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Pre-order Your Copy of Blood Rubies

Hank If you know you're going to buy the book, please pre-order it now from your favorite bookseller! It helps authors when you do so, since it indicates extra interest to publishers. If you want yours signed or personally autographed, Poisoned Pen bookstore is taking orders now. I'll be there in mid-December... Blood Rubies makes a great holiday gift--I'm glad to personalize a message when I sign it! Thanks so much.

Blood Rubies, the ninth Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, is a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank.

I'm thrilled to report that Blood Rubies is garnering great reviews! Publisher's Weekly says, "The best part of this cozy is the knowledgeable discussion of antiques, including the eggs. Cleland has a knack for explaining things clearly without coming across as pedantic. Feline aficionados will enjoy Josie's conversations with her cat." And Marshal Zeringue of New Books says: "With Jane K. Cleland's trademark combination of antiques expertise and ingenious detection, Blood Rubies is an irresistible new mystery featuring the much-loved amateur sleuth, Josie Prescott."

On a glorious spring day in cozy Rocky Point, New Hampshire, antiques appraiser Josie Prescott is excited to help her new friend, Ana, launch her reality TV show. She also can't believe she's going to have the opportunity to appraise Ana's genuine Faberge egg.

When another guest on Ana's show is murdered, the Faberge egg is shattered—and the police need Josie's antiques expertise. Following a trail that leads to antique snow globes and deadly gadget canes, Josie is able to help right age-old wrongs and find the killer.

After her cherished assistant's baby shower, Josie gets another surprise—and she's still howling with laughter.

Want to know more about the book? You can read a longer excerpt here.


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Launch party — you're invited!

I'm thrilled to report that my friends at LIM College in Midtown Manhattan are once again hosting my launch party--and you're invited!

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Come Say Hello -- Jane's book tour!

I'll be at colleges, libraries, and Poisoned Pen. I'd love to say hello! Here's the schedule:

Fall 2014  
December 2, 2014
Tuesday
6-8:00 p.m
You’re Invited to the Celebration!

LAUNCH EVENT

for Jane K. Cleland's 9th
Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery
BLOOD RUBIES

Books will be available for
purchase and signing.

Hosted by LIM College at Maxwell Hall
(at 216 E. 45th St., between Second and Third Avenues-note...
it's not in the office building labeled 216! It's right next door in the open-plan jazzy looking building that is labeled "Maxwell Hall"!)

Party  BOOK LAUNCH
 for BLOOD RUBIES


Books available for purchase.
Flyer
December 4, 2014
Thursday
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
"Blood Rubies: Secrets of the Fabergé Eggs"

City & Humanities project
Lehman College

Conference
More details TB

Dec. 7, 2014
Sunday
2:00 p.m.
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4818
westportlibrary.org


Conference
Visual Lecture & Book Signing — "My Other Life as an Antiques Dealer."
Author Jane K. Cleland talks about the antiques knowledge as well as the craftsmanship required to write the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. Follow the twists and turns of the research pathway as Jane ferrets out fascinating and surprising details of the antiques that form the foundation of her mysteries. You’ll see how she approaches the discovery process from the Fabragé eggs and antique snow globes featured in Blood Rubies (the ninth and latest in the series) to the silent movie posters in Lethal Treasure and the vintage clothing in Deadly Threads.

Dec. 13, 2014
Saturday
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
- Workshop

Sun Lakes Friends of the Library
Ed Robson Branch Library 9330 E. Riggs Road Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 602.652.3275

Conference
The Art of Distraction: Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense.

A red herring is a "false clue," used by writers the way magicians use sleight of hand—the goal is to distract readers from what's really going on. When done well, red herrings add complexity to plots and intrigue to stories. Red herrings fall into three broad categories: Human Nature (including the halo and devil effects); Details (including the ones readers miss); and Expertise (including trusting those characters with specialized knowledge). You'll learn how to weave red herrings into your narratives, allowing you to increase suspense as you create engaging and ingenious puzzles.

Saturday
11:00 a.m. to noon
- Author's Talk & Book Signing
Conference
Lessons Learned: Four Things I Wish I'd Known at the Start of My Mystery Writing Career.

From knowing specific craft techniques to implementing efficient promotional strategies (and skipping the rest) and from building meaningful relationships to understanding the complexities of business, Jane will discuss four crucial lessons all authors need to know, and that most only learn the hard way.

Dec. 13, 2014
Saturday
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale AZ 85251

Signing

Lecture & Book Signing — "My Other Life as an Antiques Dealer."

Author Jane K. Cleland talks about the antiques knowledge as well as the craftsmanship required to write the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. Follow the twists and turns of the research pathway as Jane ferrets out fascinating and surprising details of the antiques that form the foundation of her mysteries. You’ll see how she approaches the discovery process from the Fabragé eggs and antique snow globes featured in Blood Rubies (the ninth and latest in the series) to the silent movie posters in Lethal Treasure and the vintage clothing in Deadly Threads.



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Upcoming Events in January at MIT/Endicott House

If you're in the Boston area, here are two January events that might be of interest. Gift certificates to one or both make great gifts!

Winter 2015  
Jan. 8, 2015
Thursday
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Dinner Lecture:
Finding Lost Art: Artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition

MIT’s Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org

Conference
Dinner Lecture:
Finding Lost Art: Artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Flyer
Jan. 9-11, 2015
Friday-Sunday
Weekend Writer's Event
Writer's Winter Weekend Escape

MIT’s Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org
Conference
Weekend Writer's Event
Features hands-on writing exercises and inspirational experiences.  

"Writer's Winter Weekend Escape" is designed for people who know they want to write, but aren't sure what they want to write.


View the weekend's AGENDA

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www.janecleland.net Jane does Business Communications training work, too! www.janecleland.com

P.S.  Please add "Jane_K._Cleland@mail.vresp.com" to your address book!

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Vol. VII, No. 5
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Read an Excerpt of Blood Rubies Now!
(And Pre-order Your Copy!)

Blood RubiesHank
Blood Ruby, the ninth Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, is a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank.

You can read an excerpt here. The novel will be available from St. Martin’s Minotaur on December 2, 2014.
(Ooh! What a great holiday present!)

bowPoisoned Pen is accepting orders for personalized autographed copies. You can also order a copy from your favorite independent bookstore, or online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Thanks so much!


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I Love Librarians!

hull, ma library When I was young, my family spent many summers at Nantasket Beach (Massachusetts). Nearby Hull housed a wonderful library, complete with turret.

nancy drewThis is where I first discovered Nancy Drew. I can’t tell you how much I cherished those rainy afternoons when I would curl up in the turret with one of the series. I stepped into Nancy’s world and felt what she felt, agreed with her views, and admired her moxie.

Every summer, the librarians would welcome me back and chat about new acquisitions they thought might be of interest. Despite frequent bouts of loneliness—I was often the kid in the neighborhood—at the library, I felt valued, part of a community.

I come by my attitude of respect and appreciation honestly; my mother loved librarians, too. When I was a mere slip of a girl she taught me that if you wanted to know something you could always consult a librarian because they either know everything or they know where to find out everything.

paul revere horseWhen I was in sixth grade, I consulted a librarian as to whether Paul Revere's horse was a mare. (I needed it as a rhyme in a poem, and being an honest girl, I couldn't just say it was a mare if it was, in fact, a stallion.

Note of interest: She found a contemporary reference stating that Paul Revere's horse was a mare; I thought you'd want to know.

great molasses floodWhen I was in eighth grade, a librarian held me enraptured as she discussed the Great Molasses Flood of 1919. (Yes, you read that right. Twenty-one people died a gruesome death, asphyxiated by molasses.)

To this day, I love working with librarians as I strive to introduce readers to my protagonist, antiques appraiser, Josie Prescott. As an author, I'm in the enviable position of getting to do just that—a lot. As many of you know, I tour extensively.

This October, for example, I'll be answering questions for the Wallingford, CT Library book club. I can't wait! I love participating in book clubs!

To help you facilitate lively conversations, by the way, I have written what I hope are thought-provoking discussion questions for each book. You'll find them on my website.

red herring I'll be visiting the Sun Lakes (Arizona) Library on December thirteenth.Blood Rubies is featured on the library's homepage. Thanks so much, Sun Lakes Library!

While I'm there, I'll deliver a talk on "The Art of Distraction: How to Use Red Herrings to Create Suspense," followed by an author talk and book signing.

Ah, libraries! I love the buildings. I love the books. I love the reverence implicit in the hushed conversations. But mostly, I love the librarians.

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gala banquet in Long Beach, CA

nero wolfeFriday, November 14, 2014, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Co-sponsored by Bouchercon 2014, the fabulous mystery conference.

Join Bouchercon attendees, special guest authors, past Nero Award and Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) winners, and members of the Wolfe Pack at this gala event filled with song parodies, toasts, themed quizzes, and general hilarity as we celebrate Rex Stout's magnificent legacy. Meet members of the Stout Family. All are welcome!

Dine at the spectacular Sky Room, an easy walk from the conference hotels. Start with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres (with no host bar), move to a Wolfean-worthy feast (with wine included), and end with a dessert Fritz would be proud of.

Only $110 per person, limited space. Register online at the Bouchercon site today, or if you’d prefer to mail a check, make it out to Bouchercon 2014. Send it (and the names of everyone in your party) to:
Bouchercon 2014
c/o Ingrid Willis
65 Pine Ave, #357
Long Beach, CA 90802
Questions? Contact Jane Cleland at jane@janecleland.com.

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Did You Know?
Snow Globes Were Invented by Accident

snow globeSnow globes were invented about 1890 when a surgical instrument repairman named Edward Perzy set out to invent a brighter light for operating rooms. His idea was to use glass balls filled with water and semolina. It didn't work, but seeing the semolina float and spin in the water gave him an idea for a novelty—and boom, snow globes were born. His company, Vienna Snow Globes, won the first patent for one.

This example was submitted as part of the fun, free promotion (currently discontinued) called What's It Worth? You Be the Judge."

Here's what the fabulous antiques expert, Leslie Hindman, wrote: "Snow globes have been around since the 19th century and yours looks to be in the Victorian taste.  As they were produced commercially and in fairly large numbers I would estimate this one at $200, based on the information and photo provided."

Want to know more? As part of the Free Instant Appraisals Offering, almost 200 objects were appraised by the renowned auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneer.  Readers provided a description and photos of the objects they submitted.  Browse through thepages to hone your skills or take the quiz, "You Be the Judge," to pit your knowledge against that of the experts

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greysonHere's the newest member of our family, Greyson. Greyson was a stray, a rescue from the streets of New York City. We debated naming him Angelo as a tribute my beloved little cat, Angela, but he doesn't look much like an Angelo. (It became his middle name.) We settled on Greyson because it's a logical name: Since he's gray, we figured he was the son of a gray cat… Grayson. Because he's of plebian origin, we thought he would benefit from a little aristocracy in his heritage, thus we used the British spelling—Greyson. He's the sweetest boy!

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Jane's Tour: AZ, CA, CT, MA, and NY
—Loads of Programs & Events

I hope to see you there!

Fall 2014  
Oct. 1, 2014
Wednesday
3:00 p.m.
Book Discussion
The Wallingford Mystery Group
Wallingford Public Library



Book Club
Book Club Discussion
The group will be discussing Consigned to Death
Oct. 7, 2014
Tuesday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dinner Lecture:
Finding Stolen Art: A Detective Takes on the Nazis

MIT's Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org



Conference
Visual Dinner Lecture:
Finding Stolen Art: A Detective Takes on the Nazis

According to Interpol and the FBI, the Nazis stole almost 20 percent of all Western art. To this day, more than 20,000 objects are still missing.
This visual lecture traces one woman's effort to recover her family's art. It's a real David vs. Goliath tale—inspirational and fun!

Our Executive Chef has created an internationally themed four-course dinner menu for this special event. Regular price: $75.00 per person, plus applicable tax. For this evening, only $65.00 per person, plus applicable tax!
Flyer

Oct. 8, 2014
Wednesday
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals
A Complimentary Workshop!

MIT's Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Call 617.253.5211 today to reserve your spot!
www.mitendicotthouse.org


Conference
Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals

This interactive workshop will help you:
  • Create a well-structured presentation
  • Determine when to use charts/graphs
  • Prepare for tough questions
  • How best to translate technical information for non-technical audiences
8:00 - Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00AM Program

Flyer

Oct. 8, 2014
Wednesday
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Memoir Writing: Tell Your Story workshop.

MIT's Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org

Conference
Memoir Writing: Tell Your Story workshop

Flyer

Oct. 9, 2014
Thursday
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Followed by a wine & cheese reception.
"Finding Stolen Art: The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist" Visual Lecture


Contact Jane directly for more information.

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Visual Lecture
Followed by a wine & cheese reception.
"Finding Stolen Art:
The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist"


Twenty-three years after one of the world's most brazen art heists, the FBI Art Crime Team announced they know who is behind the theft--yet the 13 priceless paintings are still missing. Hear the details of the international investigation.

Nov. 14-17, 2014
Bouchercon 2014
Long Beach, CA

Nero Wolfe Banquet
November 14
RSVP info to follow

Conference
Nero Wolfe Banquet - Nov 14
Flyer
Jane's panel TBA
December 4, 2014
Thursday
12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
"Blood Rubies: Secrets of the Fabergé Eggs"

City & Humanities project
Lehman College

Conference
More details TB

Dec. 7, 2014
Sunday
2:00 p.m.
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880
203.291.4818
westportlibrary.org


Conference
Visual Lecture & Book Signing — "My Other Life as an Antiques Dealer."


Dec. 13, 2014
Saturday
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
- Workshop

Sun Lakes Friends of the Library
Ed Robson Branch Library 9330 E. Riggs Road Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 602.652.3275

Conference The Art of Distraction: Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense.

A red herring is a "false clue," used by writers the way magicians use sleight of hand—the goal is to distract readers from what's really going on. When done well, red herrings add complexity to plots and intrigue to stories. Red herrings fall into three broad categories: Human Nature (including the halo and devil effects); Details (including the ones readers miss); and Expertise (including trusting those characters with specialized knowledge). You'll learn how to weave red herrings into your narratives, allowing you to increase suspense as you create engaging and ingenious puzzles.
Saturday
11:00 a.m. to noon
- Author's Talk & Book Signing
Conference Lessons Learned: Four Things I Wish I'd Known at the Start of My Mystery Writing Career.

From knowing specific craft techniques to implementing efficient promotional strategies (and skipping the rest) and from building meaningful relationships to understanding the complexities of business, Jane will discuss four crucial lessons all authors need to know, and that most only learn the hard way.
Dec. 13, 2014
Saturday
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd #101
Scottsdale AZ 85251

Signing
Author Talk & Jane will sign copies of her books.

Winter 2015  
Jan. 8, 2015
Thursday
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Dinner Lecture:
Finding Lost Art: Artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition

MIT’s Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org

Conference
Dinner Lecture:
Finding Lost Art: Artifacts from the Lewis & Clark Expedition


Flyer
Jan. 9-11, 2015
Friday-Sunday
Weekend Writer's Event
"The Fifth Annual
Aspiring Writers Weekend"


MIT’s Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
781.326.5151
www.mitendicotthouse.org
Conference
Weekend Writer's Event
Features hands-on writing exercises and inspirational experiences.  

"Aspiring Writers Weekend" is designed for people who know they want to write, but aren't sure what they want to write.


View the weekend's AGENDA

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and Keynote Speeches.

With more than 20 years' experience as a professional speaker, corporate trainer, and college professor, Jane is a master motivator and educator. She designs and delivers practical and rousing content that informs, entertains, and inspires. Need a workshop leader or keynote speaker? See this sample listing for topic ideas. Also, Jane loves tailoring and customizing programs just for your group. Contact Jane directly for more information.

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I hear you have a thing about tomatoes.
Is it true?

jane and tomatoesThis question comes from Erica in Montana… and yes. I confess, I have a thing about tomatoes… it's more than merely loving them… I love them so much I dream about them!

Thanks to the fabulous and talented duo, Jocelyn Kondrotas and Nikki Bonanni, who kindly brought me a supply of absolutely luscious cherry tomatoes at this year's Deadly Ink conference, where I facilitated a workshop called, "Writing Plot-driven Fiction."

jack danielsMy niece, the brilliant and gorgeous Marci Gleason, grew me some cherry tomatoes in a repurposed Jack Daniels barrel. As a Tennessee Squire (yes, I own a square inch of land at the distillery), she knew I'd appreciate the subtle flavoring.

They were, ahem, to die for. Marci shipped the bounty, individually packaged in bubble wrap. Wow.



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Vol. VII, No. 4
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You Can Pre-order Your Copy of Blood Rubies Now!

Blood Rubies Blood Rubies, the ninth Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, is a tale of Fabregé eggs, antique snow globes, and obsession—and a cat named Hank.

bow The novel will be available from St. Martin's Minotaur on December 2, 2014. (Ooh! What a great holiday present!) Poisoned Pen is accepting orders for personalized autographed copies. Place your pre-order now!



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Is Your Fabregé Egg Real?

faberge egg The allure and mystique of Fabergé eggs is legion. The master craftsman, Peter Carl Fabergé, created unique treasures. Here's a mini-excerpt from Blood Rubies, the ninth Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery. Ana Yartsin hires Josie to appraise what she hopes is a genuine Fabergé egg.

Of the fifty Imperial eggs known to have been produced by Peter Carl Fabergé, forty-two are extant. The Yartsin family believes theirs is the fifty-first produced, the forty-third extant. They’re convinced that it’s the real deal, the last egg commissioned by the Tsar. Ana says that when the Bolsheviks seized the Fabergé workshops, this egg, the Spring Egg, was one of the few treasures that Fabergé was able to save as he fled

rare egg Can you imagine finding a real one at a flea market or garage sale? Check out this true-life story! Scrap metal dealer’s junk market purchase turns out to be $33 million Faberge egg






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Gift Idea for New Grads! Business Writing for Results
— Now available as an ebook!

bookMy book, Business Writing for Results (originally published by McGraw Hill), takes a practical, three-step approach to writing: Think, Write, Revise. Filled with examples and exercises, the book is a crucial tool for anyone ready to beef up their communications skills.

As Malcolm Forbes once wrote, "A good business letter can get you a job interview, get you off the hook, or get you money. It's totally asinine to blow your chances of getting whatever you want with a business letter that turns people off instead of turning them on."

Help your favorite grads make the transition from academic writing to business writing—get them a copy today!

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Antiques Fact: Did You Know...
Tiffany Lamps Glow

lampThe artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany (who founded the venerable jewelry store, Tiffany & Company), was best known for his work in stained glass.

Genuine Tiffany lampshades change color when the light is on—they glow. This phenomenon occurs through the use of what is called confetti glass. Specks of various hues are often visible to the naked eye.

Because the shades are fragile, relatively few examples are extant. This scarcity drives up the price, leading some less-than-honest people to create replicas they pawn off as originals.

Luckily, Josie knows how to distinguish an authentic lamp from a fake. She checks the signature, the base, the switch, and the wax used to hold the glass pieces in place, and she assesses the artistry evident in the glass coloration and pattern formation.

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Ask Jane: With your schedule, how do you find time to write?

time I squeeze writing in throughout my day using a strategy I developed during my thesis semester. I had to develop a strategy to write efficiently during my thesis semester. (I earned my MFA in Creative & Professional Writing in 2011; I went back to school to earn a terminal degree so I could teach at the college level. I'm now happily a member of the full-time faculty and the Director of the Program for Professional Writing at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York system.)

What I came to realize during that period was that deadlines—whether self-imposed or contractual—don’t care how busy you are. Deadlines don’t care about conflicting priorities. Deadlines must be met, plain and simple.

When I was finishing grad school, I was also teaching nine (count 'em—nine) courses as an adjunct at three different colleges, serving as the Faculty Coordinator of a Writing Center, writing my thesis ("Women Who Love Men They Hate: A Theatrical Examination of Female Frailty."), and finishing Josie # 7, Dolled Up for Murder. I had no time to think. I had no time to do anything but finish one task and move on the next. What I did was learn to write in ten-minute increments.

Ten minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time when you think about it. But it's long enough to read the last paragraph you wrote, revise it, then write a new paragraph. Reading the prior paragraph allows you to get your head back in the game, then move on to the next thing you want to write about. And guess what? Do that three or four times during the day and holy moley—you've written a page or more.

You don't need unlimited time. What you need is self-discipline. Here's how I think of it: We're born with talent—or not. Opportunities happen—or they don't. The only thing under our own control is self-discipline.

lee child Lee Child once said, "In some ways writing—making things up that didn't happen to people who don't exist—is so weird that I think writer's block is the likely default state. But—for us anyway—writing is basically a job, and "job block" is something that working people can't afford. Does a nurse get nurse's block? Does a truck driver? I'm sure there are days when a truck driver really, really doesn't want to go to work ... but he has to. He climbs in the cab, he starts the motor, he clips his belt ... and the muscle memory eases him into it, and off he goes. It's the same for writers.  There are days when we don't feel like it, but we sit down, we fire up the computer, we open a file ... and muscle memory takes over."

As you may know, I write plays as well as fiction. One of the professional organizations I belong to is the Dramatist's Guild. Gary Garrison is the Executive Director of Creative Affairs, and he has a slightly different take on the question of where he finds time to write. He kindly gave me permission to republish his essay here. It first appeared in the Dramatist's Guild's newsletter. The title is "The Definition of 'Writer'."

Sitting around a dinner table the other night, looking at a platter of cold, congealed, uneaten nachos (and believe me, they deserved to remain uneaten), I listened as one writer, who I don't know very well, talk about how frustrated she was that she didn't have more time to write. And yet, if I did my math right, she has more writing time in a week than I have in a month. I looked around the table: six other writers in all were doing their own personal mathematical equations and sighing, shifting uncomfortably in their chairs, avoiding eye contact with each other and longing for a change of subject. I was snapped out of my own daze when someone asked, "When do you write, Gary?" I impulsively said, "August."

gary garrison The whole energy of the table shifted. Someone laughed; someone blew a raspberry through their lips; someone dropped a piece of bread in their glass of water, but everyone was immediately making comparisons. Was I joking? Was I telling the truth? I continued, "I write in August. I rewrite the other eleven months of the year." The table shifted again. Was I joking? Was I telling the truth? A final offer: "It's all I can do. I work full time at the Guild, I teach at NYU, I travel around the country, I have a house that needs constant attention, I have really fun friends that I want to spend time with and a father who's 88 years old and needs me to care for him. It's what I can do. It's all I can do." Was I joking? Was I telling the truth?

The whole energy of the table shifted with an unspoken, "Well, at least I do more than that." But here's what I didn't say: I write every day when I ride the subway and study how a young man can't meet my gaze, but instead studies his fraying shoe lace. I write when I sit in a theatre and watch a beautifully rendered character a skilled playwright has constructed. I write when I make a convincing argument to my father that not eating Wonder Bread might lower his blood sugar. I write when I help dissect a failed relationship with a friend who's been left heart-broken and feels robbed of his youth. I write when I see the first sprigs of green shoot up from the dirt under a mound of half-melted snow. BUT, I sit in front of my computer in August.

There is no singular definition of “writer,” there’s only the intense desire to write plus the reality of my life. I get to choose whether to see it as addition or subtraction.

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Being in control of how you perceive the time that's available to you—that's something to think about.

How do you find time to write? I'd love to hear what works for you. Please post your comments on my Facebook page or email me directly. And thank you! I'll share ideas in my next newsletter.

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www.janecleland.net Jane does Business Communications training work, too! www.janecleland.com

P.S.  Please add "Jane_K._Cleland@mail.vresp.com" to your address book!

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Vol. VII, No. 3
In this issue:
    • January 9, 2014: A dinner lecture: Finding Stolen Art: The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist
    • January 10, 2014: A complimentary sample workshop on “Communicating With Influence”
    • January 10-12, 2014: The 4th Annual “Aspiring Writers Weekend”
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Three events in the Boston area—you’re invited!
• January 9, 2014: A dinner lecture: Finding Stolen Art:
The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist

Gardner museum stolen art Twenty-three years after one of the world’s most brazen art heists, the FBI Art Crime Team announced they know who is behind the theft—yet the 13 priceless paintings are still missing. The crime remains #2 on the FBI’s top ten list. Hear details of the international investigation that looked into everyone from the Irish mob and Whitey Bulger to Colombian drug lords and college kids looking to make a quick buck.

The MIT’s magnificent Endicott House Executive Chef has created an enticing four-course dinner menu for this special event. After dinner, you’ll hear the story of America’s most notorious art theft. Watch this brief video to hear Jane explain what her intriguing visual lecture: youtube.com/watch?v=KjioDl3qM6Y&feature=youtu.be

January 9, 2014
6:30-9:30 p.m.
MIT Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Last year’s dinner lecture sold out! Make your reservation today! Please call:
617-253-5211.

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• January 10, 2014: A complimentary sample workshop on “Communicating With Influence”

Come with your most challenging communications questions… leave with practical, relevant answers, tactics you can use right away. Specifically, you’ll discover how to:

  • Present yourself as both authoritative and personable
  • Match your message to your own communication objectives and your audience’s needs and interests
  • Write emails that get results
  • Get the information you need to do your job
  • Say no without offending people or losing their respect
  • Persuade and influence others within your organization

Watch this brief video to hear Jane explain what the workshop will include and how it might apply to you and your situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2faCjlUfYXc

January 10, 2014
8-10 a.m.
Continental breakfast included.
The workshop will be held at MIT’s spectacular Endicott House;
80 Haven Street Dedham, MA 02026
617-253-5211
www.mitendicotthouse.org
Please RSVP by January 6, 2014 to attend this thought-provoking workshop as our guest.
~ 617-715-4900 or mmygan@mit.edu.

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Gang at Endicott HouseartAspiring Writer’s WeekendRegister Now for January 2014

Have you always wanted to write? Do you have a story to tell? You can. Watch this brief video to hear Jane explain what the weekend experience will be like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xedjga51ThI&feature=youtu.be  

Join a small group of like-minded people on a journey to discover your writers’ voice. You’ll experiment with different genres, engage in fun, interactive experiences and exercises, and discover what form your story should take—all at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, MIT’s magnificent Endicott House. Check out the Agenda.

The weekend experience starts Friday, January 10, 2013, at 5 p.m., and ends after brunch on Sunday, January 12, 2013.

Registration is now open! (A gift certificate makes a great gift for an aspiring writer you love!)

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Lethal TreasureLethal Treasure named a Top Ten read for 2013

Great news! Jen Video has selected Lethal Treasure as a top pick of the year.
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Jane’s Keynote Speeches—Pelham Manor Club

Jane was the keynote speaker earlier this month at the gorgeous Pelham, New York Manor Club. She spoke on “Deadly Antiques: The Anatomy of Writing Antiques-Themed Mysteries.”

Klimt She’s been invited back on May 6, 2014 to present her visual lecture, “Finding Stolen Art: A Detective Takes on the Nazis.”

Jane would love to speak to your group, too! Contact her directly for more information.



Pelham Manor Club

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Vol. VII, No. 2
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Dolled Up for Murder
Dolled Up for Murder won the David Award!

Jane K. Cleland won the David Award for Dolled Up for Murder. The David Award, named in honor of David G. Sasher, is given out annually at the Deadly Ink Conference to honor the best mystery published during the prior year.





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Lethal TreasureGreat Reviews Continue for Lethal Treasure

four stars Four Stars from Romantic Times

“Josie once again turns sleuth. Ample antique lore and credible characters bolster an intriguing plot.” -- Publisher’s Weekly.

From antiques expert, radio show host, and columnist, Harry Rinker: “I am in love with Josie Prescott, something my wife Linda does not mind since Josie is a fictional character. I read Cleland’s Prescott mysteries in one sitting. Once I start, I cannot put the book down. The novels have a lyrical, wistful quality. The characters have become family...”

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Josie’s Taking to the Stage: “Killing Time” — October 21,2013

“Killing Time,” a Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery short story Jane converted into a full-length play, has been selected for a developmental reading by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter. The event is hosted by Arlene Dahl and produced by Ellen Muir.

You’re invited and your feedback is welcome! Oct 21, 2013, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Midtown Manhattan location. For reservations (required) and location information please call 212.459.3630, ext. 204. No email reservations will be accepted. Please be sure to leave your phone number. You’ll get a call back with the address.

“Killing Time,” based on the much-loved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, now eight strong [books, all from St. Martin’s Minotaur], plus three short stories [all in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine], is set on the rugged coast of New Hampshire. In a cozy Bed & Breakfast, a man whose identity is unknown is murdered. Using her knowledge of antiques, appraiser Josie Prescott discovers that love can morph into hate and people who hate can kill.


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aspiring writer's weekend Have you always wanted to write? Do you have a story to tell? You can. Join a small group of like-minded people on a journey to discover your writer's voice. You’ll experiment with different genres, engage in fun, interactive experiences and exercises, and discover what form your story should take—all at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, MIT’s magnificent Endicott House. Check out the Agenda. The weekend experience starts Friday, January 10, 2013, at 5 p.m., and ends after brunch on Sunday, January 12, 2013. Registration is now open! (A gift certificate makes a great gift for an aspiring writer you love!)


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Antiques Fact: Did You Know? The Language of Liz Sweibel’s Art: Rayon Thread from the 1930s

rayon thread Visual artist, Liz Sweibel, uses ordinary materials, including this rayon thread from the 1930s, to create extraordinary objects.

From the artist, “The foundation of my language as a visual artist is ordinary materials (like wood and thread) and space (silence); the syntax is subtle, spare, repetitive. Small, seemingly simple phrases accumulate to make a larger statement. It works like poetry; what is unsaid and unseen carries at least the weight of what is given. Within that language, each work finds its own vocabulary, pacing, composition, and tensions. Any narrative is purposefully masked, but gives the work credibility. The work evokes time with its resonances and tendrils, but asks the viewer to yield to a visceral, unstructured response.”

The NURTUREart gallery, which is presenting fragments of our own, is housed in a 1930 manufacturing building with a history in the “needle trades.” Liz explains, “Certain materials in this installation need to be true to the history of a garment factory—hence the vintage rayon thread.”

Speaking of vintage thread and original materials, Jane’s Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, Deadly Threads is a tale of vintage clothing, a cat who fetches, and betrayal.


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Ask Jane: I have a question about your writing process.

Q: Mary from Kansas City wrote, “How long does it take you to write one of the Josie books?”

A: This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and I understand why—I’m fascinated by the vast differences in authors’ writing processes, too. The answer is complicated because I work from synopses. It often takes longer—sometimes, far longer—to write the synopsis than it does to write the book. The quickest I’ve ever written one of the Josie books was three months; the longest took ten months.


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Welcome to Rocky Point!
Read an excerpt from Lethal Treasure

lethal treasure Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and with the sun sparkling on the fresh-fallen snow in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, it is the perfect day for antiques dealer, Josie Prescott, to pursue her newest source of inventory—the contents of abandoned storage units sold at auction. There’s no telling what unexpected treasures she might discover.

A crowd gathers at the storage facility, including the owner of a local home decor and interior design store, Henri Dubois, who bids against a man who is new to the local auction scene. Josie is thrilled with her win, a small unit filled with Depression-era glassware and stunning vintage jewelry. The larger unit won by Henri has some exciting discoveries as well, including hand-painted silent movie posters, which Henri eagerly hands over to Josie for appraisal.

greta garbo When Josie receives a frantic call from Henri's wife, Leigh Ann, the next morning, she learns that Henri never made it home after the auction. Heading to the last place he was seen, the police open Henri's newly-acquired storage unit. Hidden amidst a jumble of objects, including a broken porcelain garden stool and a shattered bookcase, they find Henri, dead. Was he killed over one of the objects? Is his wife hiding secrets that led to his death? And who was the stranger who bid against Henri? When the police turn to Josie's antiques expertise, she discovers more than provenance—she uncovers a murderer.

Read the excerpt here. Welcome back to Rocky Point!

Pre-order your copy here.

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The Lethal Treasure Launch Party & Jane’s Book Tour

French martini Hold the date! LIM College, where Jane taught for many years, is hosting the launch party for Lethal Treasure, June 25, 6 p.m. at Fashionopolis! Jane will discuss the role hidden messages play in communications. Books will be available for purchase and signing. French martinis will be served!

Jane will also be visiting Murder by the Book in Houston on June 29th, speaking at the Tomball Public Library on July 1st, and participating in Poisoned Pen’s conference in the Biltmore Hotel in Scottsdale on July 6th. She hopes you’ll stop by and say hello!

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Aspiring Writer’s Weekend,
“Finding Stolen Art: The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Museum Heist,”
and Communicating With Influence

lethal treasures Hold the dates! January 9-12, 2014! MIT’s spectacular Endicott House will be hosting Jane’s annual Aspiring Writer’s Weekend, check out the detailed agenda here, a dinner lecture on “Finding Stolen Art: The Truth Behind the Isabella Stewart Museum Heist,” and an interactive workshop, “Communicating with Influence.” You’re invited! Questions about any of the events? Please email Jane directly.

To register for any of the events, please contact Endicott House at: info@mitendicotthouse.org.


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Lethal Treasure Is Getting Great Reviews!

Jane was thrilled to read this review from Brodart Vibe’s Cathi Rooth! Since 1939, Brodart has been helping libraries find products and services designed specifically for their needs.

As Lethal Treasure unfolds, the reader is treated to a fascinating insight into the world of antiques. Not being someone whose interest normally lies in that world, I loved all I learned about it in the seamless way Cleland weaves it into this story. Not too little, not too much…just right.

I did not figure this one out correctly before the murderer was revealed. The reason for Henri’s death was there, but I had the wrong reason and person in mind. Love when that happens. There’s nothing worse than a mystery that is too easy to solve by the reader.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Lethal Treasure and I know I will be going back for more Josie Prescott mysteries in the near future. There’s nothing better than finding a new mystery series!

The full review is here: https://brodartvibe.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/lethal-treasure-by-jane-k-cleland/

Remember, please ask your librarian to order Lethal Treasure! Thank you!


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Ask Jane: Your Recipes Sound Yummy—How can I get them?

french toast Q: Danielle from Boise, Idaho asked, “The recipes in the books sound yummy—and I love that they come from Josie’s mom’s handwritten cookbook. How can I can my hands on them?” chicken

A: Good news, Danielle! Most (but alas, not all) the recipes have been published on my website. Here, for example, are the recipes for French Toast With Mango Surprise Syrup and Orange Chicken. And yes, they taste as good as they look!


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Antiques Fact: Did You Know…
Art Nouveau Vases Can Fetch Thousands

This turn of the last century Art Nouveau vase is attributed to Clement Massier. At auction, it might fetch more than $1,000. This appraisal was done by the famous auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Want to pit your antiques appraisal skills against those of the experts? Check out this fun, free section of Jane’s website: What’s It Worth? You Be the Judge!


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The Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. "Ingenious ... engaging!" Publishers Weekly.
www.janecleland.net Jane does Business Communications training work, too! www.janecleland.com

P.S.  Please add "Jane_K._Cleland@mail.vresp.com" to your address book!