragic prairie fire and he inherits the homestead plot—and his niece and nephews.

She finds her mission in helping the family who has lost everything—except he stubbornly refuses anyone’s help.

That’s the story behind A Blessing for Beau, my contribution to Small-Town

Brides.

Haven’t we all been? Feeling like we’ve reached a dead end, that our dreams will never come to pass? Or maybe been enjoying life as it is, and having it taking an unexpected turn?

Several times in my life I’ve felt that way. When I got kicked out of the Master of Music piano program in seminary. When I divorced my husband because he was abusing our children.

Most recently, I moved into a nursing home. Not only that, but Heartsong Presents, the book club I had written for ten years, closed its doors and I couldn’t seem to get in anywhere else. One advantage of being on Medicaid in the nursing home meant I could gamble on e-publishing. In some ways, too much income would be a bad thing.

Three years later, I’ve been on Amazon’s best seller’s list several times and my Barbour collections (including the last collection before Small Town Brides, Cowboy’s Bride) have hit the best seller list with the Evangelical Press Association and Publisher’s Weekly. (And I’m still on Medicaid, which gives you an idea of how little writers may make.) I’m also having new opportunities in nonfiction, writing for magazines and as a columnist.

I even still get to play piano for our Sunday church services at the nursing home, and accumulate more free Amazon books than I can read on my Kindle.

Ruth and Beau didn’t know God had turned their lives upside down to make it into some brand new. I didn’t expect blessings to explode from a nursing home.

Just when we think God is finished with us—look what happens!

About Darlene:
Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.

Website and blog

Facebook

Amazon author page

Twitter: @darlenefranklin

30 comments:

  1. Love Darlene's books. Thanks for sharing. rebunting@yahoo.com I'm a blog follower.

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  2. Oh thank you for this giveaway! These are all great authors and I love the colletions books.

    I am a follower of your blog.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Wendy, collections are a great way to enjoy several authors at once, aren't they?

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    2. Yes they are Darlene, and I have a 'collection' of them on my bookshelves, lol.

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    3. The advantage of the Kindle in a nursing home - plenty of books without needing space.

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  3. Darlene, I am excited to see you have a story in this new collection. I love these story collections with so many exciting and faithful authors. It does my heart good to see them sharing their faith through these stories. I would be honored to read this. I am a blog follower with feedburner. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  4. Deanne, thanks for your excitement. Barbour blessed me this year by reprinting several of my older novellas as well as some new ones.

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  5. God is SO awesome! Thanks for sharing your testimony & the chance to win your latest book Darlene!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com
    P.S. I'm also a blog follower, Debbie!

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  6. It is amazing to me how God can make something wonderful out of something that seems tragic. I pray that you will find many blessings at the nursing home. I had no idea that Heartsong Presents had closed its doors. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com I am a blog follower

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    1. God does that so often, from Joseph and Job in the Old Testament up until now.

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  7. Love the collection books and Darlene's writing as well, so I am excited to see her name pop up on new collections and one's that I haven't read yet. Thanks for the giveaway. I am feedburner follower.
    pooh_1334(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Samantha, words to warm an author's heart. So glad to have you leave a comment.

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  8. I would LOVE to read Darlene's book. Thanks for the giveaway. I do follow the blog.
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  9. Bless your heart. You surely are "Blooming Where You Are Planted"! I love to hear when with God's help He gives
    you a greater purpose to keep your creative juices flowing in the most unusual places! :) Your book sounds like
    a good read. Keep Bloomin' Darlene! :)

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  10. God seems intent on making my final quarter the busiest--writing-wise-yet. It's exciting.

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  11. I am like you, Darlene. I have acquired more free Kindle books than I can possibly read, but I have found some great new-to-me authors this way. I would love to read this book.

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    1. I forgot to let you know I am a follower.

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    2. Hi Susan, yes, it gives me a wide variety, new authors, new stories and fresh points of view.

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  12. The problem with digital books...we accumulate and then forget about them! I honestly do prefer traditional printed books because I get to touch them and better for my eyes! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Debbie, I am a subscriber

    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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  13. God is never finished with us until He takes us to be with Him in glory!! I love that you are continuing to serve him even in the nursing home Darlene. He gives each of us different abilities and talents and I know one of those is writing stories for you. I love seeing you give back to Him in that area and allowing Him to tell the stories through you. What a blessing to be that willing vessel! I've read a few of your stories and have really enjoyed them. God always shows me something new or reminds me of something I need to remember through them. I really love when an author is open to the Lord's leading in their writing, you just never know what He'll speak to someone!
    I've enjoyed getting to know you a little more on this blog post. Keep on keeping on serving the Lord to the capacity He's provided to you. Blessings!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Small Town Brides". I'm also a follower of this blog via email

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    1. Hi Trixi, how lovely to hear from you, and thanks for your encouragement.

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  14. It would be nice to win this book. Thank you.

    gran1942@gmail.com

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  15. HI, Darlene. Enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the chance to win. God bless. I subscribe.

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    1. Hi Lucy, glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  16. I love these collections by Barbour!

    I'm a feed burner follower psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, a psalm for your email. Love it, Caryl!

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