Saturday, September 1, 2012

Darlene Franklin's Bride's Rogue

Back Cover Blurb:
Love and faith collide in a RIVER OF DOUBT.

Penniless and broken hearted following her mother’s death, Blanche Lamar is surprised to receive a mysterious summons from a father she’s never met. Then ship purser Ike Gallagher informs her that her father, Captain J.O. Lamar, has died and left her the steamboat Cordelia as her inheritance.

In spite of her reservations about life aboard a steamboat and without other resources, Blanche agrees to travel downriver from Roma, Texas, and talk with her father’s lawyers. She soon discovers a different side to her father as she’s befriended by the curmudgeonly pilot, Old Obie. As Obie teaches her to pilot the steamboat, he also encourages her to trust her growing feelings toward Ike, something she’s resisting.

But as circumstances conspire to tear Blanche and Ike apart, they must act on faith or sink an possibility of a future together.

Book Excerpt:

   Salt residue marked the trail of Blanche Lamar’s tears down the front of her black twill suit. “At least I didn’t need to buy new clothes for the funeral.” A hiccup interrupted her sobs.
   Dipping a washcloth in a basin of cool water, she blotted away the evidence of tears from her face and dress. She raised her face to look in the mirror. Mama always said that a lady should present a neat appearance, no matter what.
   Hollow brown eyes stared out of her pale face, whiter than usual beneath her always bright auburn hair. Her black hat would cover the chignon, hiding the riot of color that had irritated Mama so.
  “Oh, Mama.” Blanche rubbed her eyes, but nothing stemmed the flood of tears.
   A gentle knock fell on the door, and Mrs. Davenport, the pastor’s wife, slipped in. “it’s time.” Clucking, she put her arms around Blanche’s shoulders. Mama would be mortified by Blanche’s puffy eyes. She sniffed the tears. . .and grief. . .inside.
   Nodding, Blanche followed her down the hall to the sanctuary. If only she had some other family member to accompany her—a father, brother, sister, aunt, grandparent—but she and Mama had been a tight family of two. Did one person constitute a family? I’m alone. Reverend Davenport and his wife were kind, but they couldn’t tuck her in at night or tell her stories about the past. Tell her about the father Blanche had never known and now never would.
   Organ music streamed through the open door of the sanctuary. “Rock of Ages.” Mama loved that hymn. Blanche bit on her bottom lip against renewed tears.
   “There’s a good turnout. People admired your mother. You’re not alone.” Mrs. Davenport gestured at the sanctuary, three-quarters full of people, men and women, dressed in the same sober black as Blanche.
   Except for one blot of color. A lone man, his hair nearly as red as her own, sat by himself on the back pew. His dove-gray suit glowed in the sea of black that made up the congregation. She searched her memory but couldn’t place him. What was a stranger doing at her mother’s funeral?


Bio: 
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. She has published several titles with Barbour Publishing, including her two latest releases, A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas, and Merry Christmas, With Love, in Postmark: Christmas. She has also written two books in the Texas Trails series with RiverNorth Fiction, Lone Star Trail and A Ranger’s Trail.
To learn more about Darlene and her work, check out her blog  or facebook.


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Darlene Franklin is giving away a copy of  A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

24 comments:

Teela said...

I would love to win A Bride's Rogue in Roma, TX. Thanks Darlene for giving this away! TeelaYoung@hotmail.com

Liz R said...

I really love the cover and can't wait to read this one!

ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

Patricia said...

I am a Texas gal and love to read books about Texas. Would love to read this book. Enter me in the giveaway please.

mamaw1050[at]att[dot]com

Patricia aka Mamaw

Judy said...

This book sounds so good. Just reading the excerpt brought tears to my eyes. My Mom passed away earlier this year.

I would love to win a copy of, A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas.

Blessings!
Judy
judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Judy, so sorry to hear about your mother. My mother went home to be with the Lord two years ago. And I still miss her. But don't worry for my heroine--she's lost her mother but she's about to learn more about her missing father.

Darlene Franklin said...

Teela, Liz, Patricia--thanks for your interest in A Bride's Rogue!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Bayley P. said...

This book sounds very interesting and I would love to win a copy of it. The short description of it made me want to find out what happens in it. Great job, Darlene!

God Bless!

bayley.paharik@yahoo.com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Very unique storyline! Looking forward to reading it.

Doreen
priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Darlene Franklin said...

Waving at you, Bayley! Karen and Doreen, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like the storyline. I had a lot of fun with it.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I love these books, can hardly wait to read this one. It would be nice if I win!

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Jes said...

This sounds good! I enjoy historicals and this has a steamboat - fun and interesting!

Jes
jswaks at gmail dot com

(p.s. the link to Darlene's blog didn't work - I think it is because there is an extra period after the .com./ that may need to be deleted)

Dana Wilkerson Spille said...

Would LOVE To Win A Copy .Blessings
Thank-you ,Dana Spille

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi Jes, Dana. . .thanks for stopping by! Dana, remember to leave your contact information. :)

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

kbailey said...

Hi Darlene, I would love to get a chance to read your book! Kathy Bailey zoeboboey@rocketmail.com

Darlene Franklin said...

Apple Blossom and Kathy, good to see both of you!

Anonymous said...

thanks Darlene for a chance to win your book. I too am a Texas girl. Just lost a son-in-law this past week. Hurt so bad for my daughter. Almost 42 years together. and was a sudden death and not sick. Was only 61. Here 1 moment, gone the next. Guess that's life, but quite a shock. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Wendy Newcomb said...

I love these books, I'm looking forward to reading it.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

Oh, Maxie, I'm so sorry for you and for your daughter. Praying for you, and my other readers who have lost loved ones in recent days. Some pains never completely go away.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Maybe the third time is the charm! I've left two comments, one yesterday and one early this morning but they don't seem to be showing up.

I really would like to win this book, I love these.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Darlene Franklin said...

And you're here as well, Wendy! Woo hoo!

Merry said...

I love the heroine becoming a steamboat pilot and of course, a little romance. Please add me!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Amy Campbell said...

Darlene, this book looks fabulous! I hope I get to read it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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