Are any of you going to San Antonio for the Romance Writers of America 2014 Annual Conference at the end of this month? If you plan on attending, be sure to let me know beforehand (email or private message me on Facebook) and I will have special goodie bags (aka SWAG) for you from the Madeline Manor, setting for THUNDER STRUCK and THUNDER STORM. This will be my first conference, and I’m excited to be involved with so esteemed a crowd. Hope to see you there!
New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Crusie has a HILARIOUS list on her website called “If I am ever a romance heroine, I will not . . .” Here is the list for your reading enjoyment. I think Number 19 is my favorite. Have you got some you’d like to add?
“If I am ever a romance heroine, I will not…”
- Go up in my nightie to see what all that screaming in the attic is about. (Jenny)
- Have a baby and not tell the father to protect him and his future. (Jenny)
- Decide to barge into a dangerous situation just to show him! (Corrina)
- Tell the hero I’m a virgin as I’m about to have some really incredible sex. (Corrina)
- Let my breasts taunt and/or tease the hero. (Jenny)
- See him talking to another woman and turn it into a Flaming Affair without asking him about it. (Jen)
- Go into the basement to see what that strange noise was. (Beth)
- Permit my bosom to heave, especially while wearing a bodice. (Beth)
- Ever permit my bodice to be ripped, though I may rip it myself. (Beth)
- Wear a bodice. (Beth)
- Be more beautiful, thin, and/or rich than anyone else on the planet. (Cindy)
- Conceal my identity, or if I already have, put off telling him who I really am. (Darla)
- Have the longest legs the hero’s ever seen, especially if I’m only five foot tall. (Darla)
- Borrow clothes that are too snug in the bosom. (Darla)
- Be at the absolute pinnacle of my profession when I’m 22. (Darla)
- Get in front of the hero and his gun when the villain is confronting us.
- Limit…the breathy pauses in…my sentences…to only one…a phrase. (lslcw)
- Have a “creamy” anything. (cyn/blinky)
- Have sex with a hero who has a “velvet covered manhood” because of the annoying lint this would create. (liberryshortcake)
- Keep reminding the hero that I am independent and can take care of myself, while constantly getting into situations where he has to “save” me. (Carolyn)
- Insist I am independent then allow the hero to dictate my life. (Jen)
- Struggle futilely to break free from the hero’s punishing embrace before being overcome with desire. Either I want him, in which case I should not be fighting, or I don’t want him, in which case I should break his nose, foot, finger, and anything else handy. Enough with the wimpy struggles. (Jen)
- Tell all my suspicions to the nice looking, totally sympathetic “other” man only to find out he’s the killer. (TheTwoJeans)
Okay, we’re really close. Thought you might like to see the back-cover copy for the soon-to-be-released third book in the Thunder on the Mountain series. Book 1, THUNDER SNOW, is the story about Callie and Jack. Book 2, THUNDER STRUCK, is the story of Jordan and Brandan. Book 3 is the story of Jordan’s best friend, Jeni, and Brandan’s business partner, Miles. I am excited to share their story with you!
Suddenly finding herself as the sole caregiver for her aging grandmother, advertising executive, Jeni Jenkins, accepts her best friend’s offer to set Nana up in a beautiful Colorado Victorian cottage. Leaving Nana surrounded by friends and a competent nursing staff, Jeni expects to take care of her thriving New York business and be able to visit frequently.
Miles Jeffries, a gorgeous local contractor who sets off sparks every time he and Jeni are near each other, makes it clear that short-term, long-distance relationships will never be part of his life. As much as he is captivated by her, he absolutely refuses to pursue any suggested entanglements with this zany woman who will only be there occasionally.
With a genuine fondness for Nana, Miles keeps Jeni up-to-date on the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant situations happening in the Colorado high country. Jeni has worked all of her life for the success she now enjoys, but can she truly be happy when everyone she loves lives so far away?
Thank you to all of you who have asked about when THUNDER STORM will be released. It was almost finished when my mother had a stroke in early April. She was recovering well when a series of unfortunate events conspired, and she passed away a few weeks later.
Living with us for over a decade, she had been a vital part of our family, and life has been painfully empty without her. It was difficult to pick up the story again after her passing because much of the storyline was an eerie foreshadowing of what I went through in the month of April.
Now in editing, THUNDER STORM, the final installment in the THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN series, is scheduled to be available for purchase by the end of June, 2014. Be sure to leave your email address in the space provided on the right side of this page –> –> –> to be notified of its release. Book 4, tentatively titled WILLOW, is already plotted and planned, so I hope to have that one finished and available by August, 2014. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your kind words, cards, letters, and emails.
During the course of the remodel of Madeline Manor (Book 2 in the Thunder on the Mountain Series, THUNDER STRUCK), Jordan finds gold that was hidden away for over a century. I have written a scene in my upcoming book, THUNDER STORM, where Jordan and Brandan reveal to their close friends, Jack and Callie, Jeni and Miles, about their discovery.
If you were in their position, what would you do with the gold? By cubic foot, it actually turns out to be quite a bit of money (many, many million$), so they will use a good portion of it for worthy causes. Have fun with it. Would love to hear your ideas.
If you’ve read Book One in the Thunder on the Mountain series, THUNDER SNOW, you probably have a visual image of Callie’s ‘cabin in the woods.’ On a recent trip to Nederland, I took a photo of this house on the water that I have, personally, always imagined what Jack’s house would look like. In the book, you never hear about Jack’s house, but we know he lived nearby, and while this one is not as unique as I believe Jack’s house might be, the location and the splendor of the setting are right.
If you haven’t visited Nederland, there are some beautiful sites to see in this hamlet on the water. Check out The Pioneer Inn, Carousel of Happiness, Blue Owl Books, and many other fun sites, as you scope out the town that brought Jack and Callie, Brandan and Jordan, and Jeni and Miles together.
As I approach the completion of my third novel (Thunder Storm), I spend my free time (my what?) reading books that will help sharpen my writing skills. From identifying superfluous words to breathing more reality into my characters, I like to spend snippets of time studying my craft. On one recent adventure, I read a sentence that I have thought of at least a dozen times. “Your characters are not your children, it’s okay to throw them in front of a bus.”
Unfortunately, I don’t remember which tome I found that in, but it opened a new range of possibilities for me. I don’t have to spend so much time taking care of them and their feelings like I do my children, I need to put them in uncomfortable situations that make for a more interesting story, and watch them climb their way out. While I’m almost done with the Thunder on the Mountain series, I look forward to new and heightened hero/heroine challenges in future novels.
Three easy ways to be entered to win one of two
KINDLE FIRES or a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
Mimi is in a contest for book sales. Towards that end, she is giving everyone an opportunity to win one of two Kindle Fires that will be given away on April 5, 2014, at 12:00 Noon MDT. Whether you choose one, two, or all three EASY chances to enter, hurry and get at least one entry in today!
- LIKE my fan page (MimiFoster) (one entry)
- Purchase a copy of THUNDER STRUCK before Noon MDT April 5, 2014. (one entry)
- Write an Amazon review for THUNDER STRUCK no later than Noon MDT April 5, 2014. (one entry)
- Tell us that you’ve done one, two, or three things at Raffle Copter to be entered to win one of two Kindle Fires ~ drawing to be held April 5, 2014 at Noon MDT.
The finer details:
- If you already have a copy of THUNDER STRUCK, leave a link to your review or your name in the review slot at Raffle Copter and you will get your two entries.
- If you’ve never written a review, two-thirds of the way down on the Amazon page for THUNDER STRUCK is a grey box on the left side that says, “Write a customer review.” Click on that. Review needs to be twenty words or more.
BONUS: There is an invitation page on Facebook. The person who invites the most Invitees will win a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate.
We have selected Raffle Copter so the contest can be TOTALLY unbiased. Everyone has an equal chance to win. Good luck and THANK YOU!
If you’ve read book 2 in the Thunder on the Mountain series, Thunder Struck, you know that Jordan runs the Madeline Manor Bed & Breakfast in the charming town of Nederland, Colorado. Two recipes are mentioned that she shares with her friend, Callie (heroine in book 1 in the series, Thunder Snow). Since they were inspired by my association with a local B & B (The Lennox House), I thought I would share the recipes that were mentioned in the scenes. My family and I have enjoyed them many times, and I hope you will too.
STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
12 Pieces Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Bread OR
Pepperidge Farm Thin-sliced Bread OR
Bread of your choice—thinly sliced
1/2 block of Cream Cheese
2-3 tablespoons Strawberry Preserves OR
2-3 tablespoons Orange Marmalade OR jam of choice
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Splash of vanilla OR orange extract
Grease skillet. Pre-heat on medium-high temperature.
Mix cream cheese and marmalade (or jam); spread mixture on one slice of bread, then sandwich with another slice. Dip sandwich in egg mixture. Grill on greased skillet until both sides are browned. Cut in half diagonally and serve 3 halves per person, sprinkle with powder sugar. No syrup is necessary. Serves 4.
PUMPKIN PECAN PANCAKES WITH CIDER SYRUP
HOT CIDER SYRUP
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of ginger
Half to one cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, separated
1 cup milk
¾ cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons oil
- In a large saucepan, combine syrup ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.
- For pancakes: In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, and oil until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
- Pour batter by ¼ cupfuls onto a hot greased griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup. Yield: 15 pancakes (1 cup syrup)