Monday, January 15, 2018

Terror on Sunshine Boulevard 2018 Blog Tour Kick-Off Today, Honoring Martin Luther King

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog by J.Q. Rose!
Terror on Sunshine Boulevard Winter Warm-Up 2018 Blog Tour
with J.Q. Rose

Squeeeeee---Today is the kick-off for the Blog Tour!!! 
Author Sandra Cox is hosting my first guest post for this winter's tour. Brave gal, eh? 

I really love doing blog tours. I get to work with old friends and meet new ones as we prepare for the guest posts together. The support and generosity of all my hosts warms me all over in this miserable winter filled with freezing weather, fires, mudslides. 

My prayers are with all those who are suffering through the tragedies and prayers for those who respond to these emergencies. I hope my book will allow an escape from reality for readers and bring some entertainment, perhaps a giggle, and perhaps chills not caused by cold weather.

Hop over to Sandra's blog today, Monday, January 15, to enter to win a PDF copy of Terror on Sunshine Boulevard. The article on tips on flower arranging will inspire you to bring in some colorful flowers to brighten those wintry days.
Today!! Click here to visit the Sandra Cox Blog
Wednesday, January 17--hop on over to the Nan Pokerwinski Heartwood Blog. You'll learn a lot about the book and my writing process and you can enter to win a PDF copy of Terror on Sunshine Boulevard.
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Please read on to find an excerpt from the paranormal mystery. The excerpt is a scen with the sweetest dog, Jingles, and his master, Mr. Tweeble.  They live in the beautiful Florida senior park, Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Resort on Sunshine Boulevard. 
Mr. Tweeble's dog, Jingles, in paranormal mystery, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Excerpt: Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
A few nights later, Mr. Tweeble woke up with a start when his dog Jingles began barking loud enough to wake him even if he wasn’t wearing his hearing aids.
“Jingles! Jingles! Hush up, will you? It’s three o’clock in the morning. You’re going to wake the neighborhood with your barking.”

He remembered Jingles barking and whining like that when he drove his electric scooter near George McConnell’s house that afternoon. He had finally picked up the feisty terrier and put him on his lap to join the other curiosity seekers near the house. The dog jumped off and raced the other way until he was brought up short on his leash and howled until his master turned the cart around and left the area.

Jingles’ pitiful yowling broke into Mr. Tweeble’s memory.

Fearing his dog was sick, Mr. Tweeble rolled himself out of bed, fumbled putting on his glasses, and shuffled into the kitchen. Using the night light in the hood vent over the old stove to see the dog, he discovered the animal scampering back and forth near the back door.

“Jingles, come ‘ere, boy. Are you sick?” Mr. Tweeble picked him up and gently held the dog close to his chest. He switched on the ceiling light and studied the precious face he dearly loved. He checked Jingles’ brown ears and his brown and white furry body for any injuries and then cradled him to his rotund belly.

“It’s all right, little guy. Come on. Come on to bed with me. You must want to go out to chase a rabbit, eh?” As he slowly shuffled his way back to his bedroom with the dog, he wondered what was wrong. Mr. Tweeble made a mental note to check behind the couch for an “accident” in the morning.

He lay down on the rumpled bed and enfolded the trembling dog in his arms. Suddenly Jingles wriggled free and sprang up barking non-stop. He leaped from the bed and raced out of the room. A flash of searing yellow light filled the room blinding Mr. Tweeble, and the smell of his own scorched flesh burned his nostrils.
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Just click on the blog name and pop on over to have fun and win prizes!!

Monday-Today-Sandra Cox Blog

Wednesday, January 17 Nan Pokerwinski Heartwood Blog - a blog about cultivating creativity, connection and contentment wherever you are.

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Honoring and Remembering Martin Luther King
Honoring Martin Luther King

Thank you to Dr.King and those brave people through our history for trailblazing a path to freedom, equality and justice for all. 




Only in the darkness can you see the stars.--Martin Luther King


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DIY MFA Book Club Challenge, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard Blog Tour Begins Monday

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!
Are you writing today?
How are you doing with your writing goals? Don't lose your determination to get that story or book out of your head and onto the paper.

"Many writers struggle with finding time to write, maintaining their motivation, or keeping that pesky inner critic at bay," said Gabriella Pereira at DIY MFA. She has a plan for smacking down those obstacles by helping writers build writing momentum and bust through mental blocks that are getting in your way.  She is launching a new program called the DIY MFA Book Club Challenge.  Click here for more information about the Do-It-Yourself Master of Fine Arts Book Club.

I decided to be more proactive in my writing process and join the challenge. How about you? I'll be sharing some of my writing prompts Gabriela gives us during the month. Here's the first one.
DIY MFA Book Club
Prompt: How did you become a writer?
How did you become a writer?
Writing is a superpower and every superhero has an origin story. What’s yours? When did you realize that you wanted to write? What motivated you to get started?
I became a writer when I was in second grade in order to stay out of trouble. I was an innocent player in an unusual situation during my second grade year in my small town grade school. Our second and third grade classes were filled with more kids than usual, hence the term “baby boomers.” Not quite enough kids in each class to hire two teachers, so the school decided to have a combined class of second and third grades in one classroom. And who was the lucky teacher assigned to handle this double workload? My mother.
Yes, I had my mother as my second-grade teacher. Talk about a predicament for both of us. I was always aware of my "special standing" in the class.  Did the kids treat me differently because our teacher was my mother? Perhaps at times, but I never felt it caused a problem with friends.
Do I call mom Mrs.or just Mom? Actually, I didn't address her at all during school time. 
Could I hug her when leaving for recess? No, I didn't do that, but plenty of hugs after school. 
In fact, my mother and I had a special relationship which I cherish to this day. I don't know if being her student for nine months may have contributed to our closeness as I forged through my teens and beyond.
Many years later, after I was married and had my two daughters, Mom told me how difficult that year was for her. She never graded my tests, but instead opted for having the other second-grade teacher do it. She didn’t want anyone to think she was giving me A’s because I was her daughter. She was stricter with me than with the other kids in the classroom for fear of being accused of favoring me. She struggled all year to find a balance between being my mother and being my teacher. As a 7-year-old I had no idea.
I admit I was one of those kids who loved to talk to students sitting near me so I would get in trouble a lot for doing that. In order not to invoke the wrath of my mother on me, I learned I had to keep busy so I wouldn’t talk to my classmates when I finished my assignments. Since I was always done earlier than anyone else, I decided to write stories.
My writing pencil.
I remember scrawling those stories, mostly about animals, on a tablet (way before electronic tablets were available) using a #2 lead pencil. I wrote so many stories, I developed a “writer’s bump” on the middle finger of my right hand. I still have it. Not only did I love creating those tales using my 7-year-old-experiences as a starting point, I especially loved reading the stories to my class and watching them smile and laugh because of what I wrote. Seeing their enjoyment hooked me so I continued to make up stories and still do to this day!
 Are you a writer? When did you begin? How ARE you doing with those 2018 writing plans? 

Are you a reader? When did you fall in love with reading? 

Please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear your experiences.

Terror on Sunshine Boulevard Winter Warm-Up Blog Tour with J.Q. Rose



Terror on Sunshine Boulevard Winter Blog Tour
Join us for book giveaways, prizes, mysteries, and fun!
Excited to begin my Blog Tour for my newly-released paranormal mystery, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard. Author Sandra Cox kicks off the tour on Monday where I share tips on arranging cut flowers. (In case you didn't know, I was in the flower business with GT for 20 years.) Thank you, Sandra, for hosting my first stop!

Then I pop over to my critique buddy's amazing blog, Heartwood, on Wednesday where I answer questions Nan Pokerwinski has cooked up. Please join us. Just click on the blog name and go to have fun and win prizes!!

Sandra Cox Blog

Nan Pokerwinski Heartwood Blog - a blog about cultivating creativity, connection and contentment wherever you are.





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG: Plan for Writing in 2018, Celebration of Chrys Fey's New Release, Flaming Crimes Mystery

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 
Time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! 

Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop
First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page. I hope you'll take some time to visit the diverse list of bloggers.

IWSG Question for the Month
Question:  What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
I plan to continue with a scheduled time every day for my writing. I learned when I was penning Deadly Undertaking a few years ago, the only way to get the story done was to sit down every day and write. I set aside 15 minutes after lunch to just write. NO Internet. The 15 minutes usually turn in to one or two hours when I am on a roll. 

This year I'll be working on a memoir about the first year we were in the flower business, so I plan to escape back to 1976 after lunch every day.

I've not made a plan for marketing other than contacting bloggers to host me on a blog tour in January and February. (Anyone have a spot for me on your blog?) 


I'm planning to create a LOT of marketing images for Facebook and other social media using canva.com. That's fun for me. I haven't scheduled an appointment with myself to carry this through. Perhaps I should.

Have you made a plan for 2018? Let us know in a comment below. Thank you.
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I am thrilled to be celebrating the release of Chrys Fey's fourth book in her Disaster Crimes series, Flaming Crimes by participating in a Blogfest. 

Chrys invited bloggers to answer this question--"What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?"

She added the following note."Now, when I say ridiculous, I mean something that is important to you (something worth grabbing), but other people might find odd. After your family, pets, and important items are safe and sound (that includes anything writing related), what is the one odd thing you’d want to grab from your home?"

Flaming Crimes Blogfest
Flaming Crimes Blogfest
January 1-3-2018
My Answer--If youre' a reader, you may not think my choice is a ridiculous item to save when you are racing away from a fire.

I would save my Kindle because:
Would you save your Kindle?


1.It's small and I can grab it right off my night stand as I dash away from the approaching flames. (You can tell I'm picturing a fire in the middle of the night.)
2.I can check in on FB and email on the internet to keep in touch while I watch the firemen,women save my house.
3.I can type easily on the Kindle. (I hate typing on my phone.)
4.I'll have all of my books on hand so I can read to give me a short break from the reality of dealing with the problems a fire would bring to my life.
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Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey
Book #4 in the Disaster Crimes Book Series
Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304 
Digital Price: 4.99 
Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 

BUY LINKS:

BACK OF THE BOOK: Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey
Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.

Their lives may just go up in flames…


Author Chrys Fey
About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

Author Links:
Facebook / Twitter / Amazon




You're invited to visit the list of bloggers participating in the Flaming Crimes Blogfest by clicking the links below.. I wonder if you'll agree with the items we have chosen to save from the fire. 

Would you save your Kindle? Please leave a comment below.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Boost Your Confidence to Succeed in 2018 by J.Q. Rose, Year End 50% Off Sale

Happy New Year 2018 from J.Q. Rose!
Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story blog by J.Q. Rose.

The bright and shiny New Year 2018 looms ahead with opportunities to make a change in our lives. Are you going to try to make a change, continue a helpful new habit you acquired this year, renew old relationships, make new friends, and perhaps write a new story or a novel? 
So many things to choose from. Don't overwhelm yourself. Choose something you are confident you can do.

After listening to a speaker on motivation, I realize how confidence plays a huge factor in achieving your goals, resolutions, desires.

Let's say you're determined to lose weight, stop smoking, or write a book this year. Then you must dig deep and be confident you can do it! But where do you get that confidence?

Here are some suggestions to boost your confidence:
  • Ask yourself what it would take to achieve your goal, e.g. writing. Write down specific steps to do it, not general steps. Example: I will write for 15 minutes at lunch time every day, not say I'll write every day.
  • Tackle each step to achieve your greater goal. Getting started will boost your confidence to do the next step.
  • Remember how good you felt when you  completed a story, poem, novella, an article. What did you do to make that happen?
  • Know that other people have completed a writing project. How did they do it? Use their success as your motivation to do the same. 
  • Think positive thoughts and surround yourself with those who are positive about you reaching your goal. 
  • Realize you are not perfect. If you get off track, pick yourself up, and get back on track. 
  • Do NOT Give Up.
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Having lectured you on achieving goals, I'm going to be brave and be specific in listing my goals for my writing career in 2018. I hope when I look back on January 1, 2019, I will have achieved them. Wait a minute. I mean I am confident that I achieved them!

My Writing Goals for 2018 by J.Q. Rose

1. Complete my memoir, Looking Through Rose-Colored Glasses (working title)
2. Post FB Live videos on my J.Q. Rose, Author page.
3. Gather 150 more followers who "like" my J.Q. Rose, Author page
4. Install a landing page on my website to help build an email list.
5. Plan a blog tour and visit my hosts this winter to give away prizes and shout about my latest mystery, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard.

Terror on Sunshine Boulevard
Paranormal Mystery
Click here to order at these digital stores
There they are in black and white. This makes me more accountable by sharing it with readers. I'm sure I'll be able to mark off these four items from the list as "Done!" by January 1, 2019.

Do you have goals or resolutions for 2018? If you want to share your goals with us in a comment below, please do. Thank you for your support!!

Time is running out to take advantage of Books We Love Publishing's 50% off sale on these eBooks at Smashwords. Sale ends January 1, 2018.
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If you have read these books or the new release, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard, I'd appreciate a review from you on the site where you purchased the books and/or Goodreads.

Thanks so much for your help in letting readers know about these mysteries.

Happy and blessed New Year 2018!!







Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Arm Chair Travel: Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico

Shopping Plaza in Cozumel, Mexico

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog by J.Q. Rose.


Last week you joined me in an Arm Chair Travel Tour of our cruise to the Western Caribbean where we enjoyed the sights at Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan, Honduras. Today I'm sharing photos of Cozumel, Mexico. Come along.
 Cozumel is definitely a tourist spot due to all the cruise ships that drop off thousands of passengers every day. The area does have beautiful beaches and that tropical atmosphere. Unfortunately the Carnival cruise ship only allows less than 8 hours for visitors to get off the ship, tour, and then get back on. I wanted to spend more time, but of course I didn't want to miss the ship. And we were cautioned, if you do not take a tour sponsored by Carnival, you must be on the ship on time, or they will sail without you. If you take the their sponsored tour, they'll wait.


We reserved a Jeep to drive around Cozumel a week before we arrived. Unfortunately, Ernesto rented ours out to another party. But to his credit, he made good on getting us transportation. He had to rent one from another company in order to do it. Fortunately, the Jeep he procured for us was a NEW one, and it was enclosed, not open-air like we had ordered. We were happy to take advantage of the air conditioner and stay cool on that warm afternoon.


My brother-in-law, Terry, had been to Cozumel several times, so he was our chauffeur and travel guide. He headed right out to the road that allows us to view the magnificent seascapes. We stopped at beaches along the way. After leaving the frenetic city traffic, we drove for half an hour or so along the smooth and wide beach road. 

We chose this atmospheric and friendly restaurant, Alberto's, for lunch ON the beach with swaying palms over head and shade from the warm sun. The food was delicious or was it due to the location making the food even better? I had yummy chicken fajitas. We also had chips and salsa. Not the kind of bagged chips we have in the States. These were crisper and tastier. The salsa was a bit too hot for me, but I'm a wimp when it comes to jalapeno or any hot peppers.


The warm tropical breezes and views added to the enjoyment of this special meal at the beach restaurant.
Or was it that few sips of Mexican beer I tried? Hmmmm...Sol is the name of the beer. Ever sipped it? It was refreshing.


As we traveled on, we saw this cute market of thatched huts. All kinds of souveniers, jewelry, clothing, etc packed into these small stores.


Wares for sale displayed on the wall of the hut sitting right on the beach.




Couldn't resist taking a pic of these cute little chihuahua statues. 
No, I didn't bring them home with me.


The day we visited, six of these enormous cruise ships were in port at the same time. We had 2300 passengers on ours and we were one of the smaller ships. Can you imagine how many visitors were in town that day? But we toured out along the beach where there was no traffic problem.

These tin looking plates on the ropes are rat barriers, keeping the rats off the ship. They were on every line holding the ship to the dock--sorry I'm not a seaman and don't know the correct term for those lines. Tell me if you know what the correct name is. Thanks.


We experienced breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the vast ocean. The best part of the trip for me were those early mornings when we would gather on the lido deck for coffee and juice just talking about our experiences and our plans for the day. Truly relaxing and peaceful while most of our shipmates slept in their beds.

I did not enjoy the trip when the ship rocked and rolled on the seas, but I did when it was quiet and calm. Believing the waves "rocked me to sleep" at night comforted me a little.

 Will I ever go again? I doubt I will cruise to the Caribbean after this second trip. But I won't get on my soapbox about these cruises and bore you with my feelings about the trip. You can try cruising for yourself to determine if it is right for you. Are you a cruiser? Tell us about your experience!

Thanks for stopping in. 

Click here if you'd like to view more pictures from our cruise to  Mahogany Bay at Roatan, Honduras.
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 My latest mystery/paranormal, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard 
is now available in paperback and ebook .
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Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Mystery/paranormal

Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed? Investigating mysterious murders? 
Not the usual calls in a Florida retirement community for volunteer first responder Jim Hart.
First Responder

Back of the Book:  Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed or investigating mysterious murders are not the usual calls for first responder Jim Hart. He expects slip and fall accidents or low blood pressure emergencies in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Golf Resort. The ghastly crime scenes turn the winter time fun into a terrifying season of death and mystery when the authorities cannot track down the predator responsible.

Jim and his wife Gloria could escape the horror and grief by returning to their northern home, but concern for their friends and residents keep them in Florida. With the entire community in a dither over the deaths, the Harts participate in the normal winter activities of golfing, dancing, and pool parties with their friends to distract them from the sadness and loss.

Can Jim and Gloria work with the authorities to discover who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard and stop the increasing body count?
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Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Arm Chair Travel: Time for a Cruise to Roatan, Honduras

Buenas Dias and Bienvenido to the Focused on Story blog by J.Q. Rose.

This week I'm sharing photos from our cruise to Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico. The photos tell the story better than words, but as usual, the photos are nowhere as spectacular as the reality of the scenery and people.

The Carnival Ship Line, Paradise, was our ride.

My husband and I traveled with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. We left on the five day Carnival Cruise from the Port of Tampa, FL. I was so enthralled with everything, I forgot to take my camera up on the deck as we sailed away from the beautiful city of Tampa on the west coast of Florida. I wish I had taken shots of the city as we cruised down the channel and under the Skyway Bridge out to the Gulf of Mexico. BTW, this was the last time I knew where I was in this vast ocean until I arrived back in Tampa five days later.
The lobby was all decked out for Christmas and festive.

This beautiful sunset wished us a good night. And the meal that night on white tablecloths, china, loads of waiters to keep us fed and over fed made us feel like royalty. The food all week was very good, plentiful, and available 24 hours a day!

The morning brought warm showers. The Lido deck with the buffet, pool, water slide and meeting area was wet when we traversed the deck to get to the early morning coffee and juice. The stormy cloud bank with the rains falling from it over the vast ocean was an amazing sight.

Welcoming sign for us at Mahogany Bay.
When we reached Mahogany Bay, the private Carnival Ships port, we hired a guide to take us around to see the island of Roatan. And did he ever! We saw the seedy side, the slums, the parks, the people, the shopping areas, and learned the history of Central America's formation and the political and economic situation of Honduras.

 This family had beads and bracelets to sell to the tourists.

A view of the bay

Shopping at the outdoor market.

 Our guide took us to the Monkey and Sloth Park.
 Ever been hugged by a sloth?
The parrots' colors were brilliant.
 The West End is the tourist's shopping area. and beach. We didn't sit on the beach, 
but opted to do the sight-seeing of the island.
 All kinds of food and shops renting diving equipment, kayaks, boats. 
Such narrow streets, barely room for two cars.
The rusty old shipwreck was left in the bay on purpose because the tourists love to take pictures of it. So, being wide-eyed tourists, we took pictures.

Next week I'll take you on the tour of Cozumel. Thanks for stopping in. Hope you enjoyed the sun and the beach and the water.

Have you been on a cruise? Did you have fun? Did you get seasick? Please leave a comment below and share your experience. Thank you
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December 15 is the release date for my latest mystery/paranormal, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard. Take a peek.
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Terror on Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Mystery/paranormal
Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed? Investigating mysterious murders? 
Not the usual calls in a Florida retirement community for volunteer first responder Jim Hart.
First Responder

Back of the Book:  Rescuing a naked woman lying in a geranium bed or investigating mysterious murders are not the usual calls for first responder Jim Hart. He expects slip and fall accidents or low blood pressure emergencies in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge Senior Community and Golf Resort. The ghastly crime scenes turn the winter time fun into a terrifying season of death and mystery when the authorities cannot track down the predator responsible.

Jim and his wife Gloria could escape the horror and grief by returning to their northern home, but concern for their friends and residents keep them in Florida. With the entire community in a dither over the deaths, the Harts participate in the normal winter activities of golfing, dancing, and pool parties with their friends to distract them from the sadness and loss.

Can Jim and Gloria work with the authorities to discover who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard and stop the increasing body count?

Now available to pre-order at 



Available in many online digital book outlets beginning this Friday, December 15.

eBook and Paperback available NOW at AMAZON