Hooray for Hollywood….

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I love the Southland.

Warm, dry heat. Palm fronds waving lazily in the breeze.

The inevitable celebrity sighting. "Is that….Nah! Can't be! Too  (fill in the blank: tiny/old/young/fat/doesn't look anything like the fantasy I had in mind)…"

I'll be making my way to Los Angeles this weekend, where I'll be hosted by the Los Angeles Romance Authors. Here's the deets, below.

Hey, if want to get into an LA frame of mind, click this link to hear a scat/jazz version of Hooray for Hollywood…

Or if you've got a hankering to talk writerly things, come join us!


— Josie

Sun April 15, 2012 / 10am – 12noon
Los Angeles Romance Authors

Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, 12825 Ventura Blvd, LA CA 91604

Attendance costs $5.00 for members and $10.00 for visitors.
Your first visit is free!

Josie's Workshop: "“Your First Scene, Line, Paragraph: Making a Great First Impression”

If you’re going to sell your novel, capturing the hearts and minds of those who will read it first – your dream agents or editors – is tantamount.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

1. 4 Page-Turning Tips Every Story MUST Have
2. The Best Place to Start Your Story, and Why (Believe it or not, it’s may not be where you’ve got it now…)
3. When (and When Not) to Use a Prologue
4. How to Integrate a Backstory without Slowing the Pace of Your Narrative
5. How and When to Balance Dialogue with Narrative

Because these are interactive workshops, prior to the event participants are welcomed to mail Josie the very first scene of a work-in-progress (no more than eight pages, double-spaced) that they feel exemplifies their process.

From what is sent in, she will choose a handful for positive, insightful examples of voice done well.

Hollywood, here I come–with THE BABY PLANNER tour!

27355-Baby-Planner-160x600 I'm ready for my close-up, and so is THE BABY PLANNER!

I'd like to invite you to attend one of my free events, taking place while I'm in the Southern California. Here's the deets:

Posies & Ponies
7449 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
(just south of the intersection of Pearl)

Hosted by baby planner
Heather Atkinson
Baby Bump & Beyond 

RSVP here via email
or RSVP on Facebook


Los Angeles, CA
Sat May 21, 1pm

Children's Wonderland
11726 Barrington Court  90049 

Hosted by baby planner
Denise Xagorarakis

RSVP via email
or RSVP on Facebook


Granola Babies
2346 Newport Blvd., B-1, 92627

Hosted by baby planner 
Denise Xagoraraki

RSVP via eMail 
or RSVP on Facebook


The tour's national sponsors include:

I look forward to meeting you there!

The Baby Planner
[Simon & Schuster/Gallery, in bookstores April 5, 2011]

"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


Andree says: “It’s time to party…”


If you're in Los Angeles this Sunday, March 7th, and somehow your Oscar invitation got lost in the mail, wipe away those tears because you deserve to be somewhere much more fun than a pity party.

How about a birthday party?

My niece, Andree Belle, is throwing the biggest public shindig ever. Let's just call it "Andreepalooza" because it's got a nice ring to it.

Or, as she puts it:

"This night is going to be filled with SOUL / LATIN / FUNK DELICIOUSNESS! Join as we celebrate my BIRTHDAY and the beauty that is your life! If you've missed out on the M.U.S.I.C this is the one u must attend!

Giving u expansion, supreme love energy, and something to shake your sexy ass to with musical geniuses: Andre De Sant'anna, Bryan Velasco, Matt Roberts, Leo Costa, Christian Gamez, Alberto Lopez, and special guests!

Also performing are the incredibly gifted MUAMBA (Brazilian funk goodness) and R&B sensation Kandace Lindsey!

See you there! OOOOH I can't wait! Besos!"

Like her aunt, she has no brevity of words.

And a SUPER voice.

In fact, here's just one sample of her music. If you like it, you can
buy it online at CDBaby:

Andree Belle – Variety Pack
Found at bee
mp3 search engine

Or hear first hand, at Zanzibar
1301 5th Street Santa Monica CA at 8:30pm, Sun 3/7/10.

a reminder, just cut and paste the poster above, and put it on your



SecretLivesCover200w Josie's
Next Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

In bookstores June 1, 2010. Order it

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Here's your chance to win a $200 gift card from Target!

purchase necessary! All you have to do is read an excerpt of
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and answer the question at the end.
Andree Belle

All correct
answers, received between between now and 12 Midnight PT on
June 8,
, will be
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June 10, 2010. CLICK

All the Great Reasons to Rent a live Christmas Tree

Retro-christmastree Here's one way to keep your Christmas tree evergreen: rent a live one.

According to this article in the New York Times, one very smart Los Angeles entrepreneur, Scott Martin, figured out a business that not only saves trees from death-by-chainsaw, but bonds us to them as well, since you can get the same tree to celebrate around, year after year.

Not to mention, the clean-up is easy, since he and his crew deliver and pick up.


SLHW fauxsmall Josie' s Next Book: Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

Simon & Schuster/Downtown Press

(ISBN: 9781439173176)

Look for it in bookstores June 1, 2010

Pre-Order at any of the bookstore links in my sidebar…

17, 2009 / New York Times

Delivers Christmas Trees for Rent


Calif. — It is a nibble weird that a guy who describes his relationship to
Christmas as “hostile” runs around greater Los Angeles in a floppy red Santa
hat and answers his iPhone, “Merry Christmas, this is Scotty Claus!”

bummed as false merriment and gift obligations render him, Scott Martin —
landscape architect and tree hugger in a literal sense — was unnerved by the
sight of post-Christmas trees lying about like so much discarded sausage

people really ought to do, he reasoned, was rent a Christmas tree, and return
it, alive, to the nursery once the season was over.

Martin’s idea, enabled by a rotten economy that made his free time greater and
his potential labor pool deeper, is now manifest in his new business delivering
live, potted Christmas trees that are taken away once the toys have been
unwrapped and, possibly, already broken, and the New Year’s confetti has been
swept away.

Christmas trees, which have been tried in Oregon and a smattering of other
places over the years, are a perfect match for Los Angeles, he said, where
Christmas trees have “an image issue,” and escaping a drive through traffic
with a tree strapped to a car roof is especially welcome.

can try anything here, and no one will tell you it’s a bad idea,” said Mr.
Martin, who is 30 and grew up in the South Bay here, where he delivered trees
as a teenager for the local nursery. “California is more attached to the green
movement so there are more willing to try this service here.”

rent a tree, a customer visits his Web site, www.livingchristmas.com,
picks out a tree from among several varieties and then awaits delivery.
Delivery days are determined by geography, to save time and gas. Prices range
from $50, for a two-to-three-foot number, up to $185 for something considerably
bigger. While two weeks is the recommended length of stay for a live tree in a
house, Mr. Martin lets his customers keep them for three weeks.

tree is then picked up to join its evergreen cousins; they will summer together
on industrial properties where Mr. Martin rents space for pennies on the dollar
to house his inventory. People who want the same tree next year ask for the
tree to be tagged with their name, so it might return next December, taller.

groovy points: The delivery trucks run on biodiesel; the trees are cared for by adults with
disabilities; the drivers will pick up donations for Goodwill and used wrapping
paper for recycling; and his Web site also sells eco-friendly, fair trade ornaments.

Martin — whose landscape architecture work slowed quite a bit this year, given
that most of it was in Dubai — gets delivery help from some laid-off architects
he knows. “They are willing, for $15 an hour, to put on reindeer antlers and
tell people Merry Christmas.”

Friday, Mr. Martin expertly threaded his truck through the small streets and
secret byways of Manhattan Beach, until he pulled up in front of an old beach
house where, naturally, there was no parking.

we steal your driveway to deliver a Christmas tree?” Mr. Martin gamely asked a
neighbor, who appeared to find it very hard to say no to a cheerful pair of
guys — Mr. Martin and his helper, Justin “Season” Casillas — in festive
headwear carrying a spruce. Delilah and Charlotte Samuels, the children of the
house, came racing out into the drizzle to check out the incoming tree.

mother, Megan Arquette, buried her nose in the branches. “Ramona, you’re back!”
she said, taking in the tree’s scent. “Ummmm. It smells so good.” The family
was one of last year’s handful of pilot customers; this year, the company has
rented 400 trees and expected to finish the season with 500.

love this,” Ms. Arquette said of tree renting. “It stays fresh, the cleanup is
minimal because it doesn’t drop anything, and it goes away and comes back next
year. It’s kind of like having a little pet.”

drive to anthropomorphize live trees seems common. Alice Haliburton, who heard
about tree rentals from a pal in her spinning class, was giddy to see her
“fluffy” tree arrive, so much so that she jumped around a little. “He smells
great, and he’s got a good home!” she exclaimed as Mr. Martin and Mr. Casillas
wedged him into a corner of her apartment in Redondo Beach. “And you can see
he’s happy.

so there can be problems. The guy who was supposed to pick up storage trays for
the trees out in Chino left without them. People get touchy about trees. They
don’t appreciate traffic. “I try to explain it’s Christmas, and it’s a tree,”
Mr. Martin said. “I say: ‘Your temporary Tannenbaum is not there yet? What can
I do for you?’ ”

he looks forward to bringing his trees back next year. “Your kids are growing,
your trees are growing, it’s really dynamic,” he said. “We’re breathing new
life into the holiday.”


Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company