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
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!
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.
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