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by Darlene Frankliin
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
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.
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
Amazon author page
Where can readers purchase Mermaid’s Song?
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.