Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rom Com Giveaway, Recipe and News Bits

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments

Happy November. I have a recipe and fun surprise I’d like to share with you.  I'll start with the surprise.
I’ve teamed up with 30 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Romantic Comedies to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
 Oh, and did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE reads just for entering? ๐Ÿ˜
 You can win my novel Time and Forever, plus books from authors like Helena Hunting, Zara Keane, Eliza Watson, and more.


 Enter the giveaway by clicking here
๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/romcom-nov18
 

I also entered the contest because I found several books that sound like my kind of fun. Good luck and enjoy!

It's the Holiday season. I hope you all have something special planned. I am gathering my Christmas reads and the jigsaw puzzles I plan to take to my sister and brother-in-law in Texas. This year I am bringing Apricot Bars.
Apricot Bars
Preheat oven to325 degrees
8x10 pan
Baking time:1 hour
Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
 2 cups flour
1 cup broken nuts (I use walnuts Or. If you are allergic to nuts, omit them.)
1 jar apricot jam (I use 6-8 ounces. You can use more.)
 Instructions
Cream egg yolks, butter, and sugar.
Add Flour and nuts
Fork ingredients together till you have a crumbly dough,
Put half of it in the button of the 8x10 pan
Spread a layer of apricot jam over this layer.
Crumble the rest of the dough over the jam.
Bake for thirty minutes on the oven's middle shelf.
Then place the pan on the top shelf and bake for another thirty minutes.
If you want to, you can dust the cookie with powdered sugar.
Cool and slice into squares.

Other Book News

I signed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing for Irish Magic. It will come out sometime in 2019.
The Spanish Edition of  Mom, is There a Santa Claus? , ¿Mamรก, 
existe Santa Claus? is now available in paperback from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
I think K.C. Snider's illustrations are perfect in any language.
 Mom, is There a Santa Claus? is also available for Kindle for 5.00
Maybe This Time continues to collect reviews. Here's one:
Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, time travel, women of substance...
By pmlon Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maybe This Time
Two things about this book that are delicious: the idea of having a second chance with the love of your life AND the fact that the main character gets that chance in middle age.
If you like romance stories but wish they weren’t all about young adults or 30-somethings, this is the book for you. Ms. James does an excellent job of presenting the scrumptious possibility that maybe, just maybe we don’t have to live with the mistakes we made the first time around.
Read it for the time travel, the spot-on era descriptions that take you back to a simpler age, and most of all for the romance.
A page-turner for all those—and more reasons.
The Audio Book narrated by the brilliant Stephanie Bentley has also gotten very positive reviews. You can download it for free with an Audible trial. Listen to a sample. https://smile.amazon.com/Maybe-This-Time-Second-Romance/dp/B079SHZWQ8/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_
The cover is one of my errors. It's not the illustrator's fault. I was trying to brand it to Time and Forever. But I think the story might have been better served with a different cover. I have no idea how to make that happen.
Acting News
I continue to get acting roles which makes me very happy. This week I filmed a role on the ABC comedy, Splitting Up Together. Next year I am in two new movies.
Two weeks ago I was on the TBS series The Guest Book playing Michael Rappaport's mom. Followed by a quick one-liner on CBS's wonderful 12-step comedy series, Mom. I love both these shows. I Just wish they'd shown the tattoos they put on my character more clearly
I wish you the happiest of holidays. I am for holding down the stress quotient and upping the thankfulness part. Enter the contest. Find a good book.  

๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/romcom-nov18

Blessings
Susan

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

30 Author Rom Com Giveaway plus eReader

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments
Today, I have a fun surprise I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 30 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Romantic Comedies to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE reads just for entering? ๐Ÿ˜

You can win my novel Time and Forever, plus books from authors like Helena Hunting, Zara Keane, Eliza Watson, and more.
I entered the contest myself because some of these books sound like they are right up my alley.
Enter the giveaway by clicking here ๐Ÿ‘‰ bit.ly/romcom-nov18

 Good luck and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Working on the CBS Comedy Mom . #giveaway totally unrelated book.

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments

Backstage at a TV show and a totally unrelated book giveaway. eBook of The Once and Future King (The book that spawned the musical Camelot and the Disney movie, the Sword and the Stone.) It was on sale last week and I bought a gift copy.

Last week I was on Mom. My few seconds of glory are on a video at the end of this post.
Mom, a CBS hit comedy,  is a multi-camera show normally filmed in front of a live audience at Warner Brothers Studio, stage 20. Multi-camera shows hire you for the week. (Oh Joy) even though you have one line.
I thought you might enjoy some backstage pictures. I love the acting and the writing on this show. It was a privilege to watch the work. My dream has always been to be a regular on a sitcom. I want to be second banana with a few really funny lines. They have some fabulous second bananas on this show.

Day One: I arrive for the read-through of the script. I have my own assigned parking spot! A full breakfast is available pre-read-through, including an omelet station.

Next comes the blocking rehearsal, followed by lunch and a run-through for producers and network executives. The writers revise the script, reworking jokes they feel didn't get the response they wanted. They do this all week. Every day there is a new script with the rewrites added.
After rehearsal, I go for a costume fitting.
Day two: More blocking and another rehearsal for the network. More wonderful food.
I wasn't required for Days three and four.
Day five: I arrived at 1:00 PM for makeup. Kentaro Yano, who did the tattoos for Black Panther gave me a series of wonderful tattoos. Allison Janney came in to get the spray tattoo for her back. So funny. (No pictures because that's part of the silence agreement which is part of my contract.)
We broke for Lunch














After lunch, Kentaro finished up the tattoos. And they shoot my scene.
The extras had real tattoos. But I thought mine were so cool.
Here is the final result. My Ten Seconds of Glory on Mom
 https://vimeo.com/298759400
You can't see all the wonderful work Kentaro did. That makes me sad. The work itself. Getting to be part of this cast made me very happy. What made you happy last week?
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