Darlene L Turner: Let’s Chat!


Welcome, everyone.

Darlene TurnerDarlene L Turner, an award-winning author of romantic suspense, blesses us today. Darlene lives with her husband, Jeff, in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book.

She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

And she’s offering a giveaway: one copy of Border Breach to someone who joins the conversation below. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.

Darlene Turner

Darlene L Turner in her own words: “I’m a Writer?”

“Darlene Lynn, get your nose out of that book and vacuum!”

My mom often said these words when I put my books before my chores. Not that she didn’t want me to read, but I needed to also help out around the house. To this day, I’d rather read than do the dishes or laundry (but who doesn’t, right?!). 🙂 

Darlene TurnerGrowing up, I was better known as “Red” or “Carrot Top,” but ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book, I’ve always loved a good mystery. That’s when my love of writing took hold of my heart. I started writing my own “Mindy Dobson” mystery series! Even though I continued to read, the writing spark faded and life happened. I started working, got married, and eventually moved to a different city. I didn’t have time to write . . . or at least, I didn’t think I had the gift, so I put it out of my mind.

Years flew by and then the unspeakable happened. I went through some rough times and a betrayal by someone close to me (you can see my full story on my blog under My Story https://darlenelturner.com/category/my-story/). On my journey working through the hurt, I decided to take a creative writing course. This triggered the idea for the very first book I wrote. That’s when my love of writing re-surfaced and grew. So, God does use ALL circumstances in life to grow us, right? 

Darlene Begins to Write

With the spark re-ignited, I joined a writer’s club and my passion for writing grabbed my heart.

I took writing courses through the Christian Writer’s Guild (CWG) to grow my skills. I wrote devotionals, articles (personal experience, travel, inspirational), and short stories. But even after this and having my first article published in a magazine, I still didn’t feel like I could call myself a writer.

Finally after graduating from the Craftsman course at CWG, finishing my first novel, and being led to start blogging, did I dare call myself a writer? Seeing my name in print on a website seemed to make it official for me—not in a boastful way but feeling proud of what I’d learned and accomplished. It was an “aha” moment. I did it. I was a writer! At least that’s what my business cards said. J

Darlene L Turner’s Writing Journey

Darlene TurnerHowever, I still had a long roller coaster journey ahead of me. After I’d written that first manuscript, I began pitching it to agents at writer’s conferences. I’d get interest but never a contract. I started to question if I was doing something wrong. Maybe I just wasn’t cut out for this writing world. There were times I felt like quitting, but then I’d get an encouraging word from a reader or I’d final in a contest. In 2016, I won my first award. This encouraged me to press on, so I continued.

I wrote another romantic suspense manuscript and it ended up winning the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in 2017. A few months later, God gave me an incredible gift. An amazing agent, Tamela Hancock Murray. She started pitching my manuscripts and suggested I write something for Love Inspired Suspense.

I started brainstorming ideas on what story I could write. I’ve always been intrigued by law enforcement. I wanted a strong female character who knew how to take care of herself and the Canada Border Services Agency caught my attention. I googled popular items being smuggled and saw that there was a bust for the doda drug in Saskatchewan. Knowing I had to partner Kaylin Poirier with a forceful police officer but one with teddy bear qualities, I knew Hudson Steeves fit that bill. I also wanted to give them a past case they worked on together that didn’t go well, so they both would be a bit apprehensive about teaming up again.

Darlene L. Turner Debuts

This was when Deadly Bouquet (my original title) was born. I sent it to my agent and months later, I received that call. You know, the words every author dreams about hearing. “You’re going to be published.” Needless to say, I did a happy dance! Yes!

I still pinch myself when I think of it. My dream that had sparked from the first time I picked up a Nancy Drew book as a young girl was finally coming true. Border Breach launched in April. Even though I had already considered myself a writer, I can finally say . . . Yes, I’m a published author. I am blessed. God is good…all the time.

A Darlene L Turner Giveaway!

Darlene Turner
m giving away a copy of Border Breach to one reader. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite childhood book. Open to US and Canada only. If the winner is Canadian, they will need to answer a skill-testing question (don’t worry it won’t be hard!).

Border Breach by Darlene L Turner

When drugs are smuggled across the borderit’s their duty to stop the culprits . . . at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?

Darlene’s social media:






Instagram: darlenel.turner

Purchase Links:




Barnes & Noble

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Lord, please bless each word Darlene writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

12 thoughts on “Darlene L Turner: Let’s Chat!

  1. Hi Roxanne! Wow…you still have your copy? So cool. I have some Nancy Drew books but got them at an antique store! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Roxanne C.

    My favorite childhood book was “Eight Cousins” by Louisa May Alcott; I still have it. I also liked “The Happy Hollisters” series.

    1. Welcome, Roxanne. Can’t beat Louisa May Alcott. As a preschooler, my fav reading experience was Bozo Under the Sea. (I’m showing my age 🙂 ) It had a record with read-along book. Later on, Where the Read Fern Grows. Please join us again. God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

  3. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    My first love of books was the Golden storybooks. My favorite storybook was I Love My Grandma. Thank you so much for the chance. Blessings.

    1. Welcome, Lucy. Having you in our chat circle is a delight. I’m with you on the Golden storybooks. My fav was Bozo Under the Sea. I was a preschooler and couldn’t get enough of the record with read-along book. Later on, I loved Where the Red Fern Grows. I’ll be looking for you next time. God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

    2. Hi Lelia! Yes, the Golden storybooks are amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Alicia Haney

    My favorite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web. Your book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! Have a Great rest of the week and a Blessed Easter.

    1. Hi, Alicia. My first favorite was Bozo Under the Sea. I was a preschooler and loved the record and read-along book. It was the birth of my love of reading. (I’m showing my age—73.) Later on, I adored Where the Red Fern Grows. Great to see you in our circle. May God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

    2. Hi Alicia! Thanks so much. I enjoyed writing Border Breach. Happy Easter to you too. Stay safe.

  5. My favorite childhood book was any mystery I could find. I love watching police shows and trying to solve the mystery. Great interview. Enjoyed learning more about the author.

    1. Mysteries have always been my go-to genre when reading for pure pleasure. Historical comes in as a close second. So happy to see you here, Gail. Hope you’ll come again. May God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

    2. Hi Gail! You’re a girl after my own heart…mysteries and suspense are my fave too! Happy Easter! Blessings.


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Phyllis Clark Nichols: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

Multi-Faceted Phyllis

Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis Clark Nichols brings creativity and compelling storytelling. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Now here’s Phyllis Clark Nichols:

How grateful I am to Linda for inviting me to share this blog today and to connect with you. I have such tremendous respect for her and her writing that this is quite an honor. So, thank you, Linda.

As a life-long reader, I have always found it intriguing to discover why writers write what they do. I’ve been asked that question myself on many occasions. My answer is simple. I write stories to tell the Truth.

Phyllis Nichols writes Truth.

Stories by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Realizing that many readers enjoy the escape that a good book brings, I want to provide a safe place where readers feel comfortable and a time with characters who are not that different from the folks around them. But on occasion, I do like to take them to some places where they might not have been before and introduce them to some characters who are differently-abled. My character-driven stories always include a bit of romance, humor, mystery, and food. After all I’m Southern, and food is important, and so are those stories told as we put our feet under the same table at mealtime.

Looking back over my writing, I have discovered a theme—people surviving life’s hardships because God is present.  

Family Portrait Series

In my Family Portrait Series set in Kentucky, I write in the voice of ten-year Kate whose family is learning to live after the death of Kate’s mother. Kate has learned the value of family traditions, and as Mama taught her—the importance of faith, family, and forever. Although grief is a theme, the books are not sad. They are filled with hope and joy and life lessons that Kate learns from the memories of her mother, from Granny Grace, and from the mysterious Mr. Josh. The Christmas Portrait and The Birthday Portrait tell the Harding family’s story of love, faith, and healing from loss. I have plans for two more books in this series in the next couple of years.

Rockwater Suite Rockwater Suite

The Rockwater Suite

Set in Georgia and Kentucky, The Rockwater Suite is a series telling the story of Caroline Carlyle, a gifted pianist whose life took a sudden turn with the death of her fiancé six weeks before their wedding. In her crisis of faith when she can no longer hear the “Music,” Caroline stays close to people who do hear the music. Slowly as new characters enter her story, her life purpose is renewed, and her music and joy return. Again, you’ll find romance, mystery, hope, and humor.

Return of the Song

This story introduces you to Caroline and her family and friends and to Roderick Adair, the Kentucky gentleman who causes her heart strings to resonate again. Phyllis is offering a signed copy of Return of the Song as a giveaway to someone who joins our chat.

Freedom of the Song 

In this story you learn much more about Bella, the gifted musical savant, as the relationship grows between Roderick and Caroline. 

Ransom of the Song will be released in April, and the fourth book in the series (which I’m keeping secret) will be out in November in time for a special Christmas “event.” 

My bookshelves are filled with Christmas books and Christmas music. It is my absolute favorite time of the year. So, if you want a good Christmas read, you might check out Christmas at Grey Sage, endorsed by Debbie Macomber, or Silent Days, Holy Night. They’re both tender stories that have that resounding theme I’ve been telling you about—that theme of a faith that sustains us through life’s hardships.

Phyllis Nichols

Dark Days Brightened by The Light

On a more personal note, my husband was diagnosed with a very serious cancer in September 2018 and began “industrial-strength” chemotherapy before the removal of his kidney on December 31, 2018. What a way to end that year!

With treatment and a much more difficult recovery than we expected, we were advised by doctors to basically hibernate for seven months. We only went to doctors’ appointments, and I made a weekly trip to the grocery store. It was a quiet time of solitude where we were alone. Oh how we missed our extended family and friends and our church! They called and wrote and kept us encouraged with their words. But I can tell you, in our solitude, we experienced Immanuel. God was truly with us providing the peace of His presence.

Phyllis Nichols

And on the darkest days, we could always find things throughout each day for which to be grateful. We expressed our gratitude out loud all throughout the day to our Father who cared for us. His presence brought us peace, and our expressions of gratitude brought us joy. I’m happy and grateful to say after one year, my beloved is cancer-free and healthy again.

Highlands of Guatemala: God Is Here

Phyllis Nichols ministering in Guatemala

I recall a scene, a real one, from one of our mission trips to the Highlands of Guatemala to work in an orphanage in a remote area. Four Cappucine nuns cared for about thirty young girls. It was an incredibly beautiful morning. We had delivered the medical team to a one-room clinic in the middle of a cornfield. And our teaching team had arrived at the orphanage. We gathered the girls in the open courtyard for a morning of our version of Vacation Bible School.

God Is Here

We started our day with robust singing that echoed through those cinder block hallways to the heavens above. All of a sudden, Sister Grettel came running from the laundry where she was working. She slammed on brakes just as she reached me and raised her hands high in the air. She raised her cherubic face to the sky. With a big smile she said, “God is here.” Then she ran back to the laundry room, her habit flying in the wind.

Truth in Stories

That’s the story, my friends, and that’s the Truth I write about. The characters may change. The setting may change, but the Truth remains. No matter our circumstances, God is present. I write to tell that Truth.

I hope you’ll visit my website, www.phyllisclarknichols.com to learn more about my books and to read my blogs. 

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Lord, please bless each word Phyllis writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

30 thoughts on “Phyllis Clark Nichols: Let’s Chat!

  1. I found this blog very interesting,as I have never read any of your books. I will be exploring your selections because the topics you write about interest me. I am an avid reader and always appreciate authors who include faith in our God and creator of all that we enjoy. Southern topics and food are a natural interest to those of us that come from a southern heritage. We need all the positive energy you can generate during this time in our history where our county is embracing everything that the Bible says is wrong. Keep on writing. Thanks for sharing this author, Linda.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jane. I agree that we all need some hope and light, and we know whence that comes. Blessings on you, my new friend. Phyllis

    2. Welcome, friend Jane. You always lift up authors. Thank you.

  2. Linda Hibner

    It’s exciting to see you featured on Linda Davis’ website! Both of you are wonderful story tellers. With every book you’ve released I’ve seen your skills as a wordsmith develop and grow. I’ve enjoyed my 2nd and 3rd reading of your books as much as the initial one. Your characters are well developed and memorable and your story lines are rich with meaning. I know that your readers will be delighted to read today’s blog post.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. There’ll be a special place in heaven for you because of the encourager that you are to all of us. Love you, friend. Phyllis

    2. Welcome, Linda. So glad to see you in our circle. What an encourager you are. Please come back.

  3. Phyllis, I am glad someone’s FB post sent me to this site to read your words and desire to have those words be the vehicle to deliver truth. I sense that women may be your audience and readers for most of your books. I’m a guy and surely can’t change that. I found a resonance in the hints you gave of the contents of your books and look forward to reading them. I usually read about my field of work in healing trauma, abuse, and neglect, spiritual disciplines, and brain based learning. I’ve needed to read the types of books you write. Thank you for reminding me with your words here. I look forward to meeting your well-crafted characters and catching the Truth they deliver. Blessings!

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful message. Sounds like you have volumes you could write about, and you certainly have the heart. I do pray you’ll find some Truth as you read my books. Blessings on you and the important work you do.

    2. Hi, Ernest. So glad you stopped by. I know Phyllis’s books will both engage and encourage you. Please come back—- a new author to meet every-other Wednesday.

  4. Cecilia Childree

    Your characters come to life so vividly, and their struggles and joys have become my own. Thank you for the reminder that no matter what we face, God is our strength and goodness prevails. Can’t wait until April. Thanks for sharing your storytelling gift. Hope to see you real soon!
    Love to you & Bill!

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving that sweet message friend. Sorry I missed seeing you on our last visit. Love to you and that handsome fellow you married. Phyllis

    2. Amen, Cecilia. Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ll come back to meet a new author every-other Wednesday.

  5. Blanche Armendariz

    Phyllis, how can I ever tell you how much joy your books bring me . Your characters have become my friends and companions! I have loved them from the very first page I read in your very very rough draft of your first book. Blessings and love my good friend.

    1. Blanche, your my forever friend and encourager. I’m so grateful to you and for you. Much love, Phyllis

    2. Welcome to our chat circle, Blanche. What an uplifting message you’ve left. Thank you and please come back—a new author every-other Wednesday.

  6. Peggy McAuley

    Love Phyllis as she and her family were my Grandmother’s neighbors growing up in South Georgia . Now I am in the Fort Worth TX area.

    1. Hi, Peggy — you’re in Texas??? I went to seminary in Fort Worth. Lots of sweet memories of you from Georgia. I saw your mom at the library when I was there back last fall. Thanks for dropping by and letting me know. Blessings on you and your family.

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy. I love hearing from people who have known authors for years. I know you’ve encouraged Phyllis. You’ve encouraged me. Please come back—a new author ever-other Wednesday.

  7. Debbie Dunbar

    We love Phyllis and Bill Nichols! You will NEVER meet more wonderful people! Phyllis’ books are so enjoyable because it’s easy reading and the characters are very real. I have to warn you, when you start reading one of her books you won’t want to put it down, it’s that good.

    1. Welcome, Debbie. Wow, what a tribute you’ve written. I’m so glad to have gotten to know Phyllis. Thank you for your encouraging remarks. I hope you’ll visit Let’s Chat again.

    2. Thank you so much sweet friend. Just so you know I love and admire you and Ken and your kids and grandkids. Would that the world had more salt of the earth people like you.

  8. Marti Wilson

    Love Phyllis Clark Nichols ❤️ My favorite is Christmas At Grey Sage. Have read Return Of The Song and Freedom Of The Song. Just finished The Christmas Portrait. Cannot wait for the next “song” book. So glad your family is well and blessed.

    1. Hi, Marti. Love your encouraging remarks. I hope you’ll come back.

      1. Thanks, Marti. I appreciate your comments and the time you take to share with me.

    2. Thanks, Marti. I appreciate your comments and the time you take to share with me.

  9. Mary Jo Burton

    Love this lady and her wonderful books.

    1. Welcome, Mary Jo! It’s great to have you join our circle. You’ve encouraged both of us. Please come back.

    2. Thank you Mary Jo. Looking forward to May 18.

  10. I can identify with your year of quietude following your husband’s treatment. Four years ago, my husband was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Before he was finished with his cancer meds, he suffered a subdural hematoma, requiring two surgeries. Even with his chemo, stem cell treatment, and surgeries, the most difficult thing for him was not being able to drive for a year! Thanks be to God, my husband is doing better and back to driving. I am celebrating his renewed strength.

    Your stories do sound encouraging. Though I’m from New England, I have family in GA, and I love southern writers!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I celebrate with you your husband’s recovery. I understand completely your role. God bless you.


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