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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: 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.


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and through her newsletter via

28 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Darlene Franklin

  1. It was nice to read about you, Darlene. I enjoy learning about new authors (to me!) and I love your positive outlook–hope! 🙂 Enjoyed reading over at your blog, too.

  2. This does sound like a wonderful plot. I would enjoy reading it. Great interview!
    I am a subscriber.

  3. So glad that you write a story in the past. I love learning some history as well as enjoying a great story. I am very glad that you are working on mental illness awareness. So many people just don’t know enough about it and it makes it harder for all of the family.

    I am a subscriber,


  4. Darlene – your life is so interesting. I’ve never met you in person but I love reading your facebook posts. You are blessed with so much insight. Excited to read one of your books.

  5. Great interview Darlene. I have you as a new author but have not read any of your books. Would love to win here. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    I am also a follower/email subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  6. I’ive enjoyed Darlene’s other books. This sounds very good and I’d love to be able to win it and review it.
    So busy working on my own I’m not giving other authors like Darlene the time on their books I should.
    Darlene is a member of Novel Track and I’ve been so uplifted by her perseverance in her writing.
    Blessings on the book and your upcoming works, Darlene.
    Great interview, Penny.
    Love your blog! Wish I could spend more time with you here.
    joyjournaling (at)gmail(dot)come

  7. excellent interview. I really enjoyed learning about Darlene and the passions that spark her life and her writing. Darlene, I so empathize with you about the need for greater understanding in the Christian community regarding care for those who suffer from mental disorders. I also have a daughter….bipolar, borderline, anxiety, and ptsd. We have had quite the journey together through her challenges. I hope someone does give you a million dollars to start that charity! Reading is definitely an escape for me at times as well as a chance to travel to other times and places. I couldn’t survive without my daily dose [of reading]. Thanks for sharing your gift of words with others.

  8. Hi Darlene, good idea about the charity. I like the title of this book. Has to be good when it takes place in Texas. LOL I love this state. Hope you make many sales. For now, I’d love to win this book. Thanks Penny for the chance to win. I also follow this blog, so need a second entry. Maxie ( )

  9. I love Historical Christian Fiction! I find and read books that have unusual plots that are intriguing and provide details of life at that time. A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, TX fits the bill! The plot is unusual and puts a lady in a man’s world which was probably unacceptable by most. Darlene stated that she conducted some research before writing this book. I love details and I am sure to find plenty in this book. I am one for purchasing and rereading books over and over again. Books are my best friend. If I won this book, I would definitely read it over and over again.

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