Sparks of love

Published July 18, 2018 by francesothomas

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This new novel with a popular trope is available to preorder here.   My small town romances are set in a fictional town loosely based on the real town where I live. I wonder if Soda Spurs, Texas, is real. And isn’t the idea of a heroine who is an auto mechanic intriguing?

Here’s the blurb:

All the money in the world means nothing without someone to share with with.

Billionaire actor Brent McKasson wanted something different in life. Tired of being typecast in the same action roles, he decides to take some time off to think. However, his car breaks down in the small town of Soda Spurs, Texas. Forced to rely on people he doesn’t know, Brent rediscovers the charm of a small town and a feisty female mechanic, but will it be enough for him to stay or will the fame call him back?

Sam Jenkins moved to Soda Spurs after a hard breakup. All she wanted to do was open up an auto shop and return to her small town roots. Then Brent McKasson lands in her lap. Literally. She’s the only mechanic in town, and with the only hotel in town booked for the Cowboy festival, she is forced to open her spare room to him for the weekend. What she hadn’t expected was to open her heart to him as well.

But can a spark between two opposites create a lasting love? Or will his fame and her independence keep them apart?

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Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)

Published July 13, 2018 by francesothomas

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What’s the topic this week on Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop? It’s creative outlets I enjoy.

My favorite outlet is music. I have been singing for my entire life. At first, I sang at church, then in the chorus of the community college I attended in Pennsylvania. After I graduated, I sang in  several community choruses in Pennsylvania and in Florida.

At present, I am a member of the Symphonic Chorale of SW FL. We self-produce two concerts a year plus two events to which we invite community singers to participate. Coming up in August is Summer Sing where we will rehearse and perform Rutter’s Requiem in the space of a single evening. Next spring, we are hosting Coro Rapsodia, a chorus from Uruguay, for our annual Sing Out. It’s a similar process to the Summer Sing, but lasts two days.

In addition, we sing two concerts a year with the SW FL Symphony Orchestra, a Holiday Pops performance and a classical Masterworks concert.

In fact, it was while sitting on stage waiting to begin a program of operatic choruses that the idea for the book I am working on now came to me. The working title is The Maestro and revolves around a fake engagement.

To read about other creative outlets, go here.

Not your mother’s planner

Published July 11, 2018 by francesothomas

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Are you a busy wife/mom/student/working woman? What you see above is a valuable tool to help you get your time and your tasks under control. But this is not your mother’s planner. Besides writing down your daily appointments, this planner helps you keep track of your budget, plan meals, organize your schedule, and—most importantly—helps you CRUSH your goals.  That last phrase is right from the mouth of Ruth Soukup.

I have come to admire Ruth Soukup for her honesty, creativity, and business savvy, so I decided to become an affiliate for her products. Her new, improved Living Well Planner® edition goes on pre-order today. If you decide to buy it here, please be aware I’ll get a commission. I’ll be very grateful if you do.

As you can see, the new edition features a pretty, hand-drawn floral cover design. Ruth and her team have completely refreshed the interior too. It will only be available while supplies last.

The planner will begin shipping on August 31st, and anyone who orders a one between July 11th and August 31st can take advantage of Early Bird pricing. ($39 versus the new regular price of $49.) This Early Bird pricing applies to the signature striped Living Well Planner® design above as well, which also features a refreshed interior.

In addition to the price discount, anyone who preorders will also receive some bonuses: Ruth’s 2 very favorite sticky note pads FREE with their planner purchase—the Weekly Wizard™ (an $8.50 value) and the Daily Do-It™ (a $9.50 value). Both are designed to work with the planner to help you better organize your week and your days, respectively, by helping you prioritize your to-do lists to make sure that the most important things get done first. Best of all, you can stick them right into the weekly planning pages of your planner to keep yourself on track all week long.

The calendars inside the planner are undated, so you can begin using it for the upcoming  fall school term if you wish. Or you can wait until January and FINALLY accomplish those New Year’s resolution once and for all. And wouldn’t it make a wonderful Christmas gift for family or friends?

It’s all up to you.

Sibling Silliness (#MFRWAuthor)

Published July 6, 2018 by francesothomas

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What is the most fun I can have while dressed? Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop wants to know. Another easy topic.

I don’t get to see my sister and brother very often. They live too far away. So when Christmas holidays roll around, we spend hours catching up and reminiscing. My poor husband has heard these stories many times and generally bids us good night and heads for bed.

It doesn’t take long for us three siblings to start laughing. My brother, in particular, never fails to crack me up. I often end up in tears from laughing so hard.

My husband has learned to don ear plugs.

How do other authors have fun? Check out their responses here.

Stop and smell the flowers (#MFRWAuthor)

Published June 29, 2018 by francesothomas

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Man oh man. The year is half over. This week’s blog topic is my favorite indulgence. Another tough one.

It is easier to list some things others may consider indulgences that don’t interest me in the least. You will never find me submerged in a bubble bath, with or without scented candles. I don’t do manicures, pedicures, or massages.

As I sit here on my couch wiritng this, I can see the grocery store bouquet I bought myself earlier this week. There’s my answer.

My favorites are alstroemeria. They come in various colors. The bunch I have right now are white with pinkish purple centers. If I keep replenishing their water, I can usually keep them for more than a week.

I had to Google them to make sure I spelled their name correctly and up came the linked article. I learned these flowers are also called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas. They are symbols of wealth, prosperity, and fortune. They are also the flower of friendship. Who knew?

In the first book in my Calusa Town Tales, The Lady Is a Mayor, orchids are an important part of the plot, but I think I’ll stick to my Peruvian Lily. Maybe my next book will be about the Incas and earn me a lot of money. Hmmm.

To read about the indulgences of other authors, go here.

 

Atonement in a small town

Published June 26, 2018 by francesothomas

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Since I also have a series set in a fictional small town, I’m intrigued by the possibilities for this new series to develop. Kat is venturing into clean romace for the first time. You can purchase it here.

 

Here’s the blurb:

“[Kat Cantrell’s] SEAL characters are the best!” ~ Romance As A First Language

When a SEAL comes home, it takes the right woman to heal his scars. Read the first book in a brand new military romance series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kat Cantrell.

After being kicked out of the Navy, ex-SEAL Caleb Hardy needs a new mission, and rebuilding a struggling Texas mining town into a tourist destination is it. If he’s successful, Superstition Springs will become a new home for his band of world-weary teammates—and hopefully a place to atone for the horrific mistake they’d made in the line of duty. Mission parameters: within six months, make the town profitable before it gets razed and turned into a shopping center.

Urban planner Havana Nixon has other plans for the quirky dot on the map. She fled Superstition Springs eight years ago, desperate to escape her childhood poverty and the town that she never could quite call “home”. Now she’s back, determined to help the townspeople—and earn herself a lofty job in the process. All she has to do is convince the folks to sell their land for a fair price to the developer eyeing the town’s prime location. Everyone wins, right? Except she didn’t count on an infuriating and gorgeous obstacle named Caleb Hardy.

Add in a love prediction dispensed by Havana’s quirky aunt and nothing goes as expected, least of all a head-to-head between two people with opposing plans who spark every time they’re together. If they could just unbend long enough to compromise, Caleb and Havana might figure out they both want the same thing—forever.

Welcome to Superstition Springs, town in progress.

Which sister gets the man?

Published June 25, 2018 by francesothomas

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Looking for a new author? Here is the first in a series for 99 cents for a short time.

 

The blurb:

One life…
Trevor Palmer must sink or survive, quite literally. Choosing to manipulate the changing hands of his company for his own good, he relocates to the rough country of Idaho, in searching for his great great grandfather’s mine.

Porsche has sworn off all men but meeting Trevor has changed her best laid plans, throwing her resolve to find the perfect man for her sister against her, stumbling head on into the ideal man for herself.

 

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Biography

“Have you considered you might have Multiple sclerosis?”
“What?” My jaw managed to form the single syllable while my world collapsed.
“I mention it because your eyes dart around like my mother’s and she has MS,” Dr. Staley continued rubbing my neck before he twisted it. Snap, pop. It’s a good thing Dr. Staley is an excellent chiropractor.
“I can’t possibly have MS.” I argue because I’ve never fainted, I have all of my fine motor skills, I don’t bump into things. My balance is a little off, but I don’t have time to be sick, I’m just feeling the heat early this year. Right, it’s March in southern Nevada and not in the triple digits yet.
“I’m not a specialist but I can give you a referral. I think you should check it out.”

That is how my writing career started. Before then I danced, rode horses, did arts and crafts to decorate my home and sing. One by one each was taken from me by MS. I’ve had to reinvent myself. Writing is my creative outlet of choice now…but it is not alone. Against the odds my health is improving! I invite you to visit my blog or pick up a copy of The Drive to Thrive Anthology here on Amazon for the rest of the story.