Reviews for “All Roads Lead Home”

All Roads Lead Home

ALL ROADS LEADS TO … WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA?
One day Graceanne Willis was enjoying a softball game between the Waynoka Harvey Girls team and a team made of train engineers from the same depot.

Then Charles Lindberg landed on the playing field and announced his plans make Waynoka the hub of the first ever transcontinental transport service by air-and-train. Graceanne’s beau Peter is offered a job with the fledgling air transport

Does Graceanne trust God—and Peter–enough to let go? The two of them embark on a cross country journey to discover whether their paths will merge, or head in separate directions.

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REVIEW SNIPPETS:

“A delightful look at a Harvey Girl, her beau, and a flight with Charles Lindbergh. I really enjoyed looking at this time in the history of the Southwest. Nicely written. Loved it!!!!!”

  • ROBIN

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“This was a great story that has some history in it, regarding the Harvey Houses and the Lindbergh. The story was very interesting and kept my interest that I didn’t want it to end. There is biblical references as well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some history regarding the Harvey House and wanting a short read.”

  • BECKY

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Wonderful story

This is the story of Graceann and Pete and the decisions they have to make in life. She is a Harvey girl and he works the train. The history that was involved in this story was as amazing and along the stops that they made. Once again it was God who was in control not us. Loved this story very much.”

  • KAREN

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Writing News — June 17

Published!

Check Seeking Cinderella, with two contemporary retellings of the Cinderella story by myself and Cynthia Hickey. It contains our novellas, Hillbilly Cinderella and Cinderella’s Boot.

https://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Cinderella-Darlene-Franklin-ebook/dp/B07DMPMBZ4/

June issue of Book Fun is live! Check out my article on the many sounds of majesty. https://indd.adobe.com/view/3aa30974-8afd-4bfb-b8b4-7a9c78c45fe7

I’m over 50% on the rough draft of my Christmas story, The Christmas Candle Caper. Start with the premise: what happens when a well-meaning matchmaker gets her best friend arrested to capture the attention of the new, single lawyer in town? See the beautiful cover Cindy Hickey has designed for me.

I’m working on galleys for Praying Through the Bible In a Year – You should be able to see “inside the book” fairly soon. Barbour did an amazing job with it. Available for pre-order at: https://www.amazon.com/Pray-through-Bible-Year-Journal/dp/1683227344/

GOD KNOWS about BETRAYAL — Rusty A. Lang

Today I’m happy to introduce Rusty to you…

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Rusty A. Lang is pseudonym for Marlene Anne Morphew – speaker, preacher and writer. Her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ. Follow on Facebook and through a regular blog. Discover more about her publications and blogs on rustyalang.com.

GOD KNOWS about BETRAYAL

Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed…..’

Luke 12:15a

Old western movie scripts often have inspirational lessons. I watched one recently with an older Marshall and two younger deputies.

There was the usual fighting for domination as the fastest gun but the focus of the story was wrapped about one of the Deputies. He turned bad – evil – stealing, lying, killing, plotting and scheming.

is mixed emotions caused him much heart ache

Capturing the bad men was business as usual. But facing a friend turned bad was a painful experience for the other men. They felt betrayed.

God knows all about betrayal.

Judas is listed among the twelve apostles (Mark 3:14, 19) having declared himself a disciple at one time. As he became responsible for the travellers money purse, covet-ness finally turned to embezzlement. The nature of his character begins to surface when he criticises Mary (John 12:3-6). Identified as the betrayer (John 13:21-30) he finally delivers the kiss that seals Jesus fate (Mark 14:43-45).

Tragic end

Both my movie character and Judas suffered a tragic end. Greed can get us into a lot of trouble too. We may be more like Judas than we think.

There are many ways we can betray our Lord Jesus. Withholding our praise, ignoring his Word, refusing to forgive others as he has forgiven us. Spending the tithe on ourselves. Lying to watch a football match instead of attending prayer.

God’s Forgiveness

But Judas never experienced the power of God’s forgiveness. Christians who have come through the cross to the empty tomb live on the other side of betrayal. Once we acknowledge our lack of trust; our feeble flesh so willing to betray our Lord, his forgiveness is available.

Is the Holy Spirit convicting you today?

In what areas are you tempted to betray our Lord?

Writing News — May 27

Hip hip hooray! I am down to the final read-through of Nuts for Coffee before I turn it in to my editor. After I accomplish that task, I’ll be starting on this year’s Christmas story, The Christmas Candle Caper. Will the small town of Starlight, Montana, have candles for the town Christmas tree? I love writing Christmas stories, so this should be fun!

Check out my article “My Daughter’s Suicide: When No Help Comes,” about having a child who struggled with severe mental illness and her subsequent suicide at https://issuesiface.com/my-daughters-suicide.

Reviews for “Colorado Columbine”

Colorado Columbine

THE RICH MAN AND THE ORPHAN

Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls.

Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver.

When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other?

Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine?

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REVIEW SNIPPETS

This is a nicely written story reminiscent of the Sound of Music. Very clean and uplifting. Good story line. As with all Darlene Franklin stories, most enjoyable. Highly recommend!

  • ROBIN

A sweet story that reminds us to appreciate the people in our lives. Garnet struggles with her feelings for Chester, who lost his beloved wife. She becomes the nanny but an accident leaves her a quest for God’s will! A really great read!

  • KAREN

This is a very charming story of a grown orphan who had discovered God’s love when she needed it most. Garnet becomes a Nanny to 3 girls whose mother had died. Chester, the girls father feels drawn to Garnet. Will they discover true love? Read this delightful story to find out!

  • MARSHA

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Authors are always grateful for reviews and I appreciate every review I receive for one of my books. Thank you to these ladies for sharing their thoughts. Happy Reading, everyone!

Guest Post — Linda Ford

Today I’m happy to introduce Linda to you…

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Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn’t sleep. But she hadn’t planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had 4 homemade children, adopted 10 and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Linda also provides care for a paraplegic, double amputee man. She still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

 

 

Linda Ford here. Nice to visit with you. I am an author of over 60 romances, mostly historical and mostly cowboy stories. You can find me at www.lindaford.org. There is a button on the top left hand side that will allow you to sign up for my newsletter. You can also get a free story from me.

My latest release, Second-Chance Bride, is available on Kindle. It is the third in the Dakota Brides series.

With her husband now deceased, Freyda’s survival is in her own hands. If she can manage the two stubborn horses her husband left, she can manage the homestead too. But the horses prove unmanageable and she has no choice but to strike a reluctant bargain with her near neighbor. In exchange for his help, she will care for his two little boys.

Ward has known nothing but pain and disappointment in his relationships with women. It makes it difficult to trust his pretty neighbor.

His walls of distrust and past hurts are high–maybe too high for Freyda to scale. Can she, and two little boys, open his heart to love again?

Available here: https://tinyurl.com/y7jvzv8h

I want to share one of my experiences as an author.

Book sales were disappointing. The current work in progress was not coming together. And winter was long, cold and white. I knew my mental enemies by name: Discouragement, Despair, Depression and Defeat. I sensed them closing in on me and felt powerless to defend myself but I had no desire to let them overcome me.

At church, the preacher was speaking on 2 Timothy chapter 4, in which Paul instructs the young Timothy on how to continue in his task. In verse 5, he says, ‘Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.’ (New International Version)

The sermon touched a chord in my heart. Did not the same admonitions apply to me and my life?

  1. Keep my head. As Rudyard Kipling says in his poem If:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs
…If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

…You’ll be a man, my son!

I don’t want to be a man, thanks. But I do want to keep my head. I think that means not letting the circumstances dictate my decisions and choices or even my attitude.

  1. Endure hardships. Who promised me a rose garden? A 6-figure income? No one. Instead, I must run toward the prize. I must not give up.
  2. Do the work. That part is relatively easy. My work is to write stories. I’m not saying it’s always easy. Sometimes I press my head to my palms and cry in frustration. No, writing is often hard work. But unless I continue to do it, I won’t be going forward.
  3. Discharge the duties. That’s where the rubber hits the road for me. The duties of an author in this present world include doing the job of an editor (or hiring it done). The same with cover art. And then there is publicity. All things that are beyond the scope of writing and yet necessary to my work.

I found these four guidelines so encouraging that I have written them in the front of my journal as my roadmap. Maybe you’ll find them encouraging too.

Blessings.

 

Writing News — May 13

I have finished the rough draft for Nuts for Coffee (part of the Coffee Club Mysteries, to be released by Barbour Books in 2019) Yippie! It’s a fun cozy mystery about a retired office worker on the track of the killer of her former boss’s daughter.

I’ve also received edits back on the re-release of Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, in this fall’s Old West Christmas Brides from Barbour Books. (https://www.amazon.com/Old-West-Christmas-Brides-Historical/dp/1683227166/)

As soon as I finish: Nuts for Coffee, I’ll be planning my Christmas novella, The Christmas Candle Caper, part of A Small Town Christmas (coming from Forget Me Not Romances this fall)

My May column on God’s traffic lights is now available at:

https://www.bookfun.org/

http://seniornewsandliving.com/020915/darlene-franklin-gods-traffic-light/

I’m working on an article about living with my daughter’s mental illness for Issues I Face. More details soon!

After the fun I had with April’s PAD challenge, I created my own chart of poetry prompts using letters, colors, parts of speech, and poetry forms.

Here’s a rather silly result, based on “D” and orange:

Danger Cones

Tall Cones

Orange plastic

–Do not defy the warnings—

Wet floors and accidents alike

A movable alarm


I’m happier with this one:


How happy a Highland holiday

A hammock in the heather at harvesttime.

Hastening through happy hours

A hamlet where hope is harnessed

Inhabitants hardworking and honest

The Wedding Vow Series

Forget Me Not Romances is releasing a series of collection centered around phrases in traditional wedding vows, both traditional and contemporary stories.

I have stories in several volumes. You may have read (or not) my story, but if you buy the collection, you’ll get to meet my fellow Forget Me Not authors. Each title includes five novellas by various Forget Me Not Authors. For only 99 cents, you won’t find a better deal!

Until Death Do Us Part Historical includes my story, Colorado Columbine

www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWFH424

To Love and to Cherish Contemporary includes my story, Her Royal Highness

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW37TCH/

To Love and to Cherish Historical includes my story, All Roads Lead Home

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CW2CSDR

Writing News — May 6

Writing:

I’m two-thirds of the way through writing Nuts for Coffee. Woo hoo! I’m well on my way to meeting my June 1st deadline. And I think I just may know who did it. . .

I’m writing a devotional or magazine article every three-four days as well.

Publications:

Pray through the Bible in a Year Journal will be available for purchase in November, but check out the stunning cover Barbour created! http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Pray-through-the-Bible-in-a-Year-Journal

I completed the poem-a-day challenge for April and have in fact continued to write a poem every day so far in May. Here’s the poem I wrote on the last day about the month about the experience:

On Completing my first P.A.D. Challenge

 

Some poems were simply rhythm and rhyme,

Fancy words that missed their point.

Thinking they’d replace the mime.

Action verbs can state viewpoint,

Though my choices aren’t yet prime,

And my lines may disappoint.

 

Day by day, I’m satisfied:

Solid work, if not so great.

In poem’s garden I’ll abide

Every day a fresh, clean slate.

Writing News — April 22

This month I’ve had fun participating in a poem-a-day challenge for National Poetry Month. So far I have over twenty poems written in a variety of forms. It’s been a blast!

I’m also half-way through writing a novella that will come out in print from Barbour early next year. It’s a cozy mystery called Nuts for Coffee, one of seven stories in Coffee House Mysteries. Jo Anderson is drawn to sleuthing when the hazelnut creamer she received for her birthday becomes a murder weapon.

Check out these exciting new books!

My latest novella, Of Cash and Cats (https://amzn.to/2qNVurP) is available for a temporary low price of 99 cents. This retelling of the classic fairy tale Puss ‘n’ Boots takes place in my hometown of East Boothbay, Maine.

Check out this new collection from Forget Me Not Romances: From This Day Forward Historical Romances (https://amzn.to/2HPaUUL). It includes my story, To Riches Again, as stories from four other authors.

New online is a different take on my daughter’s suicide at: https://bit.ly/2K4EczG