Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

Welcome, everyone!

Marilyn TurkMarilyn Turk honors us with a visit this week. She authors historical romantic suspense. If you enjoy stories set in the past, romance, and suspense-filled story line. Marilyn’s your gal.

Marilyn is offering an ebook giveaway of any of her books–winner’s choice. You can’t beat that! Join the conversation below, and you name’s in the hat! (LSU tiger fans, heads up!) 

Marilyn Turk Before Writing

I was born and raised in Louisiana, not in the swamp, but close enough to know what a Cajun is and how good food tastes, like example Jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish etouffe, gumbo, etc.

Marilyn Turk
graduated from Louisiana State University (where else?) with a degree in journalism, but don’t let that fool you. Although I had no intention of being a journalist, I wanted to major in advertising and it was in the school of journalism. However, those required journalism courses have helped a little with my writing, such as learning to be on deadline.

I tried my hand in advertising for a few years before I moved to a big city (Atlanta) and went to work for a Fortune 500 company in sales. It was a “good” job that God gave me. During my 25 years with the company, I married and had three sons.

Marilyn Turk
hen my company was sold, I was laid off (Reduction in Force, they call it). I eventually had to relocate and ended up in Florida. God’s hand? Divorced with a mortgage and three sons in college, I realized God wanted me to move. Four years later I met and married my current husband. God had forced that move so we would meet.

Marilyn Turk, the Writer

Marilyn TurkRebel Light was my first novel, self-published after a contract with a publisher fell through because he was unable to keep his commitment. When my agent didn’t find another publisher for it, I self-published it. The book was to be the first in a four-book series that another editor had suggested. I completed the book, but that editor was no longer with the same publisher. So I wrote the second book and started the third with the intention of self-publishing them, but then my agent said a publisher was looking for a southern gothic story.

More Books for Marilyn Turk

Marilyn TurkI didn’t know what that was, but I brainstormed a story with my husband and I pitched the story to another editor. The story, The Gilded Curse, is set in 1942 on Jekyll Island, GA, and was published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2016.

Many who read it asked what happened to the characters afterwards. So I thought about it and wrote the sequel, Shadowed by a Spy, also set in 1942 New York. Lighthouse published it in July 2018.

Marilyn TurkAlso, Forget Me Not Romances contracted me for my series. They republished Rebel Light in May 2018 and published  Revealing Light  in June and Redeeming Light in September. The next in the series is Rekindled Light which will be out at the end of 2018. The series is set in Florida from 1861 to 1883.

As you can tell, they all have the word “light.” When I first began writing, I started a lighthouse blog and posted Marilyn Turkfaithfully on it for five years, once a week. My books feature a lighthouse either as the setting or as a mention in the book, kind of like a “Where’s Waldo?” but with lighthouses. Fittingly, my novella, “The Wrong Survivor,” is part of Barbour’s Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection that released November 2018.

What’s up with Marilyn Turk now?

I have another book contracted by Forget Me Not. And another book, a split-time novel contracted by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Marilyn TurkThree years ago, God led me to host a small writers conference for our area. The Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat debuted in 2017. Intended to be a small, quality, affordable conference that was as much a spiritual retreat as a writers conference, it surpassed my exceptions. Response was great. So in 2018, the Blue Lake CWR was held again. The retreat was exactly as I’d hoped. God delivered over and above what I asked, and it blessed all who Marilyn Turkattended, including faculty. The 2019 retreat will be March 27-30. The website for the retreat is  http://bluelakecwr.com/

I also wrote a book of devotions called Lighthouse Devotions. I plan to update it and re-release it next year.

How can we find Marilyn Turk?

Blog: http://pathwayheart.com,

Website: marilynturk.com 


Twitter: @MarilynTurk


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Lord, we honor You as our only true love. We thank You for revealing Yourself as Love in the face of Jesus. We pray You’ll shine a light on Yourself
through Christian fiction such as Marilyn’s books.
Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

25 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

  1. Shonda

    I’ve not read any of your books but they look good! Thank you for a chance to win one. I love reading about the different books you have written. I like that they have the word light in the titles.

    1. Hi Shonda,
      Thanks for your comment! I hope you get to read my books. Let me know how you like them!

  2. I love to meet new authors and your books sounds very intriguing… !

    1. Hi,Tanja! I’m smiling big at seeing you here with us. Thanks for stopping by. You’re entered in the drawing, friend! (Hug your family for me.)

    2. Hi Tanja,
      Thanks for your comment! Hope you get to read my books!

      1. Marilyn, Tanja and I “met” via my website contact form–all the way from Switzerland, her home. And then we met face to face at ACFW in DFW. What a delight!

  3. Hi Linda,
    Looks like the website is letting me in now. Thank you for having me on your site and thank you to everyone who commented!

  4. Your books sound so intriguing. I married a Louisiana Cajun man myself. Lived there three years before we returned back to Texas. Your mention of Cajun foods makes me want to get busy cooking an etouffe or gumbo. The subject matter of the Germans following a woman to New York captivates my interest level…makes me imagine what the outcome will be. Sounds like you found the purpose God had for you.
    May you continue to be blessed with your writing.

    1. Hi Jane! Where else would someone named Theriot be from but Louisiana! Hope you cooked up some good gumbo or etoufee! I look forward to hearing how you liked my books.

  5. Perrianne Askew

    Your writing has been quite a journey! I did enjoy your novella in The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection.

    1. Hi, Perrianne! It’s great to see you. We’re really blessed by Marilyn’s visit.

    2. Hi Perianne,
      So glad you enjoyed The Wrong Survivor in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection. Hope you get to read some of my other books.

  6. Hey Everybody! Waving here. Thanks for commenting. Sorry the site won’t accept my comments. That’s never happened before! Hope y’all enjoy my books!

  7. Hi, all! Unfortunately, Marilyn has been unable to reply to your comments so far for no reason of her own. It has to do with some “techy” issue between her/me/this site. My site creator/maintainer hasn’t been able to replicate the problem Marilyn is having. So I told her I’d let you know she’s reading your comments and appreciates them and you!

  8. Susan Wallace

    Wow! These books sound intriguing. Thanks for info.

    1. Yes! Marilyn is a great writer. Come by, Cuz!

    2. Hi Susan, Hope you get to read them! Thanks for your comment.

  9. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the conversation and getting to know you. Would love to read your books!

    1. Hi, Faith. It’s great to see you in our midst this week. You’re entered in the drawing!

  10. Paula Shreckhise

    I won Rebel Light . I just haven’t started to read it yet. The book about the Gilded Curse and Jekyll Island looks great! Thanks for your story. It was so interesting.

    1. Hi, Paula. Welcome! You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

  11. Marilyn R

    Hello Linda and Marilyn, I enjoyed reading more about Marilyn Turk’s upcoming books. I have read and reviewed all of her books to date, so I do not need to be included in the giveaway.

    Have a blessed week. Keep letting “the light shine for Jesus” as you both write.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. Welcome! You have a blessed weekend.

  12. Brandi

    Wow! What a journey. Thank you for sharing your story and remaining open to the Spirit’s movement and guidance.

    1. Hi, Brandi. Welcome! It’s great to have you in our circle. I hope you’ll return. 🙂


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Let’s Chat! Author Darlene Oakley

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Darlene Oakley!

This week we’re welcoming Canadian author Darlene Oakley, who has written a dystopian story along the lines of The Hunger Games, as well as romantic suspense and companion publications. Darlene’s life story is fascinating. What a treat!

*Darlene’s offering an e-book give-away—winner’s choice of Inner Sanctum or Voices of Angelsso be sure to comment below!

**Congratulations to Becky Smith, winner of the drawing for one of Darlene Oakley‘s e-books! Join in the chat this coming week to be entered into the drawing for another author’s book.**

Darlene Oakley: The Growing-Up Years

I grew up in various cities across Canada. My parents were Salvation Army officers and we moved around quite a bit. (Click to Tweet!) At Catherine Booth Bible College, now Booth University, I studied Pastoral Care.

Actually, I didn’t pursue a career in that, but ended up taking advantage of my secretarial skills, particularly typing, and found work as a transcriptionist and eventually administrative assistant, which eventually saw me land a position in the Government Whip’s office in the Senate of Canada.

With experience in the publishing industry as a freelance writer and editor, I have over 400 articles published online, mostly on a site called EmpowHer.com, which deals mainly with women’s health issues. I also have a strong background in dentistry, as one of my longest transcription jobs was in an oral surgery practice.

I’m a single mother of two boys – one, 21 years old with Aspergers, and one, 9 years old with Sensory Processing Disorder. The younger one has presented extreme challenges with behaviour we now seem to have under control. I moved to the Niagara area of Canada 3 years ago to start fresh after a divorce and so my older son could take on a job at a local museum.

Darlene Oakley, the Writer

I write in a variety of genres. My first book, Inner Sanctum, is a dystopian story (along the lines of The Hunger Games). My second book is romantic suspense. So I wouldn’t say I write in one particular genre. I do like romance elements in my books, depending on the storyline.

A bit of a sci-fi geek, I like to read forensic science stories, so you might find some of those elements in my books. I also write from a Christian world view perspective, but I try not to have those elements be preachy, but as part of the characters’ development.

Darlene Oakley’s Debut

Inner Sanctum ended up being a loose retelling of the Exodus. I did not plan that. I actually had a totally different idea for the book than what actually came out of my fingers. Originally, it was supposed to be a murder mystery in what was supposed to be a utopic, underground civilization. I kept the underground city part of it, the rest kind of morphed out of my other research, writing and transcription work.

The story was originally inspired by City of Ember. I saw the movie (then got the books, which I haven’t read yet), but that’s where I got the idea for writing something in that vein for adults. As I mulled over challenges in my underground civilization, I would watch City of Ember again, not to borrow ideas, but to show me how this author dealt with it, and then come up with an alternative that would work in my story’s case.

I published with Lanico Media House run by Lacresha Raino (formerly Hayes). I’d known her for a long time through online groups. I pitched it to her before I even had a word written and she said, “When it’s ready, send it to me.” And I did, and she loved it.

What’s Up With Darlene Oakley Now

Currently working on Book 2 of the Inner Sanctum series, I’m planning for 5 books in total.

My most recent publication was Voices of Angels, which is a romantic suspense story, along with a devotional companion (Finding your Voice), and a journal (The Connected Voice Journal).

Voices of Angels

This story is completely different from Inner Sanctum. While both heroines have a certain amount of me reflected in them, Julia in Voices of Angels lives out more of a recent spiritual battle. I found myself not involved in music ministry for the first time in about 30 years, and having to completely redefine who I was as a Christ follower, and an “angel without a voice”. This one was definitely therapeutic, and also delves into issues such as bullying and racism/prejudice and forgiveness I hope in a very uplifting light, while also delivering a satisfying, suspenseful read.

The devotional companion is a Scriptural walk through my journey that got worked into the book. And, as a writer, of course it made sense to have a journal as part of the series.

I’m planning at least one more book with these characters. I don’t have a plan for any more, but you never know. My publisher suggested that I create a spin-off with the characters. I don’t have any ideas yet for that, though I know which characters I would want to use.

To Contact Darlene:


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To purchase Darlene’s books:

Inner Sanctum 

Voices of Angels 

Devotional Companion 

Voices of Angels Journal 

Lord, You are the Great Servant, the Savior of the World. We glorify Your name alone! You led Darlene even as a child along paths of servanthood, and now You’re guiding her into a different sort of service through writing. Bless every word Darlene writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

















10 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Darlene Oakley

  1. Becky Smith

    Thank you so much! I didn’t see an email, so do I comment here? It’s hard to choose, but I think I would like to read Voices of Angels. I really look forward to reading both books. THANK you!!!

    1. Great, Becky! You’ll enjoy it, I’m sure! Thanks again for joining our chat. You enriched and encouraged us.

  2. Marilyn

    Darlene Oakley is a new author to me. She’s had quit a journey but glad God is always faithful.

    1. Amen, Marilyn!

  3. Becky Smith

    I’m not familiar with Darlene. One of our grandsons was thought to have Aspergers before they finally diagnosed him with apraxia. Thanks for posting!

    1. Great to see you, Becky. I was an educator (in various roles, starting with speech pathology) for 40 years. So you and Darlene and I share a “special” bond. Very glad you joined the conversation. Love seeing you here.

    2. Hi, Becky.

      Nice to meet you. That’s interesting about the misdiagnosis. I’m pretty sure about my older son. My younger son I disagree with the doctor’s diagnosis.

      We could probably swap stories. 🙂

  4. Very interesting.

    1. I agree, Melissa. Darlene’s life story is definitely interesting. Thanks for stopping by. Love seeing you here.

    2. Thank you, Melissa.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the chat.


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