Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day to my Canadian friends and friends around the world celebrating today. It's a cold windy day in Florida so I imagine it is kind of cold for outdoor activities today--except in New Zealand and Australia perhaps... Enjoy the day.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snowbirds Christmas

Wishing all the snowbirds a Happy Snowbirds Christmas! Snowbirds are folks who migrate south in the winter. I am a snowbird who lives in Florida during the winter to escape the snows and blizzards and ice up north. In fact the main characters in my ebook coming out in March 2011 are snowbirds who live in a retirement community in Florida.

I am sharing this video, Southwest Florida Christmas, with you--a parody on a Christmas song written for snowbirds (and anyone who knows a snowbird) and Florida residents.I hope this entertaining piece gives you a giggle and helps to make your Christmas merrier!


For more snowbird fun, check out my ebook, Sunshine Boulevard by J Q Rose from Muse It Up Publishing.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Recipe--Warm Up the Holidays with Fireside Coffee


Fireside Coffee is my favorite recipe for warming up the winter holidays. If you were here, I'd love to share a cup of it with you at my kitchen table. The best I can do is give you the recipe so you can share a mug with friends and famiily this winter. (It is also a great drink to have around the campfire when camping this summer.)

Gift Idea--Bag up some mix, add a ribbon and tag, and give to that coffee lover on your gift list.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011!!

Fireside Coffee Recipe

3 c. instant cocoa mix
1 c. instant coffee (decaf is okay to use)
2 c. dry coffee creamer
1 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp, nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of salt

Mix well. Use 3-4 heaping teaspoons of mix in a mug of boiling water.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Good Avice On Being Published by Sarah-Jane

I know I am not the only writer experiencing the journey to publishing a debut book. Read this post from the Write Game by Sarah Jane Lehoux.

TheWriteGame: On Being Published, The Process

Final Galley

A galley. Thesaurus.com uses these synonyms for a galley--galley , galley proof, impression, page proof, pass, pull, repro, revise, slip, stereo, trial, trial print, trial proof

Were you thinking of a kitchen on a boat? No, it is a publishing term derived from setting type in a metal sleeve and placing it on the printing press. In modern terms, I received a galley from my publisher and it was a digital file of my entire book, Sunshine Boulevard, as it will appear as an online ebook. Lea Schizas, formatting editor and publisher at Muse It Up Publishing included instructions--"go over this with a fine tooth comb." I searched for typos, grammar errors, punctuation problems, incorrect line spacings. whew...Now it's on me if there are any goofs in the book. That is scary enough, but even more scary is what she added.--"The sooner you get this back to me, the sooner we can finalize it and send it out for reviews."

Reviews, what? That has me shaking in my boots. My little story which I wrote closeted at my safe desk oblivious of the world around me, will now be sent out into the cold, cruel world for criticism, judgment, praise, applause, or rotten tomatoes.

The plan is for release on March 1, 2011. When I signed the contract for Sunshine Boulevard, I thought March 1 was so far away. Now it is just around the corner. I am excited to share it with readers, but also a bit apprehensive. Whatever happens, I have enjoyed the adventure into publishing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Muse It Up Publishing December Holiday Discount

Muse It Up Publishing is flinging open its doors and celebrating the launch of its new publishing company in real style. Unbelievable 25% holiday discount till December 10. Check out this site for free reads, samplers, and great books from new and seasoned authors.



The Muse It Up Publishing blog is featuring holiday essays and stories for you. Jump in and enjoy our authors musings.

My mystery/light horror novella, Sunshine Boulevard will be available March 1, 2011. Click on the "notify me" button on the linked page to receive an email when the book is available.