I’ve had fifty books published, although some of the volumes contain the same stories as others. If you’re familiar with my work, you might want to check out my Recent and Upcoming Releases. My romances are divided among historical, contemporary, and collections. My short forage into cozy mysteries is represented; and I surprised myself by the number of devotional collections I have appeared in.

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Recent Releases

October 2015

Tobogganing for Two: Christian Historical Romantic Novella from Love’s Sporting Chance Series

Laura Evans moves to Plymouth, Nebraska, to take care of her aunt and her paralyzed sister. Dr. Jay Andrews has come to Plymouth to escape his work among those wounded during the Civil War—only to be faced with a paralyzed patient. Laura and Jay clash as they face fears from their past. Will a midnight toboggan ride bring them together, or push them further apart?

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SEPTEMBER 2015

Christmas Mail Order Angels: A Collection of 6 Historical Novellas of Mail Order Brides

A dying town populated by miners eager to settle down. . .but not a single marriageable woman lives in Angel Vale, Wyoming.  The women of Merville, Maine, have lost too many men to the Civil War and to the sea. When the Ladies Aid Society receives the request for mail order brides, eleven matches are made. Enjoy the first six novellas in the collection by Darlene Franklin, Susan Page Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Brandi Boddie, Jennifer AlLee, and Teresa Ives Lilly.

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A Texas Christmas: Six Romances from the Lone Star State Herald the Season of Love (includes Face of Mary)

Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges—and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably attracted to a tenderfoot accountant. Vivian shuns marriage until meeting a nomadic photographer. Lacey’s cooking draws a quiet blacksmith out of his shell. Tracker Bessie Mae helps a ranger hunt down a villain.

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Christmas Mail Order Angels Volume 1 (includes Jacob’s Dream) – coming September 25

SEPTEMBER 2015

A Medley of Stories: A Sampling of author Darlene Franklin PERMA-FREE

Listen for the echoes of Christmas carols in Darlene Franklin’s books through samples from three of her recent series.

Jacob’s Christmas Dream kicks off the 11-author Christmas Mail Order Angels series. (The first anthology, with books 1-6, will be published on September. Jake Underwood helps his friend Matt Thomas sign up 11 potential grooms, while Becky Patterson finds ten more women to travel to Wyoming from Merville, Maine. She wants to escape her father’s parsonage. . .only to learn Jake is a part-time preacher.

An Apple for Christmas is part of an 8-author series, Christmas Traditions, which has been an Amazon best-seller. Ruby Nelson left her job at developing new varieties of apples to teach at a girl’s school. Turns out the father of twin girls in her class owns the largest orchard in Vermont.

Christmas Visitors is one of a trilogy of my Christmas stories, Gifts of Christmas. Five years ago Cora Grace allowed a traveling couple into her home when the wife went into labor. After her death, Cora helped the widower Alex Miller raise the baby. Now three visitors from the East arrive–with business with Alex. Their presence shakes the comfortable world Cora and Alex have made for themselves–will it draw them even closer together, or push them apart?

Settle back and sing along.

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Darlene Franklin Medley of Stories
AUGUST 2015

Christmas Traditions (Christmas Romance Short Stories): 8 Authors bring you a heartwarming Christmas: (includes An Apple for Christmas):

#1 AMAZON BEST SELLER

Eight heartwarming novellas of Christmas’s gone by where the true meaning of the season warms your heart and love flows as fast as apple cider. Grab your favorite drink, no matter the temperature outside, curl up in a cozy chair and lose yourself in holiday romance.

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Forget Me Not Romances, Volume1: 10 Authors comprising Christian romance (includes Gunfight at Grace Gulch)

#1 AMAZON BEST SELLER

Something for everyone! This deal cannot be beat. Ten stories, across genres.

From page-turning romantic suspense, humorous contemporary, and wholesome romance, readers are bound to find something to curl up in this collection. Grab your favorite drink, sit in your most comfortable chair, and escape in a great story.

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Darlene Franklin gifts of christmas

Gifts of Christmas (3-in-1)

Enjoy Christmas from time gone by, when times were simpler and celebrations wholesome. In Gifts of Christmas, Darlene Franklin has brought us clean, sweet stories that celebrate the true meaning of the holiday and leave our hearts warm and our spirits uplifted.
Includes the novellas: An Apple for Christmas, Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, and Christmas Visitors.

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Jacob’s Christmas Dream (from Christmas Mail Order Angels series)

Becky Patterson escapes the stifling life at her father’s parsonage for an exciting life as a mail-order bride. . .only to learn her potential groom is a part-time preacher, Jake Underwood. Her dreams of working alongside Jake in his store stall when an itinerant preacher wants to ordain Jake as pastor of the growing church. Will Becky accept God’s calling on her life—or will she reject Jake’s love and the future God has planned for them?

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Upcoming Releases

Darlene Franklin love is patient

Christmas Mail Order Angels, Volume Two, Books 7-11:  coming November 6, 2015

The Complete Anthology of Christmas Mail Order Angels: coming December 1, 2015

The Love is Patient Romance Collection: True Love Take Time in Nine Historical Novellas (includes The Birthday Wish): Coming February 1, 2016

Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances.

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Darlene Franklin cowboy's bride

The Cowboy’s Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches (includes The Reformed Cowboy): Coming March 1, 2016

Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? Find out in this exciting collection of nine historical romances.

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Darlene Franklin small town brides

The Small-Town Brides Romance Collection: 9 Romances Develop Under the Watchful Eyes of Neighbors (includes A Blessing for Beau): Release date May 1, 2016

Join the fun and feel the romance in various historical communities from Massachusetts to Florida, Missouri to Texas. Meet ladies who take firm stands for their work in mills, orphanages, churches, schools, hospitals, and the like as they dance through courtship with their beaus. Can the nine couples develop lasting loves under the watchful eyes of their neighbors?

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Historical Romance

Darlene Franklin Medley of Stories

A Medley of Stories: A Sampling of author Darlene Franklin PERMA-FREE

Listen for the echoes of Christmas carols in Darlene Franklin’s books through samples from three of her recent series.

Jacob’s Christmas Dream kicks off the 11-author Christmas Mail Order Angels series. (The first anthology, with books 1-6, will be published on September. Jake Underwood helps his friend Matt Thomas sign up 11 potential grooms, while Becky Patterson finds ten more women to travel to Wyoming from Merville, Maine. She wants to escape her father’s parsonage. . .only to learn Jake is a part-time preacher.

An Apple for Christmas is part of an 8-author series, Christmas Traditions, which has been an Amazon best-seller. Ruby Nelson left her job at developing new varieties of apples to teach at a girl’s school. Turns out the father of twin girls in her class owns the largest orchard in Vermont.

Christmas Visitors is one of a trilogy of my Christmas stories, Gifts of Christmas. Five years ago Cora Grace allowed a traveling couple into her home when the wife went into labor. After her death, Cora helped the widower Alex Miller raise the baby. Now three visitors from the East arrive–with business with Alex. Their presence shakes the comfortable world Cora and Alex have made for themselves–will it draw them even closer together, or push them apart?

Settle back and sing along.

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Darlene Franklin love's glory

Holidays of the Heart series:

Love’s Glory

LIES AND DESERTION CHASE BETH FROM HER HOME TOWN.
It’s 1919. Everything is changing—cars are common and airplanes helped win the War to End All Wars. Even the German-Americans of New Brandenburg, Texas, renamed their town Old Glory to prove their patriotism.

None of that matters to Beth Smith. In 1917, her boyfriend Garan Schmidt enlisted in the Army—and left her pregnant. She left home and built a new life for herself and their daughter.
When Garan finds Beth and their daughter in May 1919, he is eager to make amends and start over. Beth is unsure if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free.

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Darlene Franklin my candy valentine

My Candy Valentine

Gilbert Williams sweeps Catrina Jensen off her feet when he arrives in Loveland, Oklahoma, shortly after New Year’s Day 1916. When the reason for his interest in her delicious candies is revealed, her affection turns to fear. Is her hero a traitor in disguise?

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Darlene Franklin christmas visitors

Christmas Visitors

A heartwarming Christian short story – Five years ago Cora Grace allowed a traveling couple into her home when the wife went into labor. After her death, Cora helped the widower Alex Miller raise the baby. Now three visitors from the East arrive–with business with Alex. Their presence shakes the comfortable world Cora and Alex have made for themselves–will it draw them even closer together, or push them apart?

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Darlene Franklin Jacob's Christmas Dream

Jacob’s Christmas Dream

Becky Patterson escapes the stifling life at her father’s parsonage for an exciting life as a mail-order bride. . .only to learn her potential groom is a part-time preacher, Jake Underwood. Her dreams of working alongside Jake in his store stall when an itinerant preacher wants to ordain Jake as pastor of the growing church. Will Becky accept God’s calling on her life—or will she reject Jake’s love and the future God has planned for them?

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Darlene Franklin lucy ames sharpshooter

Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter

Sharpshooter Lucy Ames’ dreams come true when Major Paulson’s Wild West Show asks her to perform in their summer tour. More than sparks fly when Lucy meets the Major’s son, Gordon. But how can their love survive when Lucy’s path leads her to Europe and Gordon heads to west Texas to teach?

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Darlene Franklin an apple for christmas

2014

An Apple for Christmas

Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?

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Darlene Franklin hidden dreams

Maple Notch Dreams

Hidden Dreams

Mary Anne is on the run.

Her father’s been murdered, and now the mob’s after her, too. Leaving New York City behind is the only way to stay alive. Yet Mary Anne Lamont finds herself stuck in Maple Notch, Vermont, when her car crashes straight into Wallace Tuttle’s truck. Wallace and his family offer her warmth and welcome, no questions asked. But she doesn’t dare give them her real name—not without risking their safety too.

At first, Wallace chides himself for being distracted by the glamorous flapper. Mary Anne certainly doesn’t fit his image of a future wife. But underneath the bleached bob and big-city ways is a courageous, caring woman. When the danger she’s been running from draws close, Wallace must risk everything to prove his faith in Mary Anne, in God’s plan, and the dreams they’ve come to share.

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Darlene Franklin golden dreams

Golden Dreams

WINNIE TUTTLE DREAMS ABOUT SKATING

With hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete in the world’s foremost skating competition. But her siblings want her helping on the farm—not wasting time on the ice. And as her feelings for Frank turn to love, she wonders if he could ever feel the same.

Still bitter over the injury that shattered his competitive hopes, coaching Winnie resurrects Frank’s career. But as his love for her grows, a romance could jeopardize her success. While he keeps his feelings to himself, he yearns for a future with Winnie…one more precious than gold.

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Darlene Franklin Homefront Dreams

Homefront Dreams

CLARINDA FINCH HATES CHANGE

As the newly elected mayor of Maple Notch, the war widow must lead her town through the dark days of World War II. But where she finds comfort in tradition, the town council insists on trying new ways of handling the homefront challenges. Her most untraditional opponent? Councilman Ralph Quincy.

High school principal Ralph never expected to become a friend to Clarinda and her family. But as she spars with him over the war effort, the smart, spirited mayor is the most compelling woman he’s ever known. Can they put aside their differences and fight for both their town and a future together?t

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Darlene Franklin pride's fall

2013

Pride’s Fall

Take two. . .

Ancient cliff dwellings peppered throughout the Four Corners region make the perfect setting for ambitious filmmaker Rex Pride’s latest project. Now if only he could get the local Navajo extras, the weather, and his leading actress, Muriel Gallagher, to bring his vision to the screen.

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Darlene Franklin beacon of love

2012

Beacon of Love

Judith loves Sam, despite his fear.  Sam Hathaway left Capernaum Island with his widowed mother, and he thought he would never return to the scene of his father’s death at sea. But years later, as a doctor who has faced the worst of wartime battle injuries, Sam believes God is calling him to treat the fishermen and families of Capernaum Island.  Judith Morrison lives with her father in the lighthouse, where he is keeper. Her first sight of Sam after his return stirs something in her that she’s never experienced. But her father and other men ridicule Sam for his fear of the ocean.  When a great storm hits, the lighthouse may not endure it. With her father injured and the wooden tower damaged, will Judith be able to keep the lighthouse lamps lit, providing a beacon of love that will guide Sam to safety and reveal his true worth?

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Darlene Franklin bride's rogue

A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas

Inheriting a steamboat from a father she’s never met leaves Blanche Lamar in a quandary. Add to that a likeable rogue, Ike Gallagher, and the water muddies even more. Can she and Ike successfully navigate through love, or will they abandon ship?

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Darlene Franklin prodigal patriot

Maple Notch Brides

Prodigal Patriot

Sally Reid’s family decides on a dangerous course when the Tories of Maple Notch, Vermont, chase Patriot families from their land.  When Josiah Tuttle discovers their secret and offers to help, Sally doesn’t know if she can trust him. After all, Josiah’s father is one of the Tories who forced her family into hiding.  The Tuttles have already lost one son to the hated Patriot cause. How can Josiah both honor his grieving father and protect the woman he loves? When called upon to take a stand, which side will he choose?

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Darlene Franklin bridge to love

 Bridge to Love

Calvin cannot believe the challenges he is facing. In the Year of No Summer, repeated plantings of crops are freezing before they can bear fruit. His family and friends may run out of food. And Hiram Bailey is doing everything he can to keep his daughter away from Calvin. Both Calvin and Beatrice trust that God will have His way in their lives. But against these obstacles, how will they ever build a bridge to love?

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Darlene Franklin love's raid

Love’s Raid

Having returned from war missing part of one arm, Daniel is convinced no woman would want him. So he keeps his focus on his job as town constable. But even as he searches for the men who are robbing area banks and threatening his community, he cannot shake the vision of Clara’s steady gray eyes, the challenge of her quick mind, and the strength of her faith in God.

Will Clara and Daniel succeed in keeping love at arm’s length? Or will their defenses fall to love’s raid?

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Darlene Franklin lone star trail

2011

Texas Trails Series

Lone Star Trail

Judson “Jud” Morgan’s father died for Texas’ freedom during the war for independence. So when the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (the Verein) attempts to colonize a New Germany in his country, he takes a stand against them.

After Wande Fleischers’ fiancé marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. With the help of Jud’s sister Marion, Wande learns English and becomes a trusted friend to the entire Morgan family.

As much as Jud dislikes the immigrant invasion, he can’t help admiring Wande’s character. She is sweet and cheerful as she serves the Lord and all those around her. Can the rancher put aside his prejudice to forge a new future?  Through Jud and Wande, we learn the powerful lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation among a diverse community of believers.

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Darlene Franklin ranger's trail

A Ranger’s Trail

In 1875 Buck Morgan rode into Mason County with the Texas Rangers to quell the violence stirred up by the actions a vigilantly mob. The Hoo Doo (or bad luck) War erupted as suspected cattle rustlers were murdered by an angry mob.  Former ranger, Scott Cooley, gathers a gang to seek vengeance for the murders.

Suspected of cattle rustling, Leta Derrick’s husband was murdered by the mob a year earlier. Now she is siding with the rogue ranger, Scott Cooley and refuses to help Buck Morgan stem the tide of violence.

Will their actions fuel the fire of vengeance? Or will Buck and Leta strike an accord that leads to more than just peace?

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Contemporary Romance

Darlene Franklin romanian rhapsody

Colorado Melodies

Romanian Rhapsody

Haunted by the orphans she met in Romania, Carrie Randolph returns to work in an orphanage. Soon she finds herself mothering five toddlers full-time and dreaming of adopting one of them when her two-year mission is finished. Steve Romero’s wife and son died in tragic circumstances in Romania, and he struggles to put the past behind him. When he decides to adopt a child, he returns to Romania and the orphanage where Carrie works – breaking her heart when he chooses Viktor, her favorite. Will Carrie trust God to fulfill her dreams in His time? Can Steve let go of grief and learn to love again?

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Darlene Franklin plainsong

Plainsong

Homeless and jobless, Michelle Morris visits her friend Carrie in Denver to find a new job. She envies Carrie’s married life and wishes she could have a happily-ever-after of her own. What she doesn’t realize is her knight in shining armor is about to sweep her off her feet—and love is more complicated than she imagined.

Joe Knight lives by a code of chivalry and honor. As he spends more time with Michelle, he wants to be her strong knight, but feels more like a bungling squire. Does he have what it takes to be the man Michelle needs?

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Darlene Franklin knight music

Knight Music

Following a scandal in the family business, Ty Knight finds himself in Ulysses, Colorado, trying to rebuild his own self-image—until his convoluted plan for a glorious return begins to unravel. Sonia Oliveira has come to Ulysses to regroup after most of her artwork was stolen from a friend’s art gallery, but an unexpected confession threatens her tenuous steps toward recovery. Will either of them let go enough to let God work, or will they insist on going it alone?

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Darlene Franklin saving felicity

Maple Notch Days

Saving Felicity

For Felicity Finch, Could It Be Lights…Camera…Love? 

When family problems and financial woes threaten Felicity’s historic bed-and-breakfast, she calls in reality show B & B or Bust. To save her business she’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means clashing with the opinionated TV host who thinks he knows best.

Travis Cobb arrives at the Bailey Mansion B & B expecting another hopeless cause to dramatize on his show. But he finds that Felicity’s as sweet as her tea shop’s muffins, and he’s determined to help. Can the unlikely pair save the struggling business…and find their own happily-ever-after?

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Darlene Franklin small town bachelor

Small-Town Bachelor

VERITY CLARK DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE 

The struggling single mom is doing her best to raise her three kids. But when her eldest son is caught skipping school, she needs help. Thankfully, truant officer Garrett Sawtelle is on her side. Soon Verity is turning more and more to the caring educator, who’s awakening tender feelings she can’t afford to act on.

Garrett wants to make a difference. He knows it’s against the rules to get too close to the families he counsels. But the spunky widow and her children are fast becoming part of this bachelor’s dreams for the future. Can he convince Verity that, together, they can build something real and lasting?

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Collections

Christmas Mail Order Angels: A Collection of 6 Historical Novellas of Mail Order Brides

A dying town populated by miners eager to settle down. . .but not a single marriageable woman lives in Angel Vale, Wyoming.  The women of Merville, Maine, have lost too many men to the Civil War and to the sea. When the Ladies Aid Society receives the request for mail order brides, eleven matches are made. Enjoy the first six novellas in the collection by Darlene Franklin, Susan Page Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Brandi Boddie, Jennifer AlLee, and Teresa Ives Lilly.

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Darlene Franklin love is patient

Upcoming:

The Love is Patient Romance Collection: True Love Take Time in Nine Historical Novellas (includes The Birthday Wish): Coming February 1, 2016

Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances.

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Darlene Franklin cowboy's bride

The Cowboy’s Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches (includes The Reformed Cowboy): Coming March 1, 2016

Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? Find out in this exciting collection of nine historical romances.

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Darlene Franklin small town brides

The Small-Town Brides Romance Collection: 9 Romances Develop Under the Watchful Eyes of Neighbors (includes A Blessing for Beau): Release date May 1, 2016

Join the fun and feel the romance in various historical communities from Massachusetts to Florida, Missouri to Texas. Meet ladies who take firm stands for their work in mills, orphanages, churches, schools, hospitals, and the like as they dance through courtship with their beaus. Can the nine couples develop lasting loves under the watchful eyes of their neighbors?

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Christmas Mail Order Angels Complete Anthology (includes Jacob’s Christmas Dream)

Christmas Mail Order Angels, Volume 1 (includes Jacob’s Christmas Dream)

Darlene Franklin brides of the old west

2015:

Brides of the Old West: Five Romantic Adventures on the Frontier  (includes A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas)

Left to their own means of surviving in the American West, five spirited young women are the heroines of these five romantic Wild West adventures. Suzanne is managing her father’s ranch when she finds a wounded stranger. Blanche suddenly becomes heir to a river steamboat and a boatload of trouble. Amanda and her sister are determined to reach their father’s dream in Oregon. Deborah’s last hope is a dilapidated cabin in Indian Territory. Tildie is on the run from an arranged marriage with three children in tow. Trusting the men God sets along each of their paths may be asking too much.

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Darlene Franklin christmas traditions

Christmas Traditions (Christmas Romance Short Stories): 8 Authors bring you a heartwarming Christmas: (includes An Apple for Christmas):

#1 AMAZON BEST SELLER

Eight heartwarming novellas of Christmas’s gone by where the true meaning of the season warms your heart and love flows as fast as apple cider. Grab your favorite drink, no matter the temperature outside, curl up in a cozy chair and lose yourself in holiday romance.

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Darlene Franklin dressed for death

Dressed for Death (3-in-1)

Cici Wilde owns a vintage clothing store which provides costumes for the theater productions that Audie Howe directs. But every time they put on a play, someone ends up dead.

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Darlene Franklin gifts of christmas

Gifts of Christmas (3-in-1)

Enjoy Christmas from time gone by, when times were simpler and celebrations wholesome. In Gifts of Christmas, Darlene Franklin has brought us clean, sweet stories that celebrate the true meaning of the holiday and leave our hearts warm and our spirits uplifted.
Includes the novellas: An Apple for Christmas, Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, and Christmas Visitors.

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Christmas Mail Order Brides  (6-in-1)

A dying town populated by miners eager to settle down. . .but not a single marriageable woman lives in Angel Vale, Wyoming. The women of Merville, Maine, have lost too many men to the Civil War and to the sea. When the Ladies Aid Society receives the request for mail order brides, eleven matches are made. Enjoy the first six novellas in the collection by Darlene Franklin, Susan Page Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Brandi Boddie, Jennifer AlLee, and Teresa Ives Lilly.

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Darlene Franklin holidays of the heart

Holidays of the Heart (3-in-1)

Three holiday-named towns in the Old West—three couples. Romance at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Flag Day.

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Darlene Franklin homestead brides

Homestead Brides (includes Priceless Pearl)

Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting.

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Darlene Franklin christmas potpourri

A Christmas Potpourri (11 Unforgettable Christmas Stories (includes Christmas Visitors)

A Christmas story for every taste from clean to Christian, from short to full length, from historical to contemporary, you’re bound to find a story to suit your taste. Come celebrate the season with us and have your heart touched by romance.

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A Texas Christmas

A Texas Christmas: Six Romances from the Lone Star State Herald the Season of Love (includes Face of Mary)

Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges—and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably attracted to a tenderfoot accountant. Vivian shuns marriage until meeting a nomadic photographer. Lacey’s cooking draws a quiet blacksmith out of his shell. Tracker Bessie Mae helps a ranger hunt down a villain.

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Darlene Franklin colorado melodies

2014:

Colorado Melodies: Three Modern Couples Seek Love That Will Endure Hardships (3-in-1)

Visit colorful Colorado through the stories of three couples longing for love’s sweet song. One couple’s compassion for orphans will either draw them closer or tear them apart. A young woman in survival mode will be swept off her feet by a true “knight.” And two people needing to rebuild their lives will find their hearts need renovated, too. Watch as these three couples’ stories intertwine with friendship, faith, and love in the presence of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

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Darlene Franklin new england romance collection

New England Romance Collection: 5 Inspiring Love Stories from the Historic Northeast (includes Bridge to Love)

New England is not just colorful in autumn but throughout the history of its states—including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Through the trials and triumphs of the early years of American history, to the turbulent 1930s, enjoy five stories laced with history, faith, and romance. Will these couples find a place to call home among the northeastern states?

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Darlene Franklin preacher's bride

A Preacher’s Bride Collection: 6 Old-Fashioned Romances Built on Faith and Love (includes Miss Bliss and the Bear)

Meet six men who are dedicated to preaching God’s Word—and six women who wonder if they are cut out to support that calling. Being a helpmate to a pastor is no easy task. They must step out in a special kind of faith and love to become preachers’ brides…. This collection of historical stories will capture, inspire, and entertain readers—and remind them of God’s unique way of weaving great joy and blessing into the lives of those who love Him and follow His will.

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calico brides

2013

Calico Brides (4-in-1)

Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?

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Darlene Franklin texas brides

The Texas Brides Collection: 9 Romances from the Old West (includes Angel in Disguise)

Enjoy the rich history of Texas penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including DiAnn Mills and Kathleen Y’Barbo. This collection of nine romances brings together the lawful, the lawless, and the lonely in the Lone Star State. Watch as three Texas Rangers turn from chasing outlaws to courting women who are determined to remain independent. Experience the trials six outlaws have as they turn into respectable citizens and seek to settle down with a spouse to love.

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Darlene Franklin postmark christmas

2012

Postmark Christmas (includes Merry Christmas, With Love)

The holidays are stamped for love in Christmas, Florida. While keeping her eye open for her next job lead, will nomadic event planner Stella find romance instead? How will one retired major change war widow Randi’s postcard-sending mission? Can photographer David Levine draw shy Gabi Archer out of her shell? Will retired police officer Rick Stanton be able to steal postmistress Edie Hathaway’s heart?

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Darlene Franklin christmas at barncastle inn

2011

Christmas at Barncastle Inn (includes The First Christmas)

You can experience Christmas during the time period of your choice—if you rent the entire Barncastle Inn of Vermont for the whole week of Christmas. When they first decided to do this, Jayne Barncastle is determined to prove to her parents it will work. Will she overlook her own chance for romance in the process? Will a World War II era “White Christmas” recreate a scene of forgiveness for an embittered couple? Can a pirate’s lair be the place of fun-filled reunion for old lovers? When coworkers assist in recreating the first Christmas for the inn, will they discover romance?

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Darlene Franklin maple notch brides

Maple Notch Brides (3-in-1)

Climb into adventure in the Green Mountain State where party politics, parental pressure, and personal misperceptions challenge three couples. Sally Reid and her family of Patriots are in hiding. Can she trust Josiah Tuttle, a man whose father is loyal to King George? Beatrice Bailey’s wealthy father wants his daughter to marry up—not down. Does farmer Calvin Tuttle have any chance of winning Beatrice’s heart and her father’s blessing? Clara Farley has accepted the role of spinster. Can Daniel Tuttle get her to change her mind? Will God show these couples a way above the fray?

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Darlene Franklin seaside romance

2010

Seaside Romance (includes Beacon of Love)

Relive yesteryear’s glory days in Capernaum Island, Providence, and Newport, Rhode Island, through the eyes of three young women on the tide of love. Judith lives at the lighthouse her father operates, but when an old friend returns, will his fears keep him from reaching her? Becca’s first day on the job as a maid ends with a marriage proposal to a business tycoon, but can she trust his sincerity? Francesca is being pressured to enter a prestigious marriage, but can true love be within her reach? Enjoy this delightful collection of historical romances.

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A Woodland Christmas: Four Couples Find Love in the Piney Woods of East Texas  (includes Face of Mary)

Experience a nostalgic Christmas in the Piney Woods of East Texas where a traveling wood-carver dispenses wisdom that brings four couples to realize the gift of love. Can Bridget show Seth how to forgive? Will Mary see Joseph live up to his promise? Can Seth steer Emma away from the need for vengeance? Will R. C. help Gabriella find her grandfather?

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Darlene Franklin snowbound colorado christmas

2008

Snowbound Colorado Christmas (includes Dressed in Scarlet)

Relive the Christmas of 1913 thorough the eyes of young people in love as snow falls in a record-setting blizzard. During Christmas the Christmas of 1913, Colorado is buffeted with snow and four couples find that taken refuge also means taking a look at the past and giving love a chance for the future.

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Devotionals

Darlene Franklin 365 encouraging verses of the bible

365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible (contributor)

Every day for an entire year, 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible gives you a concise, easy-to-read entry on the most important, intriguing, and hope-filled passages of scripture. From the profound opening of Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning, God. . .”) to the final prayer of Revelation 22:20 (“Even so, come, Lord Jesus”), you’ll find this book a useful and enjoyable tool for enhancing your biblical knowledge. Appropriate for readers from junior high and up, 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible covers the breadth and width of scripture in a one-year format.

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365-Fun Bible Fact Book (contributor)

Every day for an entire year, The 365-Day Fun Bible Fact Book gives you a concise, easy-to-read entry on the strange, wonderful, and intriguing aspects of scripture. Covering the miraculous, the odd, the important-but-little-known, and the truly bizarre, this book is a useful and fun tool for enhancing biblical knowledge. Appropriate for readers from junior high and up, The 365-Day Fun Bible Fact Book covers “The Bible’s Other Noah,” “Solomon’s 700 Wives,” “Healing Hankies,” and 362 other unusual aspects of scripture. Bonus Bible trivia questions appear with each reading, promising you an entire year’s worth of fun!

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The Book Lover’s Devotionals (contributor)

If you like books, you’ll love The Book Lover’s Devotional—a collection of 60 readings that draw engaging, contemporary spiritual points from literature. From All Quiet on the Western Front to Little House on the Prairie, from In His Steps to Pride and Prejudice, and from Christy to The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, books covered run the gamut of genres, from the 1800s to the present. Each entry features details on the book itself, and describes a moment of truth to be found in the story. “Further thought” questions encourage critical thinking about literature. If you like books, get The Book Lover’s Devotional!

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Cat Lover’s Devotional Journal (contributor)

Your favorite felines have a lot to teach you about life, love, and everything in between. If you’re a dedicated cat lover, you’ll treasure curling up with the Cat Lover’s Devotional Journal—featuring dozens of inspiring devotional readings plus generous journaling space. A true reminder that there’s more to life than lounging in the sunniest spot of the house or selecting the best windowsill for bird-watching.

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Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul (contributor)

Find inspiration for change and personal growth in each story as people in this dynamic community share their experiences of transformation, of lives reclaimed, of relationships renewed and futures full of promise.

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Heavenly Humor for the Cat Lover’s Soul (contributor)

Need a good laugh? Who doesn’t? Find mirth and spiritual refreshment in Heavenly Humor for the Cat Lover’s Soul, featuring devotional readings drawn from fellow feline fans.  Seventy-five readings will make you laugh, chuckle, chortle, and snicker. And every reading points you to the heavenly Father who knows all about you—and loves you completely.

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Darlene Franklin heavenly humor for the teacher's soul

Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul (contributor)

Need a good laugh? Who doesn’t? Find mirth and spiritual refreshment in Heavenly Humor for the Teacher’s Soul, featuring devotional readings drawn from fellow teachers and those who love them. Seventy-five readings will make you laugh, chuckle, chortle, and snicker. And every reading points you to the heavenly Father who knows all about you—and loves you completely.

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Darlene Franklin It Is Well with my Soul

It Is Well With My Soul: Inspiration from the Beloved  Hymn

The lyrics from Horatio G. Spafford’s beloved hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” inspire this encouraging title. Overflowing with thoughtful devotions, prayers, memorable quotations, and Bible promises, you’ll find the blessings, encouragement, joy, and comfort your heart truly desires.

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A Reader’s Journey through Matthew

A Reader’s Journey through Matthew is written by and for avid readers and writers of literature. This seven-week devotional is perfect for a Lenten study or any time of year.

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Women of the Bible Devotional: Inspiration from the Lives, Loves, and Legacy of Notable Bible Women (contributor)

We can learn much from the successes and failures, lives, loves, and legacy of scriptural women—and readers will find great insights in The Women of the Bible Devotional. This brand-new book features 180 quick, easy-to-read entries on nearly every named woman of scripture—from Abigail to Zipporah—and many of the unnamed ladies, such as Job’s wife, the woman caught in adultery, and the persistent widow of Jesus’ parable. Biblical women played a powerful role in God’s plan for humanity, and their stories were recorded for our benefit today. The Women of the Bible Devotional can share important, even life-changing, principles for readers’ quiet time.

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Darlene Franklin whispers of wisdom women

Daily Whispers of Wisdom for Women 

This daily devotional packs a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, and inspiration into just-right-sized readings for women on the go. Each day’s reading meets women right where they are—career women, mothers, and homemakers—and includes a relevant scripture and prayer. It’s the ideal way for women to begin or end their day—or for an afternoon pick-me-up. This portable package, featuring an attractive cover and ribbon marker, makes a fabulous any-occasion gift for women at all stages in life.

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Mysteries

Darlene Franklin dressed for death

Dressed for Death Series

Gunfight at Grace Gulch

The feud between the Graces and the Gaynors is still going strong more than a century after its inception in the 1891 Oklahoma land run. Newspaper editor Penn Hardy is murdered during the reenactment of the most famous gunfight in the history of Grace Gulch, Oklahoma. Cici Wilde, owner of a vintage clothing store, feels compelled to investigate when police suspect people close to her. She soon discovers her talent for sleuthing equals her flare for wearing period clothing. Theater director Audie Howe never expected the reenactment to end in a real murder. He cares too much for the future of the Magda Grace Mallory Theater – and the charming Cici Wilde – to let her face danger alone. Cici and Audie take a dangerous gamble to nail the killer – and lay their lives on the line.

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A String of Murders

Blackmail turns deadly. . .

Cici Wilde’s fiancé, Audie Howe, calls her with disturbing news. Her store’s been broken into and worse, someone murdered the intruder. The victim clutches a string of pearls in one hand and a threatening e-mail in the other. It reads “I know what you’re doing. Meet me at Cici’s Vintage Clothing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.”

With the discovery of the body, a recent spate of ugly e-mails throughout the Grace Gulch community becomes intensely personal. The murderer purposely lured the victim to Cici’s store. Why? The answer lies in the strand of pearls, a gift from arts patron Magda Grace Mallory. She has loaned them to Audie, director of the MGM Theater, for use in the upcoming production of Arsenic and Old Lace.

Evidence points to members of the close theater community. Is it Gene Mallory, Magda’s ne’er-do-well son? Lauren Packer, Magda’s lawyer? Peppi Lambert, Grace Gulch newcomer and good friend of Cici’s sister? Or Suzanne Jay, theater diva with a shady past? When a second murder is committed with the same string of pearls, Cici battles through baffling clues to find the killer before he strikes again.

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Paint Me a Murder

Two years have passed since the last murder rocked Grace Gulch. Life has settled down for the three Wilde sisters. The town is celebrating the opening of the MGM Center for the Arts with a clue-driven scavenger hunt, and Cici expects her first child in six weeks. Newcomers have joined the community, including Cici’s mother-in-law, Gilda Howe.

Cici’s peace is shattered when an art studio burns down with the body inside. The missing artist quickly becomes the primary suspect because of his public breakup with the victim.

An old secret forces Cici to take up sleuthing one more time. Legends of buried treasure and rumors of drugs mix with jealousy as Cici looks into arson and murder. When she comes close to solving the puzzle, a second person goes missing—her little sister. Will she find her in time?

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