Monday, March 15, 2010

Darlene Franklin's Beacon of Love


We're happy to have Darlene Franklin with us today talking about her book, "Beacon of Love."

To learn more about Darlene, please read on.

Your title: Beacon of Love
1) How did this story come to you?
I often research actual historical events to come up with ideas for stories. When I learned that a hurricane destroyed a Rhode Island lighthouse in 1816, I knew I had the setting for Beacon of Love!
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Tamela Hancock Murray, Lynette Sowell and I put together a proposal for three books set in historical Rhode Island for Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing). Heartsong has (or will) publish 3 contemporary and 3 historical romances for all fifty states! The editor chose our proposal to represent Rhode Island. (And by the way, I’m also writing three books set in historical Vermont, starting with Prodigal Patriot this July.)
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I graduated from high school in Augusta, Maine.
I studied church music in college.
I have had almost 200 devotions accepted for publication.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently working on my second Vermont historical romance (to be followed by book #3): Bridge to Love and Love’s Raid. At the moment, I have books lined up for publication through 2012. God is good!
This summer, look for the repack of our Rhode Island stories under the title Seaside Romance.
5) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Look for me on Facebook and at darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com. I’m also a regular contributor to http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com/. You can get a free critique at the Book Doctor blog—check it out.

24 comments:

  1. Your book sounds so interesting. Would love to have it.
    csdsksds[at]gmail[dot]com

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  2. I'm a subscriber. I'd love to be included in this giveaway. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  3. I got this facebook , KDawn pass out her blog about your book. I am looking forward to read this one day .. Sound like a good book to read. I have read heartsong presents for years ..

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  4. I love historical novels. This does sound so interesting. Afterall, living on the gulf, I do know what hurricanes can do!
    Emma Bedford
    elbedford@comcast.net

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  5. Hi, I hope it was alright to re-post the giveaway at Facebook. Thanks.

    gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

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  6. I'm a subscriber to the feed burner. Thanks. I love heartsong books. I'd love to win this book. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  7. I never miss the Barbour 3-in-1 fiction when it arrives in our store. I look forward to your upcoming novels!

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  8. I understand about hurricanes, since we live in Miami and endured Hurricane Andrew. I like lighthouses and climbed to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse in January - I recommend the view highly.
    kayewhitney@bellsouth.net

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  9. I always enjoy stories set by the seaside, please include me in the drawing for Beacon of Love. Thanks!
    I'm a subscriber.

    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. Kathy ChristensenMarch 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    I look forward to reading "Beacon of Love."
    Kathy
    scrapkath@hotmail.com

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  11. I would love to win and read this book! Please enter me. Thanks!!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  12. I don't read mass market paperbacks because of the print size, so don't enter me in this giveaway. But I would buy this book immediately if it were available on Kindle. A lighthouse on the cover always gets my attention, as well as a New England setting, so I'm also interested in the Vermont historical collection. I enjoyed the interview and hope the Heartsong Presents line will soon be available to Kindle readers.

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  13. Looking forward for an opportunity to win!
    myboyzmom@netzero.com

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  14. Please enter me, looks good!

    caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. First, I love lighthouses! So I'm definitely interested in your book.

    I'm already a subscriber.
    Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  16. would enjoy reading this wonderful book...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)Com

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  17. I'd love to read this story. In the early 90's I wrote a trilogy about lighthouses on the Great Lakes. The hurricane destruction sounds very exciting!

    Donna Winters
    http://www.greatlakesromances.com

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  18. I love historical fiction! Please enter me in. I'd love to win your book :)
    randomness.is.awesome@gmail.com

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  19. I also love historical fiction. I have a fondness for the ocean and RI. My Dad grew up there and as a youngster we would go to RI.
    Thank You
    Maureen

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  20. Thanks for the opportunity to be considered for this book giveaway. I have traveled to forty five states and forty countries. But I have never been to Vermont. One of these days. But I can visit by reading and this sounds like a novel that will take me there.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawke.blogspot.com

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  21. I would love to read this book.
    Enter me.
    csdsksds[at]gmail[dot]com

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  22. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre. Please enter me for the drawing I would like to win your book! Thank you!

    LaTawnia
    walkinfaith4him(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. This looks like a wonderful book, I'd love to read it!

    Pam
    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. great interview...please enter my name. Connie
    phdclark@swbell.net

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