Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Of Brides and Blooms by J.Q. Rose

Book Hooks--excerpts from novels

   Book Hooks Blog Hop #MFRWHooks

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by the Marketing For Romance Writers Group. Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book. Today, I share an excerpt from my memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir. 

Arranging a Dream: A Memoir
by J.Q. Rose

BACK OF THE BOOK: Arranging a Dream: A Memoir

In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream. Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one. 

 Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the young couple to wither and die in their new environment?

 Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?

Follow this couple’s inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.


 June is the traditional month for weddings. According to theknot.com, June, September and October are the most popular months to get married in the US. Yes, I am a June bride, so I thought an excerpt about weddings at the flower shop would be appropriate.

Extract from Chapter 23: Of Brides and Blooms

One summer morning a shaggy-haired young man built like a wrestler dressed in a ragged shirt and dirty jeans showed up at the front counter to order flowers for a wedding in four days. I looked around the showroom for his bride or mother. But he was alone. 

His menacing posture and attitude intimidated me. I was glad Agnese was in the shop only steps away from me, but I knew the leprechaun-sized woman would not be of any help if the guy got unruly. He hadn’t shaved or showered for a while and his size was threatening to me, a 5’5” petite woman. The smell of cigarette smoke, B.O. and bacon grease overpowered my senses. Unfortunately, I had to be near him. 

I took him to the end of the counter away from customers hoping they wouldn’t leave the shop because of the odor and because I did not feel comfortable seating him at Agnese’s table in the back where no one could see us. 

We started through the order form. “Okay, let’s see now. What’s your name?” “Josh, just Josh.” From the tone in his voice and his glaring at me through defiant eyes, I decided not to ask his last name. 

“Your phone number?” 

“Ain’t got a phone,” he growled. 

“Um, how about your bride and her phone number?” 

“Carol and she ain’t got a phone either.” 

He told me he was on a limited budget having spent most of his money on the beer and food for the reception. I kind of laughed, the nervous kind, but he was serious. 

I showed him pictures and made suggestions for the flowers for the bride and bridesmaid. He wanted to spend the least amount possible. He decided on one white carnation with ribbon and greens for the bridesmaids, but he wanted something very pretty for his bride, so we figured it out together incorporating the matching carnations in the bride’s bouquet. He needed corsages and boutonnieres too. 

“Okay. Do you want to pick up the flowers or have them delivered to the church?” I asked after figuring out the total for the wedding flowers. 

“You can deliver it to the house. The wedding’s gonna be there.” 

“You’re quite a way out in the country. I’ll have to tack on a delivery charge to that address.” Glad I had learned more about the area by the summer, I smiled. 

“That’s okay.” He did not return my smile. 

I added up the amount he owed for all the flowers with delivery and presented him with the total on the form. He glanced at it and nodded his head in agreement. 

Without making a move to reach for his billfold in his pocket, he said, “Okay. I’ll pay you for the flowers when you deliver them.” 

I swallowed hard. Should I press him for a down payment of at least something? After looking up into his hard face, I decided to let it go. 


Oh my, taking this wedding order and filling it turned out to be a huge mistake. I learned a good lesson and eventually could laugh about this dangerous wedding. Nope, I can't tell you what happened because you know this is a hook to entice you to buy!! 

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tools and Tidbits for Writers: A Baker's Dozen of Websites for Writers


Tools and Tidbits for Writers

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog.

Sometimes we need a break from writing to re-charge and think. Today I listed a baker's dozen of websites to inspire you, teach you, and to make you think about your writing. They are in no particular order and I didn't explain each one because I want you to go and find out what they have to offer. Curious? I hope so.

Click on each site and group to discover what they offer. Have fun! Let me know which ones you found helpful.

A Baker's Dozen of Helpful Websites for Writers by J.Q. Rose

The Creative Penn

Joel Friedlander's The Book Designer Sadly, Joel passed away in May 2021. He left writers a treasure of knowledge in his articles available on his site.

Funds forWriters-- for freelance writers

What are some of your go-to websites for inspiration or knowledge on writing? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

IWSG Blog Hop: Money and Marketing #IWSGbloghop


Hello and Welcome to the Focused on Story Blog 
AND the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop

Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop

Always on the first Wednesday of the month.

Happy IWSG Blog Hop Day!

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?
Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter. To find out more, click this link:  Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The purpose of the group 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. Click here to sign-up and join.


Thank you to the awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG: J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!

June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?
The quick and easy answer to this question is, "I don't know." I never thought about planning on a time to re-visit the first draft. Again, I don't know if the timing depends on my writing experience. I believe it depends more on how frustrated I am with the finishing of the draft. If it has been difficult, then I leave it until I can't sleep because ideas of how to fix it keep me awake at night! 


Money and Marketing

 Money and Marketing
Bag of cash
Image by Mudassar Iqbal from Pixabay 

My memoir was released in January. I was pleased it reached #1 in the new releases category, so I decided while the buzz was around the release, I would pay a person to do the promotion for me. I added my humble attempts of doing it too. I did sell copies with the paid marketing. Plus I bought a FB ad and ran it for 5 days. I broke even after splitting the royalties with my publisher. 

The virtual book tour ended in February. Big thank you to my friends I have met through IWSG for getting the word out about the release. The hoopla around the release has disappeared even though I have been pretty consistent in shouting about the memoir on FB groups. But, sales have dropped, really dropped. 

I have a few presentations scheduled for this summer and am considering attending craft fairs and festivals. But to reach readers on a larger scale, I have pretty much reconciled I will have to spend cash to get the book in front of them. But will it be worth the expenditure? 

I have seen reports on how much the NY publishers spend on making their books into best-sellers and how much successful indie authors allocate 1000s of dollars to advertising to make their books #1.

Do authors have to pay their way to sell books?  I guess I have been naive all these years thinking a well-written story, a well-designed book cover, catchy description and the right keywords will do it. But, I am doubting that assumption now.

Selling books is like selling shampoo or cars. The more advertising, the more sales. We have to recognize we are in business, and our books are our products. 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you rely on free, organic, word-of-mouth advertising or do you pay for ads? Where is the best place to get the most bang from your marketing buck? Thank you.

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Arranging a Dream: A Memoir
by J.Q. Rose

Heart-tugging and Inspiring

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bernie and My May Birthday

Memoirs and More, the fourth Wednesday of the month

Hello and welcome to the kick-off of the new series, Memoirs and More. 

When spring arrived and COVID seemed to be waning on the horizon, I wanted to shake off the darkness and sadness I felt during the shutdown caused by the pandemic. 

I was ready for something new in my writing world, so I transformed my blog with a new layout and new plans. One of the changes is to offer a monthly schedule of posts. Below is the monthly schedule I plan to follow through the summer, then re-evaluate this fall.

I am lining up guest memoirists and planning articles on memoir writing and book reviews and....wait for it...giveaways on the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

My Birthday Cake!
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 

The image of the birthday cake is probably all of a birthday cake I'll receive this week. My birthday week began with GT taking me out for breakfast at the Overboard Inn in Twin Lake, Michigan. I love their 8" cake-pan-sized, delicious cinnamon rolls, but I was good and shared mine with him. The only thing missing was a birthday candle on top of the cinnamon roll. One candle is sufficient. There is no cake with space enough to accomodate all the candles representing my age! I hate to be cliche about it, but I live by the old adage "you're only as old as you feel." I am thankful that I have had the joy of growing old enough to see my 5 grandbabies grow up. They range in age from 12 to 20.  

Enough about my birthday 2021. Today I am being very bold and reading an excerpt from Arranging a Dream: A Memoir about my 30th birthday. Of all the "milestone" birthdays #30 was the hardest for me. And let me tell you, I've had many birthdays to compare with this one. 

My friend, mentor and colleague, Bernie, tried to ease me into accepting my 30th birthday, but instead, she shocked me into it. Take a peek.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: Bernie and My Birthday--excerpt from near the end of Chapter 24

Bernie and My May Birthday

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Cozy Mystery with a Touch of the Paranormal: Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose #MFRWHooks


Book Hooks Blog Hop #MFRWHooks

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joining the Book Hooks Blog Hop sponsored by the Marketing For Romance Writers Group. Each participating blogger shares an excerpt from their book. Today, I share an excerpt from my cozy mystery with a touch of the paranormal, Deadly Undertaking.

Deadly Undertaking by J.Q. Rose
Cozy mystery--paranormal

Back of the Book: 

Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, Staab and Blood Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother and keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return for her, her dad, her brother? Her mother’s secrets, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!


Excerpt: Lauren is just locking up the funeral home after the family leaves after a visitation

After checking with the family about the arrangements for tomorrow’s service, Lauren accompanied them to the door and said good-night. She closed the heavy oak door with inlaid bevel glass and locked it. She turned her back and leaned against it for a minute. Sighing with relief, she pulled off her shoes and wiggled her toes. How delightful. 

A knock on the door jump-started her heart. She whirled around to discover a figure distorted by the beveled glass of the door. Could he be the killer? She hesitated to open the door. 

“Hey, Lauren. It’s me, Gary.” 

Lauren recognized his muffled voice through the door and quickly unlocked it. She smiled when she saw him. Gone were his Harry Potter glasses she remembered from high school and his brown eyes sparkled in the hallway light. Funny she’d never noticed his eyes before. Dressed in his police officer’s uniform, he towered over her by at least six inches. 

“Come on in. Oh my goodness, but you scared me,” she exclaimed with her hand over her heart. 

“Sorry. I thought you’d seen me walking up on the porch. Of course, there was a crowd of people coming out of the house.” He looked her over from head to toe. “Are you okay?” 

“I’m fine. Glad you’re here. Are you on official business?” 

“Well, yeah, kind of. I thought I’d check the house inside. With the people attending the wake tonight, anyone could slip in and not be noticed.” 

Lauren’s jaw dropped. “Are you serious? Someone could?” She put her hand over her mouth. “I never gave it a thought.” 

She shivered as she imagined what could happen. Gary reached for her shoulders and leaned down to face her. 

“I’m sorry if I frightened you, but we have to be honest and face the reality here. You and your family could be in danger.” He gently squeezed her shoulders. “You’re alone here now, huh?” 

“Oh, sure, but I’m planning to lock up and get out of here. Been a long day.” 

“I see.” He looked down at her bare feet. “Seems like the last time I saw you, you weren’t wearing shoes.” He grinned. 

“I think it would be a good idea to have someone here with you at all times. Seeing a single car parked out there is a giveaway that you’re alone here. And we still haven’t apprehended…“.  

Lauren held up her palm. “Okay, okay. I get the message. But I’m not some shrinking violet.” 

Gary’s eyes narrowed, and he stepped away from her. “Of course you’re not, but you have to take care of yourself. You don’t need to prove how brave you are or offer any opportunity for someone to take advantage of a situation. You could be in extreme danger.” 

“That’s what I thought we had you guys for, to protect us.” She folded her arms across her chest. 

Locking his gaze on her, he said, “We can’t always be in the right place at the right time. So don’t give the bad guys any openings, okay?” 

“Duly noted, Officer.” She could hear the concern in his voice, and she liked it. 

“Got time for a cup of coffee? I’ll make some fresh while you check out the house.” 

“That sounds good. Let me take a look around.” 

“Great. I’ll meet you in the family room. That’s where the coffee pot is.” He walked through the living room, checking for some creepy guy hiding behind the curtains she supposed. 

Lauren hummed as she made yet another pot of coffee, but this time it was for her and Gary. She was looking forward to chatting with him and catching up. 

As she measured the water into the carafe, the temperature in the room dropped, and she sneezed three times, a sure sign Henry was lurking nearby. 

“Hi Henry.” She never turned away from the counter. “Nice of you to wait till the family left for the evening. But Gary’s here now. No need for you to stay around, right?” Lauren caught his shadow out of the corner of her eye. 

“I guess you’re right. Bad timing on my part. I don’t want to interrupt your rendezvous with your old sweetheart.” Henry bowed low, then stood and leaned on his umbrella. 

Lauren chuckled as she faced Henry straight on. “Gary’s not an old sweetheart. He was a good friend in high school though. We were very close especially since he could work out those trig problems for me.” 

“Oh, I guess I was mistaken. I thought you two were a couple.” 

“Say what?” She wrinkled her nose at the thought. She and Gary, a couple? She put her finger to her chin to think about that. Well, he does look pretty sharp in his uniform, broad shoulders, and those eyes. Somehow the nerdy boy with the big glasses and zitty face had evolved into a muscular cop. 

Henry interrupted her thoughts. “How was your mother today?” 

“About the same. Still confused. But she remembers me, Henry. I’m hanging on to that. She still remembers me, but she doesn’t remember that Dad goes every day to visit her. I wonder if she doesn’t know him.” 

“Oh, sorry, Lauren.” Was that Gary’s voice? 

Lauren spun around to see him standing in the doorway. As he walked into the room, he said, “I heard you talking to someone, so I thought I’d better check in.” He looked around and returned her gaze with questions in his eyes. 

Her face flushed with embarrassment. “Oh, uh, no. Nobody’s here. Just me talking to myself, I guess.” She searched Gary’s face to see if he bought it. Definitely a better explanation than telling him she was talking to a shadow. 

“Come on in. The coffee should be ready in a minute.” Lauren motioned Gary to have a seat on the couch in the family room. 

“I’ll be back after I check out the garage.” Gary smiled. “I take it black.” 

“Oh, yeah, ok, the coffee.” Her palm smacked her forehead with the knowledge Gary must have heard her talking to Henry. She glanced at the shadow and smiled back at him through clenched teeth. 

Gary turned his back and headed down the hallway to the garage. She felt as if Henry could see the steam escaping from her ears. She was so angry at that cocky shadow for staying to watch and see how she was going to explain her talking to him. 

“Talking to yourself. That was good.” Henry stood up straight. “You’re pretty quick on your feet.” 

“Henry,” she hissed in a hushed whisper. “Go away. I don’t need you around here tonight. I have company,” 

“I guess it’s a bad time for us to have a talk now that Lover Boy is here.” 

Lauren bit her lip so she couldn’t yell at the annoying Henry. She certainly didn’t want Gary to hear her give that shadow a piece of her mind or he’d be back in a second with more questions. 

Squeezing her eyes tightly closed, she said, “You’d better be gone when I open my eyes.” Not that she could do anything if he didn’t leave. Lauren squinted through her right eye. Not seeing the shadow, she opened both eyes wide and swept the room and sighed with relief. 

At that moment the basket full of sugar packets flew off the table onto the floor. 

“Henry!” She couldn’t stop herself from yelling his name out loud. He didn’t respond. He had slipped through the slice of time into another dimension.


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About JQ   

Author JQ Rose

Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her romantic suspense novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary and her recently released memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir from Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. 

 Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games and travel are the things that keep JQ out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law,  four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tools and Tidbits for Writers: Working with Images and Videos for Social Media

Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of 
Tools and Tidbits for Writers 
 scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of every month! 

I participated in Raimey Gallant's Author ToolBox monthly event for several years. Bloggers shared resources and suggestions for new things they found helpful in their careers.  I really enjoyed picking up new "tools" to use in my writing, publishing and marketing career, so I am filling in the gap in my blog schedule with Tools and Tidbits for Writers until Raimey returns with the Author Toolbox Blog Hop.  

This is not a blog hop, but if you have a tool you would like to share with us, leave it in a comment below or please contact me to schedule a guest spot to discuss how you use the tool. 

Thank you!
Working with Images and Videos for Social Media by J.Q.Rose

I didn't know how much I loved playing with images and designing book covers, social media images,  blog posts and newsletter content until I found canva.com to create them. Canva is like a playground for me. Plus, the program I use is free!

Lots of tutorials on how to use the site are available. Templates to fill in with your info makes it easy to make designs. Emily at bizzbiff.com offers a Free Crash Course on Canva. Click here to access this energetic lady's course. 

PLUS! Please know, you need to experiment with canva to learn about all the goodies they offer. But, just like your coach or piano teacher told you, practice, practice, practice.

The badge for Tools and Tidbits for Writers above was created from the template below, already animated. (I'm not sure I like animation in a blog post because flashing and moving may be too annoying. What do you think?)

The original canva template

FREE IMAGES: Canva offers free images on their site, but sometimes you can't find exactly what you need or you may have photos you snapped that can be included in an image. My go-to for free images is pixabay.com. They have a lot to choose from. Here are a few more places for free images. 

Make sure they are available to use, not copyrighted. "Royalty-free" does not mean the photos are free to use. Never copy a photo from the internet. I don't know the chances you could be sued for copyright infringement, but I would not try it.

Free Stock Images  an image curator with many sites suggested
Photofunia.com  so much fun to use their template and add your photo or text

Movie projector
Image by AzamKamolov from Pixabay 

VIDEOS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: You do not have to have a channel on YouTube to share videos on blogs or social media. Make a video with your camera. It is in the mp4 format. That is the format you use to add to your social media. Hey, you don't have to do FB Live to make a video. Record it on your phone and re-purpose that video for other places too!

Canva has a new video editor so you can make videos within canva. I have not tried it, but when I do, I'll share that with you. Have you used canva for video editing?

If you do not want to appear in your video, then make a slide video with PowerPoint. It takes a LOT of practice to figure that out, but watch some Youtube videos that will help you learn.

Below is a video I created about sparking memories for life storytelling. I made it with PowerPoint and posted it on my FB group, Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle. 

I really like the latest version of PPT with design help. Just type the text for your slide in the text box, hit design ideas and ta-dah, you have what looks like a slide created by a professional. 

Why tell your life story?

Please share in the comments below your favorite site for free images, how you make videos, and/or tools writers can add to their collection of goodies. Thank you.


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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Mother's Day Excerpt from Arranging a Dream, Happy Mother's Day, Working Moms

YouTube VIDEO: Mother's Day Excerpt from Arranging a Dream

Hello and welcome!

I wanted to pop in to wish you moms, grandmoms and those who are special in a child's life a very Happy Mother's Day!

Arranging a Dream: A Memoir is not only about the triumphs and failures we faced to make our dream of owning our own business come true. It is also my story of a mother of a one-year-old baby girl navigating the muddy waters of guilt for "abandoning" her baby to the care of a stranger and learning her job as a floral designer and enjoying it. Dealing with the guilt will resonate with many working moms, as well as juggling a job, childcare, responsibilities at home and self-care.

Overcoming these obstacles to make a dream come true will inspire women to step on the path toward fulfilling their dreams.

Arranging a Dream: A Memoir by J.Q.Rose

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Happy Mother's Day from J.Q. Rose

Of Brides and Blooms by J.Q. Rose

Book Hooks--excerpts from novels      Book Hooks Blog Hop  #MFRWHooks Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog. Today we're joinin...