Interview and Giveaway with Darlene Franklin

I am excited to have Author Darlene Franklin as my guest this week! Darlene’s latest book A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas is up for grabs to one lucky commenter! More on that later. For now, let’s find out about this awesome-sounding book and the author behind it!

Here is a blurb about A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas…

Penniless and brokenhearted 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 a possibility of a future together.
Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful plot? I haven’t yet read this book,  but I have it on my TBR list! Now, let’s take a minute and get to know Darlene Franklin…

Hello Darlene! Thank you for being my guest this week. What was your inspiration behind A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas

The publisher (Barbour) had asked for romances set in actual towns, so I chose Roma, Texas, as my setting. Add to the discovery of Roma’s importance as the westernmost port of steamboat trade on the Rio Grande the account of a female pilot, and I had the basic inspiration for my story. My heroine is a pilot, of course, and what self-respecting steamboat story is complete with a poker game? So my hero is the resident gambler.

Ooh, your book sounds sooooo good, Darlene! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

Good question! Almost any one of Paul’s epistles, probably either Romans or Philippians. Romans explains our faith in such straightforward language. It also contains some of my favorite verses. Chapter 5 also speaks to me about the role of tribulations in making us hopeful. I have memorized chapter 8, which starts with the affirmation there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and ends with the promise that nothing can separate us from His love. Those verses have been lifelines for me more than once.

I agree, Darlene! Both Romans and Philippians are great books of the Bible and are so full of the riches of Scripture. I’m going to switch topics now. J  If you were suddenly given one million dollars, what charity would you like to found and why?

An unexpected question! I might set up a charity to raise awareness among the Christian community regarding mental illness and to help families with mentally ill dependents. My daughter suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Resources for respite care were few and far between. Especially among Christians, mental illness is often misunderstood. With the statistics of one out of every four Americans struggling with it, it touches nearly every household.

Sorry about the unexpected question, Darlene! I have to admit this is one of my favorite questions to ask my guests. Your charity is definitely a worthwhile and needed charity. Thank you for openly sharing about your daughter.

Darlene, where can readers connect with you?

I have a weekly blog: http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I’m also on Facebook, and I have an author’s page at Amazon.

Thank you, Darlene, for being my guest. It is such an honor to have you here!

About Darlene: Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in Oklahoma near 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. She’s a member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers.

And now, readers, here’s your chance to win a copy of A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas! Leave an encouraging comment for Darlene. A winner will be chosen at random. Sorry this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will receive two entries.  The contest ends on October 11, 2012.

Interview and Giveaway with Diana Brandemeyer!!!

I am super excited to have talented to spotlight author Diana Brandmeyer’s new bookA Bride’s Dilemmain Friendship, Tennessee, which is just fantastic, by the way. As a writer of historical romance, that is also my favorite genre to read. :)

Diana is giving away a copy of The Bride’s Dilemma to two lucky entrants (yes, two!), and believe me, you will want to read this book! I am on page 236 and am enjoying every page!

I have a special treat for you today…I will be interviewing Angel Wharton, one of the strong secondary characters in Diana’s  book. She’s the 11-year-old sister of Heaven and sweetheart with a lot of spunk. I’ll be chatting with Angel in a moment, but first, let’s find out a bit about A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee…

Heaven’s Stolen His Heart

After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.

Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.

 As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

After the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis lends his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place.

When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven Wharton attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.

As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

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And now, for my interview with Angel Wharton…

Hello Angel. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Hello Mrs. Zeller. Heaven said you wanted to ask me a few questions. She said to be polite too, but I was already planning on that.

Heaven does likes to protect you doesn’t she?

Yes, Mrs. Zeller, she does. Most of the time I don’t mind. When it thunders loud and the air gets still I like it when she sits next to me and reads to me.

When don’t you like it, Angel?

Sometimes I want to be by myself or take a walk with Mr. Jackson. He’s my friend. He’s a goat but he’s still my friend. Anyway Heaven follows me, she doesn’t think I notice but I know she’s back there.

I think you’re very smart, Angel! So, what do you think of Mr. Logan?

Well, once we got all the blood off of him he turned out to be pretty interesting. Heaven thinks so too. Mrs. Zeller, I have to go now. It’s time for me to do my chores. Don’t tell Heaven, but I could do harder ones. She doesn’t need to know that.

Thanks for being so polite, Angel. I enjoyed our chat.

I almost forgot, Heaven said to tell you that she likes your blog readers so much she wants to give two of them a book, but only if they live in the United States of America because we’re still recovering from that war between the states.

That’s very generous, Angel. I’ll be sure to pass that along to my readers. Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my blog to chat!

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And now a bit about the author…

Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Her historical, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee is now available. She’s also written We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

LINKS

http://www.dianabrandmeyer.com

http://www.pencildancer.com (blog)

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dianalesirebrandmeyerauthor

Twitter @dianabrandmeyer

And now my awesome readers, here’s all you do for a chance to win a copy of this awesome book…leave an encouraging comment for Diana Brandmeyer,  and yes, anyone in the U.S. can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries, so be sure to sign up to follow this blog, then check your email and confirm your subscription to be added to the subscriber list!) Giveaway ends on June 28, 2012. Two winners will be chosen at random!

Also, I will be announcing the winners of Deborah Bateman’s, Staci Stallings’, and Rita Schulte’s books tomorrow afternoon. I’ve just returned from vacation and am soooo far behind, but I can’t wait to announce the winners! Have a great rest of your week! :)

And the winner is…

I’m excited to announce the winner of Cynthia Simmons fantastic book Struggles and Triumphs: Women in History Who Overcame is…

Dale Harcombe!

Dale, Cynthia will be in touch with you soon regarding your book. Thank you to everyone for entering!

And if you haven’t already,  be sure to enter to win the new contemporary romance from Staci Stallings To Protect and Serve here on my blog at  http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/interview-and-giveaway-with-author-staci-stallings/

Also, I am giving away a copy of the winner’s choice of one of my Montana Skies Historical Romance Novels (McKenzie, Kaydie, or Hailee) and today is the last day to enter! That contest (along with a funny story about what happened once when I was doing an interview) can be found at http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com/2012/05/humorous-life-of-writer-by-penny-zeller.html