Great reviews for newbie fiction author, Lisa Rinna. (Yep, THAT, Lisa Rinna!)

Starlit in PW So cool. My pal, Lisa Rinna, wrote a novel: lots of sex and scandal, set in Hollywood (of course!)

Seems like she's hit it out of the park. Take a gander at these reviews for it. This first one, on the right here, is from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

This one, on the left, is from ROMANTIC TIMES:

Welcome to the club, Lisa! I'm sure you'll find that writing great characters is just as fun as playing them on the screen!

STARLIT RomanticTimes


With open arms,


Read, Drink, Schmooze

BartSimpsonReading Despite the fact that I was nervous as all get-out I had a blast at Peg Alford Pursell's WHY THERE ARE WORDS salon.

I made new friends, and saw the faces of many pals (authors Wendy Tokanuga and Kate Perry, to name a few). It's always cool to be in a room where 80+ literati are hanging on your every word (albeit those words come out shaken and stirred — and not necessarily because of the glass  of wine you've gulped down ahead of time, for some liquid courage).*

For the most part, writers aren't natural readers (except for Joshilyn Jackson — who is also an actress. She is AWESOME, so if you get a chance to hear her read, take it). Through the years, I've grimaced through readings that sounded worse than a fifth grade book reports. The authors read too fast, too low, too embarrassed about their words.

If you write and get the opportunity to read out loud, you shouldn't be. You worked hard on your book, so read it loud, read it proud.

Your audience will be listening with bated breath.




T*Thanks, Ed the Hook, for the correction!


  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." –Joan Collins, Hollywood Wives

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Marge Simpson Is the November 2009 Playboy Cover

MargeSimpsonInPlayboy Well, now we'll find out if her hair is really blue.

Or if she sports a tramp stamp.

When my husband showed me this photo of the November 2009 Playboy cover with Marge Simpson on the cover, I thought that Hugh Hefner had finally lost his marbles.

Look, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that female cartoon characters aren't sexy. But come on: MARGE SIMPSON?

Why not, say, Catwoman, or Lara Croft, or that retro-tart, Wonder Woman?

Even my namesake and personal favorite, Josie and the Pussycats, would have been a better choice.

Or to paraphrase Jessica Rabbit: Marge Simpson isn't bad; she's just not drawn that way.

My disbelief has nothing to do with the fact that she's a mother, either. Both Demi Moore and Lisa Rinna proved that posing on a Playboy cover at the peak of motherhood has its allure. (I guess breasts are breasts, right? Talk about an Oedipus complex…)

The cover is being billed as a collectors edition. I guess Playboy's way of bumping sales is by appealing to those who may not normally buy the magazine: Simpsons fans who don't live in their parents' basements.

Because I'm guessing their typical reader isn't necessarily a Simpsons fan (although I'm ready to lay odds that he still lives with Mom and Dad).

I'm guessing Home doesn't mind. I mean, really, how many men can claim The Hef called with an offer to put his wife on the cover of Playboy?

Truth be told, most guys don't buy Playboy for the articles. If this issue sells out, it will validate what I've thought all along:

They buy it for the cartoon.

Move over, Little Anne Fannie, you've got competition,



Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Simon & Schuster/Pocket

Look for it in bookstores
September 2010