Monday, April 28, 2014

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

My 100 year-old fan – it just doesn’t get much sweeter?

 

 
I received this e-mail on March 10th and if you say I was pleased, well that would be the understatement of all times. I was simply ecstatic!

My dad will be 100 years on April 15th and he is one of your biggest fans and probably the oldest. He loved your Vegas series and is looking forward to your Undercover FBI series.  He says he hopes you write fast because he knows it will be a great series and he looks forward to reading it but at his age he doesn't even buy green bananas anymore. He has a great sense of humor and is still in great shape and has a very sharp mind for someone his age. I would like to ask you if at all possible could you send him a note, card or whatever for his birthday.  I want to give him a big surprise and a note or card from you would do that.
Lucille 


As you can imagine, I had plans to send Norris his birthday card until I came up with something a whole lot better.


Just a month earlier, I was involved in the London Book Fair with a bunch of other authors from the Freepartay group. We needed to have actual books to give out to publishers and agents. So... I had been forced to overcome my childish qualms about dealing with the pitfalls on Createspace, and get my book "Together Again" published.

You see, some years back it had been a nightmare for me trying to get "My Cheeky Angel" published there. Rather than dealing with the situation and learning how to do it right, like any card-carrying techie wuss, I backed off and decided e-books were just fine. Who needed a paperback anyway? They were going out of style in the next twenty years–right? So, no one would even care. (Well - except for my mom, but that’s another story.)


Move forward to the Fair and now I had no choice. I needed a paperback to promote in London. So, I girded my loins (whatever that means:-) and I forged ahead. Much to my surprise, either the site had been upgraded or my brain had, but I found it relatively simple and voilà! I had me a real live paperback.

Since "Special Agent Francesca" was ready for releasing on Amazon, I quickly wrote a note to Norris as my dedication. Thanks to my wonderful formatter, I had enough time to get the story published on Createspace (I’m such a pro!!!) and rather than sending him a card, I sent him a copy of the book for his birthday.

Dedication:

I want to dedicate this book to my oldest and most adored reader, Norris Smith. Recently, his family notified me to share that he would be celebrating his 100th birthday in April and that he loved my Vegas Series and hope I’d be releasing the first of the Undercover FBI series soon. Excerpt from the letter – “He says he hopes you write fast because he knows it will be a great series and he looks forward to reading it but at his age he doesn't even buy green bananas anymore.”

My first reaction was ahhh! Then I laughed. Finally, it dawned on me what a wonder it was to have someone of his years enjoy a book I created. Obviously this very wise man knows good quality story-telling when he sees it!!!

Happy Birthday, Norris

A big mushy hug from your friend, Mimi.
 
Much to my delight, Norris’s daughter sent me a picture of him holding my book. With his permission, I just had to share.


Thank you so much for the book you sent my dad for his birthday. Dedicating the book to him was just over the top.  He got the biggest kick out of you using his green bananas story.  He was laughing so hard he had to stop reading.  He received the book Monday and has already finished reading it.  He said it was a real "barn burner."  I'm sending you a photo I took of him this morning when he was officially 100 years old. I can never thank you enough for making this birthday so special for him.

Lucille
 

***This experience will be a pinnacle in my career as an author. Thank you, Norris. As far as I’m concerned, it just doesn’t get much sweeter!!


 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Battles to conquer whether as a child or an adult! Flo Barnett - Playing Hooky!


 
I want to introduce a wonderful friend today. Her name Is Flo Barnett and her stories have delighted many readers between the ages of nine to ninety-nine.

Flo recently taught me a valuable lesson. Sometimes questioning people, as to why their work turns out to be so different from what you expected, can be a good thing.

I’ve always enjoyed reading Flo’s stories and my normal routine was to follow with a review letting others know they’ll enjoy her work also. But this time, I couldn’t honestly do so. I had been expecting a funny, lighthearted child’s read and instead, I found the tale to be very realistic and a bit harsh. Not at all like her previous books. Rather than finish reading to the end, I put it aside.

Then I fretted on it for days. Knowing I’d promised a review, I finally broke down and wrote to her personally. I explained my reservations as to whether she’d meant for this book to be quite so severe. I worried that most kids want a fun-filled adventure and not something this serious.

Rather than being angry with me, she took the time to explain her reasoning. My respect grew in leaps and bounds when I read her explanation. As a grandmother who worried about her family, she knew from experience that the world doesn’t always treat us with tenderness. There’s hard knocks for everyone to suffer. Flo wanted the lessons in her book to be a way of showing those readers that it’s not so much what you’ve done that counts.  It’s how we eventually deal with the final outcome. How we overcome the obstacles when things seem grim. This book is her way of teaching children that even their grandparents had problems and situations they needed to learn from.

Once I understood that she meant for this to a realistic view of her own experiences as a child. Her reasoning behind the story made more sense to me. I did finish reading it, and much to my delight, discovered a photo of her parents who were actual characters in the book and her explanation of how the plot was based on a true story of her and her brother.  

She asked me…

After you finished reading the book, if you don't mind sharing, what was your final conclusion regarding its negative depictions?  And by negative, I mean the tragic elements that are exposed in their rawest form.  I value your insight, Mimi.  I can't promise to change my approach, but perhaps I might consider tempering it a bit.

I answered…

I did find your book a bit harsh but I didn't understand the reasoning behind why you wrote it that way. Once you explained, I accepted what you were trying to do. Therefore, I wonder - if you put a small explanation of your reasoning with the photo of Frank and Mary in the front matter - let the reader know why you feel these lessons are important, then they won't have the same reaction that I did. But will be prepared for what's to come.

She followed my advice and thanked me graciously. But I should have been the one to thank her. She reminded me of a very important lesson. As authors, we don’t have to just entertain out readers. Especially, those of us writing for children! We can go a step further and inform them, teach them by our characters and the plots of our stories. If we let them know they aren’t alone getting into mischief and fearing how to get out of it, it might just make them less afraid to overcome their own battles.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

London Book Fair #FreePartay - It's huge!! The fair and the partay!!




Together Again has always been a special book for me because it was the story that let me believe I could truly be a writer. You see, it was the first full-length novel I had written. After three novellas, I wasn’t sure if I could bring all that necessary plotting together in order to keep the reader fully engaged and loving the romance with double the pages.

The spirit-travel theme tends to give me many conflicts in itself – I mean – let’s face it – there’s a lot going on when you make one character invade the body of another and keep it realistic and believable. This isn’t something that happens to us so we can’t visualize what it all means. I had to come up with a premise that would work. And I truly believe I did.

Most of the reviews on the Vicarage Bench Series have been positive and that led me think that my ideas worked fine. Plus, I loved writing these stories and putting my hero and heroine in difficult situations where they couldn’t run away from each other easily.

If you’ve never tried one of the books, the magic starts when two people prick their fingers on a rose bush. The soul who invades the other’s body lies in a coma until the spell is broken. The concept seems truly mind-blowing but then I feel the same way about vampires and werewolves. At least my books are never dark and depressing, bloody or frightening. In fact, quite the opposite! Most of the reviews tell of how people laugh a lot while reading them. I sure did a lot of chuckling while writing them, so my aim succeeded.

The reason I’m sharing this with you today is because my lovely book, Together Again, is now in a huge promotion in the UK at the London Book Fair and will be seen by thousands of publishers, agents and editors throughout Europe and most likely North America. My goal is to find someone who loves this series and will be willing to publish these books so that many more readers will get to enjoy them.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. It’s exciting times.


 
 
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

#Release of Special Agent Francesca by Enticing Journey Book Promotions

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An introvert, Special Agent Francesca moves to Las Vegas to escape her powerful, domineering mother. On arrival, multiple obstacles challenge her. She needs to approach a father she’s never met, a man who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she must play the role of a loving fiancée with a stranger. One who makes her question every unexpected emotion he provokes. Craving the chance for real undercover work, she grabs the opportunity to be involved in cleaning up gang corruption in a nasty neighborhood. When she poses as the new owner of a hotel, the deadly-dangerous situation ramps up and she’s forced to fight her way from one conflict to the next.
 
Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, has never known anyone like Francesca Donovan. From first sight, he believes her to be a screwball but her beauty and maddening personality attracts him. Despite her prickly disposition, which gets them into a load of trouble, her rotten driving skills and her constant battles, he’s hooked. Once he’s roped into a mock engagement with her, his desire to make it real takes precedence over everything else in his world.
 
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Sean drove like a maniac to get to the hotel. He knew he shouldn’t call anyone since both he and Frankie had been warned to stay in character, that these dudes had ears everywhere and the ability to tap phones. He did have his burner phone that Eddie had arranged, but he wanted to keep that number unused until they needed it for an emergency. The fact that Frankie had slipped warned him she must have been rattled. From what he’d seen of his lady, nothing got to her. Hold it! Nothing except her mother.
 
He pulled into the parking lot and the sight he came upon had his teeth grinding and gravel flying as he slammed on the brakes. Just as the car stopped completely, a younger man’s body hit his windshield and slid down in front of his wheels.
 
Frankie had another fellow on the ground and was beating the shit out of him. Sean couldn’t believe his eyes. What the hell? Quickly, he got out of the car and went to assist. Not that there was any need to help her, he just figured he’d stop her from murdering the poor bastard.
 
As he approached, the wiggling idiot didn’t seem to know when to stop. “Bitch, get off of me.” She held him in a way no one could escape.
 
Sean couldn’t resist. He crouched down and waited until she noticed him. “Having fun?”
 
At first, Frankie looked embarrassed to be caught straddling a young man in the parking lot. But that wore off when she had to apply more pressure to stop the perp determined to flip her off. Giving the dude her full attention, she asked, “Who sent you here? Tell me and I might let you up.”
 
With his cheek being ground into the gravel, and his arm twisted up behind his back in a hold that looked positively painful, the loser still refused. “No one sent me. I was just messin’ around. Hey, man, can you get this crazy bitch off me?”
 
Sean grinned evilly, held up both hands and shook his head.
 
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Author of The Vicarage Bench Series, Angels with Attitude Series, Vegas Series, Elvis Series and the brand new sizzling romantic suspense series called Undercover FBI. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island and writes her romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”
 
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

YOU are in for a treat!! Special Agent Francesca has just been released!! #Amazon #Romance #Suspense









You won’t believe what happened to me just recently. People who know me personally will just nod and think – Yep that’s our Mimi! But I do try and keep these goofy traits hidden from my professional life. Really, I don’t want everyone to know how many lamp posts I’ve walked into. LOL


This, though, I have to share. I decided to hire a book tour group who were going to do a release for me on Special Agent Francesca. They asked for the cover of the new book for the cover reveal bloggers they’d lined up, which I proudly sent. Then I brushed my hands and decided that I was a genius to have chosen to have someone else do this work. As usual, I have a gazillion things on the go, besides desperately trying to finish another book for the Vicarage Bench Series called Together Always.  My editor’s expecting it very soon and I still have my final read-through and more revisions to do. So, I was glad that I had others dealing with the reveal and the release day.
Then I get a frantic e-mail from the tour lady. “Mimi, there’s no author name on your book cover!”
Whaaa!??
Come on…!! This can’t be happening to me. Desperate, I get in touch with the artist and explain that when we made changes in the font color, gee…we forgot one tiny detail. Now this guy is a pro and has always been super-fast and easy to deal with, so I knew he’d get me a new cover ASAP. Except, he didn’t! I kept e-mailing and no reaction. Ok-ay, now this was getting kinda weird. Finally he got through to me on Facebook and said that he’d sent me multi e-mails and I obviously wasn’t getting them.
Go figure, the one day I wanted things to work and my doggone angels needed some attitude adjustments. Needless to say, we did get the cover straightened out. When I realised the date this had all happened on – April 1st – we had the perfect out. April fool’s day.  Am I lucky or not???
 
 
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Release Day is here!!!!
Special Agent Francesca is up on Amazon
and will soon be available on Apple and Barnes & Noble
 
For those of you who liked the Vegas Series,
you're in for a treat!!
 
 
Back Page Blurb:
 
An introvert, Special Agent Francesca moves to Las Vegas to escape her powerful, domineering mother. On arrival, multiple obstacles challenge her. She needs to approach a father she’s never met, a man who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she must play the role of a loving fiancée with a stranger. One who makes her question every unexpected emotion he provokes.  Craving the chance for real undercover work, she grabs the opportunity to be involved in cleaning up gang corruption in a nasty neighborhood. When she poses as the new owner of a hotel, the deadly-dangerous situation ramps up and she’s forced to fight her way from one conflict to the next.
Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, has never known anyone like Francesca Donovan. From first sight, he believes her to be a screwball but her beauty and maddening personality attracts him. Despite her prickly disposition, which gets them into a load of trouble, her rotten driving skills and her constant battles, he’s hooked. Once he’s roped into a mock engagement with her, his desire to make it real takes precedence over everything else in his world.
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