Author Provocateur: Brad Thor Interview

I had the great honor of interviewing thriller master Brad Thor about his latest novel, BACKLASH, his nineteenth novel whose protagonist, former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath, is the iconic Covert Ops bad-ass fixer. This particular book is a perfect storm of loss, grief, spy games, and epic journey home. Not to mention a pack of hungry wolves.Continue reading “Author Provocateur: Brad Thor Interview”

Extracurricular: Hence, the name of the series

I know what you’re thinking: that I chose Extracurricular as the name of my novel series because it sets up a delicious double entendre, what with it taking place at a private high school and that lust and is front and center with its protagonists, Audrey and Egan. Well, you’re wrong. Colleges are very interestedContinue reading “Extracurricular: Hence, the name of the series”

Extracurricular: School Daze

A school is only as good as its reputation.  The variables that take that broad assumption and flip it on its head are the very people who burnish the school’s prominence: its teachers, students, administrators, and the families who support it.  While writing Extracurricular, I took all of this into account. Within the three booksContinue reading “Extracurricular: School Daze”

Extracurricular: Snowplowing and Cheating

Is there such a thing as too much love? Recently, several parents were indicted in a college admissions scandal. They paid, in some cases, over a million dollars to have others fake their children’s SAT and ACT tests, or to make them look even more desirable as athletes or humanistic volunteers: both desirable to schoolsContinue reading “Extracurricular: Snowplowing and Cheating”

New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!

EXTRACURRICULAR – BOOK 1 RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!       Happy Almost Summer to You! Now that San Francisco’s monsoon rains have finally let up, Martin and I have been taking long walks every day. It’s great to see flowers in bloom again! The tulip trees were first, then the daffodils, followed byContinue reading “New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!”

Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke tells her journey with brain injury. It will break your heart.

If you feel you need yet another reason to admire actress Emilia Clarke, here it is. In this very person essay that runs in The New Yorker, she recounts her near-death experiences with two aneurysms—all while filming Game of Thrones. Her candor is refreshing. Her response to her injuries—the creation of Same You, a foundation thatContinue reading “Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke tells her journey with brain injury. It will break your heart.”

Move over, Marty McFly. The Flux Capacitor is here and now. #TrashIntoGas

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 BackContinue reading “Move over, Marty McFly. The Flux Capacitor is here and now. #TrashIntoGas”

Gotta love this headline in The New Yorker: “The Pay Is Too Damn Low.” Duh, yeah.

I don't feel the need to elaborate on this New Yorker article. America, isn't it time you vote you pocketbooks, instead of letting the lobbyists decide your fates? –Josie THE FINANCIAL PAGE / The New Yorker THE PAY IS TOO DAMN LOW BY JAMES SUROWIECKIAUGUST 12, 2013 A few weeks ago, Washington, D.C., passed a living-wageContinue reading “Gotta love this headline in The New Yorker: “The Pay Is Too Damn Low.” Duh, yeah.”

Two health insurance articles you MUST read. Then go call Congress and tell it to support Obamacare, or your vote goes to someone who does.

The two articles, below explain the immediate effects of Obamacare on your health insurance costs.  The first is from the New York Times. The second is from the New Yorker. Here's the bottom line, folks. Until now, we've been at the mercy of health insurers who raised their rates at whimsy and for profit andContinue reading “Two health insurance articles you MUST read. Then go call Congress and tell it to support Obamacare, or your vote goes to someone who does.”

Maternity Delivery: US is the COSTLIEST country in the world–by far.

This article, from the New York Times, should give pause to anyone who is having a baby–or has had a baby–in the United States. If this doesn't make the strongest case for health care reform in our country, then I don't know what does. — Josie   American Way of Birth, Costliest in the WorldContinue reading “Maternity Delivery: US is the COSTLIEST country in the world–by far.”

Another way in which our Congress is the best Big Pharma can buy.

This article in the New York Times spells it out succinctly. Having a mother who died of the blood disease Myelodysplasia, this truly breaks my heart. If she hadn't been old enough for Medicare, it would have bankrupted her. Almost ten years ago, TIME magazine pointed out that "The prices Americans pay for prescription drugs, which areContinue reading “Another way in which our Congress is the best Big Pharma can buy.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #15 is on authors sabotage their writing, and their careers.

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.  Here's Tip #15, for Thursday, the 15th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #15 is on authors sabotage their writing, and their careers.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #7: How to fix a dud chapter.

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.  Here's Tip #7, for Wednesday, November 7th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #7: How to fix a dud chapter.”

Lauren Allen joins the cast of the NBC TV show based on my novel, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

Love it! Another actress has been cast in Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives. I loved Lauren Allen in Awake, so I'm sure she'll be great in the show. Check it out below, from Deadline Hollywood… — Josie Laura Allen Joins NBC’s ‘Husbands And Wives’ Laura Allen has been cast as one of the leads inContinue reading “Lauren Allen joins the cast of the NBC TV show based on my novel, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES”

SECRET LIVES TV Show — Jesse L. Martin Added to the Cast

I'm so glad to hear Jesse L. Martin has been added to the cast of the TV show based on my novel Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, since I love him on SMASH. Check it out in Deadline Hollywood. — Josie    Jesse L. Martin To Star In NBC’s ‘Secret Lives Of Husbands &Continue reading “SECRET LIVES TV Show — Jesse L. Martin Added to the Cast”

Stranger than Fiction! Prince Harry Displays the Crown Jewels

Sometimes fate just plays into one's hand. My opening scene for The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing, (the second in my Housewife Assassin series, to be released on September 30, 2012) starts out with my heroine, Donna Stone*, foiling a plot on Prince Harry's life while he's in San Diego, celebrating the completion ofContinue reading “Stranger than Fiction! Prince Harry Displays the Crown Jewels”

Time to play “Revenge”…

  Which character best exemplifies your ability to survive in the Hamptons, and why? All comments, emailed to me at MailFromJosie@gmail.com prior to midnight PT on Wednesday March  29, 2012, will be entered in my contest for a copy of my book, THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK. Okay, here are your choices…and good luck! — JosieContinue reading “Time to play “Revenge”…”

Game of Tomes

As a novelist, I have to keep abreast of the distribution and marketing issues that affect books.  Even if you aren't part this world, you'd have to have been on an extended vacation (say, to Mars and back) not to know about the creation and sale of eBooks (digital books), and how this new formatContinue reading “Game of Tomes”

3 Days of Santa! Day 1: Norman Rockwell 1926

Is Norman Rockwell’s iconic Santa the Ghost of Christmas Past? His art will always be a part of our collective memories regarding holiday cheer. But in a time of fear, where does Santa fit in?

Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow

This year, when Natalie Portman gets her shot at Oscar gold, her very visible baby bump will be there, front and center– And swathed in some sumptious designer couture. That ain't no OshKosh B'Gosh. As it should be. Portman won the Golden Globe for her terrifying performance in THE BLACK SWAN, and she's considered theContinue reading “Pregnant Moms at the Oscars: That Winning Glow”

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