Story Sparks: Two Christmas Stories by Darlene Franklin (And Giveaways)

unexpected+gift+bannerThe inspiration behind “An Apple for Christmas” novella

Book 4 in The Christmas Traditions series with

Cynthia Hickey, Niki Turner, Darlene Franklin, Patti Hall Smith and Jennifer Allee.

Darlene practice 2I have two Christmas stories this year. For An Apple for Christmas, I knew I wanted to write a story set in Vermont in the 1890s (my six-book Vermont historical series, Maple Notch Brides and Maple Notch Dreams, skipped from 1864 to 1927). When I discovered apples were a burgeoning industry in that decade, I had my story: a teacher/scientist, involved in creating new varieties of apples, crosses paths with the owner of an orchard. Mix in twin daughters, a plethora of epigrams about apples, and all the delicious apple recipes available for the holidays led to my volume in the Christmas Traditions series.  Available at Amazon.

Christmas VisitorsWhen I decided to write a second Christmas story, I took inspiration from the story of the Wise men. In Christmas Visitors, three wise women from the East (Boston) arrive in Bethlehem, Texas, just in time to present gifts to a five-year-old born on Christmas Day. Their gifts mix ideas from “We Three Kings of Orient Are” with faith, hope, and love. Healing comes to more than one broken heart through their gifts. Available at Amazon.

DarleneAuthor’s Bio

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. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Colorado to Vermont. You can find Darlene online elsewhere on Facebook and her Amazon Author Page.


Johnnie here! Our generous guest is giving away copies of both of her books if at least ten visitors leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. (Central time) on Friday, December 19th. Two names will be randomly drawn, one for An Apple for Christmas and one for Christmas Visitors.

Christmas Traditions Series

Two other authors in the Christmas Traditions Series shared the inspirations behind their stories last week.

Story Spark: “The Fruitcake Challenge” by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Story Spark: “Sadie’s Gift” by Niki Turner

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38 thoughts on “Story Sparks: Two Christmas Stories by Darlene Franklin (And Giveaways)

  1. Hi, Darlene and Johnnie!!

    Thanks for spot-lighting Darlene and her novellas, Johnnie!! I loved these novellas – Darlene writes heart-warming stories with unique story lines.

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaways as I have both novellas.

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