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If I have any audience on this blog, it is miniscule. The only reason I started it was that I didn’t like the name of my other blog, Live Your Dreams With Emily.

But I’ve decided to stick with that blog and ditch this one. Here are the reasons:

  • The Live Your Dreams blog actually gets a decent amount of traffic.
  • It’s hard to keep up with more than one blog, let alone trying to build more than one blog.
  • I’ve reconciled myself to the name of that blog. In fact, finally seen how it can make sense with the direction I want to take it.

I am going to be taking down each article I’ve posted here and posting it instead to my LYD blog. I will endeavor to continue to post two humorous articles per week there as I have been here; however, I will also post more serious articles. If you signed up to receive my blog posts in your inbox from this blog, Emily Josephine Writes, please go over to my Live Your Dreams blog and sign up there.

Thank you, and please let me know of your existence over at liveyourdreamswithemily. 🙂


A few days ago, I published yet another surprise-ending short story. The title is The Piano, and this one has a history.

I actually wrote a much longer short story with a similar premise in my early twenties, when I thought I could write. The verbage was much more flowery, and the ending arbitrary and not necessarily sensible in the context. I hung onto it, though, as I’ve hung onto most of what I wrote in those early wannabe writer days, thinking I’d do something with it one day.

Well, lookee here, I have. 😉

Click here to check it out.

And remember that if you purchase the short story collection of which it is a part, Surprise Shorts, Volume 1, you save a bunch of money over purchasing each short story separately.

TIA for checking it out, and if you decide to read it, please remember to leave a review. Many more thanks. 🙂


I have just published yet another surprise-ending short story. The title is “Lost”. Click here to check it out.

Once again, if you read the free short story “Revenge” (click here) and find you enjoyed the twist at the end, you will probably enjoy the collection of all six short stories that I have written to date (I still have two more in that collection to publish individually). That collection is entitled Surprise Shorts. Click here to check it out.

After reading, please remember to leave a quick review. Thank you with all my heart! 🙂



Hey, wonderful readers! See over in the sidebar that book cover image with the title “Revenge”? Well, that’s the first in a collection of six short stories that I published to the Kindle store about a month ago.

The title of the collection is Surprise Shorts, Volume 1: Six Short Stories With Eyebrow-Raising, Smile-Provoking Twists.

The cost is almost half that of purchasing each story separately (“Revenge” is free, by the way. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, click here and see if you’d like more stories like that. Or the two-novel series it is a prequel of.)

Speaking of purchasing each story separately, if you’d rather pick and choose the stories rather than buy all six in a collection, I have published two more individual short stories. The first is “Gone”.

The second is “Fate.”

Click on the images above to get to the respective product pages on Amazon. Each individual story from the collection is $0.99.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

My latest novel-in-progress

Do you enjoy contemporary women’s fiction? If so, you’d probably like to know that I have begun a series in that genre entitled “Pine Mountain Estates.” It will contain three or four volumes and I have completed the first one in the series.

Oops. Or…not.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I had. Even went through the first proofreading. Then, after taking about a three-week break from novel writing, I started in on the second book in the series.

No, that shouldn’t be the first chapter. I should start the story with this other character’s point of view, earlier in the day.

No, that’s not working, either.

Frustrated, I just stopped. My muse obviously needed some more time on this one.

Or…not. The next day, I started wondering if a particular character in the first novel should have his own point of view and show up earlier in the story. In the original manuscript, he doesn’t show up until quite late and has no point of view. But he turns out to be quite pivotal, and it started to feel wrong not to give him more prominence in the novel.

I thought about a while. No, the novel is fine the way it is. But the idea that the novel needed to be longer via adding a few more chapters from this character’s point of view persisted.

After a few days of this back-and-forth in my head about it, I realized that this is why my muse wouldn’t let me start the second book. Because I wasn’t finished with the first one.

As soon as I started writing a chapter with said character’s point of view, all conflict vanished. It felt right. So, ladies and gentlemen, I am currently revising Pine Mountain Secrets. I believe once I do, getting the second book in the series will be much easier.

Interested in reading it? Have patience. It will probably be at least the end of the year before I publish it. I want to have at least the second, if not the third, novel in the series completed before I publish the first one.

At any rate, there you go. You have officially been updated.

Now you are free to check out my short story collection. Thanks!


Hello, dear reader! In case you missed Thursday’s post, today and tomorrow – June 2 and 3, 2018 – the price of my “Texas Hearts” boxed set has been reduced down to 99 cents.

That’s five full-length clean romance novels for less than a dollar!

Here’s the link to check it out and buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016VA0VB0

Please share this link with your online networks. Be sure to tell them the deal is only for today and tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. TIA.

And hey! Be sure to leave a review after you get through the set. Thanks a million! 🙂