Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

The Coffee Club Mysteries February 4, 2019



Six Mysteries Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas
The coffee shop on the corner of First and Main in Oak Grove, Kansas, seems to attract a series of mysterious events. Or perhaps it is the six women who frequent the shop for book club who are the magnets for trouble. . . .

Morgan Butler, owner of the Coffee Perk, finds a project worker hanged at her shop.

Evelyn Kliff discovers a church meal organizer dead.

Harper Daggett is being stalked for an antique jade owl she bought.

Baker Jeanine Gransbury’s charity event money goes missing.

Jo Anderson shares hazelnut coffee creamer, sending a woman into anaphylaxis shock.

Penny Parson finds a gun in one of her beehives.

Join them as they unravel six unexplained events that have the potential to ruin business and spoil friendships if not handled with care.

My thoughts:

This is a collection of cute, cozy mysteries all tied together with the ladies in the coffee club.

Of course there are some stories I liked better then others, just different writing styles. But if you enjoy a light-hearted mystery this collection would be up your alley.

I did have trouble gauging how old the ladies where until it was there story, that wasn’t made very clear in other book. They are a wide variety of ages as it turns out 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 


Write the Point with Darlene Franklin (Part 2) September 4, 2013

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I am very excited to welcome back Darlene Franklin. She visited us a while ago, you can read that interview here. She has a new book out this month and she talks about that below. Enjoy.

Tell us about your newest book.

My book, Golden Dreams, has released this month.


With hometown champion Frank Sawtelle as her coach, she has a real chance to compete in the world’s foremost skatinggolden dreams 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.


What do you do when you’re not writing?

Truth be told? Nothing much. I spend too much time on Facebook, chatting or playing games. I watch TV. I read.  I play an occasional bingo game. J

Where do you get your ideas?

Oh, everywhere. I hear the name of a place–Okay, Oklahoma, anyone? Or an interesting historical fact—cowboys went on strike in Texas in the 1880s. I see something on the side of the road—a castle, in Tennessee? A single boot?

Golden Dreams grew out of my love of the Olympics and figure skating. Maple Notch is fairly close to Lake Placid, New York, the home of the 1932 winter games.  My heroine is an Olympic hopeful. The depression provides a counterpoint to her golden dreams. Is she wrong to dream of the Olympics when so many are suffering?

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I recently read a blog asking whether you were a plodder, a pioneer, or a pathfinger. Meaning outline, seat-of-the-pants, or a bit of both. I’m a bit of both. I have to write fairly detailed synopses, but then I start writing, and things change.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

I would say “yes.”  But I did have one not-yet-published novel published. That one book gave me more trouble than all the other ones put together. From that experience, I decided that I wouldn’t want to go through that again. If the books weren’t accepted then, there was probably a good reason.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

Oh, yes!  Most of them have a small part of me. Well, they have to, don’t they? I create them. The one who is the closest to my actual biography is Carrie Randolph in Romanian Rhapsody, my first book.

Are you working on a new project now?

Absolutely. After Maple Notch Dreams, I will write the final three books in my nine-book Maple Notch saga. Three contemporary novels will finish the story of a small town in northern Vermont from 1777 to the present.

Anything you would like to add?

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df jpegBio: 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 twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont


Write to the Point with Darlene Franklin June 12, 2013

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Hi there wonderful readers. I am so excited to introduce you our writer today. Sit back and as we get write to the point with Darlene Franklin.

df jpegTell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I tell people that the most interesting fact about me is that I write full time from a nursing home. (More about that below).  My daughter died 5 years ago, but God has blessed me with a wonderful son, his wife, and four beautiful grandchildren.  I am from New England, but moved to Texas for seminary and have lived west more or less ever since.

I have been interested in writing all my life, but I began writing seriously (every day) in the wake of my divorce 22 years ago.  My first book (Romanian Rhapsody, still available as an ebook from Barbour) was contracted in 2003.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mother was saved when I was seven. I saw a big change in her, and also longed to belong to the church. So during VBS when I was nine, I asked Jesus to become my Lord and Savior. Hallelujah! 

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

In Calico Brides, four unmarried women in the town of Calico, Kansas, decide that missions should begin at home, and each seek a special project from God. If we each look at our communities like that, what might God lead us to do?

I’d also love to mention three books from May: In Barncastle Memorial, an older widow and widower both celebrate their pasts and look forward to the future through acalico brides special “this is your life” vacation.  In Texas Brides, my novella, Angel in Disguise, takes the New Testament church as the model for caring for the poor. And Hidden Dreams, both hero and heroine have to trust God with their secrets.

Wow, you are one busy writer. You really must use your time wisely, I need to take some lessonsJ

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I’m part of three regular blogs:

Every day, I write a devotional on that day’s “read through the Bible in a year” passage at

On Sundays, I write a potpourri blog about my life, my writing, contemporary news. . .whatever is on my heart.  I also share my writing news.  Check it out at

Once a month, on the 12th, I write an article about some historical subject at

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer. You have to love a story where the heroine’s father “steals” a preacher from a train for a birthday gift!  Not only that, but Karen makes it completely believable.

Ooh, I am going to be reading that book soon, I can’t wait!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Living in the nursing home! No one enters a place like this as an ideal choice. But since I’ve been here, God has blessed me so abundantly.  God has used me to encourage both fellow residents and staff, and I’ve had renewed ministry through my daily devotionals.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)  That’s the verse I cling to.

Here is a verse that struck me a few months ago in my devotional blog: “David proceeded with a longer stride, a larger embrace since the God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10, MSG) I’ve taken it as a challenge to stride longer and reach farther in my ministry.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

You can find all of my books at Amazon and elsewhere.  Check for them at:

Darlene, thank you so much for taking time to talk to my readers, we love hearing from authors.

Readers, Darlene is giving away a copy of her book, Calico Brides. Leave a comment for her by June 18th at 5:00 Pm to be entered.