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.”

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

Click here to listen to "Sherry Baby" Enjoy! — Josie     THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK978-0-9740214-0-9 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    

We have a homeless guy in our apartment building’s boiler room.

Turns out the guy has picked the lock, and made it his home: bedroll, pictures, personal items. This breaks my heart. I can only imagine what it's like to have to sleep on a cold concrete floor every night, let alone  park bench or a sidewalk. At the same time, should something happen in thatContinue reading “We have a homeless guy in our apartment building’s boiler room.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #12 is on getting out of a writing rut…

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 #12, for Monday, the 12th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #12 is on getting out of a writing rut…”

Squeeeee! TOTLANDIA is up on Amazon!

TOTLANDIABook 1: The Onesies  Coliloquy Books / 978-0-9740214-0-9 / eBook Buy it NOW, on Amazon.com Buy it NOW, on BN.com Buy the Book App NOW, on BN.com Friendship. Lies. Seduction. Betrayal. Welcome to Totlandia. The salacious secrets of Desperate Housewives meet the aspirational lifestyles of Sex and the City in San Francisco’s most elite mommies group In this sometimes bittersweet (andContinue reading “Squeeeee! TOTLANDIA is up on Amazon!”

My 10th NaNoWriMo Tip is here…

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 #10, for Saturday, the 10th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My 10th NaNoWriMo Tip is here…”

And then there were five (NaNoWriMo tips)…

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 #5, for Monday, November 5th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “And then there were five (NaNoWriMo tips)…”

You can’t just be beautiful. You have to be smart, too. Great example: Grace Kelly.

  No doubt about it: reading looks fabulous on everybody. — Josie The Housewife Assassin's HandbookOnly 99 cents! Buy it from:      

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”

Impossibly Tongue Tied gets its village…in Europe, Australia, and Japan, anyhow.

For novelists, all of our books are our children. As a parent of nine of them (and counting!), I can honestly say that I don't play favorites, even if one or more has done better than the others. Until recently, authors shared parenting responsibilities with their publishers. We write the books and in many casesContinue reading “Impossibly Tongue Tied gets its village…in Europe, Australia, and Japan, anyhow.”

TGIF!

Today was one of those cinematically picture perfect San Francisco Spring days. Everyone was in sundresses, shorts and camisoles, and flipflops. The sky was California blue. (Sorry, Carolina folk! We claim it, too!) Our walk took us from Pac Heights, through Fort Mason Park and down beside Gashouse Cove and the Maritime Museum, cutting awayContinue reading “TGIF!”

What writers should do when they are in the 99% (of publishing’s many norms): stay in the game.

Because of a very fortunate turn of events this year in my writing career, I was asked to speak to other authors who had been my support system in the ups and downs of my 7-year career: the San Francisco chapter of the Romance Writers of America. This group is filled with an even mixContinue reading “What writers should do when they are in the 99% (of publishing’s many norms): stay in the game.”

The Help: does the movie’s portrayal of racism ring true?

Novelist Josie Brown takes it as a good sign that some people who have seen the movie version of the bestselling book The Help are truly appalled at the class divisiveness portrayed in the film. Here’s why.

Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health

The despair felt by the parents of the mentally ill — especially those whose illnesses, such as schizophrenia, manifest into anger and has caused them to do physical harm to others — is unfathomable by the rest of us. These are not bad parents. They are people who love their children, and have done theirContinue reading “Tucson Tragedy: It’s Time for Comprehensive Universal Mental Health”

My relationship advice to newlyweds Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Omigod! Who'd have thunk it? Pop tart Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand went out and got married! I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. That's okay. I probably would have gotten lost on the way there, anyway. My cell phone is too old for any GPA app, let alone one that showsContinue reading “My relationship advice to newlyweds Katy Perry and Russell Brand”

So Sad: Killer Strollers

Because my next book, THE BABY PLANNER, deals with a woman whose job includes choosing baby gear for her clients (she also previously worked for a state agency dealing with safety product issues), of course this article caught my eye. Please pass forward to your friends who are in baby- and toddler mode and mayContinue reading “So Sad: Killer Strollers”

Lissa Rankin’s WHAT’S UP DOWN THERE? is better than sex. Seriously.

Since when is reading better than sex? When what you're reading is ABOUT sex–and you're learning that all the things you thought you knew about it (and your body) could fill, like maybe just one page of a book? That book would be Lissa Rankin MD's book, WHAT'S UP DOWN THERE? Questions You'd Only AskContinue reading “Lissa Rankin’s WHAT’S UP DOWN THERE? is better than sex. Seriously.”

My R Rated Book Reading: Mature Audiences Only

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 usContinue reading “My R Rated Book Reading: Mature Audiences Only”

The Secret Lives of My Toyotas

My husband and I don’t consider ourselves car people. We consider ourselves Toyota people. Car people are fickle. They want the latest/greatest/hottest/fastest/newest car on the market. Toyota people are smart. They want reliability, dependability and safety. And they want a great-looking car. We bought our first Toyota, a Corolla, just a week before our firstborn,Continue reading “The Secret Lives of My Toyotas”

The Pulitzer Prize and the Novel TINKERS: What Dreams May Come in Publishing

One of the hardest things to do is write a novel. I guess that's why everyone attempts to do so. Even when you spin prose into gold, like Paul Harding has done with his book, Tinkers, you still have to overcome the reticence of those publishing industry decision makers (agents, then editors) that your bookContinue reading “The Pulitzer Prize and the Novel TINKERS: What Dreams May Come in Publishing”

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