meet Darlene Franklin

Today's a triple header! Not only do we have an author spotlight here, but I'm also posting At the Well with Conquer the Krudzu, but I'm also at Exemplify with A Beautiful Ugly. I'd love to have you join me there!

Now, Darlene is one brave lady! Not only did I not scare her away with my ditziness when we set up our first spotlight for 365 Daily Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms, but she came back for a second round with Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter. =) And I'm so glad she did! And now, here's Darlene...


Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin resides in the Colorado foothills with her mother and her lynx point Siamese cat Talia. One daughter has preceded her into glory; her son and his family live in Oklahoma. She loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. She has published six books, with six more on the way. Visit Darlene’s blog.

Wild West Christmas
Romance takes root in the lives of a Texas rancher's four daughters. Charlsey Ames loves being a cowhand until a dandy tenderfoot from the city begins opening her eyes to unexplored territory. Sharpshooter Lucy Ames takes a shot at love while traveling with a Wild West show. Horse-trainer Sarah Ames finds herself falling for a suspicious drifter with a gentle hand. Tracker Bessie Mae Ames is being trailed by a handsome yet guarded Texas Ranger. Will love corral these Lone Star ladies hearts this Christmas?

Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter
Can you ride? Rope a calf? Shoot a nickel at fifty paces? Major Paulson’s Wild West Show is seeking skilled cowboys and cowgirls. If travel and adventure appeal to you, we want to talk with YOU. Come to the picnic ground on the Guadalupe River on Thursday morning prepared to showcase your skill.

Lucy Ames clutched the ad from the weekly Horsefly Herald Gazette in her hand. She’d read and reread the page until the ink had smudged. Could her dreams at last be coming true?

You can purchase Wild West Christmas from CBD and Amazon:

Darlene is giving away a copy of Wild West Christmas. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, November 8th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on each post in this spotlight. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is void where prohibited; open only to U.S. addresses, odds of winning depend on number of entrants. No purchase necessary. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar and purchasing I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

We'll see you tomorrow with an interview with Darlene. Join us then!


  1. I am the first to read it--gotta love being across the pond!!! Thanks Patty!

  2. Loved the book! Darlene Franklin is such a talented writer! Can't wait to read more of her books!! :)

  3. Anonymous9:22 AM

    would LOVE to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k

  4. Thanks for having me as your guest today! We all have ditzy days; no worries.

  5. LoL Karen, you cracked me up this morning! You often are the first commentor for just that reason! =)

    Glad to see you Joy and Karen! Lucy sounds like quite a character, doesn't she?

    LoL, yes we all have ditzy days--thank goodness! Misery love company. =) Thanks for being with us, Darlene!!

  6. I wish I had more of Lucy's spunk ... shooting down bears, oh my!

  7. My childhood nickname was Ditzy so I identify completely LOL. Darlene is amazingly talented and a fine friend to boot! Would love to win, but...promise to get it even if I don't LOL.

    Hugs to all...

  8. Would love to read this. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  9. Please enter me!! I would love to read this book:) Thanks!
    esterried @

  10. Anonymous10:24 PM

    Please enter me.

  11. Darlene,

    I'm so glad you did this blog post! I had seen advertising for this book "Wild West Christmas" but I didn't know about your novella in it.

    They should make your name bigger :) Love your writing. It's nice to know we'll be seeing more of it. Where would we see the devotionals?

    Would love the book.

    cathy underscore shouse at yahoo dot com

  12. Wow,Cathy, thanks! My devotionals have appeared in several different anthologies, most recently in Cup of Comfort Christmas Prayers. Feel free to contact me at beloved franklin at msn dot com for a full listing.

  13. Anonymous7:14 PM

    The book sounds really good. Please enter me in the drawing. ~Abby

    abster dot rose at yahoo dot com

  14. Anonymous7:44 PM

    This sounds like a fun book to read. Have to make a note of the title to purchase it if I don't win.....JoAnn


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