Rhonda's Newsletter, Volume 2
July 4, 2017
Happy 4th of July everyone....
So many awesome things have happened since my first newsletter was published back in May. It will be hard to get it all in this message. First, thanks to you fabulous people, my debut novel, Return to Ruby's Ranch, became an InD'Tale Magazine RONE Award Finalist!!! It's such an honor. The winners will be announced at the InD'Scribe Conference in October!!! I'll drop the info below in case you might be able to come to the conference and enjoy all the awesome reader/writer events going on. I'll be doing my first book signing there. Excited and Nervous!! Return to Ruby's Ranch will soon be available in PRINT BTW!!!
Return to Ruby's Ranch is also a semi-finalist in the Uncaged Raven Award and the cover is in the AuthorShout Cover Wars. All the voting information for those two awesome contests are below.Your votes are appreciated.
For those of you who have fallen in love with Ruby, you'll be glad to know I finished the very rough draft of the prequel in the series, Escape from Ruby's Ranch. The real work on that has just begun. Stay tuned...
Last but not least, I expect to receive first round edits for Health Nut Cafe anytime. This love story between Becca Clemmons and Jonathan Parker is due for release in October 2017. I love this story, I hope you will too.
Hope you enjoy the newsletter!
Contests and Honors
Join me at the InD'Scribe Conference
Writers & Readers Gather
The InD'Scribe Conference will be held October 12-15, 2017 in Burbank, California.
Things that happen at the conference:
Mingle with romance lovers.
Book signings - MY FIRST ONE!
Cool meet and greets.
The Award Gala - I HOPE I WIN!
Giving away these fun
eyeglass wipes at my signing
Yes I'm Begging 4 Votes Again!
Please vote by clicking these links! I need all the free promo I can get!
Raven Award - like to vote! -
Vote this month so I can get to the finals ~ please :-) Favorite Contemporary Category!
AuthorShout Cover Wars
Vote everyday this week ~ please :-) Like and Share the page to get to the vote section!
Sharing a Recent Blog on a Common Ailment
How to Avoid the Dreaded Writer’s Back
By Rhonda Frankhouser
Contemporary Romance Writer-Fellow Back Problem Sufferer
With every career, comes some chance of injury. Football players risk concussion, police officers risk death. Even being a writer has its risks. Oh sure, they don’t usually face anything quite so daunting as the other two career paths mentioned, but the danger they do face is REAL and can sideline them in a hurry.
To be successful at their craft, writers must sit for hours and hours, enslaved by the whine and whim of their characters. Writer’s Back starts innocently enough. At first, it’s a tiredness that builds in the neck and then the muscles down the spine slowly begin to contract. Soon the unconscious wiggling begins. The elbow leaning. The stretching from side to side, the bend forward, then finally the cramp. Nothing seems to keep that tiny ache from drawing the writer’s attention away from their persistent characters.
As smart we writers are, many of us turn a deaf ear to the body’s warning. It’s screaming to please stand up, go for a walk, breath some fresh air and STRETCH ME properly, OR ELSE. Sitting is the new plague of this generation, especially for those who earn their living at a keyboard. The contraction of the muscles as well as compaction of the spine is just the beginning of the end for those who sit. A sedentary life can also lead to problems with digestion, impaction of internal organs and obesity, just to mention a few.
But there is help. There are ways to answer the call of the character and take care of the body at the same time. These are just a few suggestions I received from my own Orthopedic surgeon to give my back a long, strong life, and to keep the blood flowing to that all important creative brain:
DRINKING A GALLON OF WATER A DAY – MAKES YOU GET UP
FREQUENTLY TO STRETCH AND AIDS IN DIGESTION
STRETCH EVERY HOUR NO MATTER WHAT
Even if only one or two of these suggestions are incorporated, it will surely extend the writer’s career exponentially with the added bonus of a better quality of life for them and their families. Good luck and take care of that precious back.
Simple but Delicious Favorite Family Recipe
BROWN BEANS AND HAM HOCKS
Wash then soak a small bag of pinto beans in chicken stock overnight.
Cover with water in a tall pot and place on medium heat.
Stir in one packet of Lipton onion soup mix and salt and pepper to taste.
Add two smoked ham hocks.
Keep adding water to cover the beans and stir often.
Cook for 4-6 hours until beans are tender enough to smash.
Separate and stir in the cooked ham from the hocks and toss the bones.
Serve with fried potatoes, cornbread, cut onion and sweet tea! Salsa too:
Health Nut Cafe
Coming in October '17
Becca can't understand why Jonathan seems so familiar, but he knows...
The book love of my life!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the second installment of my newsletter. Let me know what you'd like me to cover in future volumes. Be sure to stop by and vote for the Raven and the Authorshout Cover Wars. Have a fabulous holiday and I'll be in touch soon. Please have all your family and friends subscribe to my website and follow me on Amazon, Facebook, Ruby's Ranch Fans Group, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram and Bookbub.
Father's Day with the Family PHAME Expo with Jayme