Sunday, November 7, 2010

Giveaway- Darlene Franklin's, Bridge to Love

Author bio:Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma—to be near family. She recently signed the contract for her tweleth 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 and

What led me to a story set in 1816 Vermont?

Heartsong Presents had invested several years in publishing three historical romances and three contemporary series about all fifty states. As you may imagine, competition among writers was fairly fierce. A handful of states remained in 2009; as a native New Englander, the possibility of telling stories set in historical Vermont appealed to me. So I researched Vermont history and came up with stories set during the Revolutionary War (Prodigal Patriot, released last July); the Year of No Summer, when snow or freeze occurred during every month of the year, 1816 (Bridge to Love, releasing this month, which also features the construction of one of Vermont’s famed covered bridges); and the northernmost battle of the Civil War, St. Albans’ Raid (Love’s Raid, releasing next March).

In Bridge to Love, my hero, Calvin Tuttle, has returned home from the War of 1812 and is trying to grow a crop and make enough money to pay off his debt to the bank. But the monthly freezing temperatures are killing the plants almost faster than he can plant them. Can he save his farm—and win the heart of the banker’s daughter?

As I wrote the story, I thought about God’s promise to Noah that “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) Did Calvin wonder if he was living in the last days? Did he question God’s promise, which appeared to be failing? I could easily imagine myself in that situation, wrestling with theological questions as much as the weather.

Calvin tries an ingenious method to grow his crop (proven by history to work in the town of Egypt, Vermont) which leads him to an ethical dilemma that puts him even further at odds with the banker.

And on an even more personal note, the name I gave my heroine just happens to be my mother’s middle name—Beatrice. And Mom went home to be with the Lord in February. So this book is a special tribute to her.

Come with me and enjoy a visit to Maple Notch.

Here are the last four winners!!

Winner of Celtic Knot: Sheree

Winner of Surrender the Heart: Jennifer

Winner of Mail Order Brides: Katie

Winner of A Woodland Christmas: Debbie

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, November 22.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Personally, I've never heard much about Vermont except maple syrup. I need to read up on it. Very good interview.

  2. Love the cover! Good job, Darlene!

  3. Love Maple syrup! And the cover! Beautiful. Nothing like a handsome man on the cover of good book. Then it's just as much fun looking at the outside as it is reading the inside. heehee =)

  4. I read the first in the series, Prodigal Patriot, and it was wonderful. Looking forward to the next two. I thought I was a bit of a Civil War expert, (said tongue firmly in cheek) but I confess I had never heard of the battle up in Vermont until Darlene mentioned it in reference to this book. How exciting. Can't wait to read all about it.

  5. How interesting that the hero is a veteran of the War of 1812. Writers seem to gravitate towards the Civil War or the Revolutionary War.

    Your research must have been fascinating. :)

    DeAnna Julie Dodson

  6. I'm interested in this ingenious method for growing plants!

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  7. Such a beautiful cover, a fantastic story, and a great writer!

  8. Thanks for coming by, everyone! DeAnna, the hero of my book Beacon of Love also fought in the War of 1812.

    Finding out more about history is one of the big benefits of writing historical fiction! So many stories, so little time ...

  9. Hey, Darlene! Sounds like a great book, but those of us who know you expect nothing less. (S)

  10. BTW, the maple syrup industry played a major role in the contemporary Vermont set, Vermont Weddings by Pamela Griffin. So I looked for another Vermont icon and chose covered bridges.

  11. Sounds like a intriguing story. I look forward to reading Bridge To Love.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawkeauthor at aol dot com

  12. I didn't know there was a battle in Vermont. I would like to read this book.
    dlbrandmeyer @

  13. I love the Heartsong Presents historicals! I would love to read this one :)

    Please enter me to win.


  14. would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. This book looks really good! I like the cover too! Thank you so much for the chance!

  16. Sounds like a very interesting story. Thanks for the chance to win.


    jmschwindt at cox dot net

  17. I love Heartsong books thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. This is my third man-against-nature story. Great drama! All of them real historical disasters: the worst blizzard in Colorado history (Snowbound Colorado Christmas), the "Great Gale of 1815" (The word hurricane hadn't been invented yet. In Beacon of Love). And here, the Year of No Summer.

  19. Love the cover and the book looks great.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Many blessings,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  20. I never knew much about the War of 1812...don't know why. Remember studying a lot about the others we have engaged in. This is so very interesting. Please include me!


  21. Please enter me. Many thanks for offering the contest. I also linked to it via my weekly contest page:

    keiki [dot] hendrix [@] gmail [dot] com

  22. I'd love to win this book. Carolyn

  23. Looks great! I'd love to win!


  24. You really don't see too many stories set in Vermont - a beautiful place! I would love to read this!

  25. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net