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Sometimes You Can Take the Girl Out of the Trailer Park…

Part I

Moving Around (A Lot)

Where to begin?

Most people would tell me to start at the beginning, but even that is complicated. Let’s start with an introduction.

My name is Mimi Francis. I use a pseudonym, not necessarily to protect my identity, but because my first and last name are not easy to spell and as a writer, I want people to be able to find me without a lot of work. I am fifty years old, I have three children all over the age of twenty, five grand kitties and two grandpuppies, three Shih Tzus, and a husband (order does not indicate preference-wink, wink).

My life has been complicated. I’ll use that word a lot, for good reason. Complicated is the best way to describe many aspects of my life – my relationship with my mother, my childhood, my relationships with my siblings, and the status of other parental figures in my life.

I am originally from Montana. I’m not from any town in particular, as I lived all over the state in the eighteen years I was there, but if I’m hard-pressed, I will say I am from Great Falls.

Let’s start there, shall we?

I don’t have a hometown, I don’t have a childhood home. I barely know where I come from.

I attended eleven different schools from kindergarten through eighth grade. I lived all over the state – Butte, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls. Back and forth across the state my wayward mother dragged me. 

My schooling suffered, in particular my math skills. In one city, I learned multiplication tables through three. We moved across the state and suddenly, I was supposed to know multiplication tables through twelve. I never learned about prime numbers. Long division was hard because I never worked on easy division or learned all of my multiplication tables. I struggled to keep my grades up in math. To this day, I struggle with math. Thank god for calculators.

But I digress. Some of you might be wondering why we moved so much. The reasons certainly aren’t glamorous or cool, or even logical.

It was my mother. She couldn’t seem to stay in one place for too long. Sometimes, we moved because of a man. Sometimes, it was on a whim. Maybe she was looking for the next big thing or the next man to take care of her, or her next big break. Who knows?

I was a kid. All I knew was that every time I made friends, we moved. I was always the new kid, the weird girl, different from everyone else, always behind, painfully shy, lonely, and perpetually sad. Nothing in my life was stable, not my home and certainly not my parents.

Books were the only constant in my life, the only way I could escape and forget how much my life sucked for a little while. Books meant everything to me. Everything.

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Private Party Cover and Blurb Reveal

Baking, books, and the sexiest man alive make an interesting recipe for love.

Holly Wright’s combined bakery and bookstore is struggling to survive. Despite her prime location off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, business is almost non-existent. If something doesn’t change soon, she’ll have to close for good. When the world’s hottest actor, Caleb Peters literally falls through the front door of the bookstore, her entire world gets turned upside down. His offer to use her shop for a private party is too good to pass up and could mean a second chance for her floundering business. Unfortunately, complications arise when Caleb wants to date her, complications she isn’t ready to accept. Caleb’s lifestyle is too much drama, too much craziness, and too much heartache. Her growing feelings for Caleb aren’t enough to move past his celebrity status. Holly wants nothing to do with it.

Caleb Peters is the hottest, most sought after celebrity in the world. He’s the guy every woman wants. His life is on an upward trajectory and he’s having a blast taking it all in. He just wished the paparazzi would give him a break and butt out of his life. After falling through the front door of The Bookish Bakery, he falls hard for its owner, Holly. Hoping to impress her and help her at the same time, he convinces her to let him use her shop for a private party he’s throwing. If only he could convince her there’s more to him than being a celebrity.

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Stuffing My Stocking, An XXX-Mas Anthology

What’s in your stocking? Have you been naughty or nice?

Spice up your holiday and warm up next to the second wave of erotically delightful short stories. Stocking will be stuffed, and so much more, as you traverse from story to story. Whether you’re waiting for the love of your life to come home for the holidays or pulling on those cute stockings and sweater, there’s enough steam and sweet in this collection.

Prepare yourself to blush, fan, and laugh while snuggled in a blanket and a glass of wine. The holidays have never been so sexy!

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Private Protection Available Now!

Protecting her is the hardest thing he’s ever done.

Alex Peters is Primetime Security’s best bodyguard. He has what it takes to protect even the most difficult people. He has worked for major celebrities like his brother Caleb, and hotshot actor Chris Chandler. His latest assignment is a big-name actress who has been receiving death threats. She has a reputation for being stubborn, snotty, and a diva. She also has an uncanny resemblance to his dead wife.

Miranda Putnam is used to getting her way. She doesn’t need protection and she doesn’t want it. She’s not afraid of a bunch of stupid death threats. She just wants to be left alone to live her life without being told what to do. Especially not by her incredibly annoying and incredibly handsome bodyguard, Alex Peters.

Death threats, shootings, and crazy stalkers are scary enough, but will Alex’s attraction to Miranda put her in even more danger?

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The Professor is Now Available

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Love has much to teach us!

Jacob Moore was more than ready to start over. Moving back to Lakeside meant a clean slate. The town’s private university was thrilled to have him, and he couldn’t wait to teach his new classes. He hadn’t expected there to be a new girl, not so soon, but something about Avery Collins made him stand up and pay attention. In more ways than one.

Avery Collins wasn’t interested in a relationship; she had one year left of college and she planned to buckle down and do it right. She was determined to stay on the straight and narrow. Falling for her professor wasn’t part of the plan.

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Run Away Home Now Available!

My newest book, Run Away Home (The Loves of Lakeside Book 1) is now available!

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Serena Chasey has nowhere left to go…

After an awful relationship and a vengeful ex, she’s run out of places to hide. Taking her father’s advice, she heads for Montana to stay at her family’s lake house on Flathead Lake, the last place anyone would look for her. She’s desperate to start over, desperate to feel normal after the nightmare she’s lived for the last three years.

Evan “Van” Brooks spent the last three years drowning in guilt, swallowed up by a past he can’t get away from, living in isolation in the tiny town of Lakeside, Montana. He wants to be left alone to wallow in his grief. The barrier he built around himself is impenetrable; no one gets in except his best friend and business partner Lincoln and his dog, Soldier. Everything was fine until Serena Chasey moved into the condo across the way and turned his life upside down.

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The Next Wife

The Next WifeThe Next Wife by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love a book I can’t put down. And this was one of those books. Fast-paced, interesting, and fun to read. It grabbed my attention and held it until the end. Ms. Rouda writes interesting characters and weaves an intricate plot that kept me guessing until the end. I thought I had it all figured out, but oh boy was I wrong.

I highly recommend this book. Excellent read.

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Private Lives Advanced Reader Copies

Advanced reader copies of Private Lives (Second Chances in Hollywood Book 1) are now available!

Living in Hollywood, Chris Chandler has just about everything that he could ever dream of; a People’s Choice Award, lead actor in an acclaimed television series, anything and everything money could buy. Most people would be happy with all of that, but not Chris. As Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, it is difficult to find the one person he wants to spend the rest of his life with, especially living under the constant scrutiny of the paparazzi. Every relationship he’s had with a woman, from friends only to dating, to semi-serious, they all get delved into, dissected until there’s nothing left. What he needs now, what he wants, is something with no strings attached. 

Sofia Larson is not your typical escort. She works for Private Lives, a company where the women they employ and the men that seek their companionship, sign contracts, swearing themselves to silence and secrecy. What happens with each encounter is up to Sofia; while companionship is a guarantee, sex is not. Having an obscene amount of bills to pay, Sofia is only in it for the money. Her motto is ‘Don’t get involved, don’t get emotional, don’t bring the job home. 

And then she meets Chris Chandler.