Sunday, June 20, 2021

Zoom, Boom, Ow!

Anyone who knows me can attest to my lack of grace, my tendency to dash around, and the many delicate things I've broken, including bones. I don't want to brag but my orthopedist welcomes me like I'm his favorite cousin at the family reunion.  

Once, when I was sweeping up the glass from a shattered peanut jar that had leaped out of my hands, my husband remarked: If I had done that I'd be so annoyed. I shrugged. If you did it as often as I do you'd be used to it. 

And, as you know, broken glass is the gift that keeps on giving. I can find slivers of glass for months, in the weirdest places. Just don't walk barefoot in my house. 

As for bones, I've broken my big toes, my pinky toes, my nose, and various fingers, but nothing that required a cast or surgery, or that garnered much sympathy. Klutzy people do klutzy things. That sliding glass door I walked into was ridiculously clean. I mean come on, would it kill you to put a sticker on it? If you can't do it for me, think of the poor birds... 

But this time wasn't my fault. I wasn't running around, I wasn't careless, I was just sitting in a desk chair on a Zoom call. When I saw my phone on the bed where it might ring and disrupt the call, I leaned to my right, over the plastic chair arm, reaching, reaching, all my weight on the chair arm and boom! A piercing pain in my side. My astute reaction: this can't be good. I nursed my injury the rest of the day. Was it a ruptured gallbladder, a bruised kidney? Who can say. 

The pain subsided but came roaring back five days later. A trip to the bone doc who lit me up with x-rays again and said "you broke a rib". 

That's right, I broke my rib on a Zoom call. It turns out klutzy people do klutzy things. Even when they're sitting in a chair. All I can say is Ow! Ow! Ow! 

 


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fun podcast! The Empowered Women of Bewitched. :-D

BEWITCHED Season 2.  Episodes 1 – 4. 

Samantha finds out she is pregnant. Darren starts to neglect Samantha. Darren’s old army buddy is a victim of a 300 year old curse. Mistaking the Tate’s son to be his grandson, Maurice whisks the boy off to a Warlock Convention.  Special Guest Stars include:  William Redfield

We are joined by Barbara Venkataraman, author of the Jamie Quinn series.  You can find her work at the following links: 

A Year of Shorts: Flash Fiction (Shorts Flash Fiction)

Jamie Quinn Mysteries Books 1-6 (Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery)

Opening Credits; Introduction (.36.21); Bewitching Going On/Season 2:  Episode 1:  Alias Darrin Stephens (7.02);  Episode 2:  A Very Special Delivery (26.43); Episode 3:  We’re In For A Bad Spell (43.07); Episode 4:  My Grandson, The Warlock  (57.34); Witch or Mortal (1:23.21); The Bewitching Hour (1:35.56); The End Credits (1:44.56); Closing Credits (1:47.10)

  




Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Year of Shorts: Flash Fiction is free 6/10-6/14. Grab yours today! :-D

Looking for a light, summer read? Well, look no further--A Year of Shorts: Flash Fiction delivers 140 stories of exactly 100 words each to start your summer right. 

Description: A Year of Flash Fiction, what a blast! The challenge: capture a mood, a memory, or an experience, using exactly 100 words. Whether it's Halloween, the Holiday Season, Valentine's Day or the Dog Days of Summer, stories like Ice Cream Hero, Lemonade Stand, and The Prank take you back to your childhood, while others like Fever Pitch, The Panty Liner Incident, and Lemonade Stand evoke summer heat and the search for relief. Other stories like What's the Buzz?, Lazy Lake, and Change of Season leave you with a smile.

Reviews:

Scary Shorts: Halloween Flash Fiction A fun, quick read but I'm not sure I'd want to sit around a campfire hearing ghost stories from Barbara and her friends! 

Holiday Shorts: Flash Fiction These little snippets will make you smile and bring you a little holiday happiness.

Valentine Shorts: Flash Fiction Such lovely homages to the many ways love can happen.

Dog Days of Summer Shorts: Flash Fiction The stories run the gamut – nostalgic, whimsy, sweet, touching, thoughtful and laugh out loud funny!

Amazon link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B096Y7WBH6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p2_i8

 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Cool Podcast! :-D

The Literary License Podcast: Book to Screen and Everything In-Between invites guests to read an original book and compare it to the original film.  https://www.llpodcast.com/ Two years ago, I was on to discuss The Witches of Eastwick and I was so happy to be invited back to reunite with Keith and Vickie Rae.

Last week, I was part of a lively discussion about Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and the 1945 movie starring George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield (the ever-youthful but creepy Dorian Gray), Donna Reed (looking gorgeous) and an impossibly young Angela Lansbury--yes, she does sing in the movie. Did you know she's 95 years old? What a national treasure!

The portraits in this black and white movie are the only things that have color. Nice effect! They were real paintings commissioned for the movie and the handsome version of Dorian sold for $149,000.00 in 2015! The macabre portrait is owned by The Art Institute of Chicago.

If you want to enjoy our fun discussion about Dorian Gray from book to screen, check out the podcast at:

https://www.llpodcast.com/podcast/episode/7968a2c2/season-4-episode-176-classic-novels-the-portrait-of-dorian-gray-1890-the-portrait-of-dorian-gray-1946

In June, I will join the podcast again to discuss Season 2,  episodes 1 – 4 of Bewitched. Can't wait! :-D 

 


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Summer Madness and a Free Book. :-D

Everyone is looking for that perfect summer read, am I right?Well, look no further because all six Jamie Quinn Mysteries are now available in one book. And it's free on Kindle from 5/7-5/11. Woo hoo! Grab one for yourself and then tell your friends. Happy reading! :-D

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0949QQ7LQ/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1TPF144RX9Z1FQ68JHS0


Monday, May 3, 2021

New Audio-Book/Free Codes :-D

Happy May! I'm celebrating because my new audio-book, Malice in Miami (Jamie Quinn #6), is out, hooray! The narrator, Fay Annette, did a fantastic job! I have free download codes for anyone who would like to listen and review. Just message me. :-D 

Here's the link if you want to check it out:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Malice-in-Miami-Audiobook/B093DXKNY3?qid=1620064021&sr=1-4&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=N76DYE878A5PJKRNKSN7


Friday, April 9, 2021

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction :-)

Dear Readers, 

If you've read my latest Jamie Quinn Mystery, Malice in Miami, you know the surprise in store for our favorite P.I., Marmaduke Broussard, III. But, for those of you who think I have an overactive imagination, I offer Exhibit A:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/37-sperm-donor-siblings-join-forces-to-look-for-dad-in-future-people-the-family-of-donor-5114?ref=home

What do you think about that? :-D

 


Monday, April 5, 2021

I Need Your Vote :-)

Happy Monday! My book cover for Malice in Miami is competing in a contest for best cover in In D'Tale Magazine. If you have a minute, could you please vote for me? You have to subscribe in order to cast a vote but then you can unsubscribe easily. It's a wonderful magazine and it's free, so you might want to keep subscribing.

Here's the website:https://indtale.com/  The subscribe button is at the top of the page, the contest is towards the middle of the page, you can't miss it. :-D

Thanks! xo


Thursday, March 18, 2021

March Mystery Madness :-)

Check out my fun interview for March Mystery Madness. :-D While you're there check out all of Elizabeth's YouTube videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yFxDgwpx_M

 


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Free book on Kindle 3/14-3/18 :-D

Would you care for a cup of tea? Mrs. Grammar Person cordially invites you to join her for her free book promo 3/14-3/18. Amateur grammarians welcome!

Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts? Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful thinking, story-telling and a champagne toast. You are cordially invited to join her for a spot of tea!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RUQY6B6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i10


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Florida Bar Journal! :-D

Check out the fantastic review in the Florida Bar Journal for our book, Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four. :-)

https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-journal/accidental-activist-justice-for-the-groveland-four/

 


Friday, February 26, 2021

Humble Pie :-D

I was taking a Masterclass on writing and one of the exercises was to write about a time you were embarrassed or frightened. It's an excellent exercise and one I recommend to improve your writing, with a little bit of therapy thrown in.  :-D Recalling one of my more embarrassing days I wrote this:  

HUMBLE PIE

Being catty makes my throat tickle like I have a giant hairball but I must confess I used to be quite snarky. Until the day it backfired. My public humiliation was served with cake, it was my cake of shame and I'm embarrassed to say I ate it anyway…

Louis was a challenging client. His custody case didn't warrant his endless phone calls and questions but since he had some issues I tried to be patient.  

When Louis discovered I was Jewish he imagined we had a kinship. The week of Passover I took a day off but stopped by my office for my paycheck. As I chatted with a co-worker the receptionist buzzed on the intercom to ask if I wanted to speak with Louis. Since he was one of the reasons I needed a day off I couldn't believe she was asking.

"Of course I don't want to speak with Louis," I said, exasperated. "He's the last person I want to speak with!"   

"Well, he's standing here with a gift for you," she replied coolly. "And you're on speaker phone."

It was like a bad dream, but worse than dreaming you forgot your clothes or a final exam. I was too horrified to face him. After minutes that seemed like hours I worked up the nerve to go see him. He was despondent as he handed me a Passover cake purchased from a Jewish bakery. For once, he was silent.

I tried to apologize for my rudeness explaining that it was my day off and how I was annoyed with the receptionist. He said he understood but left quickly, head down, convinced he would always be supremely annoying and all the baked goods in the world couldn't fix it. 

What did I learn? That being mean leaves a bad taste in your mouth that won't go away. Even if you eat an entire cake in one sitting.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

New book on free promo thru 2/14 :-D

Just in time for Valentine's Day, our fun new book of Valentine Flash Fiction is free on Kindle through 2/14. Check it out:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08W9WDR3R?pf_rd_r=497YF4DEJ2D03KV3KG5Z&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8&pd_rd_r=e759d779-96e6-4e39-a455-ab25756edd58&pd_rd_w=xviAh&pd_rd_wg=CA5I1&ref_=pd_gw_unk


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Book for Black History Month

Are you searching for books to read for Black History Month? Check out our memoir, Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four, available in e-book, paperback and audio-book. This inspirational, uplifting story explores a young man's four-year journey to right a terrible wrong and bring peace to four families. The Groveland Four were falsely accused of a heinous crime in the Jim Crow South and their families would spend the next seventy years trying to clear their names.    

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Z5TYNT7/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p2_i4

Description:

This book will take you through my incredible four-year quest for justice for The Groveland Four and teach you how to pursue your own causes, whatever they may be. It is a primer for positive action, a journey through Florida's past as well as its future. Some of the things you will learn: everything takes more time than you think, nothing ever goes according to plan, help can come from unexpected places, time is on your side, everyone is connected to everyone else, you can reach your tipping point for success and not even realize it, your goals can change along the way, and flexibility is key. Let's get started, shall we?

***Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to establish "The Charles Greenlee Memorial Scholarship" to benefit a child with an incarcerated parent.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Fantastic review & giveaway! :-D

A million thanks to Kathleen at KRL News & Reviews for the spotlight and fabulous review of my latest Jamie Quinn Mystery "Malice in Miami". 

Check it out at the link below and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the e-book.

https://www.krlnews.com/2021/01/malice-in-miami-by-barbara-venkataraman.html?fbclid=IwAR20co82bWcvo6mMkLZ6eFDejg7H0CpMRqeLIuiSmosUw6YMR3hLw58gKqM