Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Where Did the Month Go??? by Nancy Fraser

October has flown by faster than any month this year. Tomorrow the goblins will come out, the ghosts will haunt us and, more than likely, someone will try ... I repeat ... TRY to steal my broom!

Beware ... I don't need it to put a spell on you.

My October was filled with hard work and fun and a combination of both. I spent the first week and half prepping for the Fall in Love with New England Reader/Author Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Beginning in early September (maybe even in mid-August), I began my promo activities. I put book labels on packets of gum for the conference tote bags, assembled 100 book-related charms for those who were collecting them for our annual charm bracelet giveaway, added tassles and charms to 150 bookmarks, and assembled two gift baskets. Oh, and fifty candy bags for the readers who went from room to room trick or treating!

It was a lot of work, but well worth it for the chance to meet so many wonderful readers and new-to-me authors. Not to mention the very successful booksigning that was held on Saturday.

However, what made the conference even more special were the seven other Romance Gems in attendance. Even though I already knew a few of them, it was great to meet the rest.

Peggy Jaeger, Nora LeDuc, Elsa Kurt, Satin Russell, Kari Lemor, Lucinda Race, Me, Kathryn Hills

Two youngest grandchildren
Now, as we reach the last two days of the month, we have trick-or-treaters to look forward to and costume parties to attend.
Middle Granddaughter-Makeup Queen

Don't begrudge an older teen some candy (it's better than them attending a questionable party). Or, a child without a costume (maybe they can't afford it). AND, please remember to drive safely if you're out and about on Thursday night.

Personally, I'm looking forward to my grandchildren and their myriad of costumes. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity. The two oldest don't go out any more, but the other three will be ringing bells and collecting as much candy as their bags will hold.

Just because we've reached the end of the month doesn't mean we're out of giveaways. I'm in the mood to share, so I'll gladly give away a signed copy of my contemporary/secret baby book, Home is Where the Hunk is, to one lucky commentor who shares their favorite Halloween memory with the group. (Note: U.S. and Canada only for signed copy. Others will receive a digital copy.)

Don't forget to include your email address (written out, eg., romwriter96 at gmail dot com).

About the Book

When globe-trotting photographer Allison Cain comes home to her family ranch in Montana it’s to get to know her nephew and to make amends with the widowed brother-in-law she’s left alone to raise his young son.

Evan Carver could never deny his late wife’s younger sister anything, despite the fact she’s been conspicuously absent over the past three years since her sister’s death. Now she’s home again on what she’s called an extended vacation. Evan’s first concern is for his son, Cody, and how his aunt’s visit will affect the five year old when she decides to return to her high profile career.

Allison has no intention of going back to work. In addition to getting to know Cody, she needs to confess her biggest secret to Evan. How do you tell the man you’ve always loved that you’re not just his son’s aunt, but also his mother?

*Winner, International Digital Award for Contemporary Romance Novel*

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Until next month, stay healthy, stay happy, stay well read!


  1. Not just his aunt but his mother? This is definitely a must have book. I love stories like this. Hoping this Halloween the rain stays away. Great seeing you at the conference, Nancy. And the other Gems too! Elsa, didn't realize that was you across the hall from me. Just knew I had to behave because the Grammar Police were there.

  2. It was awesome meeting all the Gems who were at the conference! Great time!

  3. Every October feels like it has 35 days in it, not 31. Every single year it feels like the longest month. I have no idea why...but I've felt like this forever. My whole week has been off because it's like I'm living every day twice or something. Odd, right?

  4. Great secret baby twist, Nancy. Went to my first pumpkin walk last night. I love the wah Halloween brings out the little kid in us. Sounds like a great conference you lsdies attended.

  5. One of my most memorable halloweens was the year my parent's said I was old enough to trick or treat with a group of our friends. I honestly can't remember how old I was. But I was with a group of other kids when I noticed a man in black following us. We were terrified. We found a house in a neighborhood that had a sign in the window that said "safe house" and asked to call home. My friend did and a few minutes later her dad was there picking us up. We circled around and he drove up to the man. To my shock it was my Dad. He had decided to follow us. I look back now and laugh. Wasn't funny at the time. clarksuzannah at gmail dot com

    1. That would have definitely scared me. I'd bet it was more embarrassing than funny at the time.

  6. I can't really remember past Halloweens due to a head injury and we don't pass out candy where I live Bcz no kids come here.

    Msredk at aol dot com

  7. If that blurb doesn't sell this book then we might as well all throw away our computers. I look forward to reading this one.

  8. I seemed to get sick on Halloween a few times when I was little. One year I had the measles. I was so upset that I couldn’t go trick or treating in my new costume. I put on my costume & my mom got me all comfy in a chair in the living room that was placed close to the fireplace. I had a perfect view of the front door so I could see all the neighbor kids when my mom answered the door.

  9. Wow. Your granddaughter has a future in Hollywood! What a great makeup artist.


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