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Josie Brown, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES
Author, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES [Simon & Schuster]
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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
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Tonight. Fifty-eight degrees. No wind. Just magic. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Love this! The first photo is called "The Puddle Jumper" and was taken by the photographer Martin Munkácsi, for Harper's Bazaar, in 1934. The second was taken by Richard Avedon, also a fashion shot, and also in Paris, but in 1957. Beautiful! --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Fabulous little video about one of my favorite musical duos, the Sirens, featuring Andrèe Belle and Molly Miller. If you're in Los Angeles, you can catch them at the Hotel Casa Madrona (Santa Monica) and Perch (Downtown LA). Call for dates and times. Their music is filled with heart, soul...and mambo! Check out what they have to say about it. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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...that will always want to be a Bond Girl. #admititU2 --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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One of the adorable shops on Union Street in San Francisco -- Closet 1951 -- put a live mannequin in the window. She was so good, I thought she was the real thing -- until she did a great runway move. Very cute! -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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A meadow in Presidio Park, San Francisco, California. Hard to believe that from the crest of the hill, right there, is a beautiful skyline view of Pacific Heights. Hey, don't take my word for it. Go see it for yourself! --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Fallen tiara. A New Year's promise, broken. Let's go for donuts. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Spotted at Divisdero at Clay, San Franciso: the soft glow of electric sex. Oh....yeah..... ---Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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I'l let you know how it went... -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Dad's favorite. #willowweepforme Willow Weep For Me Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Resolution #1: Stay healthy. (Note to Self: eat more root vegetables, and less sugar!) Resolution #2: Stay happy. (Note to Self: much more sex, much less [caloric] sugar!) Resolution #3: Acquire a new language. (Pig Latin does NOT count.) Resolution #4: Experience new things, with total abandon! (Unless they include black-outs, tattoos, or joining a cult.) Resolution #5: Two thousand words a day! (More writing. Note to Self: skipping martini may do the trick...) Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Author Provocateur
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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