Michelle Francik, Author

A Crazy Week!

Hey everyone! It has been a crazy week, for sure! Last Sunday I went to get my flu shot at local pharmacy where I get my flu shots every year. I completed the forms and was told it would be 30-45 minutes. I did my shopping and went back to the pharmacy. It had been 50 minutes, so I expected them to say they were nearly ready. The clerk couldn’t find my ticket. She asked one of the pharmacists who said, “Where’s her ticket. I haven’t seen it.” The clerk found it sitting right next to her, and her response was, “oh.”

She picked it up and started entering something in the computer, so when the clerk came over to me and said it would be a few more minutes, they were working on it, I wasn’t surprised. I sat in the waiting area and waited. 20 minutes later I asked about the status. The clerk asked the other pharmacist, since the first one had gone on break, and he said, “It’ll be at least 10 minutes.”

At this point, it had been over an hour, and I had ice cream melting in my cart, so I told her that I couldn’t wait. I was really very nice about it, so I was shocked when the pharmacist spoke up. He told me that they were busy and that I couldn’t expect them to just drop everything to help me! I saw red. I told him that I’d been waiting patiently for over an hour and he told me that I hadn’t. That I’d just walked up and expected to be taken care of right away. I was pissed!

Anyway, I ended up leaving and told him to forget it. I said I’d take my business elsewhere, and he threw up his hands in the air. I went home and sent an email to the store manager and they called me back and were very nice, but no! I don’t deserve to be treated that way and they no longer have my business. Sigh. 🙂

In other news, the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge is coming to an end! It has been a fun ride and I think the authors will be so proud of their anthology! As of now, we have 21 entries accepted and the challenge doesn’t end until tonight. Hopefully there will be a bunch of last minute entries! More work for me, but it’s been so much fun!

I’m thinking of doing another challenge for Christmas. Since we have a wide variety of people signed up, it will probably be more like a Christmas/Holiday/Winter challenge so more people will feel comfortable taking part. One of the most asked questions about the Halloween Challenge was if the story had to be scary! Or if it had to be about Halloween.

I plan to publish the anthology paperback as soon as possible, and release the Kindle version a week or so before Halloween. That way people can enjoy the stories before the holiday. I’ll post the info here once I know what’s happening.


I had a blast participating in the Takeovers for my author friends who, like me, write for Sweet Promise Press. You can check out their books here:

Sweethearts of Country Music books:

1. Rissa  https://amzn.to/2A1JIzg

2. Taylor https://amzn.to/2N1osBU

3. Cecilia https://amzn.to/2LrDXjm

4. Katie Lyn https://amzn.to/2ZKPXqo

5. Cinnamon https://amzn.to/2N3h7C2

6. Mac https://amzn.to/2LxHX1Z


My next Sweet Promise Press book will be released on November 8th! In case you forgot, here’s the cover!

I’ll post more details, including when the paperback will be available, as we get closer!


Well, that’s it for now! If you’re interested in learning more about the upcoming writing challenge, or about my books, or Sweet Promise Press, leave a comment or email me at: michelle@mfranciktheauthor.com!

The 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge has begun!

I currently have 52 people signed up for the challenge, I’ve already received four entries, and the Facebook group is finally working, so I have members! Woohoo!

The other day my supervisor at work asked me how my writing “hobby” was going. He has no idea how close he was to being punched in the face! Writing is hard! Staying on top of everything you need to get done is time consuming and draining. Hosting a challenge? Well, let’s just say, I am one tired puppy!

But to read these stories and give people a chance to spread their wings is unbelievable! I’m having so much fun!

So much going on!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind! Sally, creator of Home Business School, listened to my idea for a writing challenge and challenged me to make it happen. And make it happen in a big way! So I am!

I’m hosting the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge! See the post below:

http://2019-halloween-challenge.mfranciktheauthor.com

It’s going to be so much fun! I already have over 25 people signed up and I’ve had a lot of questions about content. levels of scary, etc. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should do it now. the challenge starts Sunday, September 15 and ends on Sunday, September 29th.

So, you know I write for Sweet Promise Press. Well, I’ve been doing Facebook takeovers for the new series, Sweethearts of Country Music, and it’s been so much fun! The series is about 6 women who form an all female country band. Books One and Two are available now, and the rest are on pre-order! You can order them all today, read the first two, and have a new book to read every Friday for the next four Fridays! Woohoo!

Sweethearts of Country Music books:

1. Rissa’s Rebel Heart, by Sydney Logan  https://amzn.to/2A1JIzg

2. Taylor’s Legendary Heart, by Victoria Pinder https://amzn.to/2N1osBU

3. Cecilia’s Soulful Heart, by Tami Franklin https://amzn.to/2LrDXjm

4. Katie Lyn’s Guarded Heart, by Marie Savage https://amzn.to/2ZKPXqo

5. Cinnamon’s Courageous Heart, by Ryan Jo Summers https://amzn.to/2N3h7C2

6. Mac’s Daring Heart, by Sandi Lane https://amzn.to/2LxHX1Z

I’ll be doing a takeover for Victoria tomorrow, then I hope to have time to finish my paperback version of Why Writers Need to Write. I have to finish proofreading it, create the table of contents, finish formatting it, create the cover and publish it!

Well, that’s if for now. I’ll be sending out a reminder tomorrow to those who’ve signed up for the challenge. Then on Sunday, your first prompt and a welcome email. I need to get some rest, I have a long weekend ahead!

Woohoo! My quote book is live!

You can order the Kindle version or read on KU HERE! Paperback coming soon!

If you’re a writer or know a writer, this book has just what you need. Quotes from writers who explain what writing means to them, how to deal with rejection, why writer’s need time alone, and other tips and tricks. Everyone who purchases this book can download a FREE companion journal/planner, too!

This book is currently available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited, but soon I’ll have the paperback version ready to go. I’m also working on a full-sized journal/planner for 2020!

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Sorry!

I’ve been super sick and I got behind on the new releases from my Sweet Promise Press co-authors. There are two new books in the Celebrity Corgi Romance series, Dating the Director, by Victoria Barbour and Pining for the Photographer, by Debbie White!! Check them out below!

Emily King has worked hard to become the go-to photographer to the stars, but between readying her new studio and organizing an upcoming charity event, she has little time left for anything else. Well, at least her sweet corgi, Daisy, gives her all the companionship she needs. That is, until a blast from Emily’s past blows right into Tinsel Town…

Stage actor Connor Stone couldn’t wait to trade in the cold winters of New York City for the sunny skies of Los Angeles. And this cross-country move becomes even more of a no-brainer when he finds out his ex needs some extra hands to help prepare the charity event of the season. With his first big movie role and the one who got away both in his sights, Connor can hardly believe how close he’s come to truly having it all.

But will Emily even want to make the time to get to know him again? And will she like what she sees on the other side of her camera lens? Or is their relationship best left in the archives?

Each Celebrity Corgi Romance stands alone, but they’re definitely more fun if you read the whole series together. Get your copy of Pining for the Photographer and book your romantic escape today!

Acclaimed film director Millie Sullivan’s newest project is a sure bet to take her from a simple nominee to a full-fledged Oscar winner. The only thing standing in her way is casting the lead part. It’s perfect for her nemesis, Chris Ryan, but the secret Millie carries about the actor and his dog makes him her last choice for the role.

Chris Ryan is one of Hollywood’s hottest actors. Between premier roles portraying heroes who save the day while falling in love and Skipper, his steadfast Corgi pal, women everywhere adore him. Well, except for Millie Sullivan, that is. Acting in one of Millie’s films can help Chris break free from being typecast in hunky hero or rom-com darling roles, but first he needs to find out why she hates him so much.

Can Skipper help his human bestie land the role of a lifetime while also helping Millie find the will to forgive them of whatever caused her to harbor a grudge for all these years? Or is teaching these two humans to travel from enemies to lovers a trick too impossible for even the cleverest of corgis?

Each Celebrity Corgi Romance stands alone, but they’re definitely more fun if you read the whole series together. Get your copy of Dating the Director, and book your romantic escape today!

New word for book lovers! lol

Today in my daily email from James, at Just Free Stuff, he had the following “(not so) totally useless fact:”

Tsundoku is the act of acquiring books or other reading materials and not reading them.

Anyone here do Tsundoku? lol (Raises hand guiltily.) It’s not hoarding if it’s digital. Is it?

I’ve been following James at justfreestuff.com for more than 10 years and I start my mornings with his email. He shares lots of free stuff, facts, amusing/interesting videos, etc. He’s always been supportive and actually answers my emails! Sometimes he posts something that really resonates or that irritates me, lol, and I let him know about it!

This morning I changed my routine. I’ve been wanting to add the widget to showcase some of my favorite sites, and I decided to do that before I read my email so I would actually remember to do it! I added justfreestuff.com, and Suzy’s Sitcom, then I started to read my email and found that cool fact! It was the perfect thing to add today! Isn’t it funny how things work?

My friend Sydney’s new book, and a contest!!




Title: Piece of My Heart
Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2019



Blurb

They say true love never fades.

I’ve spent the last decade, and a fortune in paint, making sure of it.

Amber Tucker never dreamed she’d return to Cedar Grove, but when she finally finds the courage to leave her abusive husband, she knows her old hometown is her only option. Desperate for a new life, Amber takes her ten-year-old son and moves in with her aunt. She prays for a fresh start while hoping to avoid her childhood sweetheart—the man whose heart she broke nearly a decade ago.

Noah Murphy has spent the last ten years trying to forget Amber Tucker. He’s had a hard time letting go—as evidenced by the big red heart on his farm’s grain silo. Noah painted it when he was sixteen and crazy in love, and every spring, he gives the heart a fresh coat of paint. It’s all he has left—the only reminder that Amber was real.

That is, until she returns to Cedar Grove.

When her husband comes calling, Amber knows she has to break the cycle of abuse, once and for all. But, when she takes matters into her own hands, can Noah protect her from the consequences of her actions? Or, will he lose her all over again?







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Excerpt

I walk into the barn with every intention of looking for the horse, but my feet have other ideas, and suddenly, I find myself standing at the rickety old ladder that leads up to the hayloft.
Swallowing nervously, I slide my hand along the wood.
How many times did I climb this ladder?
I give it a little shake and decide it’s sturdy enough.
Then I climb.
Slowly.
The last thing I want to do is fall.
Or drop the wine.
That would be a tragedy.
I make it to the top, and as soon as I do, a tidal wave of emotions and memories wash over me. Staggering to the nearest bale of hay, I sit down and close my eyes.
Our hayloft was sacred. It was where Noah kissed me for the first time. One year later, it was where we lost our virginity. For more than two years it was our hiding place—our little sanctuary from the nosy eyes of the world.
Something in the corner of the loft catches my eye. Its royal blue and white—our high school colors—and I know it’s our blanket. We tried to remember to lay it down every time, but it didn’t matter. When you’re naked, hay manages to find its way into places where hay just shouldn’t be found.
I sigh deeply and lean my head back, lifting the bottle to my lips. It’s fruity and cool and does nothing but conjure more memories.
His gentle hands. My soft moans. Our heated kisses.
They play like a symphony in my head.
As promised, the storm moves in. The wind howls and the downpour rattles the roof. As the thunder rolls above my head, the barn lights start to dance.
But I’m not afraid.
This is home.
Through the thunder, I hear Noah’s voice calling my name, followed by the sound of hooves.
Crap.
I sneak a glance over the side of the loft, just in time to spot Noah as he leads Midnight inside, talking quietly to her as he guides her to the stall. He’s soaked and cursing the storm.
I close my eyes and curse my own stupidity.
“Her car’s still here, but she’s not in the office . . .”
I can hear the concern in his voice, and it breaks me. I can’t let him worry, no matter how embarrassing this is going to be.
And make no mistake. It’s gonna be awkward.
Leaning over, I take a deep breath and look down. He’s standing just below the loft, his face turned toward the open barn doors.
“Noah . . . I’m up here.”
He freezes, spins around, and looks up.
“Amber?”
“Umm . . . hi.”
“What are you doing up there?”
I hold up the bottle of strawberry wine and tell him the truth.
“Reminiscing.”
Noah’s shoulders sag, and he bows his head. I hold my breath while he looks out at the storm. Then, he lifts his eyes to meet mine once again.
“Want some company?”



Author Bio


Sydney Logan writes heartfelt stories that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to her novels, she has penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a Netflix junkie, music lover, and a Vol for Life. Sydney and her husband make their home in beautiful East Tennessee.

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Check out my friend’s new book!


Noah Murphy has spent the last ten years trying to forget Amber Tucker. He’s had a hard time letting go—as evidenced by the big red heart on his farm’s grain silo. Noah painted it when he was sixteen and crazy in love, and every spring, he gives the heart a fresh coat of paint. It’s all he has left—the only reminder that Amber was real.

That is, until she returns to Cedar Grove.

When her husband comes calling, Amber knows she has to break the cycle of abuse, once and for all. But, when she takes matters into her own hands, can Noah protect her from the consequences of her actions? Or, will he lose her all over again?