Enter to win a book in my Halloween “Favorite Monster” contest

Ghoul2Dear Reader,

I am SO into ghouls right now!

Some people are all about witches. Others are into ghosts. Still more are into skeletons.

But, hey: show me a ghoul that will make my skin crawl, and I am SO. THERE.

As long as I know it can't run after me.

I love this guy (above). Not that I'd leave my Martin for him, but, hey, he is adorable—as long as he's inanimate.

Scary things should never be real, but left to our imaginations.

OldManGhoulOnce, when our children were just three and five, we took them to a science museum that had an exhibit of animated dinosaurs. All were built to the scientifically-determined heights and colors. They made sounds that you'll remember from the movie, Jurrasic Park.

Delighted, our five-year-old son ran toward the dinosaurs. Our three-year-old daughter followed–

Until she saw a brontosaurus move. Immediately, she did an about-face, leaped into Martin's arms, and literally CLIMBED up his face, holding on for dear life.

What a difference a couple of years in age makes!

Calmly and quietly, Martin explained to her that they were just moving dolls. she peeked at them again. Seeing the joy expressed at the other children who were petting these animatronics, she allowed Martin to edge closer. From her perch, she reached down and petted one of the smaller creatures before smacking it on the nose, declaring, “Bad boy!”

White GhoulThe imagination is the scariest place of all.

Perception vs. reality. Fiction vs. fact. Surreal vs. real. Rightly or wrongly, we deal with assumptions every day, even in small ways—without really knowing the facts.

All the more reason to seek information—look, listen and ask questions—before jumping to conclusions.

In the latest Housewife Assassin book, Donna Craig also perceives ulterior motives that may or may not be real. She and her mission team must chase down the perpetrator assigned to carrying out seven assassination plots.

As always, I had a lot of fun putting our favorite femme fatale in some scary situations and writing her out of them.

—Josie

Until you can get a copy, be sure to enter my contest for a $100 gift card from the bookstore of your choice. 
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All you have to do to enter is to write back to me with your monster preference: Ghoul, Witch, Ghost, or Skeleton—and why? No matter your answer, just entering will place you in a contest for a free copy of any of my books of your choice.

Births, Birthdays, and a Free Book

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Me, holding my first born: my son,  when he was a mere ten days old. He is now an adult. So not only is he one of my first loves, he is also one of my best friends.

In bad years as well as good ones, there will be births and birthdays.

In the past three weeks, I’ve celebrated one of the former and two of the latter.

And before April, my family will welcome a new little being. I cannot be happier. To celebrate:

This weekend only (Fri-Sat, Aug 28-30) the digital version of my stand-alone novel, The Baby Planner, is FREE in Amazon

It’s a story of maternal longing, a marriage at cross purposes, pre-natal angst, and family secrets.

The story came to me in a flash! I felt the pain of my heroine, Katie Johnson, so intensely! She wanted something so badly that this desire changed her life.

I hope Katie touches you as intensely as she did me as I was writing her.

In the book, as in our lives this very moment, no one can change the past. However, the future is within our grasp.

Between now and the wee one's birth, our family will also celebrate eight birthdays. I plan on toasting, lighting candles, eating cake, and making one wish on my loved ones' behalf: that every new year we celebrate from here on out is better than 2020.

I wish that for you too.

—Josie

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THIS WEEKEND ONLY: FRI – SUN, August 28-30, 2020

Coronavirus Articles of Interest

My mantra: Knowledge is power.

That being said, here are some websites and some articles (links and pdfs) that may be of interest as we make our way through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Keep safe and sane,

Josie



This Is an Interactive Map of US Coronavirus Case, from the New York Time as of Friday, May 29, 2020.

This is an interactive map that breaks down cases by state, via county. What you should look for here: the colors that chart cases over a day's period. The lighter the color, the better your state or county may be in moving toward—or, hopefully, away—from the pandemic.


Coronavirus “Stay at home” Orders, and What it Means in Your State

PDF: Coronavirus stay-at-home orders_ What it means in your state – The Washington Post

LINK: You're under a stay-at-home order? Here's what that means in your state.

What to look for here:

1: Dividing the number of deaths to cases in your area.

2: Also, number of cases divided by your area's population puts the virus' toll it into perspective.

3: You should also take note as to whether the numbers of cases are going up near you. If so, it's a red sign.


CDC Advice on Prevention

PDF: prevention-H

LINK: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html


Why You Should NOT Try to Infect Yourself
This is a great article as to how doctors view stupid people tricks during the coronavirus pandemic.

PDF: Opinion: Please, Don't Intentionally Infect Yourself With Coronavirus – The New York Times

LINK: https://josiebrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Opinion-_-Please-Dont-Intentionally-Infect-Yourself-With-Coronavirus-The-New-York-Times.pdf


New York City during the Coronavirus Pandemic – An Essay
New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, writes eloquently as to how it's affected his town.

PDF: New York City in the Coronavirus Pandemic _ The New Yorker


Coronavirus Seems to Kill More Men than Women.
Does gender play a part in the virus' outcome? Maybe. This explains why.

PDF: All across the United States, the coronavirus is killing more men than women, data show – The Washington Post

LINK: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/04/coronavirus-men/


The Sad Reality of Why Communal Gatherings Must Cease for the Time Being

PDF:  Choir practice turns fatal. Coronavirus is to blame – Los Angeles Times

LINK: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak


Insightful reportage by BusinessInsider.com

PDF: How Albany Georgia became a coronavirus hotspot from 2 funerals – Business Insider


Are you in a state that has yet to issue a “shelter in place” mandate?

PDF: See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home – The New York Times

LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-stay-at-home-order.html


Here's how the UK Plans to Go from 16,000 Tests a day to 100,000 by the End of the Month.

PDF: Here’s How The UK Plans To Go From 16,000 Tests A Day To 100,000 By The End Of The Month

LINK: https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/coronavirus-testing-uk-matt-hancock


How long until it ends?

The first state hit, Washington, is thinking that through now.

LINK: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/11/washington-state-coronavirus-crisis


A Coronavirus patient describes what it's like to live through it.

PDF: All systems shutting down’_ Bay Area coronavirus patient details horrors of infection – SFChronicle.com

LINK: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/All-systems-shutting-down-Bay-Area-15209714.php


YES—It can happen to you too. No state is immune, no matter how large or small the city.

SafeStateNot

LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/us/coronavirus-live-news.html


Why we must all play our parts by sheltering in place, walking six feet apart, and masking while in public.

In other words, stay safe.

PDF: How Will the Coronavirus End_ – The Atlantic

LINK: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/


Health workers have a few tricks for solving this vexing problem, but it will take trial and error to find the one that works for you.

PDF: Help! My Mask Fogs My Glasses – The New York Times

LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/article/glasses-fog-wearing-mask-coronavirus.html?smid=em-share

 

Hump Day Haiku: “The Bald Guy”

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I date a bald guy/

The great news: he's not a creep/

My friends say, "Clone him!"

— Josie