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Yeah, yeah, yeah (#MFRWAuthor)

Published June 22, 2018 by francesothomas

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The topic in this 25th week of the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop is an easy one: Do I keep a diary or journal?

Why, yes. Yes, I do. Although I’ve tried to follow the advice of Julia Cameron and write “morning pages,” I failed. I don’t write something every day. I don’t use a fancy book designed for the purpose. A spiral notebook works just fine. I have half a dozen or more lying around in a drawer.

But what I don’t have, and desperately wish I did, is the diary I kept as a teenager.

You see, I just read an advanced review copy of Diary of a Beatlemaniac by Patricia Gallo-Stenman who had the foresight not only to write in a diary but to hold on to it. Her book jogged my memory, but truthfully I hadn’t forgotten what life was like circa 1964. How exciting it was to see our idols on stage in an erstwhile ice arena in Pittsburgh. The breathess anticipation for every new album release. The heartbreak when the Beatle who was supposed to wait for me to grow up so I could marry him went and married someone else. Yep, it all came flooding back.

I recently talked with another author who told me she writes historical fiction. When I asked about her book, I discovered it is set in the 1960s. Say wha’? It is kinda sobering to realize how much of your life is now considered history.

I can’t wait to read about other authors’ journals here. I’m betting the percentage of us who keep them is high.

 

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Quaking with fear

Published June 20, 2018 by francesothomas

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In the mood for a western? Here’s a new release, the eighth in the Silverpines series. Natural disasters like an earthquake make a compelling element in a book. Here in Florida, we get hurricanes instead. I featured one in the second book of my Calusa Town Tales series, Southern Hospitality.

Here’s the blurb:

Struggling to move past her grief.

Victoria Rhyan lost everything during the Earthquakes that tore through Silverpines, including her husband, the town’s mayor. The resulting fear and loneliness has left her in a fragile state, unable to leave her home. To make matters worse, her husband’s solicitor arrives in Silverpines to inform Victoria that the mayor had been embezzling from town’s tax money, and that all of the evidence points to her as the recipient of those stolen funds. Desperate, Victoria sends out a plea for a mail-order-groom, begging for any man with experience at law to come to her aid.

Terrified of the man he has become.

Luther Garrison is a man on the run. He’s running from the law, and from his cousin— the notorious outlaw— Mace Thorne. Shot in the back while trying to escape Mace and his gang, Luther awakens to find himself at the mercy of Victoria Ryhan. She is everything he isn’t. Prim, proper and startlingly attractive, Luther is utterly captivated by her in an instant. But Mace is still hunting him, and it’s only a matter of time before he finds Luther again.

Can Victoria accept help from the lawyer turned outlaw for her own legal troubles?

Will Mace catch up to Luther and destroy both Victoria and himself?

Can love win out over their fear, or is it too late for the woman who took in the Wanted Lawyer?

 

Praise for the Silverpines series

“Love this series, I can not even imagine the work these women have had to endure with most of the men lost in tragedy.”
Amazon Reviewer

“The characters were very strong and believable with the circumstances that they had to endure. Love was a very special ingredient in this story…. Enjoying this series tremendously.”
Amazon Reviewer

“Every book in this series is a fun read. I ready enjoy reading the ‘mail order groom’ concept. Looking forward to read the next in this series.”
Amazon Reviewer

California Dreamin’

Published June 18, 2018 by francesothomas

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This short, sweet book is based on a real-life love story. The cover is mesmerizing, don’t you think?

Here’s the blurb:

Michael Thomas’ life changed when he accepted a friendly client’s offer to stay at his winter home in Carmel, California. Michael planned to immerse himself in the artistic atmosphere of the Monterey Bay area. Maybe this is his opportunity to settle at last and to make better use of his exceptional talents as a painter, an artists romance.

Angelina Serracino, a romance widow, had yet to forgive herself for the death of her fiance, though she had no responsibility for his passing. Angelina still couldn’t shake the feeling that if maybe she had done something differently.

Angelina was working in her father’s restaurant when Michael came in for a meal. Michael was immediately attracted, but she was withdrawn. What will he have to do? How can he get her interest?

Devin Pine has skillfully handled this beautiful story of being honest in love and dealing with the consequences of divergent pasts. Truly an inspirational romance.

 

Review

Devin Pine may have written Moonlight at Monterey Bay as a tribute to his grandparent’s courtship, but their story transcends the boundaries of time and easily translates to a modern-day romance. Michael Thomas is a worldly artist equally bewitched by a beautiful waitress and the haunting seascapes of Carmel. Angelina Serracino is a small-town girl too absorbed by tragedy and guilt to acknowledge her budding romance with the handsome stranger. What ensues is a heart-warming journey through desire and self-deception, with several keen insights into the redeeming powers of love.Pine deftly navigates an emotionally turbulent plot without contriving the internal struggles of his main characters. An inspired supporting cast keeps the tone from getting too heavy, and the seaside setting compliments the sensual imagery. Moonlight at Monterey Bay is like a weekend trip to Carmel: short, sweet, and full of people and places you’ll want to take back home. — Marie Cannizzaro

About the Author

Devin Pine lives in Santa Barbara California with his beautiful wife, his beloved two teenage girls (who give him no end of fun!), and his wonderful brown lab Cocoa!

Devin was born and raised in southern California, but he spent 5 years living in Monterey where he learned to scuba dive and did some abalone diving while working for a fishing company in his youth.

He spends his adult life working at a copywriting company for fashion products, pet products, and food stuffs.

Devin has both a bachelors in English and a masters in journalism. He enjoys writing immensely!

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe (MFRWAuthor)

Published June 15, 2018 by francesothomas

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The item I can’t live without is the topic for this week on Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. If you ask my husband, the answer would be my laptop. He definitely has a point. I spend most of the day, every day, tapping away on it.

Then there’s the television. Even when I’m not actually watching it, I often have it on for company. What about my phone? Not my cellphone, mind you. I rarely use that one, but I have a standing one hour minimum land line conversation with my sister weekly.

But what about my bottle of foundation? Or my hair dryer? I use both daily unless I am really, really, and I mean really ill.

Of course, there’s my Keurig and my espresso maker. Those are pretty important.

I am, after all, a writer. So, the item I can’t live without is my library card. Or my Kindle. Or my reading glasses.

I give up. It is impossible to choose. Take a look here to see what other authros have to say on this subject.

Watch what you sign

Published June 14, 2018 by francesothomas

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Book 3 in A Fake Marriage series is out. This seems to be a popular trope. I hope the same can be said of fake engagements since my next book features that one.

Here’s the blurb:

Lillian Brunette is desperate for a job. Six month pregnant and recently divorced, she needs health insurance and an income if she’s ever going to be able to take care of herself and the baby—if what happened to her first pregnancy happens again. So when her best friend tells her that the billionaire bachelor is looking for an assistant, she jumps at the opportunity to interview.

Reed Williamson is trying to get over his broken heart. When he finds out that his fiancée ended up pregnant with his half-brother’s baby, he’s written off all relationships. Which he was doing a good job at until he finds out that in order to inherit his family’s investment company, he has to be married. Out of desperation, Reed’s mom puts in a call to an elite matchmaking agency to find him a contract wife. At least with that, there’s no chance of falling in love.

After an episode of mistaken identity, Lillian finds herself contractually obligated to marry Reed. Which is the ideal relationship for her. Faking a marriage seems easy, until she finds out that Reed is kind and incredibly handsome. And just might be what she wants in a family. If only he could accept the secret she’s so desperate to hide.

 

Get it now for 99 cents on Amazon here.

Small town intrigue

Published June 13, 2018 by francesothomas

 

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Brand new–the second book in this series set in a small town in Maine is on sale right now for 99 cents.

Here’s the blurb:

When Charlotte Olson becomes legal guardian of her young sister, it’s tough to survive, even in the friendly setting of Shady Piers. Now, after a disastrous fire, she loses everything, and Charlotte must protect her sister from a much more serious threat to the life they have built together.

After an embarrassing introduction, firefighter Neil Mack doesn’t expect to see Charlotte again, but when he’s called to the fire in her apartment block, he manages to get her and her sister to safety, despite great personal danger to himself.

What neither of them know is the deeper threat, just around the corner, that will have serious implications for Charlotte, the handsome firefighter and those around them who they love.

The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are ‘clean and sweet’ contemporary romances with Happy Ever After endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.

 

Get it on Amazon here.

Sleuthing in high heels

Published June 7, 2018 by francesothomas

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Here is a brand new release by a first time author. Who can resist a mystery with a sense of humor? I love the cover and the retro title.
Blurb:
Sheagan O’Hare got more than she bargained for when her newly inherited detective agency lands its first case; a missing person, embezzlement, and murder. Sheagan’s out to prove she can hang with the pros, despite the constant reminder of her amateur status from an annoyingly attractive FBI agent, Colin ‘Mac’ MacEvine, who’s forced himself into her life.
How does she feel when an old high school friend hopes to ignite a new romance?
Will she be able to discover if detective work and love can mingle before someone gets hurt?

Excerpt

Sheagan blinked back the sting in her eyes as sweat drizzled from her forehead. Her shoulders and forearms cried out as determination inched her body forward through the tin walls that framed her slender figure. The narrow shaft rendered her legs useless as they dragged behind her like dead weight. She made a vow to start working out as she approached her destination, the metal grate that looked down into the sweetheart suite of the Eliot Hotel.

She shimmied her binoculars out of her bag and clutched them in her sweaty palms as she readied herself to delve into the world of private investigating. The friction of her movements caused her mahogany mane to cling to all the surfaces of her temporary confinement. Perched behind the filigree frame, peering like a caged animal, she was a mere 20 feet from her target. Her target? The Rat Bastard, who up until this very moment she’d called boyfriend.

She wasn’t there to kill him, even though the thought had crossed her mind; no, she was there to catch him in the act. She suspected he had been cheating on her for some time, so proof would end her suspicion or the relationship. Spying on her significant other through an air-vent of a swanky hotel room was hardly a promising start to her so-called glamorous career as a private detective. But it snapped her back into the reality that her new chosen profession would often be messy and difficult.

She peered through the grate and envied the spacious room below, but her viewing angle was no good for the task at hand. She could feel the heat in her cheeks rise along with her anger as she scanned the room and soaked in the extravagance–the hardwood tables, the Italian marble fireplace, the opulent sheen of the fabric on the overstuffed furniture that glimmered in the soft candlelight. The Rat Bastard was not known to overindulge on frivolous expenses, unless it was on her dime. Thoughts of killing him resurfaced.

What is wrong with me? Why did I wait so long? 

She immediately regretted the fleeting question. She knew why. The answer brought back the pain and significance of her father’s sudden death. He had been the only family she had left, and he was gone. All that was left behind was his detective agency. She had thought about giving it up, but she couldn’t; it was her only connection to him, to her family.

She closed her eyes briefly, realizing that now she was facing more loss–even if he was a lying, cheating Rat Bastard.

No! It’s better this way, stay focused.

She choked in a breath and turned her attention back to the room. His secret love nest was finished with soothing tones on the walls and thick, plush carpeting.

What is that on the end table? 

Her gaze was drawn to the bottle label as it bobbed upside down in the melting ice. She sharpened the focus of her binoculars, and her eyes widened in recognition.

Her cheeks flushed. Cristal, she scoffed. Who is this Bimbo, anyway? 

As if she had room to criticize this girl’s intelligence, when Sheagan was the one sweating her makeup off in a four-by-four-foot air-duct.

Yeah, who’s the stupid one? 

She heard passionate sounds coming from the right of the room and recognized his tone. Leaning sideways, Sheagan pressed her face to the grate, but her limited

view revealed only a portion of the bed and unable to make out major details, like faces.

Crap, I can’t see anything. Damn! She needed to get a better look

As she shifted her weight, the metal walls started to reverberate and Sheagan stifled a gasp, willing the rumbling to cease. Her breathing became labored as the musty air stole the aroma of the sweet perfume wafting up waft from the suite below. She stilled her movements and did the only thing she could think of… nothing. Nothing but stare at the heap of blankets and wait.

Come on, bimbo, come up for air. I know he doesn’t last that long.
Her discomfort increased as the noise from their passion became more intense. Ugh, that’s it, I’ve had it!
She mashed her cheek and upper body against the grate.
I just need a peek to confirm.
She pressed harder, ogling the bed. Finally, she caught a tiny glimpse.
Just a little further.
She pushed and heard a chirring sound, then a scraping. She froze in place, but

the grate gave way with a creaking groan and crashed to the ground. Time stood still as Sheagan realized there was nothing between her and the floor except air.

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Author Bio: 
Andi Ramos is a debut author from central Massachusetts where she lives with her family, goat, and Boston Terriers. Her love for reading grew into a passion for writing. She dabbled with pen and paper for a long time and eventually stopped pushing her amusements aside and started developing those stories into novels. One of her favorite things to do is to hop into her motorhome with her family and write while traveling down the road as they journey to various destinations.
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