Debra Webb’s THE SECRETS WE BURY – Author Provocateur Podcast

  Today’s guest is the prolific suspense novelist Debra Webb, a USA-Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with over one hundred and fifty books to her name. Debra’s latest novel, THE SECRETS WE BURY, is the first in a new romantic suspense series whose protagonist, Dr. Rowan Dupont—formally Nashville Police Department’s forensic psychologist—also happens toContinue reading “Debra Webb’s THE SECRETS WE BURY – Author Provocateur Podcast”

Martin and I found this antique musical Santa snow globe at an old curiosity shoppe.

At the time it was a splurge for us—thirty dollars—but how could we resist? Turns out the shop owner had just polished its brass base that very morning before putting it in the shop window. "I knew it would go quickly," he said, chuckling. The shop is gone now. Still, I'm sure he'd be happyContinue reading “Martin and I found this antique musical Santa snow globe at an old curiosity shoppe.”

Puddle Jumpers

Love this! The first photo is called "The Puddle Jumper" and was taken by the photographer Martin Munkácsi, for Harper's Bazaar, in 1934. The second was taken by Richard Avedon, also a fashion shot, and also in Paris, but in 1957. Beautiful! –Josie

My five New Year’s resolutions…

Resolution #1: Stay healthy. (Note to Self: eat more root vegetables, and less sugar!) Resolution #2: Stay happy. (Note to Self: much more sex, much less [caloric] sugar!) Resolution #3: Acquire a new language.(Pig Latin does NOT count.) Resolution #4:Experience new things, with total abandon!(Unless they include black-outs, tattoos, or joining a cult.)    Continue reading “My five New Year’s resolutions…”

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist

(c) 2005 Alex Steuart Williams  (FLIP) and Erica Rothschild   I'm being serious. Okay, here goes: 1. "I'd write, too, but I can't stand the thought of all the trees I'd be killing."  Yes, I've heard this one. My response back then was, "Don't worry. You won't sell enough books to raze a sapling, becauseContinue reading “10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist”

My guess is that she’s reading Pride and Prejudice…

  Or maybe "The Housewife Assassin's Handbook." I'll go with the latter. –Josie From "Pride and Prejudice, the Musical" Music and Lyrics by Rita Abrams; Libretto by Josie Brown The song:  #3: IT IS A TRUTH (Complete Song)(Sung by Bingley, Darcy and Caroline)  Darcy and Bingley banter about the pressures on single men–particularly wealthy single men–toContinue reading “My guess is that she’s reading Pride and Prejudice…”

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world…”

  "…as long as I can be a woman in it." — Marilyn Monroe   ____________________________     THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOKMurder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips. 978-0-9740214-0-9 FREE! ORDER NOW,  from Amazon.com (US)  / Amazon.UK Also in all Amazon countries! BN.com (99 cents) Apple iTunes Bookstore  / Apple iTunes Bookstore (UK) In all iTunes countries! KoboBooks

RIP Shirley Temple. Thanks to you, I’ll always put Animal Crackers in My Soup.

My mother introduced me to the films of the iconic child actress, Shirley Temple, when I was five. Mom, who was just a few years younger than Ms. Temple, was raised as a dancer because of her idol. By the time of my own childhood, in the 1960s, many of Ms. Temple's films were alreadyContinue reading “RIP Shirley Temple. Thanks to you, I’ll always put Animal Crackers in My Soup.”

When it comes to a boat, what’s in a name?

The boats in the San Francisco Yacht Harbor have wonderfully whimsical names: Irish Whisper. Calico Dragon. Sea Hawk. Kookaburra. Nai'a. Daisy. Escapade. Effie Jane. Portola. Then there's the one named, simply, "Sailboat." Talk about putting things in perspective. — Josie      FREE!THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK Over 150,000 downloads.Find out why readers love it. Amazon iBooksContinue reading “When it comes to a boat, what’s in a name?”

San Francisco’s Union Square during the holidays, from an historical perspective.

The skating rink and lit tree, in Union Square, downton San Francisco, California. The model for the statue was a young local beauty, Alma Spreckels, who ended up marrying the sugar king (yes, she actually called him her "sugar daddy"–or as she put it, "I'd rather be an old man's darling than a young man's slave."Continue reading “San Francisco’s Union Square during the holidays, from an historical perspective.”

John Singer Sargent painting: “Zuleika”. The farce — and artifice — of beauty.

Gorgeous, wouldn't you say? It was painted by the 19th Century famous portraitist,  John Singer Sargent. His abstracts were always of friends– usually other artists, such as himself. I wonder if that was because he felt his clients demanded something more meticulous, whereas perhaps these were painted on the fly? His version of toting aContinue reading “John Singer Sargent painting: “Zuleika”. The farce — and artifice — of beauty.”

Housewife Assassin Donna Stone is back–and here’s what she did for her summer vacation.

IN AMAZON NOW! In Kobo, Nook, and Apple by August 20, 2013 Read an excerpt here.. A nude sunbathing serial killer, a Lord of the Flies 'tween takeover, poison-dart throwing pygmies…… Talk about a fantasy (nightmare?) island! An NSA scientist has disappeared with a deadly plague virus. Donna and Jack must find him, before it is unleashed on FantasyContinue reading “Housewife Assassin Donna Stone is back–and here’s what she did for her summer vacation.”

The Almost Marilyn Monroe, Almost Naked

The renowned burlesque dancer, Dixie Evans, died this weekend. She was known as burlesque's "Marilyn Monroe." Yes, the resemblance was uncanny! See for yourself.  Here's how she built her act. Take it off, take it all off, — Josie August 10, 2013 Dixie Evans, Who Brought ‘Monroe’ to Burlesque Houses, Dies at 86 By MARGALIT FOXContinue reading “The Almost Marilyn Monroe, Almost Naked”

Yes, we have a winner in the HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL GUIDE contest!

Nothing is more fun than contacting someone to tell them, "You've won a prize!" No joke. I truly feel that way. Okay, unless it's to say, "You're the sweetest person in the world, and I want you to know I'm thinking about you today." My contest for The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide Contest just ended,Continue reading “Yes, we have a winner in the HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL GUIDE contest!”

Excerpt from THE CANDIDATE: Pilot Error, or Sabotage?

I thought I'd treat you to another excerpt from the candidate.  I had a blast researching this scene, in which a saboteur must make an experienced pilot's plane go down — and make it look like pilot error. Hope you enjoy it! — Josie Buy it on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk   EXCERPT Smith’s man, Charlie, hadContinue reading “Excerpt from THE CANDIDATE: Pilot Error, or Sabotage?”

Free, for just ONE MORE DAY (Saturday, July 6, 2013): THE CANDIDATE

  Yes, you want to get it.  Or as Amazon readers put it: "I got mad at myself because I had to put this book down to sleep at night. I wanted to finish it all – without taking a break!" — Chick Lit Plus "The story and the characters pulled me in. Great summerContinue reading “Free, for just ONE MORE DAY (Saturday, July 6, 2013): THE CANDIDATE”

Maternity Delivery: US is the COSTLIEST country in the world–by far.

This article, from the New York Times, should give pause to anyone who is having a baby–or has had a baby–in the United States. If this doesn't make the strongest case for health care reform in our country, then I don't know what does. — Josie   American Way of Birth, Costliest in the WorldContinue reading “Maternity Delivery: US is the COSTLIEST country in the world–by far.”

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