Non-health food (#MFRWAuthor)

Published September 7, 2018 by francesothomas

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What’s my secret snack? Well, regretably I have two. The first is Crunchy Cheetos. I turn to these in times of anger. There is something so satisfying about that crunch. I used to be on the board of a nonprofit organization. After almost every meeting I stopped at the local convenience store on my way home and bought a bag of Cheetos. Needless to say, I am no longer on that board.

My other go to junk food are snowballs. No, not the frozen water kind. The kind made of cake with a gooey substance in the center, covered with marshmallow and coconut dyed a fluorescent color. I buy these a couple times a year if I come upon them at the Dollar Store. They generally make their appearance near a holiday and are colored accordingly–green for St. Patrick’s Day, purple for Easter, orange for Halloween.

Let’s hope some of my author friends have better eating habits than I. Check here to find out.

 

Photo by Evan-Amos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19228282

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Two authors for the price of one

Published September 5, 2018 by francesothomas

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Here’s the blurb for today’s featured book and author at #FallingInLove.

Secondhand Hearts by Jo Noelle

As a member of a top country-western band, Chase has the money and fame he’s always wanted. When he meets the beautiful woman who owns Treasure Mountain Pawn, he has to hide both of those things from the one person he wants to know everything about him.

When Elena sees Chase for the first time, his turquoise eyes and tousled brown hair convince her that she might believe in insta-love. Just in time, her brain takes over, reminding her that her business is in trouble, making her future uncertain—not a good time for love.

But being with Chase is as easy as following her heart, until she finds he has a secret big enough to break it.

Buy it on Amazon

 

And enter for a prize a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Wait! Why are there two women in the photo?

Jo Noelle is a Colorado native but lived in several mountain states–Idaho, Utah, and California. She has two adult children and three small kids.

She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking (especially desserts,) builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains.

Oh, and by the way, she’s two people–a mother/daughter writing team. We write dessert romances–satisfyingly sweet, and you’ll want more.

 

Published September 3, 2018 by francesothomas

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Each Monday through Friday for the rest of the month one of these authors will be spotlighted. There will be a $25 giveaway along with each spotlight which means there will be $500 given away in addition to this $100 giveaway! That’s a total of $600 being given away plus you will have the chance to learn more about 20 AMAZING authors!

 

Here are the authors who are participating:

Elizabeth Johns
Julie Wright
Jo Noelle
Laurie Lewis
Bria Quinlan
Beth Labonte
Sariah Wilson
D.E. Malone
Delaney Cameron
Donna Hatch
Kimberley Montpetit
Rachael Anderson
Mylissa Demeyere
Daniel Banner
Danielle Thorne
Aubrey Wynne
Kimberly Krey
Jennifer Griffith
Jen Geigle Johnson
Cindy Roland Anderson

 

 

Find all the details here.

 

 

Fear and loathing (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 31, 2018 by francesothomas

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Yikes! I almost missed week 35 of the blog challenge. The topic is my irrational fears. Let me start by saying I do not believe any of my fears are irrational, so here are my rational fears in no particular order:

“Palmetto bugs” (I live in Florida)

Geckos (ditto)

Alligators (ditto)

Being old and sick with nobody to take care of me (I am already old and have no children)

Being poor (I’m on Social Security. Isn’t it supposed to run out of money any moment now?

I could go on, but why?

Take a look here at the fears of my fellow authors. Let’s hope they are not as depressing as mine,

Contentious election-is there any other kind?

Published August 27, 2018 by francesothomas

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With the primary occurring this month here in Florida, I have been paying attention to all things political, including reading material.

This book is free today. Here’s the blurb:

An IED blew up more than Marc North’s career as a Cobra pilot—it shattered his plans for marriage. After being dumped by his girlfriend and spending more than a year in rehab, all he wants is to fly again. He jumps at the chance to partner with a combat buddy in a helicopter sightseeing business. Now in a boomtown in southern Utah, Marc gets caught up with local politics. And the local election official.

At work, McKenzie Terkildsen struggles to keep control of a dangerously contentious election. At home, she shares the challenge of raising younger half-brothers with her older step-brother. He complicates things by inviting a Marine buddy to stay with them while the two build a business together. As a council member takes liberty with facts and stirs the already caustic election brew, the last thing McKenzie needs is one more guy messing up her life—or her heart.

Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 24, 2018 by francesothomas

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I’m a singer, so this week’s theme of “what’s my theme song” could have gone in any one of several directions. I actually resorted to asking my husband. He helpfully made the choice for me–“that song you sing all the time, but I don’t know what it is.”

Aha!I know what it is. “Vittoria, Mio Core.” This is an Italian art song by Giacomo Carissimi that I have used successfully for more than one audition. I first learned it years ago when I was taking voice lessons. I liked it then and like it still. My husband is right. I do occasionally break into it at odd times.

It begins with these words:

Vittoria, mio core!
Non lagrimar più,
È sciolta d’Amore
La vil servitù.

In English, this is:

Victory, my heart!
Weep no longer,
[You] are free of love [and]
Its abject slavery.

For your listening pleasure, here is a rendition by the incomparable Cecilia Bartoli. How I wish I could sing it a fraction as beautifully as she does.

For some other theme songs of fellow authors, go here.

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.