Want to bake a great cake? 8 Things that can go wrong—and how to fix them.

I just found this GREAT article on the Beebs (BBC) that answers these eight common problems with baking a cake. 1: Thick as a brick, and tastes like one too. 2: Flatter than a pancake. 3: Sinks deeper than the Titanic. 4: Cracked open on top. 5: Dry and over-baked. 6: Raw and tastes doughy.Continue reading “Want to bake a great cake? 8 Things that can go wrong—and how to fix them.”

Midnight Delight! A brand new excerpt of HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING

This was my birthday month. I'm one year younger, and one year wiser. (Think "Benjamin Button." Um… Yeah right, sure.) As do most wise people, I don't celebrate myself, but those I appreciate.   That's where you come in. This excerpt is for you, folks. As the seconds count down on in thislast day of this beautifulContinue reading “Midnight Delight! A brand new excerpt of HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING”

The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide has a Mother-Daughter talk about (Yep, you guessed it) S-E-X!

I love this scene because it says a lot about my heroine, Donna's, relationship with her oldest child, twelve-year-old Mary. And since this book is all about the cause and effect of trust and love, it's a perfect scene to share with you. I hope you enjoy it! — Josie   EXCERPT “When did youContinue reading “The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide has a Mother-Daughter talk about (Yep, you guessed it) S-E-X!”

The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide is now on sale!

                                                            (Soon on Kobo and Apple iTunes Bookstore, too)   Worth the wait? I think so! Hopefully, you will too. Here are the deets: London. Paris. GuantanamoContinue reading “The Housewife Assassin’s Relationship Survival Guide is now on sale!”

It’s a’comin’, by golly…

Okay, try hard not to hate me, or to think that I've played the worst ever April Fool's joke on you (Tiffy, that one's for you, lol!) but I have to say upfront that we've had some tech issues with launching The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide. The SECOND the glitch is taken care of,Continue reading “It’s a’comin’, by golly…”

Novelist Eileen Goudge introduced me to Capitola’s historic, colorful beach villas.

Had I known how beautiful this little seaside town was, I would have come here sooner. Believe it or not, it is renowned as the oldest beach resort on the West Coast. Its name mimicks that of a heroine in a novel dating back to the 1867: The Hidden Hand, by E.D.E.N. Southworth. If youContinue reading “Novelist Eileen Goudge introduced me to Capitola’s historic, colorful beach villas.”

Author excerpt game! Should I choose page 7 or 77?

For years now, I've called novelist Eileen Rendahl my evil twin, for good reason: her books have a snarky irreverance that remind me of my own. Now I have another reason to say we're joined at the hip (along with six other of her closest author pals): I've been tagged by her to play "7Continue reading “Author excerpt game! Should I choose page 7 or 77?”

You’ve only got until MIDNIGHT PDT to enter my contest for a $100 bookstore giftcard!

So Do. It. NOW. Just read the excerpt of my novel, The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing, here, then answer this question: What is the name of the song Prince Harry is dancing to, and who sings it? All correct answers, must be emailed to be at MailFromJosie@gmail.com to be automatically be entered. I'll be posting theContinue reading “You’ve only got until MIDNIGHT PDT to enter my contest for a $100 bookstore giftcard!”

My Tip #19 for NaNoWriMo: To rewrite a scene, change the point of view.

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 #19, for Monday, the 19th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My Tip #19 for NaNoWriMo: To rewrite a scene, change the point of view.”

My 17th NaNoWriMo Tip: Why your characters need emotional depth.

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 #17, for Saturday, the 17th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My 17th NaNoWriMo Tip: Why your characters need emotional depth.”

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 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…”

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Better late than never…

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. Sorry I’m late with today’s tip, but I had to finish up on my own daily word count (3,500…Ouch!) Here’s TipContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Better late than never…”

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.”

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)…”

Day 3 of NaNoWrMo…

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.  In fact, here's Tip #3, for Saturday, November 3rd… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here'sContinue reading “Day 3 of NaNoWrMo…”

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Reach out to other authors. Here’s how.

I got a very sweet email from a reader once, who asked if I could go to an online post where her sister had written a book, read it, and give her encouragement. I have a sister. If I weren’t already published, I could see her wanting to help me in this way. I hadContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Reach out to other authors. Here’s how.”

A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY

   F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors. His words are prose as poetry, and from that standpoint, The Great Gatsby is considered is best work (albeit I'm partial to the book he was still writing upon his death, The Last Tycoon. If the film is as good as the trailer, BazContinue reading “A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY”

This Saturday, take my writers’ workshop in Sacramento…

Here are the deets. Hope to see you there! — Josie Sat May 19, 2012 / 9am check-in / Ends at 12 noonSACRAMENTO, CA  Sacramento Valley Rose Romance Writers ChapterHoliday Inn Rancho Cordova11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742 Josie's Workshop: "“Your First Scene, Line, Paragraph: Making a Great First Impression” If you’re goingContinue reading “This Saturday, take my writers’ workshop in Sacramento…”

Hooray for Hollywood….

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 AngelesContinue reading “Hooray for Hollywood….”

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