3 Questions Wednesday with Darlene Franklin

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome back multi-published author Darlene Franklin to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Darlene.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Darlene: I could go all Myers-Briggs and say I’m Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging. Or spiritual: I’m a daughter of the king!

Great choices 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Darlene: I would like to spend several weeks in Mason County, Kentucky, where my father’s family came from. I’d learn more about myself in the process, and the possibilities for more stories than I can imagine!

Sounds like a wonderful trip.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Darlene: Blessed Assurance.

Hymns make good theme songs. We’re so glad you dropped by, Darlene.

Click to tweet: Five contemporary romances in a box set where furry felines play a part in romance. And you have a chance to win. #giveaway #romance

Readers, Darlene will give away an e-copy of Loves Comes on Kitten Paws, which includes her novella, Of Cash and Cats. 

Love Comes on Kitten Paws

Five contemporary romances where furry felines play a part in romance.

LAYERS OF THE TRUTH
As the attraction continues to grow, can Aamon keep Cady safe as they peel back the layers of lies connected to the two fires? Or will a killer bent on keeping his deadly acts secret send them both to their graves?

OF CASH AND CATS
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.

KITTENS FOR KEEPS
Widowed Brandon Woodall’s daughter Olivia wants a mommy and a kitten, in that order, more than anything. Kindergarten teacher Melissa Hewitt is lonely but has given up on falling in love, so she goes to the shelter to adopt a couple of kittens. Melissa and Olivia bond over the kittens, while Brandon falls madly in love with the schoolteacher. By the time she tries to back away, it’s too late. Can Melissa resist her feelings for the man who has invaded her mind and her heart? Can Brandon resist the stunning teacher who has a big heart and a couple of kittens his daughter has fallen in love with?

PURR-SUASION
Animal lover, Zoey Pappas leaves the rat race of Seattle to move to the small town of Leavenworth, Washington to open her new pet grooming salon, Puppy Dooz. Having given up her former dream of acting, she is miffed when her cat, Sofie, is constantly pursued by a theater cat named Valentino. Especially, when his owner, Dawson, runs The Backstage Theater playhouse in town and wants Zoey to audition as his leading lady in the Jane Austen production of Persuasion. Zoey turns him down flat. Come for opening night and find out how a chivalrous cat, a rat named Sir Galahad, and handsome Captain Wentworth, all worked together to PURR-suade Zoey otherwise.

AENGUS, ABBA-DABA, AND FATE
As Kelsey tries to find out who embezzled a hefty sum of money from the animal society, she realizes the murder is related. Aengus and Kelsey discover a love of cats, Corvettes, mystery, and each other.


Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin‘s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She published her fiftieth book, Mermaid’s Song, in July 2017, and has contributed to more than thirty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in two national venues and three regional. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at http://darlenefranklinwrites.com/  

3 Questions Wednesday with Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Thomason Owens

It’s been about a year since I last interviewed myself on 3QW, so I figure it’s about time to invite myself back. Especially, since I’ve recently released a new book.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m one of the founders of this blog. So I’ve been around for a while. I’m an elder, sort of. So, on to the questions–

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Betty: Harder than expected! Who made up these questions?

You know who came up with this one. Her initials are BTO. Surely you have three words? Aren’t you a writer?

Betty: Quiet. Encourager. Silly.

Those don’t really go together, do they? But I’ll take them. Now, second question–

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Betty: Oh, this one’s easy. No, wait. My first thought was to spend a summer in the Puget Sound and research my mother’s family. I’ve been there, briefly, but to spend weeks there, really getting to know it—that stirs my imagination. However, if I had to choose another country, I’d research the other side of the family—in Scotland. Or maybe just throw caution to the wind and head to Greece, or Italy. I have a long list, actually.

That’s okay. We’ll pass on the list. Now, here’s the one I think is most difficult:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Betty: No Longer Slaves…no longer a slave to fear—I am a child of God, who drowned my fear in perfect love. Because of Him, I’m sure of who I am and more certain of my calling. Sometimes I start my day singing that song. I usually can’t remember anything beyond the first stanza, but it doesn’t matter, I sing it anyway.

Have you ever been a winner? You know that overwhelming sensation that everything is right with the world? Sometimes, it only lasts a minute. But one day, it will last forever. I’m no longer a slave to fear and oppression and my own lack of self-worth.

Preach it, Sister! That’s actually a good choice. I remember you when you were afraid to make eye contact with people. God’s been good to us, hasn’t He?

Betty: Yes, He has.

So, tell us a little about the book you’re giving away to one of our readers—why you wrote it, and what you hope readers will take away from the story.

Betty: It’s the final book in the Legacy series, Rebecca’s Legacy. I wrote it because I was under contract to write three books. OK, that may be why I sat down to write this novel, but almost from her birth in book one (Amelia’s Legacy), I wanted to tell Amy Juliana’s story. She had a rough start in life. Maybe that’s the reason she felt the need to work so hard to please others.

I hope and pray my readers will sense and know the heart of this story. As I wrote some of the scenes, I focused on the prodigal’s return, that overwhelming sensation of love and forgiveness. Unbelievable, sometimes, that we can be forgiven, even though we don’t deserve forgiveness. It’s the Grace of God, given freely to those who believe.

Click to Tweet: This week’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is author Betty Thomason Owens. Comment on the blog post to win a copy of her #NewRelease – #historicalromance Rebecca’s Legacy, final book in the Legacy series. U.S. addresses only, please!


Rebecca’s Legacy, Book 3, Legacy Series

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love?

Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps.

Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection.

Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her?

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?


Betty Thomason Owens is an award-winning writer of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and is V.P./Secretary of the Louisville area ACFW group. She’s also a speaker, a mentor assisting other writers, co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers, and serves on the planning committee for the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.

Her writing credits include the Legacy Series, and the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series (Book 1, Annabelle’s Ruth, is a 2015 Grace Award winner, and has recently been translated into Spanish). She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.

When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Betty would like to invite you to her Facebook author page, Twitter, GoodReads, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Author Page. And she posts weekly on her blog, Hello, Thursday Morning, found at https://bettythomasonowens.com/.

June and July Winners

Summer.

Sunshine. Swimming. Vacations. Hot weather. Winners.

Winners? Always at the Inspired Prompt. In fact, the months of June and July heated up with  winners. Who were they? Read on…

June

Melissa (Mimi) won a copy of Deborah Dee Harper’s upcoming release, Misjudge, or one of my Laramie books (winner’s choice!)

LelandandBecky won Jennifer Slattery’s book, Dancing in the Rain. Congrats!

Laura Shuck won a print copy of River to Redemption or choice of Ann H. Gabhart’s  other recent Revell novels. Woo hoo!

July

Ellen Fannon has offered an e-book of Other’s Peoples Children, to LelandandBecky. Yay!

Michael Ehret graciously gifted Laurel Blount  with an e-book version of Coming Home.  Way to go!

Marilyn R. won a copy of Laura V. Hilton’s latest Amish novel, Firestorm. Cheer!

Glenn Haggerty recently released Chase, the third book in the Intense Book series and the winner of this e-book is Karen Sargent.

Cara Lynn James has offered a paperback copy of Love on a Dime to Caryl Kane .

Linda Yezak has won 3 silver bookmarks that coincide with the Promises to Zion series by Traci Wooden Carlisle.

And I want to shout a big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We appreciate YOU!

Please continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner…

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

I’m really excited about this week’s post since the guest is … ME! I’m a blogger and author, thrilled that my debut novel will release in June, 2019.  I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, chicken farmer, and am currently a full-time writer. Now to take a stab at these questions.

First question—Can you describe yourself in three words?

Jennifer:  Organized:  Yes, that person that makes lists of her lists would be me. I prefer the term organized to obsessive. The key word here is prefer. 🙂

Loyal: If you’re my friend or family, I’ll go to bat for you. I might not agree with you and I could get mad but I’ll be in your corner if you need me.

Studious: That probably sounds better than geek. But if the term fits…

Now, the second question is a bit tougher.

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Jennifer:  My debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, is actually set in the South where I live. My unsold fantasy novel has some similarities to England so I believe I’d go to the English countryside and find one of those picturesque villages to stay for a few weeks. Would a little cottage with a maid and a cook be asking too much?

I’m ready to go. That brings us to question number three—

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Jennifer:  I love music so much and have thought about theme songs for my books already. 🙂 Right now, I really like the song by Matthew West called “All In.” I feel like that’s where I am at the moment.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with me! Talk to y’all real soon …

Click to Tweet: 3 Questions Wednesday’s guest is Jennifer Hallmark, blogger, author, and retired chicken farmer. Learn more about her and win a Walmart gift card via @InspiredPrompt. #WritersLife #amwriting

Readers,  if I could have described myself with one more word, it would have been practical. So I’d like to bless someone with a practical gift, a $10 Walmart card. Please leave a comment with your answer to one of the above questions to be entered…


Alabama Inspired Fiction is my website and within, you’ll find my blog, Small Acts of Kindness. I’ve just refurbished the site and it’s still somewhat under construction as I make ready for my debut release. Please check it out and subscribe if you’d like to read about Small Acts of Kindness each Monday and (back by popular demand) in September, Favorite Friday Fiction.

And if you want to really make me shout for joy, take a moment to sign up for my monthly newsletter. Starting in September, I’ll be sharing vignettes (or glimpses) of my novels secondary characters. It’ll be fun and I think you’ll like my southern friends. 🙂 And, as always, I also share a scrumptious recipe.


Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and fantasy, an interesting combination that keep the creative juices flowing. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations.

When she isn’t babysitting grandkids or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. Or even watching American Ninja Warrior.

3 Questions Wednesday with Cara Lynn James

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Cara Lynn James to the Inspired Prompt. Cara writes romance, historical, and Christian fiction books.

Good morning, Cara.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Cara: I’m tenacious, loyal, and optimistic.

Great attributes for a writer.  Next question . . .

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Cara: It’s hard to choose because there are several places I’d love to go to for a research trip. My favorite place is Newport, Rhode Island where three of my historical romances are set. But since I’ve been there many times it would be better to pick a place I’m interested in but not so familiar with. It’s a toss up between Paris and Tuscany. But I’ve been to France and Italy, so I’d pick England (or maybe Ireland) because I’ve never gone to either place. I’ve always wanted to see both countries. Also, and this is important, they speak English. That would make things so much easier for me.

How about a tour of Europe? I’ll pack my bags. Now for your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

CaraThe theme song would definitely be “Time to Say Goodbye” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. In my lifetime I’ve said goodbye to many, many good friends from my home town and from college. I served as a Naval officer for eight years (a long time ago!) in Texas, California and Virginia. I had many wonderful friends, but after a few years I had to leave or they had to. Some I saw again, but some I didn’t. My husband and I also lived in Vermont for twenty years after he retired from the Navy. Leaving very close friends behind in Vermont was terribly difficult, just as it had been during our Naval careers.

But the song really resonates with me because when we were in the Navy I had to say goodbye to my husband just before he left on four long cruises on aircraft carriers. Those were very lonely days. Three years ago last March, my husband Jim passed away. That was our final farewell on this earth. Although I didn’t want to say goodbye, I knew I had to. I know we’ll meet again but the last goodbye was the hardest.

A touching song for a tribute to your husband and others. Cara, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

Click to Tweet: Cara Lynn James talks about her books and writing today on Inspired Prompt @InspiredPrompt #romance #giveaway

Readers, Cara is offering a paperback copy of Love on a Dime to one person who leaves a comment!


 Love On A Dime

In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons–dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it’s not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that’s exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly’s social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company…and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family’s social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?


Cara Lynn James has written four inspirational historical romances, each with a touch of mystery.  They are Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment, Love by the Book (all in the Ladies of Summerhill series) and A Path toward Love.

She lives in northwest Florida with her daughter, grandson and two grand dogs. Cara is at a tenth generation New Englander, mother of two grown children, three beautiful and talented grandchildren, the widow of a retired Naval officer, and a Navy veteran herself. Born and brought up in Connecticut, she’s lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Virginia, Vermont and now Florida. Cara hopes to never move again. She’d rather spend her time writing than moving.