Historical Romance set in Nederland

Historical Romance set in Nederland

Historical novel set in Nederland COIf 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!

 

RWA 2014 Annual Conference San Antonio

RWA 2014 Annual Conference San Antonio

Romance WritersAre 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!

If I am ever a romance heroine, I will not

If I am ever a romance heroine, I will not

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…”

  1. Reading Thunder StruckGo up in my nightie to see what all that screaming in the attic is about. (Jenny)
  2. Have a baby and not tell the father to protect him and his future. (Jenny)
  3. Decide to barge into a dangerous situation just to show him! (Corrina)
  4. Tell the hero I’m a virgin as I’m about to have some really incredible sex. (Corrina)
  5. Let my breasts taunt and/or tease the hero. (Jenny)
  6. See him talking to another woman and turn it into a Flaming Affair without asking him about it. (Jen)
  7. Go into the basement to see what that strange noise was. (Beth)
  8. Permit my bosom to heave, especially while wearing a bodice. (Beth)
  9. Ever permit my bodice to be ripped, though I may rip it myself. (Beth)
  10. Wear a bodice. (Beth)
  11. Be more beautiful, thin, and/or rich than anyone else on the planet. (Cindy)
  12. Conceal my identity, or if I already have, put off telling him who I really am. (Darla)
  13. Have the longest legs the hero’s ever seen, especially if I’m only five foot tall. (Darla)
  14. Borrow clothes that are too snug in the bosom. (Darla)
  15. Be at the absolute pinnacle of my profession when I’m 22. (Darla)
  16. Get in front of the hero and his gun when the villain is confronting us.
  17. Limit…the breathy pauses in…my sentences…to only one…a phrase. (lslcw)
  18. Have a “creamy” anything. (cyn/blinky)
  19. Have sex with a hero who has a “velvet covered manhood” because of the annoying lint this would create. (liberryshortcake)
  20. 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)
  21. Insist I am independent then allow the hero to dictate my life. (Jen)
  22. 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)
  23. Tell all my suspicions to the nice looking, totally sympathetic “other” man only to find out he’s the killer. (TheTwoJeans)
Get ready for a THUNDER STORM!

Get ready for a THUNDER STORM!

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!

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Madeline Manor

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?

THUNDER STORM Anticipated Release

THUNDER STORM Anticipated Release

Virginia HenryThank 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.

Virginia Henry

Memorial Day 1969 – A Father’s Lesson

Memorial Day 1969 – A Father’s Lesson

Mimi FosterI loved my father. A decorated Veteran of World War II and Manager of the Veteran’s Administration, he was a quiet and compassionate man. When I think of him, I remember how he smelled faintly of cologne and cigarettes, his tender hugs, how handsome he was, his gentle smile. My mother said he was never the same after he came back from the War, but that meant nothing to a sassy young girl at the height of Viet Nam. The reality was, at an age when we think we know everything, I had no idea about the unique parts that made up the man that was my father.

In 1969, I was a typical sixteen-year-old of the era. Tall, skinny, waist-length straight hair, I was in a phase of life where I believed ‘shocking and flamboyant’ was fun. My boyfriend was in Viet Nam; his brother, Chuck, was my best friend. Chuck and I wanted to join in a Viet Nam Memorial Day Protest Rally that was taking place in Tampa, just a few miles up the road. I thought I was so clever as I worked diligently creating what I knew would be a startling sign I could carry to protest a war I knew nothing about.

We lived on “The Pink Streets” in St. Petersburg, Florida. A few blocks from Tampa Bay, the neighborhood was an exclusive and secluded area with moss-covered trees and Southern, tranquil gentility. St. Petersburg had a saying, “People retire to Miami, and their parents live in St. Petersburg.” So you didn’t do things like protest the War, because even a protest could produce the onset of heart attacks. And back then, sixty was really old, and I was just beginning to live.

Thrilled with my wit and the shock value of my finished product, I proudly took my sign to show Chuck and my father. “Fighting for Peace is Like F*cking for Virginityit proclaimed in bold, red letters. Stupefied, my father stood and took it from my hand.

Without saying a word, he walked out the back door and headed purposefully down the street. I watched as he walked steadily toward the water with my clever work of art. At first angry, then stunned, in quiet amazement I watched as he threw my masterpiece into Tampa Bay. After standing silently for several minutes, he turned and walked calmly home. Never previously having exchanged a cross word with my father, I was blindsided that he would have done something like that, but duly chastised with his silent fury.

Chuck and I didn’t attend the Protest Rally that day. Without a single word, my father had spoken volumes to me about the subtleties of perception. With maturity I’ve come to realize that you don’t need words to teach a lesson, and that the realities of war and youthful idealism cannot always be bound together to make truth.

What happened to the Gold in Thunder Struck?

What happened to the Gold in Thunder Struck?

thunder struck mimi fosterDuring 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.

Jack’s Nederland House THUNDER SNOW

Jack’s Nederland House THUNDER SNOW

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.

Thunder Snow Jack's Cabin

Your characters are not your children

Your characters are not your children

Thunder StormAs 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.

EASY Contest Win KINDLE FIRE

EASY Contest Win KINDLE FIRE

CONTEST RULES
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!

  1. Win a Kindle FireLIKE my fan page (MimiFoster) (one entry)
  2. Purchase a copy of THUNDER STRUCK before Noon MDT April 5, 2014. (one entry)
  3. Write an Amazon review for THUNDER STRUCK no later than Noon MDT April 5, 2014. (one entry)
  4. 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.

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