New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!

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EXTRACURRICULAR – BOOK 1 RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!

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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 by ice plant and calla lilies. Birds of Paradise seem to hang in there pretty much all year long, as do roses—always a pleasure to see.

Only one thing makes me happier than Spring—and that's BOOKS!
My next series, EXTRACURRICULAR, takes place over two generations and three episodic books.

It's a story about love, lust, and parents behaving badly when it comes to cheating on college entrance exams.

It may sound like a plot ripped from the headlines. Ironically, this was a story I began writing eight years ago…

So yeah, it's been on my mind for quite some time.

If you loved Totlandia or Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, this is definitely the series for you!
The first novel in this series of three books launches on 
Friday, June 28, 2019—
Just in time for the July 4th Weekend.

And of course, to celebrate the heat AND a sizzling new book to read, 
I'm having a launch contest for Extracurricular – Book 1.

You can read about it below. I do hope you'll enter.
In fact, you'll have 6 chances to win.
Enjoy your summer—AND Extracurricular!
—Josie

Prizes

THE PRIZES

5 Contestants Will Win:

:A $10 Gift Card from the bookstore of your choice;

: An autographed copy of my novel, The Baby Planner (trade paperback); and

: A digital eBook of any one of my books (currently published, or a future title).

A 6th Contestant will be drawn as the Grand Prize Winner, and will Receive:

: A $50 Gift Card from the bookstore of your choice;

: A signed trade paperback copy of The Baby Planner;

A signed trade paperback copy of Extracurricular Book 1;

: An signed hardcover copy of The Housewife Assassin's Handbook;

: A digital eBook of one of my books—your choice! (currently published, or a future title);

: A jute tote bag sporting the Housewife Assassin logo—great for the beach or the store! And

: A stoneware ruffled pie dish from Crate + Barrel.

Talk about a fun bunch of prizes!

The contest ends Midnight Pacific Time on Midnight, Sunday, August 4, 2019

Talk about a fun bunch of prizes!

AND YOU CAN EARN BONUS POINTS!

Enter the Contest

Hump Day Haiku: “Kiss Bliss”

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The urge to kiss her /
Comes in the oddest places/
He always gives in.


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THE CANDIDATE

Signal Press – eBook

Buy it NOW, on 
Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK)

BN.com (US)

Seduction and intrigue are rampant on the campaign trail when a political campaign adviser discovers that Washington's power broker elite have embroiled his presidential candidate in a plot involving an act of terrorism on US soil…

SYNOPSIS

Democratic political campaign consultant Ben Brinker can’t remember the last time he was excited by a candidate’s vision. He feels he’s lost his way, both emotionally and professionally. Worst yet, his show-me-the-money policy seems to have finally caught up with him. Two of his recent clients have been disgraced in one way or another: a senator is caught in lurid sex scandal, and a congressman is indicted in a kickback scandal. In no time at all the political pundits are calling Ben a "candidate cooler." Now Ben is desperate for any campaign gig he can get.

As luck would have it, Andrew Harris Mansfield, the charismatic junior senator from North Carolina  and former Marine pilot, asks Ben if he wants to run his soon-to-be-announced campaign for president.

Little does Ben know what's in store for Andrew, or their country–

Nor does he realize that the key to saving both have been placed in his hands.

Read an excerpt here…

Enter THE CANDIDATE'S Contest for a $100 Gift Card!


D’oh! The Simpsons: Enter the Contest to Name a New Character

Homer-Simpson-3 When my son graduated from high school, one of the questions asked on his senior yearbook form was who inspired him the most. I'm guessing the names Lincoln, or Jimmy Carter or Ghandi flitted through that pea soup he calls a brain, but the idol he finally settled on was HOMER SIMPSON.

Yup. Just the sort of thing that makes a mama proud, right?

In truth, Martin and I have no one to blame but ourselves. Both our children were weened on the TV show, so of course one of its characters would have made an impression. (Was it too much to ask for that to be Lisa?…Guess so…sigh...Well, at least it wasn't Comic Book Guy.)

I'm happy to report that said son enjoys philosophy and is wending his way through a degree in Journalism. Perhaps his idol, Homer, has instilled him with some heady lessons after all.

In honor of that — and THE SIMPSON's 20th anniversary — I'm using today's shout-out to encourage you to enter the show's contest to name a new character by clicking here.     

Should be a blast. And in typical Simpsonian form, the contest explains that the writers extended this invitation:

"For 20 years, the artists and writers of THE SIMPSONS have lovingly labored to create a parade of hilariously memorable characters beloved by the whole world. Well, that's all over now. The simple fact is, we're tired. Tired and, frankly too rich to care anymore. That's where YOU come in! While we coast on our long ago achievement, you have the chance to shame us off our lazy butts by designing your very own Simpsons character! (Come up with a great name and catchphrase, plus a brief description, and if you're selected as the winner, we'll bring you to Los Angeles to meet with an actual artist from THE SIMPSONS who will bring your character to life in the episode currently planned for January 31, 2010). Come on, people show us how it's supposed to be done. You'll have the satisfaction of creating a character seen by millions. And we'll have the satisfaction of not having to do our jobs."   

Homer couldn't have said it better,

—Josie


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Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Simon & Schuster/Pocket
(ISBN: 9781439173176)

Look for it in bookstores

September 2010

Shake Your Booty in Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream and Cake Contest to Win $10,000

BaskinRobbinsDanceContest Remember that old saying "We all sing for ice cream"? Well, now, if you dance, too, you'll have a shot at $10,000 in cash, and $1,000 worth of Baskin
Robbins Ice Cream Cake. All you have to do is grab your video camera
and your kids, and dance for your chance to win in the Baskin Robbins
Ice Cream & Cake Dance Contest!

Entering is easy as cake (and ice cream):

1.Go to the Baskin Robbins Video Contest Page
to download the free Ice Cream and Cake song for your video. (Catchy as all get-out! Trust me on this…)

2.Watch the demo
video to see how the dance is done.

3. Next, grab your camera (and the
kids!) and shake your beautiful booty.

4. Uplink your video, and get your friends and family to vote for you, because that will play a part in
determining the winner.

Put on your dancin' shoes,

—Josie
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