If I Had My Life to Live Over

If I Had My Life to Live Over

If I Had My Life to Live Over

Mimi Foster 1967Since the beginning of life, people have found (hopefully) that with age comes wisdom. I am in the process of moving from the home that my mother shared with us the last five years of her life. I am sorting and packing and tossing and decluttering and remembering. There have been fond memories and tears produced from many of the photos and memorabilia that have passed through my aging hands over the past few weeks.

Erma Bombeck was a gentle humorist who was popular in my younger years and wrote a daily column for national distribution to newspapers. I found this reflection tucked in a book. It was one that always struck a chord with me, and was a perfect reminder.

If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more I love yous . . . more I’m sorrys . . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . . look at it and really see it . . . live it . . . and never give it back.

From horses to dogs, there was Thunder

From horses to dogs, there was Thunder

Willow’s protective Irish Wolfhound

Thunder in Willow's Secret Mimi FosterAfter I started writing Willow’s Secret, I stopped for a while to tell the story of her parents (Jordan’s Gift), because I thought it was an important part of Willow’s tale. In Jordan’s Gift, we find out where the name Thunder came from, and why Jordan and Edward named their daughter Willow.

In keeping with the tradition, when Willow received an Irish Wolfhound when she was a girl, she named him Thunder. He is admirably protective, except he has the same weakness as our heroine . . . he’s pretty devoted to our hero, Charles. Thunder and Willow grow up together through good times and bad in this poignant adventure you won’t want to miss.

This is what I imagined the very-loveable Thunder to look like.

WILLOW’S SECRET NOW AVAILABLE

WILLOW’S SECRET NOW AVAILABLE

Willow’s Secret Mimi Foster

Willow's Secret Mimi FosterFrom the time I first wrote about the journals in Thunder Struck, I have been enamored with the story of Willow. When I finished Thunder Storm, I decided to pursue the historical romance of Willow and Charles. Somewhere along the way, I interrupted Willow’s story and wrote about her parents, Jordan and Edward (Jordan’s Gift), and I believe it adds a richness to Willow.

I’m quite pleased to present my newest novel, Willow’s Secret, set around 1910 when the world was changing rapidly. People were beginning to drive automobiles, indoor plumbing and electricity were becoming more common, and the Wright Brothers were experimenting with flight. This is a delightfully romantic escape. Come and enjoy!

What Does Fifty Shades have to do with Valentine’s?

What Does Fifty Shades have to do with Valentine’s?

Fifty Shades and Romance – Oil and Water?

For the past few months I’ve been working on my soon-to-be-released historical romance, WILLOW’S SECRET. It’s full of people who care about each other, who care about the well-being of their partner, who give what they have to make life easier for the person they love, or help that special someone become a better person.

Mimi Foster Willows SecretToday, as we celebrate “the day of love,” the biggest national buzz about “love” is the premier of Fifty Shades of Grey. As an author, I’ve tried hard, really hard, to wrap my brain around the notion that this has become a feeding frenzy. I’ve tried to get into the mindset of readers to understand how abusive sexual and emotional relationships are blockbuster bestsellers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like romance and sex and good stories as much as the next person. And I don’t judge people who are into BDSM and have different lifestyles. But when did bondage and discipline and sadomasochism become mainstream, knock-it-out-of-the-park ROMANCE? I’m no prude, I JUST.DON’T.GET.IT.

There’s so much I want to say, but I think the following article by Kristen Lamb said it beautifully. Would love to hear your thoughts on this complex subject.


Originally posted on Kristen Lamb’s Blog:

I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to go here, but alas, here we are. Today, 50 Shades of Grey the MOVIE will open for…*record screech* Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you like predatory emotional manipulation, sociopathy, abuse and non-consensual sex acts.

Find THAT on a Hallmark card.

And yes, I know there have been other kinky books like this, but 50 Shades sold over 100 million copies and the movie (despite ZERO plot) is expected to gross in excess of $60 million which means I just threw up a little in my mouth this “story” has tipped from fringe to mainstream and that scares me more than a little bit.

No, I didn’t read the book. I don’t need to. Nor do I need to watch gang-rape prison porn to know it probably is unhealthy for the future of women (or even men). Guess what? I didn’t have to eat…

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Historical or Contemporary Romance? Having fun with both!

Historical or Contemporary Romance? Having fun with both!

Historical Romance or Contemporary Romance?

Mimi Foster Willow's SecretWhen I first started writing, I was excited to be part of the Contemporary Romance genre. After THUNDER STRUCK was published, I was totally enamoured with the character of Willow that Jordan and Brandan discovered from the journals they found during their remodel of the Victorian home Jordan inherited. After writing another Contemporary Romance novel (THUNDER STORM), I still wanted to tell the story of Willow, so I built her novel from the framework of what we’d learned from her descendants.

But then I found I couldn’t really chronicle her life without telling the story of her parents, Edward and Jordan Stratton. Rather than do an entire novel on them, I wrote a quick and tender novella entitled JORDAN’S GIFT, which takes place in the early 1890s, much of which sets the stage to tell Willow’s tale.

I am close to being done with WILLOW’S SECRET, which will be in the time period between 1910 and 1915. What I’ve discovered in this historical journey is that it’s fun to see people learn about things we take for granted – cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, telephones. So I’ve had a good time with it. Can’t wait to introduce you to Willow and Charles. COMING SOON . . .

If you are going to love me, love me now

If you are going to love me, love me now

Virginia Elizabeth Jordan Henry

My mother was a wonderful woman. She would have been ninety-four today, but she passed away in April of this year. She lived with us for the last ten years of her life, and there are not many days that I don’t miss her.

In going through her belongings shortly after her death, I found a box of poems she had saved over the years. The following is one that touched my heart, and I thought it important enough to share. Don’t wait until it’s too late to let them know how much you love them. There aren’t any do-overs after they’re gone.

If you are ever going to love me, love me now,
while I can know the sweet and tender feelings
which from true affection flow.
Do not wait until I’m gone and
then have it chiseled in marble,
sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now.
If you wait until I’m sleeping,
never to awaken, there will be death between us,
and I won’t hear you then.
So if you love me, 
even a little bit,
let me know it while I’m living
So I can treasure it.

Virginia Jordan Henry

Interesting discoveries when doing research for historical novels

Interesting discoveries when doing research for historical novels

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Rockefellers Sr. and Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jr.

When you hear the name Rockefeller, it is often associated with words like ‘philanthropy’ and ‘charity’ and ‘Christianity.’ But in doing research for my upcoming novel set in the early 1910’s, there is every indication that those words were nothing but artistic license to cover over greed and avarice by a man and a company that brooked no disquiet in their ranks, and took swift and immediate action against anyone who dared to question the deplorable conditions under which their miners were forced to perform.

Junior, as he was called, was the principle stockholder of Colorado Fuel and Iron. When workmen complained about long hours and poor living conditions, their company-provided homes were destroyed. When they complained because they were being paid in script, and their wages were only good at the company controlled stores in the company controlled towns, the National Guard was brought in to ‘control’ the dissenters. And when tents were provided by union organizers to help workers fight to have shorter days and standard wages, the tent villages were burned to teach them a lesson in not getting ‘above’ themselves.

The Ludlow Massacre of 1914 became a turning point in Junior’s life, but before the resulting events of that fateful debacle were over, almost 200 men, women, and children would be dead. It was a terrible blight on the Rockefeller image, and he ended up hiring a Public Relations firm to help restore the family’s good name.

It has been a vivid journey for me to weave such rich history into the upcoming storyline of Willow Stratton and Charles Fleming. I’m excited to be working on Willow’s Secret to have it ready for publication by January 2015. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy the other stories in the Thunder on the Mountain series, including my latest release about Willow’s parents, Edward and Jordan Stratton, in Jordan’s Gift.

JORDAN’S GIFT NOW AVAILABLE

JORDAN’S GIFT NOW AVAILABLE

Jordan’s Gift by Mimi Foster Now Available

Mimi Foster Jordan's GiftIn this tender and sexy novella set in the early 1890s, tungsten mine owner Edward Stratton has met his match when young Denver socialite Jordan Calhoun comes to town. Setting off immediate sparks, they are pulled towards each other like a full moon pulls the tide.

But Jordan’s ex-fiance, who happens to be Edward’s archrival, is set on making mischief. Edward will do everything in his power to protect what he and Jordan have found. A quick reading, romantic escape, the first in a series of Fireside Escapes.

Only 99c, get your copy of Jordan’s Gift TODAY!

 

JORDAN’S GIFT Available for Pre-Order

JORDAN’S GIFT Available for Pre-Order

Historical Victorian Romance Novel

Mimi Foster Jordan's GiftFor only 99c, you can spend several hours escaping the cares of your world and read this enchanting, loving story of Edward A. Stratton, hardened mine owner in the 1890s, and the vibrant Denver socialite, Jordan Lillian Calhoun. In Jordan’s Gift, set in the tiny town of Nederland, Colorado, Edward and Jordan share a fierce love that carries on for generations. The ancestors of Jordan and Brandan in Thunder Struck, read this tender historical romance telling the tale of where it all began. Pre-order today and have it delivered to your eReader on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Just in time to do a little weekend relaxing after the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving.

A Fireside Escape – new line of novellas from Mimi Foster

A Fireside Escape – new line of novellas from Mimi Foster

A Fireside Escape

Mimi Foster Books Jordan's GiftJordan’s Gift, set in the early 1890s, is the first in a series of novellas that will be tagged A Fireside Escape. The goal is to have a quick-reading book to curl up with in front of a toasty fire or a sizzling beach that will help you escape, if only for a few hours, the cares of the world into romantic stories of ahhhh-inspiring sighs. So look for future Fireside Escape releases (Sam’s Song coming Valentine’s Day 2015), or curl up a little longer with one of the other great novels available on this site. We look forward to sharing sensual stories of passion and romance with you. Check back often.