Sale!

Never in my wildest dreams {and I’ve had some pretty wild dreams in the past} did I think I’d publish a book, let alone 2 and counting. It was always that cool thing I’d never do. Well, tomorrow my second book, Restoring Us, comes out. I still wake up some days amazed at how everything turned out and may or may not pinch myself to make sure it’s real.

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I want to thank you all for your support and motivation. Your kind words mean the world to me, and I’m humbled that you’ve taken a chance on me and my book. To celebrate the release of Restoring Us, Perfectly Imperfect will be on sale for .99 cents from January 11th-January 17th! Make sure to grab a copy!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yQBvJf

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Here are some Restoring Us teasers for you to enjoy! It will be available on Amazon!

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Amazon US: http://amzn.to/17r8Tuv

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1433nfr

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1tPka1U

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/14q623k

Thank you!

As Thanksgiving arrives, we all stop to ponder on the things we are thankful for. I try to make it a habit of thinking of things I am thankful for on a daily basis (blame it on my life coaching background), but sometimes life gets in the way. Today I want to say thanks to all of you. I started off my author journey unsure of what to expect from it. All I knew was that I had a story to write. When I decided to publish, I thought- cool, knock another thing off my bucket list. Well, was I ever surprised.

The support I’ve received has left me speechless. My family has been understanding, some even thinking it’s the coolest thing ever. My friends have been there to hear my story ideas, beta read, and just tell me how awesome this journey is. And without some of those friends, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. I mean, seriously, I owe some of these ladies way more than the occasional drink I buy them- from help choosing cover images, to designing teasers (the million different designs I make before choosing the perfect one), and even editing. The support doesn’t go unacknowledged.

I’ve also met so many amazing people along the way. My fellow authors who have been there for me and helped answer some of my silliest questions (because there’s no such thing as a stupid question right?) THANK YOU! We’re in this together, and it has been a pleasure meeting each and every one of you.

The bloggers who work day and night to get our books out there to readers and help promote us selflessly- WOW. You all rock! I’ve recently had to contact a lot of blogs to help spread our Black Friday sale and sign up for my cover reveal. I was nervous about having to ask them to sign up for two things during the same time. I thought, Here she goes again asking for something. Well, they did not hesitate to sign up for both. Thank you for your kind support and continuous encouragement. It means the world to this small, indie author.

I am grateful for you, my readers, for taking a chance and reading my book. For believing in my words, and allowing them (I hope) to take you on a journey, not only of romance, but of life lessons. I promise to continue bringing you more stories to read!

I hope all of those in the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Those of you out of the US, well, it’s almost the weekend! Happy Thursday to all! ❤

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ICYMI– As a thank you to all of you, I am happy to share that along with a few fellow authors who have become friends,Susan Ward, Rachel Blaufeld, Christy Pastore and Salem Archer, we have created an amazing sale! 7 ebooks from 5 authors, only .99 cents each! You can see the details of this sale here: https://authorfabiolafrancisco.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/a-sale-not-to-miss/

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Wicked Wednesday Recommendation~ The Girl on the Half Shell

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately.. sorry! Life’s gotten a little crazy with trying to finish up Restoring Us, but I have made some time to read.

Last week I read The Girl on the Half Shell by Susan Ward, and it stole my heart. This book is a definite must read and a five star book for me.

I don’t know where to begin. I have been trying to find the perfect words to describe this book. I don’t think any words I use will do it justice. I absolutely loved this book. It’s brilliant, beautiful, raw.

Susan Ward did an amazing job with this book. Her writing is beautiful, and she creates a story that is honest. This book is a treasure that went straight to my heart. The characters are developed perfectly. You clearly see their emotions, feel their pain and love. They have secrets and troubles they try to escape.

Chrissie is a beautiful, young girl reaching a crossroads in her life. Where does she go after graduating high school? Follow her parents’ path in a musical career, or her best friend to college in California. She is broken, lost, and confused about what she wants. She has also suffered and seen a lot in her young years, holding within her guilt and pain.

Alan is a rock star and musical genius. He is hot! But don’t let the fame fool you, he’s got his secrets, too. He has his own pain to sort through. I fell in love with him! I wanted to reach into the book and pull him out into my world.

These two come together in what is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read. It touches on the truth of life and emotions. It expresses how difficult it is to let out what we have bottled up inside us and how guilt can drag us down, but finding love and someone to trust opens you to clearly express yourself and see things in a different light- not easily.

The secondary characters were fabulous as well! I loved reading about them and how they interconnect with the story and characters.

This is one story that will stay with me for years to come. I felt like the author took me into the book and had me live each emotion along with the characters. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and raw. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series and indulge in more books by Susan Ward.

You can purchase this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Half-Shell-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00KBK4S98/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

It’s also on Kindle Unlimited! How great is that? Girl on half shell teaser 2

Wicked Wednesday Recommendation~ Moondance in Red

Psst… psst… I have a new recommendation for you! Moondance in red by Salem Archer. A FIVE star read you won’t want to miss. It’s hot, funny, sweet, hot.. 

This book was absolutely amazing! The author creates a world you can jump into with the language and expressions she uses. The metaphors, similes, imagery, emotions, they all make you feel like you’ve entered Maggie and Mason’s world. You feel what the characters feel with the author’s choice of words and descriptions.

I instantly fell in love with the characters. Maggie is a sassy, southern girl I admire. She is funny, witty, sarcastic with a foul mouth that adds to her personality. I swear if she were real we’d be friends. I guess I’ll have to stick to imaginary friendship. The girl is hilarious! Lauren, her best friend, says it perfectly, “Underneath that smart-ass exterior, is the sweetest person with the biggest heart.” She is SO right. Maggie has been hurt, and she struggles to trust men, but one day she meets Mason by chance and well, one look into those blue eyes and she’s captivated. Who wouldn’t be?

Mason, what can I say? I’m a sucker for those cowboys. He is strong, firm, and gorgeous. No doubt he’s been burned and also has some trust issues, creating a wedge in his relationship with Maggie. I loved how the author included his POV throughout the book. Mason is protective, and you can’t help but fall in love with him instantly. What I love most is that he sees himself as an equal with Maggie, especially that he likes control. He’s definitely up there on my book boyfriend list.

I do love how their relationship develops. And the sex was hot! I was definitely swooning throughout this read. But what is a good romance without a little drama? It takes you for a loop ride that left my mouth hanging open. I was blindsided to say the least. Like I said before, the author puts you through an emotional journey with her words. I cannot wait for the second book to come out. Now stop reading this and get your copy!

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You can purchase Moondance in Red here: http://amzn.to/1qTmQUr

“I suspect that every writer is secretly writing for someone.” ~ Brewster Ghiselin

When I was in high school I took creative writing as an elective; my favorite class and teacher to this day. Today I was looking through my old binder looking for a particular piece I remember writing- I won’t tell you how long I’ve had it for, but it’s been a long time. 😉 I came across this reflection I wrote for a quote:

“I suspect that every writer is secretly writing for someone.” ~ Brewster Ghiselin 

Everyone’s creativity and inner thoughts come from an inspiration which is unknown, but yet has made an impact for that person. All works of art have a meaning behind it greater than what one sees with the eye alone. Creativity is inspiration. A writer writes for someone anonymous to everyone else except the two of them. I may write a poem or story relating to someone, who changed me and whom I cherish very much, but no one may know the real reason. Any form of art is a mystery.

These are the thoughts of my 16 year old self back in the day. How beautiful to think that a writing is so deep that it intimately connects with a reader. I think the relationship between a writer and reader is a deep connection made between the two of them. I have taken on both roles; writer and reader.

As a writer, I hope to connect with my readers on that intimate level where they take a part of me and my writing with them no matter where life’s journey takes them. Sometimes I think of it as a secret, unknown affair, admiring and learning from afar. I don’t know all my readers, but in a way, I write a story that each and every one of them will hopefully grow with.  

I have been impacted in that way as a reader. When I have read something and thought, “Did this author get into my head and read my thoughts and emotions?” It’s like he/she was secretly reading my every being and writing his/her soul so that it would reach me and only me. 

We all interpret what we read differently, and that is the beauty with literature. To jump into a world that resonates with us alone because of what we have experienced in our own personal journey. Any form of art is a mystery, and I love to get lost in that unknown world and discover how it speaks to me. 

A little piece of me – How Perfectly Imperfect came about

My friend and fellow author, Christy Pastore, inspired me to share with everyone my journey in publishing Perfectly Imperfect. I have always been a writer; for personal reasons writing was my escape. Years ago, while I was living in Spain, I wrote a scene. Up to this point my writing consisted mostly of poetry and short descriptive narratives and reflections, but one day I had a scene stuck in my head I had to get out. I did what any writer would do and released the thoughts stuck in my head dying to be let free. I wrote a wedding scene with many emotions and beautiful descriptions (I kind of wished it was my wedding). 

After rereading it, I shocked myself when I thought, “hey, this could be a book.” A what? I’m sorry I think I lost my mind. NEVER had I thought myself capable of writing a book. I was great at creative writing, but the length of a novel and use of dialogue quite frankly scared me. I decided to try it out. I outlined what the storyline would be, short scenes to use, and then saved it on my laptop to collect electronic dust. That laptop pretty much but died before I moved back from Spain at the end of that year, so that document stayed there, for years, desperately dying to free itself again. I never forgot about it, but what did I know about writing a book? Great I’d write, then what? In 2009 self-publishing wasn’t as common as it is now, so I had no idea that was an option. Maybe it wasn’t back then. 

Well, last year I decided I was going to turn on that old laptop and save that file onto a USB. No joke, my laptop overheated and shut off right as I was transferring the files. I figured if it transferred it was meant to be, and if it didn’t, well I wasn’t sure what course of action I’d take. I was hell bent on recreating that scene. Fortunately, it saved on the USB. 

Revisiting that scene I had written three and a half years prior was interesting to say the least. Every time I would reread something I wrote in the past, I would hate it. It would no longer resonate with me. This was different. This was mine. This story was such a part of me, that I needed to write it. You all want to know what happened when I started to write it? 

A totally different story came to me. Perfectly Imperfect was born. The only things that were used in Perfectly Imperfect from this original idea are the name Mia for my main character and her career. This was not my original story, but I needed to listen to that voice inside of me saying “write your story.” So I did. I risked a lot. I risked letting people read a part of me many didn’t know, but I wrote my story. Of course, it’s not all about me and my life. I am not Mia, and I haven’t met my Grayson-Yet (he’s out there somewhere, right? Book boyfriends really do exist?), but many things in that story are a part of me. Doesn’t every writer use a piece of themselves in everything they write? 

I wrote this book for fun; as a way of expressing myself and as a part of my own personal journey and growth. By the time I finished, I had decided I was going to publish. I researched how to go about it, and this time I had done my homework and knew about self-publishing.

Then the questions came. What would people think of my book? What would my family think if they read it? My friends? Fabiola wrote a romance novel? I could just hear the whispers. BUT, I’ve never been one to follow rules (sound familiar?) so I thought heck yeah I’m publishing a romance novel. Let’s have some fun with this. It’s on my bucket list after all, you can’t die without fulfilling your bucket list- and that’s one rule I will always follow. Bucket lists are not meant to be broken, they’re meant to be filled! Remember that kids.  

I went through the process, cover design, editing, teasers, oh, I needed to do a cover reveal? No idea what I was doing, but I had a blast. I had the Thelma to my Louise by my side, my great friend Veronica, helping me throughout it all. Down to what picture I’d use for the cover, to reading my manuscript, to creating teasers. Poor girl, I drive her crazy, but I pay her with Gin so she’s happy. 

I remember the day I hit publish. I still wake up to this day and think to myself, “Crap, I’m a published author.” Damn straight I am, and I’m proud. Now, what started as a hobby, as a one time thing, became a full-time job. I have met amazing people. I’ve made fabulous friendships, and I’d never turn back. 

With that being said, that first wedding scene I told y’all about never fit into Perfectly Imperfect. I never wrote that story, remember? That story was more personal and emotional for me, and I figured I wouldn’t write it. It was too much for me to deal with. Well, I’ve got news for you. It’s being written. As we speak. Will that original scene make it? I’m not sure yet, but I hope so. The rest of the story is the same outline I had created and then some. I’ve cried writing this story like I’ve never cried before. I’m a tough cookie, but it hits close to home. I love that it gets me emotional. So after Perfectly Imperfect (my first love) has been published for nearly three months, Restoring Us (my first born) is being worked on. 

What started off as just for fun became a lifestyle. It became what I have been seeking my whole life. I found my place, and I hope to continue to bring you stories that resonate with you all one way or another. Stories that allow you to reflect and grow with. Of course, always with a little smut to make things interesting. So I want to say thank you for supporting me, for believing in me, and for giving me the trust and honor of being a part of your life. I am forever grateful.