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Happy New Year!

headstand-snowmanOn this first day of the new year remember: life is short. I don’t say that to be a downer. What I mean is, be alive every moment and live intentionally as much as you can. A lot of what we do everyday is necessary maintenance. We have to work, do the laundry, etc. The rest of the time we get to choose what we do.

Does that make you feel pressured to hurry up and accomplish or experience  more? Or does it make you feel like you should relax and watch more Hallmark moves? Does it change your plans in any way at all?

Since I live in the desert I don’t get to build a snowman very often. Doing it is always fun, though, and it’s a perfect example of living in the moment. By it’s very nature, it won’t last, but there’s no one who’s done it who’d argue it isn’t “worth” doing. Sandcastles are the same. And sidewalk paintings. Mandalas drawn with sand. Obviously, for a lot of people, permanence isn’t necessary to make something worth doing.

What do you think? How do you measure what is “worth doing?”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for: my fans, the opportunity and ability to share my stories, and most especially my family and friends. I hope all of you do, too. I’ve had a few times in my life that things looked rather bleak, but most of the time I can look around and find something to appreciate. I hope that today you can notice what’s right in your life and celebrate it. And I hope you can also brighten someone else’s life today–and every day–even if only with a smile.

All the best, and happy reading!

Frankie

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TusCon is this weekend! (Nov. 10-12)

Night MovesNovember is a busy month. Hot on the heels of Halloween I have ten birthdays to celebrate (including mine) and Thanksgiving. But perhaps best of all is TusCon, a three day indulgence in various forms of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Films, authors, art, dealers, anime, and gaming fill every moment from Friday afternoon through Sunday.

BTW, to celebrate, I’m giving away NIGHT MOVES: a Short Story Sampler over the weekend (Nov. 10-12). If you come to the convention you can pick up a physical copy, or you can download it from Amazon.

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Why I Write Redux

I thought this was worth sharing as a good example of writer-brain. I’ve had many a conversation with myself like this one.

Source: Why I Write Redux

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Honoring Those Who Serve(d)

I come from a military family. My dad was a fighter pilot and career Air Force officer. My brother also served in the Air Force. My husband’s dad was in the Army, my husband in the Reserves, my godson’s dad was Navy and his brothers Marines. I live in a town where lots of former military retire and the Air Force base is a big influence on the local economy.

Despite that, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Memorial Day parade or service. Military service was ordinary, just part of my family’s life. We never made a big deal out it. And yet when I stop to think about what those men chose to do, I realize how extraordinary and praise-worthy their choices were–and are. Some of their duty assignments were dangerous, others were supportive, but all were necessary.

I’m a little shy of saying it out loud, so I’ll say it here: I’m grateful every day for those who serve, including police and fire fighters, and I’m grateful when they come home safely.

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Win Free eBooks from 45+ Authors!

pararomI’m cross promoting LIGHTBRINGER with other Paranormal Romance authors and that means you have the chance to win Free books! Just click on the graphic to enter.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

 

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Tucson Festival of Books This Weekend!

The 9th Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend and I’m looking forward to attending. I’m only an author now because I started out as a book lover. If you’re near Tucson and love books as I do, you should think about spending at least part of the weekend on the U of A mall. It’s a fabulous event and it’s FREE!

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Happy Presidents’ Day! And a Free Book!

DangerousTalents2_600x900On President’s Day we honor Washington and Lincoln, two of America’s best leaders. They were men of honor, integrity, determination, and humor–characteristics I try to build into my heroes.

Lord Dahleven is that kind of hero, so to celebrate, I’ve made DANGEROUS TALENTS Free for a limited time. This is your chance to discover where the lost Vinland colony disappeared to, meet their Viking descendants, and cheer on a modern woman who finds herself in a very different world. If you’ve already read it, thank you!

You can help out by telling your friends about this sale, and by leaving an honest review on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few sentences will do. Customer reviews really do make a difference to authors and help other readers find books they’ll enjoy.

Thank you again for subscribing to my newsletter. And stay tuned for the announcement of a new book release very soon!

Happy reading!
Frankie

P.S. If you’d like to see a list of all of my books, check out my Amazon Author page.

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Happy Holidays!

imagest1dg40qoSending all of my fans a big Thank You! for reading. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and that however and whatever you celebrate, it is filled with laughter and joy. May 2017 bring you more of what you want, less of what you don’t, and lots of time to relax with a good book.

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Save The Date!

November 10-12, 2017

That’s when TusCon 44 will be held with Kim Stanley Robinson as Author Guest of Honor.

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G.R.R.M. and young fan.

TusCon 43 wrapped up Sunday night. George R. R. Martin, Peri Charlifu, William Malone, James Perry II, Edward Bryant, Geoff Notkin, and Elizabeth Gracen were the headliners, and  over 100 other author and artist guests attended as well. This convention was larger than past TusCons, but thanks to hard work and planning it retained the relaxed atmosphere that this convention is known for. (Disclaimer: I’m on the committee as Guest Liaison, but the real heavy lifting is done by a slew of other talented and hardworking people who volunteer their time and effort.)

I spoke on three panels and had a fabulous time seeing old friends and making new ones. I shared one of those panels, “Strange Bedfellows: Do Angels and Demons make good heroes?” with long time friend and author, Roxy Rogers. (Be sure to check out her story, “Gabriel’s Release”  a prequel to her forthcoming Angels Descending series.) Angels and demons are on my mind these days because after some delay, I’m finishing up GUARDIAN, the second book in my Celestial Affairs series which will be available in early 2017.

On the new friend front, I shared a panel and autograph session with actress, author, producer, and dog lover Elizabeth Gracen who is as charming as she is talented. I also got to meet Jeffe Kennedy, who writes romantic fantasy (and many other things), and traded books with her. I’m looking forward to reading her new books, THE PAGES OF THE MIND, and it’s sequel THE EDGE OF THE BLADE.

I could go on and on about the excellent programing, the full video and anime schedule, the outstanding art show, dealers, and gaming, not to mention the phenomenal hospitality suite,  but I don’t have enough superlatives. Instead, I’ll exhort you to save the date and buy a membership to next year’s TusCon. (There will be a Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale. Price will be $45.)

Happy reading!

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