Fantastic Beasts, and were to find them on TV.

As the days get cooler, the nights grow longer, our imaginations run even wilder, especially with All Hallows’ Eve right around the corner. No better time to discover some new fantasy TV series. Amazon Prime has created a beautiful alternate universe—Burgue, akin to 1880 London— in which humans reluctantly co-exist with fairies (“faes”) and otherContinue reading “Fantastic Beasts, and were to find them on TV.”

Extracurricular: Why it’s timely.

My next 3-book women’s fiction series, Extracurricular, is being launched just as one of its plot points has caught national headlines: the college admissions scandal. In my plot, we see it happen in real time when a private high school is caught up in the same exact scheme. But, like everything in life that neverContinue reading “Extracurricular: Why it’s timely.”

As I took a shower, I looked out my window and saw large crows gathering on the rooftop…

…of the apartment building behind me. #HitchcockMoment 

Yep, Jersey Boys, the Movie, is definitely worth seeing.

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“I don’t mind living in a man’s world…”

  "…as long as I can be a woman in it." — Marilyn Monroe   ____________________________     THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOKMurder. 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

Woman gets her jollies on a San Francisco Cable Car. One hundred lovers and a $50K settlement later…

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'sContinue reading “Woman gets her jollies on a San Francisco Cable Car. One hundred lovers and a $50K settlement later…”

The Almost Marilyn Monroe, Almost Naked

The renowned burlesque dancer, Dixie Evans, died this weekend. She was known as burlesque's "Marilyn Monroe." Yes, the resemblance was uncanny! See for yourself.  Here's how she built her act. Take it off, take it all off, — Josie August 10, 2013 Dixie Evans, Who Brought ‘Monroe’ to Burlesque Houses, Dies at 86 By MARGALIT FOXContinue reading “The Almost Marilyn Monroe, Almost Naked”

Join me at Pitchfest!

Hey, if it happened to F. Scott Fitzgerald, it can happen to you. One of America's most celebrated authors died penniless, his greatest opus, The Great Gatsby, nearly forgotten… Except by Hollywood. Since his death, his book,  has been adapted for the screen an extraordinary five times. It's also been an opera, a ballet, aContinue reading “Join me at Pitchfest!”

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””

Andree Belle’s “Serial Monogamist” has a Mad Men feel to it, dontcha think?

Of course, none of the women of Mad Men (January Jones' Betty, Christina Hendricks' Joan, and Elisabeth Moss' Peggy) are serial monogamists. They may have started out that way, but life and loss made them jaded, when it came to love. The chords — and the percussion, too — of the song "Serial Monogamist," by Andree Belle,Continue reading “Andree Belle’s “Serial Monogamist” has a Mad Men feel to it, dontcha think?”

#MadMen creator Matthew Weiner discusses the latest episode (#9, “The Better Half”)

I love this illustration for Mad Men. It’s the type of illustration you’d find for ads from that mid-60s era. Notice that Don Draper is both coming and going. I like that the artist has captured his duplicity, his wanderlust, and the fact that there are other Don Drapers out there.  There are other DonContinue reading “#MadMen creator Matthew Weiner discusses the latest episode (#9, “The Better Half”)”

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

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,Continue reading “Today is a play day (sort of). Which means a trek through Golden Gate Park.”

Okay, here were my favorite Oscars dresses…

  So many dresses, so little time to review every fold, hue, cut, and designer making us ooooh and ahhhh during Sunday's Oscars 2013 presentation… But I'll try my best. Okay, here were my favorites: Halle Berry in a glitzy Marchesa gown… Jessica Chastain in a copper, Art Deco-inspired gown by Armani Privé… And  Naomi Watts is alsoContinue reading “Okay, here were my favorite Oscars dresses…”

Admit it. You once owned one.

And she wonders why she now needs a hip operation. Life in the 1960s. Do you really want to go back there? Nah. Didn't think so.   — Josie

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