All posts tagged #MFRWAuthor

Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)

Published July 13, 2018 by francesothomas


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.


Sibling Silliness (#MFRWAuthor)

Published July 6, 2018 by francesothomas



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



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.


Yeah, yeah, yeah (#MFRWAuthor)

Published June 22, 2018 by francesothomas



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.


Eeny, meeny, miny, moe (MFRWAuthor)

Published June 15, 2018 by francesothomas



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.

No gift-wrap needed (#MFRWAuthor)

Published June 1, 2018 by francesothomas


This week’s blog hop topic has me stumped. What is the best gift I ever gave?

My husband and I stopped exchanging gifts quite a while back. Whenever either of us need anything, we just buy it.

When I think of gifts now, what comes to mind are little things I do for him. It might be a food he particularly likes that I bring home from the grocery store as a treat or the birthday card I create for him on Canva and email to him.

I guess my attitude toward what constitutes a gift extends to family and friends. I try to offer a listening ear and a helping hand whenever I can.  In terms of Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, mine obviously is acts of service.

I can’t wait to read about the gift-giving experiences of fellow authors here.



Hail to the King (#MFRWAuthor)

Published May 25, 2018 by francesothomas



It’s Week 21 in the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. This week’s topic is the best gift we ever got.

It’s too difficult to choose a “best gift,” so I will go with most unusual gift.

One year, my husbad was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans while I was back home in Pennsylvania, slogging away at my insurance job. He must have felt sorry for me and sent me a king cake. These cakes have been around for hundreds of years to celebrate Epiphany, hence the name that commemorates the visit of the three kings to  the Christ Child. The cake tradition eventually extended to Mardi Gras.

This particular specimen was a 9 by 13 cake frosted in the traditional yellow, purple, and green colors. King cakes also come with a surprise. Baked inside is a tiny plastic baby. This was originally a representation of Baby Jesus. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby is supposed to provide the next cake.

Oddly enough, the first romance I ever wrote included both an unhappy insurance job and New Orleans. I can’t remember if I ever finished it, but I bet it is hidden in the dark recesses of a drawer somewhere. If I work up the nerve, I may take a gander at it. Some day.

To read about more gifts, go here.