Darlene Franklin

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-five books and has written more than 250 devotionals. You can find Darlene online at https://www.facebook.com/Poet.Darlene.Franklin and http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Franklin/e/B001K8993A/ You can find Darlene online elsewhere at https://www.facebook.com/Poet.Darlene.Franklin and http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-  IN THE BEGINNING. . .In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning God . . .            The words are part of my inner soul. I have read them, memorized them, studied them, and taught them so often that they are tattooed on my heart with indelible ink. I see God’s hand reaching for Adam’s, I hear the echoing words from John: “In the beginning was the Word.”            This time, coming to Genesis straight from the beginning of a new romance, where I introduce the heroine, it struck me differently.             God strides onto the scene. The blue screen of Hollywood, where the background will be added later.             “Let there be light!”            Did His voice thunder? Did He fling His arm like a painter flinging paint on a canvas? Did He sing, like C.S. Lewis describes in The Magician’s Nephew?            Since God is Spirit, all of those images are inaccurate. But they capture a smidgeon of the glory of creation.

            When God finished His work, climaxing in the creation of man and woman, He surveyed His creation. And it was very good.

            God had demonstrated His power, His control, His love—and opened His heart to the creation He favored most, the one He made is his own image: human beings.

            And I realized that at its heart, the Bible is a romance. Over and over again God begs and commands as He reveals Himself “‘that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:24)” (emphasis mine)

            The romance is always in doubt. The bride is not faithful in the least, continuing to pledge allegiance to God, then running after the next god that comes along.

We have a black moment—when Satan sees God Himself die on the cross and believes he has won.

Only to be defeated by Jesus’ resurrection.

And like all romances, we have a happy ending: God and His beloved celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19.)

In the beginning . . . God’s love.

In the end . . . God’s love.

And everything in between. God’s love.

The perfect lover.

This devotional is from my upcoming book, Beginnings: 13 Weeks Genesis – Deuteronomy, which will be published in early 2016.

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In order to have a future, she must let go of the past.

Frieda Dearing returns to the Grand Canyon a shadow of her childhood self. She dreams of working with renowned architect Mary Colter on Phantom Ranch. Even more, she hopes to build a new life after the devastations of the Great War.

Until she encounters a childhood friend who challenges everything, AMAZON

 

God wants a relationship with us. He describes himself as having eyes, ears—hands. His hands flung the universe in place and crafted our bodies. They protect us and shelter us—they also discipline us. The
thirty-nine poems in In God’s Hands celebrate those hands from many different angles, in poems such as:·
God as Judge

Healing Hands

Written on the Palms of God’s Hands

How Big is God?

Hands of Promise  AMAZON

 

  Widow Paige Remington is about to make the mistake of her life by going away for the weekend with her boyfriend. Her plan fails because her babysitter dumps her, and she realizes her mistake. She needs help. Now.

Enter Claud Comfort from Angel Family Services. He’s an S.G.A.—Senior Guardian Angel—who specializes in romance. He offers to take care of her children, but his goal is to help her see that love has been right under her nose all along.

Fellow S.G.A. Maude joins the staff of Smiles, Inc. to help the three dentists—Paige, boyfriend Don, and best friend Cole—sort out their romantic triangle. But what will happen when plans go awry, and Paige’s son runs away? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobina, the town spinster, and Holmes, the new lawyer in town, are perfect for each other. The storekeeper can see it. Why don’t they?Bobina’s best friend intervenes by having her arrested—and getting Holmes to represent her in court. When the budding romance falters, the town gets swept in the Christmas Candle Caper to steer Bobina and Holmes back on course to true love. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, Puss ‘n’ Boots, the kitten Max Roy finds in a pair of fisherman’s boots brings him good fortune and love. But the going isn’t easy.When do-gooder Alyvia Bailey meets Max riding a bike and living in a ramshackle fishing shack, she assumes he’s one of the transients she wants to help. She’s puzzled when he refuses pay for working on her project–remodeling a center for those needing a place to stay.Two cats weave in and out as they move forward to a surprising finish and bring love on kitten paws. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL ROADS LEADS TO … WAYNOKA, OKLAHOMA?
One day Graceanne Willis was enjoying a softball game between the Waynoka Harvey Girls team and a team made of train engineers from the same depot.Then Charles Lindberg landed on the playing field and announced his plans make Waynoka the hub of the first ever transcontinental transport service by air-and-train. Graceanne’s beau Peter is offered a job with the fledgling air transportDoes Graceanne trust God—and Peter–enough to let go? The two of them embark on a cross country journey to discover whether their paths will merge, or head in separate directions. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krystal Black had helped foreign dignitaries before but never was tempted to join their ranks. Prince Johann “John” van Koppelberg came to the Colorado Rockies expecting a vacation. He hadn’t planned to fall in love with his tourism director. But like John Denver, the prince found a home and fell in love. Now if only he could get Krystal and his parents to agree. AMAZON

 

A  year ago scandal ruined the annual Nanepaushat Cotton Mill Christmas Masquerade—the owner’s son tarried with a mill worker and she left, shamed and pregnant. Tragedy strikes this year when the same son dies in a tragic accident. Can supervisor Preston Marshall and the shunned woman’s cousin redeem the flailing Masquerade and rescue the Christmas child? How will they overcome the difference in their positions?Check out Christmas Child to read this imaginative retelling of Herod’s massacre of the innocents of Bethlehem. AMAZON

 

At last, the much anticipated 50th book by Darlene Franklin! Noble Prescott is drawn to the scene of a shipwreck by a sweet song sung in a language he didn’t understand. The songstress is barely alive, holding onto a piece of the ship’s railing. Her dress wraps around her legs like a mermaid’s tail. Thus begins this imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.Justine Battineaux, an Acadian forced from her homeland on Cape Breton Island by British decree, finds herself adrift in the Maine colony. She doesn’t know the language and is distrusted as a foreigner. Noble lives up to his name, providing shelter for Justine—and protection, as distrust turns into danger. For himself, his family—and the woman he comes to love. How will Justine and Noble overcome the evil woman’s schemes to find their own love everlasting? AMAZON

Rich summer cottager Lucretia “Luc” Phillips and Eddie Bourgoin, the son of a local fisherman, were once best of friends—until he went to work in the family business and she went on her European tour. Upon her return, their childhood friendship bursts into full-grown love, but the walls separating them have grown higher than ever. Will their risky plan lead them to a lifetime of happiness—or break them apart forever? AMAZON

 

People from around the country send their mail to Christmas, Florida, to receive a special Christmas postmark. War widow Randi Pearson enjoys sending Christmas cards to men and women serving in the armed forces–until retired major Troy Brennan shows up as a post office volunteer. Can Troy convince Randi to let go of the past and move into the future? AMAZON

 

 

 

You can experience Christmas during the time period of your choice—if you rent the entire Barncastle Inn of Vermont for the whole week of Christmas. Veterinarian’s assistant and young unmarried mother Waverly Coe is helping vet Alec Ross bring the First Christmas to Barncastle Inn. Can they see past their circumstances to celebrate their first Christmas together?  AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haunted by the orphans she met in Romania, Carrie Randolph returns to work in an orphanage. Soon she finds herself mothering five toddlers full-time and dreaming of adopting one of them when her two-year mission is finished. Steve Romero’s wife and son died in tragic circumstances in Romania, and he struggles to put the past behind him. When he decides to adopt a child, he returns to Romania and the orphanage where Carrie works – breaking her heart when he chooses Viktor, her favorite. Will Carrie trust God to fulfill her dreams in His time? Can Steve let go of grief and learn to love again? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following a scandal in the family business, Ty Knight finds himself in Ulysses, Colorado, trying to rebuild his own self-image–and how his family sees him. His convoluted plan for a glorious return begins to unravel, however, as he gets to know the people around him. What once seemed a harmless adventure becomes personal as he realizes the damage he caused.Sonia Oliveira has come to Ulysses to regroup after most of her artwork was stolen from a friend’s art gallery. She needs to rebuild–her collection of art, as well as her confidence and emotional well-being.Will an unexpected confession destroy the tenuous steps toward recovery she’s made? What can Ty do to curb the widening repercussions from his foolish plans? As danger draws closer, will either of them let go enough to let God work, or will they insist on going it alone? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHELLE LONGS FOR A STORYBOOK ROMANCE.
Homeless and jobless, Michelle visits her friend Carrie in Denver to find a new job. She envies Carrie’s married life and wishes she could have a happily-ever-after of her own. What she doesn’t realize is her knight in shining armor is about to sweep her off her feet—and love is much more complicated than she imagined. Joe Knight lives by a code of chivalry and honor. As he spends more time with Michelle, he wants to protect her, to fight her battles. He wants to be a strong knight, but feels more like a bungling squire. Does he have what it takes to be the man Michelle needs. As their picture-perfect romance hits reality, how can Michelle and Joe overcome life’s obstacles to find a love that truly ends in happily ever after? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having returned from war missing part of one arm, Daniel is convinced no woman would want him. So he keeps his focus on his job as town constable. But even as he searches for the men who are robbing area banks and threatening his community, he cannot shake the vision of Clara’s steady gray eyes, the challenge of her quick mind, and the strength of her faith in God.
Will Clara and Daniel succeed in keeping love at arm’s length? Or will their defenses fall to love’s raid? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Ellen Cooper—known affectionately as “Cinderella”—left her wedding boot in the dust when she ran away from her wedding to work on a sheep station in Australia.Four years later, she’s back home—and so is her ex-fiancé, now a DVM from Oklahoma State University. They reach a truce and work side by side in his father’s animal clinic.Cyn soon discovers she wants more—but she has to battle bad history and a demanding pet owner for Keith’s attention.How can Cinderella find a second chance at love? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

A year ago, life was full of promise.
Elyssa Philbin partied with the rest of New York’s elite, not worrying about anything beyond her newest dress.
Ian and Bridge McDonnell, although part of a poverty-stricken family, lived secure in their parents’ love. Bill Ward looked forward to a prosperous crop, a new baby, and his loving wife.Everything changed before the calendar turned to 1930.To Riches Again chronicles Elyssa and Bill’s return to wholeness after they have both lost everything, and gained much more—thanks in part to two orphan children. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1875 Buck Morgan rode into Mason County with the Texas Rangers to quell the violence stirred up by the actions a vigilantly mob. The Hoo Doo (or bad luck) War erupted as suspected cattle rustlers were murdered by an angry mob. Former ranger, Scott Cooley, gathers a gang to seek vengeance for the murders. Suspected of cattle rustling, Leta Derrick’s husband was murdered by the mob a year earlier. Now she is siding with the rogue ranger, Scott Cooley and refuses to help Buck Morgan stem the tide of violence. Will their actions fuel the fire of vengeance? Or will Buck and Leta strike an accord that leads to more than just peace? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judson “Jud” Morgan’s father died for Texas’ freedom during the war for independence. So when the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (the Verein) attempts to colonize a New Germany in his country, he takes a stand against them.After Wande Fleischers’ fiancé marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. With the help of Jud’s sister Marion, Wande learns English and becomes a trusted friend to the entire Morgan family.As much as Jud dislikes the immigrant invasion, he can’t help admiring Wande’s character. She is sweet and cheerful as she serves the Lord and all those around her. Can the rancher put aside his prejudice to forge a new future? Through Jud and Wande, we learn the powerful lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation among a diverse community of believers. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gilbert Williams sweeps Catrina Jensen off her feet when he arrives in Loveland, Oklahoma, shortly after New Year’s Day 1916. When the reason for his interest in her delicious candies is revealed, her affection turns to fear. Is her hero a traitor in disguise? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN APPLE FOR CHRISTMAS
Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?MATCHMAKER MIXUP
Pippin Cortland has decided to accept Clint Keller’s invitation to the Homecoming Dance their senior year. She’s said no for the last three years but wants to go at least once—with Clint.Only Clint invites Pippin’s twin Margil instead. She agrees to go with Clint—and then accepts a second invitation as well. She insists Pippin pretend to be her sister and take her place with Clint.When Clint falls for “Margil” at the dance, what is Pippin supposed to do? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RICH MAN AND THE ORPHAN Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls.Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver.When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other?Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERITY CLARK DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE The struggling single mom is doing her best to raise her three kids. But when her eldest son is caught skipping school, she needs help. Thankfully, truant officer Garrett Sawtelle is on her side. Soon Verity is turning more and more to the caring educator, who’s awakening tender feelings she can’t afford to act on. Garrett wants to make a difference. He knows it’s against the rules to get too close to the families he counsels. But the spunky widow and her children are fast becoming part of this bachelor’s dreams for the future. Can he convince Verity that, together, they can build something real and lasting? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Felicity Finch, Could It Be Lights…Camera…Love?When family problems and financial woes threaten Felicity’s historic bed-and-breakfast, she calls in reality show B & B or Bust. To save her business she’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means clashing with the opinionated TV host who thinks he knows best.Travis Cobb arrives at the Bailey Mansion B & B expecting another hopeless cause to dramatize on his show. But he finds that Felicity’s as sweet as her tea shop’s muffins, and he’s determined to help. Can the unlikely pair save the struggling business…and find their own happily-ever-after? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLARINDA FINCH HATES CHANGEAs the newly elected mayor of Maple Notch, the war widow must lead her town through the dark days of World War II. But where she finds comfort in tradition, the town council insists on trying new ways of handling the homefront challenges. Her most untraditional opponent? Councilman Ralph Quincy.High school principal Ralph never expected to become a friend to Clarinda and her family. But as she spars with him over the war effort, the smart, spirited mayor is the most compelling woman he’s ever known. Can they put aside their differences and fight for both their town and a future together? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. AMAZON

 

WINNIE TUTTLE DREAMS ABOUT SKATINGWith hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete in the world’s foremost skating competition. But her siblings want her helping on the farm—not wasting time on the ice. And as her feelings for Frank turn to love, she wonders if he could ever feel the same.Still bitter over the injury that shattered his competitive hopes, coaching Winnie resurrects Frank’s career. But as his love for her grows, a romance could jeopardize her success. While he keeps his feelings to himself, he yearns for a future with Winnie…one more precious than gold. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippin Cortland has decided to accept Clint Keller’s invitation to the Homecoming Dance their senior year. She’s said no for the last three years but wants to go at least once—with Clint.Only Clint invites Pippin’s twin Margil instead. She agrees to go with Clint—and then accepts a second invitation as well. She insists Pippin pretend to be her sister and take her place with Clint.When Clint falls for “Margil” at the dance, what is Pippin supposed to do? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

New convert Rosie Carson can’t understand why her church doesn’t do more to help the needy of San Antonio, the way the early church did–and decides to do something about it. Texas Ranger Owen Cooper, home recuperating from a wound, is recruited to investigate a series of petty thefts among church members. Can Rosie and Owen do the right thing for the poor, for the victims–for each other? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanche Lamar has inherited a steamboat from a father she’s never met. As she struggles to adjust to her new life she finds an unexpected ally in Ike Gallagher. She and Ike both want to find a way to make the steamboat profitable but are at odds on how to accomplish it. Can they learn to live in faith, or will their future happiness sink in a river of overwhelming devastation. AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piney woods, east Texas,
Five years ago, Joseph “Joey” Carpenter told Mary “Polly” Jessup that he would marry her when she grew up. She treasures his words in her heart, but he forgets her instead returns home with a law degree–and a girlfriend, the banker’s daughter. When the bank prosecutes Polly’s absentminded father for taking the bank’s money, she turns to Joey for help. Will Joey recognize the face of his true love in time for Christmas? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Mahala Kent’s tea party honoring her brother’s marriage turns into a brawl over tea, she’s forced out of her wealthy neutrality. A public debate on the subject pushes her even closer to her childhood friend and hoped-for suitor, Jothan Stout. Will the arrival of a tea shipment in Greenwich push Jothan and Mahala further apart—or give them a common taste for herbal infusions? AMAZON       

  Cozy Mystery Series   

 
 

#1 – Cici and Audie take a dangerous gamble to nail the killer –  and lay their lives on the line.  KINDLE#2 – When a second murder is committed with the same string of pearls, Cici battles through baffling clues to find the killer before he strikes again. KINDLE#3 – When she comes close to solving the puzzle, a second person goes missing—her little sister. Will she find her in time?  KINDLE   3-in 1 CollectionLIES AND DESERTION CHASE BETH FROM HER HOME TOWN.
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 if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free. AMAZON

 

 

Laura Evans moves to Plymouth, Nebraska, to take care of her aunt and her paralyzed sister. Dr. Jay Andrews has come to Plymouth to escape his work among those wounded during the Civil War—only to be faced with a paralyzed patient. Laura and Jay clash as they face fears from their past. Will a midnight toboggan ride bring them together, or push them further apart?   AMAZON


 Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?  AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharpshooter Lucy Ames’ dreams come true when Major Paulson’s Wild West Show asks her to perform in their summer tour. More than sparks fly when Lucy meets the Major’s son, Gordon. But how can their love survive when Lucy’s path leads her to Europe and Gordon heads to west Texas to teach? AMAZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Patterson escapes the stifling life at her father’s parsonage for an exciting life as a mail-order bride. . .only to learn her potential groom is a part-time preacher, Jake Underwood. Her dreams of working alongside Jake in his store stall when an itinerant preacher wants to ordain Jake as pastor of the growing church. Will Becky accept God’s calling on her life—or will she reject Jake’s love and the future God has planned for them? AMAZON

 

HER FATHER IS DETERMINED SHE MARRY SOMEONE WORTHY

A man who has worked hard to gain his own wealth, banker Hiram Bailey is not about to let his only daughter marry a farmer. He knows how hard the life of a farmer’s wife can be and wants something better for Beatrice. But Beatrice has always had eyes only for Calvin Tuttle, a young farmer full of innovative ideas.

Calvin cannot believe the challenges he is facing. In the Year of No Summer, repeated plantings of crops are freezing before they bear fruit. His family and friends may run out of food. And Hiram Bailey is doing everything he can to keep his daughter away from Calvin.

Both Calvin and Beatrice trust that God will have His way in their lives. But against these obstacles, how will they ever build a bridge to love? AMAZON

 

Sally Reid’s family decides on a dangerous course when the Tories of Maple Notch, Vermont, chase Patriot families from their land.

When Josiah Tuttle discovers their secret and offers to help, Sally doesn’t know if she can trust him. After all, Josiah’s father is one of the Tories who forced her family into hiding.

The Tuttles have already lost one son to the hated Patriot cause. How can Josiah both honor his grieving father and protect the woman he loves? When called upon to take a stand, which side will he choose? AMAZON

 

LIES AND DESERTION CHASE BETH FROM HER HOME TOWN.
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 if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free. AMAZON

 

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