Thursday, July 13, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Historical Romance (retold fairy tale)


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MERMAID'S SONG
by Darlene Frankliin


Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
Darlene Franklin
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid's Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Her most recent titles are Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands and Acadian Hearts.



Welcome, Darlene. What has no one asked that you would like to share?

I just want to share that Mermaid’s Song is my fiftieth unique title! I am so excited and thrilled that God has brought me this far.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
I’ve been fortunate to visit a lot of beautiful places. Our family trip to San Antonio is one of my favorite memories. I’ll never forget the awe my daughter felt in touching the dolphin, or the sense of sacredness I felt when I visited the Alamo. We had a lot of fun on the Riverwalk. It was a great trip.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
Cynthia Hickey, my editor at Forget Me Not Romances, asked for historical retold fairy tales. My Cinderella's Boot is a contemporary retelling of Cinderella, but it’s part of the Runaway Brides collection. Besides, someone else had already chosen Cinderella.

So I chose the little mermaid, since I could write about my beloved Maine coast to my heart’s content. I decided my heroine was silent because she didn’t speak English. From there, it was a hop skip and a jump to the removal of the Acadians from Canada’s Maritime Provinces as the historical time period.  For those of you not familiar with Longfellow’s Evangeline, the British forcibly removed the French Acadians from the region now known as Canada’s Maritime Provinces during the French and Indian War (before the Revolutionary War).  Many Acadians ended up in Louisiana, where they became known as “Cajuns.” But my heroine is shipwrecked off the coast of Maine.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? mountains
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  spring
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Mermaid's Song.
Noble Prescott is drawn to the scene of a shipwreck
by a sweet song sung in a language he didn’t understand. The songstress is barely alive, holding onto a piece of the ship’s railing. Her dress wraps around her legs like a mermaid’s tail.

Thus begins this imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.

Justine Battineaux, an Acadian forced from her homeland on Cape Breton Island by British decree, finds herself adrift in the Maine colony. She doesn’t know the language and is distrusted as a foreigner.

Noble lives up to his name, providing shelter for Justine—and protection, as distrust turns into danger. For himself, his family—and the woman he comes to love.

How will Justine and Noble overcome the evil woman’s schemes to find their own love everlasting?

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

Where can readers purchase Mermaid’s Song?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me as your guest today!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What is your favorite fairy tale?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering an eBook copy of Mermaid's Song to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 18, 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 Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is rubynreba. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


53 comments:

  1. such a fun interview. visiting the Alamo is on my list to do some day. hmmm I love fairy tales. I don't know if I have a favorite. I do love snow white.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. Lori, I hope you get to the Alamo someday. It's a special place, and San Antonio is a beautiful place.

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  2. This one sounds sooooo good! Love the sneak peek. My fav fairytale is Seven Dancing Princesses. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Then you'll want to check out Charity and the 7 Sisters by Joi Copeland! Both books (plus 4 more) are available in the Love Everlasting Collection.

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  3. This sounds like a lovely story. I have always loved Cinderella but I recently watched Snow White with my 3 year old granddaughter and I fell in love all over again with Dopey and the other dwarfs!
    Jo, I am your follower.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Snow White terrified my mother when she was a child.

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  4. My fave fairy tale was Hansel and Gretl when I discovered the real story beging the Grimm's brothers tale. Sonja. Dot Nishimoto at Gmail dot vom

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    1. Meant to write behind not beging.

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  5. My favorite fairy tale is Little Red Riding Hood.
    I am a follower
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  6. Sounds like such a good story! I am a follower.
    debralindquist1ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I hope you get to enjoy the story.

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  7. San Antonio is a wonderful place. I live three hours from there and that is our go to place to relax sometimes. I would really live to read your newest book. It will Great like your others. My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast.
    jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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    1. Deana, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    2. Deana, you live just down the highway from me. I'd love it if we could visit sometime!

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  8. I always liked Rapunzel. Just the thought of having hair to let down and someone could climb up--that's a lot of hair! Thx for the interview. The book sounds like a good read. Anne at Rightler dot com.

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    1. The Love Everlasting also includes Rapunzel's story!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway. I missed Darlene's FB party last week by an hour, but did read all comments. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. ALL the comments? Oh, my! I hope you found it entertaining. I appreciate your interest.

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  10. I know this is going to be a great read!
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Mermaid's Song sounds so intriguing. I love the cover! Thanks for the interview and the opportunity of this giveaway!

    Jo, I am also a follower by email.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Beauty and the Beast is also in the Love Everlasting Collection!

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  12. Hi Darlene and Jo! What a fun interview. I love Mermaid's Song book cover and the story sounds really interesting.

    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. I still have the 4 wall plaques pieces I received when I was very young: Cinderella running down the stairs, the prince running after her, the clock at the top and the coach at the bottom. They are hanging on my office wall. Your Cinderella's Boot is a fun story.

    Jo, I am a follower.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Oops, forgot to leave my email address.
      KINGsDaughter5683 (at) gmail (dot) com
      Blessings,Tina

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    2. And Mermaid's Song follows the original a little more closely than Cinderella's Boot did.

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    3. Mrs. Tina, glad you enjoyed the interview with Darlene. Thanks for following my blog and for commenting!

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  13. My favorite fairy tale is Snow White and Rose Red two sisters. Here is a little about them here.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow-White_and_Rose-Red
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    Deanne
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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  14. My favorite fairy tale is the story of the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf.
    Maybe that is where 3 rights do not make a wrong came from.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. My favorite fairy tale has always been CINDERELLA. I have many trinkets and collectibles of Cinderella also. I sure hope I can win your book. It sounds like a winner to me.

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    1. Hi Donna, I thought I had answered? You might like to check out my story, Cinderella's Boot, as well as Mermaid's Song.

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  16. Jo, thank you for the fun interview with Darlene. My favorite fairy tale is Snow White.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Caryl, how cool that you use two psalms as your email handle!

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  17. Love being reminded of the Acadian history! I had forgotten where they originated from... what a unique twist on a beloved fairytale!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. My favorite fairytale, though, is Rapunzel or Beauty and the Beast.

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    2. I wouldn't have a clue how to restructure Rapunzel for another time. It's a delightful tale, though. I agree, I had fun digging into Acadian history a little built;

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