Monday, April 1, 2013

Giveaway! Hidden Dreams by Darlene Franklin!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Darlene Franklin, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?

I currently live in a nursing home. I don’t think there are many full-time writer/nursing home resident combinations.

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?

I love mysteries and I also reading/writing in the historical genre.

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?

I have to remind myself of this foundational truth whenever the spectre of professional jealousy (or private disappointment) threatens my peace of mind: God has things for me to write. Only me. I’m the only one who can write certain stories. I can read a terrific book, such as the ones I mention below, and feel like I have no business writing historical fiction. But I have to remind myself that, yes, I do. I don’t have to write like everyone else.

That doesn’t mean a writer shouldn’t listen and read and learn everything p
ossible! Not imitating someone else is not a valid excuse for poor writing.

5 things you love?

My family, including my mother and daughter who wait for me in heaven
Cats, especially my beloved lynx point Siamese Talia
Lord of the Rings
Snowflakes that melt on my mittens
The first Spring rain

What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?

The Preacher’s Bride by Laurie Kingery struck a high note with me because I wrote about the same area and time period in A Ranger’s Trail but she brought the story, history, and spiritual growth together in a seamless, powerful novel. (Mason and San Saba County, TX, 1865-1875)

No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig deals with the broad sweep of history—the two sides of the Irish uprising and their impact on immigrants in New York—through a powerful love story that touches on faith and betrayal.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I also post to FB regularly: check me out at

Thank you for being with us today! 

Readers, here is your chance to enter to win Darlene's book!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on April 12th
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  1. I read the blurb for Hidden Dreams on Amazon, and this sounds like a real page-turner!
    I enjoyed the interview with Darlene. It's always fun getting to know the author behind the book. :)

    Follower - Cheryl Hart
    Subscriber - nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Much of my immediate family is gone too. I am thankful all of my sons and grandchildren and husband are alive. Grandparents on both sides are gone. That leaves a big hole. I like cats too.

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  3. I am a follower and subscriber (Tea or topazshell)
    I will tweet your giveaway.

  4. thanks for the chance to win this book

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  5. gfc follower

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  6. email subscriber

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  7. Subscriber and follower Ü


  8. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a subscriber and follower.


  9. I Would love to win this book!

  10. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  11. Entry for Janet:
    Please enter me in the drawing for the book, "Hidden Dreams" by Darlene Franklin.
    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
    Thanks again!

  12. Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book. I like mystery books. I would think that each person would have their own style, so you should always remember that.God bless you.
    Norma S. n38stanforth(at)gmail(dot)com
    i am follower
    i am subscriber of email

  13. I would love to read Hidden Dreams.Thanks for this giveaway. God is so good He will bless.

  14. Nice to learn about Darlene Franklin! I'd also love to read Hidden Dreams. The cover is very attractive.
    Justmeshf (at) hotmail (dot) com

  15. New to me book. I am always looking for authors who write something I can read that isn't trash. I've not read any nursing home writers before. That could be a story in itself.

  16. The cover is beautiful! This sounds like such an interesting book.

  17. I am a follower.

  18. I am a subscriber

  19. I've loved several of Darlene's books, it great to get to know a bit about her.
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  20. Thanks so much for the interview with Darlene.
    I am a follower by email.


  21. Casey, thanks for this interview with Darlene. I sure hope to win this book. I am a follower and a subscriber,
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  22. Would love to become acquainted with your writing - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of one of your books!


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