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Salinas, CA now living in Small Town, Iowa
About Me:
My photo is of me zip linging over the forest in Puerta Vallarta, for Christmas 2007.
I own a restaurant with my husband, and a jewelry design business which specializes in inspirational jewelry, and mom jewelry.
I have published articles in business magazines,and I also wrote a book on hiking in Iowa.
I live on a small farm with my husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses (down from 4).
I'm currently working on a cozy mystery, having finished my previous manuscript.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Stuart Woods, Robert B. Parker, Gemma Halliday, Janet Evanovich, Lois Greiman, Jane Smiley, MaryJanice Davidson, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Elmore Leonard. And about a 100 more I can't think of off the top of my head. Now I'll be adding more, since I have more authors to read, after having linked up here.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Burn Notice, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Days of our Lives, Six Degrees

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Post Meltdown

Okay so I've spent the last couple of weeks like a chocolate bar on the dashboard. And remember it's still summerr. I'd been stressing over not making the finals of the first manuscript contest I'd ever entered. I didn't final in the Chick Lit Writer's Stiletto contest. And I hadn't gotten my results back, so I figured I was was world's worst fiction writer. Non-fiction was never this hard (how soon we forget).

But the results came via email, last night. Averaging the two scoresheets…


Posted on September 10, 2007 at 9:24am

Marketing your Book

Okay, so the articles I wrote for business magazines involved getting your product out there. Of course they were written with artists (and I mean jewelry, ceramics, etc.) in mind. I wrote about public relations, getting exposure, and putting together a press kit.

If enough of you are interested, I can post about press kits, where to target them, and how to make yours stand out. Many of you have probably already done this, but for those who haven't, I'd be happy to add my two cents…


Posted on August 25, 2007 at 9:50am — 3 Comments

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At 9:22pm on August 10, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Jamie , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:04pm on December 1, 2008, Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher said…
Really? Cool! We should commemorate...
At 4:20am on January 7, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Jamie,

I spent some time in Purto Vallarta some years ago. I loved the place!

At 7:12am on December 29, 2007, Jennie Bentley/Bente Gallagher said…
Hi, Jamie! Thanks for being my friend. I'm looking forward to reading your mystery!
At 12:22pm on September 18, 2007, Love Is Murder Conference said…
Since you have a WIP, we'll look for you in Novelist's Boot Camp! And don't forget, the panel application (no guarantees) drop dead date is 1 November! Remember to remember that post it note to register!
At 11:53am on August 29, 2007, JackBludis said…
Owning a restaurant has probably given you excellent food to eat as well as food for thought. Stuart Woods is one of my guilty pleasures, but I'm now trying to read *Iron Orchad* and not getting very far. Maybe I'm just a *Stone Barrington* fan, although I did like his earlier books.
At 1:56am on August 29, 2007, Cheryl Norman said…
Thanks for adding me. You and your husband own a restaurant? OMG! Next to writing romantic mysteries, cooking is my passion. I took up both late in life. During my first career in management in the telecommunications industry, somebody else cleaned my house and we ate mostly in restaurants. My how life has changed...

At 10:52am on August 28, 2007, Mark Coggins said…
Jamie, thank you for getting CANDY. I hope it turns out to be a better investment than the shoes!
At 8:37am on August 28, 2007, Lawrence Light said…
Jamie-- I'm an editor at FORBES. I used to be at BUSINESS WEEK. Which business magazines did you write for? And welcome to CrimeSpace. Larry
At 4:11am on August 28, 2007, James Roberts said…
Ah Jamie: The pleasures of owning your own independent business! Up at 5 in the morning, buying groceries, looking over the menu, making sure everything is in place, dealing with vendors, checking the schedule (and re-checking the schedule), paying the vendors, paying the help, resolving a dozen crises and all that before NOON!! I love restauranteurs, but I know I could *never* do it!

Ever notice politicians always talk about small businesses, the family business. the family farm and have all these nods to working men and women who are out there in the trenches with their own small enterprises, and yet the policies -- and this runs from City Council to Congress -- they enact end up hurting these same small businesses while benefiting the mega conglomerates that pop up like malignant mushrooms to syphon off the good will and customers you've spent a generation building?

Gee, now look who's ranting!

Do you take suggestions on your next novel? If so, how about a restauranteur who solves crimes as she managers a stylish, popular and yet so friendly litte bistro. Possible titles: "Murder As A Side Dish"; "Homicide: Life on the Platter"; "Fatal Entree" and "Death Salad".

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