Tuesday, June 04, 2013

CALICO BRIDES - Darlene Franklin - One Free Book (Plus More Surprise Book Giveaways, a minimum of 6 winners)

Readers, sorry to be late with this post. James and I had to take our grandson to physical therapy this morning.

Welcome back, Darlene. How did you come up with the idea for this story?           
When Barbour decided decided to publish novella anthologies monthly, I decided to try writing a straight “prairie romance.” When I needed four young women (or men) tied together by some common interest, my mind wandered to missions. A local women’s group who takes on mission projects—only local projects, where they could meet the heroes as they go about doing their good deeds. From there, I went with fixtures of the genre: a school teacher, a soldier, a reformed prostitute—and a girl who sets out to bring the wealthiest man out of his self-imposed solitude.

That sounds like a fun book. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh, you’re asking tough questions!  I might ask my fellow Oklahoma authors – Linda Goodnight, Julie Jarnigan, Robin Patchen, Margaret Daley, as well as Brandilyn Collins and wonderful Spyglass mystery writers Mary Conneally and Nancy Mehl. I’ve worked with all of them, except Brandilyn, and I admire their work. I don’t read a lot of contemporary Christian fiction, so I’m not as well acquainted with the authors.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
This is tough. I have enjoyed anything I’ve read by Liz Curtis Higgs, Laurie Kingery, and Amanda Cabot. I’d love to party with my critique partners: Susan Page Davis, Carla Olson Gade, Cindy Hickey, and Lynette Sowell. Fellow Okies Janet Barton, Lacy Williams, Kathleen Turner, Vickie McDonough, and Regina Jennings would be fun to party with. I’m sure I’m missing some authors whom I truly enjoy and I apologize in advice for the oversight!

I didn’t know that Regina Jennings is an Oklahoma author. Of course, I know the rest of them. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
My health! I have had unexpected problems arise in the course of each contract for at least the last year. Most recently, I was put on bed rest while finishing Homefront Dreams (turned in June 1).  I have made the difficult decision to dial back my writing goals and to allow myself longer in writing each book. I want to speed up and hate to slow down.

Also, I struggle with trusting God to open the right doors. I would love to write (more) trade books but so far God has closed that door for the time being.

Trade books are getting harder for all of us. Tell us about the featured book.
While sowing good deeds, four Kansas women reap romance. Gladys Polson helps a crotchety widower. Annie Bliss knits for soldiers. Birdie Landry sews dresses for saloon girls looking for a career change. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield takes on three orphan children and their new guardian. How will God stitch love into their lives?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Gladys checked the baskets on the kitchen table. Red calico bows she’d festooned with small white flowers peeked out between juniper branches. Such cheerful decorations should improve even crochety widower Norman Keller’s spirits in the middle of the miserable Kansas winter.

            Ma carried a couple of baskets to the family wagon, together with garlands of fragrant juniper branches. “Maybe it would be good if I came with you.”

            Gladys came close to agreeing when she remembered the last time she had knocked on Mr. Keller’s door. The growl with which he greeted carolers could have passed for Ebenezer Scrooge’s. “I’ll see how it goes today. I’d like to do this on my own, if I can. I’ll be back in time to help with supper.”

            Grateful for the January thaw that made an outdoor project possible, Gladys buttoned up her winter coat and drew on her mittens before heading out to the wagon. When she’d decided to reach out to Norman Keller, she hadn’t considered how to keep her activities a secret. To avoid attention, she would keep her wagon off Main Street.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: @darlenefranklin

Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
CALICO BRIDES (Romancing America) - paperback
Calico Brides (Romancing America) - Kindle
Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your giveaway
God bless you
Chris Granville
S. Oregon

Darlene Franklin said...

Well, hello there, Chris! Thanks for stopping by,

Taliasba said...

the book sounds really good. I love that time era. Please put me in the drawing and thanks for this great opportunity.
Tracey Krieg

Darlene Franklin said...

Tracey, yes, I chose the 1870s as the heart of the "prairie" era. :)

shirley Blanchard said...

I love reading books about the prairie era, this sounds just like what i love to read, please enter me in the give away thanks

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an excellent book. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

Katie J. from Florida

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by!

scottsgal said...

I've read a couple books by the author and enjoyed them.
thanks for the chance
cheryl in IL

pol said...

Hi Darlene, I like to read this type of book and would love to be in the drawing. I enjoy reading about the prarie and the simpler but harder at times lifestyle of families.
thanks for sharing
Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)
a Ga reader

Darlene Franklin said...

Cheryl, thanks for your kind words! It always means a lot when a reader expresses their appreciation.

Darlene Franklin said...

Paula, thanks for stopping by! There is something reassuring about a prairie romance, isn't there?

Jo said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Darlene Franklin said...

Jo, are you the lady who recently asked me about my 4 Corners book, Pride's Fall? In any case, both pride's Fall and Calico Brides feature romances of the old west!

Darlene Franklin said...

Readers, I have a great idea: I need to give away most of my author copies of my books. So I'm going to start by giving away two books to ten people who leave a comment in Lena's blog (provided there are at least 25 entries). Only one person is guaranteed a copy of Calico Brides. Please talk up the giveaway and sign up for yourself!

Jasmine A. said...

I just love that cover and title!
Really want to read the book now :)

Jasmine A. in Montana

Heidi said...

Thanks for being so generous and giving away extra books! I love reading novellas- it helps me get my reading time in on busy days :)

Heidi, CA

sm said...

CALICO BRIDES sounds very good and I would like to win it. sharon, CA

Mary Preston said...

I am looking forward to reading CALICO BRIDES. It sounds like such a wonderful collection.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I enjoy reading Darlene's work. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of CALICO BRIDES.

I live in Indiana.


Cindy W.
countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Vera Godley said...

I read and reviewed Lone Star Trail back in Nov. 2011. I would love to read your newest. I am so sorry you have had health issues. Take care of yourself and then get back to your lovely writing.

I live in NC

apple blossom said...

love these books thanks for the chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I look forward to chatting further with our winners. :)

Marianne Barkman said...

My mom loves the four-in-one books and I would love to win it for her! Thanks for the opportunity

Marianne -Arizona

Darlene Franklin said...

Marianne, I bet your mother would enjoy the book (and maybe you too). Here's hoping you win.

Patty said...

Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway ladies! Calico Brides sounds like my kind of book.

Patty in SC

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Patty, thanks for stopping by!

rubynreba said...

Darlene,I enjoyed the interview. How generous of you to give away some of your author copies also! Calico Brides sounds very good. I enjoy books about the prairie.
Beth from Iowa

Darlene Franklin said...

Love your cat photo! Thanks for stopping by.

Deanna Mundy said...

I love prairie stories. I would love to win.

I live in IN.

Darlene Franklin said...

Deanna: Hope you have a chance to check out my prairie story. :)

Helen Morell-Bailey said...

Hi Darlene, you have taken a newer approach to your prarie romances with good samaritans (missions). I would love to read your book. I hope you have the medical issues under control and will be able to continue to write. (It sure is a pain to get old :-) )
Best wishes from BC Canada...

Darlene Franklin said...

Helen, Yup, finding a different spin on a familiar storty is the challenge of every author! Missions is one of my passions, so I bring it in whenever I can. :)

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!

Abigail Richmond said...

Please enter me!!! Thanks!

Blanch, N.C.

Darlene Franklin said...

Sarah, Abigail, thanks for your interest.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win. Angela fromKY

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Angela, hope you're having a good day

Marissa said...

This looks like a darling book!

Marissa from CO

Darlene Franklin said...

Is my Echostar Marissa? Even if you're not, hello!

Merry said...

I love bride stories set in the west, please add me to the drawing! Thanks.
Merry in MN

Darlene Franklin said...

Merry, I love writing about the west. I feel in love with Colorado as soon as I arrived and have to come to love the rest of the southwest as well.

Judy Cooper said...

Enjoyed the interview,I know I would enjoy the book. Thank you. Judy C. from Louisiana.

Darlene Franklin said...

hi Judy, glad you enjoyed the interview. Good luck with the drawing

Library Lady said...

We have this series in the Church Library.
I would love to win, "Calico Brides" to add to our collection.
Janet E.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks like a great read!!
Sharon Richmond

Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks really good! I'm in MN.

Darlene Franklin said...

Hello, Janet, Sharon, Veronica! Good luck in the drawing.

Kristie said...

I try to do good deeds for others and try to go out of my way to make someone's day a little brighter. I love prairie stories. I used to watch "Little House on the Prairie." Actually I own seasons 1 & 2 on DVD. I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books too. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Lourdes said...

Book sounds great thank you.

Lourdes Long Island, NY