Monday, September 16, 2013

Golden Dreams by Darlene Franklin up to 5 chances to win! Ends September 23rd

Please welcome Darlene Franklin back to my blog. Darlene is giving away 1 book for every 10 commenters up to 5 books! So be sure to share this giveaway with all your friends! Leave an encouraging comment for Darlene to be entered.

Barricade the road to Nowhere. . .I choose the true road to Somewhere
(Psalm 119:30, MSG)

I recently celebrated my 59th birthday. With the big 6-0 staring me in the face, I definitely feared that I was on the road to Nowhere. What dreams remained, ones that were realistic, given my increasing limitations?

The Psalmist’s words encouraged me to choose the true road, the one leading Somewhere. What lies down the road, I don’t know. I probably don’t want to know, for roses rarely strew my path. At my age, I can’t escape declining health and possibly mental faculties. Living in a nursing home gives me a close-up view of the possibilities lying in the years ahead.

The future doesn’t have to frighten, but it does make me wonder—what else is on my road to the ultimate Somewhere, heaven?

Part of my depression stemmed from my pride. I was never satisfied to be good; I wanted to be the best. I hoped for something big: something heroic as serving as a missionary, as grand as becoming a best-selling author, as astonishing as writing 100 books.

I could claim I have wisdom to share with the next generation. As is typical of our society today, not many young people knock on my door to learn from me. But here in the nursing home, there are staff and fellow residents whom I can encourage. This is my current stop on the Road, and I shouldn’t ignore my “family” in my desire to do something big.

I would like my health to improve well enough for me to go with my grandchildren to participate in family events. I doubt I can to the extent that I wish. But I can write letters. They will know me, that way.

Whatever “wisdom”—or at least knowledge—I have, I pass on through My Daily Nibbles devotional blog ( I also teach writing classes online, reaching new writers from around the country. In an email I received yesterday, a friend commented on my reputation as a mentor. So perhaps God has already set me on that road, when I feel I have done so little.

Another “big” goal I wanted to accomplish before I die was to have 100 books in print. When I looked at the thirty-two books already out, I doubted I would get another sixty-eight titles, even if I write until I’m eighty. But if I add the twenty-three books that include something I’ve written, I’m already past the halfway point. Perhaps that will happen.

So I already see a few signposts along the road to Somewhere—home, family, mentoring, teaching, writing.

And God is giving a glimpse of something BIG. Something so big it scares me. I asked for it, didn’t I? It involves giving people a glimpse into the world of the nursing home, from a resident’s point of view.

God has planted my feet on the way to Somewhere.

Lord, barricade my mind against the road to Nowhere.


With hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete
in the world's foremost skating competition. But her siblings want her helping on the farm—not wasting time on the ice. And as her feelings for Frank turn to love, she wonders if he could ever feel the same.
Still bitter over the injury that shattered his competitive hopes, coaching Winnie resurrects Frank's career. But as his love for her grows, a romance could jeopardize her success. While he keeps his feelings to himself, he yearns for a future with Winnie…one more precious than gold.

More about Darlene:
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-six 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.

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  1. Oh my! Your writing IS an encouragement...I LOVE that phrase, "my feet are planted on the way to Somewhere". Please continue your writing!

  2. Please count me in. I would love to read and review. I am at a crossroads in my life. I do not know since empty nest what my purpose is.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  3. Thank you so very much for entering me in the giveaway.
    May the Lord grant you long life so that He will give you the desires of your heart.
    Janet E.

  4. Darlene, please do not despair. You are an awesome author. God has given you a special gift to share with us. Thank you for sharing your great talent of writing, because I enjoy reading your books.
    Barbara Thompson

  5. I am a FeedBurner follower!!!

    Barbara Thompson

  6. I believe we all despair sometimes. I know I do at times. Satan likes to get into our heads and make us worry. But you definitely have the ability to reach so many people (and have) with your writing.

    Thanks for the chance to win your book.
    Brittany McEuen

  7. Hi, Darlene!

    Regardless of whether you have met the goals you set for yourself, you are an inspiration to everyone - you continue to write, even with bad health & mobility. You mentor others over the phone, you inspire with your daily devotionals & the books & article you write. By giving outsiders a glimpse into a nursing home, hopefully, many people will become aware of the problems facing people in nursing homes. And, I don't know a lot of authors who have written 32 books - let alone 100.

    I am not as mobile as I used to be, I try to do what I can, from my home, to make a difference in someone's life. Calling, or writing, words of encouragement - is one of the things I CAN do, I can also pray, & donate to those less fortunate. We ALL can do something, you do MANY things that inspire people, Darlene. Please know that you are appreciated!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books!


    I am a follower.

  8. I think this sounds like a great read! Thank you for the chance to win it.


  9. I follow by feedburner:


  10. Do not despair! It sounds as if God has already done big things for you in your life. He has given you a gift to write - which is more than most of us can even claim. Continue to shine for Him!
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  11. Janet E won Darlene's book! Congratulations!!!