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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday Thoughts

I've been thinking about you guys, my readers and friends and how I can connect with you more often. A published author/mom's life is busy, but I think I've come up with a fun idea to post every Monday. To let you get to know me a little better, and hopefully through any interaction you share, you a little better, I'm going to pick a quote a week and post on Mondays. 

Some weeks, I'll share an accompanying story from my life or writing and some weeks, I'll put up the quote or thought and let have something to smile about at the beginning of your week. Should be fun. We'll try it for awhile and then, later in the week if I have updates, guests or announcements I can do those on Thursday or Friday.

So this Monday thought is a simple one. Here in the USA we've had a lot of talk about divisions and now I'm so glad to see that the pendulum is swinging back and we are also talking about our commonalities, religiously, politically,  race, even in our likes and dislikes. In my opinion, diversity is lovely, so this week I give you this quote:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find yourself loved today. If not, start a trend:) 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A sneak peek and update

Happy summer everyone! In Arizona where I live we are deep into the hot! That means it is time for beach reads, the cheapest vacation a person can buy!

Speaking of awesome beach reads, I have a update on Five Days Five Kisses. I should be getting it back from the editor this week to make final edits but most fun of all, I worked with a talented cover artist this week named Krysten McQuiggan who owns Drop Dead Designs.

Using the concept I had in mind, she created an awesome cover for Five Days Five Kisses! So, usually I wait for the cover reveal date, but I'm too excited so today I'm going to show you guys Krysten's handiwork! When it is time for the cover reveal, check in again because I'll be giving away copies of the new book if you can guess right how many times I used the word Kiss in the story. Can't wait for that:)

Until then, here is your sneak peek at  the cover for Five Days, Five Kisses.(throws confetti)
What do you guys think?  I love it. It makes me want to go find someone to kiss. Hmmm where is that husband of mine. Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A shout out to cover artists!

While this is not an "official" update, I'm so excited to tell you that Five Days Five Kisses is finished and in the hands of Beta readers! A shout out to my beta readers. Your feedback is the best!
Anyway, I'll be giving you a planned publication date soon and more sneak peeks into the new Five Day Series! Love those girls and can't wait to share their story.

Until then, I wanted to highlight the power of the cover artist and in this blog, one talented artist in particular! She works under the name of Drop Dead Designs.  A few months ago I started looking for the right cover or cover artist to create my third book in the Secret Keeper series. I found a talented young lady and while I can't show you the completed cover, I want to show you the template she sent for us to use for book three, Under The Broken Sky.
I love it and I'm so excited to post the final product in a few months. Here's a couple more covers that she created.

Yep, she's pretty amazing and I know there are many more like her and I'm so glad because my talent is with words, and without cover artists my stories would be incomplete. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Long over due update # 6

If good intentions were money, I am pretty sure we would all be rich:) I'm a little behind on my updates, but I'm here now and want to catch you guys up on my writing progress and little about why I haven't been posting for a few weeks. First off, my dad got married at 74 years old. It was a beautiful ceremony and a reminder that love can grow at any age! Also it's been keeping me busy. I've been sneaking in writing wherever I can and biggest news of all, I picked up the third Secret Keeper book again and have written nearly 12,000 words over the last few weeks. 

Why have I not finished Five Days, Five Kisses you might ask. Simply put, the inspiration struck to work on my final book of the Secret Keeper series when the first book, The Secret Keeper won two awards from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Yeah, Awesome! Thanks guys!

I'm at 33,000 words right now and excited to announce that three new characters will be introduced in this book. The title will be Under the Broken Sky. I'm SO EXCITED to share it with you. This suspenseful paranormal trilogy is fast becoming one of my favorite books to work on. As for Five Days, Five Kisses, I'm still planning  on finishing and publishing this year. Should be fun to see how it all works out. Until then, I hope your book boyfriends are hot and life treats you well. Thanks for stopping by. 

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May You Never Need a Secret Keeper.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

An awesome new release!

Today I'm taking a break from my regular updates(but not from working hard on my writing). I'm excited to share a new release from the talented Krysten Hager. Here's some info on her latest, Dating the It Guy.
Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
YA contemporary romance
Published by Clean Reads

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

Short Excerpt:
“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket. 

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Bio: Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is a also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes young adult, middle grade, new adult, and adult fiction as well as humor essays. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows (she's addicted to American Dad to the point where she quotes episodes on a daily basis and also loves Girl Meets World). She's also a third generation Detroit Lions fan.

Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

Praise for Dating the It Guy:
“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” --Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story  - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." --  Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie

What people are saying about Krysten’s work:
From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: "This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!"
From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren't everything. This book is related to every teen's problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another "Mean Girls" story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

 “Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It's fun to read about Landry's blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Update #5--as promised.

Hi again. Let's get right to it.  Last time I wrote, I hovered around 40 thousand and something words written and this week I only jumped to 41, 920. Why did I get so few words written over two weeks, you might ask. Well, the truth is writing is an inexact process, at least for me and many of my fellow authors. I was cruising along, ready to pump out the last couple of chapters and I realized, I wanted to change some things. My story was not what it could be, or what it will be after I edit it. 

I know just hearing the word editing makes your eyes glaze over with boredom, but truth of the matter is, editing, or molding as I call it is my favorite part. The very talented author Shannon Hale once described writing your first draft as dumping sand in the sandbox. Now completing my eighth novel, I agree. First time around, I'm putting something on paper to work with, something moldable.  But, I don't really know my characters yet, not until I cut and shape and clean up and form the story and turn the writing into something that will make you feel, joy, pain, and in Five Days, Five Kisses, fall in love with Nikola and Malan!

 So hold on with me. I'm already editing the last few chapters and am excited excited about the positive changes that have come out of my work. Just for fun, I copied and pasted what an un-edited section might look like. Here it is in all its messiness. I place a set of ones (111111) when I want to go back and fix something or find a better way to say what I mean. 

Nearly two sluggish hours had passed since they’d arrived at the hospital. He clutched Nikola’s letter in his hand, still thinking about the contents. Her tender words, pleading for his forgiveness, the way she spoke of their relationship, even their friendship brought up 111111111111feelings he’d kept subdued since receiving her final letter11111111earlier. 

Looks like I've still got work to do. Thanks for checking in and if you're after some sweet romance right now, check out my other titles. Angela's Amazon Page 
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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. 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:)

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!



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 fiancĂ©, 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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