I’m excited to have, Darlene Franklin, a fellow Heartsong Presents writer with us today to share with us about her upcoming release Hidden Dreams. Welcome, Darlene! Please tell us what Hidden Dreams is about.
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.
Oh, this sounds good! What inspired the story?
Reader response to my first Vermont historical series, Maple Notch Brides, was strong, and Heartsong offered me a chance to write three more books about my beloved New England. This series from Heartsong, Maple Notch Dreams, follows the Tuttle family into the 20th century.
A historical timeline revealed that the worst natural disaster in Vermont history occurred in November 1927, when the Winooskia River flooded, causing 85 deaths and destroying 1,200 bridges.
Since a covered bridge played an important role in Maple Notch Dreams, I wanted to write about its destruction during the flood. History also notes the various purposes covered bridges served; since this story was set during the Prohibition Era, its capacity for hiding moonshine, or “bathtub gin,” came into play.
Vermont is a very “green” state, with a strong Audobon Society, so I made my hero a naturalist observing endangered birds. The general idea of a flapper on the run for winning money she wasn’t supposed to have come from, of all places, a movie about the 1920s.
Wow! What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
There are two more books in the Maple Notch Dreams series: Golden Dreams (September) and Madame Mayor (January 2014) I also wrote the novella anthology Calico Brides (June) and have a story in Texas Brides (May)
Excellent! Now for a fun questions.:) Please tell us about your dream vacation. Where would you go and what would you do?
I might go to the Arizona desert and see if it helps my arthritis! I have a long list of places I would love to visit – Alaska, Hawaii, the British Isles, Australia, Norway – but San Diego, California tops the list. Or maybe San Francisco. California for sure. I have wanted to make it to the west coast for my entire life (born in New England).
LOL I’m a west coast girl and have never been to the east coast. San Diego is great. I’ve been to all the US locations you named, but I have to say, I’ve enjoyed Alaska the most.
Darlene has offered to give away one copy of Hidden Dreams to a lucky commenter. To be entered into the drawing you must answer this question.
What famous bridges have you visited and do you have any special stories involving bridges? If you’ve never visited a famous bridge go ahead and mention that and I’ll count it. 🙂
Rules: There must be ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. You must answer the question–please enter me will not get you entered. You must have a USA address. Void where prohibited by law.
Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. She has published several titles with Barbour Publishing, including her two latest releases, A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas, and Merry Christmas, With Love, in Postmark: Christmas. She has also written two books in the Texas Trails series with RiverNorth Fiction, Lone Star Trail and A Ranger’s Trail. She’s a member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers.
You can find Darlene online at http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/, http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.3 You may also be interested in my Facebook page, Darlene’s 5 Questions a Day (https://www.facebook.com/groups/542991419047696/?bookmark_t=group) where I will answer the first five questions related to the writing life posed on any given day. Group members are also welcome to contribute.
I have a novella coming out in Texas Brides, Angel in Disguise. Here is a bit about that anthology:
Back cover blurb:
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.