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BUY IT NOW! THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSSIN'S HOSTAGE HOSTING TIPS (BOOK 9) Only $3.99 Amazon : iBooks : BN.com : Kobo It's up to Donna Stone to save a hotel filled with international dignitaries from terrorists whose usual demands are million-dollar ransoms. But this time, the price is much higher, and much more personal, for the housewife assassin. Signal Press / ISBN# 9780989558877 Click here to read an excerpt... _____________________________ AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, IN iBOOKS! FREE! FIRST IN SERIES - MYSTERIES & THRILLERS INCLUDING THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK AND... THE PERFECT DIGITAL STOCKING STUFFERS: BUNDLES OF MY BOOKS! $4.99, ONLY IN iBOOKS! Ends Thursday, 12/11/14! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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The Housewife Assassin's Handbook Audio Sample You can purchase it on Audible.com (Use your Audible subscription to download for free..) Amazon.com iBooks Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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I'm giving away three copies of Karin Tabke's novel, Breaking Bad! You'll find it on Amazon iBooks Nook Kobo TO ENTER: Read the excerpt below, then email the correct answer to: MailFromJosie@gmail.com In the subject line, put "Breaking Bad Contest" Winners will be drawn from correct entries received before midnight on Saturday, August 23, 2014. SYNOPSIS Detective Stevie Cavanaugh is one tough cookie...with a sexy but vulnerable secret... Law enforcement royalty, Stevie Cavanaugh’s fate was determined before she was born: follow her father’s lead, retiring only after becoming Sheriff. But as capable and strong as she is, one man dared to awaken her dark sensuality, only to leave her aching for more. Now he’s back, the baddest cop in the whole damn town, distracting her from the most important case of her career—capturing the Cain killer. For Special Agent Jack Thornton, like Stevie, police work is in his blood. So is Stevie, the woman he left behind after just one perfect night. Now he’s forced to work with her to catch a killer. Only he wants more of Stevie, too. According to Stevie, she’s not interested. But Jack knows her deepest darkest sexual secret—that while she’s a woman used to giving command, she also takes great pleasure in submitting—to him. Despite how things ended seven years prior, Jack is determined to take Stevie to the next level. When the fire between them becomes an inferno, they’ll both savor the burn… Chapter One Steven James Cavanaugh the Third had been born with ovaries, but her father refused to see her as anything but the son he would never have. From her name to her namesake’s omnipotent position as the Alameda County Sheriff, she had understood, from the cradle, that despite her being female, she would follow in the illustrious footsteps of five generations of Cavanaugh men to excel in a law enforcement career. Nothing less than chief or sheriff at retirement was acceptable. It had been drilled into her that as a woman she would have to work twice as hard for half the respect a man earned just by having a dick. There was no margin for error. It would shame the name. Despite his death five years ago, Sherriff Cavanaugh’s deep authoritative voice still droned in her ears. “Don’t be anyone’s gossip, Stevie.” “Never show weakness, Stevie.” “Never give anyone ammunition to use against you, Stevie.” “Identify your weaknesses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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Yep, now you can hear the dulcet tones of Donna Stone*! (Really, Melissa Moran, who did a marvelous job, bringing her to life. If you've got a Audible subscription, make it one of your monthly picks. Or buy it outright, and make it the first of your Housewife Assassin collection. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! BUY IT HERE, OR DOWNLOAD IT TO YOUR AUDIBLE SUBSCRIPTION. Happy hearing, --Josie Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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Last year about this time, I released THE CANDIDATE, which was a joy to write. I hope you think so, too. So that you can get a taste of it, feel free to download an excerpt here. Happy summer, -- Josie BUY IT IN: Amazon (US) (For a signed digital copy via Amazon, order here) Amazon (UK) Apple iBooks Kobo BN.com Seduction and intrigue are rampant on the campaign trail when a political campaign adviser discovers that Washington's power broker elite have embroiled his presidential candidate in a plot involving an act of terrorism on US soil... SYNOPSIS Democratic political campaign consultant Ben Brinker can’t remember the last time he was excited by a candidate’s vision. He feels he’s lost his way, both emotionally and professionally. Worst yet, his show-me-the-money policy seems to have finally caught up with him. Two of his recent clients have been disgraced in one way or another: a senator is caught in lurid sex scandal, and a congressman is indicted in a kickback scandal. In no time at all the political pundits are calling Ben a "candidate cooler." Now Ben is desperate for any campaign gig he can get. As luck would have it, Andrew Harris Mansfield, the charismatic junior senator from North Carolina and former Marine pilot, asks Ben if he wants to run his soon-to-be-announced campaign for president. Little does Ben know what's in store for Andrew, or their country-- Nor does he realize that the key to saving both have been placed in his hands. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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Click here to listen to "Sherry Baby" Enjoy! -- Josie THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK 978-0-9740214-0-9 FREE! ORDER NOW, from Amazon.com (US) / Amazon.UK Also in all Amazon countries! BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTunes Bookstore / Apple iTunes Bookstore (UK) In all iTunes countries! KoboBooks Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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Remember, back in the day, when authors signed their paper books with a pen? Now that we're in a digital age, it's time someone came up with a way for authors to sign digital books, too. Well, someone has! AuthorGraph.com now offers my digital eBooks, via Amazon.com. If you'd like a personalized autograph, here are the links: THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK (Book 1) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050PJZLK?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING (Book 2) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MBUTS6?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S KILLER CHRISTMAS TIPS (Book 3) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ACBP2KK?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL GUIDE (Book 4) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C7JS6SK?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S VACATION TO DIE FOR (Book 5) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EJQQW6C?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S RECIPES FOR DISASTER (Book 6) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H2M0NBU?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HOLLYWOOD SCREAM PLAY (BOOK 7) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J2HM1SQ?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S DEADLY DOSSIER (PREQUEL) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JXS3SHC?tag=authorgraph-20 THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S KILLER 2-BOOK SET http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ESPHK10?tag=authorgraph-20 THE CANDIDATE http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ESPHK24?tag=authorgraph-20 TRUE HOLLYWOOD LIES http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F027NCG?tag=authorgraph-20 TOTLANDIA 1 (Fall) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A4PJYQW?tag=authorgraph-20 TOTLANDIA 2 (Winter) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AA59N7Q?tag=authorgraph-20 TOTLANDIA 3 (Spring) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9J82RY?tag=authorgraph-20 TOTLANDIA 4 (Summer) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H58NASO?tag=authorgraph-20 TOTLANDIA (Bundle of All Four Books) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H58NE4E?tag=authorgraph-20 SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003KN3M7M?tag=authorgraph-20 THE BABY PLANNER http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043RSK8U?tag=authorgraph-20 Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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(c) 2005 Alex Steuart Williams (FLIP) and Erica Rothschild I'm being serious. Okay, here goes: 1. "I'd write, too, but I can't stand the thought of all the trees I'd be killing." Yes, I've heard this one. My response back then was, "Don't worry. You won't sell enough books to raze a sapling, because your pub house won't push you that hard to begin with." Today, I'd add, "And besides, most books are digital, so you can't use the tree-killer bullshit as an excuse not to write anymore." 2. "I'd write, too, but I just can't make the time." Good. Stay busy. The world doesn't need anothor author. Here's a hint: It's not a hobby. It's a profession. 3. "Why don't you kill off your series' villian?" Because then I wouldn't have a series. And if I don't have a series, I don't have the rent money. I'll make you a promise: when and if he quits paying the rent, I'll quit writing about him. 4. "Honestly, what do you really do to pay the bills?" I write novels and I'm proof that not all writers live a life of poverty. Then again, I'm not JK Rowling, either. If a writer is persistent and lucky, he or she will find that their income is somewhere in between minimum wage and unimagined wealth. I'm not saying it's an easy way to make a living. It took years to crawl my way up beyond the government set poverty line. To make the rent, I wrote other things: game questions, greeting cards. magazine articles, even horoscopes. (No, I was not a licensed astrologist, just a mom with two growing kids who could go through money like the Pentagon). 5. "The best authors--like JD Salinger, or, say Margaret Mitchell-- only wrote one, or maybe a just few, books in their lifetime." Oh, really? I guess that leaves out Dickens, Twain, Wharton, LeCarre, Dreisher, Trollope, James, Chandler, Christie, and Doyle, to name a few--all of whom are on my favorite authors list--along wtih Salinger and Mitchell. And by the way, some of the worst writers only wrote one book as well. I'd say the odds are with those who get the most chances at the plate. Don't forget, Babe Ruth broke records for hitting home runs and for striking out. Not to mention, a writer's skill level rises each time up to bat. 6. "When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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In honor of the Great TypePad Cloud Crash of 2014, I've put up one of my Richard Avedon photos, It's an ad for Balenciaga, circa 1948, taken in the la Marais neighborhood, in Paris. This particular photoa was part of an exhibit at @SFMOMA. To me, it typifies the experience of public display. Each of us is a little strange and crazy in our own way. Even the model looks odd, as since and pinch-waisted as they've made her here. Here's to an online presence for all of the blogs and websites affected by the crash that is equally as spectacular! -- Josie #FashionablyBizarreBazaar Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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Or maybe "The Housewife Assassin's Handbook." I'll go with the latter. --Josie From "Pride and Prejudice, the Musical" Music and Lyrics by Rita Abrams; Libretto by Josie Brown The song: #3: IT IS A TRUTH (Complete Song) (Sung by Bingley, Darcy and Caroline) Darcy and Bingley banter about the pressures on single men--particularly wealthy single men--to marry. But while Darcy is disgusted by it, Bingley's attitude is more benign--perhaps because he is already in the throes of enchantment with one of the local beauties, Jane Bennet. _________________________________ THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK 978-0-9740214-0-9 FREE! ORDER NOW, from Amazon.com (US) / Amazon.UK Also in all Amazon countries! BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTunes Bookstore / Apple iTunes Bookstore (UK) In all iTunes countries! KoboBooks Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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"...as long as I can be a woman in it." -- Marilyn Monroe ____________________________ THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips. 978-0-9740214-0-9 FREE! ORDER NOW, from Amazon.com (US) / Amazon.UK Also in all Amazon countries! BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTunes Bookstore / Apple iTunes Bookstore (UK) In all iTunes countries! KoboBooks Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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My mother introduced me to the films of the iconic child actress, Shirley Temple, when I was five. Mom, who was just a few years younger than Ms. Temple, was raised as a dancer because of her idol. By the time of my own childhood, in the 1960s, many of Ms. Temple's films were already on television. I loved her pouty voice, and her snappy footwork with the likes of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (The Little Colonel) and Buddy Ebsen (Captain January), to name a few. And yes, I put animal crackers in my soup, and wanted to sail away on the Good Ship Lollipop. I already had a Curly Top. All I needed were the Dimples. It was easy to laugh with Ms. Temple during every movie, but sometimes her touching performances made me cry -- when, say, she encouraged Clara to walk, in Heidi, and when she was the Poor Little Rich Girl who found the father she thought she lost in during the Boar War, just before she was to be sent away to an orphanage. I can carry a tune, but could never really shuffle off to Buffalo. So, a belated thanks to you, Shirley, for sharing your incredible talents with the rest of us. --Josie THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips. Signal Press/ 978-0-9740214-0-9 FREE! ORDER NOW, from Amazon.com (US) / Amazon.UK Also in all Amazon countries! BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTunes Bookstore / Apple iTunes Bookstore (UK) In all iTunes countries! KoboBooks -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Author Provocateur
The Housewife Assassin's Hanbook (Book #1: Housewife Assassin Series) by Josie Brown Malavita (Blood and Honor), by Dana Delamar Dream of Danger (A Brown and De Luca Novella), by Maggie Shayne 30 Days, by K. Larsen Thee Haunted Cottage, by Lindsey Stiles Secret Santa, A Bluegrass Series Novella, by Kathleen Brooks The Bodyguard's Secret Baby (White Hill Ranch) by S.R. Cole UTIL YOU, by Sandra Marton Rainy Nights: Three Novels, by J.R. Rain He Loves Me Not (Lily's Story, Book 1), by Christine Kersey Betrayed: Days of the Rogue, by Nicky Charles One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mystery Series), by Rod Hoisington The Highlander's Hope (The Highland Heart Series), by Cali MacKay Cowboy with a Cause (Harlequin Romantic Suspense), by Carla Cassidy Death Checks Inn (Aspen Valley Inn Series), by Sara Robbins Captured (The Captive Series Book 1), by Erica Stevens Alone and Afraid (Rocky Mountain Home Series), by Elizabeth Sherry Sweet Masterpiece: The First Samantha Sweet Mystery, by Connie Shelton The Good Knight (A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery), by Sarah Woodbury Earning the Cut (Riding the Line Series, Prequel), by Jayna Vixen The Spell (The Big Bad Wolf Series), by Heather Killough-Walden The Day It Happened (A Miranda's Rights Mystery), by Linsey Lanier BARGAIN KINDLE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE The Candidate by Josie Brown - $4.99 The Unholy Trinity: Origins, by Daniel Gage - $2.99 Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy) by Karina Halle - $2.99 Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne - $2.99 The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Mackenzies Series) by Jennifer Ashley - $3.99 Dangerous Attraction Romantic Suspense Boxed Set - Nine New York Best-Selling Authors, including Jill Sanders, Rebecca York, Dana Marton, etc. - $4.99 Hollow Strength, by Art Keller - $3.99 Lucky Like Us: Book Two: The Hunted Series by Jennifer Ryan - $1.99 Darkness Awakened, by Katie Reus - $2.99 She Can Scream (She Can Series) by Melinda Leigh - $3.99 Secrets to Die For (A Detective Jackson Mystery) by L.J. Sellers - $2.99 The Girl With Nine Lives (The Adventures of Benedict and Blackwell), by E. Earle - $0.99 The Remains by Vincent Zandri - $3.99 Whiskey For Breakfast (Book 3: Addison Holmes Mysteries) by Liliana Hart - $4.99 The Seventh Victim (Texas Rangers) by Mary Burton - $0.99 Cold Open, A Sam North Mystery, by Greg Clarkin - $2.99 Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - $4.99 One, Two ... He is coming for you (Rebekka Franck #1), by Willow Rose - $0.99 Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Romantic Suspense Novels
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Dear Donna, I love the saucy interaction between you and Carl. Any chance you'll get back together again? -- Candice R., Portland, OR Dear Candice, Hmmmm. Interesting question, for sure-- But emphatically, uncategorically and undeniably NO. If I did, I'd need to have my head examined. Granted, Carl is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at The Housewife Assassin Series
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This article, which appeared in The New Yorker, is a must-read for all American voters. Of course patients should know costs -- so that they can be outraged enough to demand change. The real elephant in the room isn't "should they know?" but "why do patients, communities, and elected officials allow medical money machines - i.e., the hospital corporations -- get away with pirate costs on even the smallest items?" Time to go back to regulation. Better yet, Medicare for ALL. When it comes to life, death, sickness and health, hospitals that charge 1,000 for a toothbrush should not be allowed to stand between you and the care you need. -- Josie DECEMBER 23, 2013 / (c) 2013 The New Yorker THE PROBLEM WITH KNOWING HOW MUCH YOUR HEALTH CARE COSTS POSTED BY LISA ROSENBAUM Two months ago, I moved into a new apartment. On the first night, in the dark, I tripped and fell. It felt like I had badly scraped my shoulder, but when I looked in the mirror there was no torn skin—my collarbone was simply jutting at a new, funny angle. When I tried to push it back into place, I got nauseated, so I decided to try to sleep. I’ll wake up soon, I thought, and just pretend this never happened. When that didn’t work, I Googled “rotator cuff tear” and “asymmetric shoulder.” It seemed like a benign possibility; lots of people with rotator-cuff tears lead healthy and productive lives. No luck. I called my mom, who happened to be visiting for the night and was at a hotel two blocks away (and who, like me, happens to be a cardiologist). When she arrived, we made a video of my shoulder to send to my orthopedist cousin for a diagnosis—a clever idea except for the fact that he was sound asleep. Our delay tactics exhausted, we faced the inevitable: I needed to go to the emergency room. Next thing I knew, I was standing with my pokey shoulder in front of an X-ray machine. My mother called out to me from the radiology reading room: “You broke your clavicle.” “O.K.,” I called back. After being diagnosed, the rational next step would have been to turn my attention toward treatment. Instead, when two additional X-rays were taken, an orthopedist was called to review the films, and two slings were provided instead of one, I wasn’t thinking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Author Provocateur
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The boats in the San Francisco Yacht Harbor have wonderfully whimsical names: Irish Whisper. Calico Dragon. Sea Hawk. Kookaburra. Nai'a. Daisy. Escapade. Effie Jane. Portola. Then there's the one named, simply, "Sailboat." Talk about putting things in perspective. -- Josie FREE! THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Over 150,000 downloads. Find out why readers love it. Amazon iBooks KoboBooks.com 99 cents in BN Read more about Donna at www.HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Author Provocateur
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I think this is possibly the best public relations campaign I've ever seen an airline come up with. When you get to the end of the video and see the tears of joy and gratitude in the customers' eyes, you'll know what I mean. Way to go, WestJet! --Josie Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips. FREE! Now in Amazon.com (US) / Amazon.UK BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTBooks / Apple iBooks(UK) KoboBooks.com Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Author Provocateur
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The skating rink and lit tree, in Union Square, downton San Francisco, California. The model for the statue was a young local beauty, Alma Spreckels, who ended up marrying the sugar king (yes, she actually called him her "sugar daddy"--or as she put it, "I'd rather be an old man's darling than a young man's slave." She also founded the city's Legion of Honor Museum, because none of the swells would take her money for the renowned DeYoung Museum. Many of her treasures came from France, which she helped during World War I. She was one of the most ardent patrons of Auguste Rodin. The mansion the Spreckels built, on Washington at Octavia, was purchased by novelist Danielle Steel, lucky lady. -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Author Provocateur
Ha Ha, Kelly! Judy, posing as a strawberry blonde, could easily have been you, in that era... But wasn't this a great story? And the fact she actually won SOMETHING? Too funny. ;)
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l love this article, from the archives of the San Francisco Chronicle. Brings to mind one of my favorite Judy Garland classics, "The Trolley Song," from the musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis:" Love this lyric: "I went to lose a jolly". I'll just bet you did, -- Josie "Cable Car Nymph" Excerpted from "San Francisco's Top 10 Sex Scandals" Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle Published 4:00 am, Thursday, May 28, 2009 It was supposed to be a routine trip on the Hyde Street cable car in 1964, the 29-year-old woman said. But when the car lurched and she was heaved against a pole, the collision "somehow unleashed emotions hidden deep in the dark closet of her mind," The Chronicle reported - and thus was born "The cable car nymphomaniac" who took a trip on the "Cable Car Named Desire." The woman sued Muni for $500,000 six years later, saying her injuries had triggered an insatiable sexual desire that drove her to take 100 lovers, leaving her perpetually unsatisfied. Reporters left her name out of news accounts, to protect her privacy, referring to her instead by her nickname, or as "the buxom blonde" from Michigan. She was awarded $50,000 by a jury, whose members said they hoped she would use it for counseling. (c) 2009 San Francisco Chronicle With my high starched collar And my high topped shoes And my hair Piled high upon my head I went to lose a jolly Hour on the Trolley And lost my heart instead With his light brown derby And his bright green tie He was quite The handsomest of men I started to yen So I counted to ten Then I counted to ten again Clang, clang, clang went the trolley Ding, ding, ding went the bell Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings From the moment I saw him I fell Chug, chug, chug went the motor Bump, bump, bump went the brake Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings When he smiled I could feel the car shake He tipped his hat And took a seat He said he hoped he hadn't Stepped upon my feet He asked my name I held my breath I couldn't speak because He scared me half to death Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer Plop, plop, plop went the wheels Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings As he started to go Then I started to know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Author Provocateur
Ha Ha! You've got THAT right, Jean! ;)
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Thank you, Kel. Frankly, I think it's down in YOUR neck of the woods, where ALL the magic rings end up! ;)
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A tip a day keeps you scribblin' away. Okay, not exactly a great line, but it gets the point across. And as my tips say here, "I'll edit on the back end." And so will you--but first things first Every day through November, I've been supporting those participating in National Novel Writing Month by launching posts on creative writing tips (usually by 12 noon PDT) that will help them reach their goal: writing 50,000 words in their novel. Here are links to my tips: Tip #1: Treat writing a if it is your career. Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story. Tip #3: Don't give up! Tip #4: Meet your word count first; then edit. Tip #5: Show, don't tell. Tip #6: Recognize when your" backstory" is really your story. Tip #7: Chapter doesn't work? Fix it in "post." Tip #8: Why every story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Tip #9:What to do when your story is boring, even to you. Tip #10: Better late than never. Here's why. Tip #11: Choose the right writing voice. If your voice is wrong, change it. Tip #12: Stuck? Change your writing pattern. Tip #13: Make your readers love your hero. Tip #14: Is writing a craft, or an art? Tip #15: 3 ways in which you sabotage your creative writing process. Tip #16: How to get out of "paragraph paralysis." 17. The emotional depth of your characters is important. 18. Writing a novel is a marathon, so pace yourself. 19.Scene needs a rewrite? Try changing the point of view. 20. Write the way George Clooney acts: with confidence. 21. Every word counts. Here's why. 22. If your dialogue doesn't match the character, fix it! Now! 23. Make sure your novel isn't half-baked. 24. It's not what you mean, but how you phrase it. 25. Yes, you need an agent. Here's why. Good luck with your own manuscript. I look forward to buying your book, too! Josie Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S VACATION TO DIE FOR contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! FREE! THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Over 150,000 free and paid downloads. Find out why readers love it. Amazon iBooks KoboBooks.com 99 cents in BN Read more about Donna at www.HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Author Provocateur
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BOOT CAMP: ANATOMY OF A NOVEL BECOMING A TV PILOT Instructors: Josie Brown and Laurie Scheer WHEN: Friday September 27, 2013 / 1-4pm WHERE: 2013 Screenwriters World Conference West Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067 FEE: $149 (Boot Camp Only; See Below for FULL Attendance Packages) Game of Thrones. True Blood. Silver. Bored to Death. Gossip Girl. What do these television shows all have in common? They were books before they were adapted as network, cable, or premium channel shows. Turning a book into a screenplay, or a teleplay is an art form onto itself. And turning a screenplay or teleplay into a book is one way in which you can get your project noticed by producers, as well as give it another revenue-generating platform. Join me, along with Laurie Scheer (Media Goddess, former producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC) for this seminar, which outlines the necessary steps writers need to take to move their literary work onto transmedia platforms. Laurie and I will discuss in detail our working relationship throughout the entire process--from mere idea to sold pilot--so you too can sell your prose within the vast television marketplace. Topics covered: • Adapting literary prose into script format. • Preparing a TV bible, series treatment, project synopsis • Selling yourself as a transmedia writer • Understanding the television development process • Playing the game-knowing what to ask for when your project is picked up • Reality Check: Collaboration, or Take the Money and Run? This is an interactive BOOT CAMP workshop consisting of lecture, presentation, in-class exercises, discussion, and Q & A ending session. I hope to see you there! -- Josie 2013 SCREENWRITERS WORLD CONFERENCE WEST ATTENDANCE FEE PACKAGES: About Registration Screenwriters World Conference West - All Access $599.00 $549 early bird price available until July 19, $599 regular price effective July 20, $699 on-site price effective September 27. Includes the full program starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, all of Saturday, and Sunday for Screenwriters World Conference West and Writer's Digest Conference West including access to both the Writer's Digest and Screenwriters World Pitch Slams. Screenwriters World Conference West - Individual Full Conference $499.00 $449 early bird price available until July 19, $499 regular price effective July 20, $599 on-site price effective September 27. Includes the full program starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, all of Saturday, and Sunday.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Author Provocateur
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This article, from the New York Times, shows that as of today, we can be self-producing of clean fuels just by converting our garbage. This should be the most important US works project of the new millenneum. ALL states should be doing this, don't you think? Maybe a writing campaign is in order. We're Back to the Future--and just in time to save Miami. But do we want to, -- Josie Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell By PAUL TULLIS / New York Times THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of turning icky, smelly detritus into something valuable. But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification systems can expend a tremendous amount of energy to produce a tiny amount of electricity. Up to this point, it hasn’t seemed worth the trouble. Mike Hart thinks that he has solved those problems. In a former Air Force hangar outside Sacramento, his company, Sierra Energy, has spent the last several years testing a waste-to-energy system called the FastOx Pathfinder. The centerpiece, a waste gasifier that’s about the size of a shower stall, is essentially a modified blast furnace. A chemical reaction inside the gasifier heats any kind of trash — whether banana peels, used syringes, old iPods, even raw sewage — to extreme temperatures without combustion. The output includes hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which together are known as syngas, for synthetic gas, and can be burned to generate electricity or made into ethanol or diesel fuel. The FastOx is now being prepared for delivery to Sierra Energy’s first customer: the United States Army. Ethanol has long been promoted as an alternative fuel that increases energy independence, and federal law requires the use of greater amounts of it. But most ethanol in this country is produced from corn or soybeans, and many people worry that the mandate is pushing upfood prices. Ethanol produced from trash — or agricultural waste, as others are trying — would allay such concerns. Ineos Bio, a Florida company, announced last month that it had produced ethanol from gasified wood waste, using a method that it expects to be commercially viable, and KiOR Inc. will make one million to two million gallons of diesel and gasoline this year from wood... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Author Provocateur