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…

View original 1,526 more words

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 . . .

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 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!