Extracurricular Excerpt: The Sting

I started writing Extracurricular eight years ago. As luck would have it, the recent college admissions cheating scandal made it a timely book to be launch this summer. The scandal also gave me the impetus to expand the story into a three-book series. Whereas it was always going to be about about the consequence ofContinue reading “Extracurricular Excerpt: The Sting”

The Odd Couple

One of the joys of writing a book is not only creating a backstory for your protagonists but also fully outlining your secondary characters. When I starting writing Extracurricular, I realized immediately that I could have fun with the FBI agents who are leading the investigation for the college admissions scandal: Lionel Polk and SallyAnne Jagger.Continue reading “The Odd Couple”

A twist of fate.

Throughout the process of plotting Extracurricular, I wanted each scene to be a bittersweet twist of fate. If it were put on a timeline, the first twist occurs in Chapter Two, during an SAT test. Appropriate, wouldn’t you say, since the plot involves a college admissions cheating scandal? If you’re wondering if there is also aContinue reading “A twist of fate.”

Housewife Assassin Donna Stone is back–and here’s what she did for her summer vacation.

IN AMAZON NOW! In Kobo, Nook, and Apple by August 20, 2013 Read an excerpt here.. A nude sunbathing serial killer, a Lord of the Flies 'tween takeover, poison-dart throwing pygmies…… Talk about a fantasy (nightmare?) island! An NSA scientist has disappeared with a deadly plague virus. Donna and Jack must find him, before it is unleashed on FantasyContinue reading “Housewife Assassin Donna Stone is back–and here’s what she did for her summer vacation.”

Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit. Reminds me of this scene in THE CANDIDATE.

THE CANDIDATE Signal Press – eBook Buy it NOW, on Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) I love this scene in THE CANDIDATE because it's a perfect example of yet another politician has been caught behaving badly, and instead of blaming himself, he lashes out at those who do their best to protect him — in this case, the book'sContinue reading “Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit. Reminds me of this scene in THE CANDIDATE.”

Excerpt from THE CANDIDATE: Pilot Error, or Sabotage?

I thought I'd treat you to another excerpt from the candidate.  I had a blast researching this scene, in which a saboteur must make an experienced pilot's plane go down — and make it look like pilot error. Hope you enjoy it! — Josie Buy it on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk   EXCERPT Smith’s man, Charlie, hadContinue reading “Excerpt from THE CANDIDATE: Pilot Error, or Sabotage?”

Free, for just ONE MORE DAY (Saturday, July 6, 2013): THE CANDIDATE

  Yes, you want to get it.  Or as Amazon readers put it: "I got mad at myself because I had to put this book down to sleep at night. I wanted to finish it all – without taking a break!" — Chick Lit Plus "The story and the characters pulled me in. Great summerContinue reading “Free, for just ONE MORE DAY (Saturday, July 6, 2013): THE CANDIDATE”

Are you kissable? That depends. Are you Iron Man?

    So Zoosk.com, a top online dating service, surveyed more than 3,500 singles to reveal pop culture’s most memorable kisses. And your name didn't make the list. Just kidding. Okay, here are some of the results: The most memorable on-screen smooches of summer 2013 are… 41% of Americans say Tony and Pepper’s lip lock inContinue reading “Are you kissable? That depends. Are you Iron Man?”

Bonus Book Excerpt! The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide

“Does champagne make you tipsy?” Sugar CEO Number Two sounds hopeful as he holds a bottle of Tattinger’s over my glass. I reward him with a shy smile. “It’s fun to lose control every now and then, don’t you agree…Robert?” As if. I’m beginning to believe that “control” is this guy’s middle name. It’s anyone’sContinue reading “Bonus Book Excerpt! The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide”

LOL! One of my fave scenes in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING

Enjoy! — Josie   EXCERPT My cell in the Santa Monica hoosegow could do with a little sprucing up, but my roomies, Big Bitch Bitsy and Shitfaced Leona, would get in my face and threaten me with some smackdown should I even consider rearranging their fine collection of Chippendales trading cards, which has been stuckContinue reading “LOL! One of my fave scenes in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING”

Hump Day Haiku: “Kiss Bliss”

The urge to kiss her / Comes in the oddest places/ He always gives in. –– Josie THE CANDIDATE Signal Press – eBook Buy it NOW, on Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) BN.com (US) Seduction and intrigue are rampant on the campaign trail when a political campaign adviser discovers that Washington's power broker elite have embroiled hisContinue reading “Hump Day Haiku: “Kiss Bliss””

Ha! Just re-read one of these scenes in The Housewife Assassin Book 3, which is one of my faves

  On sale now!      US UK   Apple iTunes Bookstore     EXCERPT “You are older looking than your online dating photo, Nadia,” General Melmud Massoud Shammam says as he scrutinizes me from top to bottom. In fact, it’s my bottom that fascinates him the most. To my chagrin, he holds up one ofContinue reading “Ha! Just re-read one of these scenes in The Housewife Assassin Book 3, which is one of my faves”

Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett

  I'm a total Woody Allen fan, and even had a Woody sighting myself, when he was filming his latest flick, "Blue Jasmine," here in San Francisco. I think the trailer looks great. I love seeing all the San Francisco/Marin County shots, including a scene on the Muni F Line (the 1947 Philadelphia trolley car);Continue reading “Fabulous! The movie trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, “Blue Jasmine”, starring Cate Blanchett”

Just launched on Amazon! THE CANDIDATE. Read an excerpt here, enter the contest…

THE CANDIDATE Signal Press – eBook In Amazon.com Now!In all online bookstores June 15, 2013  ENTER MY CONTEST FOR A $100 GIFT CARD FROM YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSTORE! 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 involvingContinue reading “Just launched on Amazon! THE CANDIDATE. Read an excerpt here, enter the contest…”

TGIF Excerpt from The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: “Artful Women”

Memorial Day weekend means you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on your reading. So what are you waiting for? Download a FREE copy of THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK.  In this scene, my heroine, Donna Stone, is on the hunt for a large shipment of stolen plutonium. A hot lead sends her to aContinue reading “TGIF Excerpt from The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: “Artful Women””

Special Memorial Day Excerpt, from The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner,  I thought you'd enjoy this excerpt from the second book in my Housewife Assassin series, Guide to Gracious Killing. It's a perfectly tasty little morsel because it includes a bit of military derring-do, along with a visit (appropriately timed) by Great Britain's Prince Harry. Enjoy, — JosieContinue reading “Special Memorial Day Excerpt, from The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing”

TGIF Excerpt: Scotty is dying. Time for Martin to cross the bridge into the 21st Century.

My husband, Martin, isn't one of those men who must have the latest/greatest in technology. Nor must he demonstrate his manliness with boy toys that are always the biggest, and therefore presumed the best (phallically speaking). Which brings me to the death of Scotty–an appropriate topic, now that the latest Star Trek Movie ("Into Darkness") isContinue reading “TGIF Excerpt: Scotty is dying. Time for Martin to cross the bridge into the 21st Century.”

Hump Day Haiku: “Verbal Smackdown”

  His words hit, like stones. I pummel him with my tears.  Yes, it's true. Love hurts –– Josie     To celebrate the launch of The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide, I'm giving away a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! Click here for details…      

TGIF Excerpt: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: Granny Panties, or Ass Floss?

Here's my Friday treat for you: a fun excerpt from The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. Donna is still annoyed with having been paired with Jack on this latest mission. It doesn't help that he has an opinion on her sex appeal.    Chapter 7 Be the Life of the Party Socializing is a big part ofContinue reading “TGIF Excerpt: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook: Granny Panties, or Ass Floss?”

A great scene in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK: Donna and Jack’s first date.

Having your characters grow — and fall in love — is a delicate choreography for an novelist. I enjoyed putting Donna Stone, the heroine of The Housewife Assassin's Handbook, into the arms of Jack Craig, her black ops mission partner. He truly is the spy who loves her.  A lot that happens in this sceneContinue reading “A great scene in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK: Donna and Jack’s first date.”

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