Darlene Franklin: Angels in Disguise



Rosie Carson sat in the circle of chairs gathered for the Young People’s Society of the New Testament Church of San Antonio. She loved the Lord and she loved the Bible, even though she found it a little confusing at times. But if she heard more people read the exciting stories with such droning voices, she’d fall asleep.

By the time Rosie caught up with the teacher in the second chapter of Acts, he was droning on about “tongues of fire” resting on the disciples. She screwed her mouth, trying to imagine a tongue made out of fire. Where did it rest on the head? Did it come out of their mouths?

There was a mention of the Holy Ghost . . . Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. She’d like to hear more about that. The teacher continued read as if he was reciting multiplication tables. His voice didn’t convey any of the excitement Rosie felt when she read the accounts of the early Christians.

Some of the witnesses said, “These men are full of new wine.” A picture formed in her mind of church members so excited about the Lord that they were accused of being drunk. She giggled at the image of people with fire sprouting out of their mouths, like circus entertainers, talking in languages half the congregation didn’t understand, staggering about the stage, hollering “praise Jesus!” She laughed out loud.

The leader stared at her, directing the attention of everyone in the group to her unfortunate outburst. “Miss Carson, would you care to tell us what you find so very amusing?

Rosie gulped. Didn’t these people realize how blessed they were, that they had they read the Bible so often that it rolled over them like wagon wheels, running through the same ruts?

“I’d like to hear what Rosie thinks about the day the church was born.” Macy Braum, a pleasant contrast to her stuffed shirt of a brother, gave Rosie the courage to speak.

“It’s the place where it says people were mocking the disciples and all, saying they were drunk. Here God was doing something amazing and wonderful and all they saw was drunks.”

“Yeah, Braxton, maybe we should hold the next service at the saloon down the street.” A young man Rosie didn’t recognize said.

Laughter followed, although Rosie didn’t think it was such a bad idea. Didn’t Jesus eat with publicans and sinners and even ladies of the night? They were the people who knew they needed a Savior, not people who had grown up without ever wondering where their next meal was coming from.

“At least they took a risk in sharing their faith.” A deep voice from the back of the room said.

Turning, Rosie registered his blond good looks while feeling a bone-deep fear of the authority shouting from every inch of his frame.


Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in Oklahoma near her son’s family.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. She has published several titles with Barbour Publishing, including her two latest releases, A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas, and Merry Christmas, With Love, in Postmark: Christmas. She has also written two books in the Texas Trails series with RiverNorth Fiction, Lone Star Trail and A Ranger’s Trail. She’s a member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers.

You can find Darlene online at http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/, http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.3

Darlene’s 5 Questions a Day: (http://www.facebook.com/groups/542991419047696/?bookmark_t=group) Darlene answers the first five questions related to the writing life posed on any given day. Group members are also welcome to contribute.

Darlene is giving away a copy of Texas Brides to one lucky commenter today!


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23 thoughts on “Darlene Franklin: Angels in Disguise”

  1. I loved the excerpt, but I want more! I would love to win a copy of A Texas Brides Collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Hi Darlene,

    Interpreting the bible is such an individual experience. I would love to see how Rosie handles the above situation and who the mysterious, religious, blond man is!

    I’d like to read A TEXAS BRIDES COLLECTION and be introduced to some new authors and their stories.

  3. This book has looked really good ever since I first saw it awhile ago. I would love to win it! I love books from this time period!!

  4. Darlene, welcome back to the Junction! We love it when you come. But it’s been a long while seems like since you’ve been here. LOVED the excerpt! Can’t wait to see what happens next. Rosie is such a great character.

    Wishing you much success!

  5. I had a lot of fun writing Rosie’s character. 🙂 Hope you get a chance to get to know her better!

  6. Texas Brides sounds wonderful.Please enter me in contest.Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  7. Thanks for inviting me back, Linda! Lately I’ve been writing stories set in Vermont, a very UNwestern setting. 🙂 I’m working on a historical set in Denver 1899 that I hope to sell – maybe we’ll to chat about that someday!

  8. I love the excerpt! Looking forward to reading your new book and also can’t wait to read your stories set in Vermont, where I used to live.

  9. Rosie sounds like a wonderful character.
    Vermont may not be the West but it is very rural and very beautiful.

  10. I loved reading the excerpt and I love the cover, so pretty.
    I can’t wait to read this book and I thank you for the opportunity to win.

  11. Darlene, Thank you for the excerpt. Rosie had the right idea. Faith, of any type, should be a living & exciting thing. It isn’t the exact words written that are important, but rather their meaning and the way we live them. I have read several of these BRIDES ANTHOLOGIES and they are always enjoyable. One of the nice things is I can share them with my youngest daughter who enjoys christian fiction.

    I hope you and your family survived the Oklahoma tornados in good shape.

    Where in Maine did you grow up. It is one of our favorite states and where my husband was stationed when we got married. I grew up on the Vermont border and it is a lovely area. That whole Northeast area and the West are my favorite places to visit. We were lucky enough to live in both areas.

    Best of luck with the release of A TEXAS BRIDES COLLECTION. Anthologies are a great way to find new authors and always offer a nice selection of stories.

  12. I loved this excerpt! I have been wanting this book ever since I found out it was coming out. Thanks for the sneak peek! 🙂 I agree with Rosie’s opinion. The Word of God should inspire great joy and passion within you. 🙂

  13. Good to see you again Darlene. I think Rosie will be a very interesting character, and who id the good looking blonde guy? Will they wind up together? I would love tto be the winner of this book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  14. I love novella collections! Can’t wait to read this one; it sounds like a great read! Thanks!

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