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Sunday, February 26, 2017

As promised, Update #4

Hello my friends!

I hope your weekend was good. To start your new week, I'm so excited to catch you up on my writing progress this week. I hit 40, 754 words this week!! Anyone want to take a guess how many words I'll end up with? My hunch, somewhere near 47,000 but we'll see. So, one of the most common questions after someone reads one of my books is, where did you come up with the idea for (insert book here) Today, I'm give you the skinny on what prompted Five Days Five Kisses. It'll will be fun and then if you read the book, you'll know all the secrets about Maya, Liberty and most importantly, Nikola and what started it all. 

The concept of Five Days Five Kisses began over two years ago.  I was on my way up to sixth grade science camp with the entire sixth grade but was particularly responsible for my daughter and her two besties Lizzy and Kali. Around the same time, I'd been cooking up some new characters. 

Watching my daughter with her two best friends got me to thinking about how our friends, especially our best  friends make our lives both better and sometimes not so great.

That's how the characters of Nikola, Liberty, and Maya came into existence. Each girl was distinctly different and lovable in their own unique way just like my daughter'ss two best friends. Our first night at camp, we all went back to our cabins to sleep. My daughter and her friends, plus another four girls nervously climbed in bed. For some of them, this was their first time away from home. Plus, the woods were full of terrifying noises and even more heinous, six grade boys that were sneaking out of their cabins and terrorizing the girls' cabins. I had to do something to soothe the fettered nerves of the girl so I decided to tell a story. It couldn't be a scary one. It had to make the girls laugh and most importantly, it had to have an awe moment. Girls, you know what I'm talking about.  Boy kisses girl in a tender and unexpected way. We all say, awe, because we think it  is soooo cute.
 
 Anyway, I had each girl lay down and tuck themselves into their covers. Using the characters that I'd been creating for a few days I  began to tell a story of three best friends, one of which gets dumped on graduation day and the other two girls come up with a crazy five day plan to help her get over the guy who dumped her. As I wove my tale the girls became quiet but attentive. Soon they were leaning over their beds listening to every words. When I got to the end of my story, I heard not just one but several awes and at least one, that's so cute. At that moment, I knew I had a story worth writing. Two years later and with lots of adjustments and details added Five Days, Five Kisses is almost complete.

Oh and my daughter and her friends, they are firmly in the throes of young teen crushes and girl drama. Sigh...Until next time.  




Sunday, February 19, 2017

As promised, Update # 3


Hi all! I'm finding Sunday is a better day to write my updates so here it is. This week was a busy one for me. My favorite cousin and her family came to visit, but amazingly I did get some writing done. I've officially reached 39,201 words on the Five Days Five Kisses project. I figure I have about three more chapters to write to be done with the rough draft, which is AWESOME!

Also, I have to tell you about a happy moment with my paranormal series, The Secret Keeper series. Book 1, The Secret Keeper was nominated and won first place in two categories by the Paranormal Romance Guild! That was such a fun surprise. If you want to read the review it was given, here's the link.    Paranormal Romance Guild



For today's update, I'm going to tell you about another one of the characters named Liberty and even some secret information about her that you'll only learn in her own book(imagined, but not written yet). Here are ten things about Liberty that will make you fall in love with her character.

1. Liberty is Nikola and Maya's best friend. Oh yeah, they are triple trouble.
2. She was named Liberty because her father was a new Senator in the United States Congress when she was born.
3. She was student body president in High School. Do you see a pattern:)
4. She's got kind-of kinky/curly hair that she always fights and lots of lovely freckles.
Here's a pic of what the three girls together might look like. Which one do you think might be Liberty?

5. She has a tendency to say whatever she is thinking.
6. Once she sets her mind to something, nothing gets in her way, not even her two best friends.

7. She drives like a maniac, all the time!
8. She dreams of being the first woman president of the United States.
9. While most people her age don't "get her" Adult just love her.
10. Sometimes she feels left out because Nikola and Maya were friends first and this means that she's left out of some inside jokes and history.


So there it is. My goal. Next update, I'll be done with my rough draft and diving into making this fun Rom-com a fantastic story that you'll love!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 13, 2017

As promised...update #2 Valentines edition

It's here, the holiday you either love or hate, Valentines Day. Me, I'm kind of indifferent, with my built in sweetheart of 23 years. He is an amazing man and I'm lucky to have him by my side.

But....today we're not checking in on my life. I'm here to give you a progress report on the upcoming books. I've just hit 36,000 of about 50,000 which is AWESOME! Today, in honor of the holiday of LOVE I'm going to tell you a little about Nikola and her first love, Malan. Last update, I posted pics of Lake Hubert where Nikola grew up and Malan spent every summer in the house next door to Nikola's place. Here's a picture of what Nikola might look like as she's starting college.


Nikola is an only child and is grows very close to Malan over the years...although they have their share of scuffles. They always seem to be competing for something,who can swim the furthest, who can catch the biggest fish. Once Nikola tricks Malan into thinking there is flesh-eating guppies in the lake. Boy is he made when he figures out the truth.

 Malan has a sister and sees Nikola almost like family until...Okay I can't tell you what happened. But, Five Days, Five Kisses will give all the delicious, sweet details. Here's a picture of what Malan might look like. It's funny they are both blond but the only blond characters in the book.


Yeah, I could stare  at him all day too. I hate to leave you with bad news, but here it is.  Something terrible happens in Nikola's family and she is forced to leave her idyllic childhood home forever and say goodby to Malan, likely to never see him again. 

Here's a little excerpt from their goodbye scene.



“Malan,” I called out. “Don’t you want to say goodbye?”
I held my breath. One, two, three, I counted. Finally, he turned and looked at me. It was far enough away that I couldn’t see the deep crease in his forehead and the corners of his lips turned down, but I knew what his face looked like when he was upset. I knew every angle of his jawline and the way his hair curled on the ends when it was wet.    I swallowed. My heart began to race. How could I leave him without saying goodbye? I couldn’t.
Without another thought, I dropped my phone on the dock and jumped into the lake. 

I hope your Valentines Day is good! Until the next update, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 3, 2017

As promised...update #1

Hey everyone! As promised, I'm here to update you on my latest projects. I'm excited to give you a sneak peek at some of the characters and story behind my new ROM-COM series. Book 1, Five days, Five Kisses, due out later this year!
Today, you're going to be the first to hear about the setting for 5 Days, 5 Kisses.

This super- fun romance takes place mostly in my home state of Arizona, but there are conversations and flashbacks that are set on an Idyllic lake in the great state of Minnesota. The lake is called Lake Hubert and I spent several of my childhood summers on these sandy shores.

Imagine water so deep blue that it looks black at certain times of the day. Surrounding the water is trees, thick Forrest-like trees nestled almost up to the water's line like fortification from the world beyond the lake's borders. Woven into the greenery is cottages and houses of all shapes and sizes, some deep in the woods, but most built as close to the water as possible. It is a lovely place and a perfect setting for Nikola and the handsome next door neighbor that came to his lake house every summer.

From my childhood, I remember the screened porch that wrapped the entire backside of my grandparent's house. This let you sleep to the gentle lapping of the lake water without being accosted by mosquitoes.  On that porch was a bed that literally hung from the ceiling on sturdy chains. When you moved the bed would swing ever so slightly making you feel like you were on a boat.  This same bed and porch are in 5 days, 5 Kisses but I won't tell you what part of the story. You'll have to discover that for yourself:)

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Finally, imagine sunsets so magnificent that the sky looked like it was on fire and the water below burned as well. 

This is where Nikola, one of the main characters, grew up and tragically was forced to leave when her parents divorced.

So there it is, one of the places you'll read about in 5 Days, 5 Kisses. Until the next update, may you always be kissed by someone you love and...thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, January 19, 2017

A letter to my readers and friends

Hello my awesome readers and book friends. I am so glad to have met or shared my work with each of you in the past five years! Yikes, five years since the publication of my first book, Unbreakable Love has flown and I wanted to take a second and just talk like we were sitting across from each other in a com-fee chair with a warm cup of something. I wish I could sit with each of you. I'd say thank you for your support, for your friendship. Thanks for reading my stories and leaving reviews. Thanks for critiques and ideas and even criticisms.  Because of you I've grown as a writer and I hope as a friend as well. 

I'm super excited for 2017 and wanted to let you know what is going on!
Last year, I mentored and co-wrote Belakane, The Origin of the Secret Keeper Curse with one of my teen-writers. This year, I plan to publish the final book in the Secret Keeper series. It is going to be called Under The Broken Sky and in it Winter and Liam team up with some unlikely allies in search of Belakane. This serious has been intense to write and I've found it is nearly impossible to write a quality finish to this paranormal series unless I immerse in the story. That means little or no time on social media, no big book events and total concentration on the Winter, Liam, and the new characters  you'll meet in Under The Broken Sky. For those of you who are fans of this series, you are going to love the twists and turns of book three. If you haven't read The Secret Keeper(book 1) yet go check it out.  I'm keeping book 1 .99 permanently so you can pick it up for pennies and discover the series for yourself. Here's the Link to Amazon

This may not seem like a big deal to you, but the publishing industry has become fiercely competitive and staying away from social media and advertising means disappearing for awhile. So....even if you don't see me posting or doing promotions, I'm still here, just in my writing cave.

I also have a second series I'm working on this year. It is so fun and focusing on my writing for the next six months to a year means I'll be able to put out the first book in addition to the final Secret Keeper book. The new series has a Rom-com feel to it and will most certainly make you think of a first love from long ago. Five Days, Five Kisses is the name of the book-so watch for that.

Since, I'm not going to be lurking around on Twitter, Instagram, and you know, whatever other social media site is hot, I'm going to post weekly updates for the two projects I mentioned on my blog. Look for those on Fridays! If you check in leave me a comment. I'd love to hear what you think. Until then, happy writing my writer friends and happy reading my lovely, lovely readers!

And as always...may you never need a Secret Keeper! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A new book in a series to love!

Introducing...

 

Long Lost Neighbors

By: Frances Hoelsema

 
 
Gregory Bronson learns he’ll soon be moving away from his neighbor and best friend, Alison Levin. When he tells her the shocking news, she feels her world is being turned upside down. What would she do without Greg? What would Greg do without her?
Fast forward fifteen years. Ali is engaged to Sean Whitman who can provide her with anything she could ever want. While vacationing, however, she runs into Greg. Suddenly she’s not so sure Sean is the one.
Greg finds himself just getting out of a bad relationship when he and Ali reunite. He can’t help but be attracted to her and wonder if the two of them could ever stand a chance.
As the two of them rebuild their friendship, the foundation for something more is set until one day they finally give in to their desires. But after they are interrupted with an emergency, Ali realizes she must make a choice. Will she choose her fiancé, Sean, and go through with a wedding that is already planned and paid for? Or will she give it all up for her friend, Greg, who could give her the one thing Sean doesn’t: all of himself?
  Long Lost Neighbors is a clean, contemporary romance that focuses on what it might look like for two best friends to be separated while still young and to reunite later in life. This novel is full of tough life situations, internal struggles and sweet/steamy attraction. The best part is that you can feel good reading it AND sharing it because there's nothing that will make you cringe!   You can find Long Lost Neighbors on Amazon in PAPERBACK for just $8.99 and EBOOK for just $2.99! And as with all of Frances Hoelsema's novels, Long Lost Neighbors is FREE on Kindle Unlimited!   This is the third novel in Frances Hoelsema's Neighbors Series where each novel shows some kind of love connection between neighbors. Though it's the third and last installment, Long Lost Neighbors can be read as a complete standalone novel. For information on her first two novels, click HERE   



 
About Frances
 
  Frances Hoelsema is a wife and mother residing in Michigan where she gets to enjoy all four seasons, autumn being her favorite. After earning a degree in business and transcription, she now gets the best of both worlds by working from home as a real-time writing manager for an international transcription firm. In her spare time, Frances thoroughly enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, shopping and loving on her cats. She is also an avid reader and writer who loves to engage with others through social media. Some concepts that Frances stands for are positive parenting, homeschooling, clean eating and pursuing a relationship with Christ instead of pursuing religion. She also believes in never giving up; that everyone should keep pursuing their dreams. Frances loves to imagine a good story and write it to life so she’s always busy working on her next novel. To connect with her, please choose any of the following links:  
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cover reveal for Shackled and announcement

Hi, I'm Author Angela Carling and I'm excited today to tell you Shackled. This book, Shackled has an amazing  story, one that pushed me to write this important and suspenseful story. Today I'm excited to share the new cover and make a big announcement! Shackled, originally written as stand-alone story will stand-alone no longer!  I've already begun work on part two of this truly emotional story inspired by my sister's own real-life struggle. The new book will be called RELEASED! If you've read Shackled and ever wondered what happened to Ryan, Released will change everything!

Before I forget...you can get Shackled on sale Thursday and Friday December 15-16 for .99 super cheap cents Here on Amazon 
or to learn more about all my young adult books click Here
Shackled is also on Kindle Unlimited, so read for free if you are part of that!  

When people read Shackled, they have a strong reactions one way or the other. Here's what they are saying....

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"I can't remember the last time I read a book in one afternoon, but once I started reading, I couldn't stop!"

"I was impressed by how Angela Carling tackled such a sensitive topic. You experience Lucy's emotions with her, including her struggles when she starts to notice Ryan's behavior changing. This is my favorite aspect of this novel. In such novels you more than often feel for the character but you do not always feel what they feel, as if you are that character. I also loved how she developed Lucy's relationship with Mason. If only all those in Lucy's situation had a Mason."

"Read this book! And then read it with your sons and daughters. Make this very important subject part of what your family discusses."
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Yay! It is time for the the blurb and, a little about Shackled, and best of all, the new cover created by the talent Kaelen Carling.

After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naïve and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
 
 Want a little more. Here's an excerpt from the first chapter of Shackled. Happy Reading and most of all, Happy Holidays to each of you. I hope they are the best!


If you’d asked me about my life a year ago, I would’ve told you it was boring, white-bread, middle-class-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-in-my-pink-polka-dot-lunch-bag-every-day boring. That was before everything changed. That was before I met him. So, here I am a year later, on the floor of some stranger’s parked car, trying not to breathe for fear of being discovered. The inside of the car reeks of day old fast food and dirty feet, but I don’t dare raise my head, even for cleaner air. Instead, I wait for the headlights to fill the cracks where the doors hinges leave tiny fissures in the metal, letting small bits of light through. I know the light is coming from his headlights and when the light passes over me, there will be a brief window of opportunity I can use to escape and run for my life.Finally, after I hear the distinctive ping of his diesel engine, and his precious cherry red Mercedes passes me, I carefully open the door and climb out of the backseat as noiselessly as possible. My eyes dart nervously, taking in my surroundings. The long, orderly, suburban street looks quiet. All the houses are black, with the exception of a few scattered televisions sending pulsing light out into the night. Now is my chance. Mason is only ten houses away and he has the tools to free me from this hellish nightmare. He knows my anguish. Tonight he will be my white knight.keeping low to stay in the shadows, I begin to move as quickly as I can down the street. I can see Mason’s house now. My skin starts to prickle with anticipation. Adrenaline is coursing through my veins and has been for several hours. I stand up, making myself taller than the car for the first time all night. Suddenly, I realize how sore my back is and a little yelp escapes my mouth as my vertebrae complain at their mistreatment. My guard is down for ten seconds, and somehow, from some invisible hiding place, a dark figure emerges and grabs me from behind. It happens so fast that I don’t even yell. All that comes out is a small murmur, not even enough to rouse the sleeping dogs. I feel his arms wrap around me like a strait jacket and I thrash wildly, made more powerful by my fear.Still, his strength trumps mine and he holds me tight.“It’s okay, Lucyloo,” he coos in my ear. “I got ya.” He knows I don’t want to be held. His words are coming from some demented place from within him, some place that he kept hidden from me when we first met. For a second, I rest, letting him believe that I am giving up. I need the time to think. No one is coming for me. He made sure of that. The worst part is that I let him. I even defended him when my friends warned me and then eventually left me, growing tired of my excuses. I watched him lull my parents, creating a persona that they could trust. Heck, I believed him too. He looked the part—clean-cut, good grades, well spoken. Everything my parents wanted for me. His words were just right and his beautiful blue eyes were like quick-sand, pulling me in, deceiving me without giving away the danger. Now I‘m in knee deep, covered in the toxic lies of his trap. I am like an insect, tangled in his sticky web of deceit, but I still have one last trick up my sleeve. I know his ego is huge, and his need to feel control consumes his every waking thought. At least I finally understand this now.Taking a breath, I force my rigid body to seem relaxed. I lay my head back against his chest and let him feel my hair against his neck. He always liked that. He didn’t let go, but his stance loosened just the tiniest bit. “You got me,” I purr as I lie against him. “How did you know I wanted you to get me?”


 




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