Thanks to all of you who took part in my very first blog giveaway! Liz Dent won A Texas Christmas and Cynthia won Romanian Rhapsody.

PSST: Tuesday in NATIONAL GERMAN AMERICAN DAY. Love’s Glory (http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Christian-Historical-Romance-Holidays-ebook/dp/B00YSY018K/) is free all day, and four books of the Texas Trails series will be given away at my German American Celebration at https://www.facebook.com/events/448793798655051

Now let’s discover the books being offered this month. Two lucky winners will one of the books. You increase your chances by commenting on the weekly blogs, liking my page on Facebook, following me on Twitter and signing up for my newsletter. Mention the Facebook, Twitter, and the newsletter in your comments.

FINAL MOA vol 1This month’s new book was released on September 25th: Christmas Mail Order Angels: A Collection of 6 Historical Romantic Novellas of Mail Order Brides.

A few years ago I developed an idea for a long book about twelve mail order couples. A miner who hadn’t made much money panning for gold talks his best friend, the well-to-do store owner, into advertising for mail order brides.

After research, I decided the Black Hills Gold Rush of the 1870s was the perfect setting. Think Deadwood, but the discovery involved Wyoming as well. I chose Crook County, Wyoming, since I’ve actually spent some time in the state.

As for the bride, my store owner wanted to seek a bride from his father’s home town—Merville, Maine—like Abraham’s instructions to Eliezer.

I never finished the long book, so when I jumped into indie publishing, I realized 12 couples=12 novellas! I wrote the first book, Jacob’s Christmas Dream, which pairs the store-owner with the Merville pastor’s daughter. This month’s offering contains the first six stories from the eleven that ended up in the collection. In addition to my novella, Christmas Mail Order Angels includes The Reliable Cowboy by Susan Page Davis, Christmas Gold by Cynthia Hickey, A Christmas Rose by Brandi Boddie, Christmas Fire by Jennifer AlLee, and Cooking Up Christmas by Teresa Ives Lily.

Christmas Mail Order Angels: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Mail-Order-Angels-collection-ebook/dp/B015RN2J8U/

Jacob’s Christmas Dream: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Christian-Historical-Romantic-Novella-ebook/dp/B013J2AR76/haveDarlene Franklin lone star trail

For the featured release, I turned to Oktoberfest and German American Day on October 6th for inspiration. Three of my books focus on German American immigrants,

The featured book, Lone Star Trail, is the first book at the Texas Trails series. It’s set in 1847, a critical time in Texas’s history: Texas became part of the United States and was the battleground of the War with Mexico. More importantly, the German Verein was in full swing. Thousands of Germans emigrated to Texas in the 1830s and 1840s, settling dozens of communities, such as New Braunfels to Fredericksburg. My hero, Jud Morgan, lost his father at the Alamo; he resents the Germans flooding Victoria, but he can’t help being drawn to Wande Fleischer. Relive the experience of the German immigrants and the excitement of the era in Lone Star Trail at http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Star-Trail-Texas-Book-ebook/dp/B005NFG4VG/

Other of my books celebrating German Americans:

A Ranger’s Trail http://www.amazon.com/Rangers-Trail-Texas-Book-ebook/dp/B006YYGUFK/

Love’s Glory http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Christian-Historical-Romance-Holidays-ebook/dp/B00YSY018K/

17 replies
  1. Elizabeth Dent
    Elizabeth Dent says:

    Hey Darlene . I have loved all of your books that I have read . Would love to win any of them . You inspire me with your writing . I don’t know of another author that writes from a nursing home . I think you do really well .. Keep up the good books .

    • Darlene Franklin
      Darlene Franklin says:

      (P.S. To increase your chances of winning, mention if you have subscribed to my newsletter, like my page on facebook, and/or follow me on twitter)

  2. Justina Wilson
    Justina Wilson says:

    Not sure where to leave a comment, but I see you have a range of books
    out! God is so good to bring writter’s and readers together thru
    Facebook, Twitter. I also love the fact that we can spend time as
    friends as well!
    Your story about your son and granddaughter touched my heart! I love
    when young minds are so enquizative and open to understand and relieve
    just wish Grown Ups were!!
    I love the idea behind your Christmas Angels Novellas! It would be a
    fun read!

    As you know I follow you on Facebook, am going to try on Twitter as
    well, and am part of your group on Sunday’s but got by Tina Wilson
    (not my full name).

    Thanks been praying for you,
    Justina (Tina) Wilson

  3. Melissa Henderson
    Melissa Henderson says:

    Darlene, I am enjoying getting to know more about you and your stories. Thank you so much for all your stories. 🙂

    • Darlene Franklin
      Darlene Franklin says:

      Melissa, I’m glad you enjoy my life and stories. And thank God for the stories–He gives me more ideas than I’ll ever have time to write.

      (P.S. To increase your chances of winning, mention if you have subscribed to my newsletter, like my page on facebook, and/or follow me on twitter)

  4. Nancy M
    Nancy M says:

    Congratulations on the new collection! I have enjoyed your books! I just subscribed to your newsletter and have been a fan of yours of Facebook for a while and followed you on twitter. I love that you don’t let bring in a nursing home stop you from continuing to serve the Lord! You go girl!

  5. Lisa Stifler
    Lisa Stifler says:

    Hi Darlene, I enjoyed your blog. I would love to be entered for a chance to win one of your books. I am a fan on fb, I receive your newsletter and follow you on Twitter. God bless.

  6. Kathy Heare Watts
    Kathy Heare Watts says:

    Hello, Darlene. I love your books. I have joined your newsletter. Love keeping up with authors and learning about new books. I try to be an authors best friend, I write a review for every book I read. So far, it is 640 books and I post reviews at various sites, Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. Would love to win, read and review.

    • Darlene Franklin
      Darlene Franklin says:

      Kathy, I’d love to have you as my best friend. In fact, I believe I’ve seen your reviews on a few of my books. Thanks again!

      • Kathy Heare Watts
        Kathy Heare Watts says:

        Sorry I did not see your question earlier. Yes I definitely would love to read and review. I’ve sent an email to you.

  7. kim amundsen
    kim amundsen says:

    I get your newsletter, follow you on twitter and facebook. My author reading is growing have not had a chance to read on of your books yet but will get around to it soon. Have a great week. Kim


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