Welcome to June's WILD CARD POST. On the 4th (and 5th) Friday of each month, I've ask a author friend to visit and share a post or something fun pertaining to their books. This month we have a treasure hunt sponsored by Darlene Franklin, take it away Darlene!

The winner will receive a GRAND PRIZE of seven e-books published by Darlene Franklin since she began publishing independently/with Forget Me Not Romances:
    From Holidays of the Heart historical romance novellas:
        Christmas Visitors
        My Candy Valentine
        Love’s Glory
    From Dressed for Death mysteries:
        Gunfight at Grace Gulch
        A String of Murders
        Paint Me a Murder  
    A 7-week devotional on the gospel of Matthew: A Reader’s Journey through Matthew

The person who answers the most questions correctly will win the grand prize. In the case of a tie, the person who answers the tie-breaker question correctly will win. If there is still a tie, we will use a random drawing.

There must be at least ten entries for this drawing to be valid. These questions are designed to be easy to answer by a quick perusal of the titles or the blurbs or a quick Google search.

1.    How many books does Darlene Franklin have published (check her author page at Amazon,
2.    According to Darlene’s Facebook page, where was she born? (
3.    According to the “grandchildren” album on Darlene’s FB page, what are the names of her grandchildren?
4.    What is the setting of the Dressed for Death mystery series?
5.    Name three of Darlene’s Christmas novellas.
6.    What war is the back drop of Love’s Glory?
7.    Name one of the two states where most of Darlene’s books are set.
8.    Which state had five land runs which inspired Gunfight at Grace Gulch?
9.    Lone Star State, A Ranger’s Trail, and Love’s Glory all focus on one group of Texas immigrants. Which country did they come from?
10.    Tie Breaker: What is the title of Darlene Franklin’s first book?


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 is she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free.


 Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over thirty books and has written more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at and





A five book anthology including:

Sweet Waters by Julie Carobini

Jilted Tara Sweet leaves Missouri to chase after the fairy tale life she and her sisters once knew in Otter Bay. Soon she meets handsome but complicated firefighter Josh Adams and a host of mysterious faces from long ago. But what happens when truth is one secret after another, lies unfold, and the fairy tale turns out to be a soap opera?
Despite their budding romance by the sea, Tara and Josh soon find themselves at odds with their families, their faith, the quirky townspeople of Otter Bay ~ and each other. Can they face the truth together … and be set free?

That Dog Won’t Hunt by Brandilyn Collins

Meet the Dearings, a crazy, loving, boisterous family in small-town Mississippi. There’s mom and dad, three daughters and their families, and the youngest—twenty-five-year-old Ben. Oh, and the family dog, a Yorkie who thinks she’s royalty.
Ben is just sure everyone will love Christina, his new fiancée, when he brings her home for a family reunion.
He always did wear rose-colored glasses.
Christina loves Ben but secretly fears their relationship will never work. She hasn’t told him about her horrific past as an only child. Christina doesn’t know how to trust or be honest about her feelings. Being thrust into the middle of a tight-knit family like the Dearings is sure to send her over the edge.
The Dearings are no perfect family, but they know how to love—if only Christina will accept it.

The Quarryman’s Wife by Mary DeMuth

Augusta Brinkworth nearly breaks from grief when her husband is killed in a rock quarry slide, leaving her with a passel of children to feed in the throes of the Great Depression. Armed with detached stoicism, she disengages from the lives of her grieving children, pushing them away, while forces outside and within the family threaten its existence. Will Augusta shed her detachment and engage in her children’s lives before the family rips apart? 

Finding Amanda by Robin Patchen

Chef and popular blogger Amanda Johnson hopes publishing her memoir will provide healing and justice. Her estranged husband, contractor and veteran soldier Mark Johnson, tries to talk her out of it, fearing the psychiatrist who seduced her when she was a teen might return to silence her. But Amanda doesn’t need advice, certainly not from her judgmental soon-to-be ex-husband. Her overconfidence makes her vulnerable when she travels out of town and runs into the abuser from her past. A kind stranger comes to her rescue and offers her protection. Now Mark must safeguard his wife both from the fiend who threatens her life and from the stranger who threatens their marriage. 

Callie by Sharon Srock

A baby is dead and Callie Stillman blames herself. Haunted by memories of a tiny coffin, she can’t understand how God could expect her to put her heart on the line a second time. But the evasive little girl attending her Sunday School class is so obviously in trouble that Callie finds her resolve cracking.
Iris and Samantha Evans are living on borrowed time. Deserted, orphaned, and betrayed, they need rescuing in the worst way.
Steve Evans had his life changed by God. A reformed drug addict, he’s searching for the family he abandoned ten years ago and praying for a miracle.
The road to healing is rocky. But as Callie confronts her worst fears by bringing father and daughters together in a risky bid for reconciliation, she realizes that the Evans family aren’t the only ones God wants to rescue from a tortured past.






Welcome to June's  edition of  SECOND FRIDAY RECIPE. On the second Friday of each month, I've invited a fellow author to share a favorite recipe with us and maybe a little something about their latest book. This week Donna Robinson let's us in on one of her faves. And, I have to tell you, I'm intrigued enough that my co-workers will be sampling these very soon!!

Tropical Brownies

In a large bowl, cream together:
    1 cup butter
    1½ cups sugar
Add, and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy:
    4 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
Add, and mix:
    2 cups flour
    1½ tsp. baking powder
    1½ tsp. cinnamon

Measure 1½ cups batter and put in a second bowl. Add 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained well. Set aside.

Melt 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Stir until completely melted. Add to the first bowl and mix well. With a spoon, stir in ½ cup chopped pecans.

Spread ¾ of the chocolate batter across the bottom of a well-greased 9x13 pan. Spread the pineapple batter over this layer. Drop remaining chocolate batter in small spoonfuls over the pineapple layer. Spread carefully with a knife. (If it doesn’t completely cover, leave some of the pineapple batter showing around the edges.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 38 – 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Cool and cut into bars.

Romance in Recovery
When Noelle’s grandmother dies, she’s all alone in the world. Not one person from her past—except for him, and she hopes he never finds her.

Tucker Shay is living the good life as a freewheeling bachelor— flying airplanes, playing basketball, flirting with girls. He has plenty of time to settle down and get married. Then tragedy strikes, and nothing is the same.

What is God’s plan for Tucker and Noelle? Will they grant each other a second chance for a happy future together?

Link to purchase: 

Donna Reimel Robinson is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her publishing credits include Tumbleweed Weddings, published by Barbour, as well as the eBooks, Romance by Design and Romance in Recovery. The paperback version, The Knotty Pine Chronicles, includes both stories. She and her husband live in Denver, and they have four grown children and eleven grandchildren. You can see a list of her books, both digital and paperback, at



Welcome to June and getting to know you Friday. On the first Friday of each month I want us to take the time to get to know each other a little better. I'll post something you might not know about me and ask you to share.



Can you find me in this picture? No...

Probably because I'm not in that picture, but I could have been, because for the last twenty-five years I've been an AVON representative. (Or the Ding Dong Lady as some of the husbands called me.)

You know, six years ago I had my life all planned out. I'd complete my time at my government job, retire at the age of sixty-five, and open a little AVON store. I'd use my earnings to supplement my retirement, all would be happy and calm in my little corner of the world.

That was my plan. 

It was a great plan. 

It wasn't God's plan!

So after twenty-five years and WAY  sooner than I expected, I retired from my AVON business last month.  I'm having a bit of an issue adjusting to the extra time. I'm having to retrain my mind NOT to think about delivery and order schedules. But the good news is I'm already using some of the extra time to write.


That seems to be God's plan for my future. It's a good thing I'm good with that.

So here is my question for you. Have you ever spent a lot of time working toward something, only to have God redirect you. Please share with us if you're comfortable doing so.

WILD CARD 1 June 2015

Welcome to our June 1st WILD CARD POST. I was out of town on Friday so we are running a few days late with this week's post.  

I've asked my friend and fellow Oklahoma author Julie Jarnagin to share something fun with us this week. 

Take it away Julie:


I’m excited to be here today! To celebrate the recent release of my novel, Kiss the Cowboy, let’s do a scavenger hunt for a $5 Amazon gift card.


You can find all the answers at and the Amazon pages for Kiss the Cowboy and my novella, The Art of Falling.

1.    Which book of mine is currently FREE!
2.    What animal am I afraid of?
3.    What is the name of the hero in Kiss the Cowboy?
4.    Tell me something interesting about yourself.

Add all your answers in the comments with your email address, and we’ll draw one winner. Thanks for playing!

What if your competition for your dream job…was your dream man?

All Lucy Pickett needs to become executive chef in one of Dallas’s finest restaurants is to pull off the high-profile wedding she’s catering. So what if she’s forced to share duties with Dylan Lawson, a modern-day chuck-wagon cook? So what if he’s got rugged looks and cowboy charm? None of that is going to knock her off her game. Until she learns the restaurateur is considering Dylan for the position she wants. Game on–and it’s a winner-take-all event!

Dylan Lawson finally has the opportunity he’s been waiting for to prove he can do more than just be a ranch hand. The only thing standing in his way is the fiery chef fighting for the same position. Will the heated competition scorch any chance they have for love?

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. To get the latest about new releases and freebies, join Julie’s newsletter at