Thursday, April 20, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Christian Historical Romance


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THE GAMBLER'S DAUGHTER
in The Pony Express Romance Collection
by Darlene Franklin



Darlene Franklin
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and she’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Bookfun Magazine. Her most recent titles are The Pony Express Romance Collection, Love's Compass, and To Riches Again.



Welcome, Darlene. What has no one asked that you would like to share?
Andrea Stephens suggests this question: You always seem to have a book in the works. What keeps you motivated?

I’m self-motivated. But deadlines and accountability help. I used to be accountable to a writing group. Now I have deadlines.

There is always another story to tell! Often I have the basic story concept in mind long before I actually begin writing. I also am working on deadlines—that's a great motivator. I would still write every day, but not be as focused, without those looming deadlines. This year I overcommitted myself—a novella every month from April through October.

How do people react when they find out you write?
They’re usually surprised—they don’t expect someone who is still writing to live in a nursing home!
They often say, “so you must be rich.”  (If my name was Steven King or James Patterson, perhaps.)
What do you write? Mostly historical romance
An apology – “I used to read.”
And every now and then—“I’ve read one of your books.”

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
At this point in time, I write almost exclusively on the computer. When I started writing, I didn’t even have a computer. I wrote by hand in spiral bound notebooks, riding to and from work on the bus. At night I typed what I had written on my typewriter.

Lighting Round:
Y’all or You Guys? Probably Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits

Please tell us a little about your novella, The Gambler’s Daughter, one of nine novellas in The Pony Express Romance Collection.

Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and
only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials?

The Gambler’s Daughter by Darlene Franklin.
Gambling debts drive Caroline Adams’s estranged father away from the Chelan Swing Station before her arrival. Can his replacement conquer the temptations goading them both to prove himself worthy of Caroline’s love?

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Facebook   
Amazon author page   
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Pony Express Romance Collection?
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors    
Barnes and Noble


Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog today, Jo!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
If you wanted to send a letter to someone who doesn’t live in your city, who would it be and why? Think like the Pony Express. If you didn’t have the mail service, how might it arrive?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering a paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 25, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Spring of Weddings that includes A Proxy Wedding by Toni Shiloh is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


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On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


59 comments:

  1. I enjoy Darlene's writings and would love to read this collection. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you, Jo for a great interview.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  2. Oh my, who would I write too, I guess it would be my daughter. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Pony Express Romance Collection", I love these books.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Wendy, my mother was my most faithful correspondent.

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  3. I would write to my daughter, but it would be a text or an email. I am always appalled by you Darlene ~ writing where you are and being so productive.

    Bonnie
    bengstrom@hotmail.com

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    1. Appalled isn't exactly the word I hope to inspire-lol, Bonnie. We are blessed to have so many ways to communicate!

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  4. I would write to my son. He lives in Colorado and I am in Minnesota. Fortunately we can communicate by Facebook. If we didn't have that or postal service, we probably wouldn't hear from each other. I love Darlene's books. She amazes me.
    I am a follower.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    1. Hi Nancy, I lived in Colorado for years. So glad you enjoy my books.

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  5. Oh boy, history and Missouri! I live in Missouri! Sounds great. I subscribe to Jo Huddleston 's blog. Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Paula, this Pony Express route started in Missouri. I'm not sure how many of the stories take place there. Mine takes place in Kansas.

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  6. It is hard to imagine being without mail service. I would write to my son who lives over 1000 miles from me. I am a follower. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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    1. Jan, a thousand miles away? You're the kind of customer the Pony Express was designed for!

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  7. This book sounds so good! I love everything historical. If I wanted to write a letter to someone, it would be my relatives in Germany. So I think we'd start with Pony Express and then go with a sail ship! I have a feeling my poor letter would drown first! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Sonja, the lack of communication must have been one of the hardest things for people who emigrated. Unless they were running away, of course!

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  8. I have not yet read any of Darlene's books. I would love to win the Pony Express set.
    I am a follower
    debralindquist1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Darlene, thank you so much for sharing with us. You're a wonderful writer and an inspiration to all of us who struggle to keep writing while dealing with health problems. Thank you for offering a copy of the Pony Express Romance Collection. I would love to win and copy and I look forward to reading The Gambler's Daughter. I'm a follower and my email address is ebandyATjunoDOTcom

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    2. Debra, hopefully you will get to read one of my books soon! If you don't win, contact me at belovedfranklin (at) msn (dot) com.

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    3. Anonymous, I'm glad my story is an inspiration. Thanks for your interest in my story.

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    4. Debra, glad you found a new-to-you-writer here. Thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

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    5. Ester, thanks for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

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  9. Hi Darlene. I just saw in one of your answers to a comment that your Pony Express story is set in Kansas. I have a beloved aunt who lives in Olathe, Kansas and I am needing to write to her. This is before email so I will need to send it by snail mail. My former minister's wife is traveling to St. Louis to stay with her grandchildren while their parents travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for a meeting. They have reason to stop in Topeka, Kansas so my plan is set in motion. She takes the letter to St. Louis, they take it with them and when they stop in Topeka they leave it there. NOW, if the Pony Express were still in service, this couple would leave the letter at a PE station and a rider would deliver it to Olathe. As I imagined this scenario, I realized how difficult it was for our ancestors to correspond and I marvelled that I can send you this note with a simple click!
    Jo, I follow you by email.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail (dot)com

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    1. Connie, I love the imagination in your reply!

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  10. I have heard about this book and have wanted to read it. I am amazed at how the mail was delivered on horseback. I am still amazed at how we can get a letter from across the country for just a few cents. Even though some people complain about the cost of a stamp, I still find it amazing. Thanks. teshaw(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net

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    1. I am very grateful for the post office!

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  11. I have friends in Canada. Did they have the pony express? I am a follower of your blog.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I enjoy Darlene's books. And she a fellow Okie!!

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  13. Great interview with Darlene! I ADORE these collections! Thank you for the chance.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Caryl, you're welcome. Thanks for commenting.

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  14. I've been looking forward to this collection! Can't wait to read it!
    Elly -Indiana-
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. Elly, this is a wonderfully fun collection!

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  15. This book is on my to read list! Thanks for the giveaway..
    rita DOT navarre AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Rita, hopefully it will rise to the top of your TBR list soon. Good luck.

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  16. Would love to read this. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. Hi Darlene! I'm very thankful for our mail service, because my best friend lives in Australia! If I sent her a letter without mail service, I'd have to mail her birthday card in October so she would get it by March, because it would have to be carried for months by ship!

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    2. Teri, I love your inventive description of sending a birthday card to Australia!

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  18. I love Darlene's stories and am eager to read The Pony Express Romance Collection! Thanks so much for sharing this great interview and giveaway!!

    I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Britney, waving hello! Glad you enjoyed the interview.

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