The bumpy road (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 17, 2018 by francesothomas

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Best writing advice I’ve gotten? What sticks with me is something from a plotting class I took with Delilah Devlin. She calls it three bumps and a push.

In other words, throw three roadblocks into your plot, each worse than the last. Then add one final thing that seems like it can’t be resolved, the final crisis. Of course, your characters do overcome that last big problem and go on to live happily ever after. This framework is so simple even I can follow it.

Clearly, there’s much more to writing than this. I can’t wait to read other good advice from fellow authors here.

 

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Escape into history

Published August 15, 2018 by francesothomas

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Kristen calls her books “sweet escape romance.” That’s how I feel about mine too. This prequel to her Port Provident:Hurricane Hope series is free right now. Here’s the blurb:

HE RETURNED HOME TO SAY GOODBYE. SHE GAVE HIM THE CHANCE AT A FRESH START.

Whitt Peoples knows this Christmas will be the worst holiday in his life. The high-powered corporate consultant is used to saving dying companies, but he can’t save his dying grandmother. Returning to Port Provident for the first time since his childhood, he hopes to slip into town—and then leave as soon as possible–without running into the other side of his family who turned their back on him when he was a kid.

Samantha Spaeth has spent her life conquering her fears. The Director of the Port Provident Historical Society isn’t afraid of anything, except the fact that she is running out of time to save one of the island’s most historic landmarks before it succumbs to development by a big-box store.

When Whitt asks her to navigate Port Provident’s history in order to help him discover the secrets from his own past, she accepts the challenge because she needs all the allies she can find to preserve the island’s heritage.

Can a woman who lives for the lessons of the past use the town’s heritage to bring the promise of true love to a man who’s spent his whole life running away?

First, second, third, phooey (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 10, 2018 by francesothomas

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This week, we writers are to discuss what we call POV, point of view. So far, I have only written in third. But I really like to read first. If I don’t think of more to add, this will be a very short post, won’t it?

Truthfully, I still struggle with this concept. I know there are two kinds of third, omniscient and limited. I think what I’m using is omniscient. “God-like” I can see into all  the characters’ minds.

At least I know “head-hopping” is taboo. We authors aren’t supposed to jump will nilly from one character’s thoughts to another. Most romance novels seem to alternate from heroine to her’s POV, but only in separate chapters.

And you thought this writing stuff was easy. Clearly, I need more work on my craft.

Let’s hope my fellow authors have more coherent answers. Find out here.

 

Learning my lessons (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 3, 2018 by francesothomas

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How can it be August already? This is the 31st week in the blog challenge. The prompt is “When I’m not writing, I…”

To be honest, when I am not writing I am often feeling guilty about not writing. I spend a lot of time trying to learn new things, so that’s not a bad thing, right? Some of my favorite people and resources are:

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) provided on sites such as  Coursera and FutureLearn. You can find classes in almost anything that interests you. They are free unless you want to get an official certificate.

Sam Bennett at The Organized Artist Company has paid programs using concepts from her books Start Right Where You Are and Get It Done, but she is also generous with free online encouragement. She advocates spending fifteen minutes a day working on whatever your chosen project is, and she’s right. You can get an awful lot done.

Donna Kozik  is the creator of “Write a Book in a Weekend.” Besides her paid coaching services, she too is generous with free webinars. Most recently, she has coordinated two community book projects like Success Is Yours.

Joan Stewart puts out a very helpful free newsletter twice a week on all things publicity.

Dr. Judith Briles organizes a cruise for writers which I would love to go on. Maybe some day. She also produces a helpful newletter and webinars.

And last, but certainly not least, The Writing Gals, whose podcasts are filled with information for authors.

If you want to read about the non-writing pasttimes of other authors, go here. 

 

 

 

Skating on thin ice

Published August 1, 2018 by francesothomas
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I confess I’m not a hockey fan. But like the heroine in this book, I have a brother who once played the sport. I never found love as a result though. Some girls have all the luck.
Blurb:
She doesn’t date her brother’s teammates. He needs to earn the respect of his new team, but they’re willing to break all the rules for just one kiss. As long as they keep their relationship a secret everyone stays happy.

Since their parent’s death, Chloe Schultz has put every ounce of her energy into her twin brother, Erik’s, NHL career. She won’t let distractions—like dating—get in the way of keeping the Utah Fury as the championship team. Until she meets Reese.

Reese Murray was shocked when he was traded the week before the season started. He’s bitter, but he won’t let that stop him from proving he’s the best. The Fury welcomes Reese, with one warning, stay away from the marketing manager, Chloe Schultz, if he wants to stay on Erik’s good side. Too bad she’s the first woman that’s caught his eye in years.

Can Chloe and Reese keep their focus while trying to hide their growing attraction, or will their secret come out and tear the team apart?


Buy it here.

Taking a chance (#MFRWAuthor)

Published July 27, 2018 by francesothomas

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With the jackpot so high, I rushed out to buy lottery tickets earlier this week, so this week’s blog topic is apropos: If I won the lottery…

Well, of course, I would buy the obligatory new house and new car if my winnings were great enough. Our car has well over 100,000 miles on it, so I think I’d be justified in finding a new ride. And sadly, my husband’s health is not great, so a home closer to medical facilities would be a relief and a blessing.

Besides those obvious purchases, I would give money to family and to causes dear to me, the arts and mental health. I would also indulge in taking classes to my heart’s content.

A shopping spree? Maybe a mini one. A girl can always use some new clothes, but my lifestyle isn’t such that I need anything too fancy.

I think the greatest benefit of winning a lottery in whatever amount would be peace of mind, just knowing the money is there for any unforeseen crises. I do, after all, live in the hurricane belt. In fact, I drew on my experience with Hurricane Charley in Southern Hospitality, the second book in Calusa Town Tales.

But enough about me. Read about the pipe dreams of other authors here.