As an author, I’m super impressed with Kobo’s platform and bookstore…

HAH-Hanging-Man-Oct-5-2012I just uploaded the books from my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN series, and it was easy-peasy, from start to finish.

To buy either The Housewife Assassin's Handbook, or  The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing on Kobo, click onto their titles, or the book's photo.

Also, it has culled reader reviews from various sources, so even if you haven't read it via one bookstore, you can see a more comprehensive list of what readers are saying about it.

For example, a couple of the readers for The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing say this, on Amazon.

Hope you like them…and BUY them!

— Josie

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars 
So fun with twists you actually don't see coming! October 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

So many books in this genre fall into the same formula and once you've read more than two of them, the books become predictable. Not so in this book {or any of Josie Brown's books for that matter}. I was actually very surprised by the twists in the book and found my jaw hanging open in shock on more than one occasion. The characters are so well written that I found myself getting emotional as the story went along- I felt angry, sad and happy for the characters and almost became protective as well. Definitely a great read!

Guide-to-Gracious-Killing-Final5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read! Love it! October 11, 2012
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Nothing is ever easy for Donna Stone. Whether its saving Prince Harry from an assassin or serving her husband Carl with divorce papers, things have a way of going drastically against plan.

I loved, loved, loved this book! Just the right balance of love, hate, seedy bad guys, hot good guys. And oh so much fun! It is just so easy to get sucked into the story and just keep going!

I felt the storyline was a bit darker this time around, but it was done well. The book still had enough humour and lighthearted moments that lessended that impact though, and so it wasn't too 'in your face'.

Lots of twists and turns and plenty of OMG moments, and just an all round fun ride.

The only question remaining: how long til there's more?

 

Great scene in THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK…

Man_with_towelSome mid-week petite amusement:

As I put the finishing touches on the Book 2 in my Housewife Assassin series (The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing) I'm also having fun re-reading The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. The best thing you can offer your readers is an unexpected–and completely believeable–plot twist. The one you'll read below turns the life of my heroine, Donna Stone*, on her head .

Enjoy!

–Josie

 

 

“Mom–” Jeffrey is standing at the door, an ashen look on his face.

I sigh, and shake my head. “Not now, sweetie. Mary and I are–”

“But Mom, someone is here!” Jeff’s eyes are open wide in fear.

“What? Where, at the front door?”

“No. He’s in – your bedroom.”

“My – my bedroom? Where – where’s your little sister?” I try to keep the panic out of my voice as I hurry toward the stairs. Mary and Jeff are right on my heels.

Too late. I see Trisha standing on the threshold of my bedroom door. She hovers there, as if deciding whether or not to go in.

The rest of us freeze, hearing what has drawn her to the door: running water.

Coming from the shower. No…whoever is there has just turned it off.

I make it to Trisha in time to see the master bathroom’s door open slowly. I turn around and thrust my baby girl into Mary’s arms, who is close on my heels. But before I have time to whisper frantically for them to run back down the stairs and out the door, he is standing there, in front of us.

Although I have my back to him, I know this because I see it on my children’s faces: fear, anger—

Hope.

Slowly I turn around and see him:

He is tall, handsome, and humming off-key. One hand holds the towel wrapped around his taut middle. The other is wiping down his broad, muscled chest as he saunters over to us.

Over to me.

A wisp of shaving cream still clings to the dimple in his jaw. His dark hair has coiled into a bed of damp curls. His seductive grin is totally captivating.

And boy, does he know it.

“Honey, I’m home,” he murmurs casually, as if we’d seen each other just this morning.

Is this a dream? How could this be?

What the hell is happening here?

Before I have a chance to catch my breath, he is standing next to the children. “Ah, so this is Trisha! My god, you’re the sweetest littlest princess in the world! Give me a big, big hug – yes, that’s my girl! Jeff – wow, boy, how about a shake, huh? You’re quite a bruiser, eh kid? – ”

Their wariness melts away under his awed, approving gaze.

And now it’s Mary’s turn:

Mary, the most jaded – and yes, the most traumatized – of all my children. He seems to know this instinctively, which is why he does all the right things: the tantalizing smile, the warm hug, and the gentle pat, as if she is a fragile piece of china that might break if he’s not careful . . .

“Ah, Mary,” he murmurs softly, gently. “You beautiful little heartbreaker, you–”

But none of this takes her in. Instead, she looks over to indicate that she’ll take her cue from me.

It’s my call.

So, what do I do now? Embrace him with open arms, or put him on the spot in front of the ones whose approval counts the most: my children?

Then, before I know it, he has me in his arms. I feel his lips gently brush over mine, too quick to resist –

The kiss is sweet . . . deep . . . tempting.

Perfect.

Jeff and Trisha, their radar always in tune, seem to pick up on this and shove us all, including Mary, into a group hug. They too are confused; but thrilled nonetheless.

Finally, their father has come home to them.

We stay suspended in the clinch for what seems like forever.

Then, one by one, the children break away.

Mary, her face a kaleidoscope of emotions, is the first. Slowly and awkwardly, she backs out of the room. The others, less out of doubt than natural shyness, follow suit, closing the door quietly behind them.

I wait until I hear the click of the knob.

Then I turn to him, and with a shy smile, I give him a sidekick to the solar plexus that lands him flat on his face, gasping for breath.

His pain is doubled when, a second later, I’ve wrenched his arm behind his back, straight up and out.

“So tell me, you audacious son of a bitch,” I whisper. “Who you are, and what the hell do you think you’re doing?”

 

*Not her real name

© 2011 Josie Brown.  All rights reserved. This excerpt may not be resold or redistributed without prior written permission from Josie Brown or Signal Press Books (info@signaleditorial.com).


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"This is a super sexy and fun read that you shouldn't miss! How do I love this book, let me count the ways: (1.) A kick ass woman that can literally kick ass as well as cook and clean.  Donna gives a whole new meaning to "taking out the trash". (2.) The book is set around Los Angeles, mostly in a gated community suspiciously like Coto de Caza, full of housewives that could be 'real" and for the setting alone, a big giant WIN! (3.) Super sarcasm, snarky dialogue and making fun of all that is wrong in the OC, politics, as well as current world affairs."  
— Mary Jacobs, Book Hounds Reviews

"The chemistry between the two of them is enough to set water on fire. Add in a healthy dose of humor and ridiculousness, some mayhem, and some really cute kids, and you've got a book that won't be putdown – so go pick it up now!" 
— Cat's Thoughts

There is only one man I’d leave my husband for: 007.

Daniel Craig SkyfallOkay, maybe I wouldn't actually leave Martin. I'd come home at mealtimes.

I'm just talkin' dessert now, the amuse bouche, when I rhapsodize about James Bond…well really, the James Bond, as epitomized by Daniel Craig. He's the perfect 007 for these times.

He's so spot on in the role, that I don't even mind his girly-man routine in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

Check out this new trailer for SKYFALL, the latest Bond flick, which will be out in November.

Love this line:

007: Everybody needs a hobby.

Bad Guy Javier Bardem: So, what's yours?

007: Resurrection.

Ummmmmmmmmmm.

Shaken and stirred,

–Josie

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NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Make your readers love your hero.

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If you ran into your hero at a cocktail party, would you talk to him?

If so, what is it about him that would have attracted you to him in the first place? Would it be the way he stands out in the room? Or his laugh? Or his voice?

I'm guessing it's the way he attracts a crowd (other great characters) around him. If he looks like a fun guy, then just like you, others will want to hang with him, and soak up his vibe.

If your character isn't engaging to you, trust me: he won't hold his own with readers, either.

Sure they may finish the book. But that's no guarantee that they will come around for a second book, or recommend it to others.

Dagwood__SandwichThose of you participating in National Novel Writing Month know that the prime objective is moving your story ahead each day in November, at a clip of 1,650 words a day. That averages around five pages a day (or 330 words per page). Much of what I've written about in the twelve tips that have preceded this one involves crafting a solid, fast-moving plot, which, if your story were a sandwich, is the tasty bread that holds the story together. But your main character is the meat in the middle: 

If he or she ain't tasty, your story is plain. Blah.

It's just dry as toast.

Case in point: There are a vast number of spy novels, but the ones that attract legions of ongoing readers have one thing in common:

Characters who are smart, fun, fearless, and flawed enough that they aren't (in Mary Poppins-ology) practically perfect in every way. (My god, think how boring that would be?)

In that genre, my favorite authors are John LeCarre and William Dietrich, for different reasons. In the case of Mr. LeCarre, I enjoy the tortured backstories of his heroes just as much as the intricacies of his plots, which demonstrate the amount of skill and research that go into his into his novels. I love the flaws that are etched into his heroes.

As for Mr. Dietrich — especially in his Nathan Gage series — his plots are fun romps built around history and mythology, and his hero is a delightful scoundrel and an adventurer.

Both writers are skilled enough at their craft that their characters'  backstories aren't “told” to us (show, not tell, as in Tip #5, remember?) but appropriately intercut as flashbacks (LeCarre), or worked back into the ongoing plot (Dietrich).

A strong character wears his backstory heavily in his eyes, his gait, or on his sagging shoulders. It is sprinkled into his conversation, and that of his friends and enemies. 

Like all of us, your hero's traits are the sum total of his life experience. They are why he makes wrong choices, and why he seeks redemption. 

They are what make him interesting.

It's why we want to hang out with him.

It's why we fall in love with him.

Otherwise, we can be doing something else.

And so can you. 

Like re-examining your hero, to take advantage of every opportunity to make him more interesting.

 

(c) 2011 Josie Brown. All rights reserved.

PICTURE: Yep, that is Daniel Craig tux'ed up as James Bond, the iconic spy as written by master novelist Ian Fleming. Your main character doesn't have to be as self-assured , but he or she will have to have traits that allow readers to want to hang in with them, for the three hundred or so pages of your story. 

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YESERDAY'S NANOWRIMO TIP, HERE…

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I've got a question for you, and be honest: Have you ever written a character that was so boring that you had to get rid of him/her?

Happy National Novel Writing Month,

— Josie

 

Best Daniel Craig Anti-James Bond movie ever: Layer Cake

Layer-Cake This side of the pond may know Daniel Craig as 007, but our British cousins have had the good fortune of seeing him in a variety of great roles that show a softer/more vulnerable/much more ironic side of the actor. 

I'd read some fairly great reviews of his 2004 movie Layer Cake, so I decided to check it out. It did not disappoint. Craig plays a bean-counting cocaine middleman who wants to retire from the dirty biz, but gets suckered into doing one last "favor" for the drug kingpin running him. 

Lots of plot twists: not everyone is whom they portend to be. Great cinematography, too, and a superlative sound track. The bad guys are complex characters. If it reminds one of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, that's because the movies share the same producers.

'Flix it. You won't be disappointed. Daniel Craig is more than eye candy. He's just desserts, too.

— Josie

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I love watching Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace…

No let me be very clear: I like watching Daniel Craig in ANYTHING.

Especially tight white jeans.

Or nothing.

Use your imagination.

Watch a bit of it with me:

 

 

See what I mean? 

Donna Stone is the kick-ass girlee version of Bond. 

In other words, don't piss her off. 

And heaven help you if you make her miss her kids' car pool pick up.

Enjoy an excerpt here,

–Josie

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And some handy household tips.

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Daniel Craig: Lick It Good!

Craig-pop Yes, he's yummy, and looks good enough to lick.

Whoa, wait: Do I really want to objectify some man, just because he's got icy blue eyes, a fabulous smile, a cute ass, and great pecs?

Hell yeah.

Not to mention he looks great on a Popsicle Stick.

(Okay, so it's a Del Monte pop. There, I got in the product placement.)

Flavor of the month,

—Josie

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