Tuesday, December 20, 2011

with Darlene Franklin

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Darlene!
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I read lots of mystery and suspense and also historical romance. I keep a running commentary on my blog, DarleneFranklinWrites.blogspot.com of what I’m reading and when a book is especially good.

As far as suspense goes, Steven James is one of the best, Christian or secular. I also read my first “Triple Threat” novel by Lisa Wiehl and was favorably impressed. I also recently read the winner of last year’s Carol award for historical romance, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, and felt it was very deserving of the honor!

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Great question! Which should be a snap, since I’m a musician. Let’s see. Make me a country music song, where simple pleasures are best and every trouble in life gets turned into a work of art.

What is your strangest habit?
Something that suggests I have OCD at some level – I’m forever doing math. I used to pass the time waiting for a bus by reviewing times tables (up to 20 x 20). I count in song: Instead of the nursery rhyme, “Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been,” I sing “one two three, four five six, seven eight nine.” It’s so habitual that as soon as I start singing, my cat jumps up because she knows I’m about to move.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Maple Notch Brides, the repack of my three Vermont historical romances, has just been released. I’m originally from New England, so I had a lot of fun writing about my back yard. I wanted my stories to have a real Vermont feel. Pamela Griffin used the maple sugar industry as a backdrop for her contemporary set, Vermont Weddings. So I used a covered bridge that plays a role in each story. In the first book, it’s still a tree. . .the first covered bridge wasn’t built for another thirty years.

Climb into adventure in the Green Mountain State where party politics, parental pressure, and personal misperceptions challenge three couples. Sally Reid and her family of Patriots are in hiding. Can she trust Josiah Tuttle, a man whose father is loyal to King George? (Prodigal Patriot, a Revolutionary War story) Beatrice Bailey’s wealthy father wants his daughter to marry up—not down. Does farmer Calvin Tuttle have any chance of winning Beatrice’s heart and her father’s blessing? (Bridge to Love, a Year of No Summer story) Clara Farley has accepted the role of spinster. Can Daniel Tuttle get her to change her mind? (Love’s Raid, a Civil War story) Will God show these couples a way above the fray?

You can purchase Maple Notch Brides from Amazon.

Darlene is giving away a copy of Maple Notch Brides. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jo said...

That was a fun interview to read. Another new author and would love to read the book. Please enter me!


Joy Hannabass said...

loved the interview! This sounds like a great book I'd like to read. Thanks much!!

wfnren said...

Would love to read about the Patriots, especially in the three-in-one novella format, love those!

wfnren at aol dot com

Teela said...

Darlene, I have not read any of Steven James but do enjoy Lisa Wiehl's Triple Threat books. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book The Maple Notch Brides....it just sounds Yummy! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

ann said...

Great interview. I do so enjoy reading historical romances. So I hope to win

amhengst at verizon dot net

Judy said...

I love mysteries, suspense, and historical romances too Darlene. You are a new author to me and I would love to win a copy of your book, The Maple Notch Brides.

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Rebecca said...

Oh this looks like a great book. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance to win this.


Darlene Franklin said...

How wonderful to meet new readers! Fellow history and mystery fans. :)

Lane Hill House said...

Nearby, Mark Twain National Forest ~*~ love Historical Fiction and... 3-in-1 would make a nice winter read!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Darlene, I fell in love with your story after reading the first review. I look forward to reading The Maple Notch Bride and your other books you publish.
Thanks for the great intereview and opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

oh, please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

margie said...

I have not read anything by Darlene Franklin and would love to get to know her writing by winning a copy of Maple Notch Brides. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! margie at mijares dot net in SC

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