Falling in Love with a Hero

Falling in Love with a Hero


Thunder on the Mountain

When I begin writing a book, I find someone whose looks I like and keep their photo front-and-center as I get familiar with the character. This is a photo of Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, and he looks just like I imagine my current hero to look.

In my third book of the Thunder on the Mountain Series, Thunder Storm, there was a young man that I completely fell in love with. I was so enamored with the character of the adolescent Runner Jeffries, son of Miles and Jeni Jeffries, that I wanted him to have his own book.

He’s all grown up now and is a major league baseball player, and if I thought I loved him as a kid, I am totally in love with him now that he’s an adult. And Charlotte Rose, daughter of Jack and Callie (Thunder Snow) (she first showed up in Thunder Struck), is his love interest. She loved him when she was four, and she’s still in love with him, but now it’s a different kind of love – all mature and grown up and stuff ;).

I can’t wait to tell you their story, which I project will be available in August of 2017. Be sure to sign up on the right side of this post and I’ll let you know when their story is ready to be shared.

The importance of reader reviews

The importance of reader reviews


Writing Amazon Reviews

When I published my first book, it was a strange sensation to think about allowing others to glimpse into the functioning of my brain. A true romantic at heart and blessed with the most incredible husband, the book is, nonetheless, a work of fiction full of made-up words and made-up scenarios. I believe we read romance novels to escape into happily-ever-afters and make new friends, if only momentarily.

writing reviewsCallie and Jack have been wonderfully received, and it has been such an encouragement to hear from so many of you who have loved them and look forward to reading more about the little town of Nederland in the soon-to-be published (early December 2013) second book, THUNDER STRUCK, about Jack’s foreman, Brandan Webb, and Jordan Whitman, a New York lawyer who inherits a run down Bed and Breakfast overlooking the water in our little hamlet just outside of Denver. But what I was naively surprised about were the personal comments, emails, and reviews of people who were looking for something other than what I’d written.

It’s all a learning process, and I definitely know I can’t please all the people all the time, so I don’t take it personally (most of the time). However, Amazon reviews are extremely important, especially for new authors. They can make or break you, because it’s the reviews that drive Amazons algorithms. If you’re on this page, hopefully it’s because you’ve enjoyed THUNDER SNOW and the adventures of Jack and Callie. If that’s the case, would you please take a moment and write a review on Amazon (and Goodreads if you’re there)?

The imp in me does enjoy, however, the less-than-stellar reviews from people who are ‘shocked’ at the sex in the book. My take on that is – if you ignored the warning that says **SEXUAL CONTENT** **INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES** and bought the book anyway, oh, well . . .

 

FREE BOOK PROMO ON AMAZON

FREE BOOK PROMO ON AMAZON


FREE BOOK PROMO

Free Book PromoToday is the final day to get your copy of THUNDER SNOW on the FREE BOOK PROMO on Amazon. It has been a lot of fun the past few days, making new friends, wondering how they all find you, and being thrilled at the continual downloads that are taking place. As of this writing, we are sitting above 82,000 downloads since Saturday, WAY beyond my wildest imagination.

So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I couldn’t have done it without you. Second book should be out within the next few weeks. Nederland is a great place to be, so pick up a copy today and escape with us for a little while.

THUNDER SNOW EXCERPT by Mimi Foster

THUNDER SNOW EXCERPT by Mimi Foster


EXCERPT FROM THUNDER SNOW by Mimi Foster

“Make yourself at home.” I tried for nonchalance but it came out too breathy.

“I keep an eye on the place for Charles when he’s not in town. I’ll try to break the habit while you’re here,” he said. He continued to stand with his back to me, not moving. “How long is that going to be?” he asked quietly.

Not sure I understood the question, I didn’t answer immediately.

“How long are you staying, little one?” My heart danced at his endearment. I sat down on the polished rocks of the hearth, trying to gather my composure.

“At five foot eight, I’m hardly little.” I was working on casual; I wasn’t sure how to get there.

“A few months, at least,” I finally replied. “I plan on riding out the winter here. I have competent staff taking care of my business, and I shouldn’t have to make the trip to town too often. Why?” I asked as gently as I could, not wanting to break the spell that was surrounding us as the sunset was turning the sky orange and giving an eerie glow to the room.Thunder Snow

“I heard what you did for Griz today. I came to say thank you.”

“No thanks necessary. It was easily within my power to fix his problem, and I was happy to help. It’s important to me to fit in as much as possible.”

I could see his shoulders lose their rigidity as he leaned his head against the window. As though he thought better of it, he came and stood in front of me, not saying a word, just looking at me broodingly.

“Can’t imagine that will bode well for either one of us,” he said as he took my hand and helped me to my feet. We stood with only breath between us, not talking, absorbing the moment, each other.

Swimming in the sea of his blue eyes, the sunset was creating and aura of enchantment through the expanse of window. I wanted him to kiss me, but didn’t want this moment to end. When he finally did, the world stopped. Wait, did I think it stopped? Then why was it spinning so frantically out of control? His tantalizing kisses were unlike any I had known. Until this moment, I didn’t know this feeling existed.

“I could do this for hours,” I said breathlessly. I didn’t want it to stop. Again his lips were on mine. He seemed to absorb me into his being. My first conscious thought was that I was glad his arms were around me so I didn’t fall.

As he broke the kiss, we stood staring at each other. “Dear God, a freight train would have done less damage,” he said. He made sure I was steady on my feet, then was gone.

What women are looking for in romance novel heroes

What women are looking for in romance novel heroes


Romance Novel Heroes

Men. The older I get, the more I love them. And I’m obviously not the only one since there was one-and-a-half BILLION dollars in revenue generated last year from the romance genre. So what is it that makes us take our hard earned dollars and countless hours of our time to read about romance novel heroes who make our hearts lust (among other parts) and leave us wanting more?

In thinking about what we’re looking for when we escape into our eReaders or paper-bound books in our stolen moments (often referred to as ‘guilty pleasures’), I couldn’t help but wonder if it was (1) the story or (2) the sex or (3) the hero that we crave? As a writer of romances that are considered hot and steamy (not erotica), my answer was ‘YES’ to all of the above.

Thunder StruckThere has to be a good story, obviously. And depending on your degree of reading desire, the sex can be anything from first kiss to bondage to everything in between. But there tends to be a consistency in the men we fall in love with, one book at a time.

When I first started writing my novel, THUNDER SNOW, I took a picture of a man I found attractive and had him all over my computer. He was my Jack, and as I wrote the story, he is what I had in mind. Even though he did not end up on the cover, he physically embodies what many of us are looking for in our romance novel heroes. Here’s what I believe we consistently look for in our Alpha male heroes. I think I did a pretty good job of giving Jack most of these qualities.

Somewhat attractive ~ intelligent ~ vital ~ confident ~ competent ~ protective ~ clean ~ often older ~ experienced ~ sexy voice ~ tall ~ status ~ expressive eyes ~ kind ~ powerful but tender ~ faithful ~ sense of humor ~ passionate ~ strong ~ becomes vulnerable ~ ends in committed relationship

I would LOVE to know what YOU think should be added to or subtracted from this list.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th


Friday the 13thFriday the 13th

From symptoms of mild anxiety to a nagging sense of doom to full-out panic attacks, it is estimated that approximately twenty million people in the U.S. are actually afraid of this day. In American culture, we are told from a young age that Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky. Being conditioned to it, we tend to look for it. If you look for bad luck on any given day, you’re probably going to find it. But if you find it on Friday the 13th, you’re probably going to blame it on the date.

There are no legitimate reasons for the fear, but it is fueled by two separate superstitions ~ one of those fears being about the number 13. Although reference to it is rarely found prior to 1900, its roots date back to the time of Christ and the Last Supper, when Judas showed up and became the thirteenth guest at the table. Norse Mythology tells the tale of the much-loved hero Baldr being killed by Loki, the god of evil and turmoil, who was the thirteenth guest to arrive at the banquet. These stories result in the superstition that thirteen people at a table will result in the death of one of them.

Folklore holds that thirteen is unlucky because it represents a gathering of twelve witches and the devil, and the pagan lunar calendar has thirteen months. And, of course, there was the frightful flight of Apollo 13.

The other fear concerns Friday. In the Bible, Adam and Eve are believed to have eaten the forbidden fruit on a Friday, the great flood with Noah’s ark began on a Friday, and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. In British tradition, hangings were carried out on Fridays, and there were thirteen steps leading to the noose. This has been such a long-held superstition that centuries of sailors have often refused to leave port on a Friday.

It has long been considered doomed-from-the-beginning if you begin a project on a Friday, or start a new job, or begin a journey, or get married, or begin most anything. Some people avoid flying, won’t go to work, and some won’t even get out of bed on Friday the 13th, costing U. S. businesses an estimated loss of $800 to $900 million dollars that day!

To all of this I say “POPPYCOCK!” and would leave you with one example. A British couple who, when a mirror fell and broke in their home on Friday the 13th, went out and bought a lottery ticket, and won SEVENTEEN MILLION DOLLARS. So let go of your fear because this is one that is just a fear for fear’s sake. Instead, think about buying a lottery ticket, and BEST OF LUCK. (Let me know if you win.)

The art of a personal letter

The art of a personal letter


Words of Encouragement

In our age of electronics, it is so easy to send an email, text, Facebook message, tweet. But there is still something so rewarding about unexpectedly receiving a personal letter from someone. As a first-time novelist, I have been surprised at how vulnerable it makes you feel to allow people to see into the inner workings of your mind. While my book is completely fictional, it came from my thought processes, and like most things in life, you are not going to please everyone.

Therefore, to receive a personal note like I got yesterday, out of the blue, from someone who enjoyed my book, THUNDER SNOW, so much that she took the time to write and mail a letter, is not only heartwarming, it encourages me to keep going. Here is an excerpt from Praise for Thunder Snowthat note:

Congratulations on your new book! Loved it – loved it – loved it! Loved Callie and Jack! Love to read a book that cannot be put down until it is finished! Loved how Jack lovingly used the words “little one” to refer to Callie as I have always used those words with my son – even though he is 30-years-old and 6 ft. tall. Loved how you integrated the real estate industry as well. Loved how Callie loved her camera and was always taking photos . . . Again, many congratulations! Can’t wait for the next book.

Contemporary Romance Author At Last

Contemporary Romance Author At Last


Contemporary Romance Now Available

I have learned a lot in the past two weeks since my contemporary romance book has been Contemporary Romancepublished. One thing is definite – marketing is marketing. There is not a lot of difference in pushing book sales or a real estate site. You still need customers. It has been a fun experience to publish THUNDER SNOW, one that I am looking forward to repeating soon. Working hard on THUNDER STRUCK, Book 2 in the Thunder on the Mountain Series (Nederland, CO being the Mountain in question). The serene photo above was taken of Nederland on a recent visit. In the picture, the town sits between where the two mountains dip. Thank you all for your overwhelming support and encouragement. It has been a blast, and I feel blessed beyond measure.

Storyline THUNDER SNOW

Storyline THUNDER SNOW


What’s my Storyline?

Many of you have asked about the genre of THUNDER SNOW (steamy contemporary romance); is it based on anyone I know? (only in broad generalities); when can it be purchased (hopefully within the next day or so); and what is the Storyline Thunder Snow (summary to follow). Thank you all for your encouragement. It’s been a lot of fun writing it. So much fun, in fact, that I am well into Book 2 (THUNDER STRUCK), and it’s even more fun than the first!

Storyline Thunder SnowSerious about its ‘live and let live’ attitude, Nederland is a tiny town about an hour outside of Denver. It has been the perfect hideaway for Jack Franklin to have escaped from the world for the past few years. He’s a man with a secret who has become adept at ignoring tourists who trek through his sanctuary.

His peace and quiet is threatened when Callie Weston, a hotshot young realtor, seeks safe haven in an enchanting cabin built into the hillside overlooking the water. Trying to elude her own demons, Callie retreats, hoping to find solace in this unique, picturesque hamlet.

Soon the locals are calling her Bella Roja and treating her like one of their own – except Jack. The more that sparks fly between them, the more determined he is to drive her away. She’s tired of running and won’t back down from her plans of hiding for the winter. But the deeper their relationship gets, the more their pasts converge to keep them apart.

THUNDER SNOW just days away from release

THUNDER SNOW just days away from release


Mimi Foster Thunder SnowCover for Thunder Snow complete

Kim Killion of The Killion Group, Inc. is a genius! It was my pleasure to meet Kim and Jennifer Jakes at a recent Writers Conference in Crested Butte, Colorado. They are a dynamic duo who design artwork for books and related marketing material, among other things. After looking at their portfolio, there was no question that Kim was the one I wanted to help me capture my characters and the feeling I was looking for on my book cover.

After months of pouring my heart and soul into writing this steamy contemporary romance novel, I’m very excited about how the cover for my upcoming book, THUNDER SNOW, turned out. We’re on the home stretch and it should be available for purchase within the next few days.

Thank you for all you have done to make this possible, Kim and Jennifer Jakes. And thank you for putting up with me 🙂