Sunday, October 18, 2015

Christmas Mail-Order Angels Feature: JACOB'S CHRISTMAS DREAM by Darlene Franklin

Continuing our fun week of Christmas novella giveaways (Keep checking back and entering, y'all! There'll be a new book featured every day until the 23rd!), we have Darlene Franklin here today answering two questions to satisfy our reader-curiosity! 

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?

Question #1:  
Hi, Darlene! How Did You/and or Your Publisher Come to This Title?
Jacob’s Christmas Dream is a deliberate play on Jacob’s dream of a ladder. However, my hero doesn’t dream at any point in the book. He doesn’t even dream about marriage. But he does sign up for his Christmas angel, and Becky is his dream come true. Available on

Question #2:
If Your Life Were a Book, What Would Be the Title?

I might call my autobiography “Living at the Crossroads of Love and Grace.” That’s my tagline, and it’s how I see my life. Wherever life takes me, God is in the middle of it.

Best-selling author 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 fifty books and 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 her website,, her Amazon Author Page and her Facebook Author Page.


Darlene has generously offered to give away an e-copy of Jacob's Christmas Dream! To enter, leave a comment telling us you'd like to be entered. Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! To protect yourself from spam, you can use the following format: emailATserverDOTcom.
Enter to win Christmas Mail-Order Angels Volume 1 via the Rafflecopter below.

Christmas Mail Order Angels:
A dying town populated by miners eager to settle down. . .but not a single marriageable woman lives in Angel Vale, Wyoming. The women of Merville, Maine, have lost too many men to the Civil War and to the sea. When the Ladies Aid Society receives the request for mail order brides, eleven matches are made. Enjoy the first six novellas in the collection by Darlene Franklin, Susan Page Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Brandi Boddie, Jennifer AlLee, and Teresa Ives Lilly

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I always enjoy a mail order bride story.. I like to find out if the author
    has it end happy or oh boy! didn't expect that ending :)
    I'd like to be tossed into the drawing for Darlene's book..
    dkstevensne AToutlookDoT COM

  2. Hi Deanna, be sure you stop by every day this week since we're promoting individual books in the Christmas Mail Order Angels series as well as a 6-book volume. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. If I had that whole set of books I would sit down and read them one by one for hours on end and do nothing else until they were done

  4. Laurie, then you'd better set aside that day. . .

  5. Hi, Deanna! Hi, Laurie! Thanks for coming by! Best wishes in the giveaway!

  6. I love your interviews Natalie!

    I have never read a mail-order-bride book or novella, but I am all over anything Christmas and faith based. Love to get inside the mind of the bride.

  7. Hi Kelly! A lot of readers enjoy a mail order bride story, and I hope you do as well. Thanks for your interest.

  8. DarleneFranklin
    This sounds fun! I would like to win always wondered how they did it back in the day marrying someone you don't know or love and make it permently! I follow you on facebook,twitter,newsletter .

  9. Hi, Kelly! Mail-order bride stories are some of my favorites. The courage and/or desperation they had to have to agree to marriage sight unseen always intrigues me--and there's always plenty of good story conflict in books like that.

  10. Hi, Justina! They certainly must've been brave, huh? :) The fortitude of the pioneers always amazes me.

  11. Enter my name for a chance to win.kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom

  12. Please enter my name for this draw - love reading! Author's bio sounds very interesting - I work in a long term care facility as an RN.


Let's chat!