Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HIDDEN DREAMS - Darlene Franklin - Five Book Giveaway

Welcome back, Darlene. Why did you become an author?
I began writing seriously in the wake of my divorce. A compulsion to put my pain and the lessons learned into words drove me forward, and by the time I was ready to move on, I was hooked on writing. I completed one novel, then a second one (Romanian Rhapsody) which eventually sold. I have more stories in my head than I will ever write. I asked God several times whether He wanted me to devote so much time to writing, and He kept saying yes.

I loved Romanian Rhapsody. That’s when I became hooked on your books. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
If my health wasn’t an issue, I would love to be involved in a choral group that tours both in the United States and internationally. I did that in college and seminary, and loved it.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Perhaps 1900-1920. The world changed, seemingly overnight. The years included the elegance of the Edwardian era, ended in a world shattered by war, women allowed to vote for the first time ever. I read a fascinating book called 1908 that outlined some of the breakthrough changes of that year alone, and I would love to experience them firsthand.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
The farthest west I have ever been is Utah. I would love to get to California and dip my feet in the Pacific Ocean before I die (I grew up in Maine, with the Atlantic). San Diego or San Francisco would be preferred destinations.

I’ve been to San Francisco and areas just south of there. I love the Monterrey Peninsula, which contains Monterrey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. My first book signing was at a Christian bookstore in Carmel. How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
Great Britain, New Zealand, or Australia. No question. English-speaking is a nice convenience, and my ancestors are primarily Brits (English, Scottish, Irish)

I want to go to Australia before I die. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
I write a daily devotional blog ( based on my daily readings from a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. What He’s been showing me recently is the importance of celebration. That holiness, in part, isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts, but also joyful celebration. That it’s important to recognize special occasions as they occur, whether it’s my granddaughter’s first day at school, my 500th blog post, or receiving copies of a book I’ve written. Rejoice in where God has placed me now, for this time and this place. Michael Smith captured the feeling of celebrating the moment in “This is Your Time.”
This is your time, this is your dance,
Live every moment, leave nothing to chance,
Swim in the sea, drink of the deep,
Embrace the mystery of all you can be.

Tell us about the featured book.
Mary Anne is on the run. Her father's been murdered, and now the mob’s after her, too. Leaving New York City behind is the only way to stay alive. Yet Mary Anne Lamont finds herself stuck in Maple Notch, Vermont, when her car crashes straight into Wallace Tuttle's truck. Wallace and his family offer her warmth and welcome, no questions asked. But she doesn’t dare give them her real name—not without risking their safety too. At first, Wallace chides himself for being distracted by the glamorous flapper. Mary Anne certainly doesn’t fit his image of a future wife. But underneath the bleached bob and big-city ways is a courageous, caring woman. When the danger she’s been running from draws close, Wallace must risk everything to prove his faith in Mary Anne, in God’s plan, and the dreams they’ve come to share.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Marabelle Lamont had never expected March to end the way it had after it started with such hope. If she didn’t know better, she might think nature was playing some kind of early April Fool’s prank.

            The dark road ahead of her and the cup of coffee in her free hand reminded Marabelle of her present reality. The waitress at the restaurant in Burlington had gladly let her keep her cup. Marabelle hated counting out change for the bill.

            Dad had anticipated better days ahead when he bought the Victoria coupe two weeks ago. But using the car already sprinkled too many crumbs on the path she needed to hide. Pulling out a hundred-dollar bill would cement the memory. Only the changing letters of the town names gave any clue that she was making progress on her wild flight to Canada.

I can hardly wait to read this. How can readers find you on the Internet?
This month I am hosting a 200-book giveaway on my blog. Go to for more details.
Twitter: @darlenefranklin

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

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Hidden Dreams -
Hidden Dreams (Heartsong Presents) -
Hidden Dreams (Heartsong Presents) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...


Jennifer said...

Hi Lena and Darlene, Thank you for sharing about your book and your lives. I live in Lexington, Ky!

Darlene Franklin said...

Angela, Jennifer, my father's family is from Kentucky. I recently connected with a whole slew of them. Thank you for your interest.

scottsgal said...

What a beautiful cover - it draws you in to pick it up and read more about the book.
cheryl in IL

Darlene Franklin said...

Cheryl, So glad you liked the cover. The hero and heroine meet after their cars collide on that wooden bridge. :)

Jennifer, Is Lexington near Dayton? I'm thinking that's where my dad lived once upon a time.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by.

smiller said...

Wow! I so enjoy Darlene Franklin's books and would love to win one! A mob story sounds interesting and a new theme for you, I think. I like the Western Trails series you wrote in, as well.
sharon, CA

Mary Preston said...

What an exciting story HIDDEN DREAMS promises to be. Fabulous.

Mary P


Judy said...

Hidden Dreams sounds so good. I would be thrilled to win a copy of this book.
Darlene, you and I have something in common...a divorce. It is a pain that took a long time to get over. God is Good, he brought me through a devastating time in my life.

Judy B from Indiana

Ginger Solomon said...

I've read Romanian Rhapsody, and loved it as well.

Congratulations on the new release, Darlene.

Ginger in AL

Patty said...
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Patty said...

It's always fun to read a story when two people from such different backgrounds collide!

Patty in SC

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Bookishqueen said...

I would love to win!
Rebekah Gyger TN

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks for all of you who have read my books and look forward to a new story! I had fun with Wallace and Mary Anne's story.

Darlene Franklin said...

Sharon, I'm very proud of my Texas Trails books. So glad you enjoyed them.

Darlene Franklin said...

Ginger, Romanian Rhapsody was my first book, and so it holds a very special place in my heart.

Darlene Franklin said...

Judy, sorry to hear about your divorce. God is good in redeeming our pasts and giving us a future.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!

Darlene Franklin said...

Sarah, thanks for your interest.

Faith's Nana also from KY. said...

I am from Ky too :) small world eh? What part of Ky were you from ?
Would love to win this book also...

Darlene Franklin said...

I believe they are centered in Campbell County, not sure. (I grew up in New England).

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

rubynreba said...

Very beautiful cover! Interesting that is where they meet after their cars collide.
Beth from Iowa

Darlene Franklin said...

The covered bridge has played a major role in all of my Maple Notch stories. :) It seemed a good place to have an accident.. Glad you like the cover.

Tonja Saylor said...

Sounds like a great story! Please enter me.

Tonja S. from Virginia

Darlene Franklin said...

Tonja, Glad you like the story line. Hope you get to read it!

Jackie Tessnair said...

Would love to win and read this book.Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Darlene Franklin said...

hi Jackie, good to see you.

Merry said...

I love stories set in the 20's, please add me for Hidden Dreams.
Merry in MN

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Merry, It was a fun time for me to write about! Thanks for your interest.

Veronica Sternberg said...

Thanks for the great giveaways! This sounds great!

Darlene Franklin said...

Veronica, thanks for checking it out!

bonton said...

Enjoyed the interview - would love to read the book!



Darlene Franklin said...

hi Bonnie, waving hello!

Cindy W. said...

I would love to be entered to win a copy of Hidden Dreams. Thank you.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com