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Monday, October 18, 2010

Darlene Franklin and Free Books! (Updated)

PhotobucketJoey Carpenter is searching for the one woman who is fitting for The Face of Mary.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for White Doves, by Shannon Vannatter, is:

wpd_2@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Darlene Franklin, author of The Face of Mary (a novella in the anthology A Woodland Christmas from Barbour, September 2010).

PhotobucketAward-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country--Oklahoma--to be near family. She recently signed the contract for her twelth 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.

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

-- Last month I became a grandma for the fourth time, this time to my first grandson.

-- I just returned home from a 1400 mile trip to the Texas hill country.

-- I love mountains and on this trip I managed to identify Oklahoma's "mountain" -- in the Arbuckles.

-- I love to play peek-a-boo with babies.

-- My mother let me stay up until 11 on a school night to watch the original Star Trek.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Face of Mary.

PhotobucketAn itinerant woodcarver moves from town to town in the woodlands, delivering "sawdust sermons" that hold even more value than the furniture he crafts. Will the advice he dispenses help four couples find their way to the miracle of love at Christmas?

In my novella, The Face of Mary, Mary "Polly" Jessup holds onto a promise of marriage made five years ago, but when Joseph "Joey" Carpenter returns from law school with a new outlook and new girlfriend, her future hopes are dashed.

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

Polly took over as mother for her siblings after their mother's death. Now their father is struggling with memory loss, and she's afraid. Her hopes that Joey will fulfill his jesting promise to marry her when he comes home from law school are dashed when he's courting the banker's daughter.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

They will root for Polly and her struggles, and I pray they will search their own hearts as Joey looks for the face of Mary.

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

PhotobucketHow about the familiar pair who played Alonzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls? Dean Butler and Melissa Gilbert.

I couldn't resist this shot of them together--we'll pretend she's babysitting a friend's child . . .

Share with us one line or paragraph (or so) that gives us a good feel for your book's tone.

"Any girl who loves the law of the Lord like the Psalmist did is a woman after my lawyer's heart. If you don't have a beau when I come home from college, I think I'll marry you myself." He smiled at the girls and left the room.

Speechless, Polly stared after him. Did Jean's handsome brother just say he might marry her someday?

His words engraved themselves on her heart.

Oh, mercy. Poor impressionable girl!

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I am always on the search for a new mystery writer who I want to read repeatedly. I believe I've found one in Barbara Fister, who dedicated her book In the Wind to "citizen librarians" and wrote a thoughtful mystery comparing the current espionage climate to that of the Vietnam era.

What are you working on now?

I have two projects at the moment: next year's novella, First Christmas, and the third book (Knight Music) in a Colorado contemporary trilogy based on my first published novel (Romanian Rhapsody.)

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?


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

609702: Woodland Christmas (Texas)

Thank you, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your novella. Readers, Darlene has offered to give a copy of A Woodland Christmas to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 25. 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 interview with Margaret Brownley below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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.


windycindy said...

I would love to see how this story ends up!
Many thanks, Cindi

Pam K. said...

I would enjoy reading this novella. Please enter me in the book drawing. Thanks.


Cindy W. said...

I love reading stories set during Christmas. Would love to be entered to win a copy of A Woodland Christmas.

Cindy W.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fun book, and I love reading Christmas stories! It would be great to win a copy!


Brenda said...

The book sounds great!

Please enter me.

dancealert at aol dot com

squiresj said...

I love reading Christmas stories. I will become a Grandma for the first time in about three weeks or longer. I love mountains too as long as I'm looking at them and not climbing them.
I would love to win and review your book.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Congrats on becoming a grandma, jsquires! Christmas stories are great. Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

barbjan10 said...

It's good to see you, Darlene and congratulations on your grandson. Can't believe Christmas is nearing quickly. Your novella sounds lovely with happy Christmas stories. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Anne Payne said...

Sounds good. Enter me.


CarlybirdK said...

I would like to read this book. Please enter me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love stories with a Christmas theme so I know that I would love reading this book. Please enter me in this drawing.

Thank you for this great giveaway.


Renee Ann said...

I keep trying to win one of these because the stories sound so charming! Maybe this time . . . reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

by Pegg Thomas said...

Oooh! I'm intrigued!

April said...

Interesting post. The book sounds wonderful.

Jo said...

I would love the chance to read this book.


Kelleyand said...

This book looks interesting. Please enter me in the contest!


Charity said...

Please enter me. Thanks so much!


Nancye said...

I can imagine Polly's broken heart when Joey came home with a girlfriend. I think most women can relate to this scenario. With all that she has gone through and is still going through, I can see myself really caring for her and putting myself in her shoes. This definitely sounds like a wonderful book I know I'd enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Emma said...

A Woodland Christmas sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thank you for this great giveaway. augustlily06(AT)aim(DOT)com.

apple blossom said...

Oh, I love Christmas stories. please include me in the drawing. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a great story. Would love to find out how things turn out for Polly. Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!




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