Monday, March 28, 2011

Darlene Franklin's Love's Raid

Award-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.

Darlene is the author of seventeen contracted books and novellas, as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have finaled in ACFW’s Book of the Year (now the Carol award) contest: her novella, Dressed in Scarlet, and her cozy mystery, A String of Murders. Visit Darlene’s blog at for information on book giveaways and upcoming titles. She is also a contributor to

Love's Raid

Clara is resigned to be a spinster. While other women in Maple Notch, Vermont, are married and raising children, Clara focuses her energies on creating an academy for girls so they can get a better education. She dreams of being able to vote and imagines a world where women could even run for office, an idea that evokes laughter or fear in all the men she knows. . .except for Daniel Tuttle.

Having returned from war missing part of one arm, Daniel is convinced no woman would want him. So he keeps his focus on his job as town constable. But even as he searches for the men who are robbing area banks and threatening his community, he cannot shake the vision of Clara’s steady gray eyes, the challenge of her quick mind, and the strength of her faith in God.

Will Clara and Daniel succeed in keeping love at arm’s length? Or will their defenses fall to love’s raid?

Here's a short excerpt of Love's Raid:
For a moment, Daniel lost himself in the depths of Clara’s charcoal-rimmed, gray eyes. He saw intelligence and humor and a liveliness she kept far too hidden. He was drawn to her, as helpless against the tug as metal drawn to a magnet, and he wanted to see more and more of her. “You have made some excellent observations about the robbery.”

A pleased surprise lit her face, and he continued, “I would appreciate hearing your insight into this crime. Your feminine intellect”—her eyes flared at his turn of phrase—“approaches the problem from a different angle.”

The glare softened.

He plunged ahead. “Are you willing to meet with me from time to time to discuss my progress in the investigation?”

She studied him, one gloved finger on her pursed lips, as if judging the genuineness of his request. The hand lowered and covered her heart. “I believe you mean it, Captain Tuttle.”

He held back a smile and nodded.

She shook her head. “Few men of my acquaintance would ask a woman for advice on a criminal matter.” She held out her hand. “It would be my honor, sir.”

Honor. The word rang hollow in a heart wanting. . .what, he couldn’t bring himself to put into words. He took her hand. “To our joint endeavor. May we find quick success.”

Darlene is giving away a copy of Love's Raid. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read!

cjajsmommy said...

Sounds interesting!

Anonymous said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win it :-)

Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

Joanne Sher said...

Sounds lovely. Enter me please :)

noseinanovel said...

Sounds like a great read! I always like a romance with a less-than-perfect hero or heroine :)


Marianne said...

Thanks, Patty for the chance to win Darlene's book. It sounds great. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

apple blossom said...

Please include me I love love inspired books. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Joanne Troppello said...

Sounds like a great book. Love the excerpt!

Katy said...

Count me in on this giveaway. The book looks great! ;-D

~ Katy

windycindy said...

I adore Darlene Franklin!
This book looks and sounds
quite amazing...
Many thanks, Cindi

karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read darlene's novel ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very interesting book

lgm52 said...

Excerpt is good...would love to read the entire book!

Amy said...

Hi. I love these little books. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

sounds like a great book!
atouchofheaven2010 at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Love historical romance..please enter me for this book

Rita Garcia said...

This one sounds like a good read!

Darlene Franklin said...

Ladies, so sorry not to stop by earlier! Thanks to all of you who came by and asked for a chance to win Love's Raid. I loved Daniel and Clara's story.

Charity said...

I can't wait for the Texas Trail Series to come out! They sound real neat:) And this one sounds lovely too. Thanks!


Mona said...

Crime-solving mixed with sweet romance -- sounds good to me.

Rebecca Herman said...

Please enter me if the contest is still going.

Rebecca191 AT

apple blossom said...

love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Katy said...

Please enter me!

~ Katy

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