Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve written, for which I apologize. I hope that you have been doing well, and that those who live in the United States have had a great Thanksgiving.

As you can see from the title and image, there is a huge sale going on that includes 600+ books! This sale has been going on each year for the last few years, and 2022 is the biggest one yet. It will start TODAY and go through CYBER MONDAY! What can you expect? Books of all genres that are rated Mild+ or better (meaning they are pretty clean). Each of the books will be 99 cents or FREE! You don’t even have to leave the house to join this sale and grab some goodies. Just click on this link to shop:


Two of my books will be on sale also. Next Door Neighbors is FREE and Long Lost Neighbors is 99 cents. If you haven’t had a chance to read those yet, now is the time to grab them!

Thank you for being a part of my community! Happy shopping! 

What’s your favorite genre? Romance? Mystery? Fantasy? Historical? Something else?


Well, guess what?




Why? Because the Black Friday Book Sale includes all of these genres and more!


What is the Black Friday Book Sale? I’m glad you asked. It’s a sale filled with clean, indie books priced at $0.99 or less! It goes on this Black Friday and lasts through Cyber Monday. Finally, a book sale where you can get all the books you want without breaking the bank.


To check out this sale, please head to:


Black Friday Book Sale – clean // indie // multi-genre (perrykirkpatrick.com)


P.S. Don’t forget to share this sale with everyone you know! 

Trying samples can be fun AND educational! Who doesn’t like to sample fudge, cake, or anything like that? Not only does it taste good, but it helps you make an informed decision on what to buy. 


This event is JUST like that, minus the eating part. With the Book Sample-Palooza you can sample any or all of the books included so you know if you want to actually purchase them or not. With Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect event to take part in. You can use your samples to figure out what Christmas gifts to ask for or give!


Book Sample-Palooza is going on now until the middle of December. Please find all details and the book samples at this link:


Book Sample-Palooza! (mybookcave.com)

If you love reading nonfiction books, this event is for you! Now and through to the end of November, the Nonfiction Book Fest is offering free nonfiction reads. Each book listed is a different topic, so there is literally something for everyone! A sample of my book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting: Navigating Infertility, is also included.


To check it out, please visit: https://mybookcave.com/g/0d5ef170/


You can help spread the word of this event by sharing this post or by sharing the website link with all your family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers – well, pretty much everyone! Happy reading!



Good day, Fabulous People! I hope you’re all well!


Many of you know I have been working on a four-book series called Sealed with A Kiss. Well, I’m pleased to inform you that I just published the fourth and final book! It’s called “A Kiss Goodbye”, and today and tomorrow the e-book is FREE! Just go HERE!


What’s it about? Here’s the book blurb:

Cassie Seaver barely manages to escape The Margaret Killer only to fall into the hands of someone more dangerous. Beaten unconscious, she awakes with no recollection of who she is or what is going on. All she knows is she is in a dark place, alone, and in pain.

Meanwhile, Detectives Mitchell and McKellar fight tirelessly to find her. Fortunately for them, two people from Cassie’s past show up in Bennington Hills wanting to do the same. The only problem is, they don’t always see eye to eye.

With a hostage, a fugitive, a surprise reappearance, and other twists and turns, everyone must learn to work together to put an end to The Margaret Killer case once and for all.


As I mentioned, this is the last in the series. Each could be read as a standalone, but it’s highly recommended to read in order as details build upon one another and finally complete in this last book. An e-book box set is coming very soon, but until then, you can find each book at the following links should you be interested:

A Kiss with Death – www.amazon.com/dp/B07VD8Y9JC

A Kiss Revealed – www.amazon.com/dp/B07XHNF5J6

A Kiss of Deception – www.amazon.com/dp/B088ZJ3CSN


What’s next?

There are so many books I want to create that it’s hard to pick which one! However, I do have my heart set on a Christian/Inspirational Romance called “That One Church Event”. I haven’t started writing it yet, but I’m thinking that will be next in line!


As for you, feel free to share my books, encourage people to join my newsletter, http://eepurl.com/c8TBaT,  or FB page, www.facebook.com/frances.hoelsema.author,  and Twitter feed, www.twitter.com/FrancesHoelsema, and if you want to be on my ARC team (where you get a book in advance of publishing so you can leave a review), that would be awesome also! Just go to www.facebook.com/groups/authorfranceshoelsemasarcteam


If at any time you have questions, comments, concerns, or anything at all you want to share with me, please respond to this blog post, fill out the contact me form on this website, or email me directly at franceshoelsema@gmail.com Take care, friends! Enjoy reading these and other books! I’ll be in touch 🙂

Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (paperback cover)

Annie Douglass Lima’s latest writing project is very different from anything else she’s written. It’s a cookbook! But those who know how much she loves fantasy might not be surprised that this cookbook ended up with a fantasy theme. Many of the recipes have names inspired by fairy tales or fantasy stories, and she loves the hints of fantasy in the two covers designed by the awesome Savannah Jezowski


Why two different covers? The paperback version of the cookbook is an unusual shape due to the unusual recipe format (more information about that below), so it couldn’t share a cover with the ebook.

Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (ebook cover)

Some people might be surprised, though, that the whole book is focused on oatmeal. After all, isn’t oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there’s anything else available? 

NOT ANYMORE! In this book, you’ll find recipes for delectable dishes like creamy mango coconut spice oatmeal, cinnamon almond oatmeal, blueberry cream cheese oatmeal, and (Annie’s personal favorite:) caramel banana oatmeal with peanut butter. (Okay, so that one is a little closer to the dessert end of the spectrum than the porridge end!) 


Take a look at the book blurb Continue reading “Once Upon A Bowl of Oatmeal – say WHAT?!”

Book 2 in my latest series is NOW available! Let me share with you the juicy details…



For weeks, The Margaret Killer terrorized Crimson Shores, claiming the lives of seven people. Suspect number one is Laura Keaton. She looks the part. She has a connection with each victim and can’t provide a credible alibi. Evidence for each death was found in her home. And then Detective Kojak discovered her birth name: Louisa Margaret.

Now arrested and facing trial, Laura maintains her innocence. But while in prison, The Margaret Killer disappears. Coincidence? The prosecution doesn’t think so. They use that fact, along with the rest of the evidence to prove Laura’s guilt.

However, an anonymous tip throws the whole case on its head. Not only does it provide definitive proof of Laura’s guilt or innocence, but it raises more questions even while revealing deeper truths.

It also forces The Margaret Killer to reappear…with a vengeance.


To get your copy of this serial killer thriller titled A Kiss Revealed, please visit:


This is just half the story, too! Stay tuned for books 3 and 4, coming SOON!




I’m excited to announce that my newest release is finally here!



A Kiss with Death is book one of what is a four-book series in the crime thriller genre. Each book is rated PG-13 or so as there is murder, some seduction, and occasional drug/alcohol references. However, there is no swearing, and no on-page/descriptive sexual references and/or graphic violence.


Here is the blurb:

After a rough past, Professor Laura Marie Keaton now has the perfect life. The perfect house along the lakeshore. The perfect job at Capstone University. The perfect boyfriend who she knows is the one. The only thing she doesn’t have? The perfect alibi.

When a serial killer emerges in Crimson Shores, leaving behind only a card with a number, a kiss, and the name Margaret on it, Laura’s life begins to crumble yet again. She believes she’s the hunted. But as the victim count rises, Detective Randy Kojak believes she’s the hunter.

One piece of information about Laura’s past holds the truth. But like everything else with The Margaret Killer, it may not be what it seems.


As of right now it is available in e-book format only through Amazon. However, the paperback and audiobook versions are in the works!! With many twists and turns and a smidgen of suspense and mystery, you will not want to miss this series. I’d love for you to check it out, share with a friend, and even leave an honest review if you get the chance!


To get your copy, please head to:




Thanks for stopping by! Take a look at this brand-new fantasy adventure story with a hint of romance by author Annie Douglass Lima. 

You can

download a copy of the ebook for free

between today, July 9th, and July 11th!


Book Description:
Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.


Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her
family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King


Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her
seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King
Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for
as long as she can remember.


But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and
Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee
into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom
they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother
reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it –
before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?

Click here

to download your copy of King of Malorn on Amazon now! 


Click here

to see King of Malorn on Goodreads.


Series Information:

King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals of Alasia. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; it will still make sense on its own. 

Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. 

Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. 

In the Enemy’s Service features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. 

Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. 

The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia. 

In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other
at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap. 

Annie also has a short ebook of “interviews” that she conducted with the characters in the other three
books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected nterviews is not available on Amazon, but she sends a free copy to anyone who signs up for her mailing list (to receive updates when she releases new books or occasionally offers them for free).

Author Biography:

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t
teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

Author Contact Info:



Amazon Author Page:

It has been way too LONG since I’ve last written a blog post. The truth is, I’ve been wrapped up in finishing my next series that I’ve not had much time to read or post anything. However, I finally did finish a book I wanted to share with you all. It’s slightly different than I’ve read before: a Christian mystery thriller. Yes, those genres can certainly go together. Let me share with you the book’s information, and then let me tell you my thoughts…



Shackles: The Truth Will Set You Free

By: Dianne J. Wilson






Jason is not the kind of guy you would want to take home to mom. He’s foul tempered, a bit of a womanizer and has a conscience that has been collecting dust for years. All that is shaken up though, when he unearths a package of carefully preserved love letters and a portrait while diving off the coast of Africa. So many unanswered questions, the letters snag something inside of him. Intrigued despite himself, he begins to unravel the mystery caught up in pages. He finds himself tangled up in the life of a girl he’s never met… a girl who is in desperate trouble.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free ~ John 8:32



What I really enjoyed about this book was that it had multiple stories intertwining toward one unique plot. How everything came together was miraculously written. Very well done. The author also did a great job of weaving in Christian themes that I believe are true to the Bible. I liked the depth of characters and scenery, and it was overall enjoyable.


Throughout this book there were a few mistakes, but nothing that made it difficult to read or understand. That paired with not being a book I couldn’t put down (it was enjoyable, but not something I had to keep reading) made me rate this four stars. Yes, I would recommend it. For those liking novels taking place in foreign countries, this is it for you. 



You can get it for FREE on Amazon at: