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!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: Award-winning Author Miss Mae's Audiobook--Catch Me If You Can, Free Gift

Hello and welcome to the Summer Readers Circle on the J.Q. Rose Blog. 
Award-winning author Miss Mae joins the circle this week.
Please welcome to the Readers Circle award-winning mystery author and zany creator of I.B. Nosey, Miss Mae. (More about I.B. later.) This week we have something different for you to enjoy, a romantic mystery audiobook, Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae. 

Miss Mae, a dear friend and talented author, with the help of her producer, Roger Rittner, have created an amazing audiobook. The story is produced like a play you could listen to on the radio with several different voices and amazing sound effects. I loved the experience.

My Review of Catch Me If You Can--Miss Mae certainly caught me in her web of intrigue. Just when I thought I may have figured out who the killer was, then a twist popped in to take me to another level of mystery. Layered storytelling that smoothly wove together a nail-biter,intense story. The author juggled many distinct characters in conflict with each other AND the conflict of surviving a hurricane category 5! You just don't know what will happen next, so the story keeps you reading. Enjoy the heart-pounding action. 

Thank you, Miss Mae for answering my deep, thought-provoking, amazing questions this week. LOL.

You're welcome, JQ. Always glad to be on the J.Q. Rose blog.

1) Why did you write this story? What inspired it? 
MM: Hm, that’s a good question! It was a combination of things – I watched a TV show that showed files hidden in a CD disc, and I thought, ‘Ooh, that’d be cool to write a plot around something like that.’ And I love computer games, so I wanted to add that concept. Plus, I needed my characters forced in one location, meaning they had no choice but to interact. I’ve never forgotten hurricane Hugo of 1989 (we lived in Savannah at the time where Hugo was predicted to hit) and thought that’d make a great ‘no escape’ setting. So I meshed it all together.
 2) Why did you make the decision to make it an audio book? 
 MM: I’ve loved the idea of audio. When I learned it was possible for narrators to agree about sharing the profits, I went for it. I already had three audio books for sale and went searching for a new one to produce “Catch Me If You Can”. I hit the jackpot when I found Roger Rittner – and more so when he agreed to take me on.
Producer Roger Rittner

 3) How did you find the actors and producer to produce the audio book? 
 MM: As mentioned in the above answer, I searched around for producers and came upon Roger’s site. When I listened to the samples of his work, I was blown away. I loved how he added sound effects, music score, and background accents. Plus, he hired a whole cast of actors to “play” the characters. It reminded me of the old radio shows and I thought, ‘This will be absolutely incredible for my book!’ 

To answer the question about my “finding” the actors – I didn’t. When Roger Rittner takes on a project, it then becomes his project. He works to make it the absolute best and won’t compromise on quality. Based in Los Angeles, he uses Hollywood’s best voice artists. Did you know, we’ve actually heard these actors’ voices hundreds of times in television commercials, or in cartoons, or in video games, etc. Robin Riker, who plays my heroine, Lois, currently stars in ABC’s ‘General Hospital’. Stephen Mendel plays my hero, Victor, and has starred in many television guest roles; J.W. Terry plays various characters in my book, such as Bob, Rajah, Pete, and is the voice of ‘Whisper’ in Yo-Kai Watch; Toni Attell, an Emmy-nominated actress and acting coach, speaks for both my Jenna and B.J.; and Dave Mallow is a professional voice actor ‘sounding’ in many television shows, such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Roseanne, and he speaks for Jared, Andy, and my ‘mystery man’. My character, Mite the dog…well, he plays himself. 

 4) Has I.B. Nosey listened to ‘Catch Me If You Can’? Has the Pukelitzer Award winning cyberspace reporter interviewed you about it? 
Cyber Reporter, I.B. Nosey
 MM: I.B. Nosey? Would he have time to listen? He’s so busy, flying on that rope ladder beneath Gander’s helicopter to such exciting places as Here and There and Everywhere, that it’s tough for him to settle down for a couple of minutes and do anything except to snack on a box of Gum Drop Island chocolates. 

If your readers aren’t aware, I.B. Nosey is a character I’ve created. When presenting interviews for my guests, I wanted to come across from a different angle, so I invented a ‘reporter’. And thank goodness for freedom of the press, people! Without it, how could we have a professional like Nosey who’s a firm believer in, and a confirmed spreader of official unofficial unfake-real news? He also partakes in –  gleefully, and without asking your permission, thank you very much– his trademark ‘probing questions no accredited journalist would deem intelligent, let alone newsworthy enough, to ask.’ He alone is the ‘fleet of foot, wide of mouth, and fluent of tongue-in-cheek’ reporter. 

 You ask if I’ve allowed Nosey to interview me. I answer…What do you think I am? Crazy??? 

 Janet, thanks so much for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed talking up a ‘storm’ about my audio book “Catch Me If You Can” (which is a 2017 platinum award winner in the Hermes Creative International Competition), and of ¬warn- er, um, that is, telling your readers about Nosey. 

 I’d be happy if anyone would like to visit my site to learn more about me. And why not sign up for my newsletter? I only send monthly, and they’re short and to the point. You’ll receive my space opera novella, Through a Glass Darkly, as your free gift. 
Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae
 Thrilling Romantic Mystery Audiobook 

produced and directed by Roger Rittner
About the Audiobook:
You Can Now Hear the 2017 Platinum Hermes Creative Award-Winning mystery, Catch Me If You Can. The howling wind of a hurricane. The creak of footsteps on the stairs. The wailing of a dog in the dark of night. "Catch Me If You Can", the thrilling romantic mystery by award-winning author Miss Mae, is now available in an enhanced audiobook at PulpRadio.net. Catch Me If You Can received five-star reader ratings at Amazon.com, and the brand new audio version enhances the story with extensive sound effects, background accents, and a complete music score. 

The story is performed by five of Hollywood's best voice artists, and is produced by Roger Rittner Productions of Los Angeles. In this riveting story, Lois Steinberg is washed ashore on a South Carolina island during a category four hurricane. She seeks shelter inside an old plantation house that was scheduled to host a video game convention to announce the newest mystery game, Catch Me If You Can. But almost immediately, the cook is found murdered. Then the prize to be awarded at the convention, a CD of the game, goes missing. 
The quest to discover the answers becomes a maze more complicated than any "Catch Me" game could ever be devised, as Lois races to save her life ... and keep hidden her mysterious secret. The new audiobook is available in a deluxe 6-CD set in library case, or as an instant MP3 download at PulpRadio.net. Receive 40% off when you use this code at checkout JQROSE40OFF

 Reviewers say
"Love the pacing of the story. Catch Me If You Can has intriguing characters and more and more surprises in each chapter." Geeta M. Kakade. 
 "The emotion in the voices and the sound effects are great." Larry Hammersley. 
 "The sound effects ... absolutely make the story come alive, transporting the reader right in the midst of the story." C. Rogers. 

 About Author Miss Mae: Miss Mae is an award winning best selling author. "Said the Spider to the Fly" has received consistent five-star reviews and has
Author Miss Mae
won the renowned title of Best Book of the Week from The Long and the Short of It Reviews and The Romance Studio. With her writing style compared to Agatha Christie's after the release of her gothic thriller, "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady", she's gone on to pen "It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred" which was featured in the Top Ten Read at Myshelf.com in 2009. 

Connect Online with Miss Mae at her website
Click here for Miss Mae's newsletter and receive a free gift of her science fiction novella Through a Glass Darkly.
Find I.B. Nosey here.

About Producer Roger Rittner
Roger Rittner is a producer of audiobooks, audio drama, and audio marketing and training. He created the cult radio adventure "The Adventures of Doc Savage", and "Bulldog Drummond - The Audio Adventure", which won the AVA Platinum Award for Audio and the Hermes Creative Award for audio drama. He created and produced The Variety Arts Radio Theatre live stage show, and co-created and directed "Charlie Sent Me!", the original musical comedy for radio, heard on National Public Radio. About the talent: "Catch Me If You Can” is narrated by and stars Stephen Mendel, whose voice credits include radio and TV commercials, video games, and audiobooks. Robin Riker has starred in TV series for ABC, CBS, FOX, and Showtime, and films including the cult favorite film "Alligator". She is currently a regular on "General Hospital". J.W. Terry is an Emmy-winning TV actor whose voice credits include video games, anime, audiobooks, and cartoons. Toni Attell is an Emmy-nominated film and TV actress, as well as a respected acting coach and motivational speaker. Dave Mallow has been heard in commercials, film, radio plays, audiobooks, and numerous video games and cartoons. 
Thanks, Miss Mae, for sharing the information about your audiobook and how it came to be. Thanks for offering a 40% discount on the audiobook for our readers! Here's the code again to be used at PulpRadio.net      JQROSE40OFF

Readers, do you listen to audiobooks? How often?

Writers, have you published an audiobook or looked into offering an audiobook?

Please leave a comment below and let us know about your audiobook experience or ask a question so Miss Mae can answer. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

IWSG: Pet Peeves, Summer Readers Circle

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 are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
Pet peeves are things that annoy or bother a person. Some are universal and some are peculiar to one person. I'm looking forward to discovering this group's pet peeves--universal and individual.

In reading I am annoyed when reading a series and and the ending doesn't tie up the loose ends of the story. Instead the author doesn't resolve the conflict, but instead touts the fact you'll have to buy her next book(s) to find out the ending.

In writing, my own writing, I hate the fact I use cliches. I depend on my writers group to discover them and help me re-word the idea in a creative way. Read my post on Lidy Wilks blog, Paving My Road to Writing, and you'll see what I mean....

In editing my work, I use passive voice. That's okay to just get the words down on paper, but it does take longer to find and reword the sentence so it is in active voice. I also overuse the word "just." 

Do you have words you overuse too? Leave a comment below and let us know. Thanks.
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August is a bittersweet month with days of sun and fun still ahead, but also school starts so the carefree time will turn into schedule and commitments. Enjoy what's left of the "good ole summertime" at least in the Northern hemisphere.
You're invited to join the Summer Readers Circle this Friday, August 4,
when audiobook author Miss Mae joins us to answer the questions
about her amazing audiobook, Catch Me If You Can.
Thank you for stopping in to visit the JQ Rose blog. Keep updated by following by email. Leave your email address in the Follow by Email box at the top of the sidebar. I promise NO SPAM!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Readers Circle: Marsha R. West's Act of Betrayal, Giveaway

Welcome mystery author Marsha R. West to the Readers Circle!

Hello. Thank you for joining us in the Summer Readers Circle. My friend and mystery author, Marsha R. West, takes her seat in the circle this week. I've enjoyed reading Marsha's Second Chances series. Looking forward to the third book, ACT OF BETRAYAL, coming in September. Let's catch up with Marsha and her writing projects.

Welcome, Marsha!! What's next in your writing projects?

Catching Up with Marsha R. West
Thanks, Janet.

I'm excited to be back on JQ’s blog and a part of her Summer Readers Circle. Thanks so much for your help with the 99 Cent sale we just concluded, JQ. But don’t despair if anyone missed out on that. Leaving a comment on JQ’s blog gets you a chance to win a FREE copy of VERMONT ESCAPE or TRUTH BE TOLD, the two books that were just on sale last week.

Now about what’s next? I’m releasing my 6th book in September. ACT OF BETRAYAL is Book 3 in the Second Chances Series. Have only just released the cover yesterday on my own blog. Love what my cover artist, Charlie Volnek, does with the limited info I send her.

The series involves the lives of four friends in their 40's who met when they were kids in summer camp. Each woman has loved and lost and had struggles. The books reveal how they deal with those struggles and also show the joy of having close friends who will do anything for you. Each book is a stand-alone, but common characters show up in each one. (This will probably be my last series. Book 4 will come out next year. But oh, golly, it’s hard to write a series, keeping up with where everyone was in the last book and does it make sense in the current one. LOL I, too, love reading them for the familiarity, but goodness they are a pain to write.)
ACT OF BETRAYAL by Marsha R. West
Releasing in September!
Back of the Book: ACT OF BETRAYAL by Marsha R. West
A self-employed cosmetics company owner in Dallas, Devon Moore, wants to save her company from bankruptcy, but her ex-husband’s embezzlement sends her into dangerous waters trying to pay back his clients, replace the money he stole from her company and keep her, her daughter, and her parents safe.
Private Investigator, Brett Townsend, wants to find who is threatening his new client and locate the missing money. He suspects the beautiful Devon hasn’t been completely honest with him. A wife, even an ex-wife, has to know, doesn’t she? When she is attacked twice and her daughter is kidnapped, he adjusts his thinking. 
Despite Brett’s initial doubts about whether Devon really knew about the money her ex-husband stole, still he’s attracted to the redheaded beauty and admires her love of her daughter for whom she will do anything. Their attraction for each other sizzles under the surface of all they do.
Will they reclaim the hidden money and find the bad guys in time to save her business and the lives of her daughter, parents, and Devon?

Soon, ACT OF BETRAYAL will be available for Pre-Order on Amazon, B & N, and KOBO.  
I’ve gotten about 10,000 words toward book 4, ACT OF SURVIVAL, but I think I may have started in the wrong place. ☹ I’ll take a short break from it to concentrate on publication of and marketing for ACT OF BETRAYAL. 

I’m also getting ready for a 4-day presentation in October at Texas Christian University on Indie Publishing. I haven’t used what few skills I had in making a Power Point in many years. Should be fun after I get through the technology part.
VERMONT ESCAPE by Marsha R. West
Romantic suspense

TRUTH BE TOLD by Marsha R. West
Romantic suspense

Remember, a comment gets you in a drawing for an e-copy of either VERMONT ESCAPE or TRUTH BE TOLD.

Thanks again for hosting me, JQ. I appreciate being a part of your Summer Readers Circle.

Does the prospect of a Free book prompt you to comment on a blog or FB or does it depend on what kind of book it is? Love to hear from you.

Visit Marsha's Interview on the JQ Rose blog here and 

her travelogue about Red River, NM here.

About Marsha:
Author Marsha West
Marsha R. West, writes Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required. MuseItUp Publishing released her first book, VERMONT ESCAPE, in July 2013. Marsha released the print version of the first book in the fall of 2014. Her second book, TRUTH BE TOLD, was e-released by MIU in May 2014. Both of these are now also out in print. She released (both in print and electronic) her third book, SECOND ACT, Book 1 of the Second Chances Series, in March 2015, Find out more at  www.marsharwest.com She’d love to hear from you.

Connect online with Marsha--
Sign up for Marsha's NEWSLETTER at http://eepurl.com/bBcimz
Check out Marsha's web site marsha@marsharwest.com ,
Sign up for Marsha's blog https://authormarsharwest.wordpress.com/

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Join us next Friday, August 4, in the Readers Circle
when another dear friend and talented
author Miss Mae joins us in the circle.