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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.

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Small town politics in Florida

Published July 18, 2016 by francesothomas

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Protesters, clashing viewpoints, economic crisis.

No, not the presidential campaign. It all happens in my romance novella. And yes, it’s a comedy.

If you need a break from the Republican National Convention, here’s a lighter look at political goings on in a sort-of fictional small town.

When the mayor of Calusa flees town in the middle of the night, Geneva Price finds herself in charge and trying to hold it all together. Seth Connor, a swoon-worthy hotel developer (with good hair), might be the answer to her prayers, in more ways than one. But first she has to arrange a truce between the ecologists and the economists. Just a typical day in Florida.

I had such fun writing The Lady Is a Mayor. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Happily Ever After in Christmas book review

Published June 22, 2016 by francesothomas

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A female sheriff and an ex-hockey player meet in a bar.No, that’s not the beginning of a stand-up comedy routine. It’s the plot and setting for Debbie Mason’s latest love story in the town of Christmas.

Jill has had a crush on Sawyer her whole life. but he still sees her as the younger sister of his best friend. That is, until she gets makeover help from the Hollywood hair stylist introduced in an earlier book who has taken up residence. Yep, a red dress and very high heels will do the trick every time.

Mason also lets us in on what various other characters from previous books are up to-who is getting married; who is having a baby. Even having read about them before, I sometimes had trouble keeping straight who was who. Of course, that’s pretty much what happens in real life, isn’t it? Sorting through gossip is a full time occupation.

Since I too live in a small town where everyone knows each other’s business and posts about it on Facebook, I completely identify with the citizens of Christmas. I hope there are lots more love stories for Mason to tell.

Happily Ever After in Christmas will release June 28. Preorders are available now.

 

Debbie will be awarding a prize via Rafflecopter.

 

THE FULL SERIES

The Trouble With Christmas, #1

Christmas in July, #2

It Happened at Christmas, #3

Wedding Bells at Christmas, #4

Snowbound at Christmas, #5

Kiss Me In Christmas, #6

Happy Ever After in Christmas, #7

 Series Page on Goodreads

 

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

 

 

My first novella to be released soon

Published June 3, 2016 by francesothomas

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My first novella, The Lady Is a Mayor, will be released soon. It is a prequel to the full length book I am working on now. Since it deals with politics, I wanted to have it available before the national conventions occur next month.

The story is set in a fictionalized version of the town where I live. Since I once was the editor of the local newspaper, I have lots of material to draw from.

My heroine Geneva Price becomes the mayor of Calusa and soon finds herself embroiled in a dispute between townsfolk who want to preserve the ecology versus business people who want to save the town from economic ruin. Sort of a daily occurrence in Florida.

It’s available now in the CreateSpace e-store  at https://www.createspace.com/6305319 and will go live on Amazon shortly.

 

email me at Fran@RusticatingintheTropics.com.

 

 

 

Because of Miss Bridgerton book review

Published January 25, 2016 by francesothomas

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Because of Miss Bridgerton is the tenth book about this family by the highly prolific Julia Quinn, but it is actually a prequel to the others and set during the American Revolutionary War.

The Bridgertons and the Rokesbys live on neighboring estates, and tomboy Miss Sybilla “Billie” Bridgerton has grown up romping around the countryside with the Rokesbys’ daughter and two younger sons. George, the Rokesby heir, however, is a few years older and as serious and dutiful as befits his future as an earl.

Of course, when Billie gets trapped on a roof trying to rescue a cat, it would be George to come to her rescue. Predictably, the sparks start to ignite. George eventually discovers there is more to Billie than her daredevil ways. Deep down, she has a dutiful side too.

Quinn’s sparkling dialogue and internal monologues are always fun to read. Her description of a croquet match made me wonder if perchance she’d ever met any of the cutthroat players in my own family.

Miss Bridgerton is actually the first of a new series, so we’ll be learning more about the rest of Billie and George’s siblings one day soon I imagine. Can’t wait.

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court

Published November 9, 2015 by francesothomas

King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Iverson Headlee

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What a strange, yet compelling book. Sort of like Morgan le Fay herself, come to think of it. Her commentary on the Washington, DC, of 2079 is highly entertaining. One wonders what Hillary Clinton could do with a campaign boss like this one, able to cast spells on bothersome political rivals. Her fictional counterpart Mallory Hinton ends up President for Life.

Morgan’s acquisition of a baseball team wasn’t as much fun. I  could have done with a lot less baseball talk and more beltway doings.

GIVEAWAY

Kim will be awarding an autographed print copy of King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (international giveaway)

 

BLURB:

Morgan le Fay, 6th-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball…and the human heart.

Excerpt:

Conversation was sparse, awkward, and inconsequential until Malory laid down her fork, nailed Dowley with her gaze, and said:

“Dan, you know you had that coming, what with all the verbal shots you’ve been taking at me of late. It has to stop. We’re in the same party, for God’s sake. All this sniping is bad form.”

“If I discontinue my opposition tactics and support you, what’s in it for me?”

The cheeky bastard! I would have racked him on the spot.

Malory said, “Why, the ’88 Presidential nomination, of course.”

This, of course, would be for naught if Malory became President for Life. Promises made by twenty-first-century politicians were rarely kept; how anything of import ever got accomplished in this hellish climate of false hope being strung along by true deceit lay far beyond my ken.

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AUTHOR Bio:

 Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come ‘s Courtand go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671020412).

Which Valentine Valley Heroine Are You?

Published April 29, 2015 by francesothomas

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EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH—the finale of Emma Cane’s contemporary romance Valentine Valley series—went on-sale yesterday. To celebrate the release,  have some fun and take a look back at some of  Valentine Valley characters, the folks at Avon Romance created a fun little quiz.

Here’s the blurb:

The only thing hotter than a cowboy…

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality. 

Is a cowboy in love.
Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart? 

 

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.