This year I have the privilege of participating in an event called ThankfulAuthor. This event is taking place on Angela Hayes’ blog, and what it is, is two authors a day for the month of November share what they’re thankful for. This is now the third year that ThankfulAuthor is taking place, and having been well-received in the past, I’m glad many will get to see my response this year, as I believe it’s an important one.

I titled it “I’m Thankful for What?!!?” because what I share may not be popular, but I think it needs to be said. Here is part of my post:

 

When I signed up for #ThankfulAuthor, the gears in my mind started turning, trying to figure out what I’d want to say. There are simply too many things to be thankful for! To narrow it down to just one was hard. And I didn’t really want to say the same thing that everyone else does. Often you hear people quickly throw out there that they’re thankful for God, their faith, or perhaps their family and friends, or you might even hear one or two say they’re thankful for their jobs. Those aren’t bad things to be thankful for, and I’m beyond thankful for those very things myself. But I wanted to share something less common.

One thought that hit me was that I could share that I’m thankful for where I live. I’m a resident of the great state of Michigan! What’s unique about my exact location is that unemployment is low, the community is pretty safe, and the weather is outstanding. I mean, we rarely see tornadoes, feel only slight tremors from earthquakes, if even that, and wild fires and hurricanes are not something we even have to worry about. The beauty of spring, summer, fall, and winter are fully experienced, making me scratch my head as to why anyone would ever want to leave!

But as grateful as I am for my home here in Michigan, there is something else that I’m thankful for that deserves to be shared with you all. It might leave a lot of you puzzled, but try to bear with me here. What I’m thankful for is my…suffering. The word suffering here could also be replaced with hardships or struggles, if you want. Now why on earth would anyone be thankful for that? Let me explain.

Perhaps the best example…..

 

Please check out my example, as well as the rest of my post, at Angela Hayes’ site: https://authorangelahayes.blogspot.com/2017/11/thankful-author-2017-frances-hoelsema.htmlp://www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com

 

And since we’re talking about being thankful, I’m thankful for you! I’d like to repay all of you for your support! So today and tomorrow only, here are some cool deals:

  1. Growing Up Neighbors – FREE – www.amazon.com/dp/B00PJGYW40
  2. Next Door Neighbors – FREE – www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8XZJ1U
  3. Unfortunate Events (my newest) – FREE – www.amazon.com/dp/B075FG5MJM
  4. What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting – $0.99 – www.amazon.com/dp/B07375G9WJ

Thank you for everything, and may your Thanksgiving be grand!

If you’re into young adult fiction, you have to check this event out! By signing up at the link I have listed below, you will have 30+ young adult books for you to download. The best part is it is for FREE!

You’ll even be entered to win one of five $10 gift cards! How neat is that?

And maybe best yet, you’ll be in contact with the best young adult authors out there today! This is one great event you won’t want to miss out on!

My book, Growing Up Neighbors, is a part of this event so please come check it out. You have until June 20! You can find all details, including the books you’ll receive, at this link:

https://mybookcave.com/g/23db98a2/

Who of you, by a show of hands, like to get things for free? I’m not talking about something broken or worthless or even something like a McDonald’s toy. What I’m referring to is something of value! Something you can actually use and enjoy very much! Even something that you could keep forever! Wouldn’t you love to have that “something” for free?!?!? I know I would!

 

So……that’s what I’m giving! Let me explain.

 

Saturday, March 25, is my 11th anniversary to my amazing husband. Though we’ve been married 11 years, we’ve known each other since 1994, making it 23 years of adventure, fun, and eventually love!

 

For those that don’t know, my husband and I grew up across the street from one another. His family moved in back in 1994, and since then our two families have been united in one way or another. We were good friends then, and after doing some growing up, we are very much in love!

 

Does that sound familiar to you? If it does, it’s because that is the storyline of my debut novel, Growing Up Neighbors! Being my first book and all, I wanted to write something I knew, and that was my own romance.

 

So what does this have to do with free?!?! I’m getting there! Because this weekend is my anniversary, and because this book is about my life, I am going to give away, to anyone who wants it, a FREE eBook copy of Growing Up Neighbors!! I have never given away a free novel before, but I figured this would be a good time to start!

 

To get your free copy, just go to the Amazon website and order it. It won’t cost a single penny! You’ll be able to keep it for as long as you want obviously, and I really think that you’ll enjoy it tremendously.

 

 

Growing Up Neighbors is considered a coming of age, young adult novel with a sweet, believable love story woven throughout. Starting today, Thursday, March 23, through Monday, March 27, you can get it for FREE here:

 

www.amazon.com/dp/B00PJGYW40

I have some exciting news to share!! Let me post a picture here and see if you can guess what it is (it’ll be super easy):

 

 

Are you seeing it!?!?!?!? EEK! So excited to let you all know that I now have all my Neighbors Series books in ONE boxset (for Kindle only)! This means you will get:

  • Growing Up Neighbors
  • Next Door Neighbors
  • Long Lost Neighbors
FOR ONE LOW PRICE of $4.99!!!!

 

If you have yet to read any of them, now’s your chance to get them all! They are all clean contemporary romances. Growing Up Neighbors is more coming of age/young adult, but there is still a sweet, believable love story to it.

 

Want to know where to purchase!??!? I thought so! Here’s the link:

 

www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJ4PLPD

Now that Christmas is over with, you may find yourself with a brand spanking new kindle that you have no idea what to load on it! Or you may find yourself with Amazon gift cards that you have no idea what to buy with them!

 

I have the perfect idea!

 

My debut novel, Growing Up Neighbors, is the perfect solution. Not only can you purchase eBooks with your Amazon gift cards, but you can also put this eBook on your kindle! If you got both gifts for Christmas, you’d be killing two birds with one stone so to speak!

 

And that’s not all!

 

The best part about this deal is that from Monday, December 26, 2016, through Friday, December 30, 2016, Growing Up Neighbors is just $0.99! You can find it HERE on Amazon!

 

What is Growing Up Neighbors about?

 

Growing Up Neighbors is a general fiction, coming of age story that is suitable for young teens and “older” folks alike. Those who have read this novel already enjoy the believable, sweet love story that is woven within its pages. This is a clean read that is suitable for anyone and everyone to read AND share without feeling guilty.

 

 

Here is the back cover blurb:

Little Deborah Harrington stared across the street the day the Michaels family moved in. Who was this family? Would she even like them?

Nicholas Michaels hated the fact he had to move away from everything and everyone in his life, but his feelings change when he meets the Harringtons.

Deborah and Nicholas become the best of friends, and as the children grow up, their friendship deepens. But when tragedy strikes, will this cause them to part ways? Or will it perhaps make them realize they may have stronger feelings for one another before it’s too late?    

 

Growing Up Neighbors is the first in my Neighbors series. All are clean and all focus on a love connection between neighbors. Each novel can also be read as a standalone. Next Door Neighbors can be found HERE and Long Lost Neighbors can be found HERE

 

All books are available in paperback if that is your cup of tea, and all eBooks are FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

Today I have some exciting news! As you may or may not know, CreateSpace is one platform an author can use to publish their novels in paperback format. This is the service that I use because they are not only helpful, but they’re free. I think they do a pretty good job, too!

When I uploaded everything Continue reading “CreateSpace”

Welcome to March, everyone! If you’re like me, you’re wondering how in the world can it be March already!?!!? I can’t believe we are in the third month of 2016, and it seems with every new year that goes by, the faster time goes.

I’m not sure what your weather was like today, but it was snowing bad here in Michigan. Like they say, in like a lion, out like a lamb. So if this saying holds true, I can’t wait for the beautiful weather that’s just up ahead. Continue reading “March”