Thursday, March 03, 2016

THE COWBOY'S BRIDE - Darlene Franklin, and others - One Free Book

Bio: 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.

Welcome back, Darlene. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I grew up in New England—a Yankee and proud of it—but moved west and fell in love with it. At the moment, I live in Oklahoma, near my son and his family. My first book, Romanian Rhapsody, was published in 2005. And after twenty years in Denver, I am mighty happy that the Broncos won the last Super Bowl!

I came to know the Lord during Vacation Bible School when I was a child, and more than fifty decades later, I feel like I’m just beginning.                                                                                                                                                            
That was a well-deserved win at the Super Bowl, a wonderful game to watch. I absolutely loved Romanian Rhapsody when I read it back in 2005. It made me want to connect with the author. I’m so glad I did. I treasure our friendship. How did you become interested in writing?                                                                                            
I wrote stories based on my favorite TV series as a child, and even wrote for a newspaper for a couple of years. But I began writing seriously in the wake of my divorce. I felt compelled to share the lessons God was teaching me. Next I turned to fiction, and I was hooked.                      
What compelled you to write a book on the subject, The Cowboy’s Bride?
That’s easy. My publisher (Barbour) asked for novella proposals about cowboy brides. Since I’m not an expert on the cowboy life, I made up a heroine a bit like me, an easterner uncomfortable with cowboy ways. She sets out to reform them by holding a class “Learn How to Become a Gentleman.”
Love that. What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The theme verse for the book encapsulates the theme: “Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.” (2 Corinthians 1:12) God has to open Millie’s eyes to what true godliness is—and how to look past the outside.

Of course, there’s the issue of Wes’s skirting with a lie—he hasn’t told Millie he’s a cowboy. He signs up for the class on becoming a gentleman—under a different version of his name.                   
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Make integrity, sincerity, and God’s grace the foundation of your relationships. Easier said than done.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Oh, that’s a tough one for me. People tell me my books are sweet, that I create strong characters, that I incorporate scriptural truth naturally into the story. I’ve also been told I make my characters suffer. That’s not so true of Millie and Wes in The Reformed Cowboy.              
                                                                                                          How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I often start out to do one thing and find God leading me in another. I have to make an effort to look past the uncomfortable parts of person’s character to the person God loves. One aide in the nursing home where I live drives me crazy with his sense of humor. He thinks it’s funny to make fun of me, which draws up a lot of hurt for me. Then this morning, he poured out his heart for ten minutes, honoring me with his pain. Now, that’s what an example of God helping me to look beyond worldly wisdom.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
I usually quote Romans 8:38-39. But recently this verse has caught my heart: “I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” Isaiah 58:11-12 I can’t think of a place much emptier than a nursing home, and here God promises to use all the ruins of my past to build my future.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
That’s awesome, Darlene. I have watched you as you grow and thrive there. You’re an inspiration to me. When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?        
Now that I have a Kindle—I am reading voraciously. I do a lot of word searches and keep up with the outside world on Facebook. I also play piano at church services here, which brings me a lot of joy.
Do grandchildren count as hobbies?                                                                                                                                                                       
When we are with our grandchildren or great grandchildren, they hold all our attention, so I guess that could be a hobby. As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
March is the birthday month for both my children and my oldest granddaughter. A happy shout out to all three!

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon author page       

Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this new novella collection with us. I love reading historical cowboy stories, and so do my blog readers.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Cowboy's Bride -
The Cowboy's Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches - Amazon
The Cowboy's Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Angela, thanks for your interest.

Connie said...
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Connie said...

Darlene, each time I read an interview featuring you, I am both amazed at, and humbled by, your Christian witness. This story featuring Mille and Wes sounds wonderful.
Connie from KY

Darlene Franklin said...

Aw, Connie, shucks. Glory to God.

Caryl Kane said...

Great interview with Darlene! I have an uncle who is in the Cowboy Hall of Fame for bull riding....

I would love to read this collection! Thanks for the giveaway.

Caryl in TEXAS

Laurel Cagle said...

When I lived in Western Nebraska, I knew several cowboys and even stayed at real ranch visiting for the weekend. It sure was an interesting experience. I now live in Missouri, but I loved living in western Nebraska.

I would to read this collection of stories. Thanks for have the giveaway. I love reading!

Laurel Cagle

Anonymous said...

True cowboys, maybe just one when he was younger. Figuratively, plenty. I'd say my husband is still my #1 cowboy. My nephew is close behind him!

Annie from MD

Melanie Backus said...

Darlene, you are an amazing woman and I so appreciate what you do. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

A marvellous collection.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I would love to win a copy of this great collection of stories.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Britney Adams said...

Thanks so much for sharing this lovely interview and giveaway. It's always a pleasure to hear from Miss Darlene!

Britney Adams, TX

Darlene Franklin said...

Caryl, woo hoo, the Cowboy Hall of Fame!

Darlene Franklin said...

Laurel, I bet visiting on that ranch was an eyeopener.

Darlene Franklin said...

Annie, how sweet that your husband is your #1 cowboy - I guess that makes you a cowboy's bride!

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Melanie, thank you for your kind words.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Oh my yes, I have known a cowboy and lived among them even, lol. My high school years were spent in Atkinson, NE with my step-dad working on a cattle ranch, my mom cooked in the bunkhouse. Fifteen miles from town and no school buses, at least we had cars, lol, I'm not quite old enough for the horse and buggy days.

Wendy in FL

wfnren at aol dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Mary, I love these collections with so many talented authors.

Darlene Franklin said...

Cindy, thanks so much for stopping by.

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Britney, good to hear from you.

Beth Gillihan said...

I have not known any cowboys. I love these collection books. THanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Darlene Franklin said...

Beth, I'm sure I've known some cowboys - after all, the mascot for OSU is the "Cowboys" and a cowboy hat and truck are required of every Okie--But I've also lived in Oklahoma cities, so. I'm not sure! I've just lived with them in my imagation.

Patty said...

Sounds like a charming story.

Patty in SC

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Patty, I'm getting a lot of comments that it's "humorous." Hopefully charming as well . . .

Robin in NC said...

No, I've never met a cowboy in real life, just in books. Thanks for sharing!

rw620 AT aol DOT com

Brenda Arrington said...

Thanks for the great interview and for the giveaway. I'd love to win. Thanks!
Brenda in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome contest!!
Conway, SC.

Jasmine A. said...

I love cowboy stories and westerns! You don't think it might have something to do with being from Montana do you ;)

Jasmine in Montana

Darlene Franklin said...

Robin, if you get to read this book you'll meet nine heroic cowboys plus a bunch of others.

Darlene Franklin said...

Brenda, so glad you enjoyed the interview.

Darlene Franklin said...

Sharon, good luck with the contest.

Darlene Franklin said...

Jasmine, you'd have to love cowboys and westerns if you live in Montana. Why do you think I moved out west?

Bakersdozen said...
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Bakersdozen said...

This book sounds like a good read. I love how the how book teaches to "make integrity, sincerity, and God’s grace the foundation of your relationships".

Southern CA