Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Welcome Fall, Focusing on Story, IWSG Anthology: Writing for Profit, Marsha West's New Mystery Act of Betrayal

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!

Fall is almost officially here. The Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere actually occurs this Friday at 4:02 pm ET. But you would never know it. The weatherman said this week in West Michigan will be more like weather we experience in mid-July, humid with temps in the mid-80's. What???
Fall mums
Photo by J.Q. Rose
With the changing season, I decided to change my blog, and I don't mean just to the fall leaves background. I changed the name to Focused on Story. That name clearly describes my writing and who I am as a writer. I believe the mission of the author is to create a fictional story filled with writing that brings out emotion in the reader,  Emotion, whether it's love, hate, happiness, sadness, and everything in between, helps readers to identify with the characters and actually care what happens to them.

In non-fiction writing, the story is very important too. When I cover events or interview real people for newspaper and magazine articles, I want readers to identify with someone or understand more about the topic and care about it. A writer can do that by focusing on the story.

So how do I achieve focusing on the story? I don't just tell it, I show it, by taking a deeper dive into the scene and using language to make it come alive in the reader's mind.

For example: 
Tell--Janie was mad at her mom. 

That's okay. But a writer can help the reader "see" the scene. I re-wrote it this way:

Show--Janie slammed her schoolbag on the kitchen table and stomped out of the room. She didn't stop when her Mother yelled her name.

I had this focusing on story "epiphany" while working with my writers group on re-writing a novella I had written 6 years ago. I wanted to go deeper with the characters. And boy, did we ever. With their help, the novella is turning into a novel.
Originally released in 2011, I am thrilled that my publisher, BWL Publishing will be publishing this mystery with a touch of paranormal this winter. The new title is Terror on Sunshine Boulevard. Looking forward to revealing the new cover to you when it's ready.

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I am thrilled to announce an article I penned on blogging will appear in the new anthology from the Insecure Writers Support Group, Writing for Profit. So many talented writers in this group. I'm sure there will be plenty of gems on making money with your writing. 
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And finally, last but definitely not least, a friend and contributor to the J.Q. Rose blog is releasing her fourth book in her Second Chances series, Act of Betrayal, on September 21. Today you can pre-order the book on amazon, Kobo, and B&N for $1.99. After release it will be $4.99. I've read all the books in the series and am looking forward to this one!

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Click below to read the Guest Posts on the J.Q. Rose Blog by Marsha R. West

Romance Readers Want to Know
Marsha R. West Shares Her Hobby

Hope you like my newly renovated blog. I enjoy playing with the design, fonts, colors. How often do you change the "look" of your blog/website?

Wishing you a lovely fall season wherever you are!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thinking of Disaster Survivors, Donating to Disaster Relief

Dipping my toes in Lake Michigan
Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog!

My hubby, Gardener Ted, and I are escaping from the routine of life and camping along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Ludington, Michigan. Yes the east side of Lake Michigan with wide sandy beaches and marvelous dunes and a lake so large you cannot see the other side. And for my friends along the oceans, NO SALT. !!!

We used to bring our kids to the lake to swim and dive through the waves. Now those kids have their own kids (our grandkids.) We've taken several camping trips with those children too to the lake shore. Times change, kids grow up, we grow older, life is different.

Camping is different too. The campers have become condos on wheels. Even tenting is different with all the amenities and equipment to make camping easy and convenient. 

My mother always said, "Nothing is more certain than change." And though we don't want to accept change, we all have to be able to accept changes. Those who have survived dangerous fires, shattering earthquake, and deadly hurricanes are wishing their lives were "routine." They have a lot to adjust to in their lives. My heart goes out to them and their families and friends. Returning to a demolished home and community can be overwhelming. Please don't lose hope. Caring people will be there to help you accept the changes and move on. We care.

Caring people are donating money, goods, and time to help with disaster relief. If readers want to help, I want to caution you to only give to reputable charities. Unfortunately there are rotten individuals who will try and scam good-hearted people. Be wary.

I personally recommend UMCOR. One hundred percent of every dollar you give goes to help with disaster relief. Click here to visit the UMCOR site and how you can donate to them.

I am a praying woman and I am praying for all involved in these disasters. 

Do you have a trusted charity you can recommend to readers?

Thank you for stopping by this week. Next week we will return to "writerly matters."

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

IWSG Blog Hop: Memoir Writing

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: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in??

My desk

Yes, I surprised myself when I began writing my memoir. I'm a mystery writer. And my life was no mystery to me. But I felt that tingle of desire to write my story for our children and perhaps for publication, if brave enough.

My author friend's story inspired me to try and put together a memoir. She wrote a beautiful story about her experience as a 16-year-old who moved with her family to Samoa for a two year mission trip. She captured the beauty, the culture, and the people of the island as well as her teen angst of fitting-in. Everyone could understand her situation.

I thought of a memoir as kind of stuffy writing with depressing trials and tribulation. Hers was not. Instead it was a touching story filled with humor. So I have had a great time putting together the story of our first year in the floral business. The memoir is far from complete, and I'm not exactly comfortable with memoir/life story writing. But I am enjoying the experience. 

Seeing the 40-year-old story from today's perspective really added more color to my life and to its meaning. I hope that a reader will be inspired to try something new. I am the guide for her/him to know that it is possible to succeed.
Lots of writing utensils here! Do you have such a collection on your desk?

I'm anxious to read your surprises in your writing. Can you recommend a memoir you have enjoyed reading? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend! and Thank You to my Guest Authors in the Summer Readers Circle

Summer Readers Circle
Thank you for joining us this summer!
Hello and welcome! Today marks the end of our Summer Readers Circle because in the US, autumn officially begins after the Labor Day holiday weekend. But that doesn't mean the end of the Readers Circle. I'll still host guest authors whenever they wish to join us in the Readers Circle.

I want to thank my guests who have brightened my summer with their blog posts. I am a bit selfish in hosting authors because I really do it to get to know the writers as people, not just names. Behind the scenes we trade emails and conversations that are not always about their guest blog posts. It's a pleasure to get acquainted with a new author and fun to work with author friends again.

Huge THANK YOU to the following guest authors!
2 Tricia McGill
9 Shirley Martin
16 Susan Calder
23 Heather Greenis
30 Joan Donaldson-Yarmey
7 Gary Rockey
14 Diane Bator
21 Kathryn Pym 
Jude Pittman
28 Marcia R. West
4 Miss Mae
11 Travel
18 Janet Lane Walters
25 Helena Fairfax

You can also see all their books and their photos at my Pinterest page on the Readers Circle board.
Click here to visit my Pinterest page.

Hope you close your summer days out with a wonderful celebration 
during the Labor Day holiday.
Thank you to all those who contribute to the USA economy and keeps us rollin' !

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Book Cover Reveal, Changing Book Publishing and Marketing, BWL Frequent Reader Bundle

Hello and welcome!
Girls Succeed! by J.Q. Rose
To inspire and empower girls.
I'm excited to reveal my new book cover for my  non-fiction ebook for girls, Girls Succeed!  Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

New book cover for
Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
by J.Q. Rose
Girls Succeed! includes interviews with amazing women who dreamed big dreams. Their passion was to be the best in sports, science, entertainment, ministry, education, and more. And their girlhood dreams actually came true. I was honored they trusted me to tell their stories in Girls Succeed!

I have changed the cover for this interactive ebook several times and each time, I believe, I made an improvement to grab reader's attention. The book cover IS the first step in marketing your book. I hired a professional for one, I designed the others. Here's the parade of covers. They are arranged from newer to oldest, dates are approximate.

I updated the information in this edition.


There was no study guide in the first two versions because I published it as a separate ebook for 99 cents. Later I included the guide with the ebook.

Click here to learn more about Girls Succeed! and to look inside.
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Ebook publishing gives authors and publishers a second chance, or third or fourth chance, to make changes to ebooks. A change due to typo(s), updates or a new book cover can easily be done. Just click the upload page and upload the improved file. 

This marvelous world of technology has turned the publishing and marketing industries upside down and inside out. Change has swept the book world and will continue. It's exciting to be a part of the revolution and new ideas. 
JQ Rose loves books, books, books!
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Reading habits have also changed. With so many choices of formats (paperback, ebook, audiobook) the opportunities are unlimited for readers to enjoy stories at home, in the car, at the dentist office (in the waiting room!!).
Books We Love
Frequent Reader Bundle
If you love reading as much as I do, check out my publisher's fantastic offer--12 books for $10.00! And what's even better you can do it each month with the Frequent Reader Bundle from Books We Love. Click here to check out this amazing offer from BWL.

Are you a frequent reader? How has your reading habit or book publishing changed? I'd appreciate hearing from you. Please leave your comments below. Thank you.

Oh, and please take a minute to Subscribe by Email so you won't miss any blog posts on the J.Q. Rose blog. Lots of things happening this fall/winter and you don't want to miss out!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: Romance author Helena Fairfax' Felicity at the Cross Hotel

Romance author Helena Fairfax joins the Readers Circle!

Hello and welcome to the Summer Readers Circle!

The days of Summer are counting down to the season of Fall, but our authors and readers are going strong with the Summer Readers Circle. I am delighted to welcome romance author and dear friend, Helena Fairfax to the circle this week. Helen has come all the way from England to join us.
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Helena has penned an entertaining romance set in the Lake District. Here's my review of this feel-good read.
MY REVIEW: Felicity at the Cross Hotel by J.Q. Rose
The book cover is correct. This IS truly a "feel good uplifting romance" but not just for the summer. This delightful story by Ms. Fairfax will brighten your day any time of the year. Felicity is not such a Pollyanna you tire of her character. Instead the author balances her light-hearted joyful personality with problems that could ruin anyone's day, even Felicity. The story's setting is a small hotel in the Lake District in England. I've only seen pictures, but it must be an area with beautiful landscapes and a romantic place to visit. After reading this book, I am adding a visit to the Lake District on my bucket list. Ms. Fairfax' way with words draws you right into the book and makes you care about the characters. At times I was so wrapped up in the story, I actually wanted to yell out some advice to them, especially Patrick Cross, a tortured soul. I would recommend this book to those who love romantic stories.
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And the good news is Felicity at the Cross Hotel is on special summer promo at 99p/99c until Thursday, August 31 only!
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Summer in the Beautiful Lake District, England by Helena Fairfax 

We don't always get the best of the weather here in the north of England, but when we do the sunny days are a treasure. The Lake District is in the north west of England, in the county of Cumbria. It has the deepest and largest lakes in England and has a lot of visitors in the summer (NB - the entire Lake District and all its lakes could fit in to just one of north America's Great Lakes!) Although the lakes and mountains are small compared to others, this is one of the most beautiful corners of England, and the Lakes have inspired some of the most romantic poetry and literature in the world. William Wordsworth – one of the most famous poets of the Romantic era – made the Lake District his home, calling it "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". The Lakes are so popular now with tourists that I prefer to visit out of season, when it's quieter. The shining lakes, the green mountains, and the dramatic changes in weather in the Lake District make the perfect backdrop for a romance novel, and a visit there inspired my latest release. It's a shame that nowadays some parts of the Lake District are inundated with tourists, and the roads in summer are very often clogged. But it's only in recent times that the Lakes have become a tourist destination, and there are many quieter areas that have remained unchanged for centuries. Alone in this magnificent landscape, away from the traffic, you can't help but feel a part of a long, long history of the soil that stretches back thousands of years. Lots of people have fallen in love in this wonderful setting, but there are some exceptions. Bill Clinton was famously moved to propose to Hillary for the first time by the shores of Ennerdale Water, but she turned him down. Obviously there are some people who remain unmoved by the romance of the Lakes!
Ennerdale Water, scene of Bill Clinton's proposal 
Photo by Trevor Harris,via Wikimedia Commons 

Back of the Book: Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax

Felicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax
A feel good, uplifting romance for the summer

Will love blossom for Patrick Cross and Felicity Everdene, the hero and heroine of my novel? 
A quaint hotel in the Lake District. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. Or is it? Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel … Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he's forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles. With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?

Felicity at the Cross Hotel is on special summer promo at 99p/99c until Thursday, August 31 only!
Click here to get the e-book now at amazon

 About Helena: 

Helena Fairfax is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She's grown used to the cold now which is just as well, since these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors.
Romance author Helena Fairfax
Helena walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings. Subscribers to Helena's newsletter receive news of free stuff, competitions with prizes, gossip, and links to cool websites she's been looking at when she should have been writing.

Connect online with Helena:
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vegetable Gardening: Reaping the Rewards of Gardener Ted's Labor, Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening ebook

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog.

What a special time of year for people who love veggies. We are in the prime season for gathering in all the fresh vegetables from our garden. This is the time of the year when we get paid back for all that hard labor in planting and nurturing those lovely plants. 
And are we ever reaping the rewards this year! 

Gardener Ted has had the best crop of cantaloupe/muskmelon he's ever had. 
This beauty is 9 3/4 pounds!

The garden is producing lots of peppers and cucumbers. 
We're staying ahead of the zucchini, but how many zucchini cakes can one eat?
We've had some good rains lately so GT doesn't need to water so much. However he has "Tedgineered" quite a watering system so that he only need turn the faucet on and most of the garden is irrigated without him having to hang on to the end of the hose
compost pile is on the right side of photo

Garden entrance here in center of photo. We finally nixed the rabbit problem
 with chicken wire buried 6 inches deep around the entire garden.

GT had a hip replacement in February.
The garden is good therapy to get that hip moving and make it strong.
Not only does gardening provide rewards of fresh, healthy food, but it also keeps you healthy by planting, digging and weeding the plot. And I know it is one of the best ways to keep a happy heart.

Are you a gardener? Do you love eating vegetables? Do you have any recipes using green peppers or zucchini? I need them!! Thanks for stopping in.

Summer is winding down, but it's not too late for a delightful beach read from British author Helena Fairfax. She'll take her seat in the Readers Circle sharing her delightful book, Felicity at the Cross Hotel on Friday, August 25. Please join us. We may even have a spot of tea with her!

by J.Q. Rose with Gardener Ted.

If you're interested in vegetable gardening, you may want to pick up this little guide GT and I wrote together so you can savor vegetables grown in your own back yard or deck, save money on food, and add healthy vegetables to your diet. We can help you with quick, practical tips on growing a vegetable garden. Learn how to get ready for gardening, how to plan a garden for four seasons of eating enjoyment, how to start seeds, and more. Quick Tips for Vegetable Gardening is dedicated to offering you quick tips and advice for you to grow veggies in a garden plot, container, raised bed, or vertical gardening. This eBook is written with clear and concise tips to get you started.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: Janet Lane Walters' Murder and Mint Tea, Giveaway

Multi-genre author Janet Lane Walters joins us in the Summer Readers Circle. 
Hello and welcome to the Summer Readers Circle. 

Summer is winding down, but our authors and their books are going strong! This week Multi-genre author Janet Lane Walters joins us in the Readers Circle. Janet has generously offered to  give away an autographed print copy of one of her books. Book and winner will be chosen randomly, Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10 pm EDST. Open to Canada and US residents only.

Summer and Me by Janet Lane Walters
Summer Sun
Bears hibernate in the winter. I hibernate in the summer. When the temperature rises above 80 degrees, I run for the air conditioned house and stay there as much as I can. Other people adore summer and all those things one does in the summer. I do not. I find swimming unless it’s in an indoor pool where the sun can’t reach my skin. If the sun does, I burn and blister. No amount of sunscreen keeps the rays from charring. 

The last time I camped, I ended up with pneumonia, so camping is out. About fishing, I don’t think so. Once some nice friends brought some fish they’d caught. I couldn’t cook them since they left the heads on and all I saw was those beady eyes. 

The only possible thing I like about summer is my birthday but even that becomes boring at my age. How many times can you tell people you’re twenty-nine? I guess that’s it for summer and me.

Murder and Mint Tea by Janet Lane Walters
"a classic American whodunit"
Back of the Book: Murder and Mint Tea by Janet Lane Walters
Katherine has no desire for a third career but dead bodies seem to gather.
Katherine is a retired nurse and a retired church organist. The small Hudson River village where she lives in her Victorian “Painted Lady” makes her the neighborhood matriarch. Along with her Maine Coon Cat Robespierre, she guards friends and families.

When amoral Rachel moves into the first floor apartment of Katherine’s house, trouble erupts. The murder weapon is one she recognizes and makes her fear for her friends and family. Finding the killer becomes her goal.

Connect online with Janet


About Janet:
Janet lane Walters was born in Wilkensburg, Pa July 17, 1936 reported to be the hottest day of the summer. She has been a published author since 1968 beginning with short stories and moving into novels when an editor told her a short story sounded like a synopsis for a novel. In the 1970s and 1980s she published four sweet nurse romance novels. Then she returned to
Author Janet Lane Walters
school to earn a BS in nursing and a BA in English. Returning to work as a nurse to help put four children through college she put her writing career on hold. In 1993 she retired from nursing and began writing again. A new nurse romance followed in print. Then she discovered electronic publishing and since 1998 has been electronically published.

Janet calls herself an eclectic writer since she moved from genre to genre. There are mysteries featuring Katherine Miller a former nurse who seems to stumble over bodies wherever she goes. Using her interest in Astrology, she has several series that use Astrology as a premise for the stories. Once she earned enough money to travel to Ireland by casting charts for people. She has many books in the romance genre, some of them are contemporary and are nurse romance, others fall into the fantasy or paranormal forms of romance. Interested in reincarnation, she has used this as a jumping point for at least two novels. Two of her novels deal with alternate worlds using a love affair with Ancient Egypt.

Under her other name J.L. Walters she has written a YA fantasy series called Affinities. She has also written a non-fiction book when her co-author Jane Toombs that won the EPIC Award in 2003 for best Non-fiction. During her career she has received other awards and has a number of great reviews.

Besides her four adult children, she has seven grandchildren. Five of them are the models for the YA series. The other two arrived too late to play a large role in the series. Four of her grandchildren are bi-racial and three are Chinese so the eclectic even invades her family. She has been married to the same man for more than 50 years. He's a psychiatrist who refuses to cure her obsession for writing.

Readers Circle
Fridays this summer
Meet authors, discover books, win prizes!!
Next Friday, August 25, British romance author Helena Fairfax joins us in the Summer Readers Circle. Be sure to mark the date to return, or better yet, Follow by Email so you don't miss any blog posts on the J. Q. Rose blog!! I promise, NO SPAM.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

County Fair Time in West Michigan, Summer Readers Circle

Hello and welcome to the J. Q. Rose blog AND the Newaygo County Fair!

The county fair is in full swing this time of year. Grandstand events like Demolition derbys, tractor pulls, horse pulls, Night of Destruction (another crashing cars event), and motorcycle motorcross. I enjoy visiting the barns filled with animals and exhibits of artworks, cooking, and quilting just to name a few.  

In my area the fair, founded in 1955, is an opportunity for the "city" folks to see what the farmer does for all of us and educate the city folks about farming operations.( BTW, have you seen those enormous tractors, combines, and machinery? Amazing!)

Tractors are loaded now with air conditioning, GPS, music,
 and auto-pilot so it can plant corn. The driver just needs to turn the tractor 
around when it gets to the end of the field. Yeah, really!
I especially like the idea of the kids participating in projects for the fair. They have the opportunity to raise and show animals, grow veggies, and/or work on a craft like needle work, woodworking, painting, photography, and more. Finishing the project, having it judged by an expert in their field,  and displaying it to friends, family, and the entire community is quite a boost in self-esteem for any kid. Responsibility and work ethics are lessons learned when entering projects in the fair. 

Some of the lovely sewing projects are shown here proudly displayed with the award winning ribbons.

What can I say? If you read Dangerous Sanctuary
you'll know I am particularly partial to pigs.

Baby goat, one of the cutest animals there IMHO.

Baby mesmerized by the newly-hatched baby chicks.

Mr. Peacock struttin' his stuff for all the ladies!

Horse events and handling all kinds of animals are popular at the fair.
The county fairs are having a tough time of making it these days now that the state of Michigan has dropped supporting the fairs in every way. As an example, kids used to receive a token amount of cash for their ribbons, but not anymore. That didn't decrease the participation in the events.
This enormous barn to house draft horses is one of the 
many improvements to the grounds thanks to donations and grants.

Another new facility for the horse arena.
Business people and community organizations stepped up this year to pay for improvements to the fairgrounds. The area is looking pretty sharp and much more handicap accessible.

The county fair is one of the highlights of summer and a tradition for area families. The dream to promote agriculture and grow the economy by bringing the country and the city folk together through the fair continues to be realized. A huge thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, business community, and foundations who make this event possible every year.

Please leave a comment below about your experiences with the county fair/state fair in your area? What time of year do you go to the county fair?


Summer Readers Circle
The Readers Circle is taking a break this Friday.
Let's all meet again on August 18 when multi-genre author Janet Lane Walters will join us. We'll be winding up the Summer Readers Circle on Friday, April 25 
with British romance author, Helena Fairfax. 
Meet the authors and win prizes. See you back here then!