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 Excerpt: The Sting

I started writing Extracurricular eight years ago. As luck would have it, the recent college admissions cheating scandal made it a timely book to be launch this summer. The scandal also gave me the impetus to expand the story into a three-book series. Whereas it was always going to be about about the consequence ofContinue reading “Extracurricular Excerpt: The Sting”

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!”

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 NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Follow my motto, “Last author standing.”

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 #30, for Friday, the 30th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Follow my motto, “Last author standing.””

My NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Your character said WHAT???

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 #28, for Wednesday, the 28th… The previous day’s post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day’sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Your character said WHAT???”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Bad query letter. (Just sayin’.)

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 #27, for Tuesday, the 27th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Bad query letter. (Just sayin’.)”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #26: How to get an agent.

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 #26, for Monday, the 26th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #26: How to get an agent.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Why, and when,authors need an agent.

  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 #25, for Sunday, the 25th…   Here's to your success as an author, — Josie Brown    

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 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.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #6!

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 #6, for Tuesday, November 6th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. Here's to yourContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #6!”

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…”

Enter my contest for The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing

Yippee, skippee, the second book in my Housewife Assassin series has launched:  The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing Buy it from  Amazon 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 perfectContinue reading “Enter my contest for The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing”

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

I'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 billionaireContinue reading “Pssst! New cover, and new Housewife Assassin Book: Guide to Gracious Killing!”

And the winner is…

I want to thank all of you who entered THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK's Very Merry Contest, I interrupted what I'm sure was a very healthy (aHEM!) lunch of my author pal, Karin Tabke, do the blind pick for the winning numbers — So feel free to invite her to your  "Why didn't you pick me?"Continue reading “And the winner is…”

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Meet your word count first; edit it later.

One analogy about the tips you often hear regarding National Novel Writing Month is to imagine your your sentences as strands of spaghetti that you toss onto the wall of your manuscript. As with any wall that gets covered with wet noodles and tomato sauce, at some point it either looks like a mess— Or, likeContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Meet your word count first; edit it later.”

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