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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Darlene Franklin and Free Books!

PhotobucketCoastal communities of old experience a test of faith when three woman face fear, jealousy, and scorn as they ride the ride of romance.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Mission of Hope, by Allie Pleiter, is:

esterried@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Darlene Franklin, author of Beacon of Love, a novel featured in Seaside Romance (three historical romances set in Rhode Island) (Barbour Publishing, August 2010).

PhotobucketAward-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country--Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son's family; her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person.

Seaside Romance is Darlene's tenth title with Barbour Publishing. Prodigal Patriot, a historical romance set during the American Revolution, is currently available from Heartsong Presents.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I was born in New Hampshire.

-- Both of my children were born in Arkansas, although I only lived there for 8 months.

-- I played in Maine's all state band for two years.

-- I played Santa Claus in a junior high musical.

-- I love foreign languages.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beacon of Love.

PhotobucketJudith Morrison lives at the lighthouse her father operates on Capernaum Island. When her friend Sam Hathaway returns, will his fears of the sea keep him from reaching her in a hurricane?

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Both Sam and Judith have very humanizing problems. Sam is terrified of the ocean which killed his father, yet he lives on an island. Judith grew up without a mother, and can't cook the simplest problems. Yet together they overcome the greatest adversity--keeping the lighthouse going during a hurricane.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It's an adventure story, it's a story about the sea, my characters have to struggle against terrifying odds.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

If she can act as well as she can dance, I would choose Lauren from this season's So You Think You Can Dance to play Judith.

Photobucket Sam. Hmm. Maybe a younger version of Josh Holloway, with his ability to portray vulnerability and toughness at the same time.

How important to the story is your book's setting?

The setting is essential to the story. The rocky coast demands a lighthouse for the safety of sailors at sea, and the lighthouse is central to the romance.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with that object.

I could say couch potato, but that would indicate I have poor self-esteem. Hmm. I'm like a video camera. I say little but watch everything.

I like that, Darlene! 

What is the last book you read that moved you?

I could have cried for the sheer beauty of Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. I want to write like her when I grow up.

What are you working on now?

I am working on developing a longer book on spec. Soon I'll be diving into Plainsong, the sequel to my first book (Romanian Rhapsody).

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

They can find me at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I'm also a regular contributor at thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com.

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:

606360: Seaside Romance (Rhode Island)

Thanks, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Darlene has offered to give a copy of her novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, August 28. To enter, leave a comment for Darlene, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with C.J. Darlington and Robert Elmer, below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books. And see how to win one of five copies of my next release, The Perfect Blend, HERE.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Katy F. said...

What a lovely cover on Seaside Romance! It sounds like an exciting story!


Darlene Franklin said...

I love the cover too, Katy! Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Page Davis said...

Great interview, Darlene and Trish! I've only been to R.I. once. It may be small, but it's a very interesting place.

Merry said...

I'm drawn to the seaside setting and love lighthouses. Please add me for Seaside Romance. Thanks!

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely love the cover of Seaside Romance. I have never been to Rhode Island either but I hope to visit someday. Would love to be entered to win a copy of Seaside Romance. Thank you for the chance.

Cindy W


Brenda said...

Please enter me! The book looks like a great read. Enjoyed the interview!

dancealert at aol dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Lighthouses are fascinating, aren't they? I loved writing about one. Thanks for stopping by.

Stacey said...

Darlene, I love the ocean and am fascinated with lighthouses! I can't wait to read your book. Trish, please enter me in the contest.


Kameko said...

I have heard such wonderful things about this book - I can't wait to read it! And I agree, the cover is beautiful!

Blessings to you both, Trish & Darlene~


squiresj said...

I love what you say about the book. Love the cover. Please enter me to win.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Theresa N. said...

Sounds like a great story, very pretty cover.
Theresa N

Nancye said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Please include me.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Jo said...

Great interview. I absolutely love llghthouses. Please enter me in the giveaway.


peachykath said...

This sounds very intriguing. Please enter me in the drawing for this book.


barbjan10 said...

Trish, enjoyable interview with Darlene. I appreciate the chance to win Darlene's book. I've had that on my TBR list since I didn't win it in another giveaway. Perhaps I'll be the lucky draw this time. Darlene, I lived in Maine a short time, and I've been thru New Hampshire. A lighthouse I remember seeing in Maine is my imaginary setting for "Beacon of Love."

Sharing God's Love,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

I'll dream of that lighthouse with you, Barb. :)

Tabitha C said...

This book sounds so good. I loved reading your interview!!! Please enter me to win a copy of the book. Thanks!



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