Jordan’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.
Interview with Mimi Foster
Recently I had the honor of being involved with the wonderful group at SexyBooksBlog on a week-long blog tour for THUNDER STRUCK and THUNDER STORM. I had a lot of fun doing it. Here’s a copy of the interview I did with them.
What triggered the story behind your latest release?
Jeni and Miles were secondary characters in book 2, THUNDER STRUCK. I was so enamored with both of them ~ loved her aggressiveness, loved his heart (and beauty) and wanted them to be together
Real place ~ almost everything in the book is based on real except the Amber Rose and Madeline Manor. I have a close association with a B&B in Colorado Springs and I moved it to Nederland, put it on the side of a hill overlooking Barker Reservoir, and made it real
What prompted you to start writing?
In my other life, I’m a realtor. I was blogging regularly and everyone said – you should write a book. My elderly mother lived with us and hated for me to leave the house, so instead of writing about real estate, I started writing happily ever after steamy romance novels, because it’s what I like to read to escape. Nederland is a place I love, I made the character in the first book a realtor, and here we are . . .
Where do your ideas come from?
Book 1, THUNDER SNOW, started with the ending – there’s a cute ending that I wanted, and I worked the whole book backwards. I have a daughter who lives in NYC and is a professional. When I’d go to visit her, I’d think of how she might respond to being transplanted to a little town of 1500 people in the middle of nowhere. The love of a good man can change a lot of ideas, and books two and three came about because they were NY friends and they both visited Colorado and got ‘hooked’
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Not really. Sometimes I don’t write when life is swirling around me and real estate is busy or being the mom of five adult daughters and five grandbabies makes life a little more strained. Until a few months ago, I had my 93 year old mother living with us, and that could also be distracting. But if I find that I don’t know what to write about, I skip ahead and write a scene I want to do and am excited to do and know exactly what I’m going to write about, and then the scene that I was stuck on seems to write itself when I go back to do it because now I know exactly where I’m going with it.
Who designed your covers? Is it an important part in the buying process?
Kim Killion of The Killion Group, Inc. is the designer, and I think it’s a huge part of the buying process. I see covers sometimes and I wonder who designed them, and I often won’t even read the back cover story because I dislike the cover so much. I imagine other people are the same way.
What advice would you give your younger self?
JOURNAL! I’ve had an amazing life – so many fun and interesting people and places. There’s SO much of it I don’t remember, or don’t remember the details, and so much of it would make fodder for a book. And I would have started writing earlier in life, but everything in its own time, I guess.
How did you come up with your title?
Thunder snow was a bizarre phenomenon I first experienced in Nederland. I made it part of the story, and ended up making it the title. When book two was done and I was brainstorming with a friend on what the title should be, my husband walked by and said, THUNDER STRUCK. The Thunder on the Mountain series was born
If you had it to do again, would you change anything in your book?
The only thing I can think of is I would have made the few changes that I did before I heavily advertised book 1 (THUNDER SNOW). I took out some of the angst, I made the heroine just a little stronger and the hero not quite so abrupt, and I changed the language that Sam spoke. As reviews started coming in for that, those were the (legitimate) complaints, and they were all good observations. Unfortunately, there were over 90,000 downloads before those changes happened, and I’ve been shocked at how nasty some people can be when they review a book. So, I’m happy with how all the books are now, and I wouldn’t go back and change them, I will just keep trying to make the next ones better by the things I learn from these. I learned after making some changes to book 1 that it’s much better to just keep going and not worry about the ones that are already published.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
DON’T EDIT the first draft. Get your ideas down – whether it be in outline or just the storyline, and don’t go back to find the right words on the first draft. Just write and write and write. You’ll find the errors of the storyline when you do that, and you’re going to go back and perfect the sentence structure and the descriptions when you start editing. It will go SO MUCH FASTER if you just let the words flow from your fingers in the first place. No matter what, you will change it a lot as you go through your story, so get the basics down, and then make it beautiful.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
One of my daughters wrote me a beautiful poem one time. One of the lines in it was, “She isn’t perfect, but she is.” So I’ve thought that would make a great heading for a tombstone ~ She wasn’t perfect, but she was
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband thinks it’s wonderful, my mom thought it was a ‘sweet pastime,’ and my five daughters love that I’m writing, but won’t read ‘those parts’ – they skip over them because – ewwww
Did you intend to write a series when you started?
Not really. I loved the setting. I loved the hero. And he had some guys that worked with him that were pretty cool. I loved a B&B that I work with a lot in my town, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to have the guys remodel a derelict B&B and make it look like mine. So that’s how the series came about – and all the characters became friends.
Are there occupational hazards to being a novelist?
Weight is the first thing that comes to mind. I sit all day (which I’ve never done before) and writing almost four books in a little over a year has taken its toll on my weight. I try hard to get up every 25 minutes and take a break, and now I’m on the ultimate search for a comfortable chair to sit in for long stretches of time because I tend to lean when I’m writing. And I love getting lost in another world and having to come back to reality.
Do you read reviews?
I have a dear friend who writes Young Adult novels. When I first started, I was shocked at how nasty people could be, and she said to me all the time – DO NOT READ YOUR REVIEWS! I tried for a long time not to read them, but the nastiest ones come on Goodreads – vicious, and I have to admit, I still read them.
What are your thoughts on good reviews?
It makes me happy when people love the characters I’ve created. I get the most precious letters from people who say that they are thinking of Jeni and Miles days/weeks later, and one woman told me that she kept missing Jeni and wanted to talk to her and remembered she wasn’t real, so went back and read the book. That’s pretty exciting for me. I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate people sharing when they’ve liked the books.
How do you react to bad ones?
On books two and three, there haven’t been many, but I try very hard to see the truth in what’s been said, and think that maybe they skimmed some parts and missed some vital thing that would explain what they didn’t like. On book 1, I was shocked at how many people commented that obviously hadn’t even taken the time to read the book. Not only was there a consistency in how they misspelled Callie’s name, but they would say things like, “Jack was a jerk from the very beginning of the book until the last scene.” There is no way someone could have read it and said that, so it was surprising to me where their anger and vehemence came from when you’re talking about a sweet escapism romance novel. And I love the reviews from people who don’t see the big warning label before they buy the book that says ‘SEXUALLY EXPLICIT,’ and then they write about how their sensibilities are shocked at the graphic sex. My skin is not very thick to take such cruelty objectively, but I’m working on it.
I have two ~ completely different. One is NYC, love the hustle and bustle and the fact that you can walk everywhere and all of the sights and sounds and people and stories. The other is the peace and quiet of a Florida beach. I love the water (Nederland) and I love the peacefulness of waves hitting against the shore. Oh, yeah, and then there’s Santa Fe
Thank you so much, SexyBooksBlog, for your recent review of THUNDER STORM. I thought Jeni was delightfully aggressive, and I appreciate that you enjoyed her character too.
We recently made the sad, final trip home to Florida to bury my mother in the family plot in St. Petersburg. It was a time of closure, of seeing long-lost relatives, and a time of relaxation.
We were blessed with a wonderful place that had a balcony overlooking the water. At odd hours during the day, the dolphins would play and entertain for long periods of time. One would blow a perfect surface bubble and another would jump through it. I imagine they were feeding on the thousands of small fish that congregated against the retaining wall, but it was a joy to watch nonetheless.
My daily life is blessed with wondrous views of mountains, especially Pikes Peak. But no matter how long I’ve been gone, the water and its inhabitants are still a siren’s song for me.
Amazon Kindle Countdown Thunder Storm
If you haven’t had a chance to get your copy of THUNDER STORM, book 3 in the Thunder on the Mountain series, it is on sale until September 18 for only 99c. This is the story of Jeni Jenkins, a New York advertising executive who suddenly finds herself the sole caregiver for her elderly grandmother. Leaving Nana with excellent nursing care in a cottage behind her best friend’s Bed and Breakfast in Nederland, Colorado, Jeni believes she will be able to keep her thriving business running and visit Nana often. Miles Jeffries, a local contractor, stays in touch with her to share the sometimes funny, sometimes poignant stories about Nana’s escapades. Jeni and Miles share an electric chemistry and delightful banter. Get your copy today.
If you are a fan of the Thunder on the Mountain series, there was a back story in books 2 and 3 (THUNDER STRUCK and THUNDER STORM) that, I felt, needed to be told. Willow was such an interesting character and I thought about her long after journals had been closed and current stories had ended. Who built the secret room? Who took the time to build a secret passageway? So the next book will be Willow’s story, a historical romance set in the early 1900s.
I thought about doing a novella in between about the original Jordan because Willow’s life is obviously influenced greatly by that of her mother. But there could be no ‘happily ever after’ for Jordan, so I’m trying to think of a clever way to weave her story into Willow’s that will make it flow. Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with it.
Romance Writers of America Convention 2014 in San Antonio is now over, and I’m excited to get back to this book and have it done by the end of September. Stay in touch! I love to hear your ideas!
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.