New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!

EXTRACURRICULAR – BOOK 1 RELEASE DATE: JUNE 28, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!       Happy Almost Summer to You! Now that San Francisco’s monsoon rains have finally let up, Martin and I have been taking long walks every day. It’s great to see flowers in bloom again! The tulip trees were first, then the daffodils, followed byContinue reading “New Season, New Contest, and a New Series!”

From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all the praise.

Every now and again, I'll run across a reader review that makes me proud of the fact that I've stuck it out as a novelist. Here are a few examples. I just want to say to those of you who have read me and passed along a few kind words about my book: thank you,Continue reading “From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all the praise.”

A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY

   F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors. His words are prose as poetry, and from that standpoint, The Great Gatsby is considered is best work (albeit I'm partial to the book he was still writing upon his death, The Last Tycoon. If the film is as good as the trailer, BazContinue reading “A Sneak Peek AT THE GREAT GATSBY”

Hooray for Hollywood….

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 AngelesContinue reading “Hooray for Hollywood….”

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Chapter doesn’t work? Fix it in “post.”

Both my husband and I have broadcast backgrounds. One very important lesson we learned in those previous gigs serves us well when we’re editing text articles or, in the case of National Novel Writing Month, novels: Should you feel something isn’t working on your project, you can always fix it later. Broadcast producers can alwaysContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Chapter doesn’t work? Fix it in “post.””

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: When your “backstory” should be the story.

During National Novel Writing Month, many an aspiring novelist will start with a great character. He will know his hero backwards and forward, as if he is his very best friend. He’ll describe how the hero looks, down to the cleft in his chin. He’ll know about his childhood, his teen angst, his tribulations andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #6: When your “backstory” should be the story.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Meet your word count first; edit it later.

One analogy about the tips you often hear regarding National Novel Writing Month is to imagine your your sentences as strands of spaghetti that you toss onto the wall of your manuscript. As with any wall that gets covered with wet noodles and tomato sauce, at some point it either looks like a mess— Or, likeContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Meet your word count first; edit it later.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Don’t give up.

Despite the fact that it is only Day 3 of National Novel Writing Month, I’m willing to bet that, before the clock strikes midnight tonight, one-tenth of everyone who began with high hopes of meeting their writing goals each day will have missed today’s deadline… And by tomorrow evening, they will have completely given upContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Don’t give up.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story.

I am forever amazed at authors who tell me that they write their books without first outlining the plot of their stories. Usually the conversation goes something like this: Would Be Author: “Plotting? NOOOOO! I’d never do that! I’d be crushing my muse! My characters take me on their journey, not the other way around….”Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Treat writing as if it’s your career.

  My first tip: Treat writing as a career. Why? Because those of us who call ourselves writers don’t see it as a hobby. It is how we spend the bulk of our work day. It is our primary source of income. It is a way of life. As such, the term “avocation” fits itContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Treat writing as if it’s your career.”

You can’t just write a book. You have to promote it, too Here’s why.

Promoting your book you’ve written is very important to its success. That’s why novelist Josie Brown believes that the strongest component a publishing house can offer its authors is promotion. Listen to what she has to say about it here.

Check out this video of me discussing my book, The Baby Planner.

I can talk non-stop about my book The Baby Planner. I so enjoyed writing about my heroine, Katie Johnson. We all excel in at least one way, but we also have our weak spots. Katie's leaves her vulnerable in the one area she thinks she will always be blessed: family.  Little does she know…. ButContinue reading “Check out this video of me discussing my book, The Baby Planner.”

And the GoodReads contest winners are…

I want to thank all 1,048 of you who entered GoodRead's giveaway of five copies of The Baby Planner! The winners are:  - Sonia Bond  - Renee Lippert  - Susan Fulginiti  - Nina Renner  - Alicia Schultz I hope you love it, and will chat it up to your friends. For those of you whoContinue reading “And the GoodReads contest winners are…”

Books: must live with them, can’t live without them.

Am I the only one who thinks books are eye candy?
Forget those twinkling glass chips in the fireplace, or all those tall vases overflowing with roses. It’s novelist Josie Brown’s opinion that nothing warms up a home more than a library of books…But try telling that to a realtor. Here’s her take on moving with 28 boxes of books.

Seattle Parents! Join Us for THE BABY PLANNER Novel Party!

Seattle always has sunshine when I come to town. Seattle readers — and expectant moms, for whom my latest novel will surely resonate — I hope you'll join me at my parents party for THE BABY PLANNER. Lots of raffle prizes, samples, and coupons.  Here are the details: Date: Thurs, June 2, 2011, 11amLocation: PlanetContinue reading “Seattle Parents! Join Us for THE BABY PLANNER Novel Party!”

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

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: La Jolla, CA Fri May 20, 2011, 12N  Posies & Ponies 7449 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 858.551.0434(just south of theContinue reading “Hollywood, here I come–with THE BABY PLANNER tour!”

The best gift you can give on Mother’s Day: a donation to your local library. Here’s why…

Your mom doesn’t need another bouquet. Scented soaps? Forget about it. If you truly want to give her something special, stop by your local library and hand over a nice donation. Here’s why.

Thanks, Publishers Weekly, for Loving THE BABY PLANNER

I'm honored to have this fabulous review in the book publishing industry's trade magazine,PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. What a great way to start a Monday! The Baby Planner Josie Brown. S&S/Gallery, $15 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-4391-9712-7     Brown (Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives) takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubblyContinue reading “Thanks, Publishers Weekly, for Loving THE BABY PLANNER”

Win a $100 Gift Card to Your Favorite Bookstore!

See that smile? See that stack of books? This woman could be you! All you have to do is read this excerpt of THE BABY PLANNER, and email the following, to BabyPlannerNovel@gmail.com – The correct answer; – Your name, snail mail address so I can send the gift card to you, if you're my lucky winner; and – AContinue reading “Win a $100 Gift Card to Your Favorite Bookstore!”

Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors

I'm a big Apple Mac fan. Always have been– Until now. This past year my travel schedule heavied up. I wasn't looking forward to hitting the road with my iBook laptop. (Walking through the streets of New York and Chicago with the strap of your computer bag dragging you down is not a great fashionContinue reading “Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors”

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