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With both palms, I pounded the gym floor as I bent down into my defensive stance. Our team had been down all game and was making a second half comeback. I was defending the point guard aggressively, trying to force turnovers. We cut the lead to four with about 30... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at AboutAustinBrown
Lightning has struck the best-selling novelist — and a great pal, Stephanie Bond. Her book, "Stop the Wedding," has been made into a movie by Hallmark TV. For authors that is a VERY big get. I've been close, but her wonderful story got out of TV development hell, and I could NOT be happier, since it's one of my favorite of all her books The movie airs Saturday, June 11, 2016. (9pm ET/PT / 8pm CT) Viewing party—YES! I was so excited for her that I called her to get the deets. Here's how the conversation went: How did the concept for STOP THE WEDDING come to you? WAY back in the late 90s, an editor over a "sweet" romance line asked me to come up with a humorous story for her. I knew the romance would have to be family-friendly, so I pitched her the concept for STOP THE WEDDING!--a man and a woman determined to keep their parents from marrying wind up falling in love with each other. I know the novel had an interesting road to publication. How did it get into print? The editor liked the concept of STOP THE WEDDING!, but she needed a full manuscript before she could convince her boss to add comedy to the line. It took me a few months to write the spec manuscript between other projects and by the time I finished it, the editor had left the publishing house and her boss wasn't interested in even reading the manuscript. I offered the story to another editor I was writing for, but she also wasn't interested in reading it. All told, over the next few years I think STOP THE WEDDING! was turned down six or seven times by different editors, none of which even read it. I forgot about the story and moved on. Fast forward to 2012; I was having some success self-publishing and I remembered STOP THE WEDDING! I found it languishing on a 3.5" diskette in the back of a desk drawer. I didn't know if the files were still readable, and I didn't even have a computer with a drive that could read the diskette. I sent it off to a service to transfer the files to a CD. When I got it back, I crossed my fingers and brought up the files. To my surprise, they were still there and when I read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Author Provocateur
Me too, Barbara! It will be the HIGHLIGHT of my Spring!!!! I'm so excited that we finally get to meet!
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Yay! Can't wait to meet some of my readers, as well as my table mates at the Saturday luncheon and Sunday breakfast. Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend! This event take place on April 29 ­— May 1, 2016 Clarion Hotel Airport 5311 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 481-­2400 THE EVENTS INCLUDE: Bingo Party (FREE, Friday 1-2:30p) Author Q&A (FREE, Friday, 6:30pm) Luncheon (SOLD OUT, Saturday Afternoon) Book Signing (FREE, Saturday, 3pm ) Pizza Party ($10, Saturday, 5:30pm) Breakfast with Readers ($32.50, Sunday) IN FACT, THERE IS STILL ROOM AT MY SUNDAY BREAKFAST TABLE and that of a few others! Click this link to find open events... The theme for my tables is "Swallow Hard."(Get your mind out of the gutter; yes, I mean YOU.) In fact, both terms have different definitions in espionage vernacular: — A "swallow" is a female operative used to entrap someone who can then be blackmailed, or exfiltrated to another location. — "Hard" is used to describe the act of assassination. In that case, a "hard man" or "hard woman" is an assassin. I'm dressing everyone at the Saturday luncheon table as my favorite swallow and hard woman, "Donna Stone."(Mallet not included...but we've got something EVEN BETTER.) I also have a special gift for each of my luncheon table mates, which I KNOW you'll used in your kitchen every day... And YES! I have a few goodies for my breakfast table attendees as well! ALSO: BARNES & NOBLE will be the bookseller at the signing! It will have limited copies of the following books: The Housewife Assassin's Handbook The Housewife Assassin's Deadly Dossier The Candidate (Political Thriller) Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Your Favorite Independent Bookstore Download this PDF with the ISBNs for all of my novels... Those of you who are already readers of the Housewife Assassin series know that Donna has an item near and dear to her heart because of what it holds inside: the last picture of her husband, Carl: a locket. Because Team Barbara has filled this event with such heart and soul, one of the lucky ladies at my luncheon table will win what I envision would be Donna's locket —in this case, a Giani Bernini Sterling Silver Locket (Retail price: $120) If you haven't yet read the Housewife Assassin series, I invite you to try the first book in the series, The Housewife Assassin's Handbook, for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Author Provocateur
For example, by linking to one another. The best way to discover a new book? First, discover a new author. A very special thanks to my very special friend and novelist pal, Julie Valerie, for creating THE FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP You'll find it by clicking here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Author Provocateur
Most authors walk a financial tightrope. Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes, Publishers Weekly put it this way: Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned for television) and two-nonfiction books published traditionally, as early as 2010 I'd dipped my toe into the choppy waves of self-publishing. My subsequent success with it is why I now self-publish exclusively. Whereas self-publishing has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years, ours wasn't the first generation to discover its financial rewards. Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and Walt Whitman self-published their books. Misery loves great company indeed. But before self-publishing became a financially viable option for the current generation of writers, traditional publishing—that is to say, print books, primarily by one of the Big Five New York publishing houses—was the only venue for the sale and distribution of books. Even ten years ago, the thing authors love to do most—write novels—was not possible without running an unwieldy gauntlet that put their manuscripts in front of any literary agency that might deem the book sellable to a publisher, and any publishing house editor who might actually like it enough to purchase it. Besides editing, printing, and distributing a book, part of the publisher's job is also to promote it. For doing so the publisher holds on to anywhere from 80-92 percent of the book's retail price. (Yep, some authors get only an 8 percent royalty. Worse yet, royalties are paid twice yearly, and they are only paid if their books "earn out"—that is, return any advance paid, which may not happen for years if at all, what with the other variables tied to this equation, including book returns, of which there are no cut-offs; and perhaps the payback of advances of other books as well.) Sadly, in traditional publishing, marketing is the last consideration—never the first—when purchasing a book from an author. Compared to other products as a whole—and entertainment products in particular, including films, music, magazines, and video games—it gets a negligible budget, if any at all. Don't take my word for it. In this article regarding the breakup between bestselling thriller writer Steve Hamilton and his former publishing house, St. Martin's Press, Publishers Weekly outs its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Author Provocateur
At the time it was a splurge for us—thirty dollars—but how could we resist? Turns out the shop owner had just polished its brass base that very morning before putting it in the shop window. "I knew it would go quickly," he said, chuckling. The shop is gone now. Still, I'm sure he'd be happy to know it's given us many years of joy. Every time I hear its version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," I have to smile. —Josie Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Yes, I laughed my ass off. And NO, Martin is NOT an Instagram Husband. #facebookhubby Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Each day, I'll write one thing that I'll do before night falls. I'll archive the full list here, until I run out of pages in the book. Today I Will Archive 12/10/15: Appreciation Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Happy National Novel Writing Month 2015! As in the past, each day in November I'll be posting tips to help other authors. I've been blessed to have impressed enough book editors to have them bid, win, work with me and publish five novels and three non-fiction books. Since then I've written another seventeen novels. It's time to give back, and I'll be doing just that -- to you, and other aspiring authors -- for the next thirty days. Stop by and read my one tip a day, during the month of November, as you tap tap tap out your daily writing goals, which (fingers crossed) puts you on firm footing with your novel. Click here for today's tip... NaNoWriMo November 1, Tip #1 NaNoWriMo November 2, Tip #2 NaNoWriMo November 3, Tip #3 NaNoWriMo November 4, Tip #4 NaNoWriMo November 5, Tip #5 NaNoWriMo November 6, Tip #6 NaNoWriMo November 7, Tip #7 NaNoWriMo November 8, Tip #8 NaNoWriMo November 9, Tip #9 NaNoWriMo November 10, Tip #10 NaNoWriMo November 11, Tip #11 NaNoWriMo November 12, Tip #12 NaNoWriMo November 13, Tip #13 NaNoWriMo November 14, Tip #14 NaNoWriMo November 15, Tip #15 NaNoWriMo November 16, Tip #16 NaNoWriMo November 17, Tip #17 NaNoWriMo November 18, Tip #18 NaNoWriMo November 19, Tip #19 NaNoWriMo November 20, Tip #20 NaNoWriMo November 21, Tip #21 NaNoWriMo November 22, Tip #22 NaNoWriMo November 23, Tip #23 NaNoWriMo November 24, Tip #24 NaNoWriMo November 25, Tip #25 NaNoWriMo November 26, Tip #26 NaNoWriMo November 27, Tip #27 NaNoWriMo November 28, Tip #28 NaNoWriMo November 29, Tip #29 NaNoWriMo November 30, Tip #30 Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Um...No!...Not at all... --Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Happy Halloween! -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Author Provocateur
(Yes, I envision baby dementors as well..) #Halloween #Happiness -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Author Provocateur
So happy to be here tonight! -- Josie #SanFrancisco #Treat Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Love Fredreicksen's for all their great holiday windows! -- Josie Brown Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Hi, Robin, Thanks for asking. Yes, but later in the year. Be sure to sign up for my eLetter. I send it out when I launch new books, or in this case audiobooks. So happy you enjoyed it. :)
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San Francisco Marina Yacht Club. The tall eucalyptus tree on the hill to the left are in the Presidio of San Francisco. The views here always leave me in awe, --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Tonight. Fifty-eight degrees. No wind. Just magic. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Author Provocateur