The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing Contest Winner is…

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THE WINNER OF THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING IS:

Holly C.

You can find a list of the rest of the contestants, here.

When I contacted Holly to tell her that she had won, I asked her to tell me something about herself. She is single, lives in Manhattan, and travels all over the world.

Those long, international trips were the validation she needed to become recent Kindle owner — and The Housewife Assassin's Handbook was one of the books she had downloaded first (I honored), which is how she found out about this contest, too.

Again, congratulations, Holly C!

I want to thank the following people, have also entered into my  THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest for a $100 giftcard to the bookstore of their choice. I'll let you know about my next contest too. If you enter it again, your participation in this contest will give you an automatic Bonus Point, fyi.

— Josie 

Guide-to-Gracious-Killing-v7THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING

 In Online Bookstores Now!

Signal Press / 978-0-9740214-4-7 / Digital eBook 

Buy it now, from

Amazon.com

Read an excerpt here…

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

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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 your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 

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And the GoodReads contest winners are…

Comfortable readI want to thank all 1,048 of you who entered GoodRead's giveaway of five copies of The Baby Planner!

The winners are:

 - Sonia Bond

 - Renee Lippert

 - Susan Fulginiti

 - Nina Renner

 - Alicia Schultz

I hope you love it, and will chat it up to your friends.

For those of you who have not yet read it, I'm proud of the fact that it got some super reviews. Feel free toread an excerpt of it here…

Also feel free to read a excerpt of my just released digital eBook, The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. That contest will be announced soon, on my website.

By the way, I'll be announcing the winner of my contest for a $100 gift card by noon tomorrow, by which time I hope to have reached the winner.

It's a great summer to curl up with a good book (preferably, mine),

–Josie

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THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK
Murder. Suspense. Sex. 
And some handy household tips.

Signal Press – Digital eBook 

ORDER NOW,  from

Amazon.com

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Also in in the Apple iBookstore!

Enter The Housewife Assassin's Handbook Contest to win free movie tickets to AMC theaters, or another theater near you! 

I'm giving away $50 in Fandango Bucks
to some lucky winner who likes thriller movies as much as romantic suspense!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE CONTEST RULES…


Seattle Parents! Join Us for THE BABY PLANNER Novel Party!

BabyPlannerEviteTighter(2)Seattle always has sunshine when I come to town. Seattle readers — and expectant moms, for whom my latest novel will surely resonate — I hope you'll join me at my parents party for THE BABY PLANNER. Lots of raffle prizes, samples, and coupons.  Here are the details:


Date: Thurs, June 2, 2011, 11am

Location: Planet Happy Toys / 2914 NE 55th Street, Seattle, 98105
Tel #: 206.729.0154
RSVP to: BabyPlannerSeattle@gmail.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206163599396291

Planet Happy Toys is throwing the ultimate parent party.  Hosted by ItsaBelly-Seattle baby planner Windy Gossett to celebrate the launch of author Josie Brown’s latest novel entitled (appropriately enough) The Baby Planner (Simon & Schuster).

Brown will read from the book. Afterward Gossett will discuss tips on buying safe and non toxic baby products.

LOCAL SPONSOR: ItsaBelly, National Baby Planning & Maternity Concierge Services

THERE WILL ALSO BE GIVEAWAYS FROM:
Sprout Organic Baby Food
Kiwi Magazine, for Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way
EcoStoreUSA, maker of Eco-Safe Cleansing Products
Spiffies, maker of Infant Dental and Teething Wipes
– Organic Mother's Milk Tea, from www.TraditionalMedicinals.com
ArtBellies.com, Making Your Work in Progress a Work of Art
– Gift bag from PrinceLionheart.com
Maclaren Beginning Skin Care, safe non toxic!
– And a special Itsabelly gift basket, which includes:

"Itsabelly's Guide to Going Green with Baby" book

The Mommy Hook

Thinkbaby Bottles

– Wysi Wipes

NoseFrida Snot Sucker

ATTENDEES WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED INTO CONTESTS FOR:
– A set of Wonder Bumpers, the #1 doctor-recommended crib-safe bedding from http://www.GoMamaGoDesigns.com
– A gift from The Happiest Baby on the Block
– A gift from Beth Duris, Shaklee Distributor
–  A copy of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom
A $100 gift card to their favorite bookstore, courtesy Josie Brown. The drawing will be done on 6/22/11.

AND YOU'LL RECEIVE COUPONS FROM:
Minted Custom Invitations  - The Eco Breast Pump  - Beaba USA Bloomin’ Belly Soaps

RSVP strongly Advised! We look forward to seeing you there!

— Josie

"Brown (Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives) takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubbly romp…But what begins as a light foray into Bugaboo country turns into something bigger than a satire of status-obsessed Bay Area yummy mummies as Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family, with Katie's heartbreaking longing for a child unveiling a disturbing reality about her marriage and family. Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together." –Publishers Weekly

 

Passing it forward in 2011: Want to earn a free book?

Homemade pies My gal pal (and consumate pie lady) Kristin Isaacson has inspired me to play "Pass if Forward 2011". Here's how it works:

I promise to send something handmade — in my case, my pies can't hold a candle to hers. Instead, I'll give one of my books (of my choosing)– to the first five people who leave a comment. You can do that here in the comment box below, or on my Facebook Fan Page, or my Twitter page.

 In return, the first five must ALSO promise to give something, to five others who comment on their posts–and it, too, has to be handmade.

Great karma, right?

I look forward to passing forward to you!

Happy 2011 for all of us,

–Josie

 

 BabyPlannerCoverIn Bookstores April 5, 2011!
THE BABY PLANNER – A Novel by Josie Brown

(Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books)

ISBN#: 9781439197127

"I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust and marriage with heartwrenching  pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!"
Lisa Rinna, actress, and author of the novel, Starlit

Order your copy today:

From Amazon

 

And the winner is…

 Okay, this was the game plan:

1. Type out the name of every contestant to my Secret Santa Contest –multiple times, if they entered multiple times — and put it in a bag.

CHECK.

2. Take the bag over to my local Barnes & Noble — the Corte Madera, CA store, where, by the way, they still have two autographed copies of my book — so that a bookseller there can pick the winneSanta Gift Bagr.

CHECK.

3. Take along our new Flip camera — and the Hub — so that he could video the actual event.

CHECK.

4. Invite one of the booksellers to do the actual drawing.

Okay, that's where the plan went off the rails.

Like, who knew B&N had a corporate policy that (a) you can't video their booksellers, or (b) use their names, or even (c) photograph them?

However, the bookseller was kind enough to participate in the drawing, and for that we thank her.

And the name she yanked out of the hat?

Melissa A.

So, yes, Melissa, there IS a Santa– with a gift card to your favorite bookstore!

I'll email you for your deets.

To the other contestants, I want to say thank you for letting me know how much you enjoyed the excerpt. I hope the book was on your holiday gift list. If so, and you've got other gift cards to use, here's a list of stores around the country, where you may still find signed copies of SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2011,

–Josie

Josie's Latest Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it TODAY!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading." –Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives

And the winner is…

Winner I love contests.

Winning is one thing. Being the prize is another.

It is such a thrill to give something back to those who appreciate my books.

Those of you who participated in recent contests in which my book Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, was the prize, I thank you for taking the time and effort to do so. Here are the winners, and I thank the following book bloggers for arranging these.

They've got some motley crew of readers, who come from all over the country, and I had a blast looking up some of their cities as the entries came in. For example:

Not Quite Susie Homemaker:

Tethered Mommy / winner: Karen K., Monessen, PA .Who knew Monessen was the hometown of Frances McDormand, one of my favorite actresses of all time? Remember Fargo? "And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper…")

NotQuiteSusieHomemaker / winner: Andrea V., Providence, RI, where the first blood of the American Revolution in the notorious Gaspée Affair of 1772.

Simply Stacie: Linda K, Winchester, CA. Thanks, Stacie, for this great contest. You've got some motley crew of readers! They come from all over the country, and I had a blast looking up some of their cities as the entries came in. For example, did you know that Linda, our winner, lives in a town where a rich crazy lady built a 160-room Victorian mansion? A spiritualist prodded her to do it, after the deaths of her child and husband. There's got to be a story in that, for sure!

Author Leah Stewart's Facebook Fan page: Tiffany D., New Hampshire: A simple mill house, its first opera house was around as early as 1908.

To the victors go the spoils!

—Josie
http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA

http://www.facebook.com/Josie.Brown.Author.Page 



  Josie's Latest Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it TODAY!

"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading." –Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives