Today is a play day (sort of). Which means a trek through Golden Gate Park.

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In many ways, San Francisco is a wonderland. One locale in the city that is always on parade is Golden Gate Park, which runs three miles east to west, and half a mile north to south. Its 1,017 acres make it 20 percent larger than New York's Central Park. 

Our park ends at the Ocean, so I'd say that's another wonderful advantage. It's far side ends in the Haight, which is why it was once a hippy haven ("Once"? Frankly, it still is. Everything changes, and stays the same).

GGParkNorthWindmill2We'll park at one end, and meander through it, down to the other. In the meantime, we'll pass the archery field, the Frisbee Golf grove, merry-go-rounds, drumming circles,  roller blade dancers, both The DeYoung Fine Arts Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, the first home of the San Francisco 49ers (Kezar Stadium) and several lakes (Stowe, for rowers; Spreckels, for those who are running their minature yachts, or sailing their miniature sail boats), not to mention a herd of buffalos. groves of picnickers, and a windmill or two.

Our own favorite passtime is discovering the wooded nooks and crannies; serene groves where one can lose oneself  in a good book, while lolling on a blanket, or sprawling on one of the many benches that you'll come across.

The park was concieved in the 1870s, and hosted several public expositions, of which some of its historic buildings remain (the flower conservatory,and its renowned Japanese Tea Garden are but two).

Strybing_Arboretum_trailAnd to think the park might have never happened, had San Francisco's silver barons gotten their way: they lobbied hard for a race track!

 

Now, go out and discover something new,

— Josie

 

 

Below, the architecturally renowned California Academy of Sciences


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Pssst! New cover, and new Housewife Assassin Book: Guide to Gracious Killing!

Guide-to-Gracious-Killing-v6I'm pleased as punch for the cover of the second book in my Housewife Assassin series:

The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing.

Launch date: October, 2012.

Donna and Jack are in to all kinds of trouble–the kind of hot mess that can cause an  international incident:

A nuclear arms summit, hosted by a politically-connected American billionaire industrialist, provides the perfect opportunity for a rogue operative to assassinate of the newly-elected Russian president on US soil. Acme operative Donna Stone's mission:

Seek and exterminate the shooter, before all hell–and World War III–break loose.

Not to mention what happens when Donna files for divorce.

Throw in a couple of off-the-map school field trips and a few naughty neighbors, you've got a whole lot of fun.

And if you haven't done so already, sign up for my eLetter for a heads-up on the pubication…as well as a VERY special contest I'll be running to celebrate the book's launch.

You.

Will.

Love.

It,

— Josie

*Cover design: Andrew Brown, ClickTwiceDesign.com. Thanks, Andy, for another great cover!

 In the meantime, pick up a copy of

 

HAH-Hanging-Man-New-BlueThe Housewife Assassin's Handbook

Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips.

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"This is a super sexy and fun read that you shouldn't miss!"
–Mary Jacobs, Bookhounds

 

Hooray for Hollywood….

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I love the Southland.

Warm, dry heat. Palm fronds waving lazily in the breeze.

The inevitable celebrity sighting. "Is that….Nah! Can't be! Too  (fill in the blank: tiny/old/young/fat/doesn't look anything like the fantasy I had in mind)…"

I'll be making my way to Los Angeles this weekend, where I'll be hosted by the Los Angeles Romance Authors. Here's the deets, below.

Hey, if want to get into an LA frame of mind, click this link to hear a scat/jazz version of Hooray for Hollywood…

Or if you've got a hankering to talk writerly things, come join us!

 

— Josie

Sun April 15, 2012 / 10am – 12noon
LOS ANGELES, CA
Los Angeles Romance Authors

Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd, LA CA 91604

Attendance costs $5.00 for members and $10.00 for visitors.
Your first visit is free!

Josie's Workshop: "“Your First Scene, Line, Paragraph: Making a Great First Impression”

If you’re going to sell your novel, capturing the hearts and minds of those who will read it first – your dream agents or editors – is tantamount.

In this workshop, participants will learn:
 

1. 4 Page-Turning Tips Every Story MUST Have
2. The Best Place to Start Your Story, and Why (Believe it or not, it’s may not be where you’ve got it now…)
3. When (and When Not) to Use a Prologue
4. How to Integrate a Backstory without Slowing the Pace of Your Narrative
5. How and When to Balance Dialogue with Narrative

Because these are interactive workshops, prior to the event participants are welcomed to mail Josie the very first scene of a work-in-progress (no more than eight pages, double-spaced) that they feel exemplifies their process.

From what is sent in, she will choose a handful for positive, insightful examples of voice done well.

Seattle Parents! Join Us for THE BABY PLANNER Novel Party!

BabyPlannerEviteTighter(2)Seattle always has sunshine when I come to town. Seattle readers — and expectant moms, for whom my latest novel will surely resonate — I hope you'll join me at my parents party for THE BABY PLANNER. Lots of raffle prizes, samples, and coupons.  Here are the details:


Date: Thurs, June 2, 2011, 11am

Location: Planet Happy Toys / 2914 NE 55th Street, Seattle, 98105
Tel #: 206.729.0154
RSVP to: BabyPlannerSeattle@gmail.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206163599396291

Planet Happy Toys is throwing the ultimate parent party.  Hosted by ItsaBelly-Seattle baby planner Windy Gossett to celebrate the launch of author Josie Brown’s latest novel entitled (appropriately enough) The Baby Planner (Simon & Schuster).

Brown will read from the book. Afterward Gossett will discuss tips on buying safe and non toxic baby products.

LOCAL SPONSOR: ItsaBelly, National Baby Planning & Maternity Concierge Services

THERE WILL ALSO BE GIVEAWAYS FROM:
Sprout Organic Baby Food
Kiwi Magazine, for Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way
EcoStoreUSA, maker of Eco-Safe Cleansing Products
Spiffies, maker of Infant Dental and Teething Wipes
– Organic Mother's Milk Tea, from www.TraditionalMedicinals.com
ArtBellies.com, Making Your Work in Progress a Work of Art
– Gift bag from PrinceLionheart.com
Maclaren Beginning Skin Care, safe non toxic!
– And a special Itsabelly gift basket, which includes:

"Itsabelly's Guide to Going Green with Baby" book

The Mommy Hook

Thinkbaby Bottles

– Wysi Wipes

NoseFrida Snot Sucker

ATTENDEES WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED INTO CONTESTS FOR:
– A set of Wonder Bumpers, the #1 doctor-recommended crib-safe bedding from http://www.GoMamaGoDesigns.com
– A gift from The Happiest Baby on the Block
– A gift from Beth Duris, Shaklee Distributor
–  A copy of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom
A $100 gift card to their favorite bookstore, courtesy Josie Brown. The drawing will be done on 6/22/11.

AND YOU'LL RECEIVE COUPONS FROM:
Minted Custom Invitations  - The Eco Breast Pump  - Beaba USA Bloomin’ Belly Soaps

RSVP strongly Advised! We look forward to seeing you there!

— Josie

"Brown (Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives) takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubbly romp…But what begins as a light foray into Bugaboo country turns into something bigger than a satire of status-obsessed Bay Area yummy mummies as Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family, with Katie's heartbreaking longing for a child unveiling a disturbing reality about her marriage and family. Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together." –Publishers Weekly

 

Read, Drink, Schmooze

BartSimpsonReading Despite the fact that I was nervous as all get-out I had a blast at Peg Alford Pursell's WHY THERE ARE WORDS salon.

I made new friends, and saw the faces of many pals (authors Wendy Tokanuga and Kate Perry, to name a few). It's always cool to be in a room where 80+ literati are hanging on your every word (albeit those words come out shaken and stirred — and not necessarily because of the glass  of wine you've gulped down ahead of time, for some liquid courage).*

For the most part, writers aren't natural readers (except for Joshilyn Jackson — who is also an actress. She is AWESOME, so if you get a chance to hear her read, take it). Through the years, I've grimaced through readings that sounded worse than a fifth grade book reports. The authors read too fast, too low, too embarrassed about their words.

If you write and get the opportunity to read out loud, you shouldn't be. You worked hard on your book, so read it loud, read it proud.

Your audience will be listening with bated breath.

Outspoken,

—Josie

http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA
http://www.facebook.com/Josie.Brown.Author.Page

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  Josie's Latest Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it TODAY!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading." –Joan Collins, Hollywood Wives

Order today:

From Amazon

From Barnes & Noble

From Books a Million

From Borders

From Copperfield's

From Your Local Independent Bookstore

From Powell's

From Target

My R Rated Book Reading: Mature Audiences Only

WomenWhoWrite Women behaving wildly is the theme at Women Who Write, the monthly book salon thrown by memoirist and club promoter Vicki Abelson in Montrose, CA.

In June, I was lucky to be invited as one of the guest readers, along with comedians Marc Maron and Paul Provenza, and musician James Lee Stanley (who entertained us with several of his many hits), and of course Vicki, who reads one more chapter of her work in progress from her fabulous memoir (I got to read a first draft, and I predict best-seller: lots of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll!)

Vicki tapes every reading. My portion of it can be seen here, below. However, be duly warned: realizing that my co-readers are seasoned performers who knew how to keep their audiences rolling in the aisles in laughter, I chose a funny and somewhat naughty read myself: not exactly R-rated, but a bit more than PG-13. 

So yeah, I'm blushing….and wishing my arms were better toned. ( I'm workin' on that!)

Enjoy!

That's showbiz,

—Josie
http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA

http://www.facebook.com/Josie.Brown.Author.Page 



  Josie's Latest Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it TODAY!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading." –Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives


Libraries get creative to gain your support.

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Forget the cabbage patch. I'm sure I was born  between the stacks of the Decatur (GA) Public Library. It was a great place for a prodigious reader such as myself to read, dream and learn.

I still make my home in my in my local library system — Marin County. It's where I conduct the research for my books. My children know its various branches by heart: the tall leaded windows in the soft mauve Sausalito branch, where the playground outside beckons; the Mill Valley branch, located deep in the redwoods, with its large hearth fireplace; the Corte Madera branch, with its fabulous reference department; tony Tiburon-Belvedere, with its welcoming wingback chairs and lots of quiet alcoves; the Larkspur branch, cozy and friendly, as is the San Anselmo branch, in its classic town hall. Marin City branch librarians always have welcoming smiles for their patron, and the Civic Center branch is stately and always fascinating. Fairfax reflects its community: funky, friendly and full of joy.

All libraries need a financial lift.

In fact, I've helped organize an event, happening in on September 16, 2010, 7:30pm, in Seattle: Between the Pages will benefit the Kitsap Regional Libary Foundation, which serves the islands in Seattle Bay. It takes place on Bainbridge Island (Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, 200 Madison Ave, N).

I hope you can join me, along with Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, and New York Times bestselling authors Eileen Goudge, Joshilyn Jackson, and Tatjana Soli for this wonderful event. We'll be reading from our books, and answering your questions.

In order to garner attention, libraries have to get creative, too. I like the way Brigham Young University students have taken matters into their own hands and created a great video ad that is catching on virally with us webheads. It's a spoof on the new Old Spice commercial currently on the air. Whereas it's message is why the school's library is a great place to study, the message I get is….

Yum.

Um . . . what were you saying again?

TGIF,

—Josie

http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA

http://www.facebook.com/Josie.Brown.Author.Page




 
Josie's
Next Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

 Order it
TODAY
!

"Hollywood's got nothing on
the cast of characters living in
the
bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money
and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled
observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly
entertaining reading."

Jackie
Collins
, bestselling author of Hollywood Wives

What do Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Houdini Have in Common? My Pecan Pie

HoudiniLives I was recently interviewed by MJ Rose as to my feelings regarding reincarnation — just in time for the mass paperback version of her new book, THE REINCARNATIONIST, to hit bookstores.

I don't mean to get all woo-woo on you, but I do believe that our souls sometimes linger on this earth, or take on another body, when the will seeks a different way to reach out and touch someone again.

Which brings me to my dinner with Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Houdini, all of whom were wise men when it comes to cosmic conundrums. One of the questions she asked was to name three deceased people with whom I'd love to break bread. Talk about a hostess dilemma! Knowing me, I'd be caught up in the preparation of the food as opposed to the fact that I'M HAVING DINNER WITH THREE OF THE GREATEST MINDS THAT ONCE TREAD THE EARTH.

To put things in perspective, I shouldn't really be worrying about whether I'll burn the veggies when I grill them, or if my guests will fall in love with my homemade pecan pie because they'd be there solely (soul-ly?) for the company, and so would I.

Life (and death) happens,

—Josie




SecretLivesCoverFinalWeb   Josie's
Next Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it
TODAY
!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in
the
bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money
and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled
observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly
entertaining reading."

Jackie
Collins
, bestselling author of Hollywood Wives and Poor Little Bitch Girl

My Next Book Signing

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You can catch me on  Sat 10/06/07, at 1pm, at the Borders/Stonestown Galleria, in San Francisco, CA, where I'll be signing my book IMPOSSIBLY TONGUE-TIED.

Joining me in this hot,haute take on take on love over easy are:

Gemma Halliday (UNDERCOVER IN HIGH HEELS)
Eileen Rendahl (UNVEILED)
Margo Candela (LIFE OVER EASY), and
Kate Perry (PROJECT DATE)

I look forward to seeing you there!

COME JOIN ME AT THESE PUBLIC EVENTS…

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PRE-MOTHER'S DAY
AUTHOR HIGH TEA!

Saturday, May 12, 2007, 2-4pm
Barnes & Noble / Antioch, CA
5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch,CA 94531. 925-978-1031

One lump, or two? If you're looking for a
real treat to enjoy with your mom, join me and some of my closest
author chums for tea and a tête-à-tête:

IMPOSSIBLY TONGUE-TIED by Josie Brown 
SKIN by Karin Tabke 
FEAR NO EVIL by Allison Brennan
DEAD GIVEAWAY by Brenda Novak
DOUBLE DARE by Tawny Weber

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Naughty
cops. Sizzling sex. Celebrity scandal. Scares and dares. These books
make ideal
Mother's Day gifts for any woman who appreciates a hot haute read for
the summer.